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Walt Disney World Resort Guests Hold the Power With Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards

posted on January 30th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


When the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game debuts at Magic Kingdom Park in February, it will be up to our guests to defeat Disney villains who are wreaking havoc through the theme park.

Map of Adventureland, Used by Walt Disney World Resort Guest in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game

In this role-playing game, guests become Merlin’s apprentice sorcerers and embark on a quest to stop more than 20 Disney villains – including Hades and Cruella De Vil – from stealing one of the four shattered pieces of Merlin’s crystal ball. Armed with spells in the form of special cards, guests search for the magic symbols that lead them to villains’ hiding places in Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street, U.S.A. Once there, apprentices use magic keys to reveal a villain’s hideout and use spell cards to stop them in their tracks.

According to the game’s developers, the cards really are the secret weapons of the game. There will be 70 different spell cards available and guests will receive five complimentary cards when they play. Each card features a different Disney character that offers a spell unique to him or her. Guests can use more than one card simultaneously, casting multiple spells at a villain at one time.

Lumière's Candle Blast Card, Part of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game at Walt Disney World Resort Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Card, Part of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game at Walt Disney World Resort Prince Naveen's Army of Frogs Card, Part of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game at Walt Disney World Resort Rafiki's Wisdom Stick Card, Part of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game at Walt Disney World Resort The Woozles' Woozle Nightmare Card, Part of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game at Walt Disney World Resort

Some of the cards you may encounter include:

  • Lumière’s Candle Blast – This card shows Belle’s favorite candlestick spurred on by his loyal ally, Cogsworth.
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – This card shows Mr. Toad’s car careening through the underbrush.
  • Prince Naveen’s Army of Frogs – This card shows Tiana’s prince enchanting his amphibian army to action.
  • Rafiki’s Wisdom Stick – This card shows Simba’s counselor ready to imbue some knowledge on the enemy’s forehead.
  • The Woozles’ Woozle Nightmare – This card shows a Woozle dreaming of his most delightful vision: A gang of other Woozles ready to bang some noggins.

I do have some additional details for guests who want to collect or trade these cards. The 70 cards are divided into nine different spell classes, such as Princess cards, Hero cards or Warrior cards. In addition, all cards are marked with one of three designations – a star symbol, which indicates a rare card; a moon symbol, which signifies an uncommon card; and a planet symbol, which indicates a common card.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom will debut in late February and is included in the cost of theme park admission.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Join Mickey Mouse and Disney Cruise Line in Athens, Greece in 2013

This week, Disney Cruise Line announced the 2013 itineraries for the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder and we shared all of those new destinations and ports right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

The Disney Magic Sails to Venice, Italy  The Disney Magic Sails to Ephesus, Turkey  The Disney Magic Sails to Athens, Greece

The Disney Magic is headed back to Europe and Athens, Greece, is just one of the new destinations listed in our original post. Also, beginning in December, the Disney Wonder will depart from Miami for the first time – sailing from the Port of Miami to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean. Check Jonathan’s story for more ports of call and news about Alaska.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park Will Feature Romantic Moments in Disney Animation Beginning Feb. 1 as Part of 'The Magic, The Memories and You!'

And did you see what our Creative Entertainment team has planned for next month? A new show segment is set to debut February 1, inspired by some of the most romantic moments in Disney animation. Cinderella Castle and “it’s a small world” will be covered in red roses for one sequence and turned into a beautiful, star-filled sky for another. Be sure and check Shawn’s original post for more details and information about some amazing stained glass windows.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Exclusive Interview: Lesley Ann Warren Celebrates Her Disney Roots at Disneyland Park – Check out this interview with Lesley Ann Warren during her recent visit to Disneyland park.

Disneyland Paris Turns 20 with Exclusive High-Tech Show, Parade – Disneyland Paris is turning 20 in a few months and they’ve got a special celebration in the works, including a new show with never-before-seen special effects.

New Tastes at Crossroads at House of Blues in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – Here’s the scoop on new menu items at Crossroads at House of Blues in Downtown Disney from our resident food critic.

New Disney’s Premier Visa Card Launches with 8 Exclusive Designs – We shared a first look at the newest Disney’s Premier Visa Credit Card from Chase, which offers a rewards program and special perks that many Disney Parks Blog readers will just love.

