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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on October 26th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The Kaki Gori Cart at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Oh boy, this week’s image in need of ID has been a welcomed sight during more than a few visits. Look familiar? You can spot it somewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort – but where? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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Halloween Decor Dazzles at Disneyland Resort!

posted on October 25th, 2010 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Decor at Tower Hotel Gifts at Disneyland Resort

October is one of my favorite times of the year here at the Disneyland Resort, as our talented ghouls and goblins – otherwise known as our Visual Presentation teams and Resort Enhancement teams – go above and beyond in creating immersive experiences in some of our key store locations.

On my way through the Resort, I had a minute to catch up with Rebecca Arnspiger, Manager of Visual Presentation, who shared with me a little insight on what it takes to transform our stores and store windows.

Halloween Decor at Disney's Showcase at Disneyland Resort

Each year, we partner with our Resort Enhancement teams who seamlessly take overdressing the Resort to a whole new level. It’s fun for us to get creative and at the same time create spaces that will get people excited and into the spirit of the season. Between the two groups we’re able to continue telling the story of Halloween from our streets to our stores. I hope that the Guests visiting the Resort take a minute to look at the overdressed window displays and the stores.

Halloween Decor at Fortuosity Shop at Disneyland Resort

Here are just a few of the “hauntingly cool” locations and window displays to check out if you are visiting the Disneyland Resort this week.

  1. Disney Showcase
  2. Fortuosity Shop (This store will surely give you something to “crow” about)
  3. Treasures in Paradise
  4. Tower Hotel Gifts
  5. World of Disney

Do you have a favorite store at the Resort that you’ve seen decorated?

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Country Artist Brad Paisley, Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley Visit Walt Disney World

posted on October 25th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Country Music Singer Brad Paisley and His Wife, Actress Kimberly Williams- Paisley

Today, we caught up with country music singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in front of the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park. And look who they ran into – Minnie Mouse dressed in her best “good witch” costume for Halloween. Both are visiting Walt Disney World this week to celebrate Brad’s October 28 birthday. Next month, Paisley will co-host “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” telecast on ABC-TV.

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‘Tangled’ Stars and Directors Meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 25th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Rapunzel, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Flynn Rider at Disneyland park

This past weekend, the people who brought Rapunzel and Flynn Rider to life in the Disney film, “Tangled,” had a chance to meet the characters in Fantasyland at Disneyland park. Mandy Moore, voice of Rapunzel, and Zachary Levi, voice of Flynn Rider, were at Disneyland park doing interviews to celebrate the film’s upcoming release this Thanksgiving. During their visit, they headed over to Fantasyland to see Rapunzel and Flynn Rider for the first time in the Park. While they were here, we caught up with them to ask a few questions about their exciting new movie.

The directors of the film, Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, also talked with us about creating this film. They told us they enjoyed creating a comedy that features hilarious characters, and is also an action-packed film that includes horse chases, sword fights, prison breaks and floods. Take a peek.

“Tangled” will appear in Disney Digital 3D in theaters November 24, and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are now greeting guests at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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U.S. Military Can ‘Let the Memories Begin’ in 2011 with Special Offers at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resorts

posted on October 25th, 2010 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


As guests of Disney Parks share Disney vacation memories through the “Let the Memories Begin” program in 2011, America’s military personnel will have opportunities to make memories through special offers on theme park tickets and accommodations.

At Walt Disney World Resort – now through Sept. 28, 2011, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:

  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $138 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Parks Fun and More Option for $138 each, plus tax AND
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More Options for $165 each, plus tax

At Disneyland Resort – now through Sept. 28, 2011, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $99 each

Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets only by active and retired U.S. military personnel for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. In addition, all six must be purchased at the same time and one of the six must be for use by the eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse). Valid military identification is required.

All tickets and options are non-transferable and may not be used after Oct. 1, 2011. In addition, Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets (including any options) for the Walt Disney World Resort may not be used on the following blockout dates: Dec. 27, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2010, and April 17, 2011, through April 23, 2011, at all Walt Disney World Theme Parks and other gated attractions; and July 4, 2011, at Magic Kingdom Park; and Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for the Disneyland Resort may not be used on the following blockout dates: Dec. 24, 2010, through Jan. 1, 2011, Feb. 18, 2011, through Feb. 21, 2011, April 17, 2011, through April 23, 2011, and July 1, 2011, through July 4, 2011, at the Disneyland Theme Parks.

Don’t forget to ask about special room rates at select hotels at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort (including official eligibility requirements, restrictions and black-out dates), or to make room reservations at the Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call (407) 939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort (including official eligibility requirements, restrictions and black-out dates), or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call (714) 956-6424 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

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New Species at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Emperor Tamarin and Addax

posted on October 25th, 2010 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Guests visiting us now have the opportunity to see two species of animals that are new to Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the emperor tamarin in Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the addax on the Kilimanjaro Safaris. They join the more than 1,500 animals representing over 300 species that make their home at our theme park.

Emperor Tamarin at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom

A pair of emperor tamarins (gotta love the mustache!), a male and a female, have joined the cotton-top tamarins and the golden lion tamarins on the trail to Conservation Station in Rafiki’s Planet Watch. There are only 34 emperor tamarins in U.S. zoological parks, and the pair came to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a recommendation from the Population Management Plan program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means that a baby emperor tamarin would be a welcome event! Emperor tamarins naturally range in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

Addax at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Five male addax, a kind of African antelope, recently made their debut on the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Addax are best known for their long, corkscrew horns. Once widespread across North Africa, the addax population has been severely reduced due to over-hunting. They also are impacted by long periods of drought. Addax are critically endangered with estimates indicating that there are fewer than 300 in the wild.

