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Step Inside Scary Tale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park… If You Dare!

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



12:15 a.m. EDT / 9:15 p.m. PDT

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It’s the witching hour. Beware of apples and spinning wheels!

Two of Disney’s greatest villains, the Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” have moved into Princess Fairytale Hall for the evening, turning this corner of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park into Scary Tale Hall and holding court waiting for you! You’d best hurry, though, if you hope to catch them, for they’ll be vanquished with the morning light once the park closes at 6 a.m.

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Catch a Glimpse of Disneyland Resort Nighttime Spectaculars on Disney Parks Blog Live Streams

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



11:30 p.m. EDT / 8:30 p.m. PDT

Between the four live streams originating from Disneyland Resort today during the Rock Your Disney Side event, there’s a lot to see. Tonight, be sure to check in on those streams for live views of some of our nighttime spectaculars.

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Disney Villains Are Set to Take Over Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT

What Disney Side are you rockin’ today? Does it have a bit of a villainous streak? If so, you’re in luck, as the Disney villains are preparing to take over Magic Kingdom Park! They’ve already crashed the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party and are set to roll through the streets in the “It’s Good to Be Bad” Villainous Celebration at 10:45 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. (just ahead of scheduled performances of Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade).

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Later tonight, around 1:45 a.m., you’ll be able to meet your favorite baddies at spots all over the park. Among the villains you may find are Big Bad Wolf and Cruella De Vil on Main Street, U.S.A. and Bowler Hat Guy creeping into Tomorrowland. Queen of Hearts, Stromboli, and Captain Hook are headed to Fantasyland. Jafar is slithering into Adventureland, and Dr. Facilier is expected to materialize in the Enchanted Glade near Liberty Square.

Of course, you won’t want to forget about Scary Tale Hall. Maleficent and the Queen will be turning half of Princess Fairytale Hall to the dark side, starting at 11:00 p.m. It’s going to be wicked!

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Movie Marathons to Rock Your Disney Side at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



1:30 p.m. EDT / 10:30 a.m. PDT

Do you wanna see a movie? And do you like the “Frozen” songs?
Come on and Rock Your Disney Side. It’s nice and cool inside. Come join our sing-along!

Among the fun and unique happenings today at Disneyland Resort for our 24-hour event is a pair of day-long movie marathons in each park. At Disney California Adventure park, sing-along screenings of Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, “Frozen,” will be kicking off at 11:30 a.m. and running all day long. “For the First Time in Forever” you can “Let It Go” “In Summer” to your heart’s content … even if your voice is a bit of a “Fixer Upper”!

Over at Disneyland park, you can join the excitement of the Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland. Throughout the day and night, step inside and catch all the action of “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

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‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ About to Step Off at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT

Here we go! It’s nearly time for all the beauty and majesty of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” starting at noon on the streets of Magic Kingdom Park. What are you most looking forward to seeing? The Princess Garden with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen”? Peter Pan’s Lost Boys and soaring pirate galleon? How about the spectacularly colorful and animated Storybook Circus finale? Oh, and I hear there’s a dragon on the loose … and she breathes fire!

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The entire procession is a sight to behold. If you aren’t able to join us to experience it in the park, be sure to follow along on the live stream. And if you can’t make this performance, the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will be presented again at 3:30 p.m.

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Harambe Nights Street Party to Bring Out Your ‘Wild Side’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The citizens of Harambe, the African village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, are preparing to welcome you this summer to a special event like none ever held before. Among other things, Harambe Nights will feature an all-new show, “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King” with a live orchestra, choir, dancers, animation, special effects, and a celebrity guest narrator.

I’ll have an update soon on everything happening behind the scenes to bring “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” to life. While this theatrical experience will certainly be a highlight of the evening, once the show comes to its dramatic conclusion, the celebration is just getting started!

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Following the show, everyone is invited into the village for the Harambe Nights Street Party, a festive gathering of music and fun with a delicious, all-inclusive African-inspired menu.

“Harambe Nights Street Party is a totally immersive experience,” said Show Director Forrest Bahruth. “There will be opportunities for guests to get involved, to dance, to be entertained or just to relax and enjoy the evening.”

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The Harambe Nights Street Party fills the village streets with Afro-pop music from the Harambe Nights Band and DJ Khalifa, beloved Disney characters, stilt walkers, and specialty performers, encouraging everyone to join in and “Go wild!” You can even show your true wild side with some cool, glow-in-the-dark face painting and other opportunities to join in the fun.

“Our guests are going to come away from Harambe Nights, not only with memories of the 20th anniversary of ‘The Lion King,’” said Forrest, “but also the tastes and excitement of Africa and a feeling that they are a part of the great ‘Circle of Life.’ It’s going to be fantastic!”

Harambe Nights takes place every Saturday from June 7 – August 9, 2014, with a Welcome Reception starting at 7 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. show time for “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild.” Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Great seats are still available for all nights, but capacity is limited. For tickets, visit Disneyworld.com/HarambeNights or call 407-939-1319.

