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Ghirardelli's First Theme Park Location Opens At Disneyland Resort

New Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Debuts in
San Francisco-Inspired Area of Disney California Adventure Park

SAN FRANCISCO (June 7, 2012) – Ghirardelli Chocolate Company scooped up the first sundae today at the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, California. The new location – the first to open inside a theme park – features Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes and decadent chocolate products.  This shop is modeled after the original Chocolate Manufactory located in historical Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, California.

Today’s grand opening of the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in the park is very exciting to all of us at Ghirardelli,” said Ernest Tanner, Chairman of the Board of Lindt International. “We now have the opportunity to provide guests inside Disney’s California Adventure park the same intense, slow-melting chocolate and ice cream that we’ve been doing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the last 13 years. Our rich history began in California 160 years ago this year and opening this store is the perfect way to celebrate,” states Tanner.

 “We are thrilled to offer our guests a Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop as part of the park’s expansion,” said Mary Niven, vice president of Disney California Adventure park. “Ghirardelli is a perfect fit as Disney California Adventure celebrates the heritage of California, where Ghirardelli began.”

The new soda fountain and chocolate shop will be located in Pacific Wharf, the San Francisco-inspired area of Disney California Adventure. Guests can visit the location to enjoy treats including sundaes, shakes, and floats,  plus a delicious assortment of chocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest can enjoy a complimentary sample of the signature Ghirardelli Squares® chocolate.

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ABOUT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT

Located on approximately 500 acres in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort's three hotels are the 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the 969-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. With 22,000 Cast Members, the Disneyland Resort is Orange County's largest employer and generates $4.7 billion for the Southern California economy. The Resort has welcomed more than 600 million guests since opening on July 17, 1955. For detailed information about the Disneyland Resort, please visit www.disneyland.com.

 

ABOUT THE GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE COMPANY

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products. Incorporated in 1852, Ghirardelli has an incredibly rich American history.  As the country's longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer, Ghirardelli has established its position as America's Premium Chocolate Company and will celebrate its 160th anniversary next year. Ghirardelli's product line includes its signature Squares chocolate, Intense Dark chocolate, Gourmet Milk chocolate, Ghirardelli Chocolate Bars, other chocolate confections, baking chocolate and beverages These items are sold through select specialty stores, grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers and department stores. In addition, Ghirardelli sells a line of premium chocolate, syrups and drinks for the Food Service channel. Ghirardelli currently owns and operates 18 retail stores in seven states, including the original Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop located in San Francisco's historic Ghirardelli Square.  For more information about Ghirardelli, visit www.ghirardelli.com.

Contacts:

Betsy Sanchez
Disneyland Resort
714.781.1580
Betsy.e.sanchez@disney.com

Kym Hough
Ghirardelli Chocolate
510.346.3106
KHough@ghirardelli.lindt.com