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Crazy for Cupcakes from Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort makes a mean red velvet cupcake, cream cheese frosting piled high. But the real secret to the perfect cupcake is the tunnel of icing he creates inside the cake.

Take a look as Chef Barnes shows us his secrets to a perfect red velvet cupcake – sorry, no recipe with this one, but you can re-create his techniques for a fancy cupcake at home. We shot this demo at one of the beautiful new homes at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort, with custom, whole-ownership homes priced from $1.5 million. Discover the “magical oasis of fine living and memory making” by visiting

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Caption This: Cousin Elrod Cools Off at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Welcome to Tumbleweed, the tiny Goldrush town that you speed through on your journey around Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park.

Caption This: Cousin Elrod Cools Off at Magic Kingdom Park

As you can see from the sign, the town has dried out; however, this pajama-clad fellow known as Cousin Elrod seems to have found a creative way to cool off. What’s he daydreaming about? How does he feel about having his bath so close to the tracks, not to mention the chickens? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo.

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Follow Along on an Adventures by Disney Vacation

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Question: Where is this and how does it involve Disney Parks?
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney

I think the “where” might be a little more difficult to guess than the connection to Disney. If you said “Glacier National Park” in Montana and “Adventures by Disney,” you are correct.

For those of you not as familiar, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences, assistance from Disney-trained Adventure Guides, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches that only a Disney vacation can provide.

In 2013, Adventures by Disney will take guests to two new exotic locales: Southeast Asia (including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and Scotland (visiting some of the sites which inspired the new Disney●Pixar hit film “Brave.”)

In my role as public relations manager for Disney Parks, I also have the great pleasure to assist with Adventures by Disney. This week I am on a spectacular trip called “Roaming the Rockies.” This trip explores breathtaking vistas in Montana (including Glacier National Park) and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada (including Yoho, Jasper and Banff National Parks).

I’ll let you know how the trip goes along the way, including the awesome excursions, world-class accommodations and delicious cuisine – with some special Disney surprises thrown in along the way. So check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates. And check out for information on all the exciting excursions from Adventures by Disney.

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‘My Yard Goes Disney': An All-Star Sports Twist on Toy Story Mania

posted on July 29th, 2012 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing

One of the hardest questions I get asked around here is, “What’s your favorite attraction at Disney?” (Unfortunately, I was told that an Ocean View Room at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii doesn’t qualify as an “attraction.”) So, I usually follow up with, “Which Park?”

When someone says Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s easy. I love Toy Story Mania. How can you not? Speed, skill, thrills. And I get to break virtual plates, pop virtual balloons, not get in trouble AND don’t have to clean anything up? Count me in!!

You can count the Brown Family in, too, who you’ll meet tonight in HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney. Aaron and Heather and their kids, Tobey (9), Timothy (5), and Tyler (18 months), love Buzz, Woody, and everything Toy Story! So when the HGTV Designers heard that, inspiration for this backyard makeover came easily!

The Brown Family Gets a Backyard Makeover Inspired by Toy Story Mania and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort on HGTV’s'My Yard Goes Disney'

Of all the families we featured this season, none was more athletic than the Browns. Huge sports fans, all of them! Then, it’s no wonder that they’re big fans of Disney’s All Star Sports Resort – so much so, that the Designers recreated the Resort’s oversized sports court right in their backyard!

This family had so much fun playing football at the Resort that they were nearly late for their meeting with Buzz and Woody! (And, wouldn’t you know it, Sarge and his men showed up to put these kids through their paces, as well!)

Take a sneak peek at the designer’s out-of-this-world interpretation of Buzz’s spaceship. It’s one-of-a-kind… it’s life-size… it’s got on-board special effects… and you can see it here first.

Join us for all the mania on tonight’s episode of “My Yard Goes Disney!” at 5:30pm Eastern on HGTV.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

An Enchanted Rose Mosaic at Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

We had another exciting week here on the Disney Parks Blog, with another look at New Fantasyland, visits from singer Carrie Underwood and actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and much more.

Here are some of our can’t-miss stories from this week:

Stamping Your Passport at Skyline on the Disney Fantasy – See how the Passport to Skyline can take you through seven world cities without ever leaving the Disney Fantasy’s nightlife district.

Where to Watch the Summer Games at Walt Disney World Resort – From ESPN Club to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, where will you be watching the summer games at Walt Disney World Resort?

VIDEO: Penny Arcade Orchestrion Restored at Disneyland Park – Watch as the Welte Orchestrion returns to the Main Street Penny Arcade, entertaining Disneyland park guests once again with its classic tunes.

Things You Might Not Know About Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park – We shared updates and behind-the-scenes looks at Cars Land throughout its construction, but here are some facts you might not have known.

