Show Disney.com Hide Disney.com
'it's a small world' at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared several exciting Disney Parks updates, including the announcement of the return of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at Disneyland park.

ese685456LARGE1

For a limited time, Disneyland park guests have the chance to stroll down memory lane and enjoy this classic Disney Parks nighttime spectacular with its familiar soundtrack, featuring classic Disney tunes, and an all-new fireworks program. Check out Erin’s story for more.

Cinderella-Coach_Film

Also at the Walt Disney World Resort, for a limited time starting January 17, you can head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for an exclusive preview of “Cinderella” at the park’s ABC Sound Studio.

The original golden coach from the film is also on its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where it will soon be on display outside the movie theater façade on Streets of America.

Shawn’s original story has video of what happened when guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park were treated to a glimpse of the magical coach and other “Cinderella” surprises. “Cinderella” arrives in theaters March 13.

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

Enjoy ‘Frozen Fun’ and More at the Disneyland Resort with Return of Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents – Get the details on a special Disneyland Resort ticket offer exclusively for Southern California residents and “Frozen Fun” at Disney California Adventure park.

What are Your Disneyland Park Must-Do’s? – Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover shares her own personal list of Disneyland park must-do’s. Do you know what’s on your own list?

Learn to Draw Mickey’s Pal, Pluto, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy offers a video tutorial on how to draw Pluto!

Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: Lucie Arnaz and the Space Mountain Launch – Space Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates its birthday this month —it’s 40 years young! See pictures from the grand opening festivities, with Emmy-winning entertainer/producer Lucie Arnaz and Tony-winning Broadway legend Tommy Tune.

Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Building Strength and Coordination – Watch this special video of Duke working on his ground driving skills with Circle D Equine Trainer Cindy Moser.

Sweet Spots to Enjoy Sweet Treats at Disneyland Resort – Find out about some of the ‘sweetest’ places to enjoy the treats of Disneyland Resort’s candy kitchens!

Behind-the-Scenes: Disney Cruise Line on ‘The Kitchen’ – Read all about Disney Cruise Line Chef Stephen Walker’s visit with the hosts of “The Kitchen,” an entertaining cooking show on the Food Network.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Cinderella Castle Wallpaper Series Now Available on the Disney Parks Blog

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During the holidays, we wrapped our popular Cinderella Castle unique perspective wallpaper series with a special image from Magic Kingdom Park. Whether it was sunset, night or just a bird’s-eye view of the Castle, each image captured by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips was spectacular.

Today, for Disney Parks Blog readers who may have missed any of the wallpapers, we’re offering the entire series right here. To download the art, simply click on the images below.

Cinderella Castle Wallpaper Series Now Available on the Disney Parks Blog Cinderella Castle Wallpaper Series Now Available on the Disney Parks Blog

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

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Breaks Ground on Disney Explorers Lodge

posted on January 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On Monday, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort broke ground on its third hotel named Disney Explorers Lodge, marking another exciting milestone in the continued development of the resort as a world-class travel and entertainment destination. The 750-room hotel is slated to open in early 2017.

140211 Release HK H3 Ent View _cs6 2

New design concepts, key features of the hotel and a story explaining the hotel’s exploration theme were revealed. The story takes place in the grand era of exploration in the 1920s and tells of four explorers who built a lodge based on their adventures around the world, adding their own artifacts and specimens gathered during their lifetime of travels. The hotel is inspired by the explorers’ travels to an African savannah, a South American rainforest, a Polynesian island paradise and an area inspired by the natural beauty of Asia.

140211 Release HK H3 Pool View_cs6 2

Guests at Disney Explorers Lodge will enter a new world full of discovery, nature and exotic cultures. They will enjoy the hotel’s exploration theme throughout the hotel’s guest rooms, four distinct gardens, three restaurants, a shop and a large outdoor swimming pool. The four gardens include: the South American Garden, the Polynesian Garden, the Asian Garden and the African Garden.

Disney Explorers Lodge will be different from the two existing hotels at the resort in terms of its theme and design. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has lavish Victorian elegance and the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is marked by its Art Deco architecture. Disney Explorers Lodge will embrace the spirit of exploration and adventure.

