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Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party Extended

posted on October 28th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

Great news – the A-lister spot for Magic Kingdom fireworks watching, the Tomorrowland Terrace private dessert party, has been extended until Dec. 29. Oh, these gorgeous fall and early winter days are such a delight for playing all day in the Magic Kingdom, then relaxing with an abundance of sweets while the sky fills with spectacular fireworks.

The party happens most nights – and you can head over to the lower level of the terrace an hour ahead of scheduled fireworks for plenty of time for the sweet buffet and beverages (no alcohol – this is the Magic Kingdom!).

Make your reservations at 407-WDW-DINE or at any resort front desk, concierge, Guest Relations or restaurant table-service location. If you don’t have reservations, you can walk up and try for a coveted spot, but it’s first come, first served. A Magic Kingdom park ticket is required. (Sorry, can’t use the Disney Dining Plan.)

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Student Photographers Bring a Unique Rainbow to Aulani

posted on October 27th, 2010 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, will have its own distinctive rainbow when it opens next year in Ko Olina, Hawai`i. The rainbow will be created from a selection of work by a very special group of young artists, unveiled today: 138 photographs taken by students from across the state – elementary through high school. The photos will be assembled into a collage which guests will see in the Aulani lobby.

One unusual facet of this artwork is that students were encouraged to submit photos showcasing the beauty of Hawai`i while also focusing on a single color of the rainbow. When all the images are combined, the collage will reveal the full spectrum of the rainbow when viewed from a distance.

Here’s one of my favorite photos that will appear in the collage:

Orange Portion of the Rainbow

And here’s another sample of the selected photography that concentrates on a single color:

Red Portion of the Rainbow

You can see even more photos on the video at this link.

The Children’s Digital Image Rainbow Project, as it’s called, is the result of a collaboration between Aulani, the Hawai`i Arts Alliance and the State of Hawai`i, Creative Industries Division, to bring attention to the creative talent of local students. Students whose photos were chosen will each receive a $100 gift card.

In addition to this unique collage, a variety of other work by local artists will appear in the décor of Aulani. Next week, I’ll post video of some of these local artists, with some reflections on the significance of this distinctive approach to decorating the Resort.

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Boo to You and You and You and You – It’s Almost Halloween

posted on October 27th, 2010 by Jeff Nickel, Associate Producer, Disney Photo Imaging

For my final installment of Guest costumes at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I took a trip over to one of our many character meet and greet locations. Our resident space ranger Buzz Lightyear was on hand signing autographs and posing with Guests for our PhotoPass cameras. Take a look at this shot of Buzz and one of his biggest fans. We can hardly tell them apart!

Buzz Lightyear and a Guest Pose for a Picture

As always, there were so many great costumes I didn’t want the night to end. I was again impressed by the creativity of our Guests and amazed at how they packed these costumes in their luggage! Be sure to check out the pair of ghastly ghouls who at first had me convinced they escaped from the Haunted Mansion.

Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park
Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park Guests in Halloween Costumes at Magic Kingdom Park

There are still four parties left, so if you’ve been waiting, time is running out. Head down to the Magic Kingdom and see some of these great Guest costumes yourself! (Be sure to save me a piece of candy if you do!)

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Behind-the-Scenes Video: How We Created the Giant Pumpkins at the Entrance to Disneyland Park and on Main Street, U.S.A.

posted on October 27th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Giant Mickey Pumpkin

Have you ever looked at the giant pumpkins that tower above the gates of Disneyland park and wondered as you passed through the turnstiles: “How did they do that?” Or, have you ever taken a picture with the smiling, Mickey-shaped jack o’ lantern on Main Steet, U.S.A., and asked, “How did that get here?”

While the coy response would be, “It’s magic,” it’s sometimes even more magical to see how we make this magic happen.

Take a look at this footage, originally shot in 2006, that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the giant pumpkins were carved, sanded, finished, painted and installed with cranes for the first Halloween blowout celebration at Disneyland park.

Check back on the Blog tomorrow for another behind-the-scenes video about pumpkins around the Resort.

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Air Force Thunderbirds Fly Over Walt Disney World

posted on October 27th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Thunderbirds Fly Over Magic Kingdom Park

Now there’s something you don’t see every day at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying over Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle to commemorate the start of “Air Force Week” in Central Florida. The Air Force’s official fighter demonstration team made the special flight over Magic Kingdom Park during a celebration of “Hometown Heroes” that included honoring dignitaries at our Celebrate a Dream Come True parade. Today, we’re sharing highlights:

Several airmen and their families were invited by their leadership to participate in the ceremony and celebration at Magic Kingdom Park. Were you there?

