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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 29th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’ve been looking back at key moments in Disneyland history as we prepare to celebrate 60 years of memories and magic during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And this week, Erin searched the archives and put together a fascinating time-lapse video of Disneyland construction.

Check out Erin’s original story and let us know about your favorite part of the video.

Disney Cruise Line Charts New Course for British Isles

This week, we also revealed our 2016 Disney Cruise Line summer sailings, announcing our first-ever British Isles cruise, plus ports of call in more than 15 European countries.

Along with the British Isles, our tour of Europe includes cruises in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Jonathan has more details and a special video in his original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Irene Jewell Celebrates 90th Birthday with First Visit to Disneyland Park – Last month, on her 90th birthday, Irene Jewell, legendary dancer and wife of Disney cinematographer Stuart Jewell, visited Disneyland park for the first time.

Enjoy ‘Frozen Fun’ Before it Melts Away and Stay Close to the Magic with Disneyland Resort Hotel Offer – If you haven’t experienced all of the frozen fractals during “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, there’s still time!

First Look at Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise – Go behind the scenes, into our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration showroom, where you can see for yourselves some of the amazing items headed your way this May at the Disneyland Resort.

Wildlife Wednesday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Set ‘Gold Standard’ for Animal Care – Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge were granted official accreditation once again by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums!

New Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Open at the Downtown Disney Area at Walt Disney World Resort – Towering above Buena Vista Drive, a new pedestrian bridge was installed in the early morning hours of March 19.

Behind the Scenes: Food Network Hosts Cruising on the Disney Dream – Check out the highlights from the Disney Dream Cruise with Food Network!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at Polynesian Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we shared a few peeks inside the changes happening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Our author Amanda Adler shared a look inside the amazing new bungalow rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort.

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She also gave us a look at the view guests can expect at night in this week’s “After Dark” series.

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Pam Brandon gave us another sneak peek at the highly anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which will debut at the resort late-April.

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The location will serve tropical themed beverages and small plates. Be sure to check out Pam’s original post for all of the tasty details!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Pins Will Dazzle You

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


You just had an incredible first look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise coming this May, and here are a hundred more reasons – as there are more than 100 pins (yes, you read that correctly) being released during the celebration.

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Looking to start your very own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pin collection? Pin enthusiasts, collectors and traders will find dazzling new starter sets, trading accessories (lanyards, lanyard medals, a lanyard pouch, trading bag), mystery packs, collector’s packs as well as open and limited edition pins, boxed sets, framed sets and more. My own personal tip for you, make sure you get at least one of the Mickey Mouse ‘60’ logo pins.

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Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, be sure to keep an eye out for a special series of pins created just for you. These dazzling diamond shaped pins will release bi-monthly, beginning in May and feature stained glass and a hinge that opens to reveal beloved characters and attractions. Also available will be a Disneyland Resort Diamond Collection Mickey Mouse pin and lanyard medal. Tip: Remember you must present your valid Disneyland Resort Annual Passport or Premier Pass and photo I.D. at time of purchase.

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Looking for a fun night at home? Invite your friends over for game night and surprise them by playing the Pin Trading Board Game, which takes you along the Pixie Dust Path as you celebrate attractions, films and the magic of the Disneyland Resort. The limited edition pin trading board game comes complete with game token pins/markers (Mickey Mouse, Aurora and the Genie) and a spinner. But you can always add more sparkle to your collection with an additional token set and completer pins. Game on!

That’s all I can share, for now, but there is definitely more headed your way.

Are you ready for some pin trading fun?

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Jedi Knight and TIE-fighter Pilot D-Tech Me Figures Premiere at Star Wars Weekends Starting May 15, 2015

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to announce that the Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience is returning to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year with two new figurines – a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter pilot.

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Much-Anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Enthusiastic fans of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel are celebrating the soft opening March 28 of the East Coast version. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is located off the main lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; the adjacent Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace offers views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon. Official opening is set for late April, when the coveted Tiki souvenir glassware arrives. (Tiki fans go bananas for the collectible mugs.) As soon as the official date is set, we will share on Disney Parks Blog.

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Every Role a Starring Role: Disneyland Resort Casting Recruiter

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As a casting recruiter, Steven Warkentin brings magic to our guests through hiring our future magic-makers. In fact, he’s held a number of the positions for which he hires including roles in attractions, entertainment and custodial guest services.

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Bird’s-Eye View In a Rustic Retreat at Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


As part of our new “Room with A View” series, we’re heading into the woods for a special look at our “over the treetop” accommodations at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Perched 10 feet off the ground in a lush landscape, sit the beloved Treehouse Villas, part of the Disney Vacation Club.

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Behind the Scenes: Food Network Hosts Cruising on the Disney Dream

posted on March 27th, 2015 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


Back in January, I had the unique experience of cooking with the hosts of Food Network’s “The Kitchen.” If you saw the episode, you may remember their excitement when I invited them to sail with me on a Disney cruise. Not only did Jeff Mauro and Katie Lee take me up on that offer, they brought two other Food Network stars – Amanda Freitag (“Chopped”) and Melissa d’Arabian (“Guy’s Grocery Games”) – along with their families and friends for three nights of fun, sun, and delicious food.

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Disney Parks After Dark: View of the Electrical Water Pageant from New Bora Bora Bungalows at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 26th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


We’re less than one week away from the grand opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Irene Jewell Celebrates 90th Birthday with First Visit to Disneyland Park

posted on March 26th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last month, on her 90th birthday, Irene Jewell, legendary dancer and wife of Disney cinematographer Stuart Jewell, visited Disneyland park for the first time. Known for her impressive height, Irene performed under the name Ricki Covette in the course of her 30 year career. She later met Disney cinematographer Stuart Jewell, known for his camera work on Disney’s “True-Life Adventures,” including “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie.” He also produced much of the now-iconic time-lapse footage from the construction of Disneyland.

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