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‘Phineas and Ferb’ VIPs Tour Epcot as Imagineers Prep Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

posted on April 26th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Hey, where’s Perry? He’s at Epcot!

While the new Epcot attraction, Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, won’t open until later this summer, three big talents behind the hit Disney Channel and Disney XD animated series got a sneak peek on Wednesday – along with Agent P himself! Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh are co-creators of “Phineas and Ferb” and actor Vincent Martella gives voice to Phineas Flynn. The trio toured World Showcase as Walt Disney Imagineering revealed some of the new attraction’s secrets – and then swore them to secrecy.

The game is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Phineas and Ferb’s pet, Perry the Platypus. Transforming into secret agents, Epcot guests will use a F.O.N.E. (Field Operative Notification Equipment) to scour World Showcase for clues, evil “Inators” and – with a little bit of luck – help Agent P defeat his nemesis, Dr. Doofenschmirtz.

(Disclaimer: The statue of Dr. Doofenschmirtz you see at the end of the video was part of a Walt Disney Imagineering test, and was taken out before guests arrived for the day.)

Although Phineas and Ferb greet guests daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is the first time these characters have been part of an attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.

In addition to creating “Phineas and Ferb,” you can also hear Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh on episodes of the show. Dan writes and performs songs, as well as providing the voice of Dr. Doofenschmirtz. Swampy also writes songs and voices Major Monogram.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Filming ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 26th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? If you don’t know the answer to that question, let’s face it – you might have landed here at the Disney Parks Blog by happenstance.

The third edition of “The Mickey Mouse Club” made its debut on the Disney Channel this week back in 1989 and was shot on location here at Walt Disney World Resort at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“The MMC,” as it was also called, ran for seven seasons and had numerous Cast Members who later became major celebrities. The first six seasons had theme days (Music, Guest, Anything Can Happen, Party, Hall of Fame), similar in format to the original.
Production of 'The Mickey Mouse Club' at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

There is only one way to end this blog post: M-I-C, see ya real soon (next Thursday), K-E-Y, why because we like you! M-O-U-S-E. (It’s going to be stuck in your head all day long.)

For more Disney Parks history, check out these other Vintage Walt Disney World posts:

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D Street in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Unveils a Galaxy of New Star Wars Art

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

There’s no denying that the Force is getting stronger by the day. I’m sure many of you are counting down the days until Star Wars Weekends kicks off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. I’m a little jealous of those of you who get to go. My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Gary Buchanan, always has so many great posts about the special appearances and events, so who wouldn’t want to be there? I have to admit … when I was little, I dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween – white robe gown, cinnamon-style buns on the sides of my head and all (and no, you can’t see a picture). Before you fall out of your chair laughing at that visual, think back – because I bet many of you did the same thing. I’m pretty sure there were a lot of Princess Leias, Han Solos, Luke Skywalkers and Darth Vaders roaming around neighborhoods. (And with the continued popularity of the saga, there still are!)

So why the walk down memory lane? Because ACME Archives has just released a new collection of Star Wars-themed art which I know you are going to go crazy over. There’s an array of Star Wars characters posed in what could be considered “surrealism”-style paintings and even vacation destination-looking posters. I can’t keep you waiting any longer, so here’s your first look at some of these new pieces.

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So, don’t let me be your only hope – make the jump to hyperspace and head for D Street in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on May 5. Artist William Silvers and Creative Director Chris Jackson will be on hand from 3-6 p.m., and I can pretty much guarantee you won’t want to miss it. To check out other pieces in this collection, visit

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Candy Palace, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Penny Arcade to Re-Open May 2 at Disneyland Park

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Has your sweet tooth been aching during the refurbishment of Candy Palace and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A.? If so, you’ll be glad to know that both of these Disneyland park favorites will re-open on May 2!

At the new, expanded candy kitchen inside Candy Palace, you will be able to watch our talented team of Candy Makers create some of your favorite sweet treats right before your eyes. Gourmet and caramel apples, toffee, fudge and other candy classics will line the shelves of this opulent turn-of-the-century location. Take a look at some of the new, special details guests will find at Candy Palace:

New, Special Details at the Candy Kitchen Inside Candy Palace at Disneyland Park New, Special Details at the Candy Kitchen Inside Candy Palace at Disneyland Park

Next door, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor has undergone a transformation to make your ice cream experience easier and more convenient. With more registers and scooping space, you will be able to get your ice cream fix quicker than ever before!

You can get ice cream by the scoop or one of the specialty sundaes, but what I’m most excited about are the new floats added to the menu – in addition to the traditional root beer float, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor will offer Coca-Cola floats and Fanta Orange floats.

