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Behind the Scenes: Creating ‘Frozen’ Fireworks for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


For many families, a highlight of a Walt Disney World vacation is ending a day at a park by watching one of our amazing nighttime fireworks spectaculars. “Frozen Fireworks” just debuted this month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to feature characters from the film, fireworks, favorite “Frozen” songs and even a snow flurry.

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Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team designed this year’s “Frozen”-themed fireworks spectacular.

Frozen Summer Fun offerings, including fireworks, will run through September 7, 2015. For more details on Frozen Summer Fun offerings that you can’t miss, be sure to visit Shawn’s previous blog post.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Bon Nuit from Epcot’s France Pavilion

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I adore tonight’s “After Dark” image, which was shot at Epcot‘s France Pavilion.

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The pavilion’s Belle Epoque architecture, the winding gardens and pink Florida sky make this really look like a perfect fairytale destination, don’t they?

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Learn to Draw Anger from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” just hit theaters a few days ago, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios area already having fun learning how to draw the film’s colorful cast of characters at the Animation Academy.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “Inside Out” takes a look at the life of a girl named Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Anger, a member of the team who is passionate, fiery and quick to react.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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PHOTO GALLERY: A ‘Brave’ Princess Merida

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On this week in Disney History, “Brave” debuted in theaters, introducing us to the bold, strong Princess Merida.

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In the film, Merida, daughter to King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is determined to shape her own future. In doing so, Merida’s actions unleash chaos among the Scottish Lords, and accidentally unleashes a dangerous curse. In the end, Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family before it’s too late.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.


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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.

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In the film, Pocahontas meets explorer John Smith and teaches him the wonders of earth and true value of its many riches. Despite an agreement to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith, which leads to Chief Powhatan declaring war on the team of explorers. Pocahontas later saves John Smith from execution. When the gold-obsessed Governor Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan, John Smith dives in front of the bullet, saving Pocahontas’s father.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

For more from our Princess Photo series, visit the post below:

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Zuri’s Sweets Shop Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Zuri’s Sweets Shop recently opened its doors in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to showcase a bevy of new animal-inspired treats.

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The location features 80 new items, including decorative candy apples, uniquely flavored chocolate bars, African-spiced popcorn, animal-shaped lollipops, animal crackers, chocolate mini crocodiles and other treats. Zuri’s Sweets Shop will also offer African spice rubs, a gourmet cocoa set and Flame Tree Barbeque sauce.

Which item are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Good Morning from Epcot’s Spaceship Earth

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


Happy Monday!

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This week’s morning shot was taken at the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot. Who’s ready for a trip back in time to “the dawn of recorded history”?

For more from the “Good Morning” series, visit the posts below:

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Pics From Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we shared a ton of fun photos from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Frozen Summer Fun is now in full swing!

Take a look at the gallery below for a peek at the offerings that debuted this week, including the Frozen Royal Welcome, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down and more.

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Check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more coverage of Frozen Summer Fun.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Starbucks Opens, Flat White Lattes To Help Endangered Species

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


Beginning today, guests can enjoy Starbucks beverages at Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while supporting conservation efforts for the cotton-top tamarin – a critically endangered species of monkey that resides in South America.

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The menu will include regular Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as treats crafted by Disney chefs. A portion of the sale of each Starbucks Flat White Latte at the reopened Creature Comforts will benefit conservation programs already underway to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia. This drink was specifically selected from other menu choices because of the cotton-top tamarin’s fluffy white crests that appear on their heads.

Located on Discovery Island area of the park, Creature Comforts will reflect the theming of the park with African design elements such as geometric designs and carvings, warm colors, African maasai shield designs and hand-painted coffee beans.

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New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


The Great Movie Ride, which transports Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests through film history, has been updated with some new interior and exterior enhancements thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies.

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Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside our Chinese Theatre. (Other enhancements inside include new digital movie posters in the queue (watch carefully to see the classic poster images move). A few new clips will be added into the attraction’s finale montage later this summer.

Guests will also hear new audio components during the tour from Robert Osbourne, actor and Turner Classic Movies film historian. The enhanced narration will assist attraction tour guides in leading guests from famous scene to famous scene, layering in more fun movie facts.

By the way, if you’re a huge fan of Disney films, you’ll want to check out “Treasures from the Disney Vault,” which airs on Turner Classic Movies July 2.

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