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Learn to Draw Fred From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw another member of the “Big Hero 6” team – it’s Fred, the fun-loving, comic-book aficionado of the group.

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Grab a pencil and paper and let Animation Academy’s Don Shane give you step-by-step instructions.

Want to learn how to draw Baymax or Hiro from the film? Or another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

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


Sailing with us to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation. I could spend all day telling you why you should add a Disney cruise to your next parks and resort trip, but I’ll keep it short with these top five reasons . . .

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  1. It’s a hassle-free vacation with the thrills and frills of Disney. You’ll quickly discover the convenience of cruising, especially as you only unpack once during your journey to multiple exotic destinations. What’s more, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, eat food prepared by first-rate chefs and be entertained morning until night like only Disney can do.
  2. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. One day you can zip line from tree top to tree top on a Port Adventure in the rainforest, and the next day you can stay put in a hammock on Castaway Cay. There’s no shortage of fun onboard or in port, but with so many options to recharge, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.
  3. A 3- or 4-night cruise is a great way to test the waters. For those of you who are new to cruising, our shorter sailings allow you to see if cruising is the right fit for your family. And since most onboard activities, entertainment and dining options are included in the price of your cruise, you’ll know just what to budget.
  4. You’ll have magical experiences you can’t get anywhere else. From regal gatherings with princesses to dance parties with Mickey and the gang on our private island, Castaway Cay, a Disney cruise gives you the chance to interact with characters in a whole new way. And speaking of Castaway Cay, most of our cruises from Florida stop at this tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.
  5. With two Disney Cruise Line homeports in Florida, it’s never been easier to make both a cruise and resort stay part of your Disney vacation. Port Canaveral and Miami are within driving distance of Walt Disney World, making it convenient to stay at one of our resorts and enjoy all four theme parks before or after visiting tropical destinations on a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.

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If you have questions about planning a Disney getaway that includes both a Disney Cruise Line voyage and a Walt Disney World Resort stay, head on over to DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. The knowledgeable panelists will help make it your family’s most magical vacation yet.

Those of you who’ve already enjoyed a Disney land and sea vacation, tell us, what are your best tips?

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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland Becomes Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Mickey’s Birthdayland became Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park this week in 1990. A few of the local residents gathered by the town sign to commemorate the name change.

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Mickey’s Starland eventually became Mickey’s Toontown Fair in 1996. Now, of course, it’s home to Storybook Circus, where you can fly on an elephant, feel the thrill of The Barnstormer or visit some familiar friends at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.

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‘Teen Beach 2: Beach Party’ Brings Summer Fun to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As a part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be celebrating the upcoming release of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach 2” with a daily “Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.”

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A Unique Point of View: Disneyland Monorail Visits Fantasyland Attractions

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Anyone who has strolled through Fantasyland at Disneyland park know the familiar double-honk from the Disneyland Monorail as it begins to make its way around the Matterhorn. Its course takes it past some of our classic attractions, and thanks to some clever maneuvering, Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer was able to catch these shots of monorail red as it passed “it’s a small world” and Alice in Wonderland.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Reports from the Field: GRACE

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Rachel Daneault, Primate-Carnivore Zoological Manager


Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team takes outstanding care of the animals at Walt Disney World Resort. You may have seen some of them in action at the Vet Hospital at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or explaining some of the studies they are conducting at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. But did you know that these same Cast Members often travel the world to help animals and support conservation projects in the wild?

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Uncover Hidden Gems on Adventures by Disney Long Weekend Vacations

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Hello from The Big Apple! New York, New York. The City that Never Sleeps.

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Memorial Day Flag Retreat Ceremony at Disneyland Park Honors Fallen Soldiers

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


On Memorial Day, Disneyland park guests lined Main Street, U.S.A. during the daily flag retreat ceremony to pay respect to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Dozens of veterans, reservists and active duty members of the armed forces came to participate in the ceremony.

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Casey’s Corner – Hitting Lunch Out of the Park for 20 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Imagine sitting at the end of Main Street U.S.A., looking at Cinderella Castle, the ragtime pianist serenading you as you bite into a juicy all-American hotdog. Is there anything better? Twenty years ago today, Casey’s Corner opened, pleasing hungry guests and baseball fans alike.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy #Disney24, ‘Tomorrowland’ Screening

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off the Coolest Summer Ever here at Walt Disney World Resort last Friday, by holding a special event for 500 of our readers, which included breakfast at Magic Kingdom Park and a special screening of the new film, “Tomorrowland.”

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