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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returned to the park this week, with new Muppet-themed topiaries, Outdoor Kitchens, and Flower Power concerts.

On opening day, the Disney Parks Blog showed how Kermit and Miss Piggy are appearing in topiary form with a special behind-the-scenes video. Both can be found between the Italy and the Germany pavilions with a display inspired by the new movie Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.”

The Flower Power Concert Series also returned this weekend at Epcot. Upcoming acts include two bands making their debut Flower Power Concert performance: Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”). Performances are included in park admission and take place Friday through Sunday at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

We have more details, including how to find out what’s on the menu in our original post.

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And did you see the latest story in our exclusive “All in the Details” series? We featured some amazing images from the top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The photos are a first look at what the view will be like from atop the newest Disney “mountain.”

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open to guests later this spring. Be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information.

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

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Reopen March 17 at Disneyland Park – It’s back! After upgrading track and extensively restoring the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park will reopen on March 17!

Starbucks to Open March 10 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – A new Starbucks location is opening in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland Resort, conveniently located near the World of Disney Store.

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland – In this week’s “After Dark” photo, we visit Hong Kong Disneyland for the spectacular “Disney in the Stars” fireworks show.

First Look Inside Festival Center for 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Get this exclusive look at the gardening goodies and attire available inside the Festival Center at Epcot!

Under the Sea With Supplied-Air Snorkeling in Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – At Aulani Resort’s Rainbow Reef, you can get up-close to nearly 50 different types of sea life native to Hawai`i!

Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park Named ‘Best Cocktail Bar’ – Nightclub & Bar Media group bestowed this honor upon Carthay Circle Lounge as one of “the best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.”

‘Frozen’ Shines at Oscars, Sisters to Debut in ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Sunday at Magic Kingdom Park – Anna and Elsa will celebrate their Oscars success during this spring parade, starting today, March 9 at Magic Kingdom Park!

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park – Have you braved The Temple of the Forbidden Eye? Learn the story behind this famous attraction at Disneyland park.

Celebrating Life at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon – I runDisney – Watch the story of Dominic Alexander, who recovered from a traumatic injury run along side his brother in a half-marathon.

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Join Us for Our Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Blog Meet-Up on March 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort

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


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. The official attendee list can be viewed here.

We’ve just finalized our next Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up and it’s one you won’t want to miss. On March 8, we’re offering the opportunity to join us at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort for a special preview screening of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” before it officially opens in U.S. theaters on March 21.
Join Us for Our Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Blog Meet-Up on March 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort

Our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up begins at 2:15 p.m. EST (doors open at 2 p.m.) on Saturday, March 8, 2014. At the event, you’re invited to dress up and show your Muppets Side (no masks) before watching the much anticipated “Muppets Most Wanted” movie. After the meet-up, you can enjoy The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival scheduled at Downtown Disney, including The Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted.” There will be plenty of Muppet mayhem with a live DJ, games and activities for the whole family inspired by the movie.

Here is a special sneak peek of the movie:

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.
  • “Muppets Most Wanted” is rated PG for some mild action.
  • 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.
  • Costumes subject to any rules posted or otherwise provided by AMC Downtown Disney 24.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


140 Characters Formed a Hashtag at Magic Kingdom Park and Invite You and Your Family to 'Rock Your Disney Side' During a 24-hour Party to Kick Off Summer

This week, we shared a tweet that truly featured 140 characters to officially announce our bicoastal, All-Night Disney Side Party to kick off summer. And we also gave Disney Parks Blog readers a look at how Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends gathered at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort to form the familiar shape of a hashtag for our “Ultimate Tweet.”

The “Rock Your Disney Side Party” will be a fun-filled 24-hour event at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on May 23 where you’re invited to dress as a favorite hero or villain.

The Disney Side celebration on both coasts will feature a cavalcade of events showcasing the good-vs.-evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise and special food and beverage offerings.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog and rockyourdisneyside.com for more details and information as we get closer to the All-Night Party on May 23.

We also hosted the Disney Parks Blog’s all-time most popular live chat this week with Imagineer Dave Minichiello. Dave talked about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland for nearly 60 minutes and shared new video comparing onboard footage of the attraction side-by-side with an original CGI onboard that was created early on in the attraction’s development.