And you Penny Arcade fans will be pleased to know that the arcade will also re-open on May 2 alongside Candy Palace and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

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Disney Channel Stars Explore the Disney Fantasy

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Hey Disney Parks Blog fans! Disney Channel’s Laura Marano & Calum Worthy were recently on the Disney Fantasy and shared this video of their experience with us. Check it out…

For more Disney Fantasy updates, see the posts below:

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Tickets on Sale Now for the Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival, Featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 25th, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Now in its second year, the four-day Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival features more than 50 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The festival starts September 6, 2012, and will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 9, with “Cuisines of the Stars: A Magical Journey of Food & Culture” at Ko Olina Resort, featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.

During this special event, a team of world-renowned chefs will create a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the world using local produce and products. The featured chefs will include Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Patrick Callarec of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

Tickets are now available here, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate Hawaiian food and culture with Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

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‘The Magic, The Memories, and You!’ Summer Show Begins May 25 at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Earlier this year, my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater hinted that changes were coming to “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” nighttime show at Magic Kingdom Park. Today, we’re happy to announce that the summer version of this show will begin May 25.

Here’s a sneak peek at one new scene that will appear in the show, in which Cinderella Castle turns into a giant sandcastle.


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New Chef, New Tastes on the Menu at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

With a new chef who professes that her three favorite spices are “garlic, garlic and garlic,” Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is worth a visit to try some of the newest tastes on the menu.

“Seafood “Pork

Chef Beatriz Candelario most recently was chef at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and has been cooking in Walt Disney World Resort restaurants for 15 years. The new Mama Melrose seafood cioppino, created by the kitchen team with Chef Bea’s leadership, is a great example of her love of Mediterranean dishes, a mélange of fresh clams, shrimp, calamari and mussels tossed with fregola pasta in a light tomato broth. The team’s rendition of pork Milanese comes with roasted fingerling potatoes and pancetta vinaigrette – a genuine taste of rustic Italy.

Gnocchi fans will want to try Mama Melrose’s hand-rolled version of the little Italian soft dumplings with seasonal vegetables in a basil pesto, a true Italian comfort food.

Save room for the cool, dreamy tiramisù semifreddo with layers of buttery mascarpone, ladyfingers, and Marsala wine with coffee sauce. “Semifreddo” is Italian for “half cold,” and this luscious dessert is even more delicious than the gooey classic version of tiramisù.

A solid wine list, beer and specialty cocktails make Mama Melrose’s an extra-special spot for lunch or dinner (one entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan). And you also can book the Fantasmic! Meal Package to receive designated seating during the spectacular nighttime show.

See the posts below for more news about dining at Walt Disney World Resort:

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Walt Disney’s Words Tell Today’s Conservation Story

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

As we near the end of Earth Month (and what a fantastic Earth Month it has been!), I thought I would share a brief new video about our conservation efforts that we just completed in partnership with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

We started showing the video just before Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests can see it when they visit Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and, of course, find out more about these efforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and when they travel on Disney Cruise Line ships.

We knew we wanted to include Walt Disney in the video. After all, it is thanks to Walt that conservation and the environment are such a rich part of the Disney company’s history–a passion that continues and is being built upon today.

During the course of producing the video–after hearing how perfectly Walt’s words fit the thoughts we wanted it to convey–it seemed only natural to have Walt help narrate the video.

Enjoy—and remember, every day is Earth Day!

1961 PSA with Walt Disney provided courtesy of National Wildlife Federation®

See how we celebrated Earth Day at Disney Parks in the posts below:

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First Look: Cars Land Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Behind the construction walls of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, a photographer’s dream is waiting to be discovered. From the awe-inspiring rockwork to the whimsical traces of all the residents of Radiator Springs, there is so much to see (and shoot), that I thought it was time to share some of my favorite photos from this one-of-a-kind place.

Ornament Valley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

When I saw the clouds this day, I knew I had to shoot Ornament Valley. Shooting this location is like being transported to another place.

Willy’s Butte in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

You can already imagine cars zooming by Willy’s Butte!

Cactus in the Valley of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

The plant life in Cars Land is really amazing. It seems like there are as many photos to take as there are cactus in the valley.

Entrance to Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Here is a slightly different angle on the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers that Kathy Mangum shared yesterday. This arch really invites you in to this incredible attraction, not to mention photo location.

Statue of Stanley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Before we leave Cars Land, it seems only fitting to show the statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. This location is surely going to be a popular one when Cars Land welcomes guests this summer.

I’ll be sharing more unique photos from “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” so check back soon!

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