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Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park

posted on August 27th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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As ABC’s smash show “Dancing with the Stars” prepares to kick-off its 21st season next month, more celebrities are being announced as competitors. This morning, Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” on Entertainment Tonight as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy joined by performers from “Paint the Night” parade, as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

It’s no coincidence that this special announcement took place at Disneyland park since Alexa (who is celebrating her birthday today!) and Carlos are both huge Disneyland fans.

Check out this video to learn more about what inspires this Disney-loving couple as they prepare for their ballroom adventure.

“Dancing with the Stars” returns with an all-new season premiere on Monday, Sept. 14, at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

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Michael Strahan & Chris Rock Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Best buds Michael Strahan and Chris Rock recently vacationed together with their families at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where they ran into other longtime buddies, Chip & Dale. Both families are taking full advantage of these last few days of summer fun in the Disney Parks before the school year starts again. Michael was anxious to get back to riding Expedition Everest a few more times! He and his daughters had been on the attraction four times already before pausing to take a photo in front of the Tree of Life.

Chris mentioned he was excited for lunch at Teppan Edo in Epcot. The hibachi grill style restaurant is a family favorite.

Chris Rock and Michael Strahan visit Walt Disney World Resort

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebridades Enjoy Magical Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


What do a soccer player, a rock star and an actress have in common? They know where to vacation with their families: Walt Disney World Resort!

Recently, we spotted the following celebrities enjoying time with their familias and taking a break from their busy schedules to visit our theme parks, where they took photos with their favorite Disney characters, rode iconic attractions and had lots of diversión (fun).

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Fher, lead singer of the rock band Maná, visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, su parque favorito en Disney (his favorite Disney theme park) and posed with Rafiki. Fher, director of the nature conservation organization Selva Negra, is the Spanish narrator of the Disneynature film “Planet Earth.”

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Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao García met Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park with his princesas (princesses): wife Lorelai and daughters Dominique and Desirée. The girls were crazy about meeting Minnie and they even wore the famous pink Minnie ears during the encuentro (encounter)!

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Many won’t recognize the name of Carmen Sarahí, but they may have heard her voice plenty of times in the Latin-American version of “Frozen.” The singer and actress recently visited Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy all that Frozen Summer Fun offers to our guest. She even got to sing to Olaf, her favorite snowman!

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Alfonso Ribeiro Soaks Up Summer with ‘Ohana at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Before hosting the next season of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” actor Alfonso Ribeiro and his ‘ohana recently vacationed at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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We caught up with Alfonso, his wife Angela and kids, Alfonso Jr., Sienna and Anders, as they were getting ready for a delicious meal at “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki.” Of course they had time for a quick picture with Mickey Mouse!

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Actress & Singer Idina Menzel Talks ‘Frozen’ at Disney Parks

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Come check out the video of Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel as she visits the set of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Idina Menzel visits Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World Resort

Idina shares her thoughts on the pop-culture phenomenon “Frozen,” her “special” relationship with a Queen named Elsa and how excited she is to be a part of something so unique and special, especially for young girls.

Menzel recalled with us some of her favorite Disney Parks memories, from walking down Main Street U.S.A., to this trip where she learned her son shares her passion for thrill rides!

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Adam Sandler and Family Visit Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Funnyman Adam Sandler and his youngest daughter, 6-year-old Sunny Madeline, took a break from their recent family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort to meet Disney’s top “Dawg” Goofy at the family’s favorite Disney resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Adam Sandler visits Walt Disney World Resort

Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, co-produces the ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we looked ahead to the holidays with a sneak peek at a few of the narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot as you begin to book dinner packages for the event.

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The Candlelight Processional is presented three times per night at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. from November 27 to December 30. This year’s narrator list includes Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg. Our updated list and more details on the dining packages can be found in our original story.