If you missed the live chat, it’s available for replay in Jennifer’s story.

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

Runners Assemble – Super News From runDisney – Check out all the details on The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend!

Make Your Reservation Beginning March 12 for Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort – Make Mother’s Day extra special for her this year. Unique dishes are being served this year at Disneyland Resort restaurants.

David Wise Celebrates Gold at the Disneyland Resort – See pictures of gold medal winning halfpipe skier David Wise from his visit to Disneyland.

A Mom’s Take: A Wild Ride in the Great Alaskan Frontier with Disney Cruise Line – Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you how you can enjoy the great outdoors of Alaska with the family.

Which Disney Hat Represents Your ‘Disney Side’? – Have a favorite pair of Mickey ears? Find out which suits you best!

New Disney Movies Anywhere Service Launches – Check out this new way to enjoy all your favorite Disney movies on an internet browser, Apple TV or through a free app for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Debuts March 9 at Magic Kingdom Park – Parade time is nearly here! Find out all the details of this new daytime spectacular.

‘Countdown to the Oscars’ Special Airs Feb. 27 Featuring Military Heroes at Disneyland Resort – Earlier this month, dozens of military heroes visited Disneyland Resort in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, “Forrest Gump.”

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Video: Making Of The 140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’

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


You’ve probably seen our “Ultimate Tweet” of 140 Disney characters that officially announced an All-Night Disney Side Party in the parks to kick off summer. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends gathered at Magic Kingdom Park and formed the familiar shape of a hashtag. How’d we do it? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look.

During the “Rock Your Disney Side Party,” you’re also being invited to show your Disney Side by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California will be filled with Disney heroes and villains from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time.

140 Characters Formed a Hashtag at Magic Kingdom Park and Invite You and Your Family to “Rock Your Disney Side” During a 24-hour Party to Kick Off Summer.

Be sure to check our original Disney Parks Blog story and rockyourdisneyside.com for details on today’s Disney Side announcement.

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Tweet Your #DisneySide For a Chance to Win a Disney Parks Vacation

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


If you’re sharing your “Disney Side” at this year’s Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hour Party or in some other fun, creative way this summer, you have a chance to win a trip for four to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort by simply tweeting about it using the hashtag #DisneySideSweepsEntry.

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Beginning today, February 28, 2014 through March 31, 2014, if you tweet how you’ll be showing your “Disney Side” during the summer and include #DisneySideSweepsEntry you’ll have an opportunity to win a coast-to-coast 7-day / 6-night Disney Parks vacation for four and attend our Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event during Memorial Day Weekend. If you win, you’ll enjoy a back-to-back stay at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida followed by Disneyland Resort in California. The Grand Prize includes a $800 Disney Gift Card, two days with a VIP Tour Guide and theme park tickets.

For your entry to be valid, you must follow either @WaltDisneyWorld or @Disneyland on Twitter. Also, please limit one entry per person, per account, each day.

We just launched our first tweets on @WaltDisneyWorld and @Disneyland. We’ll notify the potential winner on or about April 4, 2014. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter. Good luck.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C. or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state or province of residence. Sweepstakes starts 12:00:01 AM (ET) on 2/28/14; ends 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 3/31/14. Click here for Official Rules.

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140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’ Announces All-Night Disney Side Party On Both Coasts

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


On Friday, we shared a tweet that truly featured 140 characters to officially announce the latest Disney Parks bicoastal, All-Night Extravaganza on Memorial Day Weekend – the traditional start of the family travel season. Our “Rock Your Disney Side Party” will be a fun-filled 24-hour event at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
140 Characters Formed a Hashtag at Magic Kingdom Park and Invite You and Your Family to 'Rock Your Disney Side' During a 24-hour Party to Kick Off Summer

For the Ultimate Tweet, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends gathered at Magic Kingdom Park and formed the familiar shape of a hashtag. The 140 characters then invited you and your family to “Rock Your Disney Side” during a 24-hour party to kick off summer.

At this year’s All-Night Extravaganza, everyone is being invited to show their “Disney Side” by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California will be filled with Disney heroes and villains from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time.

