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Sign Up for Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Big Hero 6’ Meet-Up at Downtown Disney

posted on October 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email by 6 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

We’ve just finalized plans for our next Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up and it’s one you’ll not want to miss. On November 2, 2014, we’re offering the opportunity to be part of a special preview screening of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Big Hero 6” at AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort before it opens in U.S. theaters on November 7.

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Our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up begins at 11 a.m. EST (doors open at 10 a.m.) at AMC Downtown Disney 24 on Sunday, November 2, 2014. At the event, you’ll see “Big Hero 6,” which is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Attendees of the Meet-Up will also get the opportunity to meet-and-greet “Big Hero 6” characters Hiro and Baymax before they debut for guests in the park.

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Disney “Big Hero 6” is rated PG.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in across from AMC Downtown Disney 24 for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

Also, here are some other things to know:

  • This is an advance screening of the film. Closed Captioning and Descriptive Video services may not be available.
  • Please arrive early. No one will be admitted late. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING

The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to Disney Destinations, LLC, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

Hope to see you there.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 19th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared that the stars of Disney’s new animated feature “Big Hero 6,” Hiro and Baymax, are heading to Disney Parks to greet their fans in November.

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At Walt Disney World Resort, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can step inside The Magic of Disney Animation attraction to tour the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then meet Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy Baymax in Hiro’s garage workshop.

At Disneyland park in California, the characters will find a home-away-from-home in a recreation of Hiro’s robotics workshop near the Starcade in Tomorrowland. Disneyland guests can also get an exclusive preview of the film at the “Special Extended Sneak Peek of ‘Big Hero 6,’” now playing in Tomorrowland’s Magic Eye Theater.

Check Shawn’s story for more details.

@juliamarino11: Heel Clicking with Tigger :) Summer 2014! @AdamXMedina: 2012, What Better Way to Celebrate the Diamond Anniversary than with a Diamond? @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to Think, it All Started Because of a Mouse! 2014 @stayceyoung: ‪@disneyland 2000′s – The Inaugural Disneyland 10k was so Much Fun! @ecamagna: Jessie’s Biggest Fan! February 2014

And voting continued this week for your favorite Disneyland Resort memory from each decade of the past 60 years. Take a look above at the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 2000s and then go to Erin’s post to vote for your favorite.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 23, we will show you the winners from each decade, which you have voted for over the past few weeks.

Erin also shared that starting next Thursday, you will have the chance to vote for the Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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

Fortune Teller Ivana Mystic Predicts Fun for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – Watch to find out about all the fun Ivana foresees for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, now through October 31!

Disneyland Resort Guests and Cast Members Raise More Than $2 Million, Make 24th Annual CHOC Walk a Success – See the highlights from the 13th annual CHOC Walk in the Park, as 15,000 people lined Main Street, U.S.A.

Gwen Stefani Celebrates Family Birthdays at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at some photos as Sulley caught up with Gwen and her family to scare up some birthday fun.

It’s Halloween Time at Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park – Katisha Adams, the choreographer of Mad T Party takes us down the Rabbit Hole, explaining some of the spooky fun happening for Halloween Time at Mad T Party.

Learn to Draw Winnie The Pooh at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a lesson on how to draw the perfect pooh bear.

VIDEO: The Muppets Make ‘Swedish’ Shrimp Tacos at Walt Disney World Resort – Join the Swedish Chef and learn how to re-create Shrimp Tacos from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at home!

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New Disney Kingdoms Series to feature Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

posted on October 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


A reader favorite here on the Disney Parks Blog, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be the focus of a new Disney Kingdoms series and today we’re thrilled to share a first look at the spectacular cover artwork and details behind the adventure set in the wild Frontier.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a five-part comic series driven by Walt Disney Imagineering storytelling that’ll include earthquakes, floods and, of course, dynamite-chewing goats. Disney Kingdoms editor Bill Rosemann says, “This action-packed story by writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Tigh Walker will feature the never-before-told saga of how the gold mine in Big Thunder Mountain became the haunted legend it is today.”

As readers explore the “wildest ride in the wilderness,” they’ll go back in time to a Gold Rush town where daring men and women were in a daily battle between man and mountain. There will be plenty of surprises and mystery along the way as the series uncovers why Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is more than a rumbling, tumbling train car attraction.

Disney Kingdoms Big Thunder Mountain Railroad series will be on sale in comic shops across the country in the spring of 2015.

