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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Experience Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared the first photos of the new Harambe Market, which will debut to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late May.

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This area, which was themed around a Colonial-era train depot design recreates a bustling marketplace where guests visit from around the world. Here, guests can choose to taste food from a variety of different “vendors,” including Kitamu Grill for skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwiches, Famous Sausages for corn dogs inspired by a South African sausage, and Chef Mwanga’s, which serves a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw. Check out Pam’s post for more information on the other menu items you’ll be able to find at Harambe Market.

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Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you planning a Disney Parks vacation this summer? Jeanette Kaplun, editor and founder of Hispana Global, recently stopped by Walt Disney World Resort to share her favorite tips on summer vacation planning. Check out some of what Jeanette had to say below.

For more of Jeanette’s travel advice, be sure to check out her Top-Ten Summer Vacation Planning Tips here.

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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios With Our ‘Earffel Tower’ Wallpaper

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Towering at 130-feet-tall, the Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. To celebrate the park’s anniversary, we have a brand-new downloadable wallpaper to share with you today. Click on the image below to choose the correct size for your desktop or mobile device.

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

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Today in Disney History: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Opens Its Doors at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On this very day back in 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened its doors to give guests a taste of the fascinating world of entertainment. I remember visiting the park that summer and was captivated by its attractions that offered a peek inside television production and the making of animated films, as well as the history of the silver screen inside The Great Movie Ride.

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Many attractions have been added to the park over the years, including The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror in 1994, Rockin’ Rollercoaster – Starring Aerosmith in 1999, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show in 2005, and Toy Story Mania! in 2008, among others. Entertainment, of course, has played a huge part at the park, with “Beauty and The Beast – Live on Stage” being the first theme park show to debut the same day the film was released in theaters in 1991. “Fantasmic!”, the park’s nighttime spectacular that combines Disney characters and songs with amazing special effects opened at the park in 1998.

Click through the gallery below for a look at how the park has changed over the years.

Which attraction or show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sunset at Spaceship Earth at Epcot

posted on April 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Isn’t it amazing how our Florida sky makes our parks even more beautiful at night? This great shot, snapped near the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth, shows how well a fiery orange sunset illuminates the attraction.

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Which Disney Park do you enjoy most during this time of day? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Caption This: Dino Gertie Dines At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


Dino Gertie, the towering dinosaur who houses Dino Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction, brings a smile to many guests walking around the Lake Echo area. (To learn about Gertie’s place in film history, be sure to check out this previous post).

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What’s on her mind in the above photo? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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It’s a Peaceful Morning at the China Pavilion at Epcot

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


Of all the photos we’ve featured in our “morning” series, I have to say that this is my favorite shot so far. The morning sunshine hits the pond, lilypads and temple at the China Pavilion just perfectly. Such a peaceful sight! Now who is ready to explore World Showcase for the day?

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

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Book Fall Walt Disney World Resort Vacations Now for Free Dine Offer

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


Are you planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Then we may have just made your day by announcing that our Free Dine offer is back!

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You may now get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and tickets with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More option. The offer is valid for arrival dates between August 28-October 2; October 25-31; November 8-19; or December 15-21, 2015.

If you’re not familiar with our dining plans, the Disney Dining Plan is offered with vacation packages at select Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts and is honored at more than 100 select Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan,offered with vacation packages at our Value Resorts, includes meals and snacks at more than 50 dining locations.

For full details, visit this link.

You also may be interested in learning how you can save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for vacations taking place between August 15-October 3, 2015. This offer must be booked by August 7, 2015, and additional info can be found here.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Parks Visit

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


This week, actress Ashley Brown, who originated the part of Mary Poppins on Broadway visited Walt Disney World Resort. During her visit, she also took time out to answer some of your questions submitted here on the blog – and of course, visited the parks to take photos with some Poppins pals.

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She also took the time to surprise a group of young performers from Franklin School for the Performing Arts students during their Disney Performing Arts Program Experience.

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Ashley answered their questions about being a professional performer and also shared a special performance of the song “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins.”

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks Brighten Hong Kong Disneyland

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


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at Hong Kong Disneyland of the park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Disney In The Stars.”

The show is an illuminating celebration that combines music with fireworks that brighten the sky above the park’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Favorite Disney character images and lighting effects are also projected across the castle’s walls and turrets during the show.

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Have you seen “Disney In The Stars”? Tell us what you liked about it in the comments section below!

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