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#DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Sure, millions of photos are taken every year at Magic Kingdom Park but the first is almost always the most memorable. My first photo is in a family scrapbook and I still share first shots of my daughters visiting the park – just as many of you do. Today, we’re continuing our #DisneyKids series with a special look at first photos.

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

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Enter Now for an Opportunity to Attend A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

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


We’re looking for 101 pet dogs to celebrate their Disney Side at one of the most unique events the Disney Parks Blog has ever hosted. A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on August 30, 2014, (before the park opens) at the Walt Disney World Resort – and we’d love for you and your costumed dog to participate if you are eligible and if a photo of your dog showing his or her Disney Side is selected in our contest.

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The event officially begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 30, but we’re asking for attendees and their pet dogs to arrive at 5:45 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort parking area. Inside the park, dogs and owners will walk the “green carpet” (with fire hydrants) on Main Street U.S.A., enjoy a “Doggie Dance Party” and experience a special walk in the park around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park. A light breakfast will also be served.

During the event, a crew from Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Pet” will be filming pet dogs for a special Disney Side edition of the TV show that’ll air in October. Attendees will have the option to be filmed for the TV show but participation is not mandatory.

Please read the official rules before you enter the contest, and please pay special attention to the following “Do’s and Don’ts” when preparing your entry.

Do’s

  • Showing your dog’s Disney Side means your dog should be costumed in a fun way, a way that also ties into what Disney Parks represents through its Disney characters and attractions.
  • Be sure your dog’s costume and photo of you and your dog comply with the official rules and contest criteria.
  • Be creative with the costume and the photo.
  • Make sure your photo is not larger than 2MB. Color and black and white images are acceptable.
  • Include all paperwork required in the Official Rules.
  • By entering the contest you agree to Disney’s Terms of Use.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show any prominent brands or logos other than those on/in your Dog’s costume.
  • Don’t include anyone besides yourself and your dog in the photo.
  • Don’t show anything that might be objectionable, vulgar or obscene. Avoid rude gestures, and other inappropriate stuff and for your and your dog’s safety, don’t try any risky moves.

Now, to enter, send us an email titled “A Disney Side Dog’s Day in the Park” with a photo of your Disney Side-costumed dog, your name, your pet’s medical documents and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few more things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest and one dog per winner in the contest.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the winning contest entrants to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the winner of the contest submission, winner’s dog and winner’s guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming our selection of your contest submission, then your contest submission was not selected.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to persons who are 18 years of age or older, as of entry, and are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida and currently own a dog in good health under 70 pounds that has been spayed or neutered with required paperwork. Entries must be received between 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/22/14 and 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/24/14. Limit one (1) entry per person. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and Magic Kingdom Park Event. For full details including eligibility and entry requirements, judging criteria, prize descriptions & limitations, see Official Rules.

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Festival of the Masters Update

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve been to Downtown Disney or read our Blog lately, you know changes are coming. The area is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. As we prepare for Disney Springs, much of the area that traditionally houses the Festival of the Masters is unavailable due to expansion work and unfortunately we will not be able to host the event.

We appreciate the enthusiastic support we’ve received from the arts community, both locally and nationally, which has contributed to the long-running success of the Festival. Walt Disney World Resort is a strong supporter of the arts and we remain committed to nurturing the arts.

We ask for your patience and understanding during this time of growth and look forward to building new memories with you at Disney Springs.

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Double Rainbow Fills Sky at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we introduced the newest member of the gorilla family troop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and shared the first images of the little one with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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The new baby, which is yet to be named, is the fourth gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan, which manages genetic diversity among species through detailed records of individual animals.

Check our original story for more details about our newest baby gorilla.

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And Gary shared a new group of fun Disney Park “light painting” images that included the galaxy’s most famous villain, Darth Vader. Just like our July post, the designs were made in midair (without a guide or template) and the art was captured using long camera exposures that captured every move of the penlights. There were no chances to “erase” a mistake.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more “light painting” later this year.

(*Note: cast members were in a very controlled environment with proper personnel on-site. If you attempt an artful creation like this, please insure proper safety measures are taken.)

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

D23 Expo 2015 — Tickets Now Available! – Read more about the Ultimate Disney Fan Event and find out where you can buy your tickets.

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1990s – Show us your 1990s memories on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest for a chance to win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

Meet the Townsfolk of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park – Get familiar with some of the Townsfolk that are part of this special experience, and don’t forget to mosey on down to Frontierland at Disneyland park for ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’

New Alex and Ani Disney Bracelets Make Two Seasons Collide at Disney Parks – See some of the new Alex and Ani designs celebrating Halloweeen and Winter this year at Disney Parks!

Remembering Lauren Bacall at Disney Parks – Take a look back at legendary actress Lauren Bacall’s visits to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Check Out These Free Vacation-Planning Tools – Click through for the best resources on Walt Disney World Resort, including maps, dining reservations, theme park tickets and more.

MyMagic+: Video Captures Your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop at Walt Disney World Resort – Read up on how MyMagic+ can save your drop into another dimension at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were thrilled to announce that due to popular demand, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” is being extended through September 28.

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Yes, you can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” for an additional four weeks. Shawn also shared that most entertainment and other features will continue daily, while the “Frozen Fireworks” Spectacular will be presented each night through September 1 (with the exception of August 23), and then switch to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 5-28.

