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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Pluto

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


Valentine’s Day is still a few days away, but the Disney Parks Blog team is ready to start celebrating! Over the next few days we’ll share new desktop/mobile wallpapers that showcase some of our most lovable Disney characters and favorite Disney couples.

Today’s wallpaper features Mickey’s faithful, cuddlesome pup, Pluto. To download, simply click on the image below.

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And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Neil Patrick Harris Shares Disney Park Memories, Excitement for Academy Awards

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been a fan of Disney Parks since he was a child. Over the years, he has lent his voice to the California Screamin’ attraction at Disney California Adventure, and has served as narrator for “The Candlelight Processional” at Epcot for several years.

Check out this video, in which Neil shares some of his favorite Disney memories and his excitement over his fulfilling his latest “Disney dream” – the chance to host “The 2015 Oscars,” which will air LIVE on Sunday, February 22nd at 7e|4p on ABC!

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A Morning View From the PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I always love having the chance to see our parks completely empty, just moments before thousands of guests arrive for a day of fun. That’s what makes this early morning shot of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Tomorrowland Speedway so neat.

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The cars are shined up and ready for guests this morning. What fun!

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Monkeying Out’ with the Tumble Monkeys at ‘Festival of the Lion King’

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of my job with the Disney Parks Blog is that I occasionally get to go behind the scenes and try out something that is really amazing, like stunt car driving at “Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show,” or learning stage combat at the “Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.”

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My most recent adventure took me to “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where I was lucky enough to spend some time with a few stars from the show – the fan-favorite Tumble Monkeys.

Behind the Scenes: 'Monkeying Out' With The Tumble Monkeys at ‘Festival of the Lion King’ Behind the Scenes: 'Monkeying Out' With The Tumble Monkeys at ‘Festival of the Lion King’

In case you haven’t seen “Festival of the Lion King,” the show celebrates the story of Simba the lion cub through live music, dance, puppetry, fireknife, and more. The Tumble Monkey scene adds humor into the story when a group of monkeys bounce, climb, flip, jump and swing in a hilarious gymnastics routine.

In reality, the Tumble Monkeys are a group of highly trained gymnasts who studied the sport up through their college years. In reality, I have not done a cartwheel since about age 7. This made it a pretty interesting challenge to go backstage and learn some of their (beginner) stunts. They also shared with me a team secret, which they call “Monkeying Out.” Check it all out below.

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.


For more behind-the-scenes looks, check out the videos below:

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Tree of Life Grows New Roots at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park’s iconic Tree of Life has been growing some new roots.

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Tree of Life Grows New Roots at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tree of Life Grows New Roots at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Construction walls were just removed early this morning to reveal how the tree’s roots have expanded into the central hub area. Within those roots, guests will discover carvings of new animals that make up the circle of life, from tiny bugs to large crocodiles and more. In addition to offering guests a wonderful view of The Tree of Life, the expanded roots will also offer a widened walkway for guests visiting Discovery Island.

The Tree of Life originally debuted as the park’s icon at the park’s opening in 1998, after 12 months of construction. The 145-foot tall structure is covered in more than 103,000 leaves and originally featured more than 325 animal carvings.

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

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Celebrate The Anniversary of ‘Pinocchio’ With This Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

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


On this date in Disney history, the film “Pinocchio” had it’s grand premiere at the Center Theatre in New York City back in 1940. The film, which tells the tale of a little wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy, went on to inspire a Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction at Disneyland park. At Magic Kingdom Park, you can dine at Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland, or spy characters from the film in “Main Street Electrical” parade, as well as seasonal event parades.

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We’re happy to share this special wallpaper image with you. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘Cinderella’ Coach Shines, Peter Pan Soars

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


Earlier this week, Shawn Slater shared the first images of the magical coach from the upcoming film “Cinderella” with us in this blog post.

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The Coach from the Upcoming Film 'Cinderella' is Now at Disney's Hollywood Studios The Coach from the Upcoming Film 'Cinderella' is Now at Disney's Hollywood Studios

This ornate coach can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for photo ops. Fun!

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New Interactive Queue at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park New Interactive Queue at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park New Interactive Queue at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park

Also this week, we shared a video and new images from within the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park. The queue, which just opened at the park, puts you in the storyline of “Peter Pan” by allowing you to walk through children’s nursery and experience the magic – and playful mischief – of Tinker Bell, who is flying all around the room. Be sure to check this out next time you’re at the park!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sunset at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

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


I think I have a new favorite sight at Epcot – this shot of the torii gate in the Japan Pavilion at dusk.

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Are you one of the many guests who stop here to get a photo on your travels around World Showcase?

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Learn to Draw Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


This week’s animation tutorial will take you “to infinity and beyond!” Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is prepped and ready to show you how to draw the perfect Buzz Lightyear.



For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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Video: Step Inside the Story of ‘Peter Pan’ in the Attraction’s New Interactive Queue

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


What fan of the film “Peter Pan” hasn’t dreamed of being one of the Darling children, who get swept off to Never Land for a great adventure with Tinker Bell and Peter Pan?

Step Inside The Story of ‘Peter Pan’ In The Attraction’s New Interactive Queue

Step Inside The Story of ‘Peter Pan’ In The Attraction’s New Interactive Queue Step Inside The Story of ‘Peter Pan’ In The Attraction’s New Interactive Queue

At Magic Kingdom Park, the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight is doing just that. The queue, which just opened at the park, immediately puts you right in the storyline of “Peter Pan” by allowing you to enter the English home of the Darling family. You then head into the children’s nursery, passing the beds of Wendy, John and Michael, which are surrounded by their belongings and personal treasures. Tinker Bell has already arrived and is busy exploring – and causing a bit of mischief – all around the room. Tink also pulls some friendly tricks on you when your shadow hits the wall. I don’t want to give it all away, but don’t be surprised if your arm’s shadow gets “hooked,” among other fun.

A lot of innovative thinking and work went into creating this magic. We recently went behind the scenes with a couple of Disney insiders! Check out the video below.



For more imagineering stories, check out the posts below:

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