You can also reserve your Candlelight Dining Packages this weekend by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Loggerhead Turtle With Only 3 Fins on Coral Reef in Caribbean

We continued our popular Wildlife Wednesday series with a story from Disney’s Vero Beach Resort featuring turtles Tinker Bell and Marina. Both are part of The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles, the great turtle race that helps identify their migratory routes.

Disney Vacation Club members chose the names Tinker Bell and Marina for this year’s turtles, and guests at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will meet them at Tour de Turtles on August 1. Starting at 7 a.m., guests can watch as we attach a satellite transmitter to the shells of the turtles so we can track their movements.

Check Anne’s original story for more details.

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

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park – It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

Greetings Programs – Celebrating My Love of All Things ‘TRON’ – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller shares some of his prized possessions inspired by Disney’s “TRON”, and previews some Disney Infinity 3.0 figures coming later this year.

Every Role a Starring Role – Aviator at Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure Park – As an Aviator at Soarin’ Over California, Ryan Adams has the unique role of preparing guests for an exhilarating flight through some of these iconic sights, sounds and smells of California — all within a few minutes!

Your Chance to Sip a Rare Wine at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – A state-of-the-art WineStation by Napa Technology is the newest “toy” for the sommeliers at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Birthday Collection Coming Soon – On July 16, look for a special commemorative birthday collection to debut at select locations as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Celebrate Tanabata With New Beverages From Tokyo Dining in Epcot – See how Tanabata was honored at Japan Pavilion in Epcot this week, and plan a celebration with a loved one for your next visit!

#DisneySide Doodles: Rapunzel Takes a Carousel Spin – This week’s #DisneySide Doodle was created by artist Ty Amato and showcases Rapunzel and her good pal, Pascal, taking a ride on the carousel.

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2015 Candlelight Processional Packages on Sale

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Happy Holidays! (Deck the halls with boughs of …)

Wait! It’s not holiday time yet, is it?

While it may not be time to unwrap presents quite yet, it’s time to let you, our guests, start booking dinner packages for the 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Right now, in fact!

Regular readers of the Disney Parks Blog know that I am a huge fan of the Candlelight Processional, part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

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The dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators like Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg; the spectacular mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs; the swelling sounds of the Walt Disney World orchestra — I love it all.

This year’s event runs nightly at The America Gardens Theater at Epcot from November 27 to December 30.

We also have a sneak peek at some of our narrators from this year. Here’s the list so far: (Entertainment and times subject to change)

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — TBA
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — TBA
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira
  • 12/15 – 12/16 — TBA
  • 12/17 – 12/18 — TBA
  • 12/19 – 12/20 — TBA
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — TBA
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 — TBA
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

The Candlelight Processional is presented three times per night at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. *

Dining packages include appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage at select Epcot full-service restaurants (or one full buffet where applicable), and guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional. Dining packages do not include park admission.

For Dining Reservations that include preferred Candlelight Processional Seating, please call Disney Dining at 407-WDW-DINE.

For more information on Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the Candlelight Processional or to make reservations for a Candlelight Processional dinner package, check out http://www.disneyworld.com/holidays. And check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on who fills those last coveted slots in our narrator lineup.

*Dining packages are not available on Sunday, December 6, at 5:00 pm.

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Nick Cannon Celebrates with Goofy at Disneyland Park

posted on July 7th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Television host Nick Cannon met up with Goofy recently during a visit to the Disneyland Resort while celebrating a friend’s birthday.

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Goofy was wearing his spiffy new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration duds, and Nick even said that Goofy’s new suit looks like something he might like to wear. Of course we’ve known that Goofy has been setting fashion trends for years!

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‘Jurassic World’ Star Nick Robinson Goes on an Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last week, actor Nick Robinson, star of “Jurassic World,” ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey” and Disney “Frenemies” stopped by Disneyland park for a different kind of adventure at the world famous Jungle Cruise. While visiting the Disneyland Resort with family, Nick told us he was looking forward to riding his favorite attraction, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Between dinosaurs and the fifth dimension, he’s one brave guy!

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