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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Upcoming ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Film with Giant Sand Sculpture

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

Have you been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week? If so, you may have noticed a special new addition at the front of the park – a giant sand sculpture that celebrates the upcoming opening of the Disneynature’sMonkey Kingdom.”

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Upcoming ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Film with Giant Sand Sculpture

The film, which opens April 17, follows the adventurous life of Maya, a blonde-bobbed monkey, and her son Kip, through their journeys in the jungles of South Asia. When their home at Castle Rock is taken over by neighboring monkeys, Maya’s entire family retreats. She uses her street smarts to uncover untapped resources amidst her strange new surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim their home.

Our cameras were on-hand to capture the creation of this amazing sand tribute. Check it out below.

For every “Monkey Kingdom” movie ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

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New Hidden Mickey Pins Coming to Disney Parks in April 2015

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

One of the most popular questions I’ve received since the start of this year involves the availability of new Hidden Mickey pins. These 1.25-inch pins are a fun thing to collect or trade with Disney cast members when visiting Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. I’m happy to report that a new series of pins will be released at Disney Parks in April 2015.


Similar to previous collections, there will be unique pins released for trading at each Disney destination. One collection – Disney Villain neckties – will be found in both California and Florida. I was happy to see Hades, my favorite villain, made the cut.

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For Disneyland Resort, there will be a few different collections featuring Disney characters and iconic things from Disney Parks. I’m in love with the Mickey Mouse food icons, and the Disney ducks collection is perfect (there is a Darkwing Duck pin!).

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Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort will find pins inspired by Disney character apples from our consumable locations like Main Street Confectionary. Other pins will resemble cast member costumes from popular Disney attractions. My favorite pins, however, are the EPCOT Center logos, which include logos for Horizons, The Living Seas, The Land, Journey Into Imagination and CommuniCore.

There are a few different ways to identify a Hidden Mickey pin. Guests can look for a small Mickey Mouse icon in the artwork. The back of the pin also contains the words “Hidden Mickey Pin” along with the number of pins in a particular collection (such as 1 of 5, etc.).

These pins are distributed at random to cast members to use for trading. As a reminder, guests may trade a maximum of two pins, per cast member, per day.

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#DisneyKids: Action Movie Kid Visits Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

One of the coolest things about young children is their seemingly limitless imaginations. As far as a preschooler is concerned, a toy pirate sword can really fend off fierce enemies, and falling into a puddle could be a portal to a secret entrance to Walt Disney World Resort. For James, AKA Action Movie Kid, his wildest dreams come to life on film with the help of his dad, Hashi (Action Movie Dad).

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Action Movie Kid and his family recently visited Walt Disney World Resort, where the 4-year-old experienced classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Pirates of the Caribbean in a way that only he can. In true action hero style, James also had an adventure with Indiana Jones at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Luckily, Action Movie Dad was on hand to capture all of the excitement, which you can see in this video from their vacation.

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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Makes its Grand Opening Debut at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Vacation Club

Today, we celebrate the opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest addition to the expanding Disney Vacation Club portfolio. Located on Seven Seas Lagoon, this new resort features over-the-water Bora Bora Bungalows and Deluxe Studios with a tropical ambiance, which are sure to transport members and guests to a South Pacific-inspired paradise. Not to mention, Magic Kingdom Park is just a quick monorail ride away!

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Create Your Easter Memory with Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG

Do you remember receiving an amazing Easter basket as a child? What did it look like? Why was it so incredible? Chances are, it created a special memory because it was so, well…one of a kind. And, I bet it included your favorite things too.

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Disney Days of Past: Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort Marks 20 Years

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Blizzard Beach celebrates a refreshing 20 years this week at Walt Disney World Resort. This watery wonderland has been a favorite way for Guests to cool down when it gets warm in Central Florida. This aerial view of the park from December 1994 shows the ski resort beginning to take shape.

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Live Music Expanding at Disneyland Park Beginning July 17

posted on March 31st, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Music always has been very important to the guest experience at Disneyland, creating a magical connection to the Happiest Place on Earth. During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, music will become an even bigger part of the storytelling within Disneyland park. Beginning July 17, the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, two big changes are coming to our music program.

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April 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this April? Here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don’t want to miss!

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot: April 2015

posted on March 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

See what’s happening in the world of Merchandise Special Events this April at Walt Disney World Resort!

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street, U.S.A.

posted on March 31st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Today we’re looking down Main Street, U.S.A., as work continues on bringing Walt’s dream of Disneyland to life.

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