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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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Actress Jessica Alba & Family Enjoy Frozen Summer Fun

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Actress Jessica Alba, along with Film Producer husband Cash Warren, kicked off summer this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with their daughters Honor and Haven.

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The family enjoyed a little Frozen Summer Fun by sharing warm hugs with Olaf, Anna and Elsa. Will you celebrate summer at Disney Parks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance Visit Walt Disney World

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Hollywood couple Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, along with their twin 10-year-old children, Bronwyn and Slater, recently took time at Magic Kingdom Park to pose for a photo with Goofy – Angela’s favorite Disney character.

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance visit Disney World in Florida

When asked why Goofy is her favorite character, Angela says she likes his swagger and besides that “Goofy is tall, dark and handsome – what’s not to like!” Ears to you Bassett/Vance family!

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Peyton List and Her Grandma Share a Special Day at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director


It was a day to celebrate old memories and create new ones as Peyton List, known to most of us as “Emma” on Disney Channel’sJessie,” and her grandmother, Charlene List, spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What better way to start the day than to do something that bridges both generations, a meet and greet with Mickey himself at Town Square Theater. Excited to see Mickey, Peyton recalled the first time she saw him as a child, “The first time I met Mickey I was with you grandma.”

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Walking down Main Street U.S.A., eating Mickey Ice Cream Bars in front of Cinderella Castle, riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Peyton and her grandmother shared stories from the past and used the time to learn more about each other. Peyton was surprised to learn she and her grandmother share a common bond, a love of thrill rides. A fact quickly supported with a ride together on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Beaming with pride and love for her granddaughter, Charlene shared this advice to all grandparents, “They will remember this the rest of their lives, spending time with you, and you will remember, so everybody wins. Life’s too short and you got to make a lot of happy memories.”

Here is a look at Peyton and grandma’s day as they kicked off their Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Mariah Carey Kicks Off Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 30th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Mariah Carey stopped by the Disneyland Resort to be a guest on “Live with Kelly and Michael” as a part of the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Mariah performed a song from her brand new album “#1 to Infinity” at Town Square in Disneyland park.

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While at The Happiest Place on Earth, Mariah stopped by “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” to pose for a photo with a portrait of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse.

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‘Teen Beach 2: Beach Party’ Brings Summer Fun to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As a part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be celebrating the upcoming release of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach 2” with a daily “Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.”

Disney Channel Film “Teen Beach 2” Stars Kick Off New “Teen Beach 2:" Beach Party at Walt Disney World Resort

The party, which takes place on the shore of the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, features a DJ spinning retro tunes, beach-themed games, hula hoop contests and more. Parties will be held through July 5.

If you plan to visit, keep this in mind – when guests purchase a one-day water park ticket, they can park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.

“Teen Beach 2″ premieres on Disney Channel on June 26th.

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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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