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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find …

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the years, our holiday mystery puzzlers have been reader favorites. And I think today’s will be too – but it’s our toughest yet. Scrooge McDuck can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks if you’re looking in the right place. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were excited to share a new rendering of the amazing Disney Vacation Club Bungalows coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. The re-imagining of the resort includes a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

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The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015. You can learn more by visiting Rebecca’s original story.

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And we continued our “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series this week with a few very rare photos of Main Street Station, the popular starting point of your “grand circle tour” aboard the vintage trains of the Disneyland Railroad. The image above was taken as the framing of the building was far enough along to recognize the train station we know today.

Check George’s original post for another rare photo of Main Street Station.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years – Click through for a video recap of all our photo finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort – Take a look at some photos to see what went into this gargantuan gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out what captivates guests during Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, now in its second year at Disney California Adventure Park.

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members – Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs cast members. Click through to learn more about the rescue effort.

Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′ – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Hiro from the new Disney film, ‘Big Hero 6′.

‘Tis the Season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Plan your vacation to this Hawaiian winter wonderland, with temperatures averaging 78 degrees.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared the exciting news that Disneyland Resort will celebrate the opening of spectacular new “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park, featuring magical adventures with characters from Disney’s blockbuster hit, “Frozen”.

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A sneak peek of many of the experiences begins Saturday, Dec. 20. The “Frozen Fun” officially launches at Disney California Adventure park starting January 7, 2015, and a new “Frozen” show makes its debut in Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park.

Check Shawn’s original post for more details on the experiences and follow along with the hashtag #FrozenFun.

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And we also shared some fun wallpapers, especially for Disney Parks Blog readers. The first is a brand-new holiday image from Disney Artist Jeff Maurer. The second is a spectacular photo captured earlier this year by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. To download, simply click on the images above.

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

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

New ALEX AND ANI Bangles Debut in Time for the Holidays at Disney Parks – Here’s your first look at some of the new ALEX AND ANI styles headed to Disney Parks!

‘Frozen’ Winter and Holiday Celebration Underway at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink and Downtown Disney Winter Village Through February 22 – Watch the holidays take shape at Downtown Disney District in this time-lapse video.

Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901 – Celebrate Walt’s birthday by watching the historic announcement of Walt Disney World Resort!

Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 15-June 14 – Get ready to plan your adventure to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2015, as we’ve unveiled the dates for next year’s Star Wars Weekends. This is the trip you’re looking for.

By the Numbers: Holidays on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park – Ever wonder how many thousands of ribbons, lights and ornaments adorn Disneyland park for the holidays? We did! Click through to learn more.

Readers Cruise into the Holidays at Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park – Hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers attended the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up on a rainy night at Disney California Adventure park.

Video: Watch Highlights from “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” – Get in the holiday spirit with photos and video from this Walt Disney World tradition.

Recipe: Aunt Cass’ Wings from “Big Hero 6″ – Disney Parks Blog author Rachel Brent shares how to make Aunt Cass’ “Melt-Your-Face-Off” Wings from “Big Hero 6″.

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Wallpaper: Sunset at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As the sun sets here at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing a new downloadable wallpaper especially for Disney Parks Blog readers. This spectacular image was captured earlier this year by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. To download, simply click on the image below – it’ll fit all of your screens.

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

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VIDEO: ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 30th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier tonight, we continued our Disney Side live video for the holidays series. Tonight, we’re live streaming “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” as it happens on Main Street, U.S.A. at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Click here to see the full-screen version.

Thank you for checking out our second in a series of live stream events this holiday season. Of course, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park. You can see the parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights on November 14, 16, 20, 21 and 30; and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19, 2014.

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Watch ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade’ Live from Walt Disney World

posted on November 28th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at Walt Disney World Resort continues this weekend with another special surprise from Magic Kingdom Park.

We’re live streaming “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” on November 30, 2014 right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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At 8:30 p.m. EST, we’re hosting coverage of “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” as it happens on Main Street, U.S.A. To see it, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 8:20 p.m. on November 30.

During the live stream, “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will join Disney Characters, gingerbread men, elves and others for a procession down Main Street, U.S.A. You can also see a special appearance from Santa, wishing guests a “Merry Christmas!” from his sleigh.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park. You can see the parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights on December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19, 2014.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving With A Disney Parks Turkey Leg Wallpaper

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Just in time for Thanksgiving Day, we have our latest holiday-inspired Disney Parks Blog wallpaper. The art features one of our famous theme park turkey legs and Disney Artist Jeff Maurer created it so you can spruce up your smartphone or computer for the big day.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special wallpaper page.

