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#DisneyFamilia: Mágicos Recuerdos For All

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Do you have over a thousand photos on your cell phone? If so, you are like me and many others that enjoy capturing pictures of magical moments, especially while vacationing with la familia.

On this week’s “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World” video, travel expert Sonia Gil tells you everything you need to know to capture all the best recuerdos (memories) during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

Now that you know where to take the best photos in the theme parks and where the characters are, make sure that you take advantage of everything that the Disney’s PhotoPass does, including the awesome Memory Maker feature.

And when you visit, don’t forget to find the many charging stations throughout the theme parks so you don’t miss anything just because your smartphone ran out of battery.

Are you ready for your close up? If so, sonríe (smile) and let me know what is your favorite location to snap a photo!

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New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Do you know what time it is? It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Not too long ago, I shared the art that would appear during the celebration, but here’s your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork. Be sure to check out the new collection starting July 30 at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Tip: If you haven’t had a chance to collect the first set of items in the “Decades” program, there’s still time. But don’t wait – items are in limited supply.

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Before I go, I have a few other reminders for you. If you have been collecting the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pressed coins, be sure to pick up the newest ones featuring the “Decades” art at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District!

I know that many of you were hoping to participate in the Looking for Mickey Quest. So, I wanted to make sure to tell you that the Looking for Mickey Quest has been extended. Be sure to join in the fun today!

And because I’m on a roll, how about a sneak peek? Here’s a look at one of the final pieces of art in the “Decades” series. Is it the last one? You’re going to have to watch and see. Tip: If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015, look for a tee featuring similar art before it debuts in summer 2016.

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Which “Decades” collection are you most excited for?

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Cruising with Little Ones: Q&A with a Mom

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared information about taking a Disney cruise with young kids. A lot of that information has come from chatting with parents who have sailed with children under the age of five. One of my conversations was with Debbie, an avid Disney cruiser from Minneapolis.

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Debbie and her husband have three kids who all experienced their first Disney cruise as toddlers. She has cruised three times with kids and three times without, which definitely makes her an expert on all things Disney Cruise Line! Here are her answers to some of my questions about cruising with little ones …

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What stood out about the amenities for young children?

Debbie: Everything was catered to the kids. The wait staff and housekeeping staff made my kids feel like royalty every day by adding many extra special touches to their service. My three-year-old twins especially loved the splash pad, and it satisfied their need for water activities, while putting my mind at ease in that it was enclosed. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about their swim abilities. The accessibility to the characters is phenomenal. Some of the characters even recognized my kids by mid-week, which made them feel extra special. Evening activities in the kids’ club (i.e. “pajama party”) allowed for some adult time. I felt the kids were very safe in the Oceaneer Club; check in and check out was efficient, yet thorough, and safety was a priority. Also, you can borrow amazing all-terrain strollers (for free!) so you don’t have to bring your own when you disembark at ports of call.

What are some of the ways Disney Cruise Line made it easy for you to enjoy time for yourself onboard?

Debbie: Bringing our kids to the Oceaneer Club during dinner allowed us to relax and enjoy our meal. We were able to enjoy an evening at Remy while the kids were at the Oceaneer Club. The counselors knew of our plans and promised to only call us if it was an emergency. When we did bring our kids with us to other dining rooms, the wait staff catered to them. Servers could sense if the kids were over tired or amped up and would find ways to entertain and amuse them. It was incredible. Also, you can request kids’ food right away during dinner. This way, when they are done, they can leave with a youth counselor and go to the Oceaneer Club. It allows for a much more pleasant dining experience for parents of children who get bored quickly!

How about in port?

Debbie: There are awesome activities for families and kids at Castaway Cay. We never once heard “I’m bored,” which rarely happens when we’re on a beach with the kids. We even went out on a limb and left the kids on the ship when we went to San Juan. We decided to do an adult excursion (kayaking/hiking/ziplining). Early on I was very nervous about leaving the kids on the ship, but it was INCREDIBLE. We had the most amazing time (I HIGHLY recommend that excursion!!) and the kids had a great time on the ship.

What impressed you most about the youth counselors?

Debbie: They are genuinely excited to be with your kids, seem to really enjoy their role, and are fully engaged and highly interactive with the children (they are kids at heart!) They get to know your kids during the week and cater to their needs. I felt like the counselors truly cared about my children. It was like leaving my children with a room full of magical nannies!

What is your response to parents who question if their children are old enough to truly enjoy and appreciate a Disney cruise?

Debbie: First and foremost – it’s Disney. No matter the age, there’s something for everyone. The service on the cruise is second to none. One of the many benefits of the cruise is that you don’t have to think about a thing and you can leave your worries behind. Kids hungry? There’s always food available. Kids bored? Not possible. There’s always something to do.

A big “thank you” to Debbie for her insights. For more on cruising with little ones, check out these past posts:

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Behind the Scenes: Learning The Tradition of Italian Flag Throwing at Epcot

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, or “the flag throwers of Sansepolcro,” are an amazing new addition to the entertainment lineup at Epcot. Flag throwing is a tradition that dates back several centuries in Italy – it started first as something one would see during war, as a village or city would try to protect their flag during battle. In the decades since, flag throwing has evolved into a form of performance art, and many Italian towns still have their own flag throwing troupes.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.

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A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 3-Bedroom Grand Villa

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With an immediate family of 12, I personally understand what it’s like to vacation with a large ‘ohana. That’s why I like to recommend 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, for family vacations – the perfect retreat for everyone. My nieces and nephew can spend the day at Aunty’s Beach House while the adults relax beside the Wailana Pool. Then we can all convene for dinner in the Grand Villa before heading to the Starlit Hui. Today our “A Home Away From Home” series continues with a look inside these 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani – so perfect for multi-families or even reunions.

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Top 5 Picks for Lunch on the Walt Disney World Monorail

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A lunchtime getaway on the monorail is one of our favorite tips for Magic Kingdom Park guests – take a leisurely mid-day break, then return energized to the park for more fun and fireworks.

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Fun in the Sun! Summer Merchandise Picks at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this summer? Here’s a look at some of the merchandise picks we found to help you enjoy some fun in the sun!

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Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Reservations Open Today

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Tucked into the back of the Land pavilion at Epcot, Garden Grill Restaurant is known for family-style food, unique views of the “Living with the Land” attraction, and fun antics and interactions with our favorite chipmunks—Chip ‘n’ Dale.

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Behind the Scenes: Recreating Rapunzel’s World for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.

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