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Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Event Kicks Off at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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We just kicked off our celebration of the “Coolest Summer Ever” with a special event for 500 of our readers in Tomorrowland here at Magic Kingdom Park. Right now, our guests are showing their #DisneySide and enjoying photo ops. Here’s a sneak peek inside:

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Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog – we’ll be sure to share more photos later!

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Magic Kingdom Park Kicks off The ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ & 24 Hours of Fun

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

Our “Coolest Summer Ever” at Disney Parks just kicked off moments ago here at Magic Kingdom Park.

Magic Kingdom Park Kicks of The ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ & 24 Hours of Fun

Thousands of guests were ready and waiting to celebrate with 24 hours of theme park fun, arriving at the park entrance before sunrise. They were treated with a special welcome by the Mayor of Main Street, U.S.A., and Disney characters dressed in their pajamas.

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Our team couldn’t be more excited to share the highlights of the day with you, plus the fun we aim to have in the park today. Disney Parks Blog author Nate Rasmussen is ready to taste as many park treats as he can in 24 hours, while Steven Miller is taking on the challenge of riding all four Disney “mountains” today. And very shortly, our entire team will celebrate today’s release of “Tomorrowland” with 500 Disney Parks Blog readers.

Don’t forget that you can watch all the fun at both Magic Kingdom Park or the entire 24-hours via our live stream here.

If you were spending 24 hours at Magic Kingdom Park, which attraction would you head to first? Tell us in the comments section below!

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First Look: Cinderella Castle Adds Regal Turrets at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Throughout the year, we’ve been bringing you updates on the enhancements that are being made in the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle, which include new pathways, gardens, and fireworks viewing areas.

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Today we’re happy to share a first look at another milestone for the area – the addition of new turrets that flank Cinderella Castle. The turrets extend the castle’s royal look across the new expanded area.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

For more about the updates to Magic Kingdom Park, visit the posts below:

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Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Harambe Market, a new area that will serve-up African-inspired street food, is set to open May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we’re excited to share with you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at just how the team is currently working together to bring this new area to life.

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Check out the video below to hear how members of the project team traveled to Lamu, Kenya to study architecture, learn how African foods and spices inspired parts of the area’s storyline, and much more.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Baymax & Hiro on Main Street, U.S.A.

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re launching our #DisneySide Doodles artist series which features original artwork that depicts how different Disney characters may show their “Disney Side” while visiting a Disney theme park. This week’s contribution is from artist Ty Amato of Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group.

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In creating this illustration of Hiro and Baymax from “Big Hero 6,” Ty depicted a playful Baymax interacting with the balloons you’d find on Main Street, U.S.A. at a Disney Park.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Caption This: Pirates Abound at Walt Disney World Resort

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


Today’s “Caption This” image was shot on the beach of Seven Seas Lagoon several years ago. What do you think is on the minds of these two young pirates? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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See the Sun Rise on the Arabian Coast at Tokyo DisneySea

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


Happy Monday!

In this image, snapped by photographer Tom Bricker, the sun is rising on another day of adventure in the Arabian Coast area of Tokyo DisneySea. This part of the park is home to Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, The Magic Lamp Theater and Caravan Carousel.

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Check out the area at night in our previous “Disney Parks After Dark” image of the same area here.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Universe of Energy

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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I have a confession to make about tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image, which was shot by photographer Mark Willard. Every time I pass The Universe of Energy attraction at Epcot, the attraction’s original theme song always pops in (and then gets stuck in) my head. The tune “Energy (You Make The World Go ‘Round)” was addictive if you were there in the 1980s, and lucky enough to get a cassette tape of the park’s soundtrack.

“Energy…you are profound. You make the world go round and round. You make the world go round. You make the world go round. You make the world go round.”

You’re welcome.

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Learn to Draw Mickey’s Pal, Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Learn to Draw animation tutorial series continues with a lesson on a classic Disney character – Goofy! Goofy, initially dubbed Dippy Dawg, made his first on-screen debut in the short film “Mickey’s Revue” on May 25, 1932. The short also featured Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow.

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and get ready for step-by-step instructions on how to draw your own Goofy from 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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Festival Flowers Inspires a Unique ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Photo at Walt Disney World Resort

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


It’s hard not to walk through a Disney Park and feel inspired or to have fond childhood memories come to mind – or in the case of Photographer Mariah Wild, both.

Mariah, a photography intern in our Yellow Shoes Department, recently visited the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and during a walk through the United Kingdom Pavilion, was struck with an old memory.

“When I was walking through the beautiful flowers in the gardens … it was like I could hear all the flowers singing ‘The Garden/All in the Golden Afternoon’ from “Alice in Wonderland,” she said. Mariah wondered if it was possible to recreate that moment from the film – in which a shrunken Alice wanders through a garden of oversized, musical flowers – in real life.

Mariah worked with the Horticulture team to arrange the flowers just the way they appeared in the film. Alice even agreed to stop in to participate. Here’s the result:

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Can’t get enough “Alice In Wonderland”? A brand-new film, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” will be released in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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