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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Director

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As a Senior Show Director, Randy Wojcik gets to dream up Disneyland Resort entertainment experiences, such as “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,” and the “Destination: Cars Land” float recently featured in the 124th Rose Parade. In this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role,” Randy will talk about directing both, admitting there’s never a dull moment in his role. See why in this video!


Check out these posts for more “Every Role a Starring Role”:

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Moms Panel Monday: Vanna!

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Working mom Vanna White stopped by while filming “Wheel of Fortune” in Orlando to share her vacation tips on the brand spanking new Disney Parks Moms Panel website. Enjoy!


For more from the “Moms Panel Monday” series, check out the posts below:

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Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Beginning in May, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
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Don’t you just love this shot of the ship sailing through the Tracy Arm fjord? We’re wrapping up all the final details on the Port Adventures in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, and I’m looking forward to telling you about my favorites. Like always, Disney Cruise Line worked closely with local tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures in Alaska.

Until then, I leave you with this fun time lapse video showing some of the breathtaking vistas and exciting excursions that await Disney cruisers this summer.


Read more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages to Alaska in the posts below:

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Fantasy Faire Architecture to Extend Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve visited Disneyland park recently, you may have noticed that Fantasy Faire is quickly taking shape next to Sleeping Beauty Castle. Opening this spring, Fantasy Faire will not only be a home for Disney princesses, but it will also be a natural extension of Fantasyland. To find out how the look and architecture of this new area will be designed to flow with Sleeping Beauty Castle and Fantasyland, I went to the creative lead for the project: Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Fantasy Faire Architecture to Extend Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

“My goal,” he said, “was that the new Fantasy Faire would meld over into the existing Fantasyland naturally.” He said that his intention would be for first-time visitors to never suspect that this addition came later than the rest of Fantasyland.

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“I took a lot of inspiration from the classic Disney movies like ‘Pinocchio.’ There’s some reference that’s in the architecture to the way the backgrounds of ‘Pinocchio’ are drawn. I took inspiration from the castle – you’ll see that there’s a lot of gold finials and beautiful banners and turrets that are similar to Sleeping Beauty Castle … So it really looks like it’s all part of the existing Fantasyland.”

Another key piece of architecture in Fantasy Faire will be the Royal Theatre, which was the former Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage. “My main inspiration there,” Michel explained, “was a Gothic kind of fair. King Arthur Carrousel and all the structures surrounding Dumbo – those were the main inspiration for the theatre structure.”

We’ll have more updates on Fantasy Faire – including the opening date – here on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks, so keep checking back!

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Making Disney Memories Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


As you know, Epcot recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Thirty years of making extraordinary memories for our guests. But, we’re not the only ones celebrating a 30-year milestone. So are our friends at “Wheel of Fortune”!
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Well, as you all know, we’re all about the celebrating! And what better way to join in than to bring a BIG dose of Disney magic to “Wheel of Fortune”? So, starting Monday night, it’s “Making Disney Memories Week” on “Wheel”! Coming your way, five fantastic episodes that are loaded with Disney puzzles, prizes, and magic!
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In order to prepare for this amazing week, our planning began months ago! We were thrilled to have Vanna White visit us at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and aboard the Disney Dream, as she got to experience New Fantasyland, the Disney California Adventure park expansion, the newest Disney Cruise Line additions… and, of course, spend some quality Disney Time with her daughter! (Don’t be surprised if you catch both of them together on camera during the week!) You’ll see a lot of Vanna’s adventures on the shows next week… But, until then, here are a few shots.


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Now, you know I always like to give you a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of the productions we’re a part of. When you see the shows on the air, a little pixie dust brings Cinderella Castle, Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Disney Dream magically to life. But, the real Disney magic came courtesy of our friends at Disneyland Resort Ride/Show Maintenance, who made actual attraction vehicles from Dumbo The Flying Elephant, the Mad Tea Party and Peter Pan’s Flight available to be part of the show’s set! I can only imagine the sight of them on the back of a truck, cruising up the Santa Ana Freeway from Anaheim to LA! While I don’t have that picture, I’m really excited to share this photo of their arrival at the Sony Studios!
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Some of your favorite Disney friends are part of the week, too. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy all take part in the fun… and, after they were done filming, even sat in the audience to watch! Lightning McQueen even stopped by to get in on the action! (I was really jealous – that guy gets great parking spaces!!)

It was such a fantastic experience being a part of “Wheel’s” 30th, and we’re so excited to share it with you beginning tomorrow night, Monday, January 28, through Friday, February 1st! Please tune in – there will be so many fantastic surprises. Check your local listings. Enjoy the shows… and don’t forget to buy a vowel!

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Caption This: A Day on the Golf Course With Mickey & Goofy

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” photo was taken on one of our golf courses here at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1991. Looks like Mickey and Goofy are in quite a pickle.

