Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

Disney Experience Offered in Multiple Languages

posted on November 30th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Did you know that at the Disneyland Resort there is a wireless translation headset that will allow you to have a whole new way of experiencing select shows in either Spanish or Japanese?

The audio experience is called Ears to the World and it is currently offered at three very popular attractions.
Muppet Vision 3D
At Disneyland Park, this innovative system can be used at “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” located in Tomorrowland. At Disney’s California Adventure Park, you can experience Muppet Vision 3D in Hollywood Pictures Backlot and It’s Tough to be a Bug! at “A Bug’s Land.”

Guests will hear a translation in Spanish or Japanese recorded by character actors who reflect the excitement and spirit of the English recording. This technology provides a truly magical experience.

There is a deposit of $100 per person by credit card which is refundable when headsets are returned. You can check out your headsets at the Disneyland City Hall or at the Information Booth at Disney’s California Adventure Park. It’s offered daily but is subject to availability.

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Just for Fun – Walt Disney World Photography

posted on November 30th, 2009 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


Here is a photo I made in the Magic Kingdom. I used a favorite combination of high-end digital camera combined with a low-tech plastic lens with a flexible bellows, a lens that allows one to use very selective (if any) focus for a unique look. I photographed Chip and Dale, then Cinderella Castle with fireworks, and combined the two frames afterward. I hope the image makes you smile…

Just for Fun

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Time-Lapse Video: Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House

posted on November 30th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier this month, the life-sized Gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opened for business and we shared some tips on creating miniature houses of your own. But how we do the real thing is remarkable.

To build the 16-foot-high structure, Cast Members use 60 sheets of plywood and 1,000 board feet of trim. Also, there are 40 window panes found on the Victorian gingerbread house — and that’s just the structure.

More than 400 hours are spent baking over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread before opening. And 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar and 140 pints of egg whites are used each holiday season. It’s quite a process but we’ve got it in seconds.

You should know that Gingerbread house decorating demos are conducted in front of the Gingerbread House daily (except Sundays). Is this a “must see” for you? Let us know in the comments.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 28th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The Disney Parks Blog featured several holiday-related posts this week, including a feature on a group of people who spend each Thanksgiving living in tepees at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. If you missed it, here’s a look:

We also asked for your thoughts on historical images on the Blog and what makes spending the holidays at Disney Parks so special. Here is the list of our most popular posts:

- Now and Then: Photos Taken Outside Walt’s Apartment — Featured a photo of Walt Disney outside his apartment in 1956.

- Your Favorite Part About Celebrating The Holidays at Disney Parks Is… — You shared your unique experiences at Disney Parks.

- Ahoy Sailor Mickey — A behind-the-scenes look at the Sailor Mickey balloon before it’s maiden voyage at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

- Unique Centerpieces Created by Disney Parks Florist — We showed how to make four holiday centerpieces.

- Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disneyland Park — Video showed the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving Parade.

- Disneyland Resort Remembers — Forty six years ago this week, America lost its 35th president, John F. Kennedy. We found a photo showing Disneyland park closed its gates on November 23, 1963, in honor of the president.

- National Thanksgiving Turkey Settles into New Home at Big Thunder Ranch — The Turkeys, Courage and Carolina, are now in their new home at Big Thunder Ranch at the Disneyland Resort.

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Making Magic with Turkey Leftovers

posted on November 27th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you celebrated Thanksgiving like we did, then there are plenty of leftovers. Well, Walt Disney World executive chef Lenny DeGeorge has a favorite leftover dish and he’s sharing. Here’s how to make a holiday turkey Panini. Let us know if you have any leftover favorites in the comments:

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HGTV Looks ‘Behind the Magic’ at Walt Disney World

posted on November 27th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you enjoyed our video showing how Magic Kingdom Park transforms for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party then you’ll want to check out a special airing this weekend.

On Sunday, November 29 – HGTV will debut a new one-hour special, all about how Walt Disney World Resort cast members prepare the Parks for the Christmas holidays. The special is called Behind the Magic – Disney Holidays, and is hosted by Design Star champion and Color Splash host David Bromstad. The Disney Parks Blog camera crew caught up with David on location in the Magic Kingdom while shooting the show earlier this month.

HGTV’s Behind the Magic – Disney Holidays premieres November 29, 2009 at 8 pm in both the Eastern and Pacific time zones. (Check your local listings.) If you miss it, the special is scheduled to run again at 3 am E/P as well as December 11, 20, 24 and 25.

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National Thanksgiving Turkey Settles into New Home at Big Thunder Ranch

posted on November 26th, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The Turkeys, Courage and Carolina, are now in their new home at Big Thunder Ranch here at the Disneyland Resort. Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth, Courage and Carolina!
Thunder Ranch

Thunder Ranch

Thunder Ranch

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Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on November 26th, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The National Thanksgiving Turkey, “Courage,” pardoned by President Obama in a Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House yesterday, starred in the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving parade today at the Disneyland Resort.
Thanksgiving Parade at Disneyland

He greeted guests as he stood atop a float and glided down Main Street, U.S.A. The turkey’s float was surrounded by 200 volunteers. Many of those volunteers gave their time at the Orange County Food Bank and helped prepare more than 20,000 bags of food for those in need for Thanksgiving. Take a look at “Courage’s” exciting day at Disneyland Park.

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The National Thanksgiving Turkey, President Obama and Me

posted on November 25th, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


It’s a good day at work when you find yourself in the North Lawn of the White House. My assignment: attend the pardoning ceremony — where President Obama officially pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey — and make sure the lucky bird and his alternate board United Turkey-1 (yes, that’s the official FAA name) for Los Angeles. I didn’t pull off this feat alone. I’m with an amazing team of Disneyland Cast Members who made sure this all happened without a hitch.

The turkeys, “Courage” and “Carolina” are on their way as we speak. Tomorrow “Courage” will star in the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving Parade on Main Street, U.S.A at Disneyland park. He and the alternate, “Carolina,” will live out the rest of their days at Big Thunder Ranch. Take a look at today’s video from the White House and Dulles International Airport. Enjoy!

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Jazzing Up Your Cranberry Sauce with Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week’s tips on enjoying your holiday meals have focused on the turkey — now, it’s cranberry sauce. Walt Disney World executive chef Lenny DeGeorge is sharing how to jazz it up with a few dried fruits.

The recipe starts with about 3 ounces of Bourbon. You’ll then add 1/2 cup of golden raisins, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and 1/2 cup diced dried apricots. Next, add a 16 ounce can of cranberry sauce and bring it to a boil. Chill and then refrigerate the dish before serving.

This is a great recipe to make a day ahead because it has to be totally chilled when served. Happy holidays and enjoy.

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