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Disney’s MyMagic+ Honored with ‘Innovation by Design’ Award

posted on October 17th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re pleased to share that MyMagic+ – our collection of tools taking the guest experience to the next level at the Walt Disney World Resort – was recently honored with an “Innovation by Design” award by the popular magazine and website, Fast Company.

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MyMagic+ received the top spot in the “Experience Design” category when Fast Company revealed the 10 best designs of the year at their annual “Innovation by Design” Awards and Conference in New York City. Winning entries were honored as the smartest, most ambitious design experience developed in concert with business and culture.

As we’ve shared here on the Disney Parks Blog, MyMagic+ is a new way for guests to experience an even more magical Walt Disney World vacation, with FastPass+, Disney’s MagicBand and the My Disney Experience website and app.

Congratulations to the MyMagic+ teams working on this award and all of the cast members assisting in the ongoing evolution of the guest experience at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Favorite Memes from Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom

posted on October 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


When we hosted our first-ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park this summer, we were amazed at all of the great costumes. Readers’ pet dogs were dressed like Disney princesses, pirates and even Cruella de Vil. Here are some of our favorite memes from the event.

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Portions of the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom will be included in an Animal Planet Disney Side edition of “America’s Cutest Pet” scheduled to premiere on October 18.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 12th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we captured an unusual sight in the sky above Magic Kingdom Park – a rare lunar eclipse called a “blood moon.”

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The moon added the perfect spooky atmosphere to our parks, especially Magic Kingdom Park, which is already decorated for Halloween. Photographers David Roark and Matt Stroshane were on hand to document the moon’s path over our parks.

Check out Jennifer’s original story for more photos of the blood moon.

@StarrFae: Me and My Favorite Coaster Growing up in the 90′s @nicole77brady: Family Vacation 1996 Making Family Memories at our Favorite Place with our Favorite Mouse @nic_alodeon: 1990s Disneyland. Circa 93! @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic’s First Visit to Disney. I Always Thought this Pic Should be a Postcard. I Miss these Days! This Pic Makes Me #Happy @malloryhicks: Fun Time in the Disneyland Tea Cups. #1999

And voting continued this week for your favorite Disneyland Resort memory from each decade of the past 60 years. Take a look above at the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1990s and then go to Erin’s post to vote for your favorite.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15. Be sure to check back Thursday, Oct. 16, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 2000s to today.

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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

How to Make the Most of Pirate Night on Your Disney Cruise – Learn how to embrace the pirate lifestyle with swashbuckling line dances, delicious pirate grub and more!

Fans Show Their Spooky Disney Side Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up – See some spooky photos from the deck of the Sailing Ship Columbia, with 200 Disney Parks Blog readers aboard.

Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Offers Shivery Tricks and Spooky Treats For Halloween Time – Get the details on some of the new seasonal offerings at Downtown Disney District, including “Frozen”-themed makeovers from Anna & Elsa’s Boutique.

Wildlife Wednesday: Congratulations to Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Awarded Prestigious Conservation Award at AZA Conference! – Disney’s Animal Kingdom received Top Honors (1st place) as the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award recipient for our Taveta golden weaver sustainability program.

Anna & Elsa’s Boutique Opens in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – Read more about this “cool” new shop in Downtown Disney District, offering an array of “Frozen”-inspired merchandise worth melting for.

Today in Disney History: New Disneyland Sign Debuts, 1989 – Take a look at these past Disneyland landmarks and how the original Disneyland Sign was retired.

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First Disney Ambassador Julie Reihm Casaletto Welcomes New Ambassadors

posted on October 11th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts celebrates 50 years of the Disney Ambassador program, which was first introduced as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of Disneyland. Walt Disney needed someone to act as a representative of Disneyland to audiences in the community and around the world, as well as host VIP guests and foreign dignitaries. Julie Reihm Casaletto, a tour guide for the park at the time, was selected by Walt to be the first Disney Ambassador.

A half-century later, in a ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park, Julie joined more than 50 former Disney Ambassadors yesterday morning to welcome the 2015-2016 Disneyland Resort Ambassador team, Jessica Bernard and Allie Kawamoto.

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The 50-year tradition continued at Walt Disney World Resort yesterday, as Caitlin Busscher and Nathaniel Palma were announced as the 2015-2016 Disney Ambassador team, receiving the golden opportunity of sharing the magic of “our world” – and representing nearly 70,000 fellow Cast Members – with the Central Florida community.

