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New ‘American Idol’ Candice Glover Visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 28th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Newly crowned “American Idol” season 12 winner, Candice Glover, took a whirlwind trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the holiday weekend, spending time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and surprising guests at “The American Idol Experience” attraction.

New ‘American Idol’ Candice Glover Visits Disney's Hollywood Studios

“Getting ready to have some fun at Disney!” Candice (@CandiceGlover) tweeted upon her arrival. While here, she recorded video segments that will soon be part of “The American Idol Experience.” She also took time to make a walk-on appearance at the attraction, surprising guests on-stage and in the audience.

Candice’s first single, “I Am Beautiful,” is currently available on iTunes and her upcoming album, “Music Speaks,” is available for pre-order, for a limited time.

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Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: Ernest S. Marsh

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


It’s time once again to continue our grand circle tour of the steam engines of the Disneyland Railroad, this time with Engine No. 4 – the Ernest S. Marsh.
Ernest S. Marsh, One of the Steam Engines on the Disneyland Railroad
Since the Disneyland Railroad was originally known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, this engine, added on July 25, 1959, was named for Ernest S. Marsh – who was the current president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time. It was built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn. – the same company that built its fellow Disneyland Railroad engine, the Fred Gurley. The Ernest S. Marsh was recently featured for the very first time outside of Disneyland park since it joined the Disneyland Railroad, at at Railroad Days 2013 in Fullerton, Calif., in May.

Here are some specs for the Ernest S. Marsh:

  • Stack Design: Diamond
  • Scale: Full
  • Track Gauge: 36″
  • Wheel arrangement: 0-4-0 Switcher, converted to 2-4-0
  • Weight: 23,700 lbs.

Just one more to go! Check back for the last steam engine in our series, named for a person who is very important to us Disney fans. Any guesses?

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Caption This: Meerkats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


This week’s “Caption This” photo was snapped at the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Caption This: Meerkats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It looks like something has caught the attention of one of the safari’s smaller residents, these little meerkats. But what is it? You tell us in the “Comments” section below. Go ahead and Caption This!


Check out more chances to “Caption This”:

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Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken to Perform ‘The Disney Songbook’ at the D23 Expo

posted on May 28th, 2013 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


It’s virtually impossible to walk through Disney Parks without hearing the music of the Sherman Brothers and Alan Menken. And for one night only, Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken will take the stage together to play some of their most beloved compositions at the D23 Expo. This once-in-a-lifetime event, entitled “Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook,” will take place Saturday, August 10, as part of the Ultimate Disney Fan Event at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Richard M. Sherman Will Perform 'The Disney Songbook' with Alan Menken at the D23 Expo

In the parks, the Sherman Brothers music can be heard on such attractions as “it’s a small world,” Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Carousel of Progress. Alan’s work is highlighted on the numerous attractions and shows based on “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” in many parks. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and guests at the D23 Expo can expect to hear many of their favorites during the show.

“I can’t express how excited I am that my esteemed friend Alan Menken and I will be sharing the same bill for the very first time,” said Richard. “Alan is an incredible talent, and I know we’re both thrilled to be performing for Disney’s most ardent fans — they’re the best, and I can’t wait to be a part of what promises to be a very special night for all of us.”

“And I can’t think of anyone I’d prefer to share that stage with,” added Alan. “Richard, along with his brother Robert, wrote songs that filled my formative years with joy and fantasy.”

The concert will take place inside the 4,000-seat D23 Expo Arena and will be simulcast into a 2,000-seat overflow theater inside the Convention Center. For more information about the concert, click here, and to purchase your tickets for the D23 Expo, click here.

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Disney Cruise Line Kicks off Alaska Summer Season

posted on May 27th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from Vancouver! I just stepped on board the Disney Wonder and I’m anxiously awaiting the afternoon ship horn signaling we’re setting sail for Alaska!

Greetings from Vancouver - Disney Cruise Line Kicks off Alaska Summer Season

It’s the first Alaska cruise of the season, marking the start of our 7-night voyages from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. This year, we’ve added brand-new Port Adventures, like trips to Annette Island, and of course we’re continuing our guest favorites, like panning for gold with Disney friends.

