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Storybook Adventures in Copenhagen, Denmark with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 13th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Copenhagen, Denmark is an enchanting seaside city with storybook townhouses, lush parks, ancient cobbled plazas and distinguished culture. It’s no wonder Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen drew much inspiration for his fairytale world from the city of Copenhagen, where he penned “The Little Mermaid.”

Not only is Copenhagen the homeport for several of our European voyages this summer, it’s also a stop on our 12-night Northern European sailings. A day in port at this vibrant city gives Disney cruisers the chance for so many adventures!

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Copenhagen by Canal

A popular way to explore Copenhagen is on the water. Our Fairytales Canal Cruise In Copenhagen is a one-of-a-kind boat tour, hosted by a character from one of the famous works of Hans Christian Andersen, where you’ll see sites connected with some of his stories that served as inspiration for Disney films like “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen.” During this story-filled voyage, you’ll pass by landmarks such as Amalienborg Palace, the statue of The Little Mermaid and the historic canals, all while looking for visual clues and listening to the memorable fairytales.

Another fun way to explore the city by canal is our Kayaking in Copenhagen excursion, which takes you on a journey through Frederiksholms and Christianshavn canals and by Nyhavn Canal. You’ll see the oldest part of the city and get up-close views of the Christiansborg Palace, National Museum, Thorvaldsen Museum, the Old Stock Exchange and many other historic landmarks and cityscapes.

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Exclusive Experiences at Tivoli Gardens

The famous Tivoli Gardens is the original park that inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland park, so its only fitting that we offer experiences here exclusive for Disney cruisers. Set in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli features a serene garden and an amusement park with the world’s tallest carousel and thrilling carnival rides. On our signature tour Tivoli Gardens All Inclusive – Behind The Scenes And Taste Of Denmark, you’ll visit behind-the-scenes areas, be the first ones to enter the park, enjoy an exquisite Danish lunch and have all rides included during your day of fun.

The Footsteps Of Walt Disney At Tivoli Gardens includes these same perks, plus it gives you the unique opportunity to chat with one of the few employees of Tivoli Gardens that met Walt Disney during a visit in the 1950s. You’ll hear stories about the visit, see areas in the park where Walt visited and delight with many of the original structures that inspired Walt Disney in the design of Disneyland park.

We offer several other ways for you to explore the renowned Tivoli Gardens, even a tour just for teens! The Teen Experience at Tivoli Gardens is a great way for cruisers ages 14 to 17 to hang out with their new friends they met onboard while enjoying a thrill-themed tour with Disney Cruise Line youth counselors.

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Renaissance Castles Of Denmark

Those of you looking for a royal experience won’t want to miss our Renaissance Castles Of Denmark tour. It begins with a scenic drive through the countryside to Frederiksborg Castle, considered by many to be the finest example of Danish renaissance architecture and the most magnificent castle in Denmark. Originally built in the early 17th century by King Christian IV, this Renaissance castle now serves as the Danish National Museum of History.

Your next stop is at the charming village of Fredensborg where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the outside of the elegant Fredensborg Palace, the Danish royal family’s summer residence. The royal tour concludes at the seaside town of Elsinore, where you’ll visit the renowned Kronborg Castle, made famous as the Castle of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series on Port Adventures for our Northern European sailings this summer. Take a look back at my recent posts for more suggestions. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Paint the Night’ Parade, Coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 13th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Opening May 22 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the spectacular new “Paint the Night” parade will feature some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at Disneyland Resort.

The Entertainment team has been working around the clock to get the “Paint the Night” parade ready for its big debut. Today, we’re pleased to offer you a glimpse at one of our performer rehearsals with the Fiber Fairies from the opening unit and the Cars Crew, who join Mack Truck and Lightning McQueen. Once everything comes together, these talented performers will become an integral part of the show.

The music for the “Paint the Night” parade, a bit of which can be heard in the video, features the wonderful tune, “When Will I See You Again,” by the band Owl City. The song gives a great, contemporary sound to this new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade. And when you see “Paint the Night” in person, be sure to listen closely. You may just hear some musical surprises woven into the soundtrack!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we went behind the scenes for a special look at what it takes to make Sleeping Beauty Castle sparkle for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — officially kicking off on Friday, May 22.

