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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Harambe Nights Heats Up Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week, Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater reminded us that there are only a few more weeks to enjoy Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Harambe Nights Heats Up Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Harambe Nights includes “The Lion King Concert in the Wild,” a retelling of “The Lion King” that features a celebrity narrator, live orchestra, choir and more. The evening event also features a welcome reception and the post-show street party that features Afro-pop music, performers, a buffet and more. Check out the gallery above for some additional photos we’ve never shared from the event.

Have you enjoyed Harambe Nights this year? If so, tell us what you liked about it in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Roy & Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image is by far one of the best I’ve seen of the statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse. This statue, which is of Walt Disney’s older brother and longtime business partner, sits near the flagpole on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Two Challenges Remain in the ‘Be The Eighth Miner’ Contest

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Only two weeks (and two challenges) remain in the “Be The Eighth Miner” contest, which lets you share your excitement for the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in creative ways via social media.

You can enter the “Be The Eighth Miner” contest for a chance to win a seven-day, seven-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort to meet the Dwarfs and experience the attraction for yourself. Each week, a new challenge will be posted on BeThe8thMiner.com that asks you to show specific “Seven Dwarf”-inspired skills in a photo or Vine video. Once your entry is done, you follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter, and tweet out your entry along with the hashtag #8thMinerContest.

Throughout the contest, social media superstars have been contributing example videos or photos to illustrate what the week’s challenge is all about. This week, Mindy McKnight of YouTube’s Cute Girl Hairstyles, shares looks for “Miner Hair” and “Beards.”

For more on this contest and official rules, click here.

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Learn How To Draw ‘Frozen’s’ Anna at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We’ve talked a lot lately about the new “Frozenofferings that are taking place over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer, such as the amazing new fireworks show, the daily singalongs and the royal procession.

Another offering we want to make sure you don’t miss is the opportunity to learn how to draw some of your favorite friends from “Frozen” over at the Animation Academy at The Magic of Disney Animation.

Character artist Brian James Fichtner previously gave us a tutorial on how to draw Olaf, which you can view here and a tutorial on how to draw Elsa, here. This time, he’s back to share how to draw one of the film’s more artistically complex characters – Anna. Grab a pencil, paper and check out the full tutorial below!

For more information about “Frozen” fun this summer, see the posts below:

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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Finding Beauty at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out this unusual barbershop sign, which can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Have you seen this new one yet? Who should you ask for? If you remember, please tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the correct answer!

The answer is: Barber Michael

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Series Inspired by Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, ‘The 7D,’ Airs Today

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


Did you know that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction is inspiring a new television show that premieres on Disney XD today? Disney’s “The 7D,” a comedic take on the Seven Dwarfs, premieres today (be sure to check local listings for times).

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In the premiere episode, “Long, Long Winter/Itsy Bitsy Spider Fighters,” the 7D rescue the villagers of Jollywood from an eternal winter spell that the Glooms have cast on the kingdom and help Queen Delightful rid the castle of a pesky spider. The show will feature the voice talents of actors Kelly Osbourne, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg.

Get a sneak peek at what to expect by visiting the show’s official site here.

And don’t forget about the 7D Mine Train app, which was released earlier this year. The game introduces the re-imagined Seven Dwarfs and allows players to choose one of the characters to pilot a mine car through a variety of locales and collect gems along the way.

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Caption This: Disney Side, 1980s Style

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


Check out this photo of guests rocking their Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort back in the early 1980s (and those shopping bags!).

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This photo is definitely worth a caption. Where are they going? What’s next on their agenda? Share your best caption in our “Comments” section below.

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Five Things To Love About ‘Frozen’ Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


What’s not to love about “Frozen”? It has a great story, unforgettable characters … and those songs!

Now through September 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is playing host to a bevvy of film-inspired offerings that include a new fireworks spectacular, a procession, falling snow, special snacks and exclusive merchandise, plus opportunities for guests to celebrate their “Frozen” Side by joining in a group singalong or moving to the beat at a “Frozen” dance party.

That said, here are five things you’ll definitely dig about the new “Frozen” offerings at the park.

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  1. New “Frozen” Fireworks - It’s not every day that a Disney Park debuts a new fireworks show – this is huge deal! The brand-new fireworks spectacular was inspired by the story of “Frozen.” It features songs from the film and a not-to-be-missed finale (which I won’t give away here). Our Entertainment team constantly tries to raise the bar, so this is one show that you can’t miss!

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  1. Kristoff - Another hero from the film has joined in the fun at the park. Spot Kristoff on the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post float in the “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” procession at 11 a.m. and on stage during the Frozen Fireworks spectacular at night.

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  1. Snow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – It may be July, but the heat is no match for Elsa’s magical powers. Look for snow flurries on Hollywood Blvd. during “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome” procession and during other entertainment moments.

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  1. “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebrations – You sing “Let It Go” at home, in your car – and as in my case, possibly even in the office. Thanks to the “For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration,” there’s now an organized place where we can all sing the songs from the film together, multiple times each day.

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  1. Ice Skating In Summer – One of the many fun things to do inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland on Soundstage One is ice skate. In July. How cool is that?

Have you experienced any “Frozen” offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Share your favorite in the “Comments” section below, or join the conversation on Twitter with the hash tag #FrozenSummer.


For more information about “Frozen” fun this summer, see the posts below:

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


There was a lot to celebrate at Disney Parks this week. Thousands of guests joined in our Fourth of July celebrations at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort, and we snapped some amazing new images of this year’s fireworks displays that we just had to share with you.

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And speaking of holidays, Disney Parks Blog readers were also treated to some much anticipated news from the Disneyland Resort. Halloween Time and Mickey’s Halloween Party dates have just been announced – sounds like it’s time to start planning those fall vacations! Check out Erin’s post to learn more about what to expect.

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Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Inaugural ‘Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome’ Parades Through Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Check out the new daily procession that gives everyone a chance to enjoy the pageantry and cheer of the grand arrival of the royal sisters of Arendelle.

Disneyland Resort Summer Tips: Fun in the Sun at Disneyland Resort Hotel Pools – Stay cool this summer at Disneyland Resort with these tips to enjoy our hotel pools!

Summertime Fun at Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland Park – We wrangled some of the highlights for y’all from this Summertime Fun event at Disneyland Park, including live music and line dancing with Mickey.

‘Frozen’ Fireworks Light Up Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Take a look at the amazing new “Frozen”-inspired fireworks spectacular!

New ‘World of Color’ Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park – Find Disney art inspired by this famous attraction on adult and youth T-shirts and fleece, a magnet, keychain, mug and more at select locations inside Disney California Adventure park.

runDisney is ‘Glowing’ About The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Medals – Take a look at some of the medals waiting at the finish line at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend!

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‘Frozen’ Fireworks Light Up Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


Last night Disney’s Hollywood Studios capped off the first day of the park’s new Frozen Summer celebration by debuting an amazing new “Frozen”-inspired fireworks spectacular. And what a show!

The spectacular, which is one of the first fireworks shows in Disney history to be inspired solely by one film, celebrates the songs, story and great characters of “Frozen.” The show also features an amazing finale moment to the song “Let It Go” that will be simply unforgettable for Elsa fans.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery below to see some of the amazing spectacular for yourself.

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The “Frozen” fireworks spectacular will run through September 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Did you see the show for yourself? What did you think? Tell us in the “Comments” section below or join the conversation on Twitter with the hash tag #FrozenSummer.

See the posts below for more ‘Frozen’ Summer Fun:

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