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Uncover Hidden Gems in New York City with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

New York City is always one of my favorite places to visit. But I have to say, seeing “The Big Apple” with Adventures by Disney is by far my favorite way to explore this iconic city.

New York City

I truly had no idea what a treat I was in for when I set off on this 4-day, 3-night Long Weekend trip. I’ve been to Manhattan many times and, while I knew there was still a seemingly endless amount of things that I had yet to uncover, this adventure opened my eyes to some experiences I couldn’t have even imagined.

Case in point – the private Adventures by Disney experience at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Here we stepped inside restored apartments from several different time periods. In each apartment we met costumed interpreters who played the part of past residents in the building, sharing with us their authentic life story (as learned from research about the actual families who lived there). It was a moving experience I’ll never forget.

After visiting the tenements, our group delighted in a meal of small plates prepared by local eateries. These culinary treats represented the foods eaten by immigrants who have come to the area. While everything was delicious, it also provided many in our group with the opportunity to sample something they would be hesitant to order off a menu otherwise (the pickled pineapple was a personal favorite of mine).

Good Morning America

We also got to spend a very good morning at “Good Morning America.” Sure, you might start every day by watching this popular ABC show, but how often do you get to watch it live inside the Disney’s Times Square Studios in New York? Our group got to do just that! And I even got to go back into the control booth. It was a morning I’ll never forget.

Statue of Liberty

But all this was just the beginning! Stay tuned for my next post where I cut a rug, channel my inner Ariel and explore more of New York City with Adventures by Disney!

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Top Holiday Gifts For 2015 from Disney Parks

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

With the holiday season returning to Disney Parks, here are my top gift items created especially for Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. To make holiday shopping even easier this year, try using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to order and ship select item listed below to your home.


Disney Parks Castle Play Set – All new for this holiday season, this Play Set was inspired by Disney Parks Castles from around the world. Twenty-two new Action Figure Play Sets will also being introduced throughout the coming months. Check out this Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video for more details.

Retail MagicBands and Accessories Available at Walt Disney World Resort Stylish Apparel and Accessories from Disney Parks

Retail MagicBands and Accessories – For guests at Walt Disney World Resort, give the gift of a personalized retail MagicBand that’s decorated with favorite Disney characters or icons. Look for several pre-printed graphic MagicBands that can be linked-later to a My Disney Experience account. Guests may also create their own unique MagicBand at the Retail MagicBand on Demand station in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park.

Stylish Apparel and Accessories – The Disney Boutique and Twenty Eight & Main collections offer stylish assortments of fashion-forward apparel, accessories and more for guests who love Disney and Disney Parks.


Made with Magic – Light up the night with a colorful collection of magical accessories! Four sensational items – the Mickey Ear Hat, Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove and the Sorcerer Mickey Wand – have each been programmed to light up at key moments during select nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks.

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers and Disney Attractionista Dolls Available at Disney Parks Disney Parks Merchandise Pieces by PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley

Decorative Designer Nutcrackers – Disney Design Group artists have created a limited release series of nutcrackers based on the themed lands and attractions from Disney Parks.

Disney Attractionista Dolls – Inspired by the themed lands and attractions found in Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Attractionistas are special friends that love to be together at the Disney Parks every chance they get. Each doll has wished to always be part of their favorite attraction, and that it could be a part of them. Now all their wondrous wishing has come true with six different fabulous 12″ fashion dolls.

Classic Collaborations – Disney Parks Merchandise has collaborated with popular designers such as PANDORA Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke or Vera Bradley to offer fantastic accessories all with a Disney twist.

2016 Disney Parks Attraction Poster Calendar and Disney Tails Items Available at Disney Parks Delicious Treats From Disney Parks

Disney Tails – Disney Tails is a new line of pet products for dogs that includes several colorful leashes with matching collars, Disney Parks-inspired food toys, and a handful of apparel items like bandanas or bow ties.

2016 Disney Parks Attraction Poster Calendar – This oversized 2016 calendar include attraction posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world. Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month.

Delicious Treats From Disney Parks – Give sweet and delicious treats created especially for Disney Parks. Snacks with Character, a line of better for you snacks, is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. Other options include offer highly-themed goods inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 29th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

As part of our Thanksgiving celebration this week, we shared a special behind-the-scenes look two unforgettable holiday stories from the Walt Disney World Resort that you may have seen on ABC’s Good Morning America. They’re two heartwarming stories involving members of our military from the United States Air Force and United States Navy – and both have surprising twists.

Also this week, Disney Parks Blog readers got a quick peek at how we decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday at Disneyland Resort. Check out hours of work in just 40 seconds.

The attraction’s façade has 50,000 C7 size lights in seven different colors: red, blue, green, amber, fuchsia, purple, and white. It adds up to almost five miles of light strings on the façade. Visit Shannon’s original story for more interesting facts about “it’s a small world” Holiday.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

New ALEX AND ANI Debuts at Disney Parks – Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.

International Treats at Holidays Around the World at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort – ‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’ – Check out these special images of Rapunzel from photographer Ryan Wendler!

Holiday How-To: Holiday Leftovers Panini – Not sure what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving? In our final turkey-day tip, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us how to make the perfect holiday panini.

Wildlife Wednesday: Animals Love Pumpkins! – We are thankful to care for these amazing animals every day … and, recently, the animals showed us they are thankful for pumpkins!

#DisneyFamilia: Celebrate the Holidays Mexican Style – The event Feliz Navidad is returning this year to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot where guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays a la Mexicana, by sharing their culture and traditions in a very musical way.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Unforgettable Reunion Captured by Good Morning America at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 28th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

Neighbors helping neighbors – random acts of kindness going above and beyond to help someone. It’s something we have all experienced and are thankful when it happens. Sometimes those acts of kindness are small, and sometimes they are big. Air Force Lt. Colonel Jack Spencer from Georgia and his family experienced that unconditional kindness in a big way.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Gift Ideas from Two Disney Coasts

posted on November 28th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Now that the tryptophan is wearing off, you’ll need some energy if holiday shopping is part of your seasonal tradition.

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Grab Your Cameras: Last Chance to Enter the ‘Frozen – Say Freeze’ Photo Contest

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The feasting may be done, but don’t let your guests leave just yet! They could help you win an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort in the Frozen – Say Freeze Family Photo Contest.

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Let us help you find the perfect gift for the ones you love this holiday season. Here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place this December at the Disneyland Resort that I highly recommend you add to your list!

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Candlelight Processional Returns Tonight to Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The gorgeous sounds you’ll hear from the America Gardens Theatre tonight is the return of one of our most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot: the Candlelight Processional.

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#DisneyKids: Tips from a Mom’s Panelist With Little Ones

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

This week we travel to Epcot with Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Crystal, to explore fun for little ones from Future World to World Showcase. One “must-see” pavilion great for the whole family is The Seas With Nemo & Friends. Kids can frolic in the big blue world with Nemo and pals, plus get up close with real underwater sea life in a bunch of ways. In World Showcase, there’s lots to do including Kidcot Fun Stops with crafts and activities — true lifesavers when you are looking for a quick way to entertain tired youngsters. There’s so much to explore at this sprawling 300 acre park, so check out Crystal’s helpful tips.

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Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Now I know it’s REALLY the holiday season: Holidays Around the World has returned to Epcot. Beautifully-costumed storytellers who share the traditions and cultures from their countries and entertainment themed to the holidays add to the sparkle of the gorgeous decor around the theme park.

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