Watch the Disney Parks Blog for more on the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

And if you’ve been following the Disney Parks Blog, you know we’ve shared dates for 2015’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and continued to keep you up-to-date on this year’s Night of Joy. This week, tickets for all three events went on sale.

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Charles shared an update on what’s shaping up to be a fantastic fall at Walt Disney World Resort. Check his original story for more details about tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Disney’s Night of Joy.

Also, to order tickets or find out more information on any of our Magic Kingdom Park special events, you can check out Disneyworld.com, call 407-W-DISNEY or contact your travel agent.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Legendary Hatbox Ghost Comes Out to Socialize in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park in May – The Hatbox Ghost is reappearing at Disneyland park in May. Here’s a sneak peek!

Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park – As we look forward to celebrating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we have exciting changes coming to two of our classic attractions this spring.

Penny for Your Thoughts: Making Coin Presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop – Meet Rob Johnson, who has been making and maintaining coin presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop for 25 years.

A Unique Point of View: Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park – See a perspective most racers don’t get to see when they’re revving their engines at the start line on Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park.

D23 Asks, When Did It Start For You? – When did you know you first loved Disney? It may not be your first Disney memory—and it may not even be your favorite Disney memory. But when was the first time Disney made your heart sing and your spirit soar?

New Dooney & Bourke Collections Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort on April 25 – We have exciting news for Dooney & Bourke fans visiting Walt Disney World Resort later this month. We will release two new collections on April 25 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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Charming Additions to the ALEX AND ANI Disney Collection

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Fans of ALEX AND ANI take note – there are quite a few styles headed to Disney Parks over the next couple of months. Start making your list … now!

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Up first are new additions to the Words Are Powerful collection, inspired by Disney sayings. These bangles will be available in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes. Whistle While You Work will debut April 13, followed by When You Wish Upon A Star on April 27, and then Believing Is Just The Beginning on May 4.

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Are you planning a trip during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? In late May, look for a bangle featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle with two accent charms – an oval D60 and blue Swarovski crystal. This will be available in a Rafaelian Silver finish. There’s also the Disneyland Forever bangle featuring a blue buffed epoxy charm with the words Disneyland Forever and two accent charms – an oval D60 and clear Swarovski crystal. This will be available in a Shiny Silver finish. Please note: These two bangles will not be offered online at this time.

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What better way to wrap this up than with actual ‘wraps?’ Similar to the Dream wrap that was recently released, in late May we will debut a Wishes wrap in green, a Believe wrap in teal, and in June, a Magic wrap in red.

Where can you plan to find all of these ALEX AND ANI bangles, wraps and more?

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Tip: Limited quantities of the bangles and wraps shown above, except for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration pieces, will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World merchandise locations.

Which pieces will you add to your collection?

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Legendary Hatbox Ghost Comes Out to Socialize in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park in May

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


You may remember our chilling challenge from a few months ago, in which we asked you to guess which spooky specter was preparing to materialize inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Today, I’m excited to tell you that many of you were correct! The Hatbox Ghost is reappearing in May. Here’s a sneak peek!

Legendary Hatbox Ghost Comes Out to Socialize in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park in May, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

The Hatbox Ghost appeared in the Haunted Mansion for a short time around the opening of this classic attraction in 1969. Although brief, his presence sparked a decades-long following, and this reclusive resident of the Haunted Mansion was never forgotten. We’re excited that he will soon materialize once again!

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It’s Almost Time for an Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ – Only in Disney Parks!

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


You wanted to see “Tomorrowland.” Here it comes!

Our sneak peek of the new Disney movie begins Friday, April 17, at Disneyland park. Head over to the Tomorrowland Theater for an exclusive look at scenes from the film, complete with special in-theater effects. And you can continue your “Tomorrowland” experience by exploring an all-new exhibit in the Starcade, featuring original props and production artwork.

