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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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How ‘bout them apples? They’re red and delicious and perhaps our most difficult mystery puzzler of the summer. These apples can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks but you’ve got to have an eagle-eye to spot them. 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 July 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, La Place de Rémy, our first themed area based on the Academy Award-winning film “Ratatouille,” opened to guests at Disneyland Paris.

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Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, authored a story on opening day and showed the area’s anchor, L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, an attraction that shrinks you down to the size of a rat and whisks you away on an adventure over the rooftops of Paris and through Gusteau’s.

Check Tom’s original story for more details about La Place de Rémy.

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And did you see our larger-than-life Olaf made out of sand? The first week of “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” featured expert sand sculptors building the summer-loving snowman in front of the theme park. Here’s how they did it.

If you’d like more “Frozen” fun this weekend, also check out our video of how to draw Anna at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Fans Show Their Disney Sidewalks on Instagram – Check out just a few of the amazing pieces of sidewalk art posted to Instagram as part of the Show Your Disney Sidewalk campaign.

Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Lands at Disney Parks – Take a look at some of this new merchandise soaring into Disney Parks and don’t forget to see Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” on July 18!

Enjoy a Fourth Night Free at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, with Special New Offer – Book a relaxing Hawaiian getaway for your `ohana today with this exciting offer, at the award-winning Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ Begins Today at Disneyland Park – Choose your side in the fight for Frontierland! Click through for more details on this new experience coming to Disneyland park.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days of Disney Water Parks – If you love Disney Water Parks, you’ll love this look back at the construction of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Downtown Disney Entertainers Record a Special Rendition of ‘Let It Go’ – Have a listen to this unique take on “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”, performed by some talented Downtown Disney Entertainers.

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Travel + Leisure Readers Recognize Disney Cruise Line & Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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


Once again, we have readers and fans to thank for more amazing awards. Today, Travel + Leisure announced its World’s Best Awards 2014, and Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa earned top distinctions.

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Disney Cruise Line was named the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for the first time and the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families once again. Readers rated cruise lines on several different criteria, including cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value.

On land, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, was named the Top Hotel for Families in the United States. That’s no surprise, given how many families continue to tell us how much they love this beautiful Disney resort in Hawaii.

What do you and your family like best about Disney Cruise Line and Aulani?

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we announced that the world of “Frozen” will take center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July. We’re opening up the gates on July 5 for a summer-long happening, featuring a full day of all-new, immersive “Frozen” experiences you won’t want to miss, every day through September 1.

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Shawn has a great list of some of the highlights planned for “Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” including information on A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and the “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular.

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And did you hear about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park? It’ll be a whole new way to experience a land in a Disney theme park. Instead of watching the story unfold, guests will be part of the story themselves when “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” opens on July 9.

Check Erin’s story to learn more about the setting of the story and how you can participate.

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

Discover Disney California Adventure Park with the Disney California Story Guided Tour – Beginning July 17, guests will be able to discover the stories behind Disney California Adventure park with this new guided tour.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park – Check out the best ways to enjoy this new show, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, at Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park.

Every Role a Starring Role – Celebrating 50 Episodes at Disneyland Resort! – Since 2010 we’ve been introducing you to our hard-working cast members at Disneyland Resort. Watch a recap as Every Role a Starring Role celebrates its 50th episode!

Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disneyland Resort – Planning to spend Independence Day at Disneyland park? Click through for just a few of the activities and attractions on offer.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Imagineer Joe Rohde on Design and Inspiration – Take a look at these details at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, from Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde

A 21st Birthday Celebration for Singing Superstar Ariana Grande at Walt Disney World Resort – Pop princess meets Disney princess when Ariana Grande celebrates her 21st birthday at Magic Kingdom Park!

Enjoy ‘The Ultimate Day of Thrills’ at Walt Disney World Resort – Take a look at two new tours that offer the VIP treatment at Walt Disney World Resort.

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#DisneyKids: First Flight on Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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


So far, we’ve shared several different “firsts” to experience at Disney Parks in our new #DisneyKids blog series but today’s may be our most popular – a first flight on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This attraction is for everyone – and that’s part of what makes it a special “first” memory for so many guests.

Keep your #DisneyKids suggestions coming in and let us know what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first ride at Disney Parks in the comments.

Also, you can find more fun for little ones – as well as special offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction at Magic Kingdom Park With a Special Vinylmation

posted on June 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Thank you for the wonderful messages. We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive a Vinylmation.

About a month ago, we officially opened the crown jewel of New Fantasyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction at the Magic Kingdom Park. And to continue our celebration of the attraction on the Disney Parks Blog, we have another surprise especially for readers.

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To enter for a chance to win one Seven Dwarfs Mystery Bakery vinylmation, be one of the first 100 people to email us a “Celebrating Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Hello Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” 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.

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 6/26/14.

