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Love as a Topiary: A Lady and the Tramp First Look

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


She was a pampered pooch. He was a mutt from the hard scrabble streets. They fell in love, and their romance endured through to a happy ending and their own family.

Of course, I’m talking about Lady and Tramp, from the Disney classic movie, “Lady and the Tramp.” Their topiary forms are popular mainstays of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of the pasta-sharing pups backstage before this year’s festivities:

Lady and the Tramp in Topiary Form for the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I love how our horticulture artists captured Tramp glancing happily at Lady, while she demures. You can find the canine couple – where else? – at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot in a few weeks, starting March 2 during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. They’ll be there for 90 days, along with the Outdoor Kitchens, play areas, and illuminated gardens. The Garden Rocks concerts are just a World Showcase country away, at the America Gardens Theatre.

We’ll have more about the upcoming Festival soon. In the meantime, we know that spaghetti and meatballs was the candlelight dinner for this blossoming puppy love. What’s your favorite Disney Parks meal with your special someone?

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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Three Generations on a Trip of a Lifetime

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel


Among all of the great things I like about my job, I have to say that one of the most exciting moments is when I have the opportunity to spend time with our multi-generational guests at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a lot of fun and I learn so much.

#DisneyGrandAdventure: Three Generations on a Trip of a Lifetime

This week I had the chance to meet Joyce Gillis, a high-spirited proud grandma and blogger at What Happens at Grandma’s. Joyce came to Walt Disney World Resort with all of her 16 family members spanning three generations. And as much as she is thrilled to be here on this trip of a lifetime with all of her family, she is also looking forward to a very special moment she wants to share only with her daughters. I’m thinking she has the best of both worlds; memorable time with her children and grandchildren.

The details that differentiate families who travel all together with grandchildren, parents, and grandparents does not stop there, does it? Joyce says that unlike the first time she travelled to Walt Disney World Resort, this time she can share responsibilities with her daughters to care for the children. After all, she is not the only mom around.

With her daughters in mind, Joyce says that parents who travel with grandma and grandpa also have the advantage of being able to go out on a fun Disney date while the grandparents stay with the children back at the resort. Sounds like a great opportunity for Valentine’s Day!

Spending time with Joyce’s family was truly inspiring. My take is that the age difference does not really matter, once everybody is together, on vacation, where dreams comes true, magic really happens! There’s aways a little something for everyone, right?

For more from the #DisneyGrandAdventure series, visit the posts below:

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A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, you are not going to believe it! I just got the inside scoop on new additions to the Star Wars-inspired collection from ALEX AND ANI debuting at Disney Parks.

Launching February 15 are expandable wire bangles featuring classic Star Wars characters and phrases including Yoda, “Do Or Do Not… There Is No Try,” and Princess Leia and Han Solo, “I Love You. I Know.” Both of these pieces will come in RAFAELIAN GOLD and RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

It doesn’t stop there – releasing the same day is a buffed epoxy expandable wire bangle featuring one of the most famous lines of all, “May The Force Be With You,” in Shiny Silver and Shiny Gold finishes. Yes, you heard it right. Take a look!

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

I am curious how many of you chose an alliance when we debuted the Star Wars symbol bangles in December? I ended up joining the ranks of the Rebellion. Are you surprised? For those of you wondering what I’m talking about, check them out for yourselves.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

Available in RAFAELIAN GOLD and RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes, these bangles feature the Rebellion symbol, the Imperial symbol and the Jedi symbol. Where do your loyalties lie?

Her highness, Princess Leia, also accompanied the symbols. Depicted with her signature hairstyle and robe, she’s ready to take on the dark side. Choose from RAFAELIAN GOLD or RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

Find them at the galactic outposts below:

Disneyland Resort

  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Downtown Disney DistrictDisney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store
  • Walt Disney World Resort

    Tip: Bangles will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations.

    Are you excited for these new additions? Which one is your favorite?

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    Up For A Disney Parks Valentine’s DIY Project?

    posted on February 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


    Looking to create some Disney magic for your loved one this weekend? Disney Parks Blog author Simone Miranda and team just finished creating these awesome DIY pop-up Valentines.

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    Sweet Indulgence at Senses – A Disney Spa for Valentine’s Day Weekend

    posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


    If you are still not sure what to get for your Valentine this weekend, chocolate is the sweetest of gifts in my book. The exquisite chocolates from The Ganachery, a sophisticated chocolate boutique at Disney Springs are the real deal. And on February 13 and 14, guests visiting Senses – A Disney Spa can savor the taste of these handcrafted, decadent ganache squares as part of their spa treatments during Valentine’s Weekend at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts.

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    Download Our Disney Parks Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


    One of my favorite candies are those little message hearts you get on Valentine’s Day. They each have their own personalities. Quite like the three wallpapers we have created to celebrate this day of love.

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    Try This Smashed Potato From Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


    February is National Potato Lover’s Month, a perfect excuse to make this delicious, slightly decadent recipe from Disney’s PCH Grill that could serve as a main dish (add a big green salad and dinner is done).

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    New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


    Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”

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    Wandering Dreams Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuts at Disneyland Resort

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


    More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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    Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


    The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

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