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Happy Fourth of July from Disney Parks

#CoolestSummer Ever: AmeriCool!

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


To lots of folks, the Fourth of July is one of the coolest times of the year. There are fireworks, icy cold drinks, fun foods and, of course the spirit of America – a spirit that can take on many forms, from ingenuity and tradition to good old-fashioned belly laughs.

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Here are a few AmericFaves, in no particular order of preference:

The Hall of Presidents. Many thanks to those readers who commented on last week’s post (and on all of our posts)! Several of you—including Jason, Eric, Sidney and James’s wife-named The Hall of Presidents as a great place to cool off and enjoy a spectacular presentation in which every U.S. President appears on stage. Thanks for the nice comments about what a great attraction it is!

The American Adventure. This is one of my personal favorites because the voice of Ben Franklin is done the late actor Dal McKennon, who worked on dozens of Disney films, park attractions, TV shows and records. Dal was also the voice of TV’s Archie, Gumby, and on camera played lots of character roles, including Cincinnatus on TV’s “Daniel Boone” starring Fess Parker, and Sam the cook in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Living on the West Coast, it was over 20 years before Dal actually saw The American Adventure. He wept for joy, and the guests who happened to be there that day had the pleasure of briefly meeting him in person.

Muppet*Vision 3-D. And now, for something completely silly. Who else but the madcap Muppets would present a crazy extravaganza like Sam Eagle’s “A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America”, in which what appear to be “it’s a small world” characters and “Babes in Toyland” figures cavort in utter chaos, as Lady Liberty Piggy beams majestically … until … well, you know what went down if you saw it. If not, check out Muppet*Vision 3-D soon!

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. Corn-on-the-cob, chicken, burgers, mac and cheese are national treasures. Whether it’s the Fourth of July or not, this is a great way to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip ’n Dale, hear live country music and watch rope tricks (kind of like “Talent Roundup Day” on the Mickey Mouse Club!). This is an open-air experience with lots of circulating fans to supply the coolness. Reservations for dinner are required, but you don’t have to be staying at Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort to book it. Allow yourself some time to explore the lovely surrounding area, too (don’t forget to look for the Lawnmower Tree).

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. Walt was called an “American original”; the very personification of hard work, goals and dreams realized (and some setbacks as well). But Walt and his creations are not bound by lines on a map or stars in the sky. His magic really belongs to the entire world. This magnificent journey through his amazing life, career and myriad of creations is sheer joy for everyone to share … makes no difference who you are.

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POLL: Which Patriotic Parks Experience Is Your Favorite?

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Fourth of July! At Walt Disney World Resort, we have plenty of ways to get a good ol’ fix of Americana.

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Which patriotic parks experience is among your favorite? Vote for your favorite below.


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New Gift Packages Bring ‘Frozen’ to Your Disney Resorts Room

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If your loved ones are like me, I bet they can’t get enough of “Frozen.” To experience the summer that Olaf dreams about, look no further: the enchanted florist, Disney Floral and Gifts, brings the magic of Arendelle right to your Disney Resorts room.

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Anna & Elsa’s Warm Welcome starts with a beautiful door banner on the door. Once inside, a winter wonderland of snowflake confetti and luminaries light the way to an exclusive tote filled with delicious treats that you might think was left by the royal sisters themselves.

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Check out the other goodies: a “Frozen”-themed pillowcase, Anna and Elsa vision glasses, an exclusive light-up lanyard, autograph book (signed by the sisters) and “Frozen”-themed memory cards. You’ll drift off to sleep under a “Frozen”-themed blanket cuddling plush Olaf.

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For Olaf’s Warm Welcome, you get the feeling Anna and Elsa helped your favorite snowman make this gift.

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It features many similar goodies to Anna and Elsa’s Warm Welcome, including the autograph book and “Frozen”-themed memory cards, Olaf light-up lanyard, pillowcase and Olaf plush.

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An Olaf tote bag will be the perfect place to store treats during your journey in the parks.

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Olaf vision glasses will ensure that your loved ones are seeing everything through his eyes, which is a real picnic. (See what I did there?)

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Both experiences are available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Check out the links above to learn more about each gift. When you’re ready, you can order online or speak to a friendly Dream Maker seven days a week. To order for Walt Disney World Resort hotel locations, you can call 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). For Disneyland Resort hotel locations, you can reach a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (4438).

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Disney Parks After Dark: Seeing ‘Wishes’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In just a few days, Walt Disney World will be alight with fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to ‘Ant-Man’ Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’re as excited about the upcoming film “Ant-Man” as we are, I’ve got great news for you today! Disney Parks Blog readers have been invited to attend a special advanced screening of the film here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Event guests are invited to show their super hero side and attend in costume!

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Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Ambassador

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


“Ohana means family.”

The magic of a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, comes to life thanks to the rich Hawaiian culture, unforgettable details and of course, our cast members. Today, I’m delighted to start a series on the Disney Parks Blog that features one of those key ingredients: our cast members. In fact, Walt Disney once said: “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world … but it requires people to make that dream a reality.”

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Exclusive ‘Ant-Man’ Print Coming to Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Created exclusively for Disneyland Resort Food and Beverage, a keepsake comic book-style art print to celebrate the release of “Ant-Man” will be available beginning July 17, 2015. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase the limited-edition print for $5.99 at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland.

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‘Ant-Man’ Star Paul Rudd Surprises Fans at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, actor Paul Rudd, star of the upcoming adventure film “Ant-Man,” visited the Disneyland Resort with his family and stopped to check out the special look at the film now showing at Disney California Adventure park.

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Tinker Bell Flies for 30 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you head out to Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate this Fourth of July week, you’ll have the chance to witness a milestone event in the park’s entertainment history – the 30th anniversary of Tinker Bell’s pre-fireworks flight.

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ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Will Broadcast from 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; Also Featured in Two First-Ever Future World Marketplaces

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We all have a favorite host from ABC’s “The Chew” – superstars Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz each have a special way of sharing their culinary know-how on the Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series. And for the first time in the show’s history, these dynamic hosts are leaving the Manhattan studio to tape shows October 7, 8, and 9 from the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The five festival episodes will air October 12-16.

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