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Nick Cannon Celebrates with Goofy at Disneyland Park

posted on July 7th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Television host Nick Cannon met up with Goofy recently during a visit to the Disneyland Resort while celebrating a friend’s birthday.

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Goofy was wearing his spiffy new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration duds, and Nick even said that Goofy’s new suit looks like something he might like to wear. Of course we’ve known that Goofy has been setting fashion trends for years!

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Celebrate Tanabata With New Beverages From Tokyo Dining in Epcot

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Today is Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival in Japanese culture. This holiday celebrates the one day of the year that two loves, Altair the Cowherd and Vega the Weaver, were allowed by the king to be together. The rest of the year they are separated by the Milky Way. In Japan, many festivals take place to celebrate Tanabata—in fact, Tokyo Disneyland celebrates the festival with a parade lead by Mickey and Minnie.

Today at Walt Disney World Resort, Tanabata is being celebrated in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Cast members wear traditional Kimono, and in the afternoon guests are invited to write their wishes on slips of colorful paper and place them on a bamboo tree in the Mitsukoshi department store. Continue the celebration at Tokyo Dining, where you can share a meal—and some drinks from the new beverage menu—with a loved one.

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Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Garin Williamson, beverage manager for Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo, who walked me through the new beverage menu. With a focus on natural, fresh ingredients, these drinks have a distinct Japanese flair.

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For a “hands-on” experience, try the Shochu Squeeze: choose grapefruit, lemon or orange to hand-squeeze into a glass of clean, crisp shochu for the ultimate refreshment.

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There are many ways to sample sake—choose from a new carafe or masu box—purposely overflowed to show generosity—or try the Junmai Sake Flight, a sampling of three premium sake: Junmai, Junmai Ginjyo, and Junmai Daiginjyo.

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On a hot day, cool down with the Sake Mojito with sake, shochu, Japanese shiso herb and fresh mint, or go for something tropical like the Okinawa Beach with gold tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, sour mix and calpico. Tea lovers will enjoy the Green Tea Martini with honey-infused matcha tea and vodka.

Celebrate Tanabata today with your loved ones or next time you visit the Japan pavilion at Epcot. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Disney Cruise Line #1

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The votes are in and Travel + Leisure readers have spoken. We’re excited to share that for the seventh consecutive year, readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line as the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards. We’re also overjoyed that they ranked Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second time in a row!

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Readers who participated in this year’s survey rated cruise ships on the quality of cabins, food, itineraries and excursions — in addition to value.

It’s always an honor to be named the best of the best by our guests and fans. Why is Disney Cruise Line #1 in your book?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Walt Disney World Railroad?

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you taken a trip aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? How well do you know the train’s history? Take our quiz below.

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Moms Panel Monday: Packing for a Disney Parks Vacation

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


With a huge variety of activities available during a Disney Parks vacation, deciding what to pack for your entire family can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, the knowledgeable members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are here to provide some advice from real moms and dads!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Aviator at Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Welcome aboard, flight enthusiasts! I’m Kevin, your in-flight entertainment for the next 3-4 minutes. As many of you know, we immerse our guests in the rich history and vibrant surroundings of the state of California when they visit Disney California Adventure park here at Disneyland Resort. As an Aviator at Soarin’ Over California, Ryan Adams has the unique role of preparing guests for an exhilarating flight through some of these iconic sights, sounds and smells of California — all within a few minutes!

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#DisneySide Doodles: Rapunzel Takes a Carousel Spin

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s #DisneySide Doodle was created by artist Ty Amato and showcases Rapunzel and her good pal, Pascal, taking a ride on the carousel.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Birthday Collection Coming Soon

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, do I have an exciting tip for you! On July 16, look for a special commemorative birthday collection to debut at select locations as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The collection will include adult tees, a mug, magnet, keychain, button set with zipper pouch, toothpick holder as well as a pin.

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The Sights of Iceland with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today Disney Cruise Line is in stunning Iceland, the land of fire and ice! The Disney Magic will overnight in Reykjavik before calling on Akureyri on Monday.

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Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries This Milestone with New Shirts on the Disney Parks Online Store

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the start of a new month, I’m excited to highlight a few new shirts coming to the Disney Parks online store. Guests can order these limited release shirts by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParksEvents during the following dates in July. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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