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Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider Set To Debut at Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Don’t miss your chance to meet acclaimed author Ridley Pearson, as we celebrate the release of his newest book, “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider,” the much-anticipated, final addition to the Kingdom Keepers saga. Ridley will be making special appearances on the following dates:

Walt Disney World Resort*:

Disneyland Resort:

  • March 29 – Disneyana, Disneyland park (10 a.m. – Noon)

Here’s a look at the cover as well as what you can expect from this new book:


The Kingdom Keepers’ senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

Be sure to visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com for event information, details on wristband distribution (where applicable) and more.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Come with me into the wild jungles of Disneyland park for a tour of the world-famous Jungle Cruise! First I’d like to thank you, Disney Parks Blog readers, for contributing your ideas in the comments of the Paradise Pier edition of this series. Ian thought that this classic Disneyland park attraction would be the perfect place to “beheaded” and I agree! So … hello! My name is Erin and I will be your Disney Parks Blog skipper for the next several minutes as we explore the story behind this opening-day Disneyland attraction.


History tells that a Victorian house was built in this remote area of the jungle in 1911 to serve as the last outpost of civilization for explorers venturing into the jungle. The owner of the building saw the potential for a successful business and created the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. – a place for locals to post and receive mail, enjoy a civilized pot of tea and read the (usually three-week-old) newspaper.

Unfortunately, in the late 1920s the owner had to leave due to illness and the building remained vacant for several years. Then one day, a group of enterprising adventurers purchased the house to use as a base for their new jungle transportation company. The business did well enough that they were able to add on a second story and invest in the latest technologies, like shortwave radio.


But the Great Depression significantly impacted their business and they were barely able to stay … afloat. While other businesses throughout the jungle packed it in, these adventurers remained, delivering mail and freight to the few remaining outposts. Their luck soon turned around when a well-known Hollywood film director found their outpost and asked them to escort him down the river while he filmed the local wildlife. After he paid generous wage for their services, the owners realized they had a profitable tourism business on their hands – or rather, their docks. New skippers were hired, and new steamers purchased, to lead well-to-do travelers who would enjoy (and hopefully survive) these tours departing daily into the jungle.

Today the Jungle Cruise still welcomes tourists who are daring enough to brave the piranha-infested waters, head-hunting natives, twelve-inch (in some cases even one-foot) butterflies and (if they’re lucky) the backside of water. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour into the story of the Jungle Cruise. If you did, my name is Erin … if you didn’t, my name is Tyler.

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What Do You Pack To Show Your ‘Disney Side’?

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Everybody has a “Disney Side.” That’s the side that laughs bigger, screams louder and lives life to the fullest.

When you’re preparing for a Disney vacation, what do you pack to show your “Disney Side”? Matching Disney T-shirts for everyone in the family? His and her Mickey ear hats?

Check out Gary Buchanan’s latest video to see how he teams with American Tourister to show his “Disney Side” at our parks.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on February 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


To me, one of the most magical experiences at Disneyland park is watching the Rivers of America come to life during the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!” You can’t help getting swept away watching Mickey Mouse as he commands water, lasers and fireworks in the epic finale. To make the most of this experience, I’ve got a few tips to share with you today:

  • Arrive early – “Fantasmic!” is one of the most popular shows at the Disneyland Resort. Unlike the “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park, the viewing area along the Rivers of America does not require a FASTPASS. But you should plan to get there early to make sure to snag the spot of your choice.
  • Enjoying the fireworks from Frontierland – On select nights throughout the year, our fireworks spectaculars light up the night sky following “Fantasmic!” If you are in the “Fantasmic!” viewing location in Frontierland and want to enjoy the fireworks as well, don’t leave your spot – you’ll be able to fully experience the show right where you are!
  • Finding the best spot to enjoy the show – The most popular viewing location for “Fantasmic!” is directly in the center; however, the show was designed to be viewed from all around the Rivers of America! Near the Haunted Mansion offers a little more space on most nights, so if you can’t find a spot, head over there. Also, if there are two shows on the evening you’ve selected, consider catching the second show. It often has more space available than the first performance.
  • Adding some extra “magic” – If you have seen the show several times and are looking for a different way to journey along with Mickey’s imagination, this tip is for you. Become part of the show with your own “Glow with the Show” Ear hat, available at merchandise locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. These special ears interact with the show itself, flashing and changing colors in response to the various scenes – I especially like watching the ears interact with the battle between Mickey and Maleficent. Also, you can enjoy a reserved seat and a delicious dessert platter during the show with the Premium Viewing option. Call 714-781-SHOW (7469) for more information and booking.
  • Navigating Disneyland park during “Fantasmic!” – If you’re not trying to catch the show and need to navigate New Orleans Square or Frontierland to get to another destination, just ask one of the cast members wearing a neon yellow shirt or jacket and holding a light-up baton. They will point you in the right direction.
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney Parks unveiled a new collection of amazing costume creations for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which debuts at Magic Kingdom Park in March.

