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Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Disney Magic took her maiden voyage today. The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Here’s a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

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Disney Cruise Line has the only cruise ships in the world where you might catch a famous mouse sunbathing next to you.

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The Disney Magic weighs in at 84,000 gross tons, is 984 feet in length, and filled with 100% pure Disney magic. (See what I did there?)

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QUIZ: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When was your last trip to Magic Kingdom Park? Have you had a chance to see “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” and all of its amazing floats? Test your knowledge of this amazing spectacle below.

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‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

When did the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' debut at Magic Kingdom Park?
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What's the opening float in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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How long is the 'Tangled' float in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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How tall is the Steampunk-inspired Dragon in the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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What do Mickey and Minnie Mouse travel in during the finale of the 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade'?
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Disney Days of Past: Hot Dogs From Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today is National Hot Dog Day. Which can only mean one thing – a trip is in order to Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park! Here’s a photograph of the Casey’s Corner sign back in 1996.

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Did you know that Casey’s Corner was named Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner when the parked opened in 1971? The name was later changed to Casey’s Corner in 1995. Here’s the Refreshment Corner as seen in 1977.

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Are you a fan of hot dogs? What are you toppings of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this very day back in 1994, and there’s no doubt that it’s a park favorite. How well do you know the attraction? Test your knowledge below!


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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

What year did the Hollywood Tower Hotel experience its 'mysterious incident'?
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Where in Disney's Hollywood Studios is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror located?
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How many stories will guests plummet on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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What is the young girl holding the night she disappears at the Hollywood Tower Hotel?
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How many tiles cover the roof of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Spaceship Earth?

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Spaceship Earth has been Epcot’s icon for more than 30 years now. But how well do you know this attraction? Test your knowledge below – and let us know how you did in the comments section, too!


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Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Who is the current narrator of Spaceship Earth?
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How tall is Spaceship Earth?
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Which game is NOT an option for you to play at Project Tomorrow at the end of Spaceship Earth?
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What's the diameter of Spaceship Earth?
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How many aluminum facets cover Spaceship Earth?
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Disney Days of Past: Christmas in July at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Season’s Greetings! We’re celebrating Christmas in July today at Disney Days of Past with a visit from Santa Goofy at Magic Kingdom Park in 1995.

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There are only 170 shopping days until Christmas. But who’s counting?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Walt Disney World Railroad?

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you taken a trip aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? How well do you know the train’s history? Take our quiz below.


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Walt Disney World Railroad

How long is the track of the Walt Disney World Railroad around Magic Kingdom Park?
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Which is NOT a stop while on the Walt Disney World Railroad?
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Which is a real name of a train on the Walt Disney World Railroad?
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Between what years were the four Walt Disney World Resort Railroad trains built?
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How many sets of passenger cars are on each train?
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Disney Days of Past: Fourth of July

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Fireworks are a daily spectacular at Walt Disney World Resort. In July 1992, Donald and Mickey joined in the fireworks fun for an All-American Salute.

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Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney World Resort Fireworks?

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Fireworks are truly a highlight of a day at a Disney Park. How well do you know our nighttime spectaculars at Walt Disney World Resort? Test your knowledge below – some of the answers may surprise you!


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Walt Disney World Resort Fireworks

Which Disney character narrates “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park?
Glow with the Show Ear hats, fun interactive versions of the famous Mickey Ear hats, now burst with color during the Wishes fireworks extravaganza at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new illuminating hats magically change colors in sync with fireworks, shows and each other at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Glow with the Show Ear hats debuted at Walt Disney World Resort Oct. 15, 2013 during the 15th anniversary of Fantasmic!, the nighttime spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  (Gene Duncan, photographer)
TInker Bell began making her “fireworks flight” during the show in what year?
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The first fireworks show ever performed at Walt Disney World Resort was in honor of the opening of what resort hotel?
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What was the first fireworks performance at Magic Kingdom Park called?
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Holiday fireworks shows, like the Fourth of July performance, are how much larger than the nightly show?
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Today in Disney History: ‘The Lion King’ Steps Into Theaters

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1994, “The Lion King” was released in theaters. This coming-of-age story of Simba, the future king of the Pridelands, is still a hugely popular film with Disney fans both young and old. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to get over Mufasa’s death 21 years later.

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The memorable music from “The Lion King” is highlighted in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom show Festival of the Lion King preformed daily at Harambe Theater. This energizing show features classic characters from the movie with live action performers – most notably the tumble monkeys.

Simba can also be spotted in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade atop a drum while Zazu flies near by at Disneyland park in California.

“The Lion King” won two Academy Awards for best song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and best score. The musical version is still on Broadway in New York City where it will celebrate it’s 18th year this November.

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