Behind the Scenes: Flying With Cirque du Soleil Aerialists at ‘La Nouba’ at Downtown Disney – Check out this video when we went backstage to learn more about the performers in “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney.

Disney Cruise Line Top Five: Kid Activities on a Disney Ship – Continuing with the Disney Cruise Line “Top Five” video series, we shared some of the favorite things that young cruisers like to do on a Disney ship.

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Kellie Nickerson Wins Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 29th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Kellie Nickerson (1:27:52), from Albuquerque, N.M., crosses the finish line to win the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 29, 2012.

Kellie Nickerson – complete with fairy wings and a green tutu – flew away from the field to win the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort today. Nickerson traveled from Albuquerque, N.M., to capture her first win at a runDisney race with a finish time of 1:27:52, just ahead of Sharon Wilkinson of Winnetka, Calif., (1:28:18) and Stacy Schafer from Carlsbad, Calif. (1:28:54).

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by the city of Anaheim and the Disneyland Resort, led participants on a 13.1-mile trek through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as by several Anaheim landmarks. The first-year event featured music, entertainment, Disney characters and costumed runners donning fairy wings and plenty of pixie dust. Finishers received a commemorative Tinker Bell “wings’’ medal.

TV sitcom star Megyn Price (“Rules of Engagement”) and “Goonies,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Rudy” star Sean Astin were among the 12,000-plus registered runners to take part in this morning’s race.

Keep up with the latest on all runDisney races at runDisney.com.

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Take 5: runDisney Races at Disney Parks

posted on January 28th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Walt Disney World Resort Marathon

Over the years runDisney has hosted a variety of races and meet-ups throughout Disney Parks and Resorts, and the next race is right around the corner. To gear up for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Meet-Up Event this weekend, we wanted to take a look at some of the other exciting races and events in the past. Have you participated in a runDisney marathon yet?

Take 5: runDisney Races at Disney Parks

  1. Meet-Up and Fly Away Through the Disneyland Resort for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend – Participants will get to run through Disneyland park for the first time as part of a runDisney meet-up in this weekend’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon!

  2. Brazil’s Costa Establishes New Streak at Dramatic Walt Disney World Marathon – See who broke records in the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon earlier this month.

  3. Race Report: Disneyland Half Marathon – Disney Parks Blog authors joined 15,000 participants in the Disneyland Half Marathon last September – check out all the details in Erin’s post!

  4. They Ate, They Drank and They Ran at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – More than 17,000 runners participated in the “Meet Up, Eat Up” at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, gaining the experience of a lifetime.

  5. Looking and Running Like a Real-Life Disney Princess – Calling all Disney Princesses! Check out this half marathon at Walt Dinsey World Resort meant just for you.
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Exclusive First Look: Photo-Realistic Image of Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group recently created a photo-realistic composite of Radiator Springs Racers that you may see in the coming weeks in advertisements or other promotional material as we race toward making Cars Land a reality, but we wanted you to be the first to see it. The composite is a combination of images designed to give you a glimpse of what the attraction will look like when it opens this summer.

All I can say is “Kachow!”

 Radiator Springs Racers Photo Composite

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A Goofy Milestone for Disney Legend Bill Farmer

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Some kids take offense at being called goofy. Bill Farmer took it as professional advice.

Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

Born with the gift of comedic gab, Bill has turned his ability to channel stars both real and imagined into an illustrious show-business career involving a colorful array of animated characters. None are nearer or dearer to his heart than Goofy, the iconic character to whom Bill has lent his voice for decades.

As this week marks the milestone 25th anniversary of Bill’s career going Goofy, I sat down with the Disney Legend for an interview that’ll appear in a special Goofy-tribute issue of Disney Files Magazine scheduled to begin mailing to Disney Vacation Club members next month.

 Ryan March Chats with Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

Here are three of my favorite Bill quotes from our visit:

On his skeptical father-in-law finally respecting Bill’s decision to quit his “real job” to focus on a career in comedy: “Well, fast forward a few years [after landing the Goofy gig], as I’m getting him backstage access to Walt Disney World Resort attractions and inviting him to private parties with celebrities, and the tide definitely turned. I’ll never forget going with him to an event at his church in Melbourne, Fla., and having him introduce me to his friends. Here’s exactly what he said: ‘I’d like you to meet my son-in-law, Bill…and his wife, Jennifer.’ I had arrived!”

