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Finding Your First Hidden Mickey At Disney Parks

posted on October 23rd, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Judging from responses to our last “Hidden Mickey” post, there are favorite patterns, silhouettes and abstract images scattered throughout Disney Parks, including several in The Haunted Mansion.

Disney Imagineers have placed them like Easter eggs throughout the property and inside resorts – like today’s example. Do you know where it can be found?
Hidden Mickeys Appear Everywhere

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Disney Tips For Designing Your Jack-O-Lantern

posted on October 23rd, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re looking for ideas on how to design your Halloween jack-o-lantern, we’ve got 182 of them – and they all can be found on Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

It’s not the usual squares and rectangles for pumpkins at Walt Disney World Resort this season – they’re unique. Different designs and shapes include a hot dog pumpkin over Casey’s Corner and my favorite snowman pumpkin. There’s even a pumpkin featuring a spilled ice cream cone.

The Magic Kingdom Park hand-carved pumpkins on the buildings and in windows are redesigned with different designs and shapes, according to David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment. Disney’s Event and Decorating Support then took David’s sketches and made them real. Check out some of David’s best in a quick video.

If you’re carving your own jack-o-lantern in the next few days, here’s some advice from the people who make Main Street, U.S.A. so unique this time of year:

Pick your pumpkin – Before you buy, put your potential pumpkin on the floor or ground and make sure it sits straight. If you can “see” where the face should go, it’s the right pumpkin for you.

Start sketching on paper - Once you start cutting into the pumpkin, it’s too late to go back. First, draw your design on a piece of paper (grocery bag, old wrapping paper, newspaper) the same size as your pumpkin. Once you’ve got your design just how you want it, you’re ready to move the design to your pumpkin. Disney’s Event and Decorating Support used an overhead projector and a black marker, but you can just as easily use a toothpick or fork. Hold your pattern to the pumpkin and poke a tiny hole through the paper every half-inch or so. When you take the paper away, you’ll have a dotted outline to follow.

Carve the lid at an angle – If you cut up-and-down around the pumpkin’s stem, your cap could fall through. Don’t worry if you don’t carve a perfect circle. That will actually help you find the “right” way to put the lid back on.

Skip the candle – All of the pumpkins along Main Street, U.S.A use LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Much safer than an open flame, LEDs don’t get hot. The also last longer than a candle and won’t blow out in the wind. New LEDs even flicker like a real flame.

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Mickey Helps Fill Paradise Bay Lagoon for ‘World of Color’

posted on October 23rd, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Last week we told you that Paradise Bay would be filling with water very soon. We also shared the interesting environmental story about how the process works. The time has come! Check out the fun video of Mickey and Goofy lending a helping hand.

Click here if you’re interested in reading more about how we worked with the Orange County Water District to find a more environmentally conscious way to fill the lagoon.

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Did You Miss It? The Disneyland Attraction That’s Millions of Years Old

posted on October 22nd, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Look closely in Frontierland and you’ll find a rare geological artifact – the remains of a petrified tree that is believed to be between 55 million and 70 million years old! Did you miss it on your last trip to Disneyland Park? If you’ve seen it, did you know the tree was a present from Mrs. Walt Disney?

Here’s the story: On July 11, 1956, Walt Disney purchased the remains of a petrified tree that once stood 200 feet tall from the Pike Forest Fossil Beds, a privately owned petrified forest area in Colorado that is now part of Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument. Walt arranged for the tree to be sent to California. More than a year later, Lillian Disney presented the tree to Disneyland Park, reportedly saying that the tree was “too large for the mantle” at home.
Petrified Tree at Disneyland Park

The photo above shows Mr. and Mrs. Disney in September 1957, at the time the gift was presented to Disneyland Park.
Petrified Tree at Disneyland Park

The rest of the story can be found on the plaque inscription, which reads:

PETRIFIED TREE
FROM THE
PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO
THIS SECTION WEIGHS FIVE TONS AND MEASURES 7 1/2 FEET
IN DIAMETER. THE ORIGINAL TREE, ESTIMATED TO HAVE
BEEN 200 FEET TALL, WAS PART OF A SUB-TROPICAL FOREST
55 TO 70 MILLION YEARS AGO IN WHAT IS NOW COLORADO.
SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT TO BE OF THE REDWOOD OF SEQUOIA
SPECIES. DURING SOME PREHISTORIC ERA A CATACLYSMIC
UPHEAVAL CAUSED SILICA LADEN WATER TO OVERSPREAD
THE LIVING FOREST. WOOD CELLS WERE CHANGED DURING THE
COURSE OF TIME TO SANDSTONE. OPALS WERE FORMED
WITHIN THE TREE TRUNK ITSELF.

