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Watch Our 24-Hour Monstrous Summer ‘All-Nighter’ at Walt Disney World Resort in 90 Seconds

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During our “All-Nighter” to kick off a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks, we shared a live, 24-hour video feed from inside Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. It was a hit on the blog, especially during fireworks and the Main Street Electrical Parade.

The same camera also recorded the monstrous fun in the park. And here it is for the first time – 24 hours in Magic Kingdom Park in just 90 seconds.

During the 24 hours, we spotted several of you waving at the camera and enjoying the shows. Did you see yourself or spot any friends in the video? If not, take a look through our latest photo gallery featuring some favorite faces and sights.

If you missed any of our story updates during the “All-Nighter” at Disney Parks, including our morning meet-up recap, be sure to scroll through our main Monstrous Summer post.

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Creating More Magic at Sea on Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Nearly 300 Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members are able to showcase their artistic talents while volunteering for a great cause this week aboard the Disney Magic’s transatlantic crossing to Barcelona, Spain, in an event called PaintFest at Sea. Through a partnership with the Foundation for Hospital Art, the fun-spirited group is painting 72 canvases during that will be assembled into a 9-foot tall by 24-foot long mural.
Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Accompanied by Mickey Mouse Painting a Mural Featuring Characters from 'The Little Mermaid'
The mural, featuring characters from “The Little Mermaid” and designed by Disney artist, Don “Ducky” Williams, will take more than 500 hours to complete, and will be a fitting salute to the 30th Anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program. When the ship arrives in Barcelona on Saturday, the mural will be presented to a local children’s hospital near the port.
Disney VoluntEARS Are All Smiles After PaintFest at Sea, Which Brought Guests and Their Families Together With Crew Members For a Great Cause
See the podcast of the painting here. Look for coverage of the mural delivery and installation on my blog post next week.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Muppet*Vision 3D Rolls Out the Green Carpet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, in 1991 the green carpet was rolled out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the official opening of Muppet*Vision 3D.
The Green Carpet is Rolled Out at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1991 for the Official Opening of Muppet*Vision 3D at Walt Disney World Resort
Created jointly with Jim Henson Productions, Muppet*Vision 3D used the most advanced 3D animation and techniques for its time while showcasing Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and friends. Coming up with every imaginable 3D gimmick, this over-the-top film brought the Muppets to star in their very own attraction at Disney Parks. Below, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy prepare to launch fireworks to celebrate the opening of the attraction.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Prepare to Launch Fireworks to Celebrate the 1991 Opening of the Muppet*Vision 3D Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Home to one of the funniest pre-shows at Walt Disney World Resort, numerous Muppets make appearances throughout including Rizzo dressed up as a one very famous Mouse and Sam Eagle telling us to “please move as far to the end of the row as possible. Stopping in the middle is distinctly unpatriotic.”

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on May 29th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is here, and that means warm weather, longer days and of course, later nights at the Disneyland Resort! One of the most popular nighttime activities during the summer season (weather permitting of course) is the “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Who doesn’t love to see the night sky light up to music from classic Disney stories like “Pinocchio,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Sleeping Beauty”?
Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to enjoy the show. If you’re a “Magical” regular, maybe give a new location a try and let us know your favorite viewing spot in the comments!

  • Main Street, U.S.A. – There is something exciting and awe-inspiring about watching fireworks bursting into the shape of Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle from Main Street, U.S.A. It’s like a Disney icon trifecta.
  • “it’s a small world” – This location even offers its own mini-show, with projections onto the attraction that complement the fireworks and music.
  • Rivers of America – This is a fantastic place to catch not one, but two Disneyland park nighttime spectaculars. Arrive early to watch the first “Fantasmic!” show of the night and then stay right there in your spot to watch “Magical.” Be sure to check the Entertainment Guide when you arrive, of course, as show times are subject to change.

Bonus tip: “Magical” can be seen from many areas of Disneyland park, but the show’s soundtrack can be heard in all three of the viewing locations listed above.

And if you’re lucky enough, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the fireworks from a Disneyland park attraction – adding a little extra magic as you sled down the icy slopes of the Matterhorn or plunge into the Briar Patch at Splash Mountain.

Now it’s your turn – where is your favorite place to enjoy “Magical?”


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Disney Style Snapshots: Making a Mickey Fashion Statement

posted on May 29th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Mickey Mouse’s fascination with flying goes back to his first film, created this month in 1928. The silent classic, “Plane Crazy,” was later re-imagined and officially released as a sound cartoon in 1929 (following the debut of “Steamboat Willie”). In the film, Mickey channels famed 20th-century pilot Charles Lindbergh as he builds a plane and embarks on an adventurous flight with Minnie Mouse.
Disney Style Snapshots: Making a Mickey Fashion Statement

Great fashion statements usually have a story. That’s what I love about the retro Mickey Mouse on this aviation-themed tee. We’ve accessorized the look with classics that have a twist. The rich brown leather cross-body Dooney & Bourke bag features tooled leather flourishes of symbols from Disney Parks, like Mickey ear hats and bursts of fireworks. In keeping with the bag, the watch has a dark brown textured leather strap. Mickey’s hands help you tell time, directing you to the hour and minutes. We layered on some arm candy with a bracelet by Alex & Ani and top the look off with a gold Aurora lippy from the Beautifully Disney Collection.


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Could You Pass a ‘Monsters University’ Entrance Exam at Disney Parks?

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


Just in case you missed it on Friday, we posted this “Monsters University” Entrance Exam poster in honor of the kick-off of Monstrous Summer.