On being Goofy at home: “One story that’s quintessentially Goofy unfolded when I was outside our house hanging Christmas lights. To set the scene, you had me, a bunch of tangled lights, a ladder and a pair of thorny rose bushes. Perfect setup for a Goofy moment, and you can probably see where this is going. But I didn’t just slip and fall into a rose bush. That would be too easy. I managed to snag my sweatpants on the first rose bush and fall bare-butted into the second. That, my friend, is taking your work home with you.”

On his favorite film project: “Of all the great projects I’ve been fortunate enough to take on in my career, “A Goofy Movie” has been my absolute favorite… The movie wasn’t just about Goofy’s goofiness. It was about a father struggling to connect with a son who wasn’t so little anymore. I remember taking my son, Austin, to an advance screening of the film for Disney executives in Walt’s old screening room on the lot in Burbank. Austin was pretty little at the time, and he seemed to be a bit shaken as we left the theater. I said, ‘What’s wrong, buddy?’ And he answered, ‘When you and Max were about to go over the waterfall, I thought you were going to die.’ So either we’d created a film of such emotional depth that even my own son had suspended disbelief, or my kid just couldn’t tell the difference between Dad and Goofy.”

Ryan March with Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the Voice of ‘Goofy’

On behalf of all Disney fans, Disney Vacation Club congratulates Bill on 25 years of the goofiest career in Hollywood.

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Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Discover the Magic

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the reasons I love working at the Disneyland Resort is that I learn something new every day. Whether it’s a piece of Disney history, a behind-the-scenes fact or a tip for visiting the parks, each day brings new knowledge of the happiest place on earth. But you don’t have to work here to learn from the Disneyland experts! That’s why I’m excited to bring you a new series of Disney Parks Blog posts – a look at the guided tours available to our resort guests.

Experience the Discover the Magic Guided Tour at Disneyland Park

First, I want to tell you about the Discover the Magic Guided Tour. This interactive scavenger hunt through Disneyland park helps guests discover things they might not have known about the park by hunting for clues and experiencing some popular attractions. Use your sleuthing skills to solve puzzles, hunt for hidden treasure and discover Disneyland park in a whole new way!

This tour is especially fun for families with children or groups who are celebrating birthdays or special occasions. If you want to discover some things about the park that you might not know, while experiencing some of the fun Disneyland park has to offer, you should definitely check out the Discover the Magic Guided Tour. Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.

Here are some things to know:

  • The tour is approximately 2 ½ hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • The tour leaves from Disneyland park Tour Gardens (left of City Hall) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.
  • All guests who participate receive a special, tour-exclusive lanyard and medallion.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687).

Have you experienced the Discover the Magic Guided Tour? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Just a Walk in the Park (with ‘Cousin Betty’) at Epcot

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


I was at Epcot recently and couldn’t help but notice the colorful diversity of footwear guests wore as they hurried along the promenade. Footwear from around the globe inspired me to do a little time-lapse piece just for fun and I happened upon a fantastic piece of music – a kind of Cajun-Bop tune titled “Cousin Betty.” I think it captures some of the excitement that was so obvious to me on that day. I hope you enjoy this whimsical study as much as I do, and I really thank my pal Bryan Smoker for the awesome editing job.

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Disney Cruise Line Top Five: Kid Activities on a Disney Ship

posted on January 27th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Continuing with the Disney Cruise Line “Top Five” video series, next I want to show you the favorite things that young cruisers like to do on a Disney ship.

Take a look at this video of the top five kid activities, as voted on by our fans, and add in the comments the things your kids like to do when cruising with Disney!



See more from Disney Cruise Line’s “Top Five” video series:

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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disneyland Park

posted on January 26th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Mushu from Disney’s ‘Mulan’

We’re celebrating the Lunar New Year here at Disneyland park through January 29 with characters, artists, colorful decor and special entertainment! Come out to “it’s a small world” Mall and celebrate this tradition observed within the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Disneyland Park

Take a look at the video below to see all of the fun Disneyland park guests have been having at the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration – and come see it for yourself, now until January 29!

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