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Soccer is the Game, Developing Leaders is the Game Plan – Celebrating at Disney Cup International

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


“At the end of the day they don’t remember the scores….. I want them to remember the experience, I want them to remember the feeling.” With that belief at the center of his coaching, Steven Horwood of the Ajax Football Club from Ontario, Canada, has led his team to victory both on and off the pitch. The majority of his team has played together since they were 8-years-old, and now playing in their final season together, Horwood thought the Disney Cup International, Presented by AS Roma was the right thing to do for all they have accomplished.

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Ajax Football Club was one of 239 teams, more than 3,500 players, representing 18 countries, to play in the tournament. Teams from Canada, South America, Aruba and as far away as Australia came to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to test their skill against international competition.

But before stepping on the plane to come to Disney, before the kick-off whistle blew for their first game, Ajax FC was already a winner when it came to international sportsmanship.

For more than seven years these young women have volunteered more than 3,000 hours in their community helping others. The most notable program has them literally giving away the jerseys off their backs. Through the SOS Children’s Village program the team donates jerseys and soccer equipment to kids in Ghana, Africa. To date they have donated more than 300 uniforms, and expect to send another 200 after the tournament at Disney, as well as some other Disney keepsakes.

“Soccer is the sport but we really wanted to make them community leaders,” said coach Horwood. Helping fellow teammates in Africa is rewarding and raises their awareness of the world around them. Recently the girls received photographs of kids in Africa wearing their jerseys and playing with their equipment. “Growing up soccer has been kind of a lifestyle for me, something I really enjoy, giving the chance to give other kids in Africa the chance to play is fulfilling,” said Ajax FC defensive back Lauren Pugh.

On behalf of everyone at Disney Soccer and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, I want to congratulate Ajax FC for their hard work on and off the pitch. Win or lose, we celebrate the fact you have all scored one of the most important goals of your lives.

For more information on Disney Cup International and other Disney Soccer events, visit espnwwos.com.

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August 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

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


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way in August at the Disneyland Resort!

August 2 – 3: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of the newest releases in his collection. Learn more.

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August 2- 3: Find the latest releases from artists Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), who are dedicated to making unique odd goods with a “spookycute” aesthetic. Steam Crow art will be featured the entire month at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District with special appearances by Daniel and Dawna Davis on August 2, 3, 23 and 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. each day. Learn more.

August 8 – 10: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from 12 – 10 p.m. each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort as we celebrate the release of her Lady Tremaine and Stepsisters collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more.

August 9: Artist Jerrod Maruyama will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we debut his latest piece from the Happiest Hipster on Earth Collection titled Hipster Haunt and inspired by the ever-popular Haunted Mansion. Learn more.

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August 9: Who’s the fairest one of all? You will be, thanks to the new and delightfully dark Tangled Web collection from Beautifully Disney. For their seventh collection, Beautifully Disney pays tribute to those leading ladies who love to show their darker Disney Side. Stay tuned for more details on the Disney Parks Blog.

August 14: Artist Matt Spangler will appear at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 6 – 10 p.m. as part of the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District. A separate ticket is required to attend the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District event.

August 16: Special merchandise is materializing, but as of right now, I can’t say. If you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, soon all will be revealed about this special day.

August 16: Artists Leilani Joy, Ryan Metcalf and Miss Mindy will take part in an artist signing from 2 – 4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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August 29 – 30: Are you ready for another Art Attack! Artists Jeff Granito, Liana Hee and Noah are taking over WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney with live art performances and demonstrations from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and a special artist signing opportunity following, from 7 – 9 p.m. Who will you be rooting for? Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of August is Liana Hee. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: August 1 -3, 8 – 9, 15 – 17, 22 – 24 and 29 – 31 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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Be Prepared for ‘Villains Unleashed’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


