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Celebrate the First Day of Summer With Our Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Wallpaper

posted on June 20th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today is the first day of summer, and I can’t think of anything that reminds me of the season more than the tropical setting of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

In honor of the summer season, here’s a brand-new desktop wallpaper for your computers and smart phones, designed by Disney Artist Tom May.

Have a great summer, everyone!
Desktop Wallpaper Featuring Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Named Corporate Conservationist of the Year

posted on June 20th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

This past weekend, I was proud and humbled to accept on behalf of the Disney company — and you, our guests — the Corporate Conservationist of the Year award, which was presented to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) by the Florida Wildlife Federation during its 75th anniversary celebration.

The Federation selected DWCF for the award “because of the very generous grants and remarkable efforts provided worldwide and in Florida by the fund for conservation projects, endangered species protection and for excellent research in the field of conservation,” said Manley K. Fuller, Florida Wildlife Federation president.

DWCF has provided nearly $4 million to support 257 programs and 59 organizations in Florida (part of the nearly $20 million contributed worldwide). Here are a few examples of Florida projects the DWCF has helped support.

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Protecting ocean wildlife and habitats:

  • Reducing human impacts on dolphins (Chicago Zoological Society) – The longest-running study of a dolphin population to understand the extent and effects of human impacts on wild dolphins and how to educate people to reduce these impacts.
  • Effects of Gulf of Mexico oil spill on dolphins (Morris Animal Foundation/Mote Marine Lab) – Study to understand the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on dolphins.
  • Northern right whale monitoring (Marine Resources Council) – Volunteer training and outreach programs to maintain a network of whale-watching citizens who report North Atlantic right whale sightings. The reports are relayed to ships traveling in the whale-calving grounds to help prevent collisions. The program also is gathering long-term data on the habitat, behavior and reproduction of these rare whales, which number fewer than 400.
  • Coral restoration (Coral Restoration Foundation) – Expanding coral reef nurseries in the Florida Keys to restore degraded Elkhorn and Staghorn coral reefs and to develop materials and methods that will enable this work to be replicated across ocean coral ecosystems.
“Red-Cockaded “Spoonbill

Protecting Florida birds and habitats:

  • Establishment of a new red-cockaded woodpecker population (The Nature Conservancy) — Increasing the population of the eight woodpecker family groups at The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve.
  • Restoring the Everglades ecosystems (Audubon of Florida) — Restoring the Everglades ecosystems affected by wetland drainage, development and flood control.

Did you know? The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is funded by Disney, which has committed to more than match guest contributions and covers all administrative costs. Guests help to support the fund in a variety of ways, from adding a dollar or more to their purchases of food and gifts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and select resorts (including the brand new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort); to participating in special animal experiences on Disney Cruise Line and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai’i; to purchasing reusable shopping bags and other items and at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

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Check Out our New Set of Wheels on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

When you walk through the new turnstiles at Disney California Adventure park, one of your first visual cues that you have gone back in time is a 1937 Packard Coupe. It’s parked at Oswald’s, and it is a beautiful piece of machinery. This car was a high-end set of wheels back in “the day.” (By the way, this model debuted to the public the same year “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” debuted at Carthay Circle Theatre.) It arrived just before the June 15 opening, and Imagineers had some fun pushing it down Buena Vista Street to its permanent parking spot at Oswald’s, as you’ll see in this video. Make sure to check out the Packard up close and find the hidden treasures inside on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park.

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A Wedding Trend That’s Downright Adorkable

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


Most grooms know it’s all about the bride, but we’re seeing more and more men wanting a little piece of the spotlight on their big day too- rightfully so! Grooms want a voice so they still look (and feel) like themselves when saying “I do”.

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Right now we’re seeing a lot of our guys choosing to forgo proper tuxes altogether and, instead, gift custom suits to their groomsmen. Since each suit is unique to the individual, groomsmen feel included in the big day and walk away with a practical gift they’ll wear again and again. Suspenders, geeky glasses and sneakers are still very in and a fun way to infuse personality without compromising a formal look.


