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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy ‘Inside Out’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, the Disney Parks Blog team met up with more than 1,000 of our readers for a special screening and celebration around the new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” which hits theaters June 19.

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The group was treated to an advanced screening of the film, which tells the story of a young girl named Riley and the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the control center of Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Our readers were also surprised with an exclusive character greeting with Joy and Sadness from the the film, as well as other fun photo ops.

For a full look inside the event, check out the video above. You can also follow Disney Parks Blog on Instagram for a look inside all of our meet-up events.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of Mulan as ‘Ping’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney history back in 1998, the film “Mulan” was released in theaters.

In the film, Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier named “Ping” to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army in a fight against the Huns. Along her journey, she finds strength and bravery within – as well as love with warrior Shang.

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In honor of today’s anniversary, Disney Photographer Ryan Wendler shot these amazing images of Mulan dressed as Ping.

For more from our Princess Photo series, visit the post below:

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VIDEO: Frozen Summer Fun Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


The royal sisters have returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Anna and Elsa – accompanied by friends Olaf and Kristoff –

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As a reminder, here’s the “Frozen” fun that’s in store through September 7, 2015:

Frozen Royal Welcome – Watch Arendelle’s royal procession through the park, this year with Olaf in tow! Elsa also makes an appearance on her new ice palace float!

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new stage show features Olaf and friends having a little fun “In Summer.” And as temperature rises, Olaf shares a burst from his own snow cloud to cool things down.

“Frozen Fever” – The ABC Sound Studio is offering special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This year the show has moved to the Hyperion Theater, where you’ll discover all-new in-theater effects and appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

“Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, our “Frozen” friends return to the stage for a grand finale to kick off a fireworks display set to the beloved music of “Frozen.”

Will you head out to the park for some Frozen Summer Fun this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Tokyo DisneySea Announces 15th Anniversary Plans

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just announced plans for Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th anniversary. The “Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes” celebration will kick off April 15, 2016, and run through March 17, 2017.

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The celebration will focus on wishes and dreams, symbolized in the form of crystals which will decorate the park. As a part of the celebration, guests will be able to enjoy the new show “Crystal Wishes Journey,” at Mediterranean Harbor, in which Disney characters will share their own wishes in the show.

Also on the first day of the event, a new version of “Big Band Beat,” the popular show presented at the Broadway Music Theatre, will debut with new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006.

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Caption This: Mickey & Goofy Blast Off On Star Jets at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like best buddies Mickey Mouse and Goofy were sure having a blast back in this 1970s photo.

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Here they are aboard Star Jets, one of the first attractions built in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This photo deserves a great caption. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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Tokyo Disneyland Unveils Plans for ‘Disney’s Halloween’ Celebration

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this month, plans were unveiled for “Disney’s Halloween,” a seasonal celebration that will take place at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from September 8 – November 1.

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During this time, families will be able to enjoy halloween fun at the theme parks and resort hotels. At Tokyo Disneyland, the theme of the event will be “Halloween Fair,” and will feature Disney characters in Halloween costumes, a “Happy Halloween Harvest” parade that features floats decorated with seasonal treats, and more.

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The celebration will continue over at Tokyo DisneySea, where the focus will be on the Disney villains. The park will be transformed with an eerie atmosphere and a new villains show on Mediterranean Harbor. Other offerings will include “Villains Halloween Party” on the American Waterfront and “Casbah Magical Treat” at the Arabian Coast section of the park.

For a look at how the park celebrated fall festivities last year, check out this previous post and photo gallery.

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It’s a Great Morning at Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The skies are bright at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this morning.

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Who’s up for a first ride aboard Expedition Everest? Braving a yeti first thing Monday morning should make the rest of the week pretty easy!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Look at Main Street Electrical Parade

posted on June 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we took a historic look back at the Main Street Electrical Parade here at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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As a part of this week’s coverage, Nate Rasmussen asked which parade float was your favorite. The answer? Pete and his dragon, Elliott were the strong favorites. Coming up in second place was the patriotic American Flag finale.

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Star Wars Weekends Host James Arnold Taylor Checks Out Augmented Reality App Aurasma

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


For the second year, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is using augmented reality to give guests a “virtual” experience on top of their real-world fun. Aurasma is a mobile application, free at the Apple App Store or Android Market for a smartphone or tablet.

Thanks to Aurasma and official technology provider HP, park guests can interact with the Star Wars Weekends logo and other locations around the Darth’s Mall shops. You open Aurasma and point your camera at special images, bringing them to life in surprising ways. Star Wars Weekends host (and voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and the animated series “Star Wars Rebels) shows how to have fun with Aurasma in this video.

Tip: When you first open Aurasma, it will prompt you to register. If you choose, you can click “skip” on the final welcome screen.

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

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


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at the Canada Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

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The colorful Florida sky sure makes the pavilion even more beautiful, doesn’t it? Which pavilion is your favorite to visit after the sun goes down?

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