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It’s T Time at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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The Rabbit Hole has opened and the House of Cards is stacked for a funderful Diamond Mad T Party in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. And have you seen some of the surprises our mischievous hosts Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum brought back from inside the magical Disney vault?

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The party continues through 1 a.m. here in Hollywood Land, with the Mad T Party Band and Hottest Deck in Town dance crew. That won’t be the end, though. The White Rabbit DJ will keep spinning splendiferous tunes all the way to 5 a.m.

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Oh, and have you caught a showing of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” yet? Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris will be gracing the waters of Paradise Bay once more tonight – at 3 a.m. – for a special, late-night showing.

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Set a Course for Star Wars Weekends This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Our Star Wars Weekends event for 2015 is well under way and better than ever! And this week, the incomparable Warwick Davis is among the celebrity guests visiting from that galaxy far, far away.

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Warwick portrayed lovable Ewok Wicket from the forest moon of Endor and has brought to vivid life several beloved characters beyond the worlds of Star Wars. In fact, one of my favorite shows during Star Wars Weekends is “An Ewok’s Tale: My Short Story,” Warwick Davis’s hysterical one-man show through which he shares his adventures as only he can. It’s definitely not to be missed!

Of course, Warwick is just one of the stars of the saga joining us May 22 – 24. You can also see and hear from actors whose characters have inhabited the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the Theed Royal Palace of Naboo and the grasslands of Lothal:

  • Event Host James Arnold Taylor: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket the Ewok (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

No matter what part of the galaxy you hail from, you’ll want to make Star Wars Weekends your destination. With all the celebrities, Star Wars characters, special shows, fireworks and more, it is as close to the Force as you can get!

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Stars Shine Bright at the Disneyland Resort for World Premiere of ‘Tomorrowland’

posted on May 11th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last weekend, the Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at Downtown Disney District with a special after party at Disneyland park in (where else?) Tomorrowland!

Here you’ll hear from the stars on the red carpet, including the film’s star, George Clooney, about the excitement of being at the Disneyland Resort for the premiere. They also shared some of their favorite Disneyland memories in honor of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Following the premiere of the film, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and journalist Willow Bay joined George and Amal Clooney and their niece Mia aboard the Disneyland Monorail for a trip to the after party in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.

“Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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Stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney to Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


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If your kids are fans of the hit shows on Disney Channel and Disney XD, and listen to Radio Disney, they won’t want to miss these special events within the Walt Disney World Resort 24-hour Summer Kickoff on Friday, May 22. Some of the network’s most popular stars will be dropping by the party at Magic Kingdom Park throughout the day, giving fans a unique opportunity to see their favorites in person at fun themed events.

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  • Disney Channel’s Club Chill: Be sure to check out this super-cool party zone in Tomorrowland from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., where you can see a DJ spinning the latest tunes, previews of upcoming films and music videos, and more. Keep your eyes peeled because you never know if some of guests’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars might just stop by.
  • Grand Marshals for the 3 p.m. “Disney Festival Of Fantasy Parade“: Watch as some of your favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars kick off the 3 p.m. “Disney Festival Of Fantasy Parade.”
    • (Scheduled to Appear*)
    • Karan Brar (“Jessie“)
    • Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie” & “Descendants“)
    • Sofia Carson (“Descendants”)
    • Garrett Clayton (“Teen Beach 2“)
    • Skai Jackson (“Jessie”)
    • Peyton List (“Jessie”)
    • Ross Lynch (“Austin and Ally” and “Teen Beach 2″)
    • Laura Marano – (“Austin and Ally”)
    • Maia Mitchell (“Teen Beach 2″ and ABC Family’s “The Fosters“)
    • Bradley Steven Perry – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med“)
    • Grace Phipps (“Teen Beach 2″)
    • Jake Short – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med”)
    • Calum Worthy – (“Austin and Ally”)

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  • Radio Disney: Broadcasting from 8 a.m. – Midnight catch Ernie D, Brooke, Candice and Nate as they broadcast live during the event!

*Talent and entertainment subject to change

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Parks Visit

posted on April 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, actress Ashley Brown, who originated the part of Mary Poppins on Broadway visited Walt Disney World Resort. During her visit, she also took time out to answer some of your questions submitted here on the blog – and of course, visited the parks to take photos with some Poppins pals.

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She also took the time to surprise a group of young performers from Franklin School for the Performing Arts students during their Disney Performing Arts Program Experience.

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Ashley answered their questions about being a professional performer and also shared a special performance of the song “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins.”

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VIDEO: Disney Actress Ashley Brown Answers Reader Questions

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Broadway’s own Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, took a minute out of her family’s visit while at Magic Kingdom Park to answer your questions about Walt Disney World Resort.

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Check out the video below to see if she responded to you!

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Actress ‘Pops In’ on Performing Arts Students at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


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The Franklin School for the Performing Arts students knew they were going to have a magical trip to Walt Disney World Resort when they arrived for their Disney Performing Arts Program experiences, but it had no idea just how magical it would be.

The group of performers from Massachusetts was surprised during their weekend trip by actress Ashley Brown, star of the original Broadway production of “Mary Poppins”. Brown, who was also starred as Belle in Disney’s Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast”, spent time interacting with the students, answering questions and imparting wisdom from her long career on the big stage.

