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!
posted on August 4th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
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 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!
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.
Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, co-produces the ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.”
posted on July 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
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.
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.
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?
Right now, in fact!
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.
posted on July 7th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort
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!
posted on June 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
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!
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.
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.
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!
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’s “Jessie,” and her grandmother, Charlene List, spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park.
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.”
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.”