'Seashell Girl' from 'The Little Mermaid' Unit in 'Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade' 'Cha Cha Girl' from Storybook Circus Unit in 'Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade'

The costumes are some of the most extravagant and elaborate in Disney Parks history and took almost a year to complete. The creations transpired in 10 different costume houses across eight cities and two countries, with the Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California among the mix.

Check out Michelle’s original story from her Style Snapshots series to see a behind-the-scenes video featuring costume designer Mirena Rada.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

And did you hear? Captain America is set to arrive at Disneyland park next month. Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage, will be part of Innoventions at Disneyland park in Anaheim and he’ll be greeting friends and fans alike beginning on March 7. Let us know what you think in Shawn’s original story.

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

Cast Member Romance at the Disneyland Resort – In recognition of Valentine’s Day romance, meet cast members Danny and Sachiko.

The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark IV, 1971-1989 – A look back at the iconic Walt Disney World Monorail system, built for guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park.

Interactive Fun Awaits in the ESPN Zone Sports Arena at the Downtown Disney District – Watch as Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover takes you inside the ESPN Zone Sports Arena at the Disneyland Resort.

A Life Changing Experience – Why I runDisney – Watch the inspirational story of Laura Hall and learn about her reason to runDisney.

Disneyland Paris Resort Unveils Details Of Its New ‘Ratatouille’-Inspired Area – A sneak-peek at Disneyland Paris Resort’s most anticipated attraction, opening this summer.

D Street in Downtown Disney District Welcomes ‘Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story’ Filmmakers to the Disneyland Resort – See photos from the premiere of “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story,” at The Walt Disney Studios lot at Disneyland Resort!

Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day with Special Merchandise – Check out the latest goodies from Hong Kong Disneyland with resident expert Fion Lai!

Remembering Shirley Temple at Disneyland Resort – In 1957 Shirley Temple oversaw the opening of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Diorama alongside Walt Disney.

See ‘Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story’ at Premiere Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from February 14-17, 2014 – This 39-minute, stop-motion, animated short tells the story of an unpainted Vinylmation figure on a journey which will change his world, and is showing this weekend at Walt Disney World Resort!

A Mom’s Take: Sailing the Mediterranean Without Kids on Disney Cruise Line – Marcy, from our Disney Parks Moms Panel give you the best tips for that romantic European getaway.

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Romantic Carriage Rides for Valentine’s Day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Carriage Rides  for Valentine’s Day at Downtown Disney

Still searching for a Valentine’s Day treat for your loved one? Would a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage fit the bill? This weekend at the Disneyland Resort, you can snuggle with your loved one as hooves clip clop on the path through the Downtown Disney District and the gardens of the Disneyland Hotel. The ride fee of $25 includes a souvenir 5” x 7” photo. Rides are offered tonight and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Carriage Rides  for Valentine’s Day at Downtown Disney

Your equine chauffeur for a Valentine carriage ride is Circle D’s own Lucky. Lucky is a Clydesdale who can also be seen pulling the Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. The stately white carriage behind him is a known as a “vis à vis”, which is French for face to face, but we have a feeling true Valentines will sit side by side!

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Find Your Romantic ‘Disney Side’ at Disney Parks

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Everyone has a “Disney Side,” but sometimes it can be hard to find in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The romance and fantasy here at the Disneyland Resort – and in all our Disney Parks around the world – make it easier to find that special spark again, especially on Valentine’s Day …

What is your romantic “Disney Side”? Share with us in the comments below, on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DisneySide and at DisneySide.com!

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Share Some Magic With Disney Parks Valentines

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

This morning, we shared some Disney Villaintines, and now we’ve got another way to spread the love today – Disney Parks Valentines! Check them out below and let us know which is your favorite.







Happy Valentine’s Day from the Disney Parks Blog!

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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Marc and Alice Davis

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Jon Storbeck, Vice President, Disneyland Park


As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to highlight the only married couple who have each been honored with their own windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park – Marc and Alice Davis. Married in 1956, the couple is said to have enjoyed a “Disney fairy-tale-romance-come-true” for 44 years until Marc’s death in 2000. Their windows, which are a tribute to their outstanding contributions to Disneyland, are side-by-side just north of the Main Street Cinema as a representation of their lifelong partnership.

Marc and Alice first met at the renowned Chouinard Art Institute, which was a training ground for many Disney artists. Marc was an instructor and Alice was a student. Marc joined the Disney Studio in 1935 as an assistant animator, and later became an Imagineer. He was also a member of the elite group referred to as Walt’s “Nine Old Men.” Marc dedicated his creative genius to helping Walt bring his ideas to life. When reflecting on his years at Disney, Marc once said, “I rarely felt confined to the animation medium. I worked as an idea man and loved creating characters, whether they be for animation or any other medium.”

