The Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 30th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


A few minutes before a performance of “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park last week, the star of the show got a special visit from another well-known star, Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry.

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

These two pals could’ve spent the whole afternoon catching up, but it was showtime before too long, so a quick kiss for good luck, and then “on with the show!”

Halle Berry Meets Mickey Mouse at ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

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Actor Gilles Marini Gets His Kicks With Mickey at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on July 24th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Actor Gilles Marini, who kicked up his heels a few times on “Dancing with the Stars,” got his kicks today at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Mickey Mouse, clad in his favorite soccer uniform, joined in the fitness fun as Gilles demonstrated some of his soccer skills for our cameras and the impromptu crowd that gathered. A big fan of the sport, Gilles has played amateur soccer in California while continuing his successful acting career.

Actor Gilles Marini Gets His Kicks With Mickey at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Born in France, Gilles began his show business career in modeling after serving in the French Army. After a photographer discovered him, Gilles moved to the U.S. following the fulfillment of his military duties. While modeling, he began his acting career and has starred on TV shows, including “Brothers & Sisters” on ABC. He became a fan favorite for his dancing skills on the hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars,” and currently appears on the ABC Family series “Switched at Birth.”

After today’s photo shoot with Mickey, Gilles stayed and took photos with several amateur teams who were arriving to compete in the 2013 Champion ESPN Games.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun in the Sun in California

posted on July 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week at Disney Parks, some of our most compelling images came from the Disneyland Resort.

First up, how cool is this? The the “C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A” letters that used to welcome guests to the entrance of Disney California Adventure park just made their debut at the California State Fair.

Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair

Speaking of Disney California Adventure park, look who stopped by for a photo this week – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, his wife, model Gisele Bundchen and their family.

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Family Visit Disney California Adventure Park

At the Walt Disney World Resort this week, our “After Dark” image took a look at illuminating toys at Epcot.
Disney Parks After Dark: Disney Toys Light Up the Night

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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Family Visit Disney California Adventure Park

posted on July 11th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


There was something for everyone when New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, model Gisele Bundchen, visited Disney California Adventure park with family recently.
Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Family Visit Disney California Adventure Park

Cars Land and meeting Red the Fire Truck were a big hit with this family.
Gisele Bundchen and Princess Sofia at Disney California Adventure Park

Earlier that day, fashion royalty met Disney royalty when Gisele and Princess Sofia posed for this fun photo in Hollywood Land.

This was just the beginning of this fun family’s first visit, which also included Soarin’ Over California and Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

Have you had a chance to meet Sofia yet? What about Red?

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Soccer Star Kaká and Mickey Mouse Kick It at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Mickey Mouse welcomed one of the world’s most famous athletes to Walt Disney World Resort this week. Kaká, a midfielder for the European soccer club Real Madrid, along with the Brazilian national team, dropped by ESPN Wide World of Sports to promote Disney Cup International.
Kaká Gave a Quick Soccer Lesson to Mickey and a Couple of his Youth Soccer Friends, Demonstrating Proper Techniques for a Penalty Kick and Corner Kick

While at Disney’s world-class sports facility, Kaká gave a quick soccer lesson to Mickey and a couple of his youth soccer friends, demonstrating proper techniques for a penalty kick and corner kick.

In its 14th year at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the upcoming Disney Cup International presented by AS Roma, will be held July 15-20 and has attracted more than 200 teams from 19 countries.
Soccer Star Kaká and Mickey Mouse kick it at ESPN Wide World of Sports
Off the field, Kaká boasts a monstrous social media presence. He was the first athlete to surpass 10 million followers on Twitter – now at more than 15 million – along with millions more fans on Facebook and Instagram.

To see a couple highlights from his visit, check out the video below that was produced by my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Bob Hitchcock.

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Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

posted on June 10th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

After winning his fourth straight and record eighth French Open on Sunday, tennis star Rafael Nadal is off to a “monstrous” start to the summer tennis season, so it’s fitting that he celebrated today at Disneyland Paris with Sulley from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Monsters University.”