Remember: whether you’re sporting a bright bow tie or fun boutonniere, it’s important you feel like yourself when walking down the aisle. After all, it’s your day too.

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Disney Interactive Announces November 18 Release Date for ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ at E3

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Disney Interactive made the announcement that “Disney Epic Mickey” fans have been waiting for: the newest installment, “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” will be released on November 18, 2012.


The game returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with more than 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions. But this time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces to overcome obstacles in a game level inspired by the classic 1937 Silly Symphonies cartoon, “The Old Mill.”


“I think players are going to be excited,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point. “They will need to determine who their friends really are, as they team up Mickey Mouse and Oswald to restore balance in Wasteland.”

“Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” will also feature other new elements:

  • Players can play as Oswald in drop-in, drop-out 2-player co-op mode.
  • Oswald The Lucky Rabbit’s voice will be heard in the game, for the first time ever.
  • New 2D levels based on classic Disney animated films and shorts will offer puzzle-based, platforming gameplay.
  • The franchise returns to the Wii, and expands to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


But “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” isn’t the only new “Disney Epic Mickey” game fans can look forward to. “Disney Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion” for the Nintendo 3DS allows players to infiltrate the Castle of Illusion as Mickey Mouse – furthering the Wasteland saga with a completely new story and adventure.

Keep an eye out for these brand-new “Disney Epic Mickey” games – available this fall!

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‘Aim for Your Dreams’ with the New ‘Brave’ Disney Gift Card

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Galloping into select Disney locations is the new “Brave”-themed Disney Gift Card. Inspired by the heroine from the Disney•Pixar feature film, the gift card depicts Merida riding her trusted horse, Angus, while aiming for her dreams. Merida’s fiery hair, which stands out against the beautiful Scottish landscape, brings the scene to life.
The New 'Brave' Disney Gift Card

While in the Disney Parks visiting the skilled archer herself, don’t forget to pick up a “Brave” Disney Gift Card, which you can use to equip yourself with “Brave” gear or almost anything else Disney.

Aside from being available at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the card is also available at Get yours today.

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July Brings a Month Full of Events at Disneyland Park

posted on June 18th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

If you’re planning to visit the Disneyland Resort this July, then mark your calendars because here are just a few of the events that caught my attention – so of course I wanted to make sure you knew about them, too.

Disney Parks-exclusive Fragrance, Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Eau Fraîche Available at Disneyland Park

  • There’s nothing more “scent”sational than this first event taking place June 29 – July 1 at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square. This event features the new Disney Parks-exclusive fragrance, eaudemoiselle de Givenchy eau fraîche. (A tip for those visiting the Walt Disney World Resort: look for this same fragrance during the June 29-July 4 event at the Givenchy Boutique in the France Pavilion at Epcot.)
  • Have you been waiting to order a Custom Letters Name Plaque from Artist Dave Avanzino? Well, wait no more. Dave will be at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park, July 7–8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • Doll Maker Linda Rick to Debut 'Charming' New Collection Featuring 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' at Disneyland Park

  • Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick will debut a “charming” new collection featuring “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from noon to 10 p.m., July 13-14, and again on July 15 from noon to 9 p.m. at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District.
  • Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith to Sign New Book 'Disney Trivia from the Vault' at Disneyland Park

  • It’s time to brush up on your trivia, because Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his new book, “Disney Trivia from the Vault,” July 14 from 9-11 a.m. at the Disneyana Shop in Disneyland park.
  • Take part in our Artist Showcase weekend with Larry Dotson, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing, July 17–18 from noon to midnight each day at The Disney Gallery.
  • The Force is strong with this one! Ashley Eckstein, who provides the voice of Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan learner, Ahsoka Tano, on the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will be making a special appearance and signing her latest fashion releases in the “Her Universe” collection, July 21 from 9-11 a.m. at The Star Trader in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.
  • Don’t let “time” run out – check out this month’s Artisan Watch releases at the Fortuosity Shop, including a special piece created in celebration of the 57th Anniversary of Disneyland park.

