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Second Tween ‘Direct Your Disney Side’ Short Released in Theaters

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last month, we introduced the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, in which our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) worked with tween filmmakers to bring their Disney Parks short films to life.

The second short in the three-part series, titled “Sock,” will appear in theaters nationwide starting today as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin). “Sock” was written and produced by 13-year-old Elwood Walker, who became inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He dreams of directing a full-length Disney film some day.

Check his short out below.



See the post below for more about “Direct Your Disney Side”:

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Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Some people shop, others finish off those leftovers; my day-after-Thanksgiving tradition is to decorate my Christmas tree. So, while I’m untangling strings of lights, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Christmas trees here at the Disneyland Resort.

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We’ve got to start with the big one – Main Street, U.S.A. Towering 60 feet tall and covered with more than 1,800 ornaments, this iconic tree is the focal point of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

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This may be as close to a Christmas tree as you’re going to get in the heart of darkness. You’ll get the point in the end on the Jingle Cruise.

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Over at Disney California Adventure park, Buena Vista Street boasts its own impressive Christmas tree, featuring vintage-style ornaments inspired by the 1920s and ‘30s.

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Even Stanley gets in the holiday spirit with this hubcap-adorned tree in Cars Land.

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And finally, the hotels of the Disneyland Resort each feature their own beautiful holiday decorations, like the enormous tree in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Which Christmas tree at the Disneyland Resort is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Learn to Draw Baymax From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw one of our newest Disney sidekicks – Baymax from “Big Hero 6!”

This week, Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is back in the desk to offer up a lesson. Let’s do it!



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Celebrate ‘The Candlelight Processional’ With Our Latest Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


“The Candlelight Processional,” one of Walt Disney World’s most cherished holiday traditions, will return to Epcot tonight. In honor of the show’s return, we have a brand-new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper to share with you today. Artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett drew inspiration from the show’s stained-glass windows for this one.

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Candlelight Processional Returns to Epcot Tonight at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Candlelight Processional,” a highlight of the holiday offerings at Epcot, will return to the park tonight.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Canopy of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As we just shared earlier this evening, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is in full swing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with more than 5 million lights on display.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Disneyland Park

posted on November 27th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort may have started November 13, but our autumn colors are in full force right alongside the Christmas trees and tinsel. I wanted to show you this lovely photo taken by Disneyland Chief Photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, showing golden autumn leaves against the icy slopes of the Matterhorn. All of us here at the Disneyland Resort wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Disney Parks Blog Team

posted on November 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Thanksgiving! It may be a holiday weekend, but our authors have a few fun surprises to share with you right here over the next few days, including a new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, another live stream announcement, and more. And those of you who can’t wait to indulge in Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping over the next few days can find everything you need to know about Disney Parks deals in this post by Steven from earlier in the week.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Hotel Programs Coordinator

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that guests staying at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels have an opportunity to participate in fun, exclusive activities? Hotel Programs Coordinator Dave Lay and his team work together to create and facilitate these unique experiences for our hotel guests, including learning to drawing Mickey Mouse and morning power walks through Disney California Adventure park, before it’s open to day guests!

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Real Super Heroes at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


I love runDisney finish lines. Short of running and crossing myself, there is no place I would rather be during an event weekend. The shouts of joy, tears of happiness and the pure emotion of runners achieving their goals is amazing. Although it is exciting to see the winners and top finishers cross, it’s the runners in the middle of the pack and at the end of the race where I find the most inspiration. For many of these athletes, and yes they are athletes, it is their first race. They set a goal, trained hard and are now experiencing one of the greatest accomplishments in their lives. Others are running for a cause dear to their heart. And for some of these runners they battled hardship on the course and are digging deep to make it to the finish.

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