Are you considering a Disney cruise to Alaska this summer or next? Here’s a look at more of what you can expect during an Alaskan cruise on Disney Cruise Line:

Let me know if you have any questions about our Alaska itinerary and I’ll do my best to answer them in my future posts.

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Disneyland Park Guests Share Their Fantasyland Favorites

posted on May 25th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


“Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – Walt Disney

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the reimagined Fantasyland at Disneyland park I spent the day at Sleeping Beauty Castle and asked guests what they most love about Walt Disney’s favorite land.

Personally, I get a kick out of Casey Junior … “I think I can, I think I can.” What’s your favorite?

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: ‘The New Fantasyland’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


“Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic, and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true.” – Walt Disney

Fantasyland has always been the crown jewel here at Disneyland park. Not only was it Walt Disney’s favorite land, but it is the place where characters from beloved Disney stories come to life, inviting us to become part of their adventures. During the initial design of Fantasyland, Walt envisioned a fairy tale village beyond the walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Unfortunately, as completion of Disneyland neared, it became necessary to scale back on the design of Fantasyland due to unforeseen budget overages – in fact, Walt’s budget for Disneyland had nearly tripled. So the design of Fantasyland developed into a medieval fair, with banners and flags decorating the entrances to opening-day attractions such as Snow White’s Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

Then, thirty years ago today, “The New Fantasyland” opened at Disneyland on May 25, 1983. This expansion brought Walt’s original dream to life – the fairy tale village that was originally intended for opening day in 1955. The architecture and facade of each attraction became an extension of the stories that lie within.

 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland Park  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland Park

On the east side of King Arthur Carrousel, the area reflects a look you may find in England, as you enter Peter Pan’s Flight through a medieval English clock tower or visit a country manor called Toad Hall, home to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Further down the path, you arrive at The Mad Hatter, a charming English country cottage. The area then transitions to giant, brightly colored leaves, the castle of the Queen of Hearts (in which the Alice in Wonderland attraction lies), and of course, the spinning teacups of the Mad Tea Party – creating the feel of the whimsy and wonder of the “Alice in Wonderland” story.

On the west side of Fantasyland, you have the feeling of being immersed in a Bavarian or Alpine village, bringing you into the worlds of Snow White and Pinocchio. The castle of the Evil Queen looms ominously as you enter Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Have no fear, though, because a cheerier atmosphere is right next door at Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. The attraction’s facade features half-timbered architecture and carved wood balconies, resembling the house in which Pinocchio, the wooden puppet made of pine, became a real boy.

“The New Fantasyland” elevated the storytelling at each attraction and in the entire area, from the architecture to the horticulture, and other details that combine to create an immersive, fairy tale environment. Which of these stories is your favorite to step into?

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24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’ Kicks Off Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

posted on May 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


What a start to a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks. From 6 a.m., May 24, to 6 a.m., May 25, guests experienced monster madness inside Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

And for a full 24-hours, our team of Disney Parks Blog authors shared photos, videos and stories from the event, including updates from one author who visited all three parks – on both coasts – in one day. If you missed any of the fun, take some time this Memorial Day weekend to see the monster madness in the parks.




Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort Wraps Up the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



Well, now it’s time to say goodbye! It’s scary how much fun we’ve had at the Disneyland Resort over the past 24 hours, starting with fireworks all the way to partying in our pajamas. Thanks for following along, and if you joined us in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks today, I hope you had a monstrously good time!

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Coast-to-Coast Adventure Ends with a Visit to Disney California Adventure Park

Steven Miller



There really is no greater joy than dancing in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park at 3:30 a.m. while eating chili con queso from the Cozy Cone Motel. I wanted to try all five CONEcoctions like my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover once did, but I was short on time.
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

While in the last of my three Disney Parks for this Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter,” I also danced a little at the Mad T Party, took a ride through Monstropolis on Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue (seemed appropriate for today) and had my final cup of coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe.

Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller at Disney California Adventure Park Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer at Disney California Adventure Park

I also took one more photo with my fiancee Jennifer at the “Storytellers” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse on Buena Vista Street.

