New York World's Fair 50th Anniversary

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a Great Place to be Green

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Malama means to care for, to protect and to maintain. April is Earth Month, and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, has many ways to practice malama. Last week, Aulani was recognized for those efforts by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

At its annual awards banquet, ARDA presented Aulani with four awards, including the Green Sustainable Program within a Resort and the ACE Project of Excellence Award for being the “best of the best.”


During Earth Month, we celebrate these awards and touch on the green, sustainable programs at Aulani. As we announced last year, Aulani became the first Hawaii resort to be LEED certified, achieving Silver Certification. The effort began from day one, as much of today’s success started with the planning of Aulani back in 2007. As we continue into our third year of providing a deep Hawaiian cultural experience to our guests and Disney Vacation Club Owners, our efforts continue around energy savings, recycling and being good stewards of the aina – the land.

A few final notes on being green at Aulani:

Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

When you think of spring at Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is likely the first thing that comes to mind. I agree, but lately, as I’ve been walking around Downtown Disney, I can’t help but notice that we’ve got a lot of colorful blooms sprouting up here, too.

My favorite, a Mickey and Minnie topiary that makes me smile every time I see it, is located near the Marketplace Fun Fountains and Earl of Sandwich. It’s the perfect photo backdrop to mark the season.


I recently had the chance to connect with Horticulture Manager Patrick Zusack to learn more about what it takes to keep the magic growing. Patrick’s dedicated team of seven cast members starts at early at 5 a.m. each morning – which makes sense, given their task of maintaining over 21 acres of irrigated landscaping. I’ve learned that there are over 25,000 bedding plants, more than 350 containers and 75 hanging baskets currently on display daily at Downtown Disney, all adding abundant seasonal color for our guests to enjoy while visiting the property. Patrick, a 25-year cast member, shares that the most rewarding part of his job is “wowing our guests and then seeing them take pictures of one another and utilizing our colorful garden as their backdrops.”

From flower beds in front of World of Disney to potted plants lining the new pedestrian walkway that connects Pleasure Island and West Side, floral fun abounds in all three Downtown Disney districts.


Be sure to keep an eye out for pretty petals during your next visit. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for a few of my favorite buds, then let me know which floral display at Walt Disney World Resort tops your list!

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Download Our Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

As Jennifer shared earlier this morning, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. And one of the attractions designed for the fair that made its way into Disney Parks is a reader favorite – the Carousel of Progress.

Today, we’re featuring the attraction in our newest desktop/smartphone wallpaper created by artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett.

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

And don’t miss our growing gallery of wallpapers created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

Read more about Disney attractions at the World’s Fair in the posts below:

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Disneyland Resort Circle D Ranch Cast Members Commit to Composting

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

Aside from caring for our four-legged cast members at the Disneyland Resort, the team at Circle D Ranch also takes personal interest in caring for the environment, and what better occasion to spotlight this than Earth Day!

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Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World’s Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

You may have noticed the beautiful artwork that’s appearing above on the blog today – and it’s all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the April 22 opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week we’ve received some of our most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As we previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

One year ago this month, we were looking back with fondness on a Disney Legend and looking ahead with excitement to new experiences coming to Magic Kingdom park. Let’s take a look at what we were working on April 2013 here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Welcomes 600 Millionth Guest

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort celebrated an amazing milestone earlier this month, welcoming their 600 millionth guest on April 12.

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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: SuperStar Television

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today we’re continuing to celebrate the opening-day attractions from Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a look into SuperStar Television, an attraction that let guests watch – and even take part in – live television broadcasts.

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How to Ride a Bicycle Built for Four with the Dapper Dans of Disneyland

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

As I walked out onto Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park one day, I noticed the Dapper Dans preparing to embark on their own Main Street voyage aboard a bicycle built for four. What really caught my attention was how easy they made it look. How do four men ride one bicycle together? I had to know … so I asked them to show us!

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