Whew! I don’t know about you, but it’s going to be a busy month for me. There’s so much to see and do. I hope you can join in the fun.

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VIDEO: ‘Glow With the Show’ Ears Light Up the Audience During ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 18th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Last week, we told you about the brand-new “Glow With the Show” Ears that are spreading light and color all over Disney California Adventure park. From the Mad T Party, to Cars Land and more, these new ears make park guests a part of the show like never before. In the video below, watch as the entire “World of Color” audience lights up and glows with the show! Be sure to grab your own “Glow With the Show” Ears on your next visit to Disney California Adventure park – they are available for $25 (tax included) at locations throughout the park, including Los Feliz Five & Dime, Off the Page, Seaside Souvenirs and many merchandise carts.

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Moms Panel Monday: Celebrate Dads at Disney Parks!

posted on June 18th, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I use Father’s Day to give my Prince Charming “boy band” clothes he only wears on dates with me. They make him look so handsome and cute it’s more a gift for me than him!
Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Terry McKinney

Did you know that we have six dads on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel? Our dads bring some extra manly magic to the panel each day to help you plan your next Disney vacation.

If you’re looking for ways to let the dad in your life know just how awesome he is, Father’s Day and all summer long, here at Walt Disney World Resort, panelist Terry McKinney has some tips to share:

“I was never able to visit Disney as a kid and my first visit was when I was 21, so I’m catching up on the fun as an adult alongside my children,” Terry says. “We love spending time together in the parks and try to do things that include all four of us, like The Pirates League. What’s cooler than becoming pirates together?”

Terry also knows that dads like to relax, so he recommends some downtime at any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. “They have so many fun things that Dad will enjoy, such as movies under the stars or even boat rentals if you want to go for a boat ride.”

For a photo finish to the fun, Terry suggests paying a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to watch Fantasmic! “For a guy, that’s a phenomenal show: the special effects, fireworks and lots of action. It’s a great way to end your day at the parks and it’s something my family sees every time we visit.”

If you’re a dad, Terry says one of the most important things to do is let loose once in a while and act like a kid. “This is the only place you can act like a kid and no one will look at you funny! For me, it’s all about seeing the excitement in my children’s eyes, and we love being able to have fun together as a family.”

How did you celebrate this Father’s Day? Tell me the ways you celebrate Dad Mickey-style.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we officially celebrated the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure park. And if you couldn’t make it out, the Disney Parks Blog was the place to turn. We kicked things off with live coverage from the Cars Land red carpet and opening celebration, and then shared images and video from the park’s Grand Reopening ceremony. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs also gave us a look at how it all happened, including a special video of the five-year journey.

Also, don’t miss our gallery of additional images from the Cars Land red carpet and opening celebration.


And at the Walt Disney World Resort, we continued our exclusive series “All in the Details” this week with a glimpse inside Maurice’s Cottage, which is the room that welcomes guests to the Enchanted Tales With Belle meet-and-greet experience. Jennifer Fickley-Baker has photos and the most updated information concerning openings at New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park in her original post.

Here’s a list of other stories we worked on this week:

The Second Chance to Get Your Tinker Bell Wings at Disneyland Resort Begins at Noon TodayDarrell Fry revisits last year’s Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and also shares that the 2013 race is now open for registration.

From ‘Cars’ to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park – Watch how Imagineers brought Radiator Springs into reality from ‘Cars.’

Vintage Walt Disney World: A Salute to Flag Day – This week, we celebrated Flag Day as Nate took us back to the Corridor of Flags at American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.

‘My Yard Goes Disney’: An Escape to Castaway Cay – This week on ‘My Yard Goes Disney,’ the We family’s yard was transformed into their very own Castaway Cay.

Victoria & Albert’s Receives Coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award for 13th Consecutive YearVictoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez wow guests every night and it has earned them their 13th AAA Five-Diamond Award!

Favorite Veggie Burger from Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – It doesn’t hurt to go vegetarian at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Pam even shared a recipe for their Vegetable Burger with Fried Green Tomatoes and Creole Remoulade!

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