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New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”

New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“The Lion Guard” follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. Kion and his friends represent the Pride Lands’ as The Lion Guard, a group made up of the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight.

The new Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sends young explorers on a park-wide search for the five Lion Guard characters: Kion, the fierce leader of the Lion Guard; Bunga, a brave and fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-natured hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret.

The fun begins when guests pick up a “Lion Guard Adventure Map,” which are available in select merchandise locations. Kids search for character statues hidden in themed locations throughout the park that represent each animal. At each stop, there’s a Lion Guard banner and a sign with the character’s attribute, so you’re sure you’ve found the right place. Once all five character traits are discovered, cast members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch officially induct youngsters into the Lion Guard with a special pledge, fun activities, and a Lion Guard Button identifying them as honorary members. Rafiki also joins the newest inductees for a photo.

What do you think? Will you try this out next time you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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Wandering Dreams Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuts at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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This new piece is limited to an edition size of 1,000 and will be available in a variety of formats, including: Unframed ($150), Framed ($240), Framed with Postcard ($260), Framed with Pin ($270)* and Framed with Postcard and Pin ($280).*

*Tip: A specially designed pin, limited to an edition size of 600, is only available with these framed formats, while supplies last. Here’s your first look at the art for the pin.

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Unable to make it to the Disneyland Resort? A limited number of cels will be available to purchase online for a limited time only. Applicable tax and shipping fees apply. Discounts available on framing only. Order yours here!

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Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

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This year, we are offering a few returning favorites including long and short-sleeved apparel for both the overall weekend, Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. These items include “I Did It” shirts, drinkware, Sweaty Bands, Bondi Bands, collectible pins, car magnets and more.

Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016 Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

Guests will also find shirts and car magnets for both the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K races.

There are a few new art programs this year including artwork titled “Run Princess Run” that’s included on apparel and accessories. Another art program, “Run Like the Princess You Are,” has stylized buildings of famous Disney Princesses.

The Princess theme is also carried over onto three new colorful handbags by Dooney & Bourke.

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Finally, if you want to add a little sparkle to your weekend, we are offering a unique “Glitter & Go” makeover experience in the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The package includes a hair twist, light makeup, shimmering lip gloss, a face gem, and a light-up Princess Tiara. Reservations will be taken on walk-in basis for guests ages 3 and up. The experience will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Retail is $19.95 plus tax.

Look for these commemorative items and more during runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Expo will be open during the following times:

  • Thursday, February 18 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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#DisneyFamilia: Valentine’s Day with a Latin Twist at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


If you want to celebrate this special day with your loved ones, Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a special menu just for the occasion, made especially for you and your familia!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animal Valentine’s Day Cards to Share

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


Happy Valentine’s Day from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment! As you prepare for this weekend, please enjoy our animal-inspired Valentine’s Day cards featuring animals at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Romance is in the Air at Downtown Disney District as Valentine’s Weekend Brings Special Menus, Gift Ideas and Entertainment

posted on February 9th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a special gift for your sweetheart, Valentine-themed entertainment or a horse & carriage ride, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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A Family Point of View: Fun Together on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The opportunity for families to play together is one of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart. From exhilarating rides on the AquaDuck water coaster, to carefree dancing at the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, there are countless ways for parents and kids to have fun as a family. In this video, get a first-person point of view from the Ortega family as they discover some of the excitement of a Disney cruise.

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

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‘Celebrate Gospel’ Returns to the Disneyland Resort February 13

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Saturday, February 13, guest choirs from throughout Southern California will gather at Disney California Adventure park to “Celebrate Gospel” in honor of Black History Month, and the spirit and history of gospel music.

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Download Our Dragon Maleficent Wallpaper

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Last week during our latest #DisneyParksLIVE stream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we asked our viewers to vote to unlock one of two new “Fantasmic!”-themed Disney Parks Blog wallpapers. The winners voted to unlock a Sorcerer Mickey design – but we couldn’t keep the other choice, Dragon Maleficent, under lock and key too long!

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