I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful diversity of wildlife! It’s a privilege to be able to provide our Guests with the opportunity to see animals of all shapes and sizes and to help them understand what all of us can do to protect wildlife and nature.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 24th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


From week to week, you’ll find a variety of series posts on the Disney Parks Blog – stuff like video tips from our Disney Cruise Line Mom, mystery images and views from other parks. Another ongoing series features trains through the eyes of Disneyland Resort Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer and it’s a favorite of mine. This week, Paul shared what he most enjoys about the Disneyland Railroad.
Grand Canyon Diorama
Check out Paul’s original post and let him know your favorite part of the Disneyland Railroad. And keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming series by Walt Disney World Photographer Gene Duncan from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Here’s the list of other blog posts we worked on this week.

Disney Fantasy Sets Sail in April 2012 – 2012 Itineraries Open for Booking – The Disney Fantasy will set sail on April 7, 2012, featureing an AquaDuck water coaster, children’s areas, world-class entertainment, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for guests of all ages.

Relax and Re-energize in the Heart of Tron City at the End of Line Club at ElecTRONica – ElecTRONica’s End of Line Club is the perfect place to grab a Coke Zero, Laser Light Lemonade or themed adult beverage.

Our Biggest Meet-Up Yet: Join Us at ElecTRONica – Three thousand fans are getting the chance to experience a special after-hours ElecTRONica next week at our biggest meet-up yet!

What is it About Those Corn Dogs? – Find out what makes Disneyland hot dogs so special.

Video: Disney Dance Crew – Take a look at Disney Dance Crew – a live, 10-minute performance for the entire family which made its debut this week at Disney California Adventure park.

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One-Stop Searching: Mickey’s Halloween Party

posted on October 23rd, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Mickey's Halloween Party
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a private, costumed trick-or-treat party at Disneyland park on Halloween night and every Tuesday and Friday in October. Many special touches were added this Halloween season. Here is a look at our Mickey’s Halloween Party blog posts.

Photos: Mickey’s Halloween Party – Here’s a peek at what you can look forward to at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Video: Mickey’s Halloween Party – This video shows some of the party highlights.

First Look: New Dance Parties at Mickey’s Halloween Party – New to the party this year is the opportunity to dance the night away at Club Skellington and Buzz Lightyear’s Intergalactic Space Jam.

Mickey’s Halloween Party: Special Photo Locations and Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails – More additions to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year are special photo locations and more treat stations along Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails.

New Cavalcade Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party – Mickey’s Costume Party is a new cavalcade featuring Disney characters and floats parading down Main Street, U.S.A., during Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Boo! Hard to Believe, but it’s Almost Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort – Take a look at what you can expect at this year’s party.

Mickey Moves His Halloween Party Across the Esplanade – We announced big news earlier this year, when Mickey moved the party from Disney California Adventure park to Disneyland park.

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Take 5 with Celebrities at Disney Parks

posted on October 23rd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Stephen Colbert with Goofy at Disney California Adventure park
You never know who you will see at Disney Parks. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting many well-known guests, and here our five of our favorite celebrity visits.

Have you spotted any celebrities at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments.

Top 5: Celebrity Visits at Disney Parks

  1. The Ego Has Landed! Stephen Colbert Visits Disneyland Resort – In August, when Stephen Colbert came to town to attend the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, he made time to bring his family back to the Disneyland Resort.
  2. Neil Patrick Harris is a ‘World of Color’ Fan – Neil Patrick Harris stopped by the Disneyland Resort and shared with us his love for “World of Color.”
  3. Celebrity Sighting: Tina Fey at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – In April we caught up with Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey while she was visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios with her family at the Walt Disney World Resort.
  4. What a Goofy Way to Celebrate! – Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant celebrated his team’s World Championship at the Disneyland Resort.
  5. Celine Dion Tapes Performances for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade – Backed by a choir of Walt Disney World Cast Members, Celine Dion performed for guests in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa last holiday season.
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Photos: Mickey’s Halloween Party

posted on October 22nd, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


For those of you attending tonight’s Mickey’s Halloween Party, the special nighttime private party on Tuesdays and Fridays in October and Halloween night, here’s a peek at what you can look forward to.

Opening Float for Mickey's Costume Party

Above is a look at the opening float for Mickey’s Costume Party, an exclusive experience at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Haunted Castle Float at Mickey's Costume Party

The purple Haunted Castle Float was decorated by Mickey with bats, ghosts, spider webs, pumpkins and skulls.

Club Skellington at Mickey's Halloween Party

Club Skellington at the French Market is a dance party headlined by Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, at the thrilling and chilling dance party that captures the ghoulish delights of Halloweentown.

Buzz Lightyear's Intergalactic Space Jam at Mickey's Halloween Party

Buzz Lightyear’s Intergalactic Space Jam at Tomorrowland Terrace features an out-of-this-world dance party with Buzz Lightyear, Buzz Girl dancers, Green Army Men and Space Diva DJ.

We shared artwork of Mickey’s Costume Party and the dance parties in September. How do you think the real things compare?

If you’re not visiting Mickey’s Halloween Party tonight, tickets for future dates are available and can be purchased at Disneyland.com/Halloween.

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