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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we had plenty of great holiday stories to share, including a behind the scenes video that featured some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.”

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. in most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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And did you see? There are new open edition, graphic MagicBands in select locations at the four theme parks and Downtown Disney. Steven shared release dates:

December 12 – Sorcerer Mickey
December 14 – Minnie Mouse’s iconic polka dots
December 17 – Stitch
December 22 – Disney Princesses

Also, you can find solid color MagicBands and select accessories on our Disney Parks online store by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/MagicBands.

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

“Frozen Fun” Sneak Peek Opens, Anna and Elsa Begin Greeting Guests at Disney California Adventure Park Tomorrow – Beginning this weekend, guests will begin to see a sneak peek of many of these exciting new “Frozen Fun” experiences, including “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party,” with more to follow over the next week!

Magic Kingdom Park Welcomes the Golden Coach from ‘Cinderella’ – As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.”

These Are the Gifts You’re Looking For At Disney Parks This Holiday Season – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller shares a few suggestions for Star Wars gifts this season.

Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain – The neon lights of Cars Land glow even brighter after the rain. Take a look at these special shots!

Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney California Adventure Park – Read about the special New Year’s Eve activities, including a park-wide countdown to 2015 and fireworks over Paradise Pier.

‘World of Color’ Refurbishment Continues Innovative Approach for Conservation in Water Attractions at Disneyland Resort – Learn about how Disneyland Resort partners with the Orange County Water District to conserve when refurbishing all water-based attractions.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Merriest Parade Pics From Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.

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Top 10 Ways Disneyland Resort Shares the Magic

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


In the spirit of the season, I am proud to share with you the top 10 ways the Disneyland Resort and its cast have given back to the community this year. This list speaks to how we continue Walt Disney’s legacy of giving. Of a total $17 million donated in 2014, these 10 efforts top the charts! As we approach 2015 and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we will continue to nurture, inspire and empower families in making lasting and positive change in the world. Happy Holidays!

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  1. The Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and the Anaheim Ducks committed $3 million (to be allocated over three years) to Accelerate Change Together (ACT) for Anaheim.
  2. The 24th annual CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort raised more than $2 million to support CHOC Children’s.
  3. Eighty-five Southern California nonprofit organizations benefited from the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund – to the tune of $415,000 in grants.
  4. 120,000 pounds of gently used costumes, shoes, mattresses and box springs were donated to Goodwill in an effort to reduce waste to landfills.
  5. 13,000 military care packages were sent to U.S. servicemen and women overseas.
  6. Two KaBOOM! playgrounds were built in 2014, bringing the total number of playgrounds built in Orange County to seven and giving nearly 11,000 children a place to play.
  7. 709 Disney Wishes were granted at the Disneyland Resort through Make-A-Wish.
  8. 249 Orange County arts and music projects received Disneyland Resort CREATE grants.
  9. A total of $75,000 in scholarships were given to ten Orange County high school seniors.
  10. Nearly 8,000 toys collected at the Disneyland Resort were donated to Toys for Tots.
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‘Frozen Fun’ Sneak Peek Opens, Anna and Elsa Begin Greeting Guests at Disney California Adventure Park Tomorrow

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


You may remember that just a few weeks ago, Shawn Slater shared the details for the all-new “Frozen Fun” opening at Disney California Adventure park on January 7. Beginning tomorrow, guests will begin to see a sneak peek of all these exciting new experiences, including “Olaf’s Snow Fest,” “For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” and more.

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Seasonal Craft Beers at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


I’m a huge fan of craft beers, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out several seasonal craft brews are offered at Walt Disney World Resort.

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‘Frozen’ Now Featured in Storybook Land Canal Boats at Disneyland Park

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Guests visiting Disneyland park will now be able to visit a miniature version of Arendelle from the hit Disney animated feature, “Frozen,” when Storybook Land Canal Boats reopens this weekend. Our chief photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, got a special preview of this new featurette this morning, and brought back these photos for Disney Parks Blog readers!

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PHOTO GALLERY: Holidays at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re wrapping up our look at how Disney Parks around the world are celebrating this holiday season with a look inside the fun at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

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Magic Kingdom Park Welcomes the Golden Coach from ‘Cinderella’

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.” A team of white horses will pull the dreamlike carriage in special pre-parade appearances through the park and down Main Street, U.S.A.

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These Are the Gifts You’re Looking For At Disney Parks This Holiday Season

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I know where I will be almost one year from now – sitting in a movie theater with my son as the opening credits roll for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being a long-time fan of all things Star Wars, it will be the perfect holiday gift to myself next year. I remember receiving many Star Wars-themed gifts growing up in the late 1970s (the Death Star Space Station playset was one of my favorites!). If you are looking for Star Wars holiday gifts this season, I have a few suggestions of items created especially for Disney Parks.

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How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Did you ever wonder what happens to the coins that get tossed into the wishing wells and fountains around Walt Disney World Resort? I’ve asked this question myself and found out that it really does help make wishes come true.

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