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Rounding out the global anniversary celebration, Disney Ambassadors also were announced recently at other Disney Parks around the world. At Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Sara Hui was selected as the next Ambassador to represent the Asia-based theme park, and Tokyo Disney Resort chose Riina Imaeda as the first ambassador to serve a two-year term in Japan. Sonia Demay and Romina Grochow were welcomed as new Ambassadors at Disneyland Paris earlier this month.

The Disney Ambassador family will grow this year, as Shanghai Disney Resort, scheduled to open in 2015, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, will for the first time name Disney Ambassadors.

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Kids and Families come out to Play at the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Back in August, we shared that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was sponsoring the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour. The tour traveled to six cities across America, giving families the chance to tackle a playful obstacle course and enjoy meaningful time together. Nearly 13,000 people came out to play in Anaheim, Sacramento, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Kissimmee.

Families designed their team flags and made their way through various stations to build tunnels, solve puzzles, and work as a team.

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This tour is just one way we at Disney Parks delivered on our commitment to strengthen families and local communities. It gave us the chance to share our expertise and create a memorable experience for children and their families outside of our parks and resorts.

While we know how important it is for families to spend meaningful time together, we also know the long-term, positive impact this time has on children. At the Discover Together Symposium we hosted in January, researchers at the Center for Childhood Creativity and Search Institute shared their findings – that the quality time children spend with influential adults has a powerful influence on a child’s success in school and in the community. To learn more about the research, visit DisneyDiscoverTogether.com.

The KaBOOM Play Together Tour helped us to bring this work to life around the U.S. Check out the video above for highlights from the tour.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


As we celebrated five years of stories on the Disney Parks Blog this week, we launched another new, exclusive series especially for the Halloween holiday – 999 Happy Haunts.

999 Happy Haunts: Meet Madame Leota

Each week, 999 Happy Haunts will be offering an up-close look at a different resident of The Haunted Mansion right here on the Disney Parks Blog. And first up, we focused on one of the ladies of the house – Madame Leota.

Visit Jennifer’s original story to find out everything you ever wanted to know about Madame Leota and then let us know what resident you’d like to see next.

@amii91581: 80s Cousins with Goofy @kerinjmb: Throwback Thursday to Disneyland Circa 1988 @KimaFoster:1980′s @heidir313: 1985 @bjjlawson: With my dad @ Autopia circa 1989.

As regular readers know, we’ve been voting for the top Disneyland Resort memory from each decade of the past 60 years, and this week, we went back to the 1980s. Take a look above at the top Disneyland Resort memories we received from the 1980s and then go to Erin’s post to vote for your favorite.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 8. Be sure to check back Thursday, October 9, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1990s.

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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

Five Things You Might Not Know About Horticulture at the Disneyland Resort – There are some magical details created every season by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team. Check out some things you might not know about horticulture at the Disneyland Resort.

Time-Lapse Video: Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House Installed at Disneyland Park – Our video team documented the installation of this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house. Take a look in this time-lapse video!

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Menehune Bridge – Learn about the Menehune legend that provides the inspiration for Menehune Bridge, the aquatic play structure at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Delicious and Seasonal: Harvest Apple Salad from Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park – Get the recipe for the delicious Harvest Apple Salad from Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park and even a sneak peek of how Chef Francisco Origel makes it!

Vintage Walt Disney World: Happy Birthday, Magic Kingdom Park! – To celebrate the anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World Resort, check out an aerial view of Magic Kingdom Park and the surrounding resort area in early 1971.

Eight Signs You Are Craving a Disney Cruise – Check out these 8 signs that say you’re ready for your next vacation with Disney Cruise Line.

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Sign Up for Our Disney’s ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Meet-Up at Downtown Disney

posted on October 1st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

We’re kicking off October for Disney Parks Blog readers with the opportunity to be part of a special preview screening of “Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at AMC Downtown Disney 24 at the Walt Disney World Resort before the film opens in U.S. theaters on October 10, 2014.

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Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 1 p.m. EST (doors open at noon) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. At the event you’ll see the film, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” which follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life. Alexander soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Here’s a sneak peek:

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in across from AMC Downtown Disney 24 for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
    The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

Also, here are some other things to know:

  • This is an advance screening of the film. Closed Captioning and Descriptive Video services may not be available.
  • Please arrive early. No one will be admitted late. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING

The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to Disney Destinations, LLC, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.

Hope to see you there.

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