Caption This: A Day on the Golf Course With Mickey & Goofy

What do you think Mickey would shout if they plunged into the lake? Go ahead and “Caption This.”


Look below for more chances to “Caption This”:

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 27th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared an exclusive first look at the latest image in the ongoing Disney Dream Portrait series.

New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel

The portrait, created by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, is captioned, “Where adventure awaits,” and it features six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift as Rapunzel. Don’t miss our behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot featured in George’s follow-up blog post.

Artist Rendering of A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas by Walt Disney Imagineering

We also announced that a new interactive quest called A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will debut in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park in spring.

When it opens, you’ll use a pirate map and magic talisman to complete five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland. The goal is to help locate different Treasures of the Seven Seas and fight off pirate enemies like the Royal Navy and Captain Barbossa, among others. Check Jenn’s story for more details.

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

A Bi-Coastal runDisney Meet-Up Recap at Disney Parks – Check out these photo galleries from the bi-coastal runDisney Meet-Ups at the Walt Disney World Marathon and Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

Disney Time: World-Renowned DJ Steve Porter Creates a Walt Disney World Resort ‘Magical Mashup’ Featuring Guests, Cast Members and (of course) Mickey Mouse – DisneyTime DJ Steve Porter creates a “mashup of magical proportions” for Walt Disney World Resort.

A Look Back: Mickey’s Toontown Grand Opening Celebration at Disneyland Park – Twenty years ago this past week, Mickey’s Toontown first opened its gates at Disneyland park. Take a look back at the grand opening celebrations!

Attend ‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ Tapings at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort – Mickey Mouse stopped by “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” this week to extend a very special invitation.

‘A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue’ is a Hit with Disneyland Park Guests – The reviews are in, and “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” is a hit with Disneyland park guests! See what they had to say about this “Limited Time Magic” show.

Vote and Help Choose Our 2014 Disney Art Design – We need your help choosing our 2014 Disney art design. Vote for your favorite!

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‘Hey, That’s Sean Astin’ at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 27th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


The whispers in the crowd were true – that was Sean Astin at the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort this past weekend. This was the third runDisney half marathon the star of The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings, participated in. Last year Astin ran both the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon.

Not only does Astin love runDisney events but also loves the runners that participate. He was very generous with his time at the races and at the expo for photos, autographs and entertaining the crowd. Much to my surprise he even showed up in “character” for the 5K wearing Tinker Bell wings and a sparkle skirt. Now, he may deny that fact in public, but the video below has the evidence.

As runners we run for different reasons. Astin runs for what he calls #Run3rd. What that means is he runs first for himself, second for his family and third for anyone that tweets him and asks for a special run dedication.

I think anyone having the chance to meet him last weekend will agree, Sean Astin is a great guy, loves running and loves runDisney. But judge for yourself, let him tell you in his own words.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Rare Characters, More Pirates & a Musical Mashup

posted on January 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week at Disney Parks was a great week for photos – especially for guests hoping to meet rare characters during Long-Lost Friends Week at Magic Kingdom Park.
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And speaking of Magic Kingdom Park, check out this amazing sunrise shot that was taken by Tom Bricker. Be sure to click through the gallery, too, to see some of the best shots shared on our social media channels this week.

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Take 5: Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 26th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Five & Dime Performing on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Walk through the gate at Disney California Adventure park and experience Los Angeles as it was back in the 1920s and 30s. Step onto the Red Car Trolley and begin your journey past Carthay Circle Theatre, through Hollywood Land and to The Twilight Zone of Terror. Buena Vista Street is brimming with shopping, dining and entertainment, from the Citizens of Buena Vista Street to the Five & Dime sextet of musicians. Read more about Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park in the posts below.

Take 5: Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

  1. Meet Officer Calvin Blue at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort – The first in our Citizens of Buena Vista Street series introduces readers to Officer Calvin Blue.
  2. Mickey Mouse, the Red Car Trolley News Boys and ‘A Suitcase and a Dream’ at Disney California Adventure Park – The Red Car Trolley News Boys take over the Red Car Trolley for a musical show, joined in Carthay Circle by the original dreamer himself, Mickey Mouse.
  3. Spend Some Time with Five & Dime at Disney California Adventure Park – Have you heard about Five & Dime, that innovative sextet of maverick musicologists performing every day down on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park?
  4. The Red Car Trolleys of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park – Hop onto one of two Red Car Trolleys that traverse back and forth from Buena Vista Street, past Carthay Circle Theatre, through Hollywood Land and to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
  5. Blue Sky Cellar: Imagineering Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park – Hear from the Imagineers themselves about the inspiration and history behind Buena Vista Street, the immersive, main entrance at Disney California Adventure park.
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