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Enter Now for an Opportunity to Attend A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re looking for 101 pet dogs to celebrate their Disney Side at one of the most unique events the Disney Parks Blog has ever hosted. A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on August 30, 2014, (before the park opens) at the Walt Disney World Resort – and we’d love for you and your costumed dog to participate if you are eligible and if a photo of your dog showing his or her Disney Side is selected in our contest.

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The event officially begins at 7 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 30, but we’re asking for attendees and their pet dogs to arrive at 5:45 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort parking area. Inside the park, dogs and owners will walk the “green carpet” (with fire hydrants) on Main Street U.S.A., enjoy a “Doggie Dance Party” and experience a special walk in the park around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park. A light breakfast will also be served.

During the event, a crew from Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Pet” will be filming pet dogs for a special Disney Side edition of the TV show that’ll air in October. Attendees will have the option to be filmed for the TV show but participation is not mandatory.

Please read the official rules before you enter the contest, and please pay special attention to the following “Do’s and Don’ts” when preparing your entry.

Do’s

  • Showing your dog’s Disney Side means your dog should be costumed in a fun way, a way that also ties into what Disney Parks represents through its Disney characters and attractions.
  • Be sure your dog’s costume and photo of you and your dog comply with the official rules and contest criteria.
  • Be creative with the costume and the photo.
  • Make sure your photo is not larger than 2MB. Color and black and white images are acceptable.
  • Include all paperwork required in the Official Rules.
  • By entering the contest you agree to Disney’s Terms of Use.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show any prominent brands or logos other than those on/in your Dog’s costume.
  • Don’t include anyone besides yourself and your dog in the photo.
  • Don’t show anything that might be objectionable, vulgar or obscene. Avoid rude gestures, and other inappropriate stuff and for your and your dog’s safety, don’t try any risky moves.

Now, to enter, send us an email titled “A Disney Side Dog’s Day in the Park” with a photo of your Disney Side-costumed dog, your name, your pet’s medical documents and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few more things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest and one dog per winner in the contest.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the winning contest entrants to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the winner of the contest submission, winner’s dog and winner’s guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming our selection of your contest submission, then your contest submission was not selected.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to persons who are 18 years of age or older, as of entry, and are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida and currently own a dog in good health under 70 pounds that has been spayed or neutered with required paperwork. Entries must be received between 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/22/14 and 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/24/14. Limit one (1) entry per person. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and Magic Kingdom Park Event. For full details including eligibility and entry requirements, judging criteria, prize descriptions & limitations, see Official Rules.

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Adventures in St. Lucia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The Pitons (Petite Piton, right, and Gros Piton) Soufriere, St. Lucia

The dramatic Piton volcanic peaks, a famous symbol of St. Lucia, make this island one of the most stunning destinations in the Caribbean. Our call on Castries, the island’s capital, is the second stop of our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan this fall and the starting point for countless adventures! Whether you’re into snorkeling, biking, hiking or just relaxing with beautiful views, you’ll be in paradise on St. Lucia.

Soufriere, St. Lucia The Pitons (Gros Piton, right, and Petite Piton) Soufriere, St. Lucia

Snorkel Beneath The Pitons – Those of you who want a chance to see the majestic Pitons will love this tour! It includes the perfect photo vantage point of the volcanic peaks from a cruise down the coast, plus time to relax and snorkel at the world-famous Sugar Beach located between Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Your journey along the island’s picturesque west coast on a powerboat is part of the fun of this adventure, and provides views of Marigot Bay and Soufrière Bay. If you want to add a little shopping and luxury to your experience, hop on the Cruise To The Pitons tour, which includes a stop at the shopping village of Marigot Bay.

Sulfur Springs Waterfall

Tropical Waterfall Experience – This excursion combines visits to three spectacular destinations – volcanic springs, a historic estate, and a cascading waterfall. Starting at Sulphur Springs, you’ll be amazed at the bubbling mud pots of the only drive-in volcano in the world. Next up, you’ll head to the Morne Coubaril Estate, a plantation full of history, culture, gorgeous gardens and a sugar cane mill. Your final stop is for a dip into a pool of fresh mountain spring water under the 50-foot Toraille Waterfall.

Pigeon Island Sea Trek Pigeon Island Sea Trek

Sea Trek Helmet Diving At Pigeon Island – Pigeon Island, a national park and historic site with numerous forts, is a great landscape for hiking and breathtaking views. On this family-friendly excursion, you’ll have time to explore the park from both above and below the water. A special Sea Trek adventure, a unique helmet diving experience where you don’t even have to get your hair wet, gives you the chance to walk the ocean floor for an up-close encounter with tropical fish and marine life. The Snuba Adventure is another great options for families who prefer a traditional mask instead of the helmet.

Stay tuned for my suggestions of what to do in Grenada, coming up next week. And remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


For more about the available Port Adventures during the 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises, visit the posts below:

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Learn To Draw Ray the Firefly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our “Learn to Draw” series is focusing on one of the characters from “Princess and the Frog” – it’s Ray the Firefly.

Grab a pencil and paper and let Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios give you a quick tutorial.


For more from our “Learn to Draw” series, visit the links tutorials below:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Howdy from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


For this “Disney Parks After Dark,” I wanted to find a place in the Disneyland Resort where I could take a series of photos while staying in the same place over a short period of time. My goal was to make each photo look different without adding additional lighting. The first photo is a typical example of what I would normally take of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was taken at 9:18 p.m.

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Setting Off on a ‘Frozen’ Journey with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


Fjords, folk dancing, glaciers, Vikings and, of course, Anna and Elsa. These are a few of the only things I knew about Norway when I set out to spend eight days and seven nights exploring the Nordic countryside with Adventures by Disney.

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Last Week to Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories with #Disneyland60Contest

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This is it! It’s the last week to share your Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015! So tweet or Instagram your memories now! You only have until midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to enter.

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Behind the Scenes: Planting the Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re nearly two weeks away from the start of this year’s first Halloween on the High Seas cruise! As we prepare for our extra spooky celebration, bringing ghoulishly good fun to all four ships, we’re putting the finishing touches on our new Pumpkin Trees. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of our team getting the trees ready to plant on the ships …

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‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!’ Street Party Debuts This Fall at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party has been a guest favorite at Magic Kingdom Park since its debut in 2009. This fall, we’re kicking things up a notch with new music, new characters, and a new way for you to be part of the show!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Classic Game of Baseball

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Here’s the windup and the pitch! A little throwback to 1973 when Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale were playing baseball out on the lawn near Cinderella Castle. Hey, batter, batter!

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New Cars Land Neon Merchandise at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


They say when the cat’s away, the mice will play. That general rule applied here. While I was out of town visiting our Disney Theme Park Merchandise offices based on the east coast, my friends and fellow colleagues had some fun in the sun, showing off some of the new Neon Cars Land ‘At-Tire’ which recently made its way down Route 66 and into Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

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