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Caption This: Snacking at The Universe of Energy at Epcot

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my fondest memories of visiting Epcot for the first time in the 1980s was this attraction, the Universe of Energy. I was mystified by these towering dinosaurs who look so unbelievably lifelike and watched us with curiosity as our ride vehicle passed by.

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The attraction opened with the park in 1982 – which means these guys have been snacking on plantlife for more than three decades. What do they think of all the guests who pass by with delicious Disney Parks treats? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This!”

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Disney Parks After Dark: New Fantasyland After Hours

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Thursday!

Check out this week’s “After Dark” image, which was shot in the New Fantasyland area of the park just after the Magic Kingdom Park closed.

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Anyone else fancy a late-night ride on the carousel?

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Learn to Draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on August 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We’ve previously brought you animation tutorials on how to draw different characters from “Frozen,” including Anna, Elsa and Olaf.

This week, Jason Zucker, a character artist from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is here to show you step-by-step how to draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was one of Walt Disney’s first popular animated characters. He made his on-screen debut in 1927 in a short called “Trolley Troubles” and went on to star in a total of 26 silent cartoons. When Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald in 1928, he was inspired to create a new lead character – Mickey Mouse..

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit returned to the Disney family in 2006. He has since appeared in the “Epic Mickey” video game and in new Disney Parks merchandise.


For more animation tutorials, visit the links below:

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Caption This: Rover Speaks at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

posted on August 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How cute is this photo of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park?

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It sure looks like our camera caught his attention. Maybe after so many years, this four-legged member of the family finally has something to say. But what? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the “Comments” section below!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: New Ways Guests (And Dogs) Show Their #DisneySide

posted on August 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


There are always new ways to showcase your #DisneySide at our parks – and guests showing their love for Disney Parks is exactly what inspired some of my favorite photos on the Disney Parks Blog this week.

Some of the best were the shots in Tom Smith’s Animal Planet post.

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As he shared in the original post, a national search is under way for the cutest video that shows a pet celebrating it’s Disney Side (more details here). In addition, Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest” TV show will also produce a special Disney Side edition for a Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular that’s set to air later this year. Seriously how cute is that bulldog?

Guests over at the Disneyland Resort are already having fun showing their Disney Side in the ol’ west, thanks to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” in Frontierland at Disneyland park through September 1.

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Be sure to check out these photos of guests enjoying the experience. Will you test it out next time you’re at the park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks Blog Fans Have a Blast at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


While the film “Guardians of the Galaxy” officially opens in theaters today, more than 500 Disney Parks Blog readers were just treated to a sneak preview of the film at Downtown Disney this past weekend.

The movie is an action-packed space adventure in which Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) finds himself the target of a bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious orb. Quill is forced into a partnership with a quartet of misfits for one last, desperate stand — with the fate of the entire galaxy hanging in the balance.

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To celebrate their early viewing, many of our guests arrived at the theater dressed up as their favorite Super Hero, with several fans sporting homemade costumes inspired by “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters. (Check out this great one above).

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Before heading into the film, our guests were given collectible “Guardians of the Galaxy” 3D glasses, with each pair inspired by a different “Guardians” character. After the film ended, we surprised each attendee with a collectible “Guardians of the Galaxy” toy. Fun!

Check out the video above for highlights from our latest meet-up.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Star Celebrates Film’s Opening By Heading to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How do you celebrate the fact that your latest blockbuster film is opening in theaters? Well, actor Djimon Hounsou, who played Korath in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (which hits theaters August 1) marked the day by visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” tells the tale of space adventurer Peter Quill, who finds himself the target of a bounty hunter after he steals a mysterious orb that’s coveted by a powerful villain. Suddenly, Peter and some new-found allies find themselves in an unexpected battle to save the entire galaxy from ruin.

Djimon plays Korath in the film, who is a loyal lieutenant under the villain Ronan’s command.

Hear what Djimon has to say about his role and what he enjoys about Disney Parks.

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Disney Parks After Dark: France Pavilion at Epcot

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Here’s one place we haven’t stopped yet on our tour through the parks after dark – it’s the France Pavilion at Epcot.

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Doesn’t this shot of the pavilion’s lush garden look so serene?

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Turns 15 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating the anniversary of one of my favorite attractions – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The attraction originally opened its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 29, 1999.

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In case you haven’t experienced it yet, the attraction lets you tour G-Force Records, the music studio where Aerosmith is holding a recording session. When the band heads out to a show, they invite you to travel to the show in a super-stretch limo that speeds from 0-57 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Better yet – each limo is equipped with an audio system consisting of 125 speakers, 24 sub-woofers and more than 32k watts of audio amplifier output power and each car broadcasts different Aerosmith songs.

In honor of today’s anniversary, here are 15 fun facts about the attraction:

  1. The attraction’s grand opening on July 29, 1999 featured a dedication ceremony with Aerosmith.
  2. The giant electric guitar that serves as the attraction’s icon measures 40 feet tall.
  3. There are more than 900 speakers throughout the attraction.
  4. The attraction’s track measures 3,403 feet.
  5. Elements of the attraction were manufactured as far away as Netherlands and Germany.
  6. Aerosmith band members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry took part in re-recordings for the attraction. The entire band appears in the attraction’s preshow film.
  7. The band’s manager who appears in the preshow was played by actress Illeana Douglas.
  8. The DJ who is “broadcasting live” from the Aerosmith concert is classic rock DJ Uncle Joe Benson.
  9. The look of the super-stretch limo was influenced by the 1962-era Cadillac.
  10. Each super-stretch limo can fit 24 passengers.
  11. Each guest is surrounded by five speakers – four around the head and one subwoofer under the seat.
  12. Each vehicle features a different Aerosmith song or medley. Tracks are: “Nine Lives”; “Sweet Emotion”; a “Back in the Saddle”/”Dude Looks Like a Lady” medley; a “Love in an Elevator”/”Walk This Way” medley; and a “Young Lust”/”F.I.N.E.”/”Love in an Elevator” medley.
  13. Guests experience a g-force between 4-5 entering the first inversion on the track.
  14. The attraction was the first coaster at Walt Disney World Resort to feature multiple inversions.
  15. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster opened at Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris) in 2002. There, it’s called “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith.”

Which is your favorite song to take a ride to? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Caption This: A Swan’s Song at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This photo of Swan Boats was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park in the 1970s. Sure looks like this swan is admiring Cinderella Castle.

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What’s on her mind? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in our Comments section.

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