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Celebrating Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 27th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fireworks Over Magic Kingdom

Last week, Erin shared a few special ways we’re celebrating July 4th at the Disneyland Resort. And of course, it’s the same at Walt Disney World. Along with our pyrotechnic shows, there will be a patriotic display at Magic Kingdom, a rock’n’roll spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and a classic sky show at Epcot infused with an Independence Day finale. Here’s a closer look.

  • Magic Kingdom will present “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This patriotic fireworks spectacular, paying homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers, will light the skies at 9 p.m. July 4 – and for guests who would like to begin the Independence Day celebration early, the show also will be presented July 3 at 9 p.m.

  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, traditional Fourth of July fireworks take on a different spin when Mulch, Sweat, and Shears perform for the all-new “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration!” These resident landscapers – with serious rock and roll ambitions – take Disney guests on a musical road trip across America that will highlight each region’s contribution to rock and roll. Fireworks, lighting and special effects – backed by the driving live rock and roll of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears – combine to bring a new twist to celebrating Independence Day. Showtime July 4 is 9:45 p.m. Before or after the show, Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can thrill to Disney’s Fantasmic!, performing July 4 at 9 and 10:30 p.m.

  • At Epcot, sky-watchers can check out “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” bursting high above World Showcase Lagoon. IllumiNations is a 14-minute spectacular during which pyrotechnics, lasers, water and music are all used to tell a story about the past, present and future of our planet. On the Fourth of July, the show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. The show is at 10 p.m.

Also at Epcot, you can hear a “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” and participate in meet-and-greets with Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters wearing their patriotic dress at American Adventure.

Are you celebrating with us?

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Doorways of Our World at Disney Parks

posted on June 27th, 2011 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


Doorways of our World at Disney Parks

From simple to sublime, architectural details can be so intriguing, particularly when they are from something as commonplace as, say, a door. I can’t guess how many doors one might discover at the Walt Disney World Resort, but I have put a few snapshots of door handles, knobs and knockers together that reflect a range of cultures and continents. See how many of these unique items you can identify from Disney Parks.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 26th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Celebrity Narrators Announced for the 2011 Candlelight Processional

This week, we shared a first look at how the line-up of celebrity narrators is coming together for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. And what a list it is. Mira Sorvino is scheduled to kick things off in November followed by Michael W. Smith. Check out the rest of the line-up in Jennifer’s original post.

And how about this? More than 10,000 photographs were captured and sequenced to create a unique look at some of the awesome sights while sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line. It’s a week of great images in less than two minutes.

We also shared a look at how we’ll be celebrating July 4th at Disneyland Resort. Check back on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow to find out what’s happening at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Now, here’s a look at some of the other stories we worked on.

Reservations Open Aug. 16 for Special Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Don’t miss the opportunity to secure a spot for your favorite special events at year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival when reservations open August 16.

SHAG’s 40th Anniversary Collection Debuts at Walt Disney World – The wait for SHAG’s 40th Anniversary collection is finally over! We share a special look at SHAG’s retro collection of Walt Disney World-inspired collectibles, home goods and apparel.

Vroom! Indy 500 Winner Races to Walt Disney World – Watch as IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon celebrates his 33rd birthday as grand marshal in a parade at Magic Kingdom Park.

Disneyland Grad Nite – New Twists on a 50-Year Tradition Coming in 2012 and 2013 – Take a look at the new twists and enhancements coming to the Disneyland Resort Grad Nite in 2012 and 2013.

A ‘Cars 2’ Sneak Peek from the ‘Cars’ Franchise Guardian – “Cars” Franchise Guardian Jay Ward gives Disney Parks Blog readers an exclusive look at “Cars 2″ during Car Masters Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort.

Yummy Ideas for ‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade’ at Disneyland Park – Have a favorite snack at Disneyland park? We share some of our top picks and ask you to share yours.

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This Week in Disney History: Delta Dreamflight Debuts

posted on June 26th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I love looking at old photos of our parks that were taken in the 1980s. They always remind me of my first few trips to the Walt Disney World Resort, and the fun my mom and I had exploring our parks during those vacations.

Delta Dreamflight

I’ve been saving this batch of Delta Dreamflight photos to share on this occasion – the anniversary of the attraction’s first flight, which launched June 26, 1989.

Delta Dreamflight

At Delta Dreamflight, families boarded Omnimovers and embarked on a journey through the history of aviation: from cropdusting and parachuting, to gliding aboard modern jetliners.

Delta Dreamflight

The attraction also featured visions of the aircrafts of the future. Who could forget this scene of what the airline dining would look like in years to come? (The pilot in the back corner always looked a little too real to me!).

Delta Dreamflight

The various attractions that have held this space at Magic Kingdom Park have been dedicated to exploring the wonder of flight for years. The first such attraction was If You Had Wings, which opened in 1972, then If You Could Fly, in 1987. Delta Dreamflight became Take Flight in 1996, and the area is currently occupied by Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. Anyone who is a fan of “Toy Story” knows that at the end of the first film in the series, Buzz did indeed learn to fly. Okay, he had a little help from a rocket, but that still counts, right?

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Take 5: Vintage Walt Disney World

posted on June 25th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park During the 1971 Christmas Parade

What do you get when you pair Walt Disney World fun facts and history? The Vintage Walt Disney World series! Check out some of these resort milestones we’ve featured on the Disney Parks Blog for all the history buffs out there!