Check our original Frozen story for more details and while you’re there, let us know what you’re most looking forward to doing – or doing again – when you visit.

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And regular Disney Parks Blog readers know we’re looking for fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. This week, we’re searching for memories from the 1980s.

Check out Erin’s original story to learn how it works.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

Here are some of the other stories we’re working on this week.

Celebrating 45 Years of Ghoulish Delight at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – Read up on some of the haunting history behind this classic Disneyland attraction.

Every Role a Starring Role — Disney University Traditions Assistant – Watch how Disney University Traditions Assistant Alyson Clancy welcomes new Disney cast members on their first day.

VIDEO: A Closer Look at Haunted Mansion Authentic Products Coming to Disney Parks This Fall – See some of the spooky new “Haunted Mansion Authentic” merchandise available at Disney parks this fall.

A Model Day at Tokyo Disneyland – Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video – Take a look at our latest tilt-shift video, capturing the magic at Tokyo Disneyland!

Three Fun Ways to Stay Fit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – If you’re looking to stay in shape during your stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, don’t miss these fun fitness activities.

Dateline Adventureland: Tasty Treats and Tonics Part of the Adventure at Disneyland Park – Fuel up on your expeditions for Juju in Adventureland at Disneyland Resort with Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait, Venomade & more!

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A Model Day at Tokyo Disneyland – Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


One of the most popular videos on the Disney Parks Blog continues to be one of our first projects – A Model Day at Magic Kingdom Park. Since introducing readers to tilt-shift at Disney Parks, we’ve featured Epcot, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland park and even a special Disney Cruise Line adventure. Take a look at our latest tilt-shift video highlighting the beauty of Tokyo Disneyland.

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MyMagic+: Personalizing Your Disney Vacation with My Disney Experience

posted on August 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Last month, we talked with our creative team about the resort flyovers now available with My Disney Experience – a key component of MyMagic+ at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, we’re talking with some of you about getting started on the web site and mobile app.

New to My Disney Experience? It’s the key to personalizing your entire visit. Getting started is easy – really, it’s done in just three steps.

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First, log on to the My Disney Experience website or download the newly redesigned mobile app to create your own account and customize your visit.

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Next, link any of your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservations and park tickets to your account planning page. If you don’t have reservations or tickets, both can be added later.

And the final step is the best part – selecting your favorite Disney attractions, shows and more with FastPass+ and booking dining reservations. You can also set up reminders for fireworks times, parades and character experiences along with many other features.

We’re just getting going with our MyMagic+ series so tell us what you’d like to know more about and check back for our next story.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 3rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Each week, we’re asking for your special Disneyland Resort photo memories from a specific decade for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. And this week, it’s favorite memories from the 1970s.

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Erin has all of the details on how to participate and complete rules in her original story.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. 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!

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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And time is running out to vote for your next downloadable Disney Parks Blog desktop wallpaper. Our Disneyland Resort Artist Sketch teams have created new images which pay homage to the beloved Haunted Mansion attraction, celebrating 45 spooky years at Disneyland park next week. Now, it’s up to you to choose.

Let us know which of the four artist sketch designs is your favorite. Voting ends at 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 4.

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

New Challenge, New Medal for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort – Tinker Bell is at it again! runDisney introduced the Pixie Dust Challenge for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, May 7-10, 2015.

Join the Story with ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park – Learn how to get involved in “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” Join Eagle Eye Erin and the folks of Rainbow Ridge or Two Bit Tyler and Frontierland.

Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak – Need something new for your next summer barbeque? Try this recipe from Disney Cruise Line!

Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Finn and Bug – Read more about these Brabant draft horses, part of the team on the Horse Drawn Streetcar on Main Street, U.S.A and the Big Thunder Ranch petting farm.

Treat Yourself to the Pretzels and Peanut Butter Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort -Take a look at the latest creation from the Disneyland Resort Candy Makers and where to get it at the Disneyland Resort!

Download a Special Disney Parks Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Wallpaper -Mark the 15th anniversary of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with this special wallpaper for your desktop, iPad or mobile phone.

Five Things You Can’t Miss During Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park – Make your list of must-do’s at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

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Show Your Pet’s Disney Side on Animal Planet’s ‘America’s Cutest’

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


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A national search is under way for the cutest video celebrating the Disney Side of pets – and I know Disney Parks Blog readers are up for the challenge. The popular Animal Planet America’s Cutest TV show is producing a special Disney Side edition for a Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular that’ll air later this year and they want to hear from you.
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Whether you dress your dog as a jungle cruise skipper or build a hamster-sized Splash Mountain, your pet could become bigger than the Astro Orbiter by appearing in Animal Planet’s Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular.

It’s easy to share your pet’s Disney Side video. Just visit the Animal Planet entry page and add your clip. Here are a few tips:

  • Hold your camera or phone horizontally instead of vertically.
  • Film in the highest resolution possible and please don’t compress.
  • No music, radio or TV in the background.
  • Please include the pets face in the clip.

After you’ve shared your video, watch America’s Cutest: The Disney Side Edition in October to find out if your pet’s Disney Side is one of America’s cutest. Also, let us know about your pet’s Disney Side in the comments.

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