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Rock Your Disney Side With Special Entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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It’s almost here! Magic Kingdom Park is going to stay open from 6 a.m. Friday, May 23, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24, so you can Rock Your Disney Side for 24 straight hours! Throughout this mega Disney day, all your usual favorite characters and shows will be available, and we’ve also planned some special entertainment experiences for you:

  • Everything kicks off with a special edition of the Welcome Show, as heroes and villains make their way to Magic Kingdom Park.
  • The “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party will feature Disney heroes at 10 a.m. and Disney villains at 1:30 p.m. When it comes to the 5:45 p.m. performance, though, exactly who makes an appearance will be determined by your votes throughout the day! (More information on how you can vote will be posted on Friday morning).
  • The Magic Kingdom Park parades will each have two performances, with the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. And don’t forget “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks at 9 p.m. and “Celebrate the Magic” at 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and 11:45 p.m.
  • Prior to each presentation of Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, the Disney villains roll through Magic Kingdom Park in a pre-parade, celebrating how “It’s Good to Be Bad!”
  • Starting at 11 p.m., half of Princess Fairytale Hall becomes Scary Tale Hall, the perfect place to encounter Maleficent and the Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” (Don’t worry, though. The other side of the hall will still feature favorite royals Anna and Elsa.)
  • Later, around 1:45 a.m., the villains take over the rest of the park’s character greeting locations. Where Aladdin and Jasmine appear in Adventureland during the day, expect to find Jafar instead. Elsewhere, Dr. Facilier takes the place of Princess Tiana, Captain Hook subs for Peter Pan, and more!
  • In Tomorrowland, the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty rocks the Rockettower Plaza Stage from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., followed by Incredibles Movie Night with screenings of Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Disney’s “Up All Night” Dance Party at Cinderella Castle and the Frontierland Dance Party on the west side of the park will keep things festive from 2 a.m. – 5:45 a.m.
  • This grand, 24-hour extravaganza concludes with a special “Kiss Goodnight” at 5:50 a.m. at the Railroad Station in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.

So whether your Disney Side aligns more with the heroes or the villains, you’re in for a whole day and night of fun at Magic Kingdom Park!

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Entertainment to Rock Your Disney Side All Night Long at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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We’re just about a week away from our next big 24-hour celebration, where you can Rock Your Disney Side all day and all night! Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will each be open from 6 a.m. May 23 through 6 a.m. May 24, and they’re all going to be bursting with so much fun, you’ll never stop rockin’!

At Disneyland Resort, it all starts with a big kick-off in the Esplanade between the two parks. Then, throughout the day, you’ll be able to enjoy most of your favorite characters and shows, with some special surprises just for this event!

At Disneyland Park:

  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland will host the Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon throughout the day and night, presenting “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”!
  • You can catch “Fantasmic!” at 9 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and the “Magical” fireworks spectacular at 9:25 p.m.
  • After the fireworks, come celebrate in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, where a DJ will be spinning tunes for everyone until 5 a.m.
  • Royal Swing Ball presents a live band in the Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Stop by the Tomorrowland Terrace for a live band in the evening and a late night Rock Your Disney Side Dance Party that lasts until 5 a.m.

There’s even more fun to be had over at Disney California Adventure Park:

  • You can enjoy live music throughout the day and night at the Paradise Garden Bandstand, with performances scheduled from 11:55 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Extra performances are planned for “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at 9:30 a.m. and “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at 7:55 p.m.
  • Muppets Theater plays host to sing-along screenings of the Academy Award-winning film, “Frozen,” starting at 11:30 a.m. And don’t forget to check out the sneak peek of “Maleficent” in the Bug’s Life Theater.
  • World of Color” will be presented on Paradise Bay at 9:45 p.m. and again at 3 a.m.
  • Head on down to Pacific Wharf from 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. for The Wharf Dance Party.
  • Mad T Party adds some spice to the night. You can rock ‘n’ roll your Disney Side with the Mad T Party Band and White Rabbit DJ, from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

So whether you choose Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park—or both!—to express your Disney Side, you’re in for a rockin’ good time at Disneyland Resort!

Keep checking back here on Disney Parks Blog. I’ll have details soon on all the Rock Your Disney Side fun happening at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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More ‘Frozen’ Fun at Disneyland Park This Summer

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


UPDATE 6/5/14: The special “Frozen” pre-parade will begin Friday, June 13, prior to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland park.

In Disney’s Academy Award-winning hit “Frozen,” lovable snowman Olaf dreams of what it would be like in summer, longing for warm breezes and sunny blue skies. Well, this summer at Disneyland park, he’ll be one happy snowman, as he finally has the chance to find out!

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Olaf will be part of a special pre-parade each day, appearing just ahead of performances of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. And of course, Anna and Elsa will be there, too! Queen Elsa has created a magical parade float of snow and ice and will be greeting everyone along the parade route, as Olaf and Princess Anna frolic in the snow.

Look for your favorite “Frozen” friends from Arendelle when this special pre-parade begins at Disneyland park in mid-June!

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‘Festival of the Lion King’ Cast Get a First Look at the New Harambe Theatre

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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The Harambe Theatre is nearing completion in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When it opens in June, the theater will be the new home for the immensely popular show, “Festival of the Lion King.” We tagged along recently, as the cast of “Festival of the Lion King” got a first look at their new theater, both onstage and backstage.

The cast is busy rehearsing in the Harambe Theatre now, getting everything ready for the triumphant return of this thrilling, musical extravaganza in just a few weeks!

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