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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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The Disney Parks Blog Celebrates Five Years of Storytelling

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Thank you for the wonderful “Happy Anniversary” messages. We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive a poster. Please keep checking the blog for future opportunities.

Over the weekend, we celebrated a special day for the Disney Parks Blog – our five year anniversary. It’s an exciting milestone for us that would not have been possible without your consistent support and participation during the years.

We’ve paved our path one story at a time on the Blog and we’re thrilled to let you know that there are even bigger plans to grow in the future as we continue to offer the latest, official information about Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line and Disney vacation experiences worldwide.

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Today, we wanted to pause and say thank you with a special photo we’ve saved just for the occasion. The bird’s-eye view of Cinderella Castle was captured by author and Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips earlier this year – and it’s one of our favorites.

You can win this poster today if you’re one of the first 150 people to email us a “Happy Birthday Disney Parks Blog” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Happy Birthday Disney Parks Blog” greeting) to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Thank you again for all of the support and be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to grow.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. Limit one (1) entry per person/per email address. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 09/29/14.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we officially welcomed the newest addition to our gorilla family troop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in our weekly “Wildlife Wednesday” series. The new Western lowland gorilla is the second gorilla birth this year, and the fifth in the park’s history.

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All Western lowland gorilla babies born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which ensures long-term survival of species by helping AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums manage species’ genetic diversity through detailed records of individual animals.

Check out Rachel’s story for more baby gorilla photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

@rBc5FNoura: 70′s decade! Me and My Little Brother in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle @eilonwey28: 1970′s Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. – Taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday. @rdpMW9qguY: 1974 Standing in front of Main Street @rvxaOmLOX6: 1974 Grad Nite From @sIV4quTHq4

And we continued the voting for the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years with some favorite Disneyland Resort memories from the 1970s.

You can go now to Erin’s story to vote. Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, October 1. Be sure to check back Thursday, October 2, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1980s.

Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one 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.

Halloween Time Snacks and Sweets at Disneyland Resort – Get a look at some of the snacks and sweets we’ve scared up at Disneyland Resort for Halloween Time.

Danny Elfman Reads from ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland Park – Watch as musician, composer and longtime collaborator with Tim Burton, Danny Elfman performs this special reading of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Star Constantine Visits Walt Disney World Resort – See the World’s Number One Criminal speak with our very own John Graham, sharing what he loves about visiting Disney Parks.

Planning for a Spooktacular Time at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park – Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort is here! Here are some tips for planning your visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 1-Bedroom Villa – Check out the spacious villas available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Learn more about booking your getaway today!

New Halloween Celebrations at Disney Parks – Special new Halloween-themed gifting experiences from Disney Floral & Gifts are now available at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort!

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Honors for Innovative Design of Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland

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


As many of you know, Disney’s theme parks and resorts exemplify not only storytelling and creativity, but also innovation. We are constantly defining and redefining themed entertainment, and we do that not just in the technology behind our attractions, but also in the way we design them.

With that in mind, we are pleased to share that Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has recently received a prestigious professional honor for the innovative design and technology practices that have been used in the development of Enchanted Storybook Castle, currently under construction at Shanghai Disneyland. The American Institute of Architects presented its Technology in Architectural Practice Award to WDI for its successful implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM). While traditional building design uses 2D drawings and elevations of a planned building, BIM adds three dimensions (height, width and depth) and is a virtual representation of the actual building to be built. Embedded with data, this digital model can be linked to schedules so that designers can see the construction of a building over a period of time. The image below represents a snapshot of the BIM model.

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“Our commitment to collaboration, teamwork, and mutual success enables us to create those magical, innovative experiences in a way that only Disney can do,” said David Van Wyk, WDI project management and integration executive. “When the whole organization is thinking about reinforcing each other’s efforts, it allows individuals the ability to focus on what they need to do to accomplish our shared goals. By using BIM processes and technology on this and other projects to be built around the world allow us to work smarter and more efficiently as a team.”

Congratulations to Walt Disney Imagineering on this award and all of the people over in Shanghai working hard to turn these innovative designs into a reality!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


The 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this weekend and we shared a few stories on the Disney Parks Blog to help during your visit, including Pam’s post featuring the top ten “must-try” new tastes at this year’s event.

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There are 35 new food offerings this year and Pam recommended 10 to look forward to tasting. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there’s the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled “Yard Bird” (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. The Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace also made the list. Go check out the complete list.

@r-g3nrQa5r: Enjoying Disneyland in the late 1960's - A Captured Memory with Minnie! @KrazyKevinWolff: My Dad, Uncles, & Grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late '60s. @rOsRMEpzHS: My Sister and I Excited to Hold Pinnochio's Hand at Disneyland in the 60s. @q7xs4LofoF: Me and My Mom on Burro (and Horse?) Ride in Frontierland, 1964. Maybe This is Why I Hate Hats? ;) @qopsCOPAn-: I Love This Picture of Me and My Brother and Sisters, Think This is Around '1969' Always Loved This Photo, Look at My Trendy Haircut I'm on Mickeys Left with the Pin Curl Sideburns and Sunglasses on My Head 'So Cool' and Talk About Nostalgic Mickey Mouse! Enjoy!

