What better time to celebrate thankfulness than during Thanksgiving Week. With that in mind, Walt Disney World Resort and ABC’s “Good Morning America” worked together to create unforgettable experiences for two hometown hero families who went above and beyond to help others serving our country overseas.
Tune in to see how we created a dramatic twist on two surprise reunions this week on “Good Morning America.” On Thanksgiving morning a United State Postal worker from Virginia will be recognized for helping a Naval wife get care packages delivered to her husband. That will be followed up on Saturday morning when an Air Force Lt. Colonel gets the chance to thank neighbors who helped his family though difficult times, including an accident that seriously injured his 10-year-old daughter.
These unforgettable Thanksgiving stories will air on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” this Thursday 7|8c and Saturday 7|8c.
Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.
At Disneyland Resort, guests and Disney VoluntEARS made more than 5,000 snack packs for the Orange County Food Bank, wrote postcards to service men and women and built butterfly garden kits for after-school programs. VoluntEARS also spent time assembling food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.
Walt Disney World guests, cast and their families created 500 Clean the World toiletry kits for Families in Transition in Osceola County. Participants also wrote postcards for Operation Uplift and greeting cards for local children’s hospitals to bring extra smiles for the holiday season. The Disney Kids and Family Zone also stopped by to provide some healthy snacks, fun games and a photo area for even more lasting memories.
VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland refreshed a local campsite for the Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (PHAB). This is the first campsite in Hong Kong to promote inclusiveness and socialization among visitors, and the work of the VoluntEARS will help even more people to enjoy the space.
Tokyo Disney Resort cast members and their family joined hands with other community volunteers to clean the shoreline of their local Kasai Rinkai Park. VoluntEARS spent the day helping to preserve the park’s pristine nature for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you to all the resort guests and Disney VoluntEARS who joined together for Family Volunteer Day. This is just one of many ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of hours every single year. Read more about how The Walt Disney Company participated in Family Volunteer Day on the Disney Post.
‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World. While each country celebrates through special music, storytelling and dance, you’ll also find extraordinary holiday treats—most sweet, but a few savories. These goodies only last through the holidays!
Clockwise around World Showcase:
- Mexico – Sweet tamales.
- Norway – Frozen Peppermint Trifle; Traditional Rice Cream.
- China – Kaikouxiao (Happy Face Fried Cake).
- Germany – Stollen, the classic holiday fruit bread; Glühwein, a hot spiced wine; Werther’s Original specialty drinks and treats, and a German artisanal cheese plate.
- Italy – Prosecco sparkling wine and Panettone (Italian Christmas bread).
- American Adventure – Start with a peek at the edible United States Capitol Building and Washington Monument (starting December 1) made out of 50 pounds of gingerbread.
- On the promenade at American Adventure, The Sugar and Spice shop (open November 27) is the place for treats for the Candlelight Processional. You’ll find peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, holiday tree sugar cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, and eggnog with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon.
- Japan – A savory grilled Kurobuto pork sausage with pineapple and onions and Hitachino Ginger Beer.
- Morocco – honey chocolate baklava.
- France – A classic Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log) and a special glace à la cannelle et noix de pecan caramélisées (cinnamon ice cream and caramelized pecans).
- United Kingdom – Hot applejack cider.
- Canada – Pecan maple bark.
- Promenade Refreshments – A little savory, a little sweet: a warm turkey sandwich on cranberry bread with mashed potatoes and gravy; peppermint sundae, chocolate grasshopper, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with Godiva Coffee Liqueur and Red Hook Winterhook Ale.
- Fountainview in Future World — Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake.
Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app this week through Monday, November 30, 2015 will find magical deals on merchandise. If you are unfamiliar with this new mobile app, check out this video article which shows you how easy it is to find and purchase merchandise from Disney Parks.
Ah, the subtle change of seasons in California means some delicious new dishes on the dinner menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. And a new opening time for dinner: 5 p.m. daily.
My Thanksgiving usually consists of a huge feast. I’m talking at least four types of meat dishes, lots of yummy side dishes and at least five desserts! Variety is definitely the spice of life.
This week in Disney history, “Tangled” debuted in theaters, introducing us to a daring and adventure loving princess named Rapunzel.
Over the summer I gave you my top five reasons why you should add a Disney cruise to your next Walt Disney World Resort stay. Based on your response, it seems you agree Disney by land and sea is the ultimate family vacation!
Over the weekend, 450 Disney fans joined us at Disney Springs for our latest event, the Disney Parks Blog “The Good Dinosaur” Meet-Up. Our morning of fun included an early screening of the film, a good ol’fashioned “roar-off” among our younger guests, surprises that included Disney Parks Blog hats, and more.
Imagine yourself seated at the Thanksgiving table. Friends and family around. Waiting patiently for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. What better way to fill that time than to spend it with our pals, Chip and Dale?