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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Supports Toys for Tots

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


This holiday season, Disney VoluntEARS continued the 60-year tradition of supporting the Toys for Tots campaign by collecting gifts for children around the globe.

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort VoluntEARS supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual drive. These cast members donated more than 6,000 hours of service to help sort donations and distribute toys to families in need. Disney Cruise Line hosted toy drives onboard their ships, at their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida and in their shore-side offices. VoluntEARS at Disneyland Paris hosted “Mission Noel.” At this event, they wrapped gifts for children from local communities who were invited to the park for Christmas Eve brunch. In total, our cast members donated more than 40,000 toys, books and games.

Toys for Tots is just one example of how we at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts enrich the lives of kids and families around the globe. Through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteerism, we help make lasting and positive change in the world. To learn more about citizenship at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, visit http://aboutdisneyparks.com/citizenship.

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‘Who Goes to Disney World?’ TV Spot Features Mascots in College Football Playoff

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


As excitement builds for the inaugural College Football Playoff on ESPN, Disney Parks is launching a series of fun TV spots on ESPN and ABC-TV created in the same vein as our iconic “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.

Who Will Win the College Football Playoffs and go to Walt Disney World Resort?

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If you haven’t seen the spot yet, mascots from the University of Alabama, Florida State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon are passing the time at an airport, hoping their team wins the National Championship so one of them will get to fly off to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to represent their school for a celebratory parade similar to how countless marquee sports heroes have celebrated after the big game. Check it out – it’ll make you smile.

Watch for new versions of the TV spot after the College Football Playoff semifinals. Until then, we’d love to hear what Disney Parks Blog readers think. Who wins and gets to go to Walt Disney World Resort?


Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog after the College Football Playoff semifinal games on ESPN on January 1, 2015 for more.

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Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World

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


Christmas Trees at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

This year, we’re focusing on the trees specifically found at the resorts during a visit to Walt Disney World. Each year, my family visits as many of our resorts as we can to see these trees and the amazing holiday decorations.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Do you have a favorite resort to visit during the holidays? Let’s us know in the comments.

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Merry Christmas from the Disney Parks Blog Team

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


Let us be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. We have a surprise to share with Disney Parks Blog readers – the third in a series of Cinderella Castle wallpapers captured earlier this year by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips. To download, simply click on the image below – it’ll fit all of your screens.

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

Have a Merry Christmas and keep checking the blog today for more stories from Jennifer, Erin, Nate and Tyler.

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Disney Parks Yule Log

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s tradition around here to light up the Disney Parks Yule Log on Christmas week. With our updated HD version, created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers, you can enjoy the crackling fire along with some great music and a surprise guest. Check it out on your computer, TV, tablet or mobile device.

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