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Caption This: Dalmatian Dreams at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 29th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like Perdita has something on her mind in this photo, which was snapped at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Is it the bones lying right at her feet, or her pups you can see chasing one another around the resort railings?
Caption This: Dalmatian Dreams at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 28th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a Disney Parks fan, you may have found it difficult to look away from the blog this week. We had a continuous stream of great stories, including the official announcement that we’re keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours on Memorial Day Weekend to kick off a Monstrous Summer on both coasts.

The Huge Sphere of Spaceship Earth was Transformed from Disney Parks Icon to Disney●Pixar 'Eye-con' for the Announcement Sulley from the Upcoming Disney●Pixar Film 'Monsters University' Helps Announce a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

A 180-foot-tall Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film “Monsters University” helped make the official announcement at Epcot. The huge sphere of Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con” for the announcement.

Our first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time. Check our Monstrous Summer story for more details.

TThe Story of 'Tangled' Will be Highlighted in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014  'Peter Pan'-Themed Float for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

And did you hear? The new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014. The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song. Jennifer has more details about the parade in her original Festival of Fantasy story.

Here is a look at some of the other stories we shared this week.

First Look: Setting the Stage for “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland Park – Take a sneak peek at the newly refurbished stage inside the Fantasyland Theatre and “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland Park.

Just Announced: More Magic Coming to the Disney Magic and Disney Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line has added an extra dose of magic aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship!

A Fresh Take on Blue Bayou Menu Debuts Today at Disneyland Park – Blue Bayou fans have some new dishes to try and can revisit classics that have been lovingly tweaked at Disneyland park.

Top Five Best-Selling Dishes at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Jenn shares with us the top five best-selling dishes at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Walt Disney World Resort – May 2013 Merchandise Events – This May, visit Walt Disney World Resort for a variety of fun and unique merchandise events.

Big Fun for Little Ones at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – See the best rides and events for children at Downtown Disney.

Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: E.P. Ripley – Erin introduces us to E.P. Ripley, the next steam engine on the Disneyland Railroad tour.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrations, ‘Eye’-nouncements & Sneak Peeks Abound

posted on April 27th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We had a very exciting week at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. Have you heard that three of our parks will be open for 24 hours on May 24? Mike Wazowski, one of the stars of “Monsters University,” appeared at Epcot to make the announcement.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Monsters University Monorail

And speaking of Monsters, one of our Monorails showed up full of character this week in support of the upcoming debut of “Monsters University.”

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Princess Fairytale Hall

We also shared new looks at Mickey’s Magical Map (coming soon to Disneyland park), and a rendering of Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open at Magic Kingdom Park this fall.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

And who could forget the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which we celebrated this past Monday at the park?

Be sure to check out this gallery of images to entire week’s excitement.

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Take 5: Bakeries at Disney Parks

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


New Bakery Opens at France Pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

Here at Disney Parks, we love the aroma of freshly baked treats. Whether we are being lured to Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie at the France Pavilion at Epcot by the scent of éclairs or to Boudin Bakery at Disney California Adventure park by the smell of fresh sourdough bread, baked goods can be found throughout the parks. Read the posts below to learn where you can find the best bakeries and treats at Disney Parks.

Take 5: Bakeries at Disney Parks

  1. Expanded BoardWalk Bakery Reopens at Walt Disney World Resort Friday with New Treats – BoardWalk Bakery reopened yesterday with some all-new taste sensations!
  2. New Bakery Opens at France Pavilion at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort – Start your day with a latte and chocolate croissant at Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie at the France Pavilion at Epcot, opening each morning at 9 a.m.
  3. Behind the Scenes at Boudin Bakery in Disney California Adventure Park – Get an inside look at how bakers take the ingredients at Boudin Bakery at Disney California Adventure park from dough to delicious.
  4. All About the Details at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland Park – The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland park is great at any time, boasting everything from sandwiches and sweets to enchanting details.
  5. La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café Now Open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – La Brea Bakery Café and Express Café in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort reopened in June, offering both building enhancements and many new menu items.
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Ten High School Seniors Receive Disneyland Resort Scholarships

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney Ambassador Megan Navarette gave ten exceptional Orange County, Calif., students quite a surprise last week. Unbeknownst to them, she led a Disneyland Resort prize patrol into their classrooms to announce that each will receive a $7,500 scholarship from the Disneyland Resort to pursue his or her future education goals. Along with the congratulatory prize patrol was our camera crew to capture their priceless reactions!

Since 2006, the Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program has granted more than $425,000 to graduating Orange County, Calif., students, who are selected by a distinguished panel of community leaders for their leadership, academic excellence and contributions to the community. Learn more about all 10 of this year’s recipients here!