The real treat came when Brown delivered a special performance of “Feed the Birds” from the hit musical “Mary Poppins.”

The unexpected appearance by Brown was just another example of the types of magical moments experienced by groups participating in Disney Performing Arts programs, which unlock student potential and help young people make their own dreams come true. Those dreams can involve performing in front of an international audience of thousands at Disney theme parks and resorts or honing their craft in enriching workshops taught by entertainment professionals.

The Disney Performing Arts programs are open to a variety of youth groups who can sign up for a workshop or a performance opportunity at www.disneyyouth.com.

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Freshly Picked Music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Walt Disney World Resort: Taylor Dayne

posted on April 21st, 2015 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Now that the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom, it reminds us of all there is to love about it. From the whimsical Disney character topiaries and spring-inspired delicious dishes to the expert demonstrations and Garden Rocks Concert Series, where some of the biggest names in music grace the stage.

We caught up with Taylor Dayne, who will soon play Garden Rocks for the first time (you may have seen her perform at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival). Starting with her smash 1987 single “Tell It to My Heart,” it’s hard to top this New York native for infectious dance pop.

RUSS: Growing up on Long Island, did you ever imagine all the success you’ve achieved?

TAYLOR: As a little kid, I had the vision of “I’m gonna be a rock and roll star,” singing to the radio or every commercial that came on. I was very passionate about working hard. To make music was always my goal and my dream as a very, very young girl. I’m just so blessed.

RUSS: We’ve heard you’re a pretty big Disney fan. True?

TAYLOR: Ya know, the beautiful thing about Disney is I grew up on the incredible animation. And, of course, on Sunday nights we got to watch Disney on TV. The shows, the movies, the parks—it’s pretty special and amazing. Just a big part of my life.

RUSS: Any favorite Disney memories?

TAYLOR: For me growing up, it was “it’s a small world.” I made my children (12-year-old twins Levi and Astaria) go on it because the music is just so incredible.

RUSS: As for the theme parks, adrenaline rush or milder thrills?

TAYLOR: I’m not a drop-from-the-sky kind of girl. No. My son will do that. I stand there and watch while he falls from the sky and does the roller coasters with all the drops. Though I was in to it when I was younger.

RUSS: Have a favorite attraction?

TAYLOR: I love Soarin’ at Epcot! You’re in the chair and floating. It’s incredible. You’re in that entire experience. You’re moving in it. It’s brilliant.

RUSS: Describe your music.

TAYLOR: When people ask me that, I say dance, pop, some R&B to a degree. But classic. So if you’re listening to the radio, you might hear “I’ll Always Love You,” “Send Me A Lover” or “Love Will Lead You Back.” I’ve always been incredibly passionate and people feel what I’m singing. Big voice, big passion.

RUSS: People are anxious to experience your show at the Flower & Garden Festival for the very first time. What do you have in store?

TAYLOR: I hope the fans get an experience so they feel like they’ve been to a show. There’s a beginning, a middle and end. There’s a story. I want them to feel like they got a piece of me. Music is just such a universal language. Why are people so inspired by music? Because it touches them in such a sensorial way. At this point, to a lot of them these songs are the soundtrack of people’s lives. You feel like, “Wow, I remember that.” So yeah, I always look forward to performing at Epcot. It’ll be awesome.

RUSS: Thanks so much for your time. One last question. What’s something your fans may not know about you?

TAYLOR: I’m a nature freak [laughs]. That’s what I do. I go out there and find my peace. My quiet time.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues through May 17. Taylor Dayne performs May 1 through 3. All performances take place at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission.

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‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ Travels to California for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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On today’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced that the top morning talk show will head west to Southern California for five shows originating from the Disneyland Resort, airing May 18-22, 2015! Main Street, U.S.A., and Sleeping Beauty Castle will provide the stunning backdrop for “LIVE’s” five broadcasts.

Joining in the fun with Ripa and Strahan will be a stellar line-up of guests, including superstar Mariah Carey, action star Dwayne Johnson, late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “Scandal” star Scott Foley, “The Middle” star Patricia Heaton and more. The hosts also will showcase all that’s exciting and new with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, in addition to taking a look back at the history of Disneyland, and sharing favorite memories of an A-list line-up of celebrity fans.

“LIVE” viewers who will be in Southern California are welcome to join Ripa and Strahan by attending one of the “LIVE” broadcasts at Disneyland park. Ticket information is available on “LIVE’s” website, LIVEKellyandMichael.com.

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Actress Ashley Brown Visits Walt Disney World, Answers Your Parks Questions

posted on April 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In 2005, actress Ashley Brown made her Broadway debut as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and then in 2006, made Disney history when she originated the title role of Mary Poppins in the show’s grand Broadway debut. Talk about living out your Disney dreams!

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This award-winning actress is visiting the Walt Disney World Resort soon for some fun in the Florida sun – and she’s taking your questions! This is your chance to ask Ashley a question on some of her Walt Disney World “favorites,” including attractions and places to dine, shop, stay, etc. We’ll be back next week with a video as Ashley answer them to share some of her Disney Parks “favorites” with all of you.

Please post your questions now in the ‘comments’ section below.

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