Marc is probably best known as the father of some of Disney’s most memorable animated women, including Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmatians,” Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” and Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan.” When asked to choose a favorite among his creations, Marc replied, “Each of my women characters has her own unique style; I love them all in different ways.”

Disney Legend Marc Davis

Marc also contributed story and character concepts to Disneyland attractions such as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise.

During this time, Alice was making a name for herself as the original “designing woman” at Walt Disney Imagineering. She collaborated with art director and Disney Legend Mary Blair on the “it’s a small world” attraction for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Alice researched, designed and supervised the creation of more than 150 highly detailed costumes for the Audio-Animatronics children of the world. Later she translated pirate attire from her husband Marc’s original drawings into clothing designs and patterns for Pirates of the Caribbean in 1965. Alice once recalled with a gleam in her eye, “I went from sweet little children to dirty old men over night.”

While both retired in 1978, Marc continued to lend his expertise to the development of Epcot Center and Tokyo Disneyland, and Alice continued as a consultant. Marc was named a Disney Legend in 1989 and Alice in 2004. They were also long-time supporters of the California Institute of the Arts, which was founded by Walt Disney.

Marc’s window reflects his personal passion for primitive art: “Far East Imports – Exotic Art – Marc Davis – Proprietor”; while Alice’s window highlights her role: “Small World Costume Co. – Alice Davis – Seamstress to the Stars.”

At the dedication of her window on May 10, 2012, Alice stated, “All things good you have to wait a while for. After 83 years, I got my wish.”

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Celebrate 14 Days of Love at Disney Parks – Love is a Commitment – A Military Family Reunion

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG

Remember our post featuring a real fairytale engagement right inside Magic Kingdom Park? We talked about promises and the commitment a promise must survive in order to withstand all that it encounters. Sadly, often times the promises we make are broken, life gets in the way and we lose sight of what truly matters. But there are those that show us it can be done, restoring hope for each of us.

Today I’d like to share a story about a couple who eat, sleep, and breath the word commitment in its truest form and have endured every obstacle distance has given them.
Misty and Eric Campbell of Marysville, California met in their sixth grade classroom and have been going steady since. Before the “I do’s” and expansion of their family, Eric committed to serve in the US Air Force. Eight years and three kids later, Eric is now a Master Sergeant Pro Superintendent working with U2 Jets and spending much of his career apart from his children and wife.

“It’s our entire life,” Misty shared. “It may not be easy, but we’re used to it. It’s what we know.”

While away from his wife and children, Eric shared he makes a conscious effort to communicate any way possible.

“We’ve done holidays through a computer screen,” Eric shared. “But I’m really fortunate I’m able to see and talk to my kids, some jobs don’t allow that, so I’m grateful.”

Following his plane ride home to the US, Misty brought Eric to Walt Disney World Resort to spend quality time alone together after their six month separation. So, to enhance their reunion, my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts recommended our From Mickey and Minnie with Love, an In-Room Celebration designed to feel as if Mickey and Minnie had come to your resort room to create a one-of-a-kind magical experience. A trail of rose petals led them to chocolates, a pixie dusted arrangement of roses, much like our Disney Dozen floral offering, and a spa basket for two complete with personalized bath towels and more, allowing them to step into a magical Disney moment.


Misty and Eric also experienced a romantic portrait session with our friends from Disney Fine Art Photography to commemorate their special occasion, one that would make Misty totally feel like a princess that had just stepped into a dream.


But since Dad still hadn’t seen the kids, we helped Misty create a reunion that the Campbell’s would never forget back home too!

Before their departure from Walt Disney World Resort, we gave them tips on how to create an unforgettable homecoming with our Celebrate with Mickey candy cake, made with help from Mickey, and including one very special wishing candle.

Upon their arrival, Misty entered their home with the wish filled cake, and told her children that if they wished hard enough Dad might come home.

After repeating the words “Dreams come true” over and over again, Eric finally came through the door. Talk about a grand entrance! All three kids ran and clung to him, the type of embrace you’d never want to end.


Since their reunion, Misty shared with us the kids have not been able to let go of their Mickey plush or Daddy since.


“What an amazing way to end our little getaway,” Misty shared. And an even more amazing way to close our 14 Days of Love series. This story encapsulates all the characteristics of love we’ve shared this week.

It just goes to show, whether young or old, romance or reunion, we need to take time to express our affection, appreciation and admiration for those who have touched our lives. We would all love to live at Disney, the place where dreams come true, so that every day we could experience that magic, good feelings and warmhearted stories we love so much. But inside each of us is the magic to be Disney to someone else, no matter where we are. Just like Walt did for each of us, we have the power to make people feel special, leaving a memory in our hearts forever. Now the torch is ours to take, how will we be Disney for someone else?

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