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Pixar Wizards Leave Their Signatures on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on January 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


If you’ve had the chance to stop through Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you may have noticed the impressive Storyboard Chandelier that serves the lobby’s centerpiece. Since the resort opened in 2012, it has become tradition for film contributors – both voice actors and those working behind the scenes – to add their autograph to a sketch appearing on the chandelier.

Over the years, many artists, filmmakers and actors have stopped by to autograph panels on the chandelier, including Jodi Benson and Pat Carroll from “The Little Mermaid,” John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, as well as Josh Cooley from “Inside Out” and writer Robert Baird from “Big Hero 6” and “Monsters University”.

Recently Pixar’s Pete Docter, Jay Ward & Jerome Ranft, who have contributed to blockbusters like “Inside Out,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Brave,” and more, stopped in to make their mark.

Check out the video above that details this latest legendary autograph session.

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Jon Favreau Enjoys an Adventure at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 8th, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Out of the jungle and into a tropical Hawaiian paradise, Jon Favreau, director of the upcoming live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book,” recently vacationed with his ‘ohana at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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Our pal Mickey caught up with Jon among the volcanic landscape of Aulani’s Waikolohe Valley. “The Jungle Book” hits theaters on April 15, 2016.

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#DisneyFamilia Rings in the Nuevo Año with Disney Parks and Univisión

posted on December 31st, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


To help celebrate the end of 2015 and welcome 2016, Disney Parks is partnering with Univisión Network to host a New Year’s Eve TV special with performances from top artists like Luis Fonsi, Becky G, Piso 21 Joey Montana, Luis Coronel and more!

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Univisión Feliz 2016 will broadcast today live from Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and from Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST on your local Univisión stations. Be sure to follow all of the night’s action by following and using the hashtags #UnivisionFeliz2016 and #DisneyInolvidable.

Here’s a special message from actress and singer Sofía Carson!

Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!

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Vanessa Williams to Perform Countdown to Midnight: New Year’s Eve 2016 at Yacht & Beach Club

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Recently, I shared details of the Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 extravaganza taking place at Yacht & Beach Club on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, I’m excited to announce that Vanessa Williams, the talented actress (known for her roles in ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty) and singer will be performing at the event. Disney fans will recognize her voice from the Academy Award-winning song, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.

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Additional details about Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 can be found here. The event is now open to all guests, and can be booked by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebridades Spend Their Holiday Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


We all know that the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort are very special. And some of today’s top celebrities agree!

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Teen stars Karol Sevilla and Ruggero Pasquarelli spent a few days visiting our resort that included a visit to Magic Kingdom Park. The actors and singers are the main characters in the upcoming Disney Channel Latin America series “Soy Luna”.

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Also at Magic Kingdom Park, not only did Brazilian UFC Champion Fabricio Werdum celebrate his vacation, he also made his oldest daughter’s birthday wish come true: a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

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And actress and host Jacky Bracamontes was spotted having lots of diversión with Mickey Mouse at Epcot.

What’s your favorite theme park at Walt Disney World Resort to visit during the holidays?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Dick Van Dyke’s 90th Birthday

posted on December 19th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Hollywood icon and Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke kicked off this week by celebrating his 90th birthday at Disneyland. This Week in Disney Parks Photos, we’re sharing more images of his time in the Happiest Place on Earth.


A silhouette of “Bert”, from the cherry chimney sweep he made famous in 1964’s “Mary Poppins”, was unveiled. It now hangs in the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, a Poppins-themed restaurant inside Disneyland park. Van Dyke joined his a cappella quartet, the Vantastix in entertaining park guests with a few songs. And thousands of fans sang “Happy Birthday” as he rode down Main Street, U.S.A. in a special cavalcade held in his honor.

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VIDEO: Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 90th Birthday at Disneyland Park

posted on December 14th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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“In this whole wide world there was no happier bloke” than entertainment icon and Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke as he celebrated his 90th birthday with family, friends and fans at Disneyland park on Sunday.

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From a special dedication inside the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café to a cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., during a day filled with love and laughter “…nowhere was there a more happier crew than them what sings ‘Happy Birthday to you!’”

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TV Stars Raini & Rico Rodriguez Visit Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


ABC’sModern Family’s” Rico Rodriguez and sister Raini Rodriguez, from the Disney Channel’sAustin & Ally,” bring the entire family to Walt Disney World Resort for a few fun filled days of vacation while on break from filming.

The first stop had to be the Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park where the sibling actors found each others’ perfect Disney-inspired ears before heading to a family favorite … Dumbo the Flying Elephant!

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‘Beauty & The Beast’ Actor Josh Gad Meets Gaston at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Actor and Comedian Josh Gad met up with us outside Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park for a quick chat to share with us his excitement and anticipation for the new Frozen Ever After attraction, which is currently under construction at Epcot.

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Josh, who voiced Olaf in “Disney’s Frozen,” just wrapped filming Disney’s newest live action movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” where he plays Gaston’s silly sidekick LeFou. Josh’s trip to Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be complete without a visit with his onscreen hero.

To hear his thoughts on Disney Parks, “Frozen,” “Beauty & The Beast” and more, check out the video above.

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‘The Goldbergs’ Visit Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 26th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


After a long production period making episodes of their hit ABC series, the cast of “The Goldbergs” — Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile, AJ Michalka and Patton Oswalt — along with Executive Producers Adam Goldberg and Doug Robinson, and their families — wanted to enjoy a little holiday magic at the Disneyland Resort.

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During a full day that included Soarin’ Over California, the Jingle Cruise and lunch in New Orleans Square, we caught up with the cast in Cars Land where they saw all the sights in Radiator Springs. It was a day no one will soon forget — especially Mater!

“The Goldbergs” airs Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET/PT on ABC.

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