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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!

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


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog team!

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This photo, snapped in 1978 at Magic Kingdom Park, shows Mickey Mouse getting into the spirit of the holiday. Will you celebrate the day at a Disney park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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2015 Disney Dreamers Academy Commences Eighth Class of Dreamers at Walt Disney World Resort

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


Selected from 10,000 applicants, 100 high-school students, or Disney Dreamers, from across the country traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring event known as Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. This four-day experience is designed to fuel the dreams of teens and help them prepare for the future.

Recently, the eighth graduating class of Disney Dreamers participated in “hands-on workshops” and inspirational seminars from celebrities, executives and industry experts were presented encouraging the students to dream big and get a jumpstart on achieving their dreams.

“LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” Co-Host Michael Strahan Visits Walt Disney World for Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine

Special guests and speakers included Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis, Bishop T.D. Jakes, E! News Host Terrence J, HLN Reporter Rocsi Diaz, Actor Lamman Rucker, Film Producer Will Packer, Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson and many others.

This year’s commencement featured a performance by Grammy-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams, as well as final words of advice from Steve Harvey, ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Super Bowl Champion and Television host Michael Strahan and Vice President of Deluxe Resorts/Executive Disney Dreamers Academy Champion Tracey D. Powell: View Commencement Video Here

Applications for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy will open this spring. Visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

And always remember to dream big!

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The Sun Rises on Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Good morning from Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park!

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Isn’t this a wonderful shot of the splashdown area at the base of Chick-A-Pin Hill? Makes me want to get out and visit Frontierland again – ASAP! Enjoy your day.


See the posts below for more morning views from around Disney Parks:

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Caption This: Surprise by Ear Force One at Walt Disney World Resort

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


A few weeks ago, we shared a “Caption This” of Ear Force One (accompanied by Zippity Doo Duck Donald) for you to caption. This week, we’re sharing a shot of the Ear Force One balloon taken in 1986, just as it peered over the Monorail beam at the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park.

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What do you think the guests in the area thought when they saw a Mickey this size watching over them. You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” image!

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Show Your #DisneySide by Voting for Your Favorite Disney Attraction During ‘March Magic’

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


Is Space Mountain your absolute favorite attraction? Is the Haunted Mansion a must-do for you on each and every Disney vacation? If so, you may be just the fan we’ve been looking for to participate in our second annual March Magic Tournament.

Over the next few weeks, a total of 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions will compete for the title of ultimate Disney attraction, and it’s up to you to decide which attractions continue through each round.

Here’s a look at this year’s roster:

Disneyland Resort Roster for the 2015 March Magic Tournament Walt Disney World Resort Roster for the 2015 March Magic Tournament

Starting March 16, we’ll ask you to show your #DisneySide by voting for your favorite Disney attraction at either Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Daily attraction match-ups will be posted on our official Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Facebook pages. Follow Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn how to cast your vote for each match up within that channel. The final matchup between the top two attractions will take place on April 6.

To get started, simply download the printable bracket below to keep track of your choices. Now, who’s ready for some magic?

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

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland

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


We’ve shared many shots of Disney castles from Disney Parks around the world here in this series over the past few years, but I have to say that this one, snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland, may just be my new favorite. I just love the lighting and the illuminated stained glass windows at the top.

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The castle at Hong Kong Disneyland is inspired by the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the original Disneyland park in California. (Fun fact: For the park’s 5th anniversary in 2010, Sleeping Beauty Castle temporarily transformed into Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dusted Castle, with effects added to it that made it shimmer day and night).

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‘TOMORROWLAND’s Ramsey Avery Talks Film, Shares New Trailer

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


One film I’m especially excited to see this summer is “TOMORROWLAND,” a movie that was inspired by the futuristic “land” guests can visit at Disney Parks around the world.

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Supervising Art Director Ramsey Avery has worked with different departments at Disney Parks to “build” a Tomorrowland for the film. He recently stopped by to share his excitement about the movie – and an amazing new trailer!

You wanted to see Tomorrowland. Here it comes.

How unbelievably exciting is this trailer? Will you see the film when it opens nationwide on May 22? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Disney Parks Blog Fans ‘Meet-Up’ for ‘Cinderella’ Sneak Peek

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, more than 500 of our readers gathered at AMC Downtown Disney 24 for our Disney Parks BlogCinderella” Royal Celebration Meet-Up.

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Many of our guests, including some of our very youngest fans, came dressed to the nines in Cinderella gowns. Other guests got creative and designed their own princess-inspired outfits for the day. Some of the most creative outfits were rewarded with autographed “Cinderella” posters. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a look at some of our spirited guests captured by Disney photographer Mariah Wild.

In addition to costumed fun, the event also featured Cinderella photo opportunities, including one with a glass slipper. For more on the event, check out the video below!

“Cinderella” and the new animated short, “Frozen Fever”, debut in theaters on March 13.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities!

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Daylight Strikes Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Haunted Mansion, and the different versions of it at Disney Parks around the globe, are among my favorite to write about because they have such great storylines – and stories – to tell.

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In today’s sunrise shot, which was snapped by photographer Tom Bricker, you can see the sun rising over Phantom Manor at Disneyland Park (in Paris). Not only is it a lovely shot, but this photo actually illustrates a cool fun fact about the attraction: Unlike other Disney Parks around the world, this Haunted Mansion-type of attraction actually appears in Frontierland. (At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find it in Liberty Square, at the Disneyland Resort in California it’s located in New Orleans Square and at Tokyo Disneyland, it’s in Fantasyland).

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Caption This: Scuba Mickey Mischief at Epcot

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s image was shot at The Seas With Nemo & Friends years ago, back when it was known as The Living Seas.

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Looks like Mickey has caused a surprise in the pavilion’s Sea Base Alpha. What’s their reaction? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo!

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