Today’s bi-coastal adventure was an amazing memory that I’ll never forget. Thank you for following along throughout the day. I realized one important thing during my coast-to-coast adventure – I’m proud to be a Disney cast member working in the most magical place on Earth. I hope to see you in the parks!

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Goofy, Pluto and More Throw a Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover



Because what’s an all-nighter without your pajamas? Beginning at midnight, Disneyland park guests were treated to the Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown. The party featured classic Disney cartoons, a Mickey Mouse Party Zone plus hot chocolate, milk and cookies. And of course, some of our favorite Disney friends were there in their pajamas!

Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park Disney Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

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Special Nighttime Mickey’s Soundsational Parade for Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter”

Erin Glover



A few hours ago, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade made a special nighttime run down Main Street, U.S.A., on its way through Disneyland park.


Princess Tiana in a Special Nighttime Run of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park

Princess Tiana was there, of course, aboard her showboat float.
The Mary Poppins Float Rolls Down Main Street, U.S.A., in a Special Nighttime Run of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park

And my favorite float, featuring scenes and characters from “Mary Poppins,” looked spectacular as it rounded the Hub toward Fantasyland.

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Goodnight from Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


Our 24 hours of fun has just come to a close at Magic Kingdom Park here at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Our team has had an absolute blast covering the kick off to Monstrous Summer over the last 24 hours – from our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up, that started before the park opened, to Dole Whips, lunch in New Fantasyland, night-time entertainment, and so much more!. Now it’s time to say goodnight! (Or should that be, “good morning’?).

Goodnight from Walt Disney World Resort

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M-I-C, I ‘C’ a Bed in My Future K-E-Y, ‘Why?’ Because I’ve Been Up All Night

Nate Rasmussen


What better way to end my Monstrous day then getting some QT with the boss (in my pajamas, no less). He looks like he’s ready for the comfort of a nice, warm bed. Well, that wraps it up for me – I’ll see you again real soon (this coming Thursday) right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Wrapping Up the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' with Mickey Mouse

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Enjoying the Magic of Disneyland Park During My Coast-to-Coast Trip

Steven Miller



I arrived at the Disneyland Resort! I’m delighted to be back at the original Disney Park. When I arrived, the Monstrous Summer All-Night Party was in full swing. I grabbed a quick photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle (yes, the Scare Pig traveled with me all the way from Florida).
Steven Miller and the Scare Pig in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The nice part about this visit to Disneyland Resort is that I got to meet up with my fiancee Jennifer. We went on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue before taking the dance floor at Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre (I love swing dancing!).

Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer Dancing at Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre Steven Miller and His Fiancee Jennifer at Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Steven Miller Visits the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square

I then stopped by my favorite Disneyland park attraction, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, for a Dole Whip float. Finally, I ended up at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square for a refreshing minty drink. I love visiting Disneyland park, as there is something so magical about this place. Next stop, Disney California Adventure park to complete my three Disney Park tour!

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A Monstrous Dance Party at Cinderella Castle

Nate Rasmussen


Some would call my dance moves a bit scary. I’d say they’re monstrously awesome. (I imagine they’re somewhere in the middle.) Bringing my ‘A’ game, I joined still-wide-awake guests and danced ’til the wee hours at Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party. Check out the photo gallery below to see what a great time our guests are having!

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Visits the Monstrous Dance Party at Cinderella Castle

Did you dance till dawn? Tell us below.

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Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover


Mickey Mouse as a Jedi, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia, Donald Duck as a Stormtrooper and Goofy as (a pants-less) Darth Vader … it’s a mash-up of all things awesome in Tomorrowland here at Disneyland park. Our Disney friends have donned their best Star Wars attire to greet guests at our all-night party. Check them out!

Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer Disney Friends Arrive From a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Monstrous Summer

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PHOTO: Magic Kingdom Park at 3 a.m.

Thomas Smith


At a time when we’re usually preparing Magic Kingdom Park for Saturday morning guests, Main Street, U.S.A., is still open, busy and beautiful. We wanted to share a rare look at what’s happening now – at three in the morning.