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Family Volunteer Day – Serving Communities in the Spirit of Thanksgiving

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On Saturday, November 22, Disney Friends for Change sponsored Family Volunteer Day, a nation-wide effort that demonstrates the magic created when families volunteer together to support their neighborhoods and communities around the world. The annual event, now in its 22nd year, celebrates the power that families have to make a real difference in their community, while strengthening their relationships and spending quality time together. Here’s a look at how Walt Disney Parks and Resorts teams participated in Family Volunteering Day and other holiday giving projects:

  • At Disneyland Resort, Disney VoluntEARS helped pack food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank in support of Family Volunteer Day. VoluntEARS hosted another event at the Downtown Disney District to make healthy snack-packs that were also donated to the Orange County Food Bank. Additionally, Disneyland cast members participated in a Military Care Package drive and a canned food collection.
  • To support Family Volunteer Day, Disney VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland took part in a coastal cleanup activity at Silvermine Bay. The event gave families the opportunity to spend time together while contributing to the cleanliness of their surrounding shoreline. In December, Hong Kong Disneyland cast members and their families will also visit two local hospitals for festive celebrations to help spread the joy of the holidays amongst patients and their loved ones.
  • Every year, VoluntEARS from Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa partner with their neighbors at Ko Olina Resort for Thanksgiving Outreach, an event that serves meals to 4,000 people across Oahu’s Leeward Coast.
  • In the spirit of Family Volunteer Day, Shanghai Disney Resort partnered with the non-profit organization Right to Play China through “Imagination Playground,” a play outreach program that aims to strengthen family bonds through various creative play activities. More than 100 children of migrant workers and low-income families have participated in family play activities with Shanghai Disney Resort VoluntEARS this holiday season.
  • At Walt Disney World Resort, cast members and their families partnered with the 2013-2014 Walt Disney World Resort Ambassadors to support Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation’s (ONIC) Family Fun & Fall Festival. VoluntEARS helped set-up and break down the event, staff the activity and game stations and serve refreshments. Additionally, VoluntEARS from Disney’s Pop Century Resort will serve meals on Thanksgiving at the Coalition for Homeless Center for Women & Children and Men’s Pavilion.

Real magic comes from the efforts of families working together to make lasting and positive change in the world. Thanks to our teams from around the world and to the families who are part of that magic every year.

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Before/After: Magic Kingdom Park Transforms for the Holidays

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you enjoyed this month’s behind-the-scenes look at the overnight installation of holiday decorations at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ll love today’s special look at the transformation from Disney photographer Charlie Champagne. Scroll back and forth to see the transition from Halloween to Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This week, we featured some “must-see” time-lapse videos on the Disney Parks Blog, including an amazing look at the all-new Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle inspired by Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen”.

Watch our video and try to find Olaf. He’s hidden 14 places in the display. Pam also included more details about the 17-foot-tall masterpiece in her original story.

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We also kicked off a new series at Disney’s Contemporary Resort this week. Our “Room with a View” stories will feature suites at the Walt Disney World Resort that have something special in common – a spectacular view.

Our first room with a view is a Club Level 1 Bedroom Theme Park View Suite on the 14th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You can see more images as well as book a stay at the Resort in our original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Mad T Party Steps Out of Disney California Adventure Park and Back Through the Looking Glass November 30 – Mad T Party will leave Disney California Adventure park after its November 30 performance. This is your chance to travel down the rabbit hole one more time!

Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares Their Favorite Festive Feature for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday – Watch as the same team behind Haunted Mansion Holiday’s magical makeover tells us about their favorite holiday enhancements at another famous attraction!

Visions of the Future Spring Up at Downtown Disney – Get a few more glimpses of the future as Downtown Disney continues to undergo its transformation into Disney Springs.

Planning for a Day at Castaway Cay – Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shares some of the excellent activities to take part in on this island paradise!

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: What’s in the Name? – Learn the significance behind the name of Disney’s beautiful resort on O’ahu, and how it seeks to celebrate Hawai‘i’s rich legacy of storytelling.

Runners Show Off Their ‘Super Hero Side’ at Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon – Meet some of the super heroes who ran the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon last weekend.

December 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – Disney Parks Blog author Michelle Harker shares some of the details on merchandise events coming to Disneyland Resort in December.

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