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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 7th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off the first week of February with our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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This guest-favorite show explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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During the live stream, you voted to unlock a new Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper. Disney artist Mike Britton created the wallpaper that celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”

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

See Blood, Sweat & Tears April 15-17 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Brian Howe April 22-24 at Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
See Georgia Satellites April 29-May 1 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Darlene Love May 13-15 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Also this week, we shared an update that two more weekends and four new acts will join the lineup for this year’s Garden Rocks concert series during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Thirteen pop bands with hits spanning the decades will take the stage each weekend through Memorial Day at America Gardens Theatre from March 2 – May 30. Check Victoria’s original story for more.

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

Josh Gad Takes Viewers to Rarely Seen Places at Disneyland Park During ‘The Wonderful Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC – Josh Gad will take viewers on a unique tour of Disneyland park, including peeks inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disneyland Dream Suite in New Orleans Square, during the two-hour television special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21, on the ABC Television Network.

Enter Now for Chance to Win Dazzling ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Inspired Crown in Disneyland Diamond Days – Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has been giving guests the chance to win dazzling prizes – and this week’s prize is one of the most dazzling!

Making Wishes Come True at the Disneyland Resort – Recently, The Walt Disney Company celebrated making 100,000 wishes come true with Make-A-Wish. In celebration of this special relationship, we asked our cast members for some of their favorite memories fulfilling wishes.

Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park – On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut – Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort – Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit.

Celebrate Black History Month With Special Author Signings at Epcot – Guests have the opportunity to meet four renowned African-American authors and cultural icons each Saturday during the month of February. Book signings are open to all guests and hosted at the American Adventure Pavilion, where books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: An Act of Love from Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba

posted on February 6th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Welcome to the month of love!

From treats to getaways (or staycations, depending on where you live) to lavish meals, this month we’re swooning over all the stories of romance here at Disney Parks.

This Week in Disney Park Photos, here is one of those stories: the new aerial bamboo act at Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba.

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba performs at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort five nights a week.

In addition to being a spectacle to watch, the couple who perform the aerial bamboo describe it as their expression of love for each other in this art form.

Darcy Clark will have more about the performers and the bamboo aerial act in a future Disney Parks Blog story

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VIDEO: Join the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Happy Lunar New Year Celebration is going on now at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, through February 8. The event celebrates time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, inviting citizens of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. Join Mulan and Mushu, along with friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, February 5-8, from 11 am – 5 pm each day!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t picked up a gift or made plans yet—don’t worry. There are plenty of sweet ways to show you care with specialty treats at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Josh Gad Takes Viewers to Rarely Seen Places at Disneyland Park During ‘The Wonderful Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC

posted on February 5th, 2016 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Josh Gad will take viewers on a unique tour of Disneyland park, including peeks inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disneyland Dream Suite in New Orleans Square, during the two-hour television special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21, on the ABC Television Network.

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Kids Remember AquaDuck on Their Disney Cruise

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How do you describe the AquaDuck to friends and family who’ve yet to go on a Disney cruise? Here are some ideas from adorable cruise experts!

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#DisneyTweens: Enter for a Chance to Win Walt Disney World Vacation, Cinderella Castle Suite Sleepover, Meet & Greet With Disney Channel Stars

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


How does a chance to win a five-night/six-day Walt Disney World Resort vacation sound to you? What about the ultimate slumber party – a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom? Plus a chance for you and your family to meet Disney Channel’s Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting!

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Disney Parks After Dark: The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s nighttime and all’s well at The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs. This dining hotspot, which serves up Florida style surf & turf, is surrounded by “dream boats” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, as well as AmphiCars that offer on the water tours of Disney Springs.

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Enter Now for Chance to Win Dazzling ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Inspired Crown in Disneyland Diamond Days

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has been giving guests the chance to win dazzling prizes – and this week’s prize is one of the most dazzling! Enter right now to win this gorgeous, bejeweled crown inspired by the Disney film, “Sleeping Beauty.”

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5 Romantic Valentine’s Ideas from Disney’s Floral & Gifts

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Looking for ideas to create a reaction like this from your loved one? As a Dream Maker at Disney Floral & Gifts, Guests frequently ask me for tips to reveal their inner admirer at our resorts and at home. So, to help you get started, I’ve listed 5 below.

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