“Magic

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Royal Swing Ball Underway at Royal Theatre in Disneyland Park

Erin Glover


Put on your dancing shoes, Disneyland! The Royal Theatre inside Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park has turned into a Royal Swing Ball for the Monstrous SummerAll-Nighter.” Check out this swinging photo!


“Royal

And don’t forget – the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” returns to the Royal Theatre for select nights during the summer beginning June 15. Keep an eye on the calendar page on Disneyland.com for dates and information.

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Up All Night Dance Party Begins at 2 a.m. at Cinderella Castle

Thomas Smith


It’s midnight here in Florida and time to let you know that we will be keeping things lively at Cinderella Castle with Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party. You can dance the morning away from 2 to 5:45 a.m. this morning at Cinderella Castle. Let us know if you’re joining us.

Up All Night Dance Party Begins at 2 a.m. at Cinderella Castle

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Monstrous Fun in the Fantasyland Power Hour

Nate Rasmussen


One hour. Three classic spinning attractions. Monstrous fun. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel - round and round I went. Mad Tea Party – spintastic. Dumbo, The Flying Elephant – high soaring, spinning excitement! Quite a successful nighttime spin through Fantasyland.

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen Enjoys Classic Fantasyland Attractions During the Monstrous 24-Hour 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Begin ‘All-Nighter’ with Monstrous Morning Meet-Up

Thomas Smith


Our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up began early this morning as a few hundred Disney Parks Blog readers joined us to be among the first guests in Magic Kingdom Park. We kicked things off at the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe with a special Monstrous donut breakfast bar, a chance to meet “Sulley” and a few other surprises.

After spending time on some attractions in the park, the group enjoyed an early preview screening of Disney•Pixar’s new movie “Monsters University” before it opens in theaters in 3D on June 21. Here’s a look at some of the fun.

Thank you to everyone who attended – it was wonderful meeting so many new friends and readers of the Disney Parks Blog. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity

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Watch the Main Street Electrical Parade Live

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


The Main Street Electrical Parade is about to make its way through Magic Kingdom Park. What a great way to kick off the special nighttime festivities the park has planned for the Monstrous All-Nighter! This is one of my favorite Disney parades of all time – probably because it reminds me of my first trip to Magic Kingdom Park back in the early 1980s. (And the Pete’s Dragon float is the BEST!).

Be sure to check back later for our coverage of the all-night dance parties, fireworks and more!

Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

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If I’m going to last until 6 a.m., I’ll need some food-powered energy. In honor of my Mike Wazowski-inspired meal, I’ve written a Monstrous Food Haiku. (Get this! The cotton candy tastes like green apple. It. Was. Delicious.)

Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen's Mike Wazowski-inspired Meal

Mike inspired food
The salad keeps it balanced
Tasty, green goodness

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I just arrived at the Orlando International Airport to start the second leg of my coast-to-coast expedition for the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. While I had a quick costume change, I kept wearing the Sulley ear hat and Mike Wazowski sunglasses (yes, I got strange looks from a few people and that was okay). Today was a blast! I enjoyed seeing many friends at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort from early morning to late afternoon. There is more excitement planned this evening at the Disneyland Resort, and I can’t wait to get there.
Steven is Ready to Go from Walt Disney World Resort to the Disneyland Resort

While this isn’t my first trip to California, I can finally shout something I’ve watched people say for years – “I’m going to Disneyland!” I hope to see you in the Parks!

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Join Our “Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party

Thomas Smith


Here in Tomorrowland at the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re starting our “Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party. It’s happening at the Rockettower Plaza Stage from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Tweet us if you’re out there with #Disney24.

Join Our 'Monster Mania' DJ Dance Party

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Mike and Sulley Join Disney California Adventure Park Guests for Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



We’ve already showed you some of the fun happening over at Disneyland park, so let’s hop across the Esplanade and see what’s happening at Disney California Adventure park! As you can see, Mike and Sulley have been putting in some appearances with our Disneyland Resort guests, gearing up for a Monstrous Summer!