And as you know, to get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re looking for the most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Erin has narrowed down the photo submissions for the 1960s and is now asking for your help to decide which will win. Visit Erin’s story this weekend and let us know your favorite.

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

Fodor’s Travel Names Aulani a Top Hotel – Read more about this distinguished award, and plan your “Beach Getaway” to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27 – Every great story must have a great ending – it’s time to bid farewell to ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ at Disneyland park. Be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge before September 27.

#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch some first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences at Magic Kingdom Park!

Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort – Take a first look at some of the delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort – Get a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort for Halloween.

Learn to Draw Grumpy from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Watch as Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives a quick tutorial on how to draw the perfect grump!

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#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Holidays are always special at Disney Parks – and as we’ve learned with our #DisneyKids series, they’re also a perfect time for a “first” memory. Right now, our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this week we’re at Magic Kingdom Park featuring first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences.

This year’s celebration features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment for children, like the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. You can purchase tickets right now on our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page.

And if you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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Shanghai Disney Resort Debuts ‘Happy Dream’ Float at Festival

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


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Today, we’re excited to bring you some news from China. On Saturday, Shanghai Disney Resort made its first appearance in the Annual Shanghai Tourism Festival parade.
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The colorful float, called “Happy Dream,” featured Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and many other popular Disney characters. And Disney dancers added to the fun by performing a Mandarin Chinese version of Disney’s classic “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from “Cinderella.”

“Our performance at this year’s Shanghai Tourism Festival is the result of an international collaboration between Disney experts and talented Chinese artists. We are excited to demonstrate our commitment to bringing the best of Disney experiences to the people of China, even before we officially open Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Laurie Jordan, Vice President, Shanghai Disney Resort Entertainment. “We are thrilled to support the Shanghai Tourism Festival for the first time and to help promote the city as an international tourism destination.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, Tom Staggs shared the exciting update that construction is starting at the Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take you to Arendelle and immerse you in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

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Tom also shared that “Frozen’s” popular characters will have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! will continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check our original blog story for all of the details.

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And Erin shared some important holiday news from Disneyland Resort. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.

At Disneyland Park, The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again with the following favorites:

Check our original story for more details from Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District.

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

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Help Make Cinderella’s Crystal Coach Accessible to Guests with Mobility Issues – Learn how Larry and Kelcie Ragsdale were able to have the wedding of their dreams, thanks to the help of Disneyland Resort cast members.

Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Offers Fun for Little Ones – Check out this new children’s activity center, a great place for little ones to play while their parents catch some alone time.

Olaf’s Adventures by Disney Vacation – Olaf from the hit Disney film “Frozen,” traveled around Norway with Adventures by Disney Guide Kira. Click through to see more!

Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1950s – We’re honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing memories from the past six decades. Vote now on the top submissions from the 1950s!

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway Grants Wish to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Watch the Genie and cast of Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway grant a wish to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa to an unsuspecting couple!

Halloween Carnival Returns to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Read up on what’s new at this Halloween favorite, including favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, Mickey’s Mask-Parade, amazing pumpkin carving demonstrations and more.

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Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: The Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree entry period has ended. Please continue to check the Disney Parks Blog for future events.

It’ll be tough to top the great time we had during last year’s Halloween event hosted by the Disney Parks Blog but we think that’ll happen at this year’s Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. On Sunday, September 14, we’re hosting another costumed event during one of the first nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 91 winners of the Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park Sweepstakes.

Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park

The Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park begins at 7 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 14 but we’re asking attendees to begin arriving at 4:00 p.m EDT. We’ll kick off the night with VIP parade viewing in front of Cinderella Castle and then VIP fireworks viewing before heading inside the Castle for a “witching hour” Villains Soiree that’ll include appearances by Disney Villains, music and fantastic desserts inspired by Disney Parks characters.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes (no masks) and it’d be great if it was a Disney Parks-inspired costume, subject to the costume guidelines below.

You can enter for a chance to win by clicking here and following the entry instructions to complete an official entry form. Your Entry must state your valid email address (“Address”) and full name.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older and a resident of Florida as of September 9, 2014, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per winner in the promotion.
  • We will send a notice to the winning entrants.
  • It will be necessary for the winner and guest to check in at the front of Magic Kingdom Park for access to the event. The notice will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Masks will not be permitted.
  • Winning prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value.

I hope to see you in your best costume on September 14.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons who are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida, and who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Starts 12:00:01 P.M. on September 9, 2014, and ends 3:00:00 P.M. on September 9, 2014. To enter online, follow the instructions at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/disney-side-no-so-scary-soiree-at-magic-kingdom-park-official-rules/. Limit one (1) Entry per person per Address. Click here for Official Rules.

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Family Creates Giant Olaf at the Beach to Celebrate Disney Side

posted on September 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you know it’s been a summer of Frozen Fun for us. So, before the season officially comes to an end, we wanted to share a spectacular Frozen-inspired sand creation a family made to show their Disney Side at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

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Each summer vacation, the Dorf family chooses a Disney character to design and build in the sand and everyone pitches in to make it happen. This year, Olaf from the film “Frozen” was the obvious choice since he wanted to experience summer, according to the family.

The Dorf family used a grid to trace the Olaf character in the sand and then filled it in with collected seaweed and a some food coloring. The final product is a fantastic beach Olaf in the sun we just had to share.

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