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Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

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


This week’s “Caption This” photo is a shot of Donald Duck and Goofy that was snapped during our 100 Years of Magic Celebration several years ago. It sure looks like they are the best of friends, doesn’t it?

A nice photo like this deserves a good caption. Share your best in our “comments” section below!
Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

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Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World’s Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today

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


You may have noticed the beautiful artwork that’s appearing above on the blog today – and it’s all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the April 22 opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

It was for this World’s Fair that Walt Disney and his team designed several attractions that would eventually make their way into Disney theme parks, including “it’s a small world,” Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Ford Magic Skyway (part of which would become the Primeval World along Disneyland Railroad).

Walt’s involvement with the World’s Fair gave his team new opportunities to develop innovative technology and Audio-Animatronics figures that would take Disney attractions to a new level. It also gave us Disney Parks fans a few Sherman Brothers songs that we’ve come to cherish over the years: “it’s a small world (after all)” for the “it’s a small world” attraction and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” for Carousel of Progress.

Be sure to check out original World’s Fair attraction sketches and artwork from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library in our header section above.


Read more about Disney attractions at the World’s Fair in the posts below:

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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

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


This week, we’ve received some of our most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As we previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.

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Buckets of glittering gems also highlight the area – simply gorgeous props!

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For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train read the posts below:

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Tokyo Disney Resort Welcomes 600 Millionth Guest

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


Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort celebrated an amazing milestone earlier this month, welcoming their 600 millionth guest on April 12.
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So who was the 600 millionth guest? Yumi Sakai, who was visiting the park with her husband and two children. To celebrate, Yumi was given flowers and asked to help lead a special ceremony alongside Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. She also received a certificate, three years of park admission, Mickey Mouse and Duffy plushes, and more.

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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: SuperStar Television

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


Today, we’re continuing to celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening-day attractions with a look into SuperStar Television, an attraction that let learn about and even participate in “live” television broadcasts.

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At SuperStar Television, guests were cast in roles in popular TV shows like “General Hospital,” “Bonanza,” “Gilligan’s Island,” and “Cheers”, among others. The guests, paired up with the SuperStar Television cast, would act out their assigned roles on sets or in front of a screens, while the live studio audience could watch the finished product air on screens above.

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One of my favorite scenes that guests got to take part in was the famous scene from “I Love Lucy,” in which Lucy and Ethel take on a speeding conveyer belt of chocolates. The guest would take on the role of Ethel.

Were you ever chosen to participate in SuperStar Television? Tell us about it in the “Comments” section below!

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Step in Time: ‘Share A Dream Come True’ Parade Marks 100 Years of Magic

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


The “Share A Dream Come True” parade made its debut at Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 2001, just in time for Walt Disney World Resort’s 100 Years of Magic Celebration, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth.

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The parade kicked off with a mini float, upon which a performer dressed as an animator sketched Mickey Mouse at his desk and was followed by a string of floats that each showcased a different Disney film. Each float, designed as a life-sized snowglobe, contained a scene from a Disney film that was being recreated right before your eyes, such as the magic carpet scene from “Aladdin.” The procession also featured a Villains float, in which the Chernabog held the giant snowglobe, which was occupied by other Disney villains, including Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille and Jafar, among others.


For more from the “Step in Time” series, read the posts below:

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‘Frozen’ Anna & Elsa Arrive at Princess Fairytale Hall Today

posted on April 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Let’s have a royal welcome for Anna and Elsa, the sisters from “Frozen” who make their official debut appearance at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park starting today.

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Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening, after which guests can meet other visiting Disney Princesses. Cinderella and Rapunzel will also continue making appearances at Princess Fairytale Hall, and you can see all these characters (and more) during the afternoon performance of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

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Join Disney’s Digital Easter Egg Hunt on April 20

posted on April 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort on Facebook? If so, you can join in on a digital Easter egg hunt across a variety of Disney Parks Facebook pages this Sunday, April 20. Simply visit different pages to collect different Disney Parks-themed Easter graphics. Each “found” Easter egg will also offer you a hint as to where you can find another one.

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The “hunt” starts on the Disneyland Facebook page. Happy hunting!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Disney’s Hollywood Studios History

posted on April 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we started our countdown to the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios by taking a look back at one of the park’s opening day attractions – The Great Movie Ride.

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I adore this attraction, which takes guests on a trip through movie history. Which scene featured in the attraction is your favorite?

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If you’re excited for the park’s May 1 milestone, you also have to take a look at the sneak peek Steven Miller shared of the park’s special commemorative merchandise. Special pins, T-shirts and more will be available.

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Show Your ‘Disney Side’: Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s suggestion as to how you can show your “Disney Side” at our 24-hour “Rock Your Disney Side” all-night party – or anytime, really – is sure to please Minnie Mouse fans. It’s step-by-step directions on how you can give your nails a perfect Minnie makeover!

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Will you join us for our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your “Disney Side”? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

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