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Disney Parks March Magic Challenge Concludes With a ‘Pirates’ vs. ‘Hitchhikers’ Showdown at Disney Parks

posted on April 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you been participating in our March Magic Challenge on Facebook? It’s a coast-to-coast competition in which 32 Disney attractions have been going head to head to be named as the best Disney attraction.

Today is the big game, with only two attractions left for fans to vote on – the Caribbean Pirates (at Disneyland Resort) and the Gracey Manor Hitchhikers (at Walt Disney World Resort). Simply head to our official Disneyland or Walt Disney World Facebook page and vote for the attraction you prefer in the “Comments” section.

Which will you choose?

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Head Inside Creative Costuming To See How ‘it’s a small world’ Doll Costumes Are Created for Disney Parks

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


Did you ever wonder how those charming little outfits are created for the dolls in our “it’s a small world” attraction? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, costumes are produced in our Creative Costuming department at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would you believe that the costumes that appear in the attraction today are careful recreations of the designs worn nearly 50 years ago in the original attraction?

Check out the video below for more behind-the-scenes facts.

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Hear a Mariachi Version of ‘it’s a small world’

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


Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction continues this week with another special performance of the attraction’s famous song “it’s a small world” – this time with a mariachi band! Check it out below.

You can join the attraction’s celebration by creating your own sing-along video. Learn more at SmallWorld50.com.

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Download Our Pirates-Themed ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Wallpaper

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


Earlier this spring, we celebrated the arrival of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park. Our Maleficent dragon and Bubble Girl wallpapers were so popular that today we’re sharing a third in that series with you. This design is inspired by the Peter Pan float from the parade.

Pirates-Themed ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Wallpaper

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Thanks to Mike Britton and Olga Thompson for their creative work on this series.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Morocco Pavilion After Sunset at Epcot

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


This week’s “After Dark” image was shot by Disney Photographer Kent Phillips in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. I just love the gold colors of the buildings against the dark blue sky. What do you think? Is this one of your favorite pavilions to visit at night?

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Hear An Italian Gondolier’s Version of “it’s a small world (after all)”

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


Our musical tribute to the 50th anniversary of the song “it’s a small world (after all)” continues today with a performance of the attraction’s famous song all the way from Italy. Be sure to check it out below!

Have you created your own singalong video yet? Learn how at SmallWorld50.com.

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Show Your Disney Side: Cinderella Castle Nail Tutorial

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


As Tom Smith shared back in February, both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will play host to a 24-hour “Rock Your Disney Side Party” that will kick-off the summer season at Disney Parks. This year, guests are being encouraged to dress up to show their “Disney Side” for the event.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing different ways you can do just that. This week, here’s a cute suggestion for showing your “royal” side – with a Cinderella Castle nail tutorial.

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Will you join our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your “Disney Side”? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

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All in the Details: Jewel Sorting & More Inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Today’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes a peek into an area we haven’t shared much about yet – the attraction’s queue, which features a few interactive opportunities for guests.

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According to our friends from Walt Disney Imagineering, first up inside the interactive queue is a jewel sorting station. As the jewels flow by in a 15-foot wooden sluice, guests will be able to drag them into different trays, matching them by color and shape (the gems come in four different sizes and six colors). Something to look for here is that a melody from the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” can be created when guests move from spigot to spigot. There are 12 spigots, inspired by the Dwarfs’ woodland friends, that each correspond to the notes of a musical scale.

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Later on in the queue, guests will pass the Vault room. According to our friends at Imagineering, this is a nod to a scene in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in which one of the dwarfs hangs a key just outside the mine’s Vault room door. Do you remember which dwarf this was? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

For more about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, visit the posts below:

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Hear a Gospel Rendition of Disney’s ‘it’s a small world (after all)’

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction continues with a gospel performance of the attraction’s famous song. Be sure to check it out below!

You can join the attraction’s celebration by creating your own sing-along video. Learn more at SmallWorld50.com.

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All in the Details: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland offers a close look at the Dwarfs’ cottage. According to our friends at Imagineering, guests aboard the Mine Train will whisk past the cottage just after the first big drop out of the mine scene.
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The look of the cottage was inspired by the Dwarfs’ dwelling in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” As you can see, it has a thatched roof, thick beams, and charming carved details that serve as nods to the many forest friends Snow White and the Dwarfs have in the forest.

Be sure to check back this Thursday for another look at the details on this attraction.


For more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Disney Parks Blog stories:

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