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Actor Jonathan Groff Narrates The Candlelight Processional December 3-4

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


Actor Jonathan Groff, who voiced Kristoff in “Frozen,” will make his debut appearance as a narrator in the Candlelight Processional tomorrow at Epcot.

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The show, which combines a narration of the Christmas story with live music from an orchestra and choir, takes place at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the park, and is included in theme park admission. Jonathan is one of two new narrators making their debut appearance in the show this season, the other is comedian Ana Gasteyer, on December 18-20. Check out the full list of narrators below (entertainment is subject to change).

  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5 – 6, 2014
  • Levar Burton – December 7 – 9, 2014
  • Edward James Olmos – December 10 – 11, 2014
  • Joe Morton – December 12 – 14, 2014
  • Chita Rivera – December 15 – 17, 2014
  • Ana Gasteyer (NEW!) – December 18 – 20, 2014
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

So, will any of you “Frozen” fans be out there to cheer Jonathan on for his first appearance?

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Explore the ‘Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights’ From Your Desktop

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


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of my all-time favorite holiday offerings at Walt Disney World Resort.

Last year, we shared this scrollable image of the area that lets you explore the Streets of America for yourself. Use your computer mouse to scroll left, right, up and down. Go ahead and have fun!

Click Here to See the Larger Version

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be offered through January 4, 2015, at the park.

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Caption This: Holiday Mischief at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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


Sure looks like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is ready for the holiday season with this lovely decor. But this totem of Donald Duck and Goofy nearby, it sure looks like Donald is up to something, but what?

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You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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Neil Patrick Harris Narrates the Candlelight Processional November 30-December 2

posted on November 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actor Neil Patrick Harris will take the stage tonight at Epcot as narrator of the Candlelight Processional.

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Neil, who has participated in the show for several years, is a fan-favorite narrator among many Disney guests. The show – which is a retelling of the Christmas story, accompanied by a live orchestra and choir – will take place nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. “The Candlelight Processional” is included in theme park admission.

Is @ActuallyNPH one of your favorites in the lineup? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Click here for a full list of 2014 Candlelight Processional narrators. As usual, entertainment is subject to change.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: New Disney Parks Blog Wallpapers

posted on November 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, one of my favorite visuals debuted not as part of a story, but as a Disney Parks Blog wallpaper designed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Designed by Disney artist Jeff Maurer, this was one of two wallpapers we released to mark Turkey Day. Here’s the other:

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These two are just the latest in a slew of Disney Parks Blog wallpapers we’ve shared with you throughout 2014.

To download any of our wallpapers, visit our official Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper Archive, where you can find desktop and mobile wallpapers devoted to Disney Parks, characters, holidays and more.

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Second Tween ‘Direct Your Disney Side’ Short Released in Theaters

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last month, we introduced the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, in which our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) worked with tween filmmakers to bring their Disney Parks short films to life.

The second short in the three-part series, titled “Sock,” will appear in theaters nationwide starting today as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin).

Check his short out below.



See the post below for more about “Direct Your Disney Side”:

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Learn to Draw Baymax From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw one of our newest Disney sidekicks – Baymax from “Big Hero 6!”

This week, Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is back in the desk to offer up a lesson. Let’s do it!



For more animation tutorials, visit the links below:

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Celebrate the Candlelight Processional With Our Latest Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Candlelight Processional, one of Walt Disney World’s most cherished holiday traditions, will return to Epcot tonight.

In honor of the show’s return, we have a brand-new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper to share with you today. Artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett drew inspiration from the show’s stained-glass windows for this one.

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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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Candlelight Processional Returns to Epcot Tonight at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Candlelight Processional,” a highlight of the holiday offerings at Epcot, will return to the park tonight.

In case you haven’t seen the processional, the show is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal songs performed by a live choir and orchestra. Shows take place each day at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. (except on December 7, when shows will take place only at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.).

Christmas by Candlelight

First up in this year’s schedule of narrators is actress Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” Joining the lineup for the first time this year are Jonathan Groff, who voiced Kristoff in “Frozen” and comedian Ana Gasteyer. Check out the full schedule below (entertainment is subject to change).

  • Jodi Benson – November 28 – 29, 2014
  • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 – December 2, 2014
  • Jonathan Groff (NEW!) – December 3 – 4, 2014
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5 – 6, 2014
  • Levar Burton – December 7 – 9, 2014
  • Edward James Olmos – December 10 – 14, 2014
  • Chita Rivera – December 15 – 17, 2014
  • Ana Gasteyer (NEW!) – December 18 – 20, 2014
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

One of the easiest ways to experience the Candlelight Processional is by purchasing a dining package – find more info on that here. It’s a family tradition my family adopted years ago and we can’t wait to attend again this season.

Will you see the Candlelight Processional at Epcot this year? Which narrator are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Canopy of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is in full swing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with more than 5 million lights on display.

Here’s a shot of my absolute favorite part of the display – the canopy of lights that you get to walk under as you exit the Streets of America area of the park.

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Come out to the park to see it for yourself through January 4, 2015.

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