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Mickey Mouse, Disney Characters & Cast Recite ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

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


Some time ago, we shared a special holiday video featuring Mickey Mouse and other familiar faces from around Walt Disney World Resort. They’re reciting the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or as it’s often called, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” And this Christmas week, we’re sharing it again for you to enjoy.

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find …

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


Our final mystery image of 2014 may be our most difficult. It’s a colorful frog resting on a lily pad that’s only visible this time of year – in a Christmas tree. To spot it, you must have an eagle eye while walking around at Disney Parks. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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#DisneyKids: First Holiday Visits at the Walt Disney World Resort

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


It’s a special time of the year at the Walt Disney World Resort – and our ongoing #DisneyKids series has showed us, holidays are often the best times for a “first memory.” Whether it’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights or another park experience, there are so many opportunities to make a first memory.

Today, we have a #DisneyKids treat – a first holiday greeting with Mickey.

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

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Disney VoluntEARS Around the Globe Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, citizenship is important to our culture. We are committed to giving back to our communities and do this in many different ways. This holiday season, VoluntEARS from our sites around the world brought holiday joy to young patients and orphans.

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Along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, VoluntEARS from Hong Kong Disneyland visited Siu Lam Hospital and sang and danced with the patients. They also celebrated the holidays with 300 cancer patients and their families at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center in Tuen Mun Hospital. They enjoyed holiday treats and played musical games to brighten spirits.

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Tokyo Disney Resort’s VoluntEARS hosted a fundraiser and bake sale to raise money for a holiday gift for the Aiji-no-ie Orphanage.

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Mickey Mouse and his friends joined sixty VoluntEARS from Disneyland Resort and brought holiday cheer to nearly 400 children and their families at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). They enjoyed holiday cookie decorating, a 38-foot long CHOC-olate Yule Log, Olaf-shaped balloons, reindeer games and a giant gingerbread house.

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Before they even welcome their first guest, the Shanghai Disney Resort’s VoluntEARS are supporting their community by hosting weekly holiday activities at local children’s hospitals. They visited Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and decorated activity rooms and made Santa Claus hats with children.

Aulani VoluntEARS joined in the festivities and brought the holiday spirit to children in local hospitals in Hawaii.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS are committed to bringing positive change around the globe and they donate hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year to the communities where they work, live and play. To learn more about citizenship at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, visit http://aboutdisneyparks.com/citizenship.

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#DisneyKids: ‘Grandkids are a Reward’

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s the time of year when young faces light up like Christmas trees at Disney Parks. And as we’ve learned in our #DisneyKids video series, memories made at the Walt Disney World Resort can last a lifetime. As Christmas Day approaches, take a look at a special adventure through our parks showing why “grandkids are a reward.”



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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we had plenty of great holiday stories to share, including a behind the scenes video that featured some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.”

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. in most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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And did you see? There are new open edition, graphic MagicBands in select locations at the four theme parks and Downtown Disney. Steven shared release dates:

December 12 – Sorcerer Mickey
December 14 – Minnie Mouse’s iconic polka dots
December 17 – Stitch
December 22 – Disney Princesses

Also, you can find solid color MagicBands and select accessories on our Disney Parks online store by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/MagicBands.

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

“Frozen Fun” Sneak Peek Opens, Anna and Elsa Begin Greeting Guests at Disney California Adventure Park Tomorrow – Beginning this weekend, guests will begin to see a sneak peek of many of these exciting new “Frozen Fun” experiences, including “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party,” with more to follow over the next week!

Magic Kingdom Park Welcomes the Golden Coach from ‘Cinderella’ – As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.”

These Are the Gifts You’re Looking For At Disney Parks This Holiday Season – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller shares a few suggestions for Star Wars gifts this season.

Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain – The neon lights of Cars Land glow even brighter after the rain. Take a look at these special shots!

Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney California Adventure Park – Read about the special New Year’s Eve activities, including a park-wide countdown to 2015 and fireworks over Paradise Pier.

‘World of Color’ Refurbishment Continues Innovative Approach for Conservation in Water Attractions at Disneyland Resort – Learn about how Disneyland Resort partners with the Orange County Water District to conserve when refurbishing all water-based attractions.

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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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