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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Blizzard Beach Water Park?

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Is Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park a must-do for you on your Walt Disney World Resort vacations? Think you’re an expert when it comes to our water slides? Test your knowledge below to find out!

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Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

How many lanes of racers are there at the Toboggan Racers slides?
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How tall is Summit Plummet?
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Whose home do you pass by on the Cross Country Creek?
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How long is the slide at Slush Gusher?
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You can find the Fahrenheit Drops, Frozen Pipe Springs and Cool Runners attractions in what area of Blizzard Beach Water Park?
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Disney Days of Past: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Constructed

posted on April 16th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Surrounded by over 45 acres of savanna, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge continues to be one of the most spectacular hotels at Walt Disney World. Opening 14 years ago today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby soars six stories high under an incredible thatched roof. In September 2000, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was beginning to take shape as construction continued on what is now known as Jambo House.

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While seeing a giraffe outside the balcony of a guest room is quite unique, the Jambo House is also home to two distinctive restaurants celebrating the flavors of Africa – Jiko and Boma (not to mention they’re absolutely delicious).

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great place to relax and enjoy the ambience of the Resort when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Parks.

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Disney Days of Past: Let’s Play Ball!

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


This week kicked off the baseball season. In honor of America’s pastime starting a new season, here’s Mickey in his pinstripes ready for action back in 1978. Play ball!

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QUIZ: Are You a DINOSAUR Expert?

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


DINOSAUR is a fan-favorite ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Have you taken an adventurous trip back to the age of the dinosaurs at this attraction? Test your knowledge below!


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DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What dinosaur do you travel back in time to rescue from extinction?
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What is the name of the vehicle you board for your time travel journey?
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Approximately how far back in time do you travel in DINOSAUR?
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Who is narrating as you enter into the Dino Institute?
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What is the first dinosaur you encounter when you travel back in time?
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Disney Days of Past: Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort Marks 20 Years

posted on April 1st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Blizzard Beach celebrates a refreshing 20 years this week at Walt Disney World Resort. This watery wonderland has been a favorite way for guests to cool down when it gets warm in Central Florida. This aerial view of the park from December 1994 shows the ski resort beginning to take shape.

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The only place to ‘hit the slopes’ in Florida, Blizzard Beach is home to unique snow runs like Teamboat Springs, Downhill Double Dipper and of course Summit Plummet.

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Twenty years after its debut, I still have a little trepidation as I walk the stairs to the top of Summit Plummet. How many of you have conquered Summit Plummet?

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Disney Days of Past: Food Rocks at Epcot

posted on March 26th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1994, Food Rocks opened at The Land Pavilion at Epcot. Hosted by Fūd Wrapper, food items sang the virtues of eating healthy. Trying to crash the healthy party were the hard rockers, The Excess, who liked to shout about the best parts of an unhealthy lifestyle in their song “Give Us Junk.”

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Following The Excess performance, Fūd Wrapper reminded everyone that sugary snacks are OK to eat in moderation. The Get-The-Point Sisters sang about this during their hit “Respect.”

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Although Food Rocks no longer jams at The Land, that’s no excuse for poor eating habits!

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Disney Days of Past: Downtown Disney Marks a Milestone

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


Downtown Disney turns 40 today. Guests visiting today have quite a different experience than the shopping experience back in 1975 when the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village opened.

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Home to shops like the Pottery Chalet, Posh Pets Etc., Toys Fantastique, and Gourmet Pantry (yep, it’s 40 years old too!), the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village was made up of shops in what we know today as the Marketplace. Pleasure Island didn’t welcome guests until 1989 and the West Side didn’t open until 1997.

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Even at 40, Downtown Disney continues to transform and grow at Walt Disney World Resort. Through 2016, the property will welcome over 75 new venues as it undergoes its largest ever expansion, transforming into Disney Springs.

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Disney Days of Past: National Goof Off Day

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Public service announcement: this Sunday is National Goof Off Day. Do not let the opportunity to act silly pass you by! In its honor, I offer this photograph of Goofy from 1984 at the Tomorrowland Speedway.

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But just like Goofy, no matter how silly you may be, safety first! He’s even buckling up for his race around the speedway. He’s one smart guy.

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Disney Days of Past: Marching on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s March. Feels like a great month to share a photograph of one of the best marching bands to march in Florida (see what I did there?) – The World Band! (Seen here with the Kids of the Kingdom.) Here they are marching down Main Street, U.S.A. in January 1983 with Bandleader Mickey leading the way.

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Who do you look forward to seeing perform when you visit Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: Pirate Ships at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 5th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Yesterday, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival opened. One of my favorite times of the year, I love to see all the amazing topiaries created by the horticulture team at Walt Disney World Resort. Below is a look at Peter Pan aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship from the 2007 festival.

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You have plenty of time to see this year’s topiaries. The festival runs through May 17th.

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