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The Gracey Manor Ghouls Win the Title of 2015 Fan-Favorite Disney Parks Attraction

posted on April 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the past few weeks, 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions competed for the title of the ultimate Disney attraction. Yesterday, the competition came down to its final round with The Gracey Manor Ghouls at Magic Kingdom Park going head-to-head with Space Mountain Blast at Disneyland park. You voted, and the winning 2015 fan-favorite Disney Parks attraction is The Gracey Manor Ghouls.

Thanks for showing your #DisneySide and helping choose this year’s March Magic winner. Check out the highlights of their high “spirited” celebration below!

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Good Morning from Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite additions to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park has been the charming Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station where kids of all ages can cool down during the day. Looks like the train cars are just waking up for another day of fun.

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For more morning photography, check out the posts below:

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Caption This: A Wild Monorail Ride at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Back in the 1970s, the Monorail route to Magic Kingdom Park was highlighted with a series of animal topiaries.

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While this entertained guests, no doubt, I wonder what’s on the minds of the animals? Have an idea? Caption this photo in our comments section now!

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Happy Easter from the Disney Parks Blog Team

posted on April 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In honor of today’s holiday, we thought we’d share a look back at one of Magic Kingdom Park’s Easter parades. This procession, which took place multiple years in the 1980s, featured Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny and friends strolling right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.

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Check out Donald riding high in the giant Easter basket behind them. Is that an enormous chocolate bunny he’s standing next to? My favorite!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Celebrate A Grand Opening

posted on April 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week at Walt Disney World Resort some of the coolest photos came from the opening of the Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. The grand opening ceremony included performances by fireknife dancers, drummers, and the lighting of special torches that each represented different Polynesian islands.

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Makes its Grand Opening Debut at Walt Disney World Resort

For more on this lovely resort – and the nearby Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – check out the posts below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Arabian Coast Courtyard at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on April 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot at Tokyo DisneySea and shows off the park’s lovely Arabian Coast section, which features four attractions: Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, The Magic Lamp Theater and Caravan Carousel.

The Magic Lamp Theater, pictured below, features a 23-minute show starring the magician Shaban and Genie from “Aladdin.” Caravan Carousel, at the right, features a variety of exotic beasts that you can take spin on, including camels and mythical griffons.

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Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for the amazing photo.

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Behind the Scenes: Learning Fireknife at ‘Festival of the Lion King’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on April 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this year, we took a backstage look at the Tumble Monkeys from the popular stage show “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In it, we showed you the level of talent and skill that this team of gymnasts uses to add comedic fun into the show.

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This week, we’re back with a behind-the-scenes look at a different act in the show – the fireknife dancer. This performer adds an element of danger during villain Scar’s song, “Be Prepared.” In reality, the show’s fireknife dancers, including VJ Tiumalu, have studied the art of this traditional Samoan warrior dance for years. For VJ, fireknife is a family tradition. He decided to become a fireknife performer when he was just 5 years old after seeing his father perform in a show. VJ’s uncle even once performed the very part VJ now plays in “Festival of the Lion King.”

To learn more, check out the video below. (Spoiler alert: As you’ll see, I’m apparently the most uncoordinated person on the planet and therefore will not be changing my career to fireknife anytime soon).

You can see “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom several times each day. Check your My Disney Experience app for showtimes during your visit.

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Learn to Draw Dopey from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our Learn to Draw animation series focuses on one of the most lovable characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – it’s Dopey! Grab a pencil and ready yourself 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:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Upcoming ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Film with Giant Sand Sculpture

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


Have you been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week? If so, you may have noticed a special new addition at the front of the park – a giant sand sculpture that celebrates the upcoming opening of the Disneynature’sMonkey Kingdom.”

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Upcoming ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Film with Giant Sand Sculpture

The film, which opens April 17, follows the adventurous life of Maya, a blonde-bobbed monkey, and her son Kip, through their journeys in the jungles of South Asia. When their home at Castle Rock is taken over by neighboring monkeys, Maya’s entire family retreats. She uses her street smarts to uncover untapped resources amidst her strange new surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim their home.

Our cameras were on-hand to capture the creation of this amazing sand tribute. Check it out below.

For every “Monkey Kingdom” movie ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

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It’s a Bright Day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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


Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the third water park to be built at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, will officially mark its 20th anniversary tomorrow.

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With so much fun to offer guests, the view from here sure looks sunny.

(Be sure to check back tomorrow for a look back at the waterpark from our resident historian, Nate Rasmussen).

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