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Ice Skating Begins July 5 at Oaken’s Frozen Funland at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


In the film “Frozen,” Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post is where Anna meets a snow-covered Kristoff, and they set off on an adventure together to find Elsa and stop the eternal winter. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a place inspired by that scene in the film – Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – will open its doors to offer you adventure starting this Saturday, July 5. Here, you’ll be able to purchase “Frozen” wares, special snacks, take photos and enjoy wintertime fun – including ice skating!
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Located inside the Soundstage One building toward the rear of the park, Oaken’s Frozen Funland features a frozen pond where guests can go ice skating. Skating sessions are $10 for 30 minutes on the ice, including the use of ice skates, socks and a helmet. Guests can also bring their own equipment. Oaken’s Frozen Funland will be open daily from park opening to 8 p.m., and skating sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis. (Note: Skating availability may be limited to the sizing of skates. Waivers for all guests are required and minors must have an adult/responsible party age 18 or older present to sign for them).

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Oaken’s Frozen Funland is just one of several “Frozen”-themed offerings that debut this Saturday, July 5. A “Frozen” fireworks spectacular, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, dance parties and more will run through September 1 at the park.

Will you add this activity to your list? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FrozenSummer.


For more information about “Frozen” fun this summer, see the posts below:

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Caption This: Mickey Visits Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

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


Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is home to hundreds of aquatic friends, including bonnethead sharks, stingrays and blue tang fish – and on one day in 1995, one famous Mouse, too.

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Check out this amazing photo, in which Mickey dons snorkel equipment and takes a dip with the fish.

What did Mickey think of such an attraction? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in our “Comments” section below.

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Save Up to 30% on Select Disney Resort Hotels For Trips Through October 3

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


Considering a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort in late summer or early fall? This is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, with the recent opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, plus the return of fun fall festivities, such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.
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Guests booking stays at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels for trips taking place between August 16 and October 3, 2014, may save up to 30% thanks to our latest room offer. This offer must be booked by August 8, 2014.

Click here for more details on discounts at specific resorts and to book.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A ‘Frozen’ Summer Is On Its Way

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


Earlier this week, we shared the exciting news that a bevvy of new “Frozen” -inspired entertainment options will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios very soon. Here are some of the first photos of Anna and Elsa at the park.

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Beginning July 5 (yes, just one week from today!), Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be the home to the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, a For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, a “Frozen” fireworks spectacular and much more. Be sure to check out Shawn’s original blog post for all of the exciting details!

Tell us – will you be at the park July 5 for the “Frozen” debut? Which offering are you most excited to experience?

To join the conversation online, use the hashtag #FrozenSummer.

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Enjoy ‘The Ultimate Day of Thrills’ at Walt Disney World Resort

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


Want to receive the full VIP treatment on your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort? You’re in luck, because two new tours, The Ultimate Day of Thrills – A VIP Tour Experience and The Ultimate Day for Young Families – A VIP Tour Experience, are now available at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Both tours last six to seven hours and include experiencing a certain number of attractions at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom – such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Midway Mania! and Expedition Everest. (The Ultimate Day for Young Families – A VIP Tour Experience offers attractions that are specifically accessible to young children, as well). Both tours also include a meal at a Disney table-service restaurant. These tours will be offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and cost $299 per person. Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney VISA Cardholders and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount.

Call 407-WDW-TOUR for more information.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Beast’s Castle After Sundown

posted on June 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out this amazing image, which was shot by photographer Tom Bricker. It depicts sunset from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Is this one of your favorite areas of the park to watch the sunset? Tell us in the “Comments” section below and be sure to click through the gallery for more after dark shots snapped at Disney Parks.

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Share Your Disney Vacation Memories in the Disney Recreate the Magic Contest

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Remember the fun you had taking your children to Magic Kingdom Park when they were little? Now’s the chance to share your memories of our parks from the 1970s and 1980s, for a chance to win a trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
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All you need to do is upload your family vacation memory (and a photo to go with it) on our Recreate the Magic site. One grand-prize winner will be selected to receive a vacation for their family so they can recreate the fun and make new memories with their kids and grandkids.

No purchase necessary. Ends 8/11/14. 18+ US only. See Official Rules for details.

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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Finding Thrills in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s sign can be spotted in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park. It sure looks like there’s lots of fun to be had – but what words are missing? What will they perform?

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If you remember, tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Caption This: Tiki Fun in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This!” photo was snapped in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1971. It sure looks like this Tiki has something interesting to say.

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What’s on his mind? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This” image in the “Comments” section.

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Olaf Celebrates ‘First Day of Summer’ on the Disney Parks Blog

posted on June 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s summer! – or at least that’s how I imagine Olaf, the lovable snowman from Disney’s “Frozen”, would shout it.

Since today is officially the first day of summer, what better way to celebrate than with a Disney Parks Blog takeover by one of our favorite pals from “Frozen”. If you remember in the film’s song, “In Summer,” Olaf dreams of all the things that his first summertime could bring – to him, that means “bees that buzz, kids that blow dandelion fuzz” and a host of other fun things.

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At Disney Parks, summertime means that guests who are traveling here for their summer vacations will have the opportunity to experience a whole lot of new offerings. Check out some of what’s new this summer below.

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