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Commemorative ‘May the 4th’ Items Coming to Disney Parks for Star Wars Fans on May 4

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Being a long-time fan of Star Wars, I love visiting Disney Parks on May 4. This annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day” is a great day to ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue with other fans who grew up in the Star Wars universe like I did. Here is a quick look at some commemorative items we’ve created to celebrate this day-long celebration at Disney Parks on May 4.

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This year, fans will find two T-shirts – one with Jedi Mickey for “May the 4th” and one with Goofy dressed as Darth Vader for “Revenge of the 5th.” The same artwork was used on two limited edition pins. A matching water bottle will be released in Florida only.

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A new 9-inch plush of an Ewok named Teebo will be released in both California and Florida that day.

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Guests in Florida will find two limited release MagicBands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with stylized images of Luke Skywalker and a Stormtrooper. Each will have a retail of $24.95; they both can be “linked later” making them great gifts.

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I’m also excited to share that we will release the Second Edition Star Wars headphones by SMS Audio, the official headphones of Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. This second series depicts fan favorite themes such as Tie Fighter, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader. These headphones will only be found at Tatooine Traders in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Finally, we will release an “I Am Your Father’s Day” shirt on the Disney Parks online store from May 4-10 at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

At Disneyland Resort, guests should look for the T-shirts and plush at The Star Trader in Disneyland park. The pins will be carried at Little Green Men Store Command in Disneyland park and at Disney’s Pin Traders in Downtown Disney District.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, guests should visit the following locations to find select items: Tatooine Traders, Mickey’s of Hollywood, Beverly Sunset and Studio Prop Shop.

May the 4th Be With You!

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Summer is the Best Time to Stay ‘Frozen’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


The Coolest Summer Ever just wouldn’t be complete without your favorite Disney “Frozen” friends and their enchanting entertainment offerings.

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“Frozen” Summer Fun makes its majestic return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 17. You can once again enjoy the huge, frosty fun entertainment—with all-new offerings! This year, you can cool off with Olaf as he appears in his own show, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down, on the event stage. Everyone’s favorite snowman will also be joining the “Frozen” Royal Welcome on Hollywood Blvd. A new float—inspired by Elsa’s ice palace—has been added to the procession. Plus, it will now run twice daily, doubling your chances to catch Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and their Arendelle friends.

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Of course, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration will also return. Reed Jones, Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment, told us one of his favorite sights “is going to the sing-along and watching the audience. The kids know all the words. They stand up and do the arm movements, just like Elsa. They really get into it. I’ve even seen a few dads singing along!”

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For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration moves to a new home during the Coolest Summer Ever in the Hyperion Theater in the park’s Center Stage area. Also look for some new special effects that just might surprise you!

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And when the sun dips behind the horizon? Enjoy the high-energy DJ Dance Party and the sky-high “Frozen” fireworks spectacle that lights up the night.

“‘Frozen’ was such a phenomenal hit. People really connected with the story, the characters and the music,” Reed says. “And they love immersing themselves in that world when they come here to Walt Disney World Resort.”

As tremendous as the guest response to all this magic has been, Reed—who’s responsible for the overall creative direction for “Frozen” Summer Fun and other entertainment experiences in the parks—and his team are not about to rest on their laurels. “We’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our entertainment and give guests better and better experiences.”

Chilling, thrilling and fulfilling, there’s snow doubt about it. You’ll smile. You’ll sing. You’ll Let It Go and share all these cherished memories with your loved ones. It may be the Coolest Summer Ever with “Frozen” Summer Fun, but it’s sure to warm your heart.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 3rd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with some great content, a gallery of images and a special wallpaper created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

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The Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. We thought it’d be a great addition to your desktop or mobile device.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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And Erin continued our count down until the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, with the latest in her series of stories looking back at some of the innovations that the Happiest Place on Earth has seen throughout its first 60 years.

This week, we jumped to the 1960s and the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics technology featuring more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Check out Erin’s original story for more.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Collection – Disney fans, buckle up! We decided to take a different route when it came to showing you the HARVEYS attraction poster totes that are headed to the Disneyland Resort this May.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park? – How well do you know this shady corner of Disneyland park? Take our quiz and find out!

New Themes Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort Development – Learn about an exciting announcement from our partners at Oriental Land Company with new details on the largest expansion in Tokyo Disney Resort’s history.

Top 5 Ways the Disneyland Resort Inspired Kids to be Champions of the Environment this Earth Month – With Earth Month now over, here are the top five ways the Disneyland Resort connected children in Orange County, Calif., to nature and inspired them to be champions of the environment this Earth Month!

May 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this May prior to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? If so, here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Coming to Epcot This Summer – Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what’s going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” takes us inside the mind to find out, and this summer at Epcot, you can go inside “Inside Out” for a special preview of the movie.

Wildlife Wednesday: Celebrating World Veterinary Day at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – World Veterinary Day promotes animal health, animal welfare and public health globally. Since its initiation in 2000, this day has been recognized on the last Saturday of April and provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about the amazing work veterinarians around the world do to protect and care for animals and people.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Experience Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared the first photos of the new Harambe Market, which will debut to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late May.

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Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 1st, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Special Cinco de Mayo menus will celebrate Mexican-American heritage at Tortilla Jo’s and House of Blues this week in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. From Friday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 5, Crossroads at House of Blues will feature its “Menu Especial,” with your choice of street tacos – blackened chicken or fish – or a chorizo burger topped with shredded lettuce, avocado and a fried egg. Dessert is strawberry empanadas with cinnamon cream and powdered sugar and, of course, there will be margaritas, including a Don Julio Margarita for the celebration.

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Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Coming to Epcot This Summer

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what’s going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” takes us inside the mind to find out, and this summer at Epcot, you can go inside “Inside Out” for a special preview of the movie. This sneak peek will offer guests an advance look at a sequence from the film, complete with special in-theater effects and an exclusive introduction from the filmmakers.

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Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you planning a Disney Parks vacation this summer? Jeanette Kaplun, editor and founder of Hispana Global, recently stopped by the Walt Disney World Resort to share her favorite tips on summer vacation planning. Check out some of what Jeanette had to say below.

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Avengers Assemble at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


To celebrate the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland park will be adding a few “super” items to their menu.

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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios With Our ‘Earffel Tower’ Wallpaper

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Towering at 130-feet-tall, the Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. To celebrate the park’s anniversary, we have a brand-new downloadable wallpaper to share with you today. Click on the image below to choose the correct size for your desktop or mobile device.

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American Music Machine Arrives at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


There’s new music in the air this week at the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot! A five-member, contemporary a cappella group has made its debut at the America Gardens Theatre.

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