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Disney VoluntEARS Around the Globe Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, citizenship is important to our culture. We are committed to giving back to our communities and do this in many different ways. This holiday season, VoluntEARS from our sites around the world brought holiday joy to young patients and orphans.

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Along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland visited Siu Lam Hospital and sang and danced with the patients. They also celebrated the holidays with 300 cancer patients and their families at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center in Tuen Mun Hospital. They enjoyed holiday treats and played musical games to brighten spirits.

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Tokyo Disney Resort’s VoluntEARS hosted a fundraiser and bake sale to raise money for a holiday gift for the Aiji-no-ie Orphanage.

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Mickey Mouse and his friends joined sixty VoluntEARS from Disneyland Resort brought holiday cheer to nearly 400 children and their families at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). They enjoyed holiday cookie decorating, a 38-foot long CHOC-olate Yule Log, Olaf-shaped balloons, reindeer games and a giant gingerbread house.

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Before they even welcome their first guest, the Shanghai Disney Resort’s VoluntEARS are supporting their community by hosting weekly holiday activities at local children’s hospitals. They visited Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and decorated activity rooms and made Santa Claus hats with children.

Aulani VoluntEARS joined in the festivities and brought the holiday spirit to children in local hospitals in Hawaii.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS are committed to bringing positive change around the globe and they donate hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year to the communities where they work, live and play. To learn more about citizenship at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, visit

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Rutgers’ Scarlet Knight Saves the Day in Cheer On Your Disney Side Video

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

It sounds like the basis of a good fairytale, young women in despair when a knight rides in and saves the day. That’s exactly what happens in the video submitted by the University of Rutgers dance team for the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Destination and Varsity Spirit.


Set to “it’s a small world” inspired music, Scarlet Knight, with the help of some of our beloved Disney Princesses, restores school spirit to a tired and dejected dance team. A story and production helping, the Rutgers dance team emerge as a finalist in the competition along with Auburn University, Louisiana State University and Santa Monica College.

University cheer and dance squads from across the country were invited to choreograph routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs. The winning squad will earn a $100,000 grant for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

Now it is your turn to vote!

Guests are asked to go to and vote for their favorite video from the final four. The school with the most votes wins. Fans who vote are entered into an ESPN sweepstakes to win a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Rules may be found at Online voting ends on January 6 and the winning squad will be announced on ESPN before the College Football National Championship Game on January 12 in Dallas.

So what’s the ‘spirit’ behind the Rutgers video? Check out this behind the scenes look inside their world.

This year, Disney Parks is encouraging people to show their Disney Side – their fun-loving adventurous side that laughs more, says “yes” more and just plain lives life to the fullest.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort has been the home of Varsity Spirit’s College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, the premier athletic competition for these teams, for over 20 years. Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today. Focused on safety, entertainment and school leadership, Varsity Spirit conducts educational camps, administrates competitions and provides apparel for more than 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers.

Cheer Your Disney Side Promotion By ESPN.
No purchase necessary. Ends 11:59 PM ET on 1/6/15. Must be a legal resident of the (50) U.S. or DC, 18 years or older, or the age of majority. Limit 1 entry/vote per person & per email per day. For prize details, odds of winning & complete Official Rules, go to Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, New York, NY.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Dapper Dans of Disneyland Park

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

Singing, dancing, playing their unique organ chimes and even riding a bicycle built for four is all part of a day in the life of a Dapper Dan! The Dapper Dans are an iconic part of the Main Street, U.S.A., experience at the Disneyland Resort. In this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role,” hear from Jim Campbell about what it is like to bring magic to our guests through song.

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#DisneyKids: ‘Grandkids are a Reward’

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

It’s the time of year when young faces light up like Christmas trees at Disney Parks. And as we’ve learned in our #DisneyKids video series, memories made at the Walt Disney World Resort can last a lifetime. As Christmas Day approaches, take a look at a special adventure through our parks showing why “grandkids are a reward.”

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New Merchandise Coming to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2015

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

A few weeks ago a shared a look at the new Minnie Run Collection By Champion Athleticwear coming to the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. In that article, I promised a look at other items created by Disney Theme Park Merchandise for this annual event.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – January 2015

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Are you visiting Walt Disney World Resort this January and are looking for a few other things to check out? Here are a couple of artist showcases that made my list.

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Video Rewind: Holidays at Disneyland Park, 2009

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

The holidays always make me sentimental – it’s a time to look back, not just over the past year but further back to holidays of the past. In that spirit, I wanted to take you on a look back at some of the holiday videos we shared here on the Disney Parks Blog way back in December 2009.

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Video Replay: ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Parade’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

One of our all-time favorite live streams on the Disney Parks Blog was last month’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” from Magic Kingdom Park. As we begin the holiday week, we thought you’d enjoy another chance to see the entire event.

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Caption This: A Toy Soldier Enjoys Holidays at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the marching toy soldiers who appear in “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” – but it looks like this guy lost his way.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

This week, we had plenty of great holiday stories to share, including a behind the scenes video that featured some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.”

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