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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Aunty’s Beach House

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


The keiki in your family will be swept away by the magic found at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. From interacting with Goofy by the Waikolohe Stream to exploring the Waikolohe Valley on the Menehune Adventure Trail, these magical Disney moments will be remembered long after your Hawaiian vacation comes to an end. Today, the “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues on the Disney Parks Blog with a special focus on Aunty’s Beach House – a magical kids club for guests ages 3 to 12.

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As the story goes, Aunty’s family purchased a nice spot of land near the beach and built this enchanting 5,200 square-foot beach house. Passed from generation to generation, her ‘ohana has gathered here for relaxation, fun and celebration.

The beach house is currently cared for by Aunty and Uncle and the traditions of Hawai‘i are carefully preserved and visitors are always greeted with the spirit of aloha. Having lived on the leeward shore of O’ahu for her entire life, Aunty is considered to be a true expert on Hawaiian history and cultural traditions. Uncle grew up in a household immersed in tales of adventure and travel, so be sure to keep an eye out for worldly trinkets and treasures.

At the beach house, Aunty and Uncle have continued the family tradition of welcoming friends and visitors alike. With their help, Disney cast members organize planned activities such as treasure hunts, character encounters, arts and crafts experiences and Hawaiian-themed games. Aunty’s Beach House is a great opportunity for kids to have fun while gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture, including the many mysteries of earth, sea and sky.

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New Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Opens at Downtown Disney in Florida

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


As a southerner who was born and raised outside of Atlanta, GA, there’s nothing I love more than a perfectly brewed glass of iced tea—sweet, of course! Soon, I’ll be expanding my tea palate and exploring a variety of loose leaf teas from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s, a brand-new tea café joining other new venues in The Landing, the first of four planned neighborhoods coming to Downtown Disney as it transitions into Disney Springs.

Whether you enjoy your tea stepped hot, iced, blended, spirited or even edible (yes, they’ll be serving delicious tea-based cookies and treats), there’s a tea for you.

Enjoy Tea from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Coming to The Landing at Walt Disney World Resort Enjoy Tea from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Coming to The Landing at Walt Disney World Resort

If you’re like me and have a lot to learn about tea, be sure to engage with the onsite Tea Smith who hand-blends loose leaf and herbal teas and can discuss tea selections if you’re unsure what to order.

Enjoy Tea from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Coming to The Landing at Walt Disney World Resort Enjoy Tea from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Coming to The Landing at Walt Disney World Resort

Modeled after a 1940s warehouse setting, this modern-meets-Old World tea café will feature teas from the finest tea gardens around the globe. Joffrey’s CEO Ted Abrams promises “complex flavor profiles” and hopes to “introduce guests to the vast world of tea that cannot be found in local grocers.” Based on all I’ve heard, I’m ready for my introduction!

The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s is now open in the heart of Downtown Disney. For the latest real-time updates on openings and new offerings, follow Downtown Disney on Twitter at @WDWDowntown.

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Nick Cannon Celebrates with Goofy at Disneyland Park

posted on July 7th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Television host Nick Cannon met up with Goofy recently during a visit to the Disneyland Resort while celebrating a friend’s birthday.

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Goofy was wearing his spiffy new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration duds, and Nick even said that Goofy’s new suit looks like something he might like to wear. Of course we’ve known that Goofy has been setting fashion trends for years!

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Celebrate Tanabata With New Beverages From Tokyo Dining in Epcot

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Today is Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival in Japanese culture. This holiday celebrates the one day of the year that two loves, Altair the Cowherd and Vega the Weaver, were allowed by the king to be together. The rest of the year they are separated by the Milky Way. In Japan, many festivals take place to celebrate Tanabata—in fact, Tokyo Disneyland celebrates the festival with a parade lead by Mickey and Minnie.

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Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Disney Cruise Line #1

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The votes are in and Travel + Leisure readers have spoken. We’re excited to share that for the seventh consecutive year, readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line as the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards. We’re also overjoyed that they ranked Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second time in a row!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Walt Disney World Railroad?

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you taken a trip aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? How well do you know the train’s history? Take our quiz below.

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Moms Panel Monday: Packing for a Disney Parks Vacation

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


With a huge variety of activities available during a Disney Parks vacation, deciding what to pack for your entire family can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, the knowledgeable members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are here to provide some advice from real moms and dads!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Aviator at Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Welcome aboard, flight enthusiasts! I’m Kevin, your in-flight entertainment for the next 3-4 minutes. As many of you know, we immerse our guests in the rich history and vibrant surroundings of the state of California when they visit Disney California Adventure park here at Disneyland Resort. As an Aviator at Soarin’ Over California, Ryan Adams has the unique role of preparing guests for an exhilarating flight through some of these iconic sights, sounds and smells of California — all within a few minutes!

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#DisneySide Doodles: Rapunzel Takes a Carousel Spin

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s #DisneySide Doodle was created by artist Ty Amato and showcases Rapunzel and her good pal, Pascal, taking a ride on the carousel.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Birthday Collection Coming Soon

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, do I have an exciting tip for you! On July 16, look for a special commemorative birthday collection to debut at select locations as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The collection will include adult tees, a mug, magnet, keychain, button set with zipper pouch, toothpick holder as well as a pin.

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