What’s on the mind of this fellow? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image below.
posted on March 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on March 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week, we shared a few peeks inside the changes happening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
She also gave us a look at the view guests can expect at night in this week’s “After Dark” series.
Pam Brandon gave us another sneak peek at the highly anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which will debut at the resort late-April.
The location will serve tropical themed beverages and small plates. Be sure to check out Pam’s original post for all of the tasty details!
posted on March 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This summer is shaping up to be the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, with Frozen Summer Fun returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios among other exciting offerings at our parks. Now might be the perfect time to book your summer vacation, too, as our latest offer could save you up to 30% on select Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms.
Guests booking stays with this offer must book between March 23-June 12, 2015 for trips taking place between June 16-August 27.
Click here for full details.
posted on March 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
As a part of my job I occasionally get to spend some time sorting through our photo archives here at Walt Disney World Resort, and every time I do, I seem to stumble upon something I just have to share with you Disney history fans. Such was the case when I came upon this rare photo of Orange Bird at Magic Kingdom Park. Over the years, we’ve released several pictures of Orange Bird in his native environment of Adventureland (and during his brief stint at Downtown Disney), but what’s unique about this photo is that it was snapped on June 11, 1971 – several months before the park’s October 1 opening. You can see that construction on Tropical Serenade (now Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room) was still underway in the background. Maybe he was looking for the perfect place to build his own birdhouse?
After the park opened, Orange Bird greeted families near Sunshine Tree Terrace for several years, where guests could also buy citrus drinks and Orange Bird merchandise. Orange Bird also once had his own record, which was released in 1971 to feature a tune called “The Orange Bird Song” that was composed by the Sherman Brothers (of “Mary Poppins” fame).
Orange Bird returned to Magic Kingdom Park in April 2012, when an Orange Bird statue was retrieved from the WDI Sculpture Studio in California and returned to the land’s Sunshine Tree Terrace. Today, guests can still find Orange Bird cups and merchandise at Magic Kingdom Park.
For more Orange Bird, check out the posts below:
posted on March 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on March 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
The six F/A-18 Hornet jets were traveling from Pensacola, FL, to a Florida air show. Traveling at more than 250 mph, the team thundered down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Delta Formation on their first pass, then returned to execute a Delta Break on their second pass.
Don’t miss these amazing shots!
posted on March 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw the lovable scoundrel Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions from artist Mike Chovanec of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:
- Learn to Draw Aladdin’s Pal, Genie, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Tinker Bell at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Special Edition: ‘Frozen’ Voice Actor Josh Gad Tests His Skills at Drawing Olaf
- Learn to Draw Mickey’s Pal Pluto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′
- Learn to Draw Baymax From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Rapunzel’s Buddy, Pascal, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Stitch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Winnie the Pooh at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Jack Skellington at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Learn How to Draw ‘Frozen’s’ Anna at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Disney Characters at Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Do You Want to Draw a Snowman? Learn How at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
posted on March 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
We’ve all felt that rush of excitement or burst of childlike enthusiasm that is your Disney Side — that part of your personality that only comes out when you’re in a Disney Park. Artist Britni Brault had that feeling in mind when she created a dazzling paper sculpture – it depicts the “real world” on one side and the #DisneySide on the other (as revealed by a 180-degree spin).
It took Britni more than a year of planning and about three months of work to construct the 3D sculpture you see below, called “Show Your Disney Side.” As you move around it, you see how a little Disney Magic turns a hair salon into Rapunzel’s tower. A travel agency becomes it’s a small world. Snow White and Jungle Cruise make appearances, too.
“I actually was raised in Anaheim and could see the Disneyland [park] fireworks from my house my whole life,” Britni says. “It was something that was a part of my life growing up.” Britni has previously done work for Disney Theme Park Merchandise and created sculptures of Mary Poppins and Bert, the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Maleficent, among others.
Below, you can take a a 3D spin around Britni’s “Show Your Disney Side” paper sculpture.
For a behind-the-scenes look at how Britni created this amazing paper sculpture, check out this time-lapse video.
posted on March 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on March 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Selected from 10,000 applicants, 100 high-school students, or Disney Dreamers, from across the country traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring event known as Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. This four-day experience is designed to fuel the dreams of teens and help them prepare for the future.
Recently, the eighth graduating class of Disney Dreamers participated in “hands-on workshops” and inspirational seminars from celebrities, executives and industry experts were presented encouraging the students to dream big and get a jumpstart on achieving their dreams.
Special guests and speakers included Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis, Bishop T.D. Jakes, E! News Host Terrence J, HLN Reporter Rocsi Diaz, Actor Lamman Rucker, Film Producer Will Packer, Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson and many others.
This year’s commencement featured a performance by Grammy-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams, as well as final words of advice from Steve Harvey, ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Super Bowl Champion and Television host Michael Strahan and Vice President of Deluxe Resorts/Executive Disney Dreamers Academy Champion Tracey D. Powell: View Commencement Video Here
Applications for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy will open this spring. Visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.
And always remember to dream big!