The celebration on both coasts will feature a cavalcade of events showcasing the good-vs.-evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise and special food and beverage offerings.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog and rockyourdisneyside.com for more details and information as we get closer to the All-Night Extravaganza on May 23. And let us know who you’ll be dressing up as – hero or villain?

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, we’ve featured the Partners Statue on the blog, but tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo is one of my favorites – it’s spectacular. Walt Disney World Resort Photographer and blog author Kent Phillips snapped the image at just the right moment after the sunset at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Magic Kingdom Enhancements Include Special Viewing Area, New Pathways, Gardens

posted on February 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you’re certainly familiar with one of our guests’ favorite places at Magic Kingdom Park: the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle. Well, we’ve just begun a project that’ll make it even better. We’re adding several new elements to the area, including sculpted gardens, additional pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances.

Look closely at our fly-through video and you’ll notice that the enhancements will include new trees and more landscaping in the Central Plaza area. The sculpted gardens planned for the location are inspired by the lush grounds seen around European castles and chateaus.

To make it easier to move around, two additional pathways will be built around the plaza.

Also, seating outside of Casey’s Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size.

From Disney California Adventure to New Fantasyland, we have a long-standing track record of being able to make enhancements while maintaining the magic of the Disney experience, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with this work.

This multi-phase enhancement project has already begun and it’ll be completed in 2015.

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New Disney Movies Anywhere Service Launches

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


Regular readers know that movies inspire attractions at Disney Parks. And today, we’re thrilled to share that you’ll now be able to enjoy your favorite films with an all-new digital movie service and app called Disney Movies Anywhere. It’s free and ready to try.

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Debuting with iTunes as its exclusive launch provider, Disney Movies Anywhere is an easy to use, streamlined way to manage and enjoy your digital collection of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies. When you download the app, you’ll be able to browse, buy and watch your favorite movies on an internet browser, Apple TV or through a free app for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

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Today’s official launch of Disney Movies Anywhere coincides with the release of the hit film “Frozen” as well as “Thor: The Dark World.” Disney Movies Anywhere is offering more than 400 Disney, Pixar and Marvel feature films, direct-to-video content and hard-to-find classics at launch. New movies will be added frequently.

Also, for a limited time, you’ll receive a free digital copy of Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” when you sign up and connect your iTunes account.

Disney Movies Anywhere App is now available free at AppStore.com/Disney. You can also learn more about the service and sign up at the official Disney Movies Anywhere website.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we announced that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run a record 53 days, from September 19 – November 10. That’s a whole extra week to take in the marketplaces, cool concerts and some very special dinners.

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Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for Pam’s next Epcot International Food & Wine Festival update and the announcement of the lineup of celebrity and Disney chefs.

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And we’re continuing our popular series of New Fantasyland live chats here on the Disney Parks Blog. Tomorrow, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST, Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Dave Minichiello will join us to talk about the attraction and answer your questions.

During the chat, we’ll be sharing an exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you’ll get a sneak peek of the experience inside the attraction.

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

Cast Members Submit Photos of Their ‘Happy Place’ at Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort Line asked cast members to send a photograph of their ‘happy place’ at Disneyland Resort. See the finalists after the jump!

Laying Down Tracks for the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch the process of putting together the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” original theme song, with Composer Mark Hammond.

March Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort – Get a preview of some of the great events happening in March, including artwork, food tastings, and a book signing by author of the Kingdom Keepers saga, Ridley Pearson.

Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Spend ‘Mini-Honeymoon’ at the Disneyland Resort – See some fun photos from TV Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting’s visit to Disneyland Resort on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Sights and Sounds of Disney Parks: Kermit Talks about Disney and the Muppets – Disney Parks Blog author Greg Ehrbar and Kermit discuss Walt Disney Studios, Disney Parks and the new Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” coming to theaters March 21st!

All in the Details: Imagineers Create The Dwarfs Cottage at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – See the some of the extra effort put into the Dwarfs’ cottage at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover shares a few pointers for viewing the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!”

A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Time in European Ports – Watch as Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy shares some of the best ways to enjoy European Ports with Disney Cruise Line.

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