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Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey Welcomes You to Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

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


In this week’s Disney Parks After Dark, we’re taking a look at Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Great news, Disney and Tiki fans! The merchandise events team just finished giving me the scoop on the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event scheduled for June 28-29, 2013. Plus we have a sneak peek of a few of the items that will be offered and some key dates you won’t want to miss. Here’s your official bird’s-eye view of what you can expect … at least everything I am able to reveal right now (hint, hint!).

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Celebrates its 50th Anniversary at Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event
June 28-29
Disneyland Hotel – Exhibit Hall

JOSE Package – $85
Registered event guests will have the opportunity to purchase Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event-themed merchandise via the Random Selection Process.

June 28, 2013 (5-9 p.m.)

  • Early Registration
  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Trading Area

June 29, 2013 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Artist Signings
  • Silent Auction
  • Trading Area and Activities
  • Commemorative Gifts

“Early Birdies” Special Offer: Don’t miss out! Register early and receive a limited edition “Early Birdies” pin.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Celebrates its 50th Anniversary at Disneyland Resort

Special Experience Add-On:
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary – SHAG Cocktail Reception – $185

Tip: In order to register for the SHAG Cocktail Reception, Guests must also be registered for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event ‘JOSE’ Package.

June 29, 2013 (7–10 p.m.)

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Light Hors d’oeuvres
  • Meet and Greet with SHAG
  • Commemorative Photo
  • Commemorative Gifts

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Celebrates its 50th Anniversary at Disneyland Resort

Here’s a sneak peek at the limited edition “Early Birdies” gift pin and other merchandise available for registered event guests to purchase:

Ticket Sales begin Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) via www.ArtofDisneyParks.com. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

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Disney Fantasy Earns Top Honor in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


We’re thrilled that the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, earned the top honor – Best Large Ship – in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards this week.
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The Disney Fantasy also received the top spots in four other categories – Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. Winners were selected based on reviews submitted by cruisers for sailings taken in 2012. Thank you, fans!

See more from the Disney Fantasy in the posts below:

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Cinderella and Rapunzel Visit Their New Homes at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park

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


As Paul told you yesterday, he recently had the opportunity to photograph the new Fantasy Faire, opening March 12 at Disneyland park. While he was there, he met up with a few familiar faces.

Cinderella Visits Her New Home at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park Rapunzel Visits Her New Home at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park

I’m sure you will agree that the setting is almost as lovely as the princesses who will appear there. Above, Cinderella is seen inside the new Royal Hall, where she and her princess friends will meet Disneyland park guests each day. And you can also see Rapunzel getting comfortable next to a replica of her famous tower, which sits at the center of Fantasy Faire. You can see Rapunzel when she joins Messieurs Smythe and Jones in the telling of her own tale inside the Royal Theatre.

Keep an eye here on the Disney Parks Blog for more information and peeks into Fantasy Faire as we keep getting closer to the March 12 opening!

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Touring the Himalayas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


This week’s “Finish That Disney Parks Sign” comes from the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Can You Finish This Sign from Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

This weathered sign offers tours and expeditions through the Himalayas – but one piece of the sign is blurred out at the very bottom. Do you recall what method of transportation guests will use on this “tour”? Leave it in the “Comments” section below and we’ll update the post later today.
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Vintage Walt Disney World: Becoming Castaway Cay

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today back in 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired a Bahamian Island named Gorda Cay. For all you fans of Disney Cruise Line, you know it better as Castaway Cay. Here’s a look at the island soon after the acquisition.
Castaway Cay Shortly After Acquisition by The Walt Disney Company
Castaway Cay stretches 3.1 miles long by 2.2 miles wide, and less than five percent of the island’s 1,000 acres have been developed.
Visit Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line
Located 225 nautical miles from Port Canaveral, Castaway Cay continues to be the most magical island in the Bahamas.