Sulley Greets Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' Sulley Greets Guests at Disney California Adventure Park During the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter'

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Mike and Sulley Join Magic Kingdom Street Party

Thomas Smith


Look who we just ran into. Mike and Sulley from this summer’s new Disney•Pixar film “Monsters University” are “scaring up” some excitement at our Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Both served as Grand Marshals during a special pre-parade, with a cheer squad, flag corps and a marching band playing the MU Fight Song.

Mike and Sulley Join Magic Kingdom Street Party

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Monstrous Fun Times Ahead This Evening

Nate Rasmussen



“Eye” can’t think of a better way to kick off my Monstrous Summer than snapping a shot of me with one of the coolest Monsters at Monster University, James P. Sullivan. I’m even decked out in my best MU gear for the occasion.


Disney Parks Blog Author Nate Rasmussen and Sulley from 'Monsters University'

I’m on the nightshift here on the Disney Parks Blog, and I’ll be helping bring this All-Nighter into 6 a.m. with updates throughout the night from Walt Disney World Resort. Right now, I’m headed out to get in on all the fun Magic Kingdom Park has going on. (I hear there’s a dance party. And by now, you know I love a good dance party.)

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If you are pulling an all-nighter and staying with us at the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts for 24 hours today, then there’s no doubt you will work up a Monstrous appetite. Here are my top Monstrous picks to keep you going throughout the day and night: the Monstrous Summer cupcake with green icing, the Mike Wazowski-inspired cake pop and, my personal favorites, the Mike and Sulley specialty apples. For those of you attending the party in Florida, you might even find green and blue cotton candy!

Monstrous Treats at Disney Parks - Mike and Sully Candy Apples

Keep an “eye” out in the following locations if you are looking to scare up one of these delectable treats:

Speaking of sweet treats, I’m looking forward to seeing my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, who will be joining us here at the Disneyland Resort in just a matter of hours. He’s been celebrating the 24 hour event in Florida and will be traveling coast-to-coast this evening. I’m thinking I better pick up an apple or two for him just in case he didn’t get one earlier. But which one should I pick? You weigh in…Mike or Sulley? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog later this evening to see which one he actually selects.

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Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

Steven Miller



One of the things on my “Must Do” list when visiting the Magic Kingdom Park is to visit the Orange Bird in Adventureland.



Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

After spending nearly all day at Magic Kingdom Park for the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter,” I thought a refreshing Citrus Swirl would be a nice change of pace from the several cups of coffee I’ve consumed. I asked my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Catalano to join me at the Sunshine Tree Terrace while wearing our Sulley ear hats and Mike Wazowski sunglasses. Our field trip was a wonderful way to spend a sunny Florida afternoon before departing for the Golden State – California!

Lovely Afternoon Treat at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

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Celebrating a Dream Come True – And a Monstrous Summer

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Monstrous fun is continuing here at Magic Kingdom Park this afternoon with the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade. What a fun day to be at the park!


Celebrating a Dream Come True at Magic Kingdom Park

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Guests Kick Off the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

Erin Glover



Thousands of Disneyland Resort guests lined up early this morning to begin 24 hours of monstrous fun here at the Disneyland Resort. Check out the video below for the opening moment (complete with fireworks, of course), lots of Mike Wazowski eyes and more!

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Special Moment Kicks Off Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

Thomas Smith


If you joined us early this morning, you know we kicked off our first-ever three park all night party with a special moment in front of Magic Kingdom Park. Mike and Sulley, from the newest Disney•Pixar animated feature “Monsters University,” were joined by some of your other favorite Disney characters to start the Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks. Take a look.

Were you there this morning? Leave your favorite highlight in the comments.