Disney Explorers Lodge joins the list of other expansion projects and upcoming offerings at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort such as the themed area based on “Iron Man.”

We are excited for guests to come explore the hotel and experience the Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort!

For more on the expansion projects at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, visit the posts below:

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Hong Kong Disneyland, Hotels & Resorts

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 4th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s our first weekly recap of the year and there’s already much to look forward to in 2015. In fact, we kicked off the year with 15 things you’ll want to experience this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalk

The return of annual theme park events and the opening of new restaurants are just a few things to anticipate in 2015. Visit Jennifer’s original story to see the entire list.

Flip-Side-badge.ai-2

And we were just seconds into 2015 when we announced daily opportunities in January to win a chance to explore your Disney Side with some of your favorite characters on a dream vacation that includes a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Disney “Flip” Side sweepstakes will award 31 winners in January who will experience a 5-day/4-night vacation at Walt Disney World for four that includes:

  • 1-Night stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom Park
  • 3 Nights at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
  • 5-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun & More Options
  • $500 Disney Gift Card
  • Personalized “Disney Side” Welcome Basket
  • Glass Slipper Gift inspired by the new live-action film “Cinderella,” in theaters March 13
  • Round-trip coach airfare (If the winner resides more than 250 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort)

Go visit DisneyFlipsSide.com now and enter for a chance to win.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to individuals, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are not minors. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 AM (PT) on 1/1/15 and ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 1/31/15. The Sweepstakes is made up of 31 daily sweepstakes each beginning at 12:01 AM (PT) and ending at 11:59 PM (PT) each day. Limit one (1) Entry per daily sweepstakes. Click here for full Official Rules.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on to begin the year.

Disney Parks Most-Geotagged Locations on Both Facebook and Instagram in 2014 – As much as we love sharing our photos with you, the most fun part of what we do on Instagram is sharing photos from our guests. Click through to find out the most-geotagged locations in 2014 and where you can connect with us in 2015!

Year in Review: 2014 at the Disneyland Resort – With the year nearly over, take a look back and some of the sights and sounds from Disneyland Resort in 2014.


Top 10 Disney Parks YouTube Videos of 2014
– In 2014, there were some great Disney Parks YouTube videos shared around by readers, including our “Ultimate Tweet” at the Walt Disney World Resort – our top video of the year.

Year in Review: Greatest Hits from Disney Theme Park Merchandise in 2014 – Take a look at some of the most popular merchandise from the past year, including Disney Character Mugs, Haunted Mansion Authentic and more!

Top 5 Entertainment Milestones at Disney Parks in 2014 – Here are just a few of the new experiences that debuted in Disney Parks around the world in 2014.

Fifteen Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2015 Need a reason to visit Walt Disney World Resort this year? How about fifteen reasons? Click through to learn about Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk, Exposition Park Food Trucks, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and more!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

New Disney Parks TV Spot Features Ohio State University, University of Oregon Mascots

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Now that all is set for the big game in the inaugural College Football Playoff, we’ve launched our next TV spot created in the same vein as our iconic “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.

MWF705902

In the new spot, mascots from The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon are still passing the time at the airport waiting to see who gets to go to Walt Disney World. Now, we’re down to two.

With the new version of the TV spot, we’re also launching our next online poll. We’d love to hear what Disney Parks Blog readers think. Who wins and gets to go to Walt Disney World?


Watch the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN, Monday, January 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Join the conversation on Twitter @CFBPlayoff using the official hashtag #CFBPlayoff.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later this month for a special behind-the-scenes look at how we created these TV spots.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Walt Disney World Resort

31 Disney Dream Vacations, Nights in Cinderella Castle to be Awarded in Disney ‘Flip’ Side Sweepstakes

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2015 in a big way by “flipping” Disney Side around and giving away a Walt Disney World Resort vacation that includes a night in Cinderella Castle Suite everyday in January!

Flip-Side-badge.ai-2

Disney Parks Blog readers know that everyone has a Disney Side – that side of you that comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at any of our parks. Well, this month, we’re “flipping” it and exploring how your favorite Disney characters show their Disney Side in fun and unexpected ways.

