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Caption This: Disney Characters Take Flight at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Back in 1988, two hot air balloons named Ear Force One (Mickey) and Zippity Doo Duck (Donald) took flight here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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This photo just begs for a caption. They look pretty excited for their journey. What’s on their minds? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It’s a shot of one of the park’s original attractions – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Is Adventureland one of your favorite stops at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Learn to Draw Special Edition: ‘Frozen’ Voice Actor Josh Gad Tests His Skills at Drawing Olaf

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of the most popular videos we ever shared in our “Learn to Draw” series is a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Olaf, the lovable snowman from “Frozen.”

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Check out what happens when actor Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in the film, stops by The Magic of Disney Animation to test his own skills at drawing his animated friend. Josh, a Florida native, also shares what he loves about Disney Parks and talks about how it’s “surreal” to see “Frozen” characters added into the mix.



For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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Download Our Disney’s Contemporary Resort Wallpaper by Artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you one of the many enjoying a holiday off of work or school today? Perhaps you’re using today for some special family time, or even some vacation planning for this spring or summer.

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Here’s a desktop/mobile wallpaper of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, created by artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett, that just may keep you “Disney Dreaming” all winter long.

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

Want to check out our other designs? Check out the full gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Running Around Our ‘World’

posted on January 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared a bunch of exciting images from the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge.

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This year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend “ran” for four full days and featured more than 26,700 registered runners competing in the full marathon. Individuals from more than 60 countries and all 50 states made the 26.2 mile trek through Disney Parks, the Walt Disney World Speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The Castaway Cay Challenge was a 5K course that allowed runners to travel through a lovely island setting with themed photo stops along the way. More than 700 runners participated in this first-of-it’s-kind event.

Have you participated in a runDisney event? What did you like about it? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Garden Rocks Concert Series Debuts at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Planning a trip to Epcot this spring for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? This year, 11 pop bands are set to appear in the Garden Rocks Concert Series, which will take place March 4-May 17, 2015. Several acts will join this festival lineup this year, including En Vogue, Little River Band, Jon Secada, Pablo Cruise and Taylor Dayne.

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Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission. Check out this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Lady”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • Which band are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments section below!

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    Sneak Peek: Interactive Queue to Debut at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park

    posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    If you’ve experienced the interactive queues at attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ve seen firsthand the way Disney innovation and creativity are coming together to immerse you in the story well ahead of stepping into a ride vehicle. Today we’re happy to share a sneak peek into a new interactive queue that will debut at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park very soon.

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    Guests will soon be able to watch Tinker Bell fly around and interact with Wendy, John and Michael’s toys. They’ll also see their own shadows come alive on the wall in the children’s nursery and get a sprinkle of pixie dust before they head off into Never Land with Peter Pan.

    What do you think? Will you check it out on your next trip to Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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    Space Mountain Marks Milestone Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

    posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    Today we’re celebrating another attraction milestone on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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    The idea for Space Mountain originated back in the 1960s when the dream of space travel became a very real reality. After a few years of planning and two years of construction, it opened in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on January 15, 1975. The attraction debuted as a unique offering at the park, as it was the second attraction built specifically for the park in Florida (the first was Country Bear Jamboree).

    Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

    Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog today for more on this attraction milestone!

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    VIDEO: Walt Disney Talks Creating Carousel of Progress

    posted on January 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    As Nate shared earlier this morning, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Carousel of Progress here at Walt Disney World Resort – a now we have a special treat to share with you. What better way to celebrate this classic attraction’s anniversary than by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the carousel led by Walt Disney himself.

    This video clip was originally featured in “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair,” which aired on television on May 17, 1964. In it, Walt gives viewers behind-the-scenes looks at the Carousel of Progress, one of a handful of attractions he and his team of WED engineers were creating for the then-upcoming 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. In it, Walt proudly shows off the carousel’s model, tours the sets as they’re being built, shows off the latest Audio-Animatronics technology, and offers up the first listen to the attraction’s theme song, “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”

    It’s clear that Walt put a lot of heart and imagination into this attraction. Check it out below.

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    Disney Parks After Dark: IllumiNations in Italy

    posted on January 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    This week’s “After Dark” image was taken at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” What’s your favorite activity to do in this part of the park after the sun goes down? Watching fireworks? Devouring the pavilion’s terrific pizza? Ending the night with a yummy chocolate cannoli?

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