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PHOTO GALLERY: The Holidays Arrive at Disneyland Resort Paris

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Just when you can’t possibly imagine Disneyland Resort Paris becoming any more beautiful than it usually is, the holidays arrive! The park’s celebration, Disney’s Enchanted Christmas, is well underway, with special holiday decor, festive entertainment and much more ready and waiting for guests.

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The Disneyland Resort Paris Christmas Parade is delighting guests with appearances by Santa Claus, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale, Donald, Daisy (and even nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, among many others!).

This year’s Christmas tree measures more than 78 feet tall and boasts more than 1,000 glittering decorations. And of course, the tree just marks the start of a slew of festive decor that stretches down Main Street, U.S.A.

Check out the gallery of images above from photographer Tom Bricker that show just how merry the parks are during this time of year. Holiday fun will continue at Disneyland Resort Paris through January 7, 2015.

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DIY: Create-Your-Own Walt Disney World Vacation Countdown

posted on December 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and counting down the days? Then check out our new #DaysTillDisney countdown craft. Simply print out your favorite themed numbers (here: Walt Disney World Vacation Countdown, or here: Disney Parks Holiday Vacation Countdown), then visit this pin to learn how to create the countdown craft! Each number is themed to a different Disney character.

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We’ll be adding new numbers in the future, so make sure to follow our Pinterest account to collect them all. Once you’ve created your own countdown calendar, show us how you customized it by sharing on Instagram with #DaysTillDisney!

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Explore Holiday Topiaries at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


While towering Christmas trees and glittering holiday wreaths often catch a lot of attention from Disney Parks guests, there are many other (smaller-yet-charming) holiday touches that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss.

For example, topiaries are putting on their Santa hats at Epcot.

Christmas Topiaries at Spaceship Earth in Epcot

In the park’s U.K. pavilion, instead of a Christmas Tree, you can spot this “Christmas Tea” among the gardens.

Christmas Tea at the U.K. Pavilion in Epcot

At the France pavilion, the area’s fountains are now overflowing with poinsettias and Christmas bulbs.

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What clever holiday touches have you spotted at Epcot or at our other Disney Parks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Listen To ‘Carol of the Bells’ By Chakranadi At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Of all the musical performances we’ve ever shared on the Disney Parks Blog, this has to be one of the most unique – and emotionally stirring – that I’ve ever heard.

As part of the park’s “Festival of All Seasons” celebration, Chakranadi performs seasonal tunes on the sitar and tablas.

Check it out for yourself.

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Caption This: Fun With Santa Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where one young guest is enjoying the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with none other than Santa Goofy.

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Where do you think their next stop will be? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below!

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Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating one of the most important dates in Disney history here on the Disney Parks Blog – Walt Disney’s birthdate!

Walt, who was born December 5, 1901, made so many amazing contributions in the fields of art, animation, film and theme parks that it would be impossible to list them all here. Instead we’re celebrating by sharing a look back at one of our most exciting Walt memories caught on film – the day that he and his brother Roy officially announced plans to build a theme park in Central Florida. Listen to the official announcement below.

Do you share a birthday with Walt? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Holiday View of ‘IllumiNations’

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Disney Parks Blog photo takes a look at an entertainment offering that is regularly dressed up for the holidays – “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” During this time of year, the show concludes with a special finale to the song “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

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Thanks to photographer Mark Willard for the great shot.

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Video: Watch Highlights from ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade’

posted on December 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If there ever was a merry sight that could instantly fill you with holiday joy, it’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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Performed during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event nights, this parade celebrates everything merry about the holiday season – friends (like Mickey, Minnie and pals dressed in holiday attire), family (look for Anna and Elsa in the line-up), food (watch as dancing gingerbread men and a cookie-baking float pass by), toys (especially on that “Toy Story” float). Santa Claus, of course, also makes a special appearance.

See “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” for yourself by attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Find details on that here.

What’s your favorite part of this parade? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Celebrate the Season With This Holiday Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on December 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Thanksgiving has passed, which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun!

Here’s the first gift we have to offer our readers – a brand-new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper. I have to say that I adore this design, which was pulled together by Disney Artist Jeff Maurer.

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Click here to find the perfect size for your desktop or mobile device.

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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Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 15-June 14

posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Attention fans of The Force – get ready to plan your trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2015, because today, we’re unveiling the dates for next year’s Star Wars Weekends.

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Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 15-June 14, 2015.

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

Star Wars Weekends combines the fun and adventure of the Star Wars film franchise with the magic of Disney Parks. The event features the largest collection of official Star Wars characters found at any theme park in the world, conversations with Star Wars celebrities, a Star Wars motorcade through the park and much more.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and disneyworld.com/starwars for more.

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