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posted on August 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at! You’ll find fun and shareable posts from Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club – each with its own dedicated space, making it easy to find posts from the places you love!

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In addition to photos, animated GIFs & fun graphics you can only find on our Disney Parks Tumblr site, we are also re-blogging our favorite posts created by Disney Parks fans!

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.


With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.


The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.


What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay?

posted on August 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

It’s time to move from the sea to the shore and test your knowledge of our private island, Castaway Cay. Think you’re an expert? Take our quiz to find out.


Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay

Which of these can you find on Castaway Cay?
A ride vehicle from what former Walt Disney World attraction can be found in the snorkeling lagoon at Castaway Cay?
Which Disney captain can often be found wandering Serenity Bay?
Which Disney character inspired the new Summertime Freeze smoothie station at Castaway Cay?
The Disney Fantasy docks at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family.
The Castaway Cay 5K, a fun run offered the morning the ship is at the island, gives runners the chance to run on what unique surface?

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Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Began September 8

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

It’s here again – the annual Disney Parks Moms Panel search! This is an exciting time of year for us, as we get to hear from real moms, dads and grandparents around the world who want to share their knowledge and passion for Disney Parks with other guests.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel has grown over the years and now includes a diverse line-up of panelists who specialize in specific Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and more. We’re also happy to make the site available in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Do you or someone you know fit the bill? Visit for more information and to apply. The search for the new 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panelists begins on Tuesday, September 8 and ends at noon EST on Tuesday, September 15.

We recently caught up with a few current panelists to get their take on what this role means to them. They’re definitely a fun bunch! Check out their video here.

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Who Wore it Best on a Disney Cruise to Alaska?

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Last week, Cruise Director Clayton shared with you some of the spectacular sights Disney cruisers are experiencing in Alaska. They aren’t the only ones having fun amid the stunning scenery … our Disney pals are also soaking up the fresh mountain air, and looking pretty stylish at the same time! So, who do you think who wore it best? Give us your vote!

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Disney Cruise Line Kicks off this Summer’s Mediterranean Sailings

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Peter Hofer, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Greetings from the Disney Magic! Yet again we’re having another fantastic summer in Europe. If you followed along on Cruise Director Brent’s voyage report in June, you know we started out the season in Northern Europe, sailing through the Baltic and, for the first time ever, the Norwegian fjords. Now, we’re kicking off this summer’s cruises in Southern Europe – around the sun-soaked Mediterranean!

Today we arrived in Barcelona, our homeport for the next several weeks as we take Disney cruisers to incredible ports in Spain, Italy and France. It’s my fourth time as Cruise Director during our Mediterranean sailings, and I’m still just as excited as every Disney cruiser joining us! We’ll have the chance to explore famous locales near the coast like Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo and more.

If you’re joining us this month, make sure to say hello onboard. Until then, here’s a look at some of our photos from past seasons, giving you a glimpse at what Disney cruisers will experience this summer and next in the Mediterranean …


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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

posted on August 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week, some of the most compelling images we shared came from Disney Cruise Line and showed some of the lovely scenery guests can see on their cruises to Alaska.

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Have you taken an Alaska cruise with Disney Cruise Line?

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20 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Clayton Lyndsey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Just last week I embarked on the Disney Wonder, marking my first season in Alaska as Cruise Director. I’ve traveled to some pretty spectacular places with Disney Cruise Line, but I have to say that Alaska is now at the top of my list. Where else can you capture spectacular photos of a family of brown bears and have a 12-foot Orca whale swim right under your catamaran, all before enjoying your noon lobster bisque in downtown Juneau?


If you know anything about Alaska, you know it’s famous for stunning scenery and endless outdoor adventures. Not to mention it is brimming with opportunities to spot wildlife and experience native culture. I could go on all day about the many reasons why Alaska tops my list, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few that might inspire thousands of descriptors. Take a look at these 20 awe-inspiring photos of a Disney cruise to Alaska:

We’re sailing from Vancouver to Alaska for about another month, so I hope I have the chance to meet many of you onboard (or maybe even run into you on an adventure in port!) If you aren’t able to join us here this summer, I have good news for you: we’re returning to America’s Last Frontier in 2016!

To learn more about a Disney cruise to Alaska, check out these past posts with videos:

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Top Five: Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Summer is an exciting time for Disney Cruise Line, with brand-new “Frozen” fun and itineraries all over the world. But autumn will be here again before we know it, so we’re already gearing up for another season of ghoulishly good times aboard our Halloween on the High Seas cruises!

Beginning early September through October, Disney cruisers are sure to get their fill of thrills, tons of treats and even a few tricks during this extra-spooky celebration. And the best part? In addition to the wickedly fun fall festivities, you also get tons of tropical fun in the sun.

Check out my top five favorite Halloween on the High Seas experiences, and let me know in the comments which one you’re most excited to see for yourself.


1. The Pumpkin Tree
Looming eerily over the atrium lobby, the Pumpkin Tree magically blooms with Jack-O-Lanterns during the cruise. And on the final evening, the pumpkins let their bright personalities shine—literally!—during a spooky surprise performance.

Halloween on the High Seas – Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party

2. Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party
Who doesn’t love a family costume party with Disney characters? Plus, our “super” Cruise Staff get in on the fun with enough treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.


3. A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream
Guests aboard our Halloween cruises get to experience this classic holiday film like never before with 3-D and 4-D effects, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally.


4. Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids
The adult nightlife district aboard each Disney ship becomes the frightfully fun setting for an adult-only costume contest and electrifying dance party, proving once and for all that Halloween isn’t just for kids!

5. Haunted Stories of the Sea
Only the bravest cruisers dare to gather under the stars to hear haunted tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain. Is it just me, or are ghost stories scarier in the middle of the ocean?

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Disney Cruise Line’s Summertime Freeze Recipe: Frozen Heart

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line

It’s no surprise Summertime Freeze is a new guest-favorite at Castaway Cay with its “Frozen”-themed drinks and keepsake Olaf cups. So far I’ve given you the recipes for two of our delicious beverages, Warm Hugs and Worth Melting For, which were both inspired by the lovable Olaf.

The recipe I’m sharing today is for Frozen Heart, another one of my favorites since its a blend of so many great flavors. Try it at home, and of course on your next visit to Castaway Cay, and let me know if you agree!


Frozen Heart

  • 5 oz. frozen tropical juice
  • 1 oz. coconut water
  • .5 oz blue curaçao syrup
  • .5 oz. passion fruit juice
  • .5 oz. orange juice
  • .5 oz. guava juice

Blend frozen tropical juice and coconut water. Layer bottom of glass with blue curaçao syrup. Pour blended drink and add passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Stir to mix.

See the posts below for more Summertime Freeze drink recipes:

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