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Let’s Hear it for ‘Monsters University’ at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Our friends Mike and Sulley (and several of their friends from “Monsters University“) just made their way down Main Street, U.S.A., as a pre-parade to the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. Their appearance even included cheerleaders and a monstrous marching band – love it! If you’re in the park today and would like to see them again, they’ll be back at 2:45 p.m.
Mike and Sully Appear Before the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

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Monstrously Delicious Lunch at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Steven Miller



My fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tom Smith told me I should eat something during the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter.” Taking his advice, I made my way to Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland, where they serve a monstrously delicious meal. I ordered the meaty pork shank and a frosty stein of LeFou’s Brew to fuel up for my coast-to-coast expedition.
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller Enjoys a Pork Shank at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

I also picked up a “Monsters University“-inspired chocolate cupcake that I read about in my fellow author Pam Brandon’s article (I loved the frosting!).
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller Enjoys a Monstrous Cupcake at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

The best part, however, was meeting the Lambert family from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They joined us at Magic Kingdom Park today for the all-night party following a week-long vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. I particularly loved the backs of their shirts, as it was a great reminder of how much time we’ll be celebrating at Disney Parks today. I’m going to make every second count!
Disney Parks Blog Author Steven Miller with the Lambert Family at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland

Have you had the pork shank at Gaston’s Tavern? What’s your favorite treat at Gaston’s Tavern?.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an 'All-Nighter' at Disney Parks

Disneyland Park Guests Scare Up Some Fun

Erin Glover

After the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” got underway early this morning at the Disneyland Resort, Paul and I hit the street (Main Street, that is) to find Disneyland park guests who were already getting into the spirit of things. Check out some of the photos we got!

Jeff and Tonya, Who Have Visited the Disneyland Resort Every Day Since January 1, 2012, Join Their Friends (Along with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse) in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.<br />
I Stopped to Take a Photo for Christopher and Marion who Gave us their Most Monstrous Growls in Fantasyland. We Caught Marci and Jessica in Front of the Mad Tea Party, Sporting Commemorative T-shirts from Both One More Disney Day and the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter.<br />

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‘Celebrate the Magic’ Adds ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Summer Shows

Thomas Smith



Each Friday we share an update on new “Limited Time Magic” at Disney Parks, and this week is no exception. Beginning today, May 24, “Celebrate the Magic” will be commemorating the start of a Monstrous Summer at Walt Disney World Resort with a special treat.
‘Celebrate the Magic’ Adds ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Summer Shows

The “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime spectacular, which uses amazing projections to transform Cinderella Castle into a kaleidoscope of Disney characters and stories, is introducing a new segment just for the summer season.

You’ll head to the beach with Lilo and Stitch, dive “Under the Sea” with Ariel and Sebastian, and go Goofy for this sunny homage to the fun and freedom of summer days shared with family and friends. And best of all, this special bit of “Limited Time Magic” lasts all summer long.

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

Jennifer Fickley-Baker


We have a treat for those of you who are following the Monstrous All-Nighter along from home. Here’s where you can download the “Monsters University” Entrance Exam poster we gave away earlier today at our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up. Can you correctly guess where monsters would pop up in Magic Kingdom Park if they stepped through these doors for a scare? Click here for the answers!
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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Creative Fashions from Disney Parks Guests at Monstrous Summer 24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



We’re loving some of the outfits we’ve seen Magic Kingdom Park guests in so far today. Guests have gotten very creative with their theme park attire, appearing in “Monsters University” gear, pajamas and even some self-made “monstrous” creations! Check out the gallery above to see some of our favorites.


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Monstrous Summer ‘All-Nighter’ Kicks Off at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover


The Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” has begun here at the Disneyland Resort! Thousands of people counted down along with Mike and Sulley as fireworks lit up the entrances to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. I watched the opening moment next to Disney Parks Blog author and Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who gave me these great opening-moment shots to show you.
Fireworks Help Kick Off the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

But the monstrous fun began early for some dedicated guests, many of whom lined up as early as 10 p.m. the night before. They had their EYE on the prize – get it?

Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort Guests Ready for the Monstrous Summer 'All-Nighter' at the Disneyland Resort

Keep checking back for more updates from the Disneyland Resort!

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Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

Steven Miller


On this “monstrous” day at Disney Parks, I stopped by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom Park to check out the new merchandise for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film “Monsters University.” The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and, after attending an early screening, I can say that it’s awesome! Like previous film releases such as “Oz The Great and Powerful” Disney Theme Park Merchandise partnered with the Disney Store to introduce some of the plush and toys they created. There are, however, a handful of items created specifically for Disney Parks.

Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks Three Cheers for ‘Monsters University’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

The Emporium had an entire wall of “Monsters University”-inspired goods. They were mixed with some classic items we’ve had for years like the Mike Wazowski “eye” shirt, the Boo baby plush in a blanket, and the “Monsters, Inc“. figure playset.

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I particularly liked the new D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5. I also liked the “MU” hat that looks like it came directly from the film (the worn spot is a nice touch).

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While in the Emporium, I had some fun with my favorite new traveling buddy today – the Scare Pig plush, who is the school mascot from “Monsters University” rival, Fear Tech. Look for additional items arriving in June including a mystery pin set and a limited edition opening day pin. I’m particularly excited for the new Vinylmation mystery set designed by Disney artist Ron Cohee coming to Disney Parks on June 14. Go MU!

Have you picked up any Monstrous Merchandise today? Share your favorites in the comments section.

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Watch Live Coverage of Monstrous ‘All-Nighter’ at Walt Disney World

Thomas Smith



If you’re not able to join us in the parks for our “all-nighter,” we’ve got the next best thing to being here – live video from Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Along with our live blogging coverage, we have a live video stream showing the fun on Main Street U.S.A., as it happens.

During the 24-hours, we’ll be featuring the live video stream in our live blogging content stream. We’re also making it available on a special Disney Parks Blog page to check anytime during the event.

Are you watching the live video feed? Any favorite moments to share in the comments?.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Three Parks In One Day? Sure!

Steven Miller


I’m no stranger to staying up for 24 hours. While in college, I remember pulling a few “all-nighters” to finish writing papers for class. I also attended a few 24-hour science-fiction movie marathons when I lived in Columbus, Ohio (that was crazy but fun!). Today, I have another excuse to stay up all night – the Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” to kick off a summer of fun at Disney Parks. This is a big bicoastal party, which I will be attending for most of the day at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. This evening, I’ll finish out the night in Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California.

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Throughout the day, I’ll be sharing updates about my adventures on the Disney Parks Blog. I’d love to get photographs with friends on both coasts dressed in their best Monstrous Summer attire. I’m also looking forward to enjoying a refreshing Citrus Swirl early this afternoon in Adventureland. Anyone care to join me?

Have you ever visited both coasts in one day like Steven? Share your experience in the comments section.

Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Kicking Off A Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Pecos Bill’s

Jennifer Fickley-Baker



Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Magic Kingdom Park where we’re officially registering our guests as new “Monsters University” students! They’re also enjoying a special Monstrous Donut & Fruit Bar, photo opportunities and more. Check out the gallery below for an inside look.


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Kicking Off a Monstrous Summer with an All-Nighter at Disney Parks

Monstrous Summer 24-Hour ‘All-Nighter’ Begins at Walt Disney

Thomas Smith



We’re off and running at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our first-ever three-park all-night party to kick off a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks is now officially underway in Florida.

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Guests joined the blog team outside of Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4:30 a.m. this morning to be among the first to enter and kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in a big way. We’ve started the day here in Florida but there’s plenty more to see and experience during the next 24 hours.

Keep checking for complete coverage of our “all-nighter” at Walt Disney World and Disneyland ResortErin will be joining us with updates soon. Our reports will include a live stream from Main Street U.S.A., and a few other surprises.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Making Wishes at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo was shot at Magic Kingdom Park during the Wishes nighttime spectacular. I just adore shots of fireworks at Cinderella Castle, don’t you?

Disney Parks After Dark: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at At Magic Kingdom Park

Is Wishes your favorite nighttime sight at Walt Disney World Resort? Or do you prefer IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot? Or Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

 
See the posts below for more from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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Let the Journey to Imagination Begin with ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s almost showtime! “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens this Saturday, May 25, at Disneyland park. Here’s a look at the nearly two-year-long journey the Creative Entertainment team has undertaken to bring the show from concept to reality, along with a glimpse of the amazing, musical “Journey to Imagination” you’ll go on with Mickey Mouse when you take a seat in the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. The premiere is just around the corner, so we hope to “see ya real soon!”

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