Can you correctly guess where monsters would pop up in Magic Kingdom Park if they stepped through these doors for a scare? We’ll share the answers later today.
“'Monsters

UPDATE: Click here to see if you could pass a “Monsters University” entrance exam.



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Candy Magic in the Making at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 29th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Something magical is happening in the Candy Kitchens at Disneyland park. What is it, you ask? Take a look!
Candy Makers at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort Have Been Hard at Work Developing This Brand-New Specialty Apple, Themed to Sorcerer Mickey

Our candy makers have been hard at work developing this brand-new specialty apple, themed to none other than Sorcerer Mickey. So what makes up this magical treat? I went right to the source, to Candy Production Manager, Michael Contreras, and here’s what he had to say. “We cover the apples in creamy caramel, adorn them with marshmallows and enrobe them in milk chocolate. With a little Disney magic, we create the effect of Sorcerer Mickey’s pants and robe, yellow belt and bow and top it off with an iconic sorcerer hat.” It’s literally the perfect recipe for any Disney fan and anyone with a sweet tooth.

So when and where can you expect to find these spellbinding, hand-made treats? They’re available now in our Disneyland Resort candy locations for only $9.99:

If you are wondering whether you’ll see them at the Walt Disney World Resort, you’re in luck – they will be available at candy locations in the near future.

Will you try it?

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Save $50 on Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Have you tried the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom yet?

In case you aren’t familiar, the Trek is a three-hour guided tour that offers guests up-close views of some of the park’s animals by foot, by safari vehicle, and by rope bridge. Animals you may see on the tour include giraffes, crocodiles, hippos and many more. (In my opinion, the hippos are the best part!).
Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom Offers Guests Up-Close Views of Some of the Park's Animals, Including Hippos

You can now get $50 off the price of your experience when you book a Wild Africa Trek for 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., now through October 26, 2013. To book, call 407-WDW-TOUR.

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Disney’s Animal Kingdom is All Abuzz on Pollinator Day

posted on May 29th, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are the focus during the Pollinator Day celebration June 5 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is All Abuzz on Pollinator Day, June 5 at Walt Disney World Resort

At Rafiki’s Planet Watch on Pollinator Day, guests can view live bees (very safely, of course!) and learn about the important role they play in pollination. Afraid of bees? Elephants are too! Guests can find out how this fear is being put to use to protect both elephants and people. Guests also can try on a pair of insect wings, follow the paths different pollinators take in a fun game, and learn how to create a pollinator garden.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is All Abuzz on Pollinator Day, June 5 at Walt Disney World Resort

Fun facts about pollinators:

  • About 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines depend on pollinators to grow. In fact, an estimated one-third of all foods and beverages is dependent on pollinators.
  • Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as butterflies, bees, beetles and wasps. About 1,000 pollinators are vertebrates, such as birds, bats and small mammals.
  • You can help pollinators by reducing pesticide use and by creating a pollinator-friendly garden with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen and homes.
  • The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) helps pollinators through a variety of projects around the world. Through support from the DWCF, a new species of butterfly was discovered in Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia.

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

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  • 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 -

  • June 8: World Ocean Day
  • September 7: International Manatee Day
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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Mary Anne Mang

posted on May 28th, 2013 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


Throughout his career, Walt Disney received many letters from people asking for a job. But in 1960, he received one such letter that caught his eye. This one was somehow different; it had something unique and special about it. The letter was from Mary Anne Mang, and Walt Disney offered her a job.

Mary Anne began her long and distinguished career in the sales promotion department at the Disneyland Hotel. A year later she moved to Disneyland park and worked in the Convention & Tour Sales department. In 1972, Mary Anne became the first woman to be promoted to the position of manager at Disneyland.

For eight years, Mary Anne served as Public Relations manager, hosting royalty, celebrities and other special guests when they visited the original Magic Kingdom. She also became a strong advocate for Disneyland as a community supporter. “Walt Disney was clear in his wishes that his park and its cast members should always strive to give something back to the surrounding community,” she recalled. This made community relations an integral part of her role in Public Relations.

One of her notable and personally fulfilling accomplishments was the Disneyland Creativity Challenge Program, which she helped found. This program recognized junior and senior high school students who had interest in the creative and fine arts disciplines.

Mary Anne went on to play an important role in the consolidation of all of the employee community outreach efforts into the company-wide Disney VoluntEARS program. The VoluntEARS program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, creates opportunities for Disney employees to contribute their time, expertise and effort to make a positive impact on the community, while furthering the traditions and ideals of The Walt Disney Company.

In addition to her responsibilities at Disneyland, Mary Anne was dedicated to serving her community in other capacities. She served on the board of directors of several Orange County, Calif., civic organizations, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, and the Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County. She has also been a member of a number of local councils and committees, including the Anaheim Arts Council, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division, Anaheim Memorial Hospital Medical Center Governing Board, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Mary Anne Mang is Honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

Mary Anne was always a role model for her co-workers and consistently exhibited leadership and polished professionalism in her service to others. She retired from the company in 1994. That same year, she was honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., above New Century Jewelry. The window script highlights her dedication to helping others: “Good Neighbor Foundation, ‘Caring and Giving Come from the Heart,’ Mrs. M.A. Mang, Director.” Mary Anne was named a Disney Legend in 2005. In her acceptance speech she said, “You know, I really lived my dreams.” Mary Anne shared her special thanks for Walt Disney, saying that if he were alive today, she would thank him for all the years of memories, stating, “It was an E-Ticket ride all the way.”


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