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Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel To Open in 2016

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week, plans were announced for a new hotel – Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – which is set to open at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016.

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The hotel will be based on a new concept that is different from the resort’s existing hotels and will celebrate the magic and imagination of Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park in the guest rooms, the lobby and the courtyards. Guests staying in the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will be surrounded by the ambiance of their favorite Disney Park memories, and will inspire them to relive moments from their time spent in the theme parks and anticipate the fun awaiting them on the next day.

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New ‘Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos’ Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card To Debut at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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


When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns for another season of fun at Magic Kingdom Park September 15, guests can pick up an added “treat” – this event exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

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In case you’re new to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, SOTMK is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests to team up with Merlin in a quest to defeat Disney villains who are attempting to takeover the park. Guests use special maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park. When they find one, guests use different spell cards to battle the villains. Guests can begin their quest at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., and the game (and starter packs) are complimentary with park admission.

This year’s “Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos” card features Minnie, and friends Clarabelle Cow and Daisy Duck, dressed as witches. This event-exclusive card will be distributed in addition to the regular SOTMK card packs (meaning you can pick up both while attending the party). Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

What do you think of this year’s design? Tell us in the comments section below.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Captain Hook Reading Treasure Map (Park Map)

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Everyone can use a park map when it comes to planning out their day at Magic Kingdom Park, and in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, Captain Hook is no exception. It looks like that bright, shiny castle has caught his attention. Hopefully this cranky crook isn’t up to something.

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For more from our #DisneySide Doodles series, visit the posts below:

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Good Morning from the China Pavilion at Epcot

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like a lovely morning at the China pavilion at Epcot. How amazing is this sunshine on this already beautiful pavilion?

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Is it too early for some yummy honey sesame chicken at Nine Dragons Restaurant?

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Caption This: Ol’ Time Resident of Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This photo, snapped in 1981, just may show the oldest resident of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Sure looks like he’s been here quite awhile. This fun photo deserves a caption. Suggest yours in the comments section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Three Baby Giraffes Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week was a big one for three young residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mara, Milo and Lincoln, 3-, 4- and 5-month-old baby giraffes made their way out onto the savanna for the very first time.

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Will you stop to visit them on at Kilimanjaro Safaris on your next visit?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Dusk at Disney’s BoardWalk

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


The sun is just about to set on Disney’s BoardWalk and the Friendship Launch boats that speed guests to and from Epcot. What a lovely sky, isn’t it?

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Sunrise at the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


It’s a beautiful morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in this photo, which was snapped just moments before sunrise.

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The park is so incredibly still and serene – I love it!

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#DisneySide Doodle: Cinderella’s Pals at Le Chapeau

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


In this week’s #DisneySide Doodle, Cinderella’s pals are pictured quick at work in Le Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., to fashion her a brand-new accessory – a lovely pair of Mouse ears inspired by her story.

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How would our other Disney characters show their #DisneySides in our parks? Check out how our team of artists answered that question in the related posts below.

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Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO

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


A highlight of this year’s D23 EXPO for Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller and I was visiting our old blog friend, Nate Rasmussen, at the Disney Archives Exhibit at the EXPO. In case you aren’t familiar, the Disney Archives was officially established in 1970 to collect and preserve artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself. We were excited to see what the Disney Archives exhibit would feature this time.

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In honor of the the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration , this year’s theme for the exhibit was “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit.” The display, measuring 12,000 square feet and offering up more than 300 historical items, was the largest exhibit the Archives has ever hosted. It was chock full of amazing pieces of Disney Parks history, such as the Abominable Snowman and Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicle.

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Fantasyland ride vehicles were also a popular sight. One display included a prototype of a ride vehicle from the Alice in Wonderland dark attraction, while another featured a pirate ship from Peter Pan’s Flight.

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Aside from vintage ride vehicles, the original Maleficent dragon head from “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park was available for up-close viewing, as was an illuminated bug from “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Props from The Country Bear Jamboree Vacation Hoedown included a tire swing, summer-themed guitars and other instruments.

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Some artifacts gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of what are now considered to be classic Disney Parks attractions, such as models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, prototypes and more.

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We were also excited to see some of the vintage Disneyland park merchandise included in the display, including mini-tombstones that could be personalized with guest names, Adventureland boardgames, tin Matterhorn coin banks, and much more.

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