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The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacations Airs on Food Network

posted on January 24th, 2014 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


It’s a chilly January just about everywhere – so, we wanted to bring you a little something to warm up your winter – and – pun fully intended – whet your appetite for an exciting vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort soon!

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We recently had the opportunity to host Jeff Mauro, the Food Network’s Sandwich King, and his family here at the resort – and each one really found their Disney Side! And, because cameras caught it all, the Food Network is sharing the whole experience with you tonight!

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With visits to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and a fun-filled safari in Animal Kingdom, the Mauro clan hits the ground running to make this Disney vacation their best yet. In the midst of all the fun, they dine at restaurants throughout the resort, including the new Be Our Guest restaurant, Sanaa, Chef Mickey’s, Victoria and Albert’s and California Grill.

We had a fantastic time filming this special. Jeff met many of our world class Disney Chefs, and even got in the kitchen with some of them. Here’s Jeff with Chef David Njoroge at Sanaa, where he learned to make our famous Naan Bread.

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I’ve never been on a shoot where so much delicious Disney food was at my fingertips. Of course, being a producer and all, it’s my job to sample some of the food.

Okay, that’s a lie. I ate everything.

Hope you’ll tune in to the Food Network tonight at 8:00 Eastern / 7:00 Central, for The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacation.

Here’s a preview…

Hmmmm. I wonder if I can get priority seating at Sanaa for lunch today…..?

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Sneak Peek of Disney 365 Live Video Shoot at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with Disney Channel Star Jake Short

posted on January 22nd, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Jake Short stars as Fletcher Quimby in the Disney Channel Original Series “A.N.T. Farm,” but when he isn’t in front of the camera he loves to play soccer! Short is a regional all-star player who had the opportunity to visit ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this past weekend during Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships. Former professional soccer player and ESPN Analyst, Eddie Rodriguez, served as Short’s guest coach as he got a taste of what it’s like to play in the middle of the magic. Short was taping a Disney 365 special that will air on the Disney Channel in March.

ESPN Wide World of Sports GameDay Photos captured these images to give you a sneak peek of the special.

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We invite you to follow us at espnwwos.com, on ESPNWWOS Facebook and on Twitter @DisneySports for more information on how you can participate in an upcoming event!

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Emma Thompson Returns to Disneyland Park

posted on January 16th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, the brilliant Emma Thompson returned to Disneyland park, where just more than a year ago she filmed memorable scenes for “Saving Mr. Banks.” This time the trip was just for fun and she brought along her daughter, Gaia, who was visiting us for the very first time.

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So, what attraction did this fun-loving mother-daughter duo experience together first? Space Mountain! Emma said that after riding it two times she was ready for something a little more tame. Next stop: “it’s a small world.

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Mandy Moore Celebrates Disney Junior’s ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’ at Disneyland Park

posted on November 21st, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


“Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” is a new Disney Junior series starring Mandy Moore as the voice of a heroic kitty cat sheriff. So when Mandy visited Disneyland park last week, Frontierland seemed like the perfect place to catch up with her, since in the show, she’s the sheriff of an Old West-themed town called Nice and Friendly Corners.

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This show is the first western for preschoolers and premieres this Sunday, November 24, on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets, and it debuts on Disney Channel and Disney Junior in early 2014. “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” was developed by the same team that created “Higglytown Heroes” – a favorite in my house for many years.

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ABC’s ‘The View’ Visits the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 19th, 2013 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


It’s an exciting week here at the Disneyland Resort! The ladies of ABC’s “The View” are hosting shows in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters after one of the shows. They shared what it’s like to be working here at the Happiest Place on Earth and which Disney character best describes their Disney Side. Who said Goofy? You’ll need to watch the video to find out! On a personal note, being a former TV journalist, interviewing the legendary Barbara Walters was a dream come true for me. Truly a memory I’ll always cherish. Enjoy!

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‘The View’ Co-Hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy Tape Segments to air During Broadcasts from the Disneyland Resort November 18-22

posted on November 14th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


The ladies of ABC’s hit daytime show, ‘The View,’ like to remind viewers to ‘take a little time to enjoy the view,’ and recently, co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy took a little more time to enjoy the Disneyland Resort while producing some segments to air exclusively on ABC during their broadcasts next week!

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In a charming and heartwarming segment scheduled to air Monday, November 18, Jenny McCarthy searches Disneyland park to uncover her ‘Disney Side’ during her magical visit to “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

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Meanwhile, Sherri Shepherd got “all revved up” as she and her husband Lamar ‘Sal’ Sally spent some time in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. Her hilarious segment also finds the duo meeting memorable characters and riding attractions including ‘The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’ and will air Tuesday, November 19.

‘The View’ from the Disneyland Resort will feature guest stars including Jimmy Kimmel, Tim Allen, Kobe Bryant and Demi Lovato. ‘The View’ airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am – 12:00 pm, ET), check your local listings.

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Singer Chris Daughtry Visits Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 13th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Singer/songwriter Chris Daughtry, lead singer of the band “Daughtry,” visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning and stopped by the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. While there, he posed for this photo with Minnie Mouse. Ever fashionable, Minnie was decked out in her best rock and roll attire. Daughtry and the band are busy these days and are currently preparing for the November 19 release of the newest album.
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First Look: Nick Cannon, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Cast and More at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

posted on November 12th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, we taped some segments for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and we’ve got an exciting first look at all the merriment you can look forward to when the broadcast airs Christmas Day on ABC.
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Nick Cannon returns to the Disneyland Resort this year, and we caught up with him and Pluto during a break in taping.
Mary J. Blige at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Mary J. Blige makes her first appearance on the show this year, accompanied by music legend, David Foster.
Demi Lovato at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Demi Lovato performs a song from our upcoming animated feature, “Frozen,” that you won’t want to miss! Minnie even stopped by after Demi’s performance to say hello.
Dove Cameron at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Dove Cameron, star of Disney Channel’s hit show, “Liv and Maddie,” makes a little Christmas Day Parade history by performing a song for the very first time in front of the Matterhorn.
Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo take to the stage to perform a classic holiday duet.
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell and the cast of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, 'Teen Beach Movie' at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach Movie,” reunite for a special medley that fans are going to love!

Check back for updates on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and remember to tune in to ABC on Wednesday, December 25 at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT/PT (check local listings) for all the music and magic!

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Vivien Leigh and John Gielgud – 1964

posted on November 4th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


One hundred years ago tomorrow, legendary actress Vivien Leigh was born. Today we look back at her visit to Disneyland park with longtime friend, and fellow Academy Award-winning actor, John Gielgud.

We located two rarely seen photographs of this visit from the summer of 1964.

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The first is aboard the Jungle Cruise and I can’t help but wonder about the reaction of these two masters of the stage to the, shall we say, “unique” humor, of this beloved attraction.

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The second photo shows the two famous Brits exploring the wilderness of North America aboard the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland. They really seem to be having a great time, don’t they?

For more in the “Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests” series, click the links below:

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956

posted on October 28th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On this date in 1902, actress Elsa Lanchester was born in London. Disney aficionados will recognize her as the comically exasperated, and accidental, “Sister Suffragette,” Katie Nanna from “Mary Poppins,” as well as for her appearances in Disney’s “That Darn Cat!” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.” But it is her iconic 1935 film role as “The Bride of Frankenstein” opposite Boris Karloff that makes this seem like the perfect time to look back at her 1956 visit to Disneyland park with husband, Academy Award-winning actor, Charles Laughton.
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I don’t think there’s a more perfect place to photograph this silver-screen couple than the Main Street Cinema. “I’ve said my say and that’s all I’ll say!”

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