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New Details Released on ‘Rivers of Light,’ Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We just shared new details on nighttime entertainment experiences coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including the nighttime show “Rivers of Light” and Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris.

'Rivers of Light' Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

New details on “Rivers of Light” were just unveiled, telling guests more about the show that will take place on Discovery River at the park, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. The entertainment experience will combine live performers with floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

“This is going to be a ceremonial event that will happen on our lake,” said Imagineer Joe Rohde. “It takes the idea of the special nature of the animals that are in this park and turns it into a celebration of the beauty of these animals. It starts simply and humbly, continues to unfold and grow as bigger and more elaborate lanterns appear, and then huge curtains of water and light emerge from the water with animals within them. And ultimately it takes off into the sky.”

New details were also shared on Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris, a new nighttime adventure that will allow guests to travel through the African savanna amid the orange glow of the setting sun.

Guests visiting the attraction after dark will also discover two species on the savanna: African wild dogs and hyenas.

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Toy Story Land To Come To Life At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We have some exciting news to share today. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek just unveiled plans for Toy Story Land, to be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new land, inspired by the “Toy Story” film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard.

Toy Story Land Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

According to Imagineer Kathy Mangum, Toy Story Land was inspired by the overwhelming guest response to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

“As all of you know, here in Anaheim, we’ve been quite successful with taking immersive experiences to a whole new level as we did with Cars Land. In fact, one of our favorite stories from opening day is that we overheard a little boy asking his mom, ‘Is this where they filmed the Cars movie?'” Kathy said. “That’s exactly how we want people to feel – like they’ve stepped onto the set of their favorite film … like the quaint town of Radiator Springs or, in the case of ‘Toy Story,’ the wild and adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard.”

When Toy Story Land opens at the park, guests will be able to play with some of their favorite toys at two new attractions that will be unique to the Walt Disney World Resort, plus one expanded favorite:

Toy Story Land Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

  • Family-friendly roller coaster – Guests board Slinky Dog’s back for a thrilling toy-filled coaster adventure that’s ideal for the entire family.
  • Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers – but beware The Claw!
  • Toy Story Mania! – This current guest-favorite attraction, which allows guests to take aim at 3D objects in into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set, will expand with more midway track that takes you into the world under Andy’s bed where he’s built a carnival-style midway.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the Toy Story Land announcement in the “Comments” section below!

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Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To Open at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.

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At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more.

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Watch the Disney Parks Blog This Weekend for Coverage of the D23 Expo

posted on August 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Disney Parks Blog team has already assembled at the Disneyland Resort to cover this year’s D23 Expo. We’ll be providing updates right here on the Disney Parks Blog all weekend.

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Of course, other ways you can monitor our coverage include:

Keep checking back for more!

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Back to School: Disney Parks Alphabet

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In honor of the upcoming start of the 2015-2016 school year, we have this alphabet graphic to share with you, which was created by Disney Parks Blog author Simone Miranda and team. Can you decipher all the characters?

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Plan Your Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Vacation Now

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you considering taking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season? Today we’re excited to share our list of holiday happenings with you. Read on.

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Magic Kingdom Park
The holidays will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This year the park will host 20 party nights: November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29; and December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Parties begin at 7 p.m. and include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! Dance Party, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks and much more. Buy tickets now at Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.

Epcot
Epcot’s Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional will return to the park November 27-December 30. Holidays Around the World brings the international pavilions alive with holiday cheer, including a Christkindlmarkt in the Germany pavilion and performances by Joyful! gospel. The Candlelight Processional, a show that combines the reading of traditional scripture with live music, is performed three times nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will return to the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This holiday offering transforms this part of the park with millions of glittering lights, mobile displays and holiday music. It’s also included in theme park admission.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
During the holiday season, guests will be able to take holiday photos with Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at the park. Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best, which makes for the perfect Christmas card image.

If you’re planning a visit during the holiday season, don’t forget to check out our latest offers. The Magic Together Fall Vacation Package is a 4-day/4-night room and theme park ticket package in a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Resorts for a family of four starting at $1,701. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers/fall-together.

Families can also save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels most nights October 4 through November 24, 2015 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers.

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Watch as Tiny Hamster Has A Big Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You may be familiar with Internet sensation Tiny Hamster, who drew attention online with his video Tiny Hamster Eats Tiny Burritos. Perhaps our smallest guest ever, Tiny Hamster recently stopped by Magic Kingdom Park to try out tiny “hamster”-sized versions of some of the park’s tastiest treats, including churros, turkey legs and even mini Dole Whips. Of course, he also stopped by a few favorite park attractions, including scaled-down versions of The Haunted Mansion and Mad Tea Party.

Check out Tiny Hamster’s Best Day Ever for yourself.

Wonder how they made those tiny treats and attractions? Check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

To watch even more Best Day Ever videos, click here.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Louis the Alligator from ‘The Princess and the Frog’ & Main Street Philharmonic

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In “The Princess & The Frog,” Louis is a jazz-playing alligator who dreams of “jammin’ with the big boys.” Looks like he’s got his turn in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, which shows him leading the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Thanks to designer Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

To check out how other Disney characters may show their #DisneySide in our parks, check out the list of related posts below.

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Caption This: It’s Dino Time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This tiny dinosaur may look familiar to you if you’ve been through DinoLand, U.S.A., at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He tops off the TriceraTop Spin attraction.

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He sure is up high. What caption would you give this photo? Leave yours in the comments section below!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

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


This week, some of the most compelling images we shared came from Disney Cruise Line and showed some of the lovely scenery guests can see on their cruises to Alaska.

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Have you taken an Alaska cruise with Disney Cruise Line?

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