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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.

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In the film, Pocahontas meets explorer John Smith and teaches him the wonders of earth and true value of its many riches. Despite an agreement to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith, which leads to Chief Powhatan declaring war on the team of explorers. Pocahontas later saves John Smith from execution. When the gold-obsessed Governor Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan, John Smith dives in front of the bullet, saving Pocahontas’s father.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

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Zuri’s Sweets Shop Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Zuri’s Sweets Shop recently opened its doors in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to showcase a bevy of new animal-inspired treats.

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The location features 80 new items, including decorative candy apples, uniquely flavored chocolate bars, African-spiced popcorn, animal-shaped lollipops, animal crackers, chocolate mini crocodiles and other treats. Zuri’s Sweets Shop will also offer African spice rubs, a gourmet cocoa set and Flame Tree Barbeque sauce.

Which item are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Good Morning from Epcot’s Spaceship Earth

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


Happy Monday!

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This week’s morning shot was taken at the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot. Who’s ready for a trip back in time to “the dawn of recorded history”?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Pics From Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


This week we shared a ton of fun photos from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Frozen Summer Fun is now in full swing!

Take a look at the gallery below for a peek at the offerings that debuted this week, including the Frozen Royal Welcome, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down and more.

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Check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more coverage of Frozen Summer Fun.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Starbucks Opens, Flat White Lattes To Help Endangered Species

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


Beginning today, guests can enjoy Starbucks beverages at Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while supporting conservation efforts for the cotton-top tamarin – a critically endangered species of monkey that resides in South America.

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The menu will include regular Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as treats crafted by Disney chefs. A portion of the sale of each Starbucks Flat White Latte at the reopened Creature Comforts will benefit conservation programs already underway to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia. This drink was specifically selected from other menu choices because of the cotton-top tamarin’s fluffy white crests that appear on their heads.

Located on Discovery Island area of the park, Creature Comforts will reflect the theming of the park with African design elements such as geometric designs and carvings, warm colors, African maasai shield designs and hand-painted coffee beans.

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New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


The Great Movie Ride, which transports Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests through film history, has been updated with some new interior and exterior enhancements thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies.

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Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside our Chinese Theatre. (Other enhancements inside include new digital movie posters in the queue (watch carefully to see the classic poster images move). A few new clips will be added into the attraction’s finale montage later this summer.

Guests will also hear new audio components during the tour from Robert Osbourne, actor and Turner Classic Movies film historian. The enhanced narration will assist attraction tour guides in leading guests from famous scene to famous scene, layering in more fun movie facts.

By the way, if you’re a huge fan of Disney films, you’ll want to check out “Treasures from the Disney Vault,” which airs on Turner Classic Movies July 2.

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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.

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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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