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’s “Monkey Kingdom.”
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.
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.
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).
Spaceship Earth is one of my all-time favorite attractions at Epcot, because I love checking out so many Audio-Animatronics figures that represent some of the brightest people in world history.
What’s on the mind of this fellow? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image below.
This week, we shared a few peeks inside the changes happening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Our author Amanda Adler shared a look inside the amazing new bungalow rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort.
She also gave us a look at the view guests can expect at night in this week’s “After Dark” series.
Pam Brandon gave us another sneak peek at the highly anticipated Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which will debut at the resort late-April.
The location will serve tropical themed beverages and small plates. Be sure to check out Pam’s original post for all of the tasty details!
This summer is shaping up to be the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, with Frozen Summer Fun returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios among other exciting offerings at our parks. Now might be the perfect time to book your summer vacation, too, as our latest offer could save you up to 30% on select Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms.
Guests booking stays with this offer must book between March 23-June 12, 2015 for trips taking place between June 16-August 27.
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As a part of my job I occasionally get to spend some time sorting through our photo archives here at Walt Disney World Resort, and every time I do, I seem to stumble upon something I just have to share with you Disney history fans. Such was the case when I came upon this rare photo of Orange Bird at Magic Kingdom Park. Over the years, we’ve released several pictures of Orange Bird in his native environment of Adventureland (and during his brief stint at Downtown Disney), but what’s unique about this photo is that it was snapped on June 11, 1971 – several months before the park’s October 1 opening. You can see that construction on Tropical Serenade (now Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room) was still underway in the background. Maybe he was looking for the perfect place to build his own birdhouse?
After the park opened, Orange Bird greeted families near Sunshine Tree Terrace for several years, where guests could also buy citrus drinks and Orange Bird merchandise. Orange Bird also once had his own record, which was released in 1971 to feature a tune called “The Orange Bird Song” that was composed by the Sherman Brothers (of “Mary Poppins” fame).
Orange Bird returned to Magic Kingdom Park in April 2012, when an Orange Bird statue was retrieved from the WDI Sculpture Studio in California and returned to the land’s Sunshine Tree Terrace. Today, guests can still find Orange Bird cups and merchandise at Magic Kingdom Park.
For more Orange Bird, check out the posts below:
The Walt Disney World Resort is a great place to visit with friends, as evidenced by this photo snapped in 1989 of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Looks like they’re up to some mischief. What are they whispering about? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in our comments section.
This week at Disney Parks, some of the most compelling images were shot at Magic Kingdom Park, where on Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed two flyovers above Cinderella Castle.
The six F/A-18 Hornet jets were traveling from Pensacola, FL, to a Florida air show. Traveling at more than 250 mph, the team thundered down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Delta Formation on their first pass, then returned to execute a Delta Break on their second pass.
Don’t miss these amazing shots!
This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw the lovable scoundrel Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” Check out the video below 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:
We’ve all felt that rush of excitement or burst of childlike enthusiasm that is your Disney Side — that part of your personality that only comes out when you’re in a Disney Park. Artist Britni Brault had that feeling in mind when she created a dazzling paper sculpture – it depicts the “real world” on one side and the #DisneySide on the other (as revealed by a 180-degree spin).
It took Britni more than a year of planning and about three months of work to construct the 3D sculpture you see below, called “Show Your Disney Side.” As you move around it, you see how a little Disney Magic turns a hair salon into Rapunzel’s tower. A travel agency becomes it’s a small world. Snow White and Jungle Cruise make appearances, too.
“I actually was raised in Anaheim and could see the Disneyland [park] fireworks from my house my whole life,” Britni says. “It was something that was a part of my life growing up.” Britni has previously done work for Disney Theme Park Merchandise and created sculptures of Mary Poppins and Bert, the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Maleficent, among others.
Britni says her work is inspired by many artists who have worked on Disney films and Disney Parks – including Disney Legends Ken Anderson, Mary Blair, Alice Davis, Marc Davis and Blaine Gibson.
Below, you can take a a 3D spin around Britni’s “Show Your Disney Side” paper sculpture.
For a behind-the-scenes look at how Britni created this amazing paper sculpture, check out this time-lapse video.