It’s already begun.  From now until January 31, visit DisneyFlipSide.com to check-out videos and photos from Sam, the Disney Parks Insider, as he goes behind the scenes with all-Parks access, an arsenal of cameras and crafty disguises to show you never-before-seen Disney Sides of some of your favorite Disney Park personalities. While visiting, be sure to enter the Disney “Flip” Side Sweepstakes. There is a new winner selected everyday in January. That’s 31 winners who will receive a 5-day/4-night dream vacation at Walt Disney World Resort for four that includes:

  • 1-Night stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom Park
  • 3 Nights at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
  • 5-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun & More Options
  • $500 Disney Gift Card
  • Personalized “Disney Side” Welcome Basket
  • Glass Slipper Gift inspired by the new live-action film “Cinderella,” in theaters March 13
  • Round-trip coach airfare (If the winner resides more than 250 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort)

Visit DisneyFlipsSide.com and enter everyday for a chance to win. It’s Disney Side fun, flipped around just for you.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to individuals, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are not minors. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 AM (PT) on 1/1/15 and ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 1/31/15. The Sweepstakes is made up of 31 daily sweepstakes each beginning at 12:01 AM (PT) and ending at 11:59 PM (PT) each day. Limit one (1) Entry per daily sweepstakes. Click here for full Official Rules.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Vacation Planning, Walt Disney World Resort

VIDEO: New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 31st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year! Tonight, we live streamed our special New Year’s Eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort – and you can watch the replay for yourself below. To view the fireworks show, skip ahead to 20:10 in the video below.

Be sure to check back for more live events on the Disney Parks Blog in 2015.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Top 10 Disney Parks YouTube Videos of 2014

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


In 2014, there were some great Disney Parks YouTube videos shared around by readers, including our “Ultimate Tweet” at the Walt Disney World Resort – our top video of the year.

Take at look at our list of the Top 10 Most Popular Disney Parks YouTube videos in 2014.

1. Behind the Scenes | 140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’

2. 140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’ | Disney Side | Disney Parks

3. Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ Sing-Along Performed at Walt Disney World Resort | Disney Parks

4. Moms Have a Disney Side too | Mother’s Day | Disney Parks

5. #DisneyKids: First Teacup Ride | Walt Disney World | Disney Parks

6. Mark Hamill Makes His Star Wars Weekends Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Weekend IV

7. Ursula Moves Into Her Lair at Disney California Adventure Park | Disneyland Resort | Disney Parks

8. #DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park | Walt Disney World

9. #DisneyKids: Remembering Favorite Attractions at Walt Disney World | Disney Parks

10. ‘Frozen’ Meet & Greet with Anna & Elsa at Epcot | Walt Disney World

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Filed: Disney California Adventure Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Resort, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks Live at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Our exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at Walt Disney World Resort wraps on New Year’s Eve with a special surprise from Magic Kingdom Park.

We’re live streaming a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

At 11:50 p.m. EST on Wednesday, we’re hosting coverage of the special New Year’s Eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks. To see it live, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 11:35 p.m. on December 31.

See you then.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week our holiday content hit a high point, with two new videos that showed the wonder of a child’s first Christmas spent at Walt Disney World Resort.

In one, we take a look at child’s first visit with his grandparents, and learn just how special and memorable that moment can be for everyone.

And in another, we see that Disney characters can make a special memory for our youngest guests during the holiday season.

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

Video Rewind: Holidays at Disneyland Park, 2009 – Look back at some of the holiday videos we shared here on the Disney Parks Blog way back in December 2009.

Every Role a Starring Role – Dapper Dans of Disneyland Park – The Dapper Dans are an iconic part of the Main Street, U.S.A., experience at the Disneyland Resort. In this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role,” hear from Jim Campbell about what it is like to bring magic to our guests through song.

Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World – We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.

It’s a Holiday Hoedown at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Where can you see Santa Claus, play holiday games, enjoy holiday treats and meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best? At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland park! Check out all the fun we’ve been having this year.

Learn to Draw Scrooge McDuck from ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ – This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a character from a classic Disney holiday film, Scrooge McDuck from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”

Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park – Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river with the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland park.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort