At Walt Disney Imagineering we’ve just completed the final effort of their “60 for 60” initiative, a pledge during our 60th anniversary year to sponsor or take part in at least 60 outreach efforts in the communities where we operate.
Hundreds of Imagineers at WDI sites in Boston, California, Florida, Hong Kong, Paris, Pittsburgh, Shanghai and Tokyo got involved in their communities throughout 2013. While financial and material gifts were one aspect of the program, the emphasis was mainly on the donation of time and talent. Imagineers found themselves applying a wide range of skills to such projects as painting murals at a Boys and Girls Club, designing and planting a community garden, and helping build affordable housing for underserved families through Habitat for Humanity. Check out the video for highlights of this remarkable year-long effort.
Along with my fellow leader of Imagineering, Craig Russell, we thank our amazing fans and guests for supporting our 60 years in the happiness business and our Imagineers for making a meaningful difference in communities around the world.
I first became acquainted with the music of R5 and their continually growing popularity from my two kids. R5 is made of up Disney Channel star Ross Lynch, his sister Rydell, brothers Riker and Rocky, and their close friend Ratliff. I then had the special privilege to hang out with the Lynch family for a couple of days here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, as the group took to the beach to perform their song “Pass Me By.” I shared a bit of Hawaiian culture with their ‘ohana, and they returned the favor by playing bit of their mele – music – for all of us. And a special “ALOHA!” to Ryland, the one sibling who doesn’t play in the band, but who certainly kept the fun going for the ‘ohana on the slides, in the pool, on the beach volleyball court, and everywhere throughout the resort. Check out the video of all the great moments they had here at Aulani.
Catch five unplugged versions of R5 songs from their new album, Louder, during Take 5 with R5 Night – tomorrow, December 21, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern – only on Disney Channel.
And don’t let an Aulani vacation opportunity for you and your ʻohana pass you by! Visit DisneyAulani.com to book your warm winter vacation and enjoy a 4th night free along with free breakfasts each morning (for two adults) at Ulu Cafe with a consecutive four-night stay purchase.
Chances are you haven’t seen a majority of our beautiful Christmas trees at Disney Parks – they’re in every park this time of year. So, as we begin the weekend and head into Christmas week, we’re sharing some favorites.
At Hong Kong Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A., is Christmas Town this time of the year and the celebration includes a wonderfully decorated tree in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
At Tokyo DisneySea, tree lights shimmer off the water and sparkle this time of year.
And at our other parks, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Resort, there are hundreds of thousands of ribbons and bows draped over Christmas trees. Take a look at our newest slideshow and see how many trees you recognize.
As part of our commitment to be a good corporate citizen, and to give back to the communities we serve, Disney supports efforts around the world that make a positive impact on children and their families. Every year, tens of thousands of Cast Members make volunteering a priority, building on a tradition Walt Disney himself started when he – along with Disney animators – would visit local hospitals to draw characters for children.
Fifty-five years ago today, on December 20, 1958, a tradition began at Disneyland park that continues to this day, both here at the Disneyland Resort and at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is a Disney Parks holiday mainstay, in which celebrity narrators join choirs comprised of local choral groups and Disney cast members to celebrate the Christmas story. Over the years, celebrity narrators have included stars like Cary Grant, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and James Earl Jones.
Christmas is just a few days away. Still have no idea what to give this holiday season? For most of my friends and me, a little something from Basin is always appreciated. I love the scent of practically everything in the store and whenever I stop in, I have to try out their latest sugar scrub. (I mean it. Every. Time.) I often buy Basin products as gifts for others, but I rarely treat myself. Want to put a smile on my face? I’ll take a few bath bombs or a custom soap, please!
Gather your favorite droids, nerf herders, walking carpets and scoundrels and make plans to attend Star Wars Weekends 2014. We’re pleased today to announce the dates for next year’s Force-filled special event.
As part of Limited Time Magic this week, I’m happy to share that merchandise featuring artwork selected by Disney fans earlier this year will be arriving at Disney Parks starting December 22, 2013.
There are so many wonderful places to photograph during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorites is Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, which is commonly photographed from the front. In some of my past Disney Parks Blog posts, I have talked about walking around a subject, looking at all the sides to see whether there may be angles that are more interesting. The photo below is one example; I took it from the left side of the castle, next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Last week ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World played host to the 2013 Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships. Sixty-four football teams and more than 400 cheer and dance teams from across the country, including Hawaii, battled their way through regional competitions to experience their “I’m going to Disney World” moment and play for national titles.