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Disney Parks After Dark: Howdy from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


For this “Disney Parks After Dark,” I wanted to find a place in the Disneyland Resort where I could take a series of photos while staying in the same place over a short period of time. My goal was to make each photo look different without adding additional lighting. The first photo is a typical example of what I would normally take of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was taken at 9:18 p.m.

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The second photo was taken at 9:22 p.m., but under the bright red glow from the finale of “Fantasmic!” on the nearby Rivers of America.

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The last photo was taken at 9:32 p.m., during the “Magical” fireworks spectacular. For these three photos, I made minor adjustments in the camera to vary the blur of the trains. For this last photo, I moved the tripod a bit to the left to get more of the fireworks in the shot.

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Setting Off on a ‘Frozen’ Journey with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


Fjords, folk dancing, glaciers, Vikings and, of course, Anna and Elsa. These are a few of the only things I knew about Norway when I set out to spend eight days and seven nights exploring the Nordic countryside with Adventures by Disney.
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This Norway trip, which is a new Adventures by Disney itinerary for 2014, explores the beauty of this Scandinavian country – from the quaint villages to the breathtaking landscapes (my Facebook friends back home were as green with envy as the verdant green of the mountainous scenery I was showing off in my online photo albums) – all while following in the footsteps of the filmmakers who created “Frozen.”
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As I prepared for my trip, I was filled with questions. Would my diet for the week consist mostly of pickled fish? (No. In fact, I ate the freshest, straight outta the stream, fish I’ve ever seen, along with a variety of non-seafood dishes. Reindeer meatballs anyone?) Exactly how many trolls would I spot? (Sadly, none. They are an elusive bunch.) What does snow do “in summer” in Norway? (Olaf would be happy to know that atop the fjords, snow is very much still in its “not melted” form. No flurries from Elsa required.)

Case in point, behold the beauty of one of our first stops, the Aurlandfjord. These photos offer up proof of snow’s existence in summer, and show off all that luscious green I mentioned earlier.

One thing I didn’t question was that I would have a fantastic time. This was my third Adventures by Disney trip and I’ve learned that the great thing about traveling with Adventures by Disney is that they handle the planning for you. I could rest assured knowing that all the details of my adventure were thoughtfully arranged, my transportation and most of meals were set, and that from the moment my plane touched down in Bergen I would be treated like a VIP by two expertly-trained Adventure Guides.
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And, as always, I wasn’t disappointed. My Adventure Guides, Kira and Torgeir (pronounced “tour guy” – could that be any more perfect?), were nothing short of amazing. How could anyone not have fun with this madcap duo in charge?
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And as soon as I arrived, another answer to one of my questions became abundantly clear – Bergen really does resemble a real-life Arendelle!

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, where I’ll share stories from throughout my Adventures by Disney Norway trip!


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Last Week to Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories with #Disneyland60Contest

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


This is it! It’s the last week to share your Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015! So tweet or Instagram your memories now! You only have until midnight on Wednesday, August 27, to enter.

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This week, in addition to your memories from the past 60 years, we’re looking for your memories from 2000 to the present. What memories have you made with us in the last 14 years? I asked fellow Disney Parks Blog author, George Savvas, for his favorite memory and he shared this adorable photo of his son, taken during the Disneyland Resort 50th anniversary celebration. Show us your 2000s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

To enter, post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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Behind the Scenes: Planting the Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re nearly two weeks away from the start of this year’s first Halloween on the High Seas cruise! As we prepare for our extra spooky celebration, bringing ghoulishly good fun to all four ships, we’re putting the finishing touches on our new Pumpkin Trees. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of our team getting the trees ready to plant on the ships …

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‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!’ Street Party Debuts This Fall at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party has been a guest favorite at Magic Kingdom Park since its debut in 2009. This fall, we’re kicking things up a notch with new music, new characters, and a new way for you to be part of the show!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Classic Game of Baseball

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Here’s the windup and the pitch! A little throwback to 1973 when Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip and Dale were playing baseball out on the lawn near Cinderella Castle. Hey, batter, batter!

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New Cars Land Neon Merchandise at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


They say when the cat’s away, the mice will play. That general rule applied here. While I was out of town visiting our Disney Theme Park Merchandise offices based on the east coast, my friends and fellow colleagues had some fun in the sun, showing off some of the new Neon Cars Land ‘At-Tire’ which recently made its way down Route 66 and into Ramone’s House of Body Art and Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

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Festival of the Masters Update

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve been to Downtown Disney or read the Disney Parks Blog lately, you know changes are coming – the area is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. As we prepare for Disney Springs, much of the area that traditionally houses the Festival of the Masters is unavailable due to expansion work and unfortunately we will not be able to host the event.

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Perfect Pre-Dinner Fun: Wine Pairings at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Tucked in a quiet corner of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Martha’s Vineyard is one of our favorite quiet spots for a pre-dinner cocktail or a light bite. And now, new late-afternoon wine pairings combine food and wine with a little enlightenment, with wine experts on hand to talk about what you’re sipping.

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Double Rainbow Fills Sky at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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