Nadal spent Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris enjoying the attractions and interacting with various Disney characters, as well as posing with his trophy. He probably knew his way around the resort pretty well. After all, “Rafa” celebrated his French Open wins in 2011 and 2010 there, which are part of a streak of four straight French Opens victories for him.

So if he wins his fifth straight next year will he celebrate again at Disneyland Paris?

With the additional memories he created Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris, Nadal said before leaving the resort that he isn’t thinking about next year’s French Open at the moment, but rather is already turning his focus toward tennis’ next major event – Wimbledon, which starts in a couple of weeks. If he wins that one, too, this really will be a monstrous summer for him.

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New ‘American Idol’ Candice Glover Visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 28th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Newly crowned “American Idol” season 12 winner, Candice Glover, took a whirlwind trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the holiday weekend, spending time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and surprising guests at “The American Idol Experience” attraction.

New ‘American Idol’ Candice Glover Visits Disney's Hollywood Studios

“Getting ready to have some fun at Disney!” Candice (@CandiceGlover) tweeted upon her arrival. While here, she recorded video segments that will soon be part of “The American Idol Experience.” She also took time to make a walk-on appearance at the attraction, surprising guests on-stage and in the audience.

Candice’s first single, “I Am Beautiful,” is currently available on iTunes and her upcoming album, “Music Speaks,” is available for pre-order, for a limited time.

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‘Once Upon A Time’s’ Lana Parrilla Visits New Fantasyland At Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”?
'Once Upon A Time's' Lana Parrilla Poses with Beast
Actress Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills/The Evil Queen on the show, recently visited Magic Kingdom Park to participate in a taping of a New Fantasyland promo.

Check out this behind-the-scenes video to hear from Lana, as well as cast and crew on what it was like the day the Evil Queen made her appearance in the Happiest Place on Earth. And don’t forget to watch ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” this Sunday, May 5, at 8 p.m. to see the final promo.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Renew Vows with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Disneyland Park

posted on May 2nd, 2013 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


We had the pleasure of working with Mariah Carey on the vision for her vow renewal for almost a year, and like most brides, she wanted to feel like a princess on her big day. We couldn’t think of a better place to commemorate five years of wedded bliss – and Roc and Roe’s second birthday – than at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. It doesn’t get much more royal than that!

The evening started with a birthday party at Fantasy Faire fit for a mini prince and princess where guests were served everything from ‘mocktails’ to cotton candy. And of course no birthday is complete without cupcakes and a happy birthday serenade.
“Mariah

After the celebration, guests moved over to Sleeping Beauty Castle where the forecourt was dripping in 10,000 crystals and over 15,000 blooms imported from Holland, South America and France. Mariah arrived in regal style accompanied by her daughter Monroe in the Crystal Coach where they were met by Nick and Roc clad in matching Prince Charming outfits.

The reception was filled with toasts, a few rides on attractions and Nick spinning as the DJ. It’s safe to say this after-hours private event was straight out of a fairy tale and filled with love.

From all of us here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, congratulations Mariah, Nick, Roc and Roe!

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Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

posted on April 29th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

Yesterday, seven-time Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum gave a special performance at Disneyland park to celebrate the May 7 release of their upcoming album, “Golden.” Appropriately enough, this special performance occurred on the stage of the legendary Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

From the stage of the Golden Horseshoe, the band mentioned how exciting it was to be here at Disneyland, and then, Hillary Scott, who is expecting her first baby in July, joked that she and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, have just taken their daughter to Disneyland for the first time! “We’ll be back, of course,” she said.

The lucky audience for this exclusive event was limited to contest winners from all over the country, but now you can watch this amazing show yourself, here.
Lady Antebellum Celebrates Upcoming Album Release with ‘Golden’ Performance at the Disneyland Resort

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