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Celebration of the Harvest at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

In Hawai‘i, the traditional celebration of the harvest — or Makahiki — takes place in the fall. At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, our resort’s casual, family-friendly restaurant is appropriately named after the season’s festival, Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands.

As we pointed out in the “Unforgettable Details” post a few months back, the story of Makahiki season comes to life inside the restaurant through not only delectable cuisine, but also local artwork. Murals by artists Solomon Enos and Al Lagunero celebrate the spirit of the festival, while depicting Hawaiian feasting and gaming.


To continue the celebration of this season in a fun and festive way, the resort is featuring a new Disney character show called “Menehune Mischief at the Makahiki.” Available on select days, guests are invited to join Aunty, Donald Duck, Stitch and Chip & Dale as they tell the story of the Menehune — the magical “little people” of Hawai‘i!

Happy Thanksgiving from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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‘The Goldbergs’ Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 26th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

After a long production period making episodes of their hit ABC series, the cast of “The Goldbergs” — Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile, AJ Michalka and Patton Oswalt — along with Executive Producers Adam Goldberg and Doug Robinson, and their families — wanted to enjoy a little holiday magic at the Disneyland Resort.


During a full day that included Soarin’ Over California, the Jingle Cruise and lunch in New Orleans Square, we caught up with the cast in Cars Land where they saw all the sights in Radiator Springs. It was a day no one will soon forget — especially Mater!

“The Goldbergs” airs Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC.


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Unforgettable Moment at Walt Disney World Resort Shared With the Nation on ‘Good Morning America’

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

It was a moment Lt. Colonel Shannon Patrick Thompson and his family had waited years for, the chance to thank a United States postal worker from Virginia who literally kept Thompson’s family connected while he served our country in Afghanistan.

During his deployment Thompson provided much needed medical attention to men, women and children who were sick or injured by the tragedies of war. While this Naval officer provided distinguished service, his wife Irene and daughter remained back home in Virginia trying to maintain life as normal as possible. Providing care packages to her husband became vital in an attempt to keep that normalcy. This is where a hometown hero entered their life and provided the bridge of support the family needed. Ron Johnson, a postal worker in Salem, VA, provided the shipping expertise and words of encouragement Irene needed to get through those tough days of deployment – every time she came to the post office

Working with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Walt Disney World Resort, Thompson and his family were able to thank Johnson in an amazing way with a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for him and his fiancé. A trip filled with one-of-a-kind surprises and an emotional reunion with the Thompson family. Unforgettable moments shared with the nation this morning on “Good Morning America“.

Following the reunion, both families were treated to a Thanksgiving feast and spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park. Unforgettable moments filled with tears of happiness, laughter and thankfulness.

We salute all the men and women in our armed services and the everyday people who make a difference in our communities by lending a helping hand.

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Turkey Lurkey

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re continuing our series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials with a special Thanksgiving Day treat. Today, we’re showing you how to make Turkey Lurkey from the 2005 film, “Chicken Little,” using snow peas, corn, apples, eggplant and other tasty ingredients.

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Disney Days of Past: Happy Thanksgiving!

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

It is a favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition of mine to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Here we take a look at the Mickey Mouse balloon that paraded its way down the streets of New York City in the early 1970’s. I hope this photo brings many happy memories of your Thanksgiving traditions.

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back at Local Food Pantries

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, Disney Cruise Line crew members volunteered at local food pantries to help with Thanksgiving preparations in communities near our Florida homeports in Port Canaveral and Miami, and in Galveston, Texas.

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‘Stock Up’ on Good Cheer and Do Good at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you discover your stocking filled with goodies? What if you could give that gift to someone AND make a difference for the children of Anaheim?

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Acoustic Group Quickstep Debuts in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

There’s a new sound on the streets of the United Kingdom pavilion, as the band Quickstep has made their Epcot debut. Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. They bring lively, acoustic performances, featuring fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.

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‘The Good Dinosaur Weekend’ Celebrated Pixar’s Newest Film

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.

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Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.

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