Christmas in July at Walt Disney World Resort: We’re Already Prepping for Disney Holidays – Are You? – It might still be summer but cast members are already hard at work planning a very merry holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Parks After Dark: Taking a Spin at Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shares a unique look at Disneyland park after the sun sets.

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Take 5: Exploring Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

posted on July 28th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Disney’s Flight of Fantasy Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland

Looking for new ideas while planning your next vacation? A visit to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has a place on the Disney bucket list of many, including Disney Parks Blog author Jennifer Fickley-Baker. Read the posts below for a peek at what Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has to offer:

Take 5: Exploring Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

  1. Grizzly Gulch Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – Hong Kong Disneyland opens Grizzly Gulch, the first experience of its kind at Disney Parks. Take a look at the opening event!

  2. Hong Kong Disneyland’s Star Guest Program Returns Today – Hong Kong Disneyland guests feel like stars when they experience unexpected surprises like those offered by the Star Guest program.

  3. Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland – Here’s your chance to feel just like a toy. Opened in November 2011, Toy Story Land brings attractions such as RC Racer, Slinky Dog Spin and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop to Hong Kong Disneyland.

  4. Today in Disney History: Hong Kong Disneyland Opens – Amidst the expansion of adding Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point, Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated the fifth anniversary of its September 12, 2005, opening.

  5. Hong Kong Disneyland 5th Year Anniversary – In 2010, Hong Kong Disneyland marked its fifth anniversary with an amazing celebration for over 2,000 families.
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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort River Guide

posted on July 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

This month marks the anniversary of canoes at Disneyland park – no motor or track since 1956! To celebrate, Disneyland Resort cast member Jessica Voiles will give you a glimpse into her role as a river guide aboard Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!

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Disney Cruise Line Exclusive Port Adventures in Atlantic Canada

posted on July 27th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development

My favorite Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are always the ones we design exclusively for our guests. I love the way we’re able to extend the art of Disney’s storytelling into the ports we visit, and that is especially true in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada.

Check out this video to see two of the charming Port Adventures we developed in Atlantic Canada just for Disney cruisers.

Whether you choose to have tea with Alice in Wonderland, play solider for a day at the historical Citadel or join another exciting Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure, remember…when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Commemorative Olympic Merchandise at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

posted on July 27th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Merchandise for Official Olympic Mascot Wenlock at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

I’ve been spending a lot of time at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot lately. Recent articles for the Disney Parks Blog had me discussing Beatles merchandise and giving a first look at new Celtic jewelry. I’ve never been to England, but it’s on my ever-growing “places I need to visit” list. However, there are many people who will be traveling to London this summer, as athletes from around the world gather for the Olympic Games. The games will take place from July 27 to August 12, and, like many of you, I will be watching the drama unfold on my television. While Disney Theme Park Merchandise hasn’t developed anything specifically for the games, I did find an assortment of Olympic-themed items during a recent visit to World Showcase.
The Sportsman’s Shoppe at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

The Sportsman’s Shoppe, located across from the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, is the appropriately themed destination for Olympic merchandise at Walt Disney World Resort. I spoke with Sylvie Brumbaugh, Product Developer for World Showcase, about the assortment.
Commemorative Olympic Merchandise at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

“With the games taking place in London, I thought it was important to have the United Kingdom Pavilion carry some kind of merchandise to commemorate this event,” explained Sylvie. “I worked directly with the United States Olympic Committee to identify a small assortment of items including T-shirts, mugs, plush and a few other things.”
Merchandise for Official Olympic Mascot Wenlock at the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot

One recognizable item Sylvie picked was a plush featuring one of the official Olympic mascots, Wenlock. According to the London 2012 games website, the mascots, Wenlock and counterpart Mandeville (who represents the Paralympic Games), were “created from the last drops of steel left over from the construction of the final support girder for the Olympic Stadium.” Sylvie selected a few different Wenlock plush, including my favorite, the Queen’s guard.

Wenlock is also featured on a T-shirt, along with T-shirts for women and men featuring the London 2012 games logo. To round out the assortment, you will find some coffee mugs and a very small selection of pins.

I hope you will join me in sending good thoughts to all of the athletes participating this year.

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The Happiest App on Earth Just Got Happier: ‘Disneyland Explorer’ App for iPad Updated with Cars Land and More

posted on July 27th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Explore Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and More of Disneyland Resort with the 'Disneyland Explorer' App for iPad

As Michele first told you in February, you don’t have to wait until your next visit to explore the Disneyland Resort. With the “Disneyland Explorer” app exclusively for iPad, you can discover photo-fantastic recreations of Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, the Downtown Disney District and all three Disneyland Resort hotels – complete with interactive activities based on classic attractions. And with the latest update, you can discover even more.

Explore Luigi's Flying Tires and More of Disneyland Resort with the 'Disneyland Explorer' App for iPad

New in this update:

“Disneyland Explorer” is a free download from the App Store, so check it out today!

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