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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we celebrated the launch of Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with new themed header images as well as stories featuring this year’s artwork, gift cards and merchandise at Darth’s Mall. We also shared a special look at a Darth Vader cupcake consumed by the dark side in the pastry display case.

If you enjoyed our Darth Vader cupcake video, check out the behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.

Star Wars Weekends takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16 – June 15, 2014. Most event activities are included in regular theme park admission.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets On Sale Now Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets On Sale Now

Also this week, tickets for our holiday parties went on sale at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket event that allows you to enjoy Magic Kingdom Park attractions, special Halloween-themed entertainment (parade and fireworks), the Disney Villains Mix & Mingle stage show, special character meet and greets, trick-or-treating throughout the park and much more.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties offer up holiday cheer in November and December, including lights on Cinderella Castle and other amazing holiday decor, a special holiday parade and fireworks, exclusive entertainment, Santa Claus sightings and more.

You can purchase tickets now for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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

Handy-Dandy Guide to Disneyland Resort Eats You’ll Only Find at Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23 – Learn about all the special food offerings available during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at Disneyland Resort.

More ‘Frozen’ Fun at Disneyland Park This Summer – Look for Olaf, Anna and Elsa in a special pre-parade each day at Disneyland park, appearing just ahead of performances of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade!

Five Things You Might Have Missed in Adventureland at Disneyland Park – See some of often overlooked parts of Adventureland at Disneyland park. Do you have a favorite hidden detail?

Goofy’s Glaciers Climb to the Top of Frozen Treats at Disneyland Resort – Cool off with this frozen treat, available in Cherry or Blue Raspberry flavor!

Creating Art for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Take a look at these fun photos created for Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

PHOTOS – Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2014 – Check out some of the intergalactic merchandise now available during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Five Hawaiian Expressions to Know for Your Visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Ready for your trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Here are five useful phrases to use during your stay.

Experience Majestic Views of the Grand Canyon with Adventures by Disney – Discover the beauty of Grand Canyon National Park and Arches National Park, raft the Colorado River or take a four-wheel drive adventure. Click through for details!

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Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort Now On Snapchat

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today, we’re excited to announce a new way to connect with us – on the photo-sharing service Snapchat. If you haven’t used it yet, it’s easy to get started. We’ve created a quick guide showing exactly how to add Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort to your list of Snapchat friends.

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Go follow us now to see our snaps and check back on Friday, May 23 during our Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour parties for our Snapchat coverage of the event.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 11th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our ongoing series of Disney Parks Blog stories featuring Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with a time-lapse video of the attraction rising out of the ground at Magic Kingdom Park.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will officially open its doors in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on Wednesday, May 28.

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And as Shawn told us, The Harambe Theatre is nearing completion in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When it opens in June, the theater will be the new home for the popular show, “Festival of the Lion King.” This week, we shared a first look at the new theater.

Here’s a look at some of the other stories we worked on this week.

A Look Back: Grand Opening of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park – Drop into the fifth dimension and see some pictures from the grand opening of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Showing Mom’s ‘Disney Side’ at Disney Parks – Have something planned at a Disney Park with mom this weekend? Watch how you can create some special memories and show your ‘Disney Side’.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Bill Evans – Learn the legacy of Bill Evans, The Disney Legend responsible for much of the landscaping design at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Spotlight on Cherry Tree Lane Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney in 2014 – Get a preview of some of the high-end boutique items that will be offered at Cherry Tree Lane, opening later this year.

Five Types of Cruisers You Meet on Every Disney Ship – Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, shares some fantastic photos of what you can expect to see aboard a Disney Cruise.

Point of View: Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Go “under the sea” with some colorful fish in this snorkeling video of Rainbow Reef.

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#DisneyKids: First Water Slide at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve got a “favorite” Disney water slide, chances are you remember your first splash at one of our water parks – I remember my first slide to this day. Today, we’re continuing our series of different firsts to experience at Disney Parks at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon where there are scaled-down thrills suitable for even tiny tots.

Let us know about a special, memorable or even life changing first trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the “Comments” below and then check back for our #DisneyKids series.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced the date many of you have been waiting for – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park officially opens on May 28.

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Tom made the announcement during a special dedication ceremony in New Fantasyland where he was joined by Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland.

And if you just can’t wait to take a trip aboard Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, then check out this week’s full ride-through video of the attraction.

You can learn more about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and see more images from the ceremony in our original blog story.

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

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park – Learn the legend of Big Thunder Mountain, and don’t forget to ride the newly reopened Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park!

The Doc is In! Doc McStuffins Visits Disney California Adventure Park Starting May 5 – Meet Doc McStuffins in Hollywood Land near “Disney Junior Live on Stage!” for a limited time, starting tomorrow.

Little Ones Enjoy Makeovers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Spa Director Lucia Rodriguez gives a tour of the luxurious Laniwai Spa and what’s offered for the little ones in your family.

A Shopper’s Guide to Mother’s Day at Disneyland Resort – Have you gotten your Mother’s Day gift yet? Get some suggestions from of our resident experts at Disneyland park.

Time-lapse Video of Disney Cruise Line in Europe – See some spectacular sights that are part of Disney Cruise Line Destinations in the Mediterranean.

‘Festival of The Lion King’ To Return To Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June – This show-stopping production is returning to a new location in Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this June.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Marks 25 Years – Check out how we celebrated Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ silver anniversary earlier this week!

– Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders: Enter for Chance to Attend Advance Screening of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders! This is your last day to enter for a chance to win two tickets to a special advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.” Click through for details.

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7 Magical GIFs from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at New Fantasyland

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


Earlier today, we shared the exciting update that the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28. To celebrate, we’re sharing a special series of GIFs featuring the attraction.

To see Disney Parks come to life through more GIFs be sure to check us out on Giphy.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens May 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

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


On Friday, May 2 at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced that the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28.

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During this morning’s ceremony, Tom was joined by Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as he invited everyone to celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland.

“Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special,” Tom said. “The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land.”

The family-style coaster features an innovative new ride system that allows cars to swing back and forth as they travel down the track. The cars are even designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, and used to haul rocks and jewels.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also uses the latest in technology featuring some of the most advanced and charming Audio-Animatronics figures we’ve ever created. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

We have much more to share in the weeks before the attraction opens on May 28, so be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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Video: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication from Magic Kingdom Park

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


This morning, we offered a special opportunity to watch the official dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at New Fantasyland live – right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Click the video to watch a replay of the ceremony.

Follow along as we provide updates on the @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter account during the event. You can also learn more about the family-style coaster by checking out our exclusive “All in the Details” series.

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Watch the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication Live from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you can’t join us in New Fantasyland tomorrow, we’re offering a special opportunity to watch the official dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train live – right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs as well as Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be inviting everyone to Rock Your “Disney Side” and celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland during Friday’s dedication.

Our special Disney Parks Blog live stream begins at 7:25 a.m. EST on May 2, and we’ll be providing updates on the @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter account before and during the event. You can also learn more about the family-style coaster before the live stream by checking out our exclusive “All in the Details” series.

See you back here on Friday morning.

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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios with ‘Disney Stars’ Wallpapers

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our celebration of the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios has included a special series of exclusive artwork for your computer or mobile device. And today, we’re sharing the third wallpaper featuring Horace Horsecollar to wrap up our “Disney Stars” series. Click on any of the images in the series to add them to your favorite screen.

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

And if you’re looking for any other wallpapers featured here on the Disney Parks Blog, here’s our special gallery.

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