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Video: Spaceship Earth Transforms from Disney Parks Icon to Disney●Pixar ‘Eye-Con’

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


Last night, a giant Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film “Monsters University” helped announce our first-ever three-park, all-night party at Disney Parks on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season. Eight projectors were used to transform the huge sphere of Spaceship Earth into the beloved character for the show at Epcot. Today, we have a behind-the-scenes look at how the teams made it happen.

 
The same artists who created Mike Wazowski for the upcoming Disney●Pixar film also created the animation for our Monstrous Summer announcement at Epcot. “You have all of these great partners working together for this one moment and it’s never happened before,” said Mike Roddy, senior show writer and director for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. “What you’re seeing is really the first time we’ve done something like this.”

 
If you missed the announcement, the three-park all-night party is happening at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

  • In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.
  • In California, you’ll be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and guests at Disney California Adventure park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings, plus other surprises throughout the entire day. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and the Monstrous Summer site for more details in coming weeks.

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First Look: Setting the Stage for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


There’s still a lot of work to be done to get ready for “Mickey and the Magical Map” to open May 25, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the newly refurbished stage inside the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park. The theatre will be the setting for this all-new show, featuring a cast of live performers along with some of your favorite Disney friends – all interacting with the huge magical map which takes center stage throughout the performance. This first photo shows the opening title for the show, which is revealed during the first sequence.
The Opening Title for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

This amazing, living map is created with an enormous, multi-tiered LED screen, which helps tell the story and allows for the inclusion of fantastic animation and visual effects, taking Mickey Mouse into the lands of his imagination. This wondrous map spans the entire length of the stage, covering 35,000+ square inches with nearly 1 million pixels. The second sneak-peek photo we have for you features the wise sorcerer Yen Sid, whose magical map is the centerpiece of the show.
Yen Sid in ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks as we reveal more behind-the-scenes looks and sneak peeks of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” leading up to the May 25 opening at Disneyland park.


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More Magic Coming to the Disney Magic and Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I’m thrilled to share Disney Cruise Line‘s exciting news today…there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

AquaDunk Thrill Slide on the Disney Magic AquaDunk Thrill Slide on the Disney Magic

We’re adding brand-new experiences like AquaDunk, a really cool thrill slide that starts with a near-vertical launch and then sends guests in a translucent tube 20 feet over the side of the ship…

Marvel's Avengers Academy on the Disney Magic

…and a chance for young “recruits” to unleash their inner super heroes at Marvel’s Avengers Academy! This is the first time Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Redesigned Grand Atrium Lobby on the Disney Magic

Plus, we’re re-imagining spaces, starting with a beautifully redesigned grand atrium lobby…

AquaLab Water Playground on the Disney Magic

…bringing more splashtacular fun up on deck with the AquaLab water playground, Twist n’ Spout slide and Nephews’ Splash Zone for toddlers…

Dine at Carioca's on the Disney Magic

….giving families a vibrant new dining room, Carioca’s, inspired by Rio de Janeiro…

Adult-only Palo Restaurant on the Disney Magic

….and sprinkling the pixie dust on our adult-only Palo restaurant and Senses Spa & Salon.

With an all-new lineup of clubs in the After Hours nighttime district, and with new lands of adventure in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab and It’s A Small World Nursery, both adults and kids have entirely new areas just for them. We’ll be taking a closer look inside these spaces in the weeks to come.

Over the next several months we’ll be sharing tons of videos so you can have all the details on the ship’s transformation. We’ll also be giving exclusive sneak peeks to Disney Cruise Line fans on Facebook, including a Disney Magic Re-Imagined video series with global architecture expert Danny Forster. Be sure to check out the first video posted today at www.facebook.com/disneycruiseline!

And if you want to be one of the first to take a virtual ride on AquaDunk, check out the Disney Cruise Line Facebook page today at 12 p.m. ET to “experience” this extreme thrill slide (through the eyes of Donald Duck!)

Fans, tell us – which of these magical details coming to the Disney Magic excites you most?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

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


For many guests, a visit to a Disney Park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

Today, we’re happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

'Peter Pan'-Themed Float for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.

The Story of 'Tangled' Will be Highlighted in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others. (Check out a sneak peek of the “Tangled”-themed float above).

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future coverage of the development of this new parade.

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‘May The Fourth Be With You’ Celebrated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for ‘Limited Time Magic’

posted on April 26th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”
May The Fourth Be With You at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Star Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Join the conversation online by using the hash tag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.

Star Wars: © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.

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