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These Are the Gifts You’re Looking For At Disney Parks This Holiday Season

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I know where I will be almost one year from now – sitting in a movie theater with my son as the opening credits roll for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being a long-time fan of all things Star Wars, it will be the perfect holiday gift to myself next year. I remember receiving many Star Wars-themed gifts growing up in the late 1970s (the Death Star Space Station playset was one of my favorites!). If you are looking for Star Wars holiday gifts this season, I have a few suggestions of items created especially for Disney Parks.

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I love this fun holiday sweater T-shirt featuring Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and other icons (it’s perfect for winter in Florida).

The Disney Pin team released some new holiday pins including a 9-pin mystery set with Star Wars gingerbread characters.

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If you are looking for toys, there are a few different options including the Starspeeder 1000 vehicle playset inspired by Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; a giant Clone Trooper found only at Disney Parks; and Disney Racers die-cast cars which make for great stocking stuffers.

I also like the Star Wars Droid Factory where you can design and build your own Astromech droid action figure. This experience is offered at Tatooine Traders in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, and The Star Trader in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park in California.

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Speaking of the Star Tours attraction, this year marks the 25th Anniversary since the original attraction opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We have created a limited edition pin commemorating the milestone anniversary that will be released in select Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations.

We are also offering a 25th anniversary T-shirt for adults and kids on our Disney Parks online store. Visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents to place an order from December 15-18, 2014. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of these Hanes Beefy-T shirts.

You can also find other Star Wars items online at DisneyStore.com/StarWars.

May the Holidays Be With You!

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How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Did you ever wonder what happens to the coins that get tossed into the wishing wells and fountains around Walt Disney World Resort? I’ve asked this question myself and found out that it really does help make wishes come true.

How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community

For more than 30 years, Walt Disney World Resort has been collecting the tossed coins and donating the money to local nonprofit organizations that help children in need. Recently, Disney donated $18,000 to Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida to help provide services to children in foster care. This year, cast members chose CBC’s Over-18 Support program to receive the funds. This program helps youngsters in foster care obtain their driver’s licenses, find jobs, secure housing and apply for other health and human services.

So the next time you visit Walt Disney World, remember that when you toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, you are helping make somebody else’s wish come true!

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: Holiday Coffees

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Now that I’ve shared recipes for two of our guest-favorite holiday cocktails, our Poinse-tini and Christmas Cookie, I want to give you a taste of the specialty coffees we are serving during our Very Merrytime Cruises. Whether you’re hosting breakfast, dinner or a gathering anytime in between, these coffees are sure to be a hit at your holiday party. Once you’ve tasted them all, let me know your favorite in the comments.

Caramel Pecan Chai
Caramel Pecan Chai
Oregon Chai, caramel pecan syrup and steamed milk.
Paddy Mint Mocha
Paddy Mint Mocha
Espresso, peppermint, chocolate sauce and steamed milk.
Egg Nog Mocha
Egg Nog Mocha
Espresso, egg nog syrup, chocolate sauce and steamed milk.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


It doesn’t snow here in Anaheim, Calif., but we do get the occasional rain storm during the holidays. I wanted to share some colorful reflection photos taken in Cars Land during a recent downpour at Disney California Adventure park. As you can see below, Cars Land in the rain provides abundant photo opportunities.

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LSU Tigers Show Their ‘Spirit’ In Cheer On Your Disney Side Contest

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Inspired by The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort and the folk lore that Tiger Stadium, Death Valley, is haunted, the Louisiana State University cheer and dance teams showed their ‘spirit” for both in a routine for the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit.

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Get Your ‘Princess’ On with New Perfectly Prepared Princess Package

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


We recently shared on the Disney Parks Blog an enchanting new dining offering fit for a princess at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. So now modern day princesses can be prepped and ready for this regal celebration with a royal makeover – conveniently located at the Ivy Trellis salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Behind the Scenes at Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

posted on December 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Christmas Day is still a week away, but today you’re going behind the scenes with some of the stars taking part in Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration as they share their holiday wishes and talk about what it means to be a part of this Disney holiday tradition. This year our star-studded annual Christmas Day telecast on ABC originates from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii.

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Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney’s BoardWalk

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s opening day for the newest Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, and we’ve got Vinnie Tai, area manager, to walk us through Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk.

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Ana Gasteyer Narrates the Candlelight Processional December 18-20

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Comedian Ana Gasteyer will take the stage at Epcot tonight in her debut appearance as the narrator for the Candlelight Processional.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates ‘Disney Sparkling Christmas’

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Disney Sparkling Christmas” celebration is now underway at Hong Kong Disneyland – with special entertainment, decor, Disney characters dressed in holiday finery and much more taking place.

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