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The Citizens of Hollywood – ‘Speed Trap’

posted on October 27th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort

Officer Percival Peabody and Officer First Class William Club of The Citizens of Hollywood

Officer Percival Peabody stretches his arm out of his “car window” and loudly announces his intentions – “LEFT TURN!” “LEFT TURN!” He slowly does a complete left turn – by complete, I mean 360 degrees – no, make that 720 degrees. His partner, Officer First Class William Club maintains a steady vigil for any careless pedestrians along Hollywood Boulevard. What are they doing, you ask? Why, they begin camouflaging their “patrol car” with faux trees and vines, and carefully measure out white tape and lay it out on the pavement…They are not so secretly setting a “speed trap” for the well-being of those traveling the boulevard. They even produce a sign that verifies this.

Officer Percival Peabody and Officer First Class William Club of The Citizens of Hollywood

I watch as they chase down a speeding mother and child, handheld siren blaring. What fun to observe this duo of comedic cops hard at work- surely, experts in the field of “laugh enforcement!”

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Who’s Flying This Thing?!

posted on October 26th, 2010 by Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Guess Who

It was great to read your comments about the pilots of Star Tours on my last post. Some people really want to see Rex again in the new show. Others are excited about the introduction of the new character “Ace.” And then there are those who are speculating about a bigger role for Threepio. So, I thought it was time we set the story straight about just who will be in the cockpit in the new show. And guess what? You’re all right!
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It’s Showtime Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on October 26th, 2010 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Hey Disney Parks Bloggers! Today we have some fun news to share with you as we have just unveiled the lineup of entertainment for our newest cruise ship, the Disney Dream.

Our Guests will delight to some of the most elaborate original musicals presented at sea, over-the-top deck parties and, bursting above it all, the largest fireworks spectacular aboard a cruise ship.

Headlining the musical repertoire is “Disney’s Believe,” an original stage spectacular that combines a heartfelt story with a captivating musical score. Other productions include fan favorite “The Golden Mickeys: A Timeless Tribute,” featuring new musical numbers, and “Villains Tonight!” a fun-filled musical comedy starring Disney’s most famous evil-doers.

In addition to our nightly stage shows, we are re-imagining our popular “Pirates IN the Caribbean” evening with the creation of three distinct deck events:

  • The evening starts with “Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean,” an interactive show featuring Disney characters.
  • Later, Captain Jack Sparrow unleashes “Club Pirate,” a high-tech, open-air dance party.
  • Of course, we’re still the only cruise line with fireworks at sea. We’ll take this distinctive Disney offering a step further with “Buccaneer Blast!” A new pyrotechnic spectacular featuring more fireworks than ever before synchronized to a dramatic musical score.

Check out this video to see what surprises await you aboard the Disney Dream:

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Haunted Mansion Holiday Panorama

posted on October 26th, 2010 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

We’re very excited to bring you a Disney Parks Blog first today – a panoramic photo of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park taken with GigaPan technology. If you’re not familiar with GigaPan, it’s a process which allows you to explore panoramic images in amazing detail.

Last month, on the day before Haunted Mansion Holiday opened its creaky gates for the 10th spooktacular season, we decided to see if we could create a GigaPan image, exclusively for the Disney Parks Blog, where fans could examine Jack Skellington’s handiwork to their hearts’ desire. We hope you like it!

Oh – I almost forgot…For the truly detail-oriented Disney Parks Blog fans among you, a special surprise awaits in this image. Please don’t try to pin me down on what it is though. It will be good practice for you, because I know Tom Smith is working on a cool panoramic photo at Walt Disney World that you will want to be ready for!


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See What’s Cooking at Karamell-Küche

posted on October 26th, 2010 by Dara Trujillo, Manager, Merchandise Synergy, Events, and Communication

A few weeks ago I had the chance to tell you about one of our newest authentic experiences in Epcot’s World Showcase, the new caramel kitchen in the Germany Pavilion, Karamell-Küche. I don’t think that words quite do justice to the sights of Caramel Apples, Caramel Covered Strawberries and my personal favorite, the freshly made Caramel Corn.

So I asked fellow blogger, Steven Miller, to venture out to the Germany Pavilion so he could show you firsthand the mouthwatering treats that our cast members are cooking up for you every day.

So now that you know the treats that Steven and I crave, what caramel confections are you looking forward to trying when you visit Karamell-Küche?

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