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Ratatouille Comes to Life at Disneyland Paris

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


Over the weekend, Disneyland Paris previewed La Place de Rémy – a new area dedicated to the Disney•Pixar movie “Ratatouille.” The special themed-area will bring the storybook world of Ratatouille to life when it officially opens in just weeks – on July 10, 2014.

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The dedication of La Place de Rémy happened in Walt Disney Studios Park at a ceremony that included Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, as well as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, Chief Executive Officer of Euro Disney SAS Philippe Gas, and stars from the film.

“When we turn amazing worlds that may only exist in our imaginations or on film into multi-dimensional theme park experiences, we give our guests the opportunity to step into a story that they love. And Ratatouille is a fantastic example of that,” Tom said.

La Place de Rémy will feature the new Ratatouille, l’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy attraction that we told you about here on the Disney Parks Blog. The new attraction whisks guests into a crazy, culinary adventure in one of the capital’s most chic dining establishments, Chez Gusteau, offering a comical rat’s eye view into the world of Remy. Guests begin their adventure on the rooftops of Paris before boarding ratmobiles to scurry though the restaurant’s cold store and dining room overseen by the intimidating Chef Skinner.

And with a design inspired by the French capital represented in the movie, the area will also include Bistrot Chez Rémy, a table-service restaurant, and a special boutique, Chez Marianne (Souvenirs de Paris) – which opens at the end of the 2014.

Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to experiencing at La Place de Rémy.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


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Later this summer, more than 50 of your favorite Disney villains will run wild in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special after-hours night of fun called “Villains Unleashed.” And this week, we shared a sneak peek at a portion of the invite list. Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Darth Vader and more will be making appearances during the event.

Check Jennifer’s story for the entire list and to find out more information about our August 23rd event at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Also this week, new Disney Parks Blog author Jerry Brown shared a look at one of the newest animal experience destinations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “It All Started with a Mouse,” located at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. “It All Started with a Mouse” showcases Walt Disney’s lifelong love of the animal world and his belief that “what everyone will learn who studies it is a renewed sense of kinship with the earth and all its inhabitants.”

Jerry has more information about the experience and images in his original story.

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

Summertime at the Disneyland Resort Keeps Getting Happier – With so many choices on what to do this summer at Disneyland Resort, it’s almost too hard to choose! Instead, we put it all together in a video.

Five Things You Might Have Missed on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park – See some of the smaller details you may have missed at Disney California Adventure park, including the location of special time capsule.

Do You Want ‘S’more’ Gourmet Apples at the Disneyland Resort? Click through to get ‘S’more’ details on this Disneyland Resort treat!

Disney Parks After Dark: Moon Over Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park – This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image is a unique shot of the moon at Luigi’s Flying Tires at Disney California Adventure park.

New Soccer Merchandise Scores a Goal at Walt Disney World Resort – Get in the World Cup spirit with this new merchandise celebrating the beautiful game.

Palo’s New Tasting Menu: Exquisite Wines, Sublime Tastes with Disney Cruise Line – Learn about how the savvy sommeliers with Disney Cruise Line can take your meal to the next level

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find …

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


With the official first day of summer nearly here, we thought we’d stump you with a special mystery image. It’s a chilly smile that never melts and can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks – but do you know where? 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 June 15th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This weekend, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King” here on the Disney Parks Blog with special header images and logo. Also, during the week, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of a favorite Disney character, Donald Duck.

Disney Character Artist Brian James Fitchner shared a video tutorial on how draw Donald Duck, created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers. If you missed it, check out Nate’s special “vintage” story featuring Donald Duck.

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And today (Sunday) is the final day to help decide the next Star Wars-themed Disney Racer to be released in spring 2015.

When the winning Disney Racer is released, the packaging for the die-cast metal car will have a “fan choice” call-out. So, let us know which design should be made and then check back here on the Disney Parks Blog on Monday – Steven will reveal the winning entry.

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

World’s First Production of Disney’s THE LION KING in Mandarin to be Presented at Shanghai Disney Resort – this showstopping production will be put on in a new 1,200-seat Broadway-style theater currently under construction adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland park.

A Look Back at June 14, 1959: Grand Opening of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas details the one of the biggest events at Disneyland park, complete with a visit from then Vice President Richard Nixon.

Learning at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Educational Activities for the Whole ‘Ohana – You might just pick up some new skills while visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Take a look at some of the fun learning activities for the whole family.

‘Trucks on the Town at Downtown Disney West Side’ June 21 at Walt Disney World Resort – Bring all your foodie friends to the first-ever food truck festival at Downtown Disney. Click through for more details.

A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Taste of Alaska Menu – Get a taste of the delectable dishes available on Disney Cruise Line’s Alaskan Cruises.

Seven Dwarfs Continue Down Mine Train with the Launch of New App, TV Show – Check out these new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train-inspired opportunities!

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