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Fans Vote ‘Sorcerer Mickey’ As The Star In Our ‘Fantasmic’ Wallpaper

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Well, our Disney Parks Blog fans voted and it looks like it will be Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper unleashed tonight!

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This lovely graphic, created by Disney artist Mike Britton, celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”, sort of like how the show celebrates the wonder of Mickey’s imagination.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Thanks for joining our live stream tonight. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future #DisneyParksLIVE events.

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LIVE STREAM: Tune In To Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live At 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live events.

We’re just moments away from bringing you our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a guest-favorite show that explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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The show will start promptly at 7 p.m., but because we love sharing behind-the-scenes info and interviews, we’re starting 10 minutes early for some pre-show content and a few special guests.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please visit the comments section below and tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with. Also, join the conversation online by following @DisneyParks or using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

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The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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Valentine’s DIY: Make Disney Bride & Groom Candy Apples from Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Walt Disney World Resort’s candy shops offer a wide range of treats that are as delightful for the eye as they are for the tummy. We’ve previously shared tutorials on how you can recreate some of their bestselling items right in your own home, including Minnie Witch Candy Apples, Olaf Marshmallow Treats and more.

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This month we’re back with a look at candy apples that make perfect surprises for lovebirds – the Mickey Groom and Minnie Bride Apples. Here’s a fun fact: while you may not normally see these designs stocking the shelves at our candy shops, guests can ask to have a Mickey Groom or Minnie Bride Apple made for them right on the spot! What a way to celebrate an engagement, wedding or honeymoon.

Check out the tutorial above, in which Candy Cauldron Confectioner Bryanna gives us step-by-step directions on bringing this sweet duo to life.

See the posts below for more DIY projects:

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Disney Doodles: Megara Dreams of Hercules at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


In the 1997 film “Hercules,” Megara “won’t say she’s in love” with hopeful hero Hercules, but it sure looks like the romance of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park has her dreaming of him now.

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It’s a Beautiful Morning at Schoolyard Sprayground at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Off to school on this fine Monday? So are the finned friends you’ll find at Schoolyard Sprayground, the interactive water play area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. How much fun does this place look?

And here’s a fun fact – this water play area is adjacent to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool, the largest Disney resort pool we have here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the Dark Side (temporarily) takes over for the brand new “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show.

The show is a fireworks spectacular that’s set to memorable music from throughout the Star Wars saga, including two tracks from the latest film: “Rey’s Theme” and “March of the Resistance.” Specific characters from the Star Wars galaxy are also represented in the show, with lines of dialogue from characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Rey, highlighting key moments in the spectacular.

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If you’re adding “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” to your plans for an upcoming trip, learn more about the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party,” which will be offered nightly through March 19. Star Wars-themed treats, including Darth Vader and droid cupcakes, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more are on the menu. Learn how to make reservations here.

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Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live on the Disney Parks Blog Feb. 2 at 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


A few weeks ago we asked our fans to choose what we feature next in our series of Disney Parks Blog live streams. The top choice? Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, we’re happy to share that we’ll live stream “Fantasmic!” from the park on Tuesday, February 2, starting at 6:50 p.m. EST.

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In case you aren’t familiar, Fantasmic! is a 30-minute nighttime extravaganza that features 50 Disney characters and costumed performers, water effects, pyrotechnics and one heck of a finale. The show takes us on a journey into Mickey’s imagination where he envisions wonderful moments from beloved Disney films – but, the dream doesn’t go as planned when Disney villains show up to turn Mickey’s dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic!”

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Our live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. A fresh blog post containing the live stream feed will be ready and waiting. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Interested in seeing “Fantasmic!” in person? You can catch the show nightly at the park, and even purchase dining packages that include a meal and reserved seating at the show (learn more about that here).

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Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s been 35 years since audiences first became enthralled with Indiana Jones, the archaeologist turned adventurous hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and more than 25 years since audiences fell in love with “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar, “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” is a daily stunt show that takes guests on a breathless journey to watch stunts from the film franchise performed before their very eyes – including fight scenes, whip tricks, sword fights, high falls, fiery explosions and much more.

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The storyline of the stunt show was inspired by “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the first Oscar-winning film in the Indiana Jones franchise. And here’s an interesting bit of history: the stunt show opened in 1989, the same year “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was released, making the stunt show an instant smash hit with park guests.

Over the years, the stunt show has been a park favorite with adventure-seeking guests regularly packing the 2,000-seat theater, multiple times each day.

I recently headed backstage at “Epic” to meet stunt performers Kevin (who has been with the cast since opening day), as well as Robert and Michele, to get their thoughts on what keeps audiences coming back again and again. And maybe, learn a thing or two myself.

Will you add “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to your must-do list? Learn more about the show here.

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All in the Details: Putting the ‘Springs’ Into Disney Springs

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Since the re-imagining of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort began back in 2013, we’ve shared the amazing transformation this area has gone through, including insights into the many new restaurants and shops that have debuted.

Today we wanted to share the story Walt Disney Imagineering created that immerses guests into the rich heritage and natural beauty of Florida through unique architecture, color schemes, horticulture and more. At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. More than a century ago, this spring attracted the first settlers and over time, the town of “Disney Springs” grew around the spring, eventually creating three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm.

But how do you build a representation of an authentic Florida spring? The answer: research, technology and artistry. In this video, you can see the level of detail the project team went to in recreating a natural Florida spring like the ones they visited on their many research trips. In it, you’ll see how Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter; how nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design of the spring’s bank; and how sculpting added even more depth to the area. Simply amazing.

For the latest Disney Springs Food & Beverage or Merchandise news, see the list of stories below.

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