PRESENTED TO DISNEYLAND
BY
MRS. WALT DISNEY
SEPTEMBER, 1957

On your next trip, look for this artifact along the banks of the Rivers of America near The Golden Horseshoe.

Unique stories about Disneyland Park and its history can be told through a variety of historical photos. Check back on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for more photos that help tell these interesting stories.

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Disney Weddings Interview: David Tutera

posted on October 22nd, 2009 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


Today we’re continuing our series from New York City with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. He’s answering some of the most asked questions from Disney brides and sharing some secrets about the importance of wedding planning, theming and creativity. David also gives his best advice for your wedding day — be a guest at your own wedding. Check out the full interview.

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Oktoberfest 2009 at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim

posted on October 22nd, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


I absolutely love to travel, but I’ve never made it Germany for Oktoberfest. Lucky for me, the Downtown Disney District will be filled with the German spirit as it hosts Oktoberfest for the first time later this month.
Oktoberfest Band

I’m most looking forward to seeing the bands in full costume that will be performing throughout the Downtown Disney District nightly October 23-25. If you want the full experience, don’t miss all three groups:

*Alphorngruppe, a German alphorn ensemble, performing near ESPN Zone October 23-24 between 6 and 10 p.m.

*Stu Undem Band, a five-member polka band that will be strolling throughout Downtown Disney District October 23-25 between 6 and 10 p.m.

*Doug Lacey, a polka-playing accordion musician, performing throughout Downtown Disney District October 23-25 between 6 and 10 p.m.

Need more inspiration to come down for the chicken dance? Maybe these photos will help:
Oktoberfest Band

The UVA Bar & Café has a special menu featuring kasknoedel, Oktoberfest sausage, backfish, wurstsalat, schweinefleisch and apfelstrudel now through October 31. Want more for less? You can catch these menu items at 50 percent off during happy hour at UVA Bar and Café between 3 and 5 p.m. October 23-24. During happy hour, you can also grab $5 Oktoberfest beers and $5 well cocktails and house wines by the glass.

What do you love most about Oktoberfest? The sausages, beer, lederhosen, Bavarian music? (Remember to keep it family-friendly).

Hope to see you there!

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Princess Tiana Gown Now Available For Brides

posted on October 21st, 2009 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


We’re in New York City this week for Bridal Market. It’s fashion week for bridal market the premier showcase of designer bridal gowns and we have a special surprise.

We met with Kirstie Kelly, couture designer for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings bridal gowns including the long-awaited Princess Tiana gown. The elegant Tiana dress is available for brides but don’t worry, a child version can be found at Disney Parks. Here’s a peek at Kirstie’s latest designs.

For more info and updates, be sure to follow @DisneyWeddings on Twitter.

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Victoria & Albert’s New Year’s Eve Event Announced

posted on October 21st, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


For the first time, our award-winning Signature Dining restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, will be offering a special New Year’s Eve experience.

Victoria & Albert’s restaurant is known for its special, personalized touches — and this event will be no exception. A chef and sommelier will prepare a menu that includes caviar from around the world and a collection of some of the most eclectic and famous champagnes available. Also, Chef Scott Hunnel and his team will make personal appearances during the event.

The eight to 10 course menu with wine and gratuity will be $375 plus tax. You should know that guests must to be older than 10 years of age to attend and older than 21 to be served alcohol.

Booking has already begun for the event. Visit www.disneyworld.com for more details or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Disney Weddings In NYC: Bridal Market Trends

posted on October 20th, 2009 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings team has left the parks and is in New York City this week for Bridal Market, the premier showcase of designer bridal gowns.

It’s fashion week for Bridal Market and we’re talking with creators of the magical gown designs as well as wedding experts like editor in chief of theknot.com, Carley Roney.

Here’s video of Carley explaining what’s special about weddings at Disney Parks and why destination weddings remain popular.

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Your Favorite Disney Parks Attraction Is…

posted on October 20th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Each attraction at Disney Parks has more than one story behind it. There’s our story, like the one about the oldest attraction at Magic Kingdom ParkCinderella’s Golden Carrousel. It was built in 1917 for the Detroit Palace Garden Park and later moved to Maplewood Olympic Park in New Jersey, where the Disney designers discovered it.

And then there are your stories. The memories and experiences that make an attraction like Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel special to you and your family. You’ve already shared some of your stories about our attractions on our Twitter account @DisneyParks. Now, here are some on video.

It’s your turn. Let us know in the comments which attraction is your favorite and why. And keep an eye out for our camera in the parks for future Disney Parks Blog video questions.

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