We’re just one month out from August 23, the night a record number of Disney villains – more than 50 in all – will invade Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the park’s new, separately ticketed event, “Villains Unleashed.” While some of the surprises being planned for this one-night-only party remain hidden under a cloak of mystery, other tantalizing details are beginning to emerge, and it’s shaping up to be one fiendishly fun evening!
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  • Hades Hangout - The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the main event stage, where hosts Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic are killing ‘em with comedy. They’re joined throughout the night by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, and a rogues gallery of roaming rottens, from the Queen of Hearts and Sheriff of Nottingham to the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook.
  • Villains Dominion – For this one special night, the Streets of America area of the park will be swarming with baddies. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet favorites like Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, along with more rarely seen baddies such as Shan Yu from “Mulan,” Bowler Hat Guy from “Meet the Robinsons,” or Captain Gantu and Dr. Hämsterviel from “Lilo & Stitch: The Series.” In addition to these dedicated villain encounters, you may spot even more wandering evildoers in the area. Look for Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and more!
  • The Dark Side – During “Villains Unleashed,” the area around Star Tours – The Adventures Continue becomes a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the place to find nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett, Sith apprentice Darth Maul, and the ultimate villain – Darth Vader! And that’s not all! Wandering the area, you’ll stumble upon more malcontents from that galaxy far, far away: Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and others.
  • Villainous Encounters – Visit Stage 4 (where The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction is seen during the day), and you can “Parlay” with the one and only Hector Barbossa. And just around the corner in the Animation Courtyard is where you’ll discover a bit of the Moors, where you can have an audience with the mistress of all evil, Maleficent!
  • Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show – Over on Sunset Boulevard, Theater of the Stars presents a production of extreme performances, hosted by the original master of scare-monies, Oogie Boogie. It’s an all-new show that’s sure to thrill!
  • Fantasmic! Strolling up Sunset Boulevard, a gang of villainous henchmen, known as the Night Crawlers, tempt you to join them for a special pre-show to the evening’s performance of Fantasmic!, itself a celebration of the power and intrigue of some of the greatest Disney villains.
  • “Villainy in the Sky” Fireworks – Ultimately, Hades summons Maleficent to the main event stage to close things out with a devilishly dazzling display of pyrotechnics!

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And there’s more! You can get a Villains ExScream Makeover with complimentary face painting at stations around Echo Lake, join in on one of the dance parties taking place in the park, and enjoy a wicked cabaret atmosphere – not to mention some delectable, small-plate menu items – at Club Evil in the Hollywood Brown Derby.

For fans of Disney’s darker characters, “Villains Unleashed” promises to be a nightmare come true! It’s all happening one night only, August 23, 2014, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You won’t want to miss it, so get your tickets now, before they all disappear!

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


The recipe I’m sharing today is for our Tomato Cake, the perfect appetizer for a light, summer meal. Chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, so why not try it tonight? Eating like you’re on a Disney cruise is definitely the best remedy for those days when you’re wishing you could be at sea with us.

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Join Us for a Special ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

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


Sure, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie hits theaters in August but the Disney Parks Blog is providing a special opportunity to see it early. On Sunday, July 27, 2014, we’re hosting a “Guardians of the Galaxy” Disney Parks Blog meet-up at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Last summer, my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, shared some of the best places to enjoy “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Today, we continue the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series with a video of the top 5 locations to catch the show this summer.

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New Renderings Offer A Glimpse at the Future Access to Disney Springs

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


If you’ve visited Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort lately, you’ve most likely noticed the many changes underway as the area transforms into Disney Springs – it’s the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history and, when completed, will double the area’s number of dining and retail options.

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Wildlife Wednesday: It’s Lovely Weather To Book A Sleigh Ride Together With You at Walt Disney World!

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Mark Beatty, Worldwide Ranch Animal Operations Manager


Outside the snow isn’t falling, but friends are calling, “Yoo hoo… Now is the time to make your reservations!” You may think it’s too early, but now is a great time to book your holiday sleigh ride at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground!

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First Look at New Cars Land Pinstriping Merchandise at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What’s summer without a road trip? Where did my travels take me? Well, most recently Radiator Springs in Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort. If you’re planning to cruise through Cars Land yourself this summer, here are a few things that are rolling into locations that you should keep an eye out for.

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Bidding a Bittersweet ‘Adios’ to Costa Rica With Adventures by Disney

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


My Adventures by Disney journey through Costa Rica has, sadly, come to an end. However, I wanted to share with you some final memories from this unique trip.

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