Take 5: Vintage Walt Disney World

  1. Vintage Walt Disney World: A Festival of Fools – Fifteen years ago, the city of Paris came to life at the Backlot Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Quasimodo and friends took the stage for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure.”

  2. Vintage Walt Disney World: Sunset Boulevard Emerges – Check out some aerial views of Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Sunset Boulevard was under construction nearly twenty years ago.

  3. Vintage Walt Disney World: ‘Chipmunks, Start Your Engines!’ – While professional racecar drivers have been racing at Indianapolis for 100 years, guests have been enjoying races of their own at the Tomorrowland Speedway since Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971.

  4. Vintage Walt Disney World: The Meaning of ‘Contemporary’ – See how rooms have transformed at Disney’s Contemporary Resort since 1972.

  5. Vintage Walt Disney World: Epcot 1982 – Take a look at this picture from April of 1982 that shows the Mexico Pavilion under construction in the World Showcase at Epcot.
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Just in Time for Your July 4th Picnic: Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

“This is not your normal cole slaw,” says Chef Sean Layne, the area chef for Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Frontierland in Disneyland park. He serves a whopping 1,000 pounds of the crunchy, sweet ‘n spicy slaw every week at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, along with barbecued chicken, ribs, sausage, cornbread, ranch beans and delicious desserts.

Since guests are constantly asking for the recipe, we thought we’d share it with you – just in time for your own Fourth of July barbecue. It’s great to pack for a picnic since the base is vinegar (no mayo) and also gluten, dairy and egg free. And if you don’t want to shred the cabbage, just pick up the ready-made version in the produce section of most grocery stores – two 1-pound bags are just enough.

If you’d rather enjoy Chef Sean’s version, you can make a reservation for family-style lunch or dinner by calling 714-781-DINE.

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

Serves 6 to 8

1/2 cup white-wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound shredded green cabbage (about 1/2 large cabbage)
1 pound shredded purple cabbage (about 1/2 large cabbage)
2 carrots, shredded

  1. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seed, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne in a blender; blend on low speed until sugar is dissolved.
  2. With blender running, slowly pour oil through top of lid, processing until dressing is combined. Set aside.
  3. Combine shredded cabbage and shredded carrots in a separate large bowl. Add dressing, tossing to combine. Refrigerate for 2 hours, tossing occasionally, before serving.
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Wedding Trends with David Tutera

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


I recently had the chance to sit down with David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner, to reminisce about the past 20 years of happily-ever-afters here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. In his latest trip to Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, David spoke about trend predictions for the season (red is the hot, new color!) as well as the magic and grandeur that only Disney can provide. I invite you to sit back, relax and get inspired by our impromptu interview. If you have additional questions after the video, feel free to tweet me or find us on Facebook.

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Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

We’ve already shared looks inside the Fairy Tale, Big Thunder, Mickey Mouse Penthouse and Pirates of the Caribbean suites at the Disneyland Hotel, and today we’re finishing with the bang of a blunderbuss – the Adventureland Suite.

Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

This suite takes guests on the most luxurious safari ever. With the feel of an explorers’ camp from the 1930s, the Adventureland Suite features a master bedroom fashioned as a safari lodge with a claw-foot bathtub in the living area. In the master bathroom lies a grotto with a foot spa, steam and rain showers, and lighting and sound effects that make you feel like you’re in a rain forest or a savanna. Younger explorers will love the second bedroom, which makes you feel like you’re sleeping in a safari tent.

Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

The Asian/Indian-inspired main living area includes a wet bar, a flat-screen TV hidden behind artwork above the faux fireplace, and a “hidden” closet (hint: try the bookcase). When you’re in this suite, it even sounds like you’re in the jungle: the doorbell “rings” with tiki gods playing drums, and – for the first time in a Disneyland Hotel suite – themed background music plays three separate tracks inspired by the Jungle Cruise, Disney adventure-themed movies and world music first created for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Which part of this safari most intrigues you?

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‘Fantasmic!’ Expands to Seven Nights a Week

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What’s better than “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? How about “Fantasmic!” seven nights a week?

‘Fantasmic!’ Expands to Seven Nights a Week

The show, which creatively combines moments from popular Disney films with water, lights, special effects and music, will be offered nightly July 3-Sept. 30. Because showtimes will vary, guests are encouraged to visit www.disneyworld.com for updated performance times, or pick up a Times Guide once inside the park. Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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Disney Inspires Artist Sand Sculptures – Take a Virtual Tour

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Inspires Artist Sand Sculptures – Take a Virtual Tour

When nearly 40 of the world’s best “sand” artists gather, amazing sculptures happen. And when they’re inspired by Disney Parks, it’s a must-share on the Disney Parks Blog. For the first time, the theme of this year’s Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge (Belgium) is Disneyland Paris. There are 125 sand sculptures and they’re all inspired by favorite places at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Park as well as heroes of Disney and Pixar.

Disney Inspires Artist Sand Sculptures – Take a Virtual Tour

At the festival, there’s a labyrinth of sand art to check out and you can do it right now from your computer with a stunning virtual tour. Go to the site and use your mouse to navigate around the Disney artwork – Tink will lead the way around sand versions of Main Street, U.S.A., to Toy Story Playland. What’s your favorite?

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