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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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Doesn’t this shot of the pavilion’s lush garden look so serene?

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Turns 15 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating the anniversary of one of my favorite attractions – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The attraction originally opened its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 29, 1999.

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In case you haven’t experienced it yet, the attraction lets you tour G-Force Records, the music studio where Aerosmith is holding a recording session. When the band heads out to a show, they invite you to travel to the show in a super-stretch limo that speeds from 0-57 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Better yet – each limo is equipped with an audio system consisting of 125 speakers, 24 sub-woofers and more than 32k watts of audio amplifier output power and each car broadcasts different Aerosmith songs.

In honor of today’s anniversary, here are 15 fun facts about the attraction:

  1. The attraction’s grand opening on July 29, 1999 featured a dedication ceremony with Aerosmith.
  2. The giant electric guitar that serves as the attraction’s icon measures 40 feet tall.
  3. There are more than 900 speakers throughout the attraction.
  4. The attraction’s track measures 3,403 feet.
  5. Elements of the attraction were manufactured as far away as Netherlands and Germany.
  6. Aerosmith band members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry took part in re-recordings for the attraction. The entire band appears in the attraction’s preshow film.
  7. The band’s manager who appears in the preshow was played by actress Illeana Douglas.
  8. The DJ who is “broadcasting live” from the Aerosmith concert is classic rock DJ Uncle Joe Benson.
  9. The look of the super-stretch limo was influenced by the 1962-era Cadillac.
  10. Each super-stretch limo can fit 24 passengers.
  11. Each guest is surrounded by five speakers – four around the head and one subwoofer under the seat.
  12. Each vehicle features a different Aerosmith song or medley. Tracks are: “Nine Lives”; “Sweet Emotion”; a “Back in the Saddle”/”Dude Looks Like a Lady” medley; a “Love in an Elevator”/”Walk This Way” medley; and a “Young Lust”/”F.I.N.E.”/”Love in an Elevator” medley.
  13. Guests experience a g-force between 4-5 entering the first inversion on the track.
  14. The attraction was the first coaster at Walt Disney World Resort to feature multiple inversions.
  15. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster opened at Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris) in 2002. There, it’s called “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith.”

Which is your favorite song to take a ride to? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Caption This: A Swan’s Song at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This photo of Swan Boats was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park in the 1970s. Sure looks like this swan is admiring Cinderella Castle.

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What’s on her mind? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in our Comments section.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year’s Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check out Shawn Slater’s original post for details on the fiendish fun!
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And speaking of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Oaken’s Frozen Funland, which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration.
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Disney Parks After Dark: A Peaceful Night at Tom Sawyer Island

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In my opinion, tonight’s “After Dark” image is one of the best we’ve ever shared. It’s a snap of Tom Sawyer Island right at sunset. It’s so calm and serene that it just makes me want to visit again very soon.

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A Journey Through Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you had a chance to experience the “Frozen” Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet?

Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new “Frozen Fireworks” show that light up each night. This week we’re taking a look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, a location set up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers “Frozen” merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops.

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Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun inside.

What’s your favorite “Frozen” summer offering? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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New Renderings Offer A Glimpse at the Future Access to Disney Springs

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’ve visited Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort lately, you’ve most likely noticed the many changes underway as the area transforms into Disney Springs – it’s the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history and, when completed, will double the area’s number of dining and retail options. Through this expansion, guests can continue to enjoy more than 70 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues day and night. One of my personal favorites is the new Marketplace Co-Op, which has unique Disney boutique shops and has been featured several times here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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The surrounding roadways and parking areas at Downtown Disney are growing too and will eventually offer easier access to the area. Today we have two new renderings to share with you that showcase the work that is already underway, which includes widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to 10 lanes and constructing two multilevel garages (the first of which, pictured above, is set to open by late 2014 to offer 4,000 parking spaces). Two pedestrian bridges are also planned that will help lead guests into Disney Springs near the current Marketplace side, while the other will offer access in through the West Side.

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As you can see above, the changes will also include a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs.

All of this work is part of the area’s transformation into Disney Springs, which will continue into 2016. The first phase of the expansion, an area called The Landing, will open in 2015 to offer lakefront shopping and dining. In the meantime, if you are planning to visit Downtown Disney for activities with set times, such as Cirque du Soleil performances, concerts or movies, early arrival is suggested.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for future updates.

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20 Facts For The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s 20th Anniversary

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


Today we’re celebrating a special milestone on the Disney Parks Blog – it’s the 20th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

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In honor of today’s milestone, here are 20 fun facts about the attraction.

  1. Our Walt Disney Imagineers viewed 156 episodes of “The Twilight Zone” for inspiration when creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
  2. The ride vehicle is an elevator car.
  3. The storyline of the attraction sets the date as Halloween night – October 31, 1939.

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  1. The architecture of the tower was inspired by multiple Southern California landmarks, such as the Biltmore Hotel and the Mission Inn.
  2. The building features 27,000 roof tiles.
  3. The outdoor queue area features the songs “Inside” by Fats Waller and “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington.

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  1. The grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel were inspired by the look of California’s Griffith Park and Elysian Park.

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  1. The lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel was outfitted with antiques and furniture purchased at Los Angeles-area auction houses.

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  1. Some of the sculptures featured in the lobby are the work of 19th century sculptor Auguste Moreau.
  2. A copy of “Four Pages of Hilarious Star Caricatures by Walt Disney” is featured in Photoplay Magazine on the lobby’s concierge desk.

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  1. The Library room features a hidden nod to Mickey Mouse in this sheet music, which is for the song “What! No Mickey Mouse?”
  2. The clip of film in which Rod Serling introduces the attraction was taken from a “Twilight Zone” episode called “It’s a Good Life.”
  3. While actor Rod Serling appears in the film in the Library room, the voice you hear is actually voice actor Mark Silverman.
  4. The young girl who disappears in the elevator carries a Mickey Mouse doll.
  5. The attraction’s “Fifth Dimension” scene was inspired in part by the “Little Girl Lost” episode of “The Twilight Zone.”
  6. The attraction offers a 13-story drop.
  7. The drop sequence for each elevator car is selected at random by the attraction’s computer system.
  8. Measuring 199 feet tall, Tower of Terror is one of the tallest attractions at Walt Disney World Resort.

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  1. There are now four Tower of Terror attractions at Disney Parks: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World Resort), Disney California Adventure park (Disneyland Resort), Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris), and Tokyo DisneySea (Tokyo – pictured above) each have their own version.
  2. The attraction will take center stage during runDisney’s Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend this fall, which will feature a The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, a 5K fun and kids races.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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‘Scandal’ Actor Joe Morton Visits Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of ABC’s “Scandal”?

Actor Joe Morton, who plays the mysterious “Papa Pope” on the show, recently stopped by the Walt Disney World Resort to narrate a performance of “The Lion King: Concert in the Wild” during Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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During his visit, Joe, who is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for his role on the show, shared with us what he and his family love about Disney Parks. Be sure to check out the video below.

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Caption This: Mickey Takes Reservations

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out this week’s “Caption This” photo, which was snapped in 1986 at the Central Reservations Office at Walt Disney World Resort. No doubt that this was fancy computer technology at the time!

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What do you think is on the slip of paper that Mickey is examining? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image!

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