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For those of you visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you can catch this Disney Parks-exclusive preview of “Tomorrowland” at Epcot, where the sneak peek begins its special engagement at the Imagination Pavilion in Future World on Saturday, April 18, and continues through May 24. At Epcot, you’ll also get a close-up look at one of the jet packs used in the film, along with a display of conceptual art and photos from the set.

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In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. Directed by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird, “Tomorrowland” stars Academy Award® winner George Clooney as scientist and former boy-genius Frank Walker and Britt Robertson as Casey Newton. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Here’s a look at the latest trailer for “Tomorrowland,” opening in theaters on May 22, 2015.

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New Dooney & Bourke Collections Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort on April 25

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I enjoyed reading the recent story about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration collection from Dooney & Bourke coming this May (I love that blue!). I have exciting news for Dooney & Bourke fans visiting Walt Disney World Resort later this month. We will release two new collections on April 25 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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The first collection – Runway Princess – features Disney Princesses such as Snow White, Princess Aurora and Ariel. You may recall seeing a similar tonal design released a few months ago during the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Florida.

This full-color collection will include a zip satchel ($228), a wallet ($198), a Pouchette ($148), a letter carrier ($178) and a shopper tote ($268).

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The second collection called “Beach” is perfect for the return of summer! These nylon items will include a shopper tote ($248), a backpack ($298), a satchel ($228) and a letter carrier ($198).

Guests attending this product launch on April 25 will have an opportunity to meet Ian Ray, Creative Director for Dooney & Bourke, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You may recall seeing Ian discuss his work in this previous Disney Parks Blog article.

Guests at Disneyland Resort will find the Runway Princess collection on April 25 in select merchandise locations. There are no immediate plans to carry the Beach collection in California.

These items will also be found on the Disney Parks online store in the coming months – Runway Princess in mid-May and Beach in mid-summer.

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Penny for Your Thoughts: Making Coin Presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


When I found out there are going to be several new coin presses dedicated to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, I thought it would be fun to explore this charming collectible a bit more. I met up with Rob Johnson who has been making and maintaining coin presses at the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop for 25 years.

For more information on Disneyland Resort coin presses, including machine locations, click here. The keen collector may also want to pick up a collector’s book which can be found at most coin press locations.

Michelle Harker will be sharing more on the new Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration coin press machines soon, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog.

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D23 Asks, When Did It Start For You?

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


When did you know you first loved Disney? It may not be your first Disney memory—and it may not even be your favorite Disney memory. But when was the first time Disney made your heart sing and your spirit soar?

When did it start for you? That’s the question D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is asking fans, celebrities, Disney luminaries, and even cast members!

Imagineer Vinny Logozio recalls his experience visiting Epcot for the first time when he was just six.

Disney Legend and founder of the Walt Disney Archives Dave Smith remembers going to Disneyland and meeting Walt Disney himself!

These are just a few of the memories people are sharing with us — plus there’s Lance Bass, Disney Legend and animator Floyd Norman, Disney Archivist Kevin Kern, “Cinderella” star Lily James, and a bunch of fan-tastic Disney fans.

And we want to hear your stories too! Post them below and share them on social media using the hashtag #WDIS4U and maybe you’ll see your story on D23.com!

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Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park

posted on April 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Here at Disney Parks, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance our storytelling. For example, updating beloved classics allows us to – if I may quote Walt Disney – “keep molding and shaping” the guest experience. As we look forward to celebrating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we also have exciting changes coming to two of our classic attractions this spring.

Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

First, a Disneyland park favorite is about to get even better as new effects are being added to Matterhorn Bobsleds. Just wait until you see the Abominable Snowman in ways you’ve never seen him before when the attraction reopens in May!

Bringing New Magic to Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Also reopening in May is Peter Pan’s Flight, featuring a reimagined nursery scene and a variety of special effects that will make this classic and beloved attraction come to life in new ways.

We’re always looking for ways to add new magic to our Disneyland Resort attractions, and of course we’ll continue to share the details with you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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