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Disney Parks Blog Fans Have a Blast at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


While the film “Guardians of the Galaxy” officially opens in theaters today, more than 500 Disney Parks Blog readers were just treated to a sneak preview of the film at Downtown Disney this past weekend.

The movie is an action-packed space adventure in which Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) finds himself the target of a bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious orb. Quill is forced into a partnership with a quartet of misfits for one last, desperate stand — with the fate of the entire galaxy hanging in the balance.

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To celebrate their early viewing, many of our guests arrived at the theater dressed up as their favorite Super Hero, with several fans sporting homemade costumes inspired by “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters. (Check out this great one above).

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Before heading into the film, our guests were given collectible “Guardians of the Galaxy” 3D glasses, with each pair inspired by a different “Guardians” character. After the film ended, we surprised each attendee with a collectible “Guardians of the Galaxy” toy. Fun!

Check out the video above for highlights from our latest meet-up.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Celebrates Film’s Opening By Heading to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How do you celebrate the fact that your latest blockbuster film is opening in theaters? Well, actor Djimon Hounsou, who played Korath in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (which hits theaters August 1) marked the day by visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” tells the tale of space adventurer Peter Quill, who finds himself the target of a bounty hunter after he steals a mysterious orb that’s coveted by a powerful villain. Suddenly, Peter and some new-found allies find themselves in an unexpected battle to save the entire galaxy from ruin.

Djimon plays Korath in the film, who is a loyal lieutenant under the villain Ronan’s command.

Hear what Djimon has to say about his role and what he enjoys about Disney Parks.

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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Beginning a Journey at Laniwai Spa

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


There is nothing like the experience at Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the amount of detail is unlike anywhere else in the world – and that is just the location. The treatments at Laniwai Spa relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. Laniwai means “freshwater heaven,” and this luxurious location spans 18,000 square feet of interior treatment rooms with an additional 5,000 square feet outdoors at the Kula Wai therapy garden – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O`ahu. The “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues today with an inside look at the start of your journey at Laniwai Spa.

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Upon check-in, you first select a wishing stone etched with a word in both Hawaiian and English to focus on during your treatment. A cast member will then escort you past a water wall, through the transformation corridor. Along its curving walls, notice that one side consists of rougher surfaces and the other feels smooth. This attention to detail makes for a balanced and revitalizing experience. You begin to hear the sound of a passing rain shower and above your head hangs a web of `ohi`a logs and branches. This `ohi`a web seems to rise and fall along the pathway to give a sense of leaving the stresses and distractions of the outside world behind.

Lumi Akalani in the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

At the end of the transformation corridor, you will arrive the spa’s focal point – the “room of heavenly reflection”. This beautiful rotunda is known as the Lumi Akalani and features a single crystal raindrop suspended from the center. Smooth pebbles fill the shallow pool below and here is where you will cast your wishing stone. Listen for the single drops of water and gaze upon the shimmering walls all around. You feel a sense of enlightenment as your Laniwai Spa journey is just beginning …

Which wishing stone did you focus on during your treatment at Laniwai Spa? I focused on Hau`oli, “Happiness” – leave your answer in the comments below.

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Now Open at Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Tallahassee Glover here, back with another dispatch from Adventureland at Disneyland park. We have been receiving reports that the Adventure Trading Company has been spotted in Adventureland, bringing with them a variety of provisions and publications from around the area.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Exclusive Print at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Through August 31, you can get the exclusive print with any single purchase of $30 or more at Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park.

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Five Lessons Learned During ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s been a few weeks since I became Eagle Eye Erin and joined my fellow misunderstood Rainbow Ridgers for “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park. And before this unique experience ends its test run on September 1, there are a few lessons I’d like to pass on.

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New Challenge, New Medal For Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Well runDisney fans, Tinker Bell is at it again!

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What’s Your Kiddo’s Favorite Disney Film?

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If you’re anything like me, “Frozen” mania has struck your household and you have the movie soundtrack stuck in your head pretty much all day, every day. As part of our #DisneyKids series, we asked our panel of preschoolers about their favorite movie and not surprisingly, “Frozen” was the unanimous winner among both the girls and boys.

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Disney Parks After Dark: France Pavilion at Epcot

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Here’s one place we haven’t stopped yet on our tour through the parks after dark – it’s the France pavilion at Epcot.

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Vote Now to Select a Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Spirits awaken! It’s time to for you to join me and the Grim Grinning Ghosts and come out to “social”-ize. Our Disneyland Resort Artist Sketch teams have been hard at work creating new images which pay homage to the beloved Haunted Mansion attraction, celebrating 45 spooky years at Disneyland park next week. These will be added to the portfolio of offerings currently available as part of the Park Icon Artist Sketch Collection at Disneyana in Disneyland park. But here’s the question … which one would you like to see appear as a downloadable Disney Parks Blog Desktop wallpaper?

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