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New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”

New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“The Lion Guard” follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. Kion and his friends represent the Pride Lands’ as The Lion Guard, a group made up of the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight.

The new Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sends young explorers on a park-wide search for the five Lion Guard characters: Kion, the fierce leader of the Lion Guard; Bunga, a brave and fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-natured hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret.

The fun begins when guests pick up a “Lion Guard Adventure Map,” which are available in select merchandise locations. Kids search for character statues hidden in themed locations throughout the park that represent each animal. At each stop, there’s a Lion Guard banner and a sign with the character’s attribute, so you’re sure you’ve found the right place. Once all five character traits are discovered, cast members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch officially induct youngsters into the Lion Guard with a special pledge, fun activities, and a Lion Guard Button identifying them as honorary members. Rafiki also joins the newest inductees for a photo.

What do you think? Will you try this out next time you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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Download Our Dragon Maleficent Wallpaper

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Last week during our latest #DisneyParksLIVE stream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we asked our viewers to vote to unlock one of two new “Fantasmic!”-themed Disney Parks Blog wallpapers. The winners voted to unlock a Sorcerer Mickey design – but we couldn’t keep the other choice, Dragon Maleficent, under lock and key too long!

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To download for your desktop or digital device, simply click on the image above to select the size you need.

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All In The Details: Exploring Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar At Disney Springs

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Among all of the recent additions made to Disney Springs, I have to say that one of my personal favorites is Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a 1940s era float plane hangar turned bar that’s full of adventure, from the decor that surrounds you, to the creative menu of drinks and light plates that delights you.

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Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, the theming and backstory of “The Hangar” was inspired by the fictional character Jock Lindsey, a seaplane pilot in the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Although Jock only appeared in a mere one minute of film, our Imagineers used his character as a springboard to develop a fun backstory for this adventurous hotspot.

The story of The Hangar Bar builds out Jock’s character, giving him a past as a seasoned circus pilot-turned adventurer. Later on in his life, he made his home at Disney Springs, falling in love with the place when he flew over the Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth and opened the bar, which is chock full of memorabilia from his past. Once that storyline was established, Imagineers were able to add authentic details to the bar, from collections of aviation parts (see the impressive ceiling fan made of vintage airplane propellers), to a diver bell families can actually dine inside, to Reggie, Jock’s canvas-covered steamboat named after his pet snake.

Check out the video below for a tour at some of the location’s highlights.

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Disney Doodles: Roger & Anita Break Away From The Pack

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


If there’s one thing they have in common, it’s dogs for lovebirds Roger and Anita. In this week’s Disney Doodle, they’ve broken away from the pack for some sightseeing, but can’t help but be drawn to the Fire Station on Main Street, U.S.A. Checking for another dalmatian, perhaps?

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Dawn at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Good morning, Disney Parks fans.

Today’s lovely morning shot was snapped right in between two resorts – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort – with a lovely view of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn just across Crescent Lake.

What a lovely sky.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s nighttime and all’s well at The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs. This dining hotspot, which serves up Florida style surf & turf, is surrounded by “dream boats” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, as well as AmphiCars that offer on the water tours of Disney Springs.

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Download our Disney Parks Candy Hearts Wallpaper

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


One of the visuals I remember most from celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child are those little candy hearts with messages on them, like “Love” and “Be Mine.”

Hearts were the inspiration for our first Valentine’s Day wallpaper of 2016, with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse taking on that shape as well.

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Thanks to Jason Ratner for the design.

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Fans Vote ‘Sorcerer Mickey’ As The Star In Our ‘Fantasmic’ Wallpaper

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Well, our Disney Parks Blog fans voted and it looks like it will be Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper unleashed tonight!

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This lovely graphic, created by Disney artist Mike Britton, celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”, sort of like how the show celebrates the wonder of Mickey’s imagination.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Thanks for joining our live stream tonight. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future #DisneyParksLIVE events.

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LIVE STREAM: Tune In To Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live At 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live events.

We’re just moments away from bringing you our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a guest-favorite show that explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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The show will start promptly at 7 p.m., but because we love sharing behind-the-scenes info and interviews, we’re starting 10 minutes early for some pre-show content and a few special guests.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please visit the comments section below and tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with. Also, join the conversation online by following @DisneyParks or using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

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The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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