Aviator Minnie Mouse at Disney California Adventure Park

A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Magic of Disney Animation

posted on April 24th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened The Magic of Disney Animation gave a firsthand look inside the interworking of Walt Disney Animation Florida.

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This behind-the-scenes tour began with the short film “Back to Never Land” taking guests on a journey through the animation process.

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Afterwards, guests had the opportunity to peer through glass walls to witness members of the animation team at work. guests also had the opportunity to watch an animator sketch a Disney character right before their eyes.

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Walt Disney Animation Florida was responsible for the primary production of three full-length animated feature films – Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, and Brother Bear. They also produced three animation shorts, “Off His Rockers,” and two Roger Rabbit Cartoons – “Trail Mix-Up” and “Roller Coaster Rabbit.”


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Classic Eggs Benedict Back at Carnation Café in Disneyland Park

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Get ready for some menu changes at crowd-pleasing Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park. Importantly, an old favorite is returning — eggs Benedict on an English muffin with grilled Canadian bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise with a side of the café’s breakfast potatoes – now that’s how we do breakfast at the Disneyland Resort.

It’s hard to compete with Oscar’s Choice: All-American Breakfast at Carnation Café, named in honor of cast member Oscar Martinez, who’s been at the restaurant since 1956 (you’ll find him there many mornings, posing for photos with happy guests). Oscar’s Choice gives you two eggs any style, bacon or chicken-apple sausage links, the café’s breakfast potatoes and toast.

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While they’re tweaking the menu, never fear, the homemade meatloaf stays on the menu, served with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and fresh veggies. It’s was one of Walt Disney’s favorite suppers, so we can’t imagine it ever will go away. Meanwhile, new on the menu is a sourdough bacon cheese melt, made with Angus chuck beef, pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, hickory-smoked bacon and spicy sauce on grilled sourdough. Now that’s a big bite of delicious.

For total indulgence, end with one of the new ice-cream floats – made with Barq’s Root Beer, Coca-Cola or Fanta Orange. (These replace the PB&J soda and chocolate-cherry coke.)

What’s your favorite at Carnation Café?

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Sneak Peek: ‘Ratatouille the Adventure’ at Disneyland Paris

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


After nearly five years of work, Walt Disney Imagineering is putting the final touches on a first-of-its kind attraction at Disneyland Paris called Ratatouille the Adventure. When the attraction opens in July, it’ll celebrate the culture and architecture of France and feature new animation created especially to bring the characters to life.

Today, we’re sharing a first look at the Ratatouille the Adventure, where you’ll shrink down to experience a wonderful new world.

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Past, Present and Future Galactic Stars Shine at Star Wars Weekends 2014

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Here’s a little trivia: did you know former “Cheers” star and the Disney•Pixar “lucky charm” John Ratzenberger once appeared on the silver screen in the Star Wars saga? Before he frequented the watering hole where everybody knew his name, he braved the frigid planet Hoth in a minor role in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Next stop for Ratzenberger (or, as he may be known to Star Wars fans: Major Bren Derlin) will be Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2014.

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The Gourmet Apple for May at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cup Dream

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’m on the official countdown to May! If you’re wondering why, wonder no more. I just found out that the next gourmet apple set to debut at the Disneyland Resort has been covered in peanut butter and chocolate. I’m pretty sure life as I know it is complete. See for yourself!

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Discover the Mystery of Loch Ness with Adventures by Disney

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


Nestled in the Scottish Highlands is a grand lake with plenty of lore waiting to be unlocked. Serving as the backdrop for the Disney-Pixar film BRAVE, Scotland boasts lush landscapes with ancient stone castles and a proud heritage.

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Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” photo is a shot of Donald Duck and Goofy that was snapped during our 100 Years of Magic Celebration several years ago. It sure looks like they are the best of friends, doesn’t it?

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Tammar Wallaby Baby at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Bids Guests “G’day”

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom may get a special treat during a visit to the Oasis. Our Tammar wallaby is carrying a baby (called a “joey”) in her pouch, and the joey (the team doesn’t know yet whether it’s a girl or a boy) often pops its head out to take a look around. The new baby, mom Adelaide and dad Tucker, share their habitat in the Oasis with Australian wood ducks.

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a Great Place to be Green

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Malama means to care for, to protect and to maintain. April is Earth Month, and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, has many ways to practice malama. Last week, Aulani was recognized for those efforts by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

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Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


When you think of spring at Walt Disney World, The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is likely the first thing that comes to mind. I agree, but lately, as I’ve been walking around Downtown Disney, I can’t help but notice that we’ve got a lot of colorful blooms sprouting up here, too.

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