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Clopin, Figaro and Tangled Tower Take Their Places in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek at Clopin’s Music Box, an interactive element coming to Fantasy Faire when it opens March 12 at Disneyland park. Today, I’m excited to share a video of the installation of this piece, along with two other charming details: Tangled Tower, which is located in the center of Fantasy Faire, and – my favorite element of this new area – Figaro the cat from “Pinocchio.” Watch as Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, tells us more about these magical features.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Creating An Adorkable Disney Look

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


By definition, the word nerd used to mean “uncool.” But these days, nerds are flaunting their pocket protectors, horn-rimmed glasses and ankle length pants with pride.
Disney Style Snapshots: An Adorkable Disney Look

Cool or not, the best fashion is about expressing your personal style with confidence. Who wouldn’t have fun at Disney Parks while sporting this ensemble? We paired the tank with dark jeans, but it would also look great with distressed denim or khaki shorts. The tote bag stays true to the nerd brand, complete with suspender details on the straps. We finish the look with comfortable canvas flats and a touch of sparkle in the Mickey Mouse hand earrings.

It’s an homage to the nerd in all of us.


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A Photo From Behind the Wall of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Just the other day, I had a great opportunity to go behind the walls and take a few photos of the new Fantasy Faire, opening March 12 at Disneyland park. Below is a little peek of what I saw, from the inside looking out.
Tangled Tower from Inside the New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

And by the way, while I was at Fantasy Faire, I met up with a few friends, Cinderella and Rapunzel, and had the chance to take a few photos of them as well. Erin will be sharing those here on the Disney Parks Blog, so be sure to check back tomorrow.


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Wildlife Wednesdays: Spring Forward to Help Frogs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom on March 7, just a few days before we adjust our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time, we’re “springing forward” to celebrate frogs, toads and other amphibians during one of a year-long series of events that encourage families to connect with nature.
Guests Celebrate Frogs, Toads and Other Amphibians at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When guests visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch, they will be able to make toad abodes (special homes for frogs and toads) for their backyards, try leaping like a frog, listen to frog calls, examine amphibian adaptations, and meet some cool amphibians and their keepers. Frog fun fact: Frogs provide a free pest-control service – they eat billions of harmful insects annually, including mosquitoes and their larvae.

Guests also can learn about the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad, which we are raising at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and releasing in their native habitat to re-populate the species in an area where these toads once thrived but are now considered extinct.
Guests Celebrate Frogs, Toads and Other Amphibians at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Did you know that, according to some estimates, as many as one-third of the known amphibian species are threatened by extinction because of loss of habitat, climate change, pollution and disease? The good news is that every one of us can help amphibians leap ahead of extinction. Here’s how:

  • Invite a bug-zapping amphibian into your backyard by placing an overturned pot (toad abode) as a home
  • Use fewer chemical pesticides on your lawn to keep amphibians healthy
  • Build a pond, plant native shrubs, and leave leaf litter and logs in your yard to create a habitat for frogs
  • Plan a family outing to a local pond to hear different species of frogs sing their love songs to one another
  • Find natural alternatives to household chemicals so these toxins don’t end up in amphibian habitats
  • Take part in a local pond or stream clean-up to ensure that native amphibians will have a clean home
  • Find books on frogs to discover why they sing loudly, hear well and stay up late

Guests Celebrate Frogs, Toads and Other Amphibians at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Upcoming 2013 events for connecting families with nature (as always, dates subject to change):

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • April 22: Party for the Planet for Earth Day
  • May 8: International Migratory Bird Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • June 5: Pollinator Day
  • July 25: Tiger Day
  • August 1: Primate Day
  • August: Cotton-Top Tamarin Month
  • September 5: International Vulture Awareness Day
  • September 26: Elephant Day
  • October 31: Bat Day
  • November 12: Rhino Day

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot:

  • April 22: Earth Day
  • May 18: Endangered Species Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • June 8: World Ocean Day
  • September 7: International Manatee Day

 
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