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Inaugural ‘Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome’ Parades Through Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Anna and Elsa, the royal sisters from “Frozen” were officially welcomed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, well, for the first time in forever!

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Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” is a new daily procession that gives everyone a chance to enjoy the pageantry and cheer of the grand arrival of the royal sisters of Arendelle. Stepping off at the front of the park, Anna and Elsa proceed through the parade route in a royal horse-drawn sleigh, while their friend, Kristoff, travels on a Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post float. Our “Frozen” friends are flanked by plenty of royal entertainers, including a flag corp twirling the flag of Arendelle, a troupe of ice men performing a routine with ice picks, sliding skiers, skating snowflakes, and more. Upon arriving at the stage in the center of the park, the sisters receive their official welcome to “Hollywoodland” before returning to their carriage and completing the rest of the parade route, ending just before the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction.

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I was there to see today’s inaugural procession for myself, along with my son, who like so many kids, watches “Frozen,” plays “Frozen,” and even sings “Frozen.” By far, one of my favorite elements was seeing the kids who were chosen to join in on the fun. Each day, 20-30 of our young park guests are going to be randomly invited to become honorary royalty of Arendelle and march along in the parade. Although these children are randomly selected to appear in the procession, word on the street is that one way to increase your chances of being selected is to dress and be seen in your Arendelle best!

“Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” is one of many “Frozen”-inspired offerings that guests can enjoy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through September 1, which also include a new fireworks spectacular, ice skating, a singalong, dance party, merchandise opportunities and more.

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Katy Perry Visits Walt Disney World Resort During Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

posted on July 5th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Chart-topping singer Katy Perry took a break from her global concert tour to join friends at Walt Disney World Resort for a little R & R (rest and relaxation) and M & M (Mickey and Minnie) during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Perry is currently on the U.S. leg of her Prismatic World Tour.

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Take a look at this video and hear Perry’s thoughts on Walt Disney, and how — with a little creative ingenuity — a Mickey Mouse-shaped piece of confetti can turn into an instant fashion accessory.

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Arendelle Friends Arrive for a Frozen Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Guess who is on his way to Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy all our special Frozen Summer Celebration – looks like this snowman is dressed and ready for some fun in the sun!

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And there’s plenty of fun to be had at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting today. The park will debut several new offerings, including the Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, fireworks, dance parties and more. Our “Frozen”-inspired offerings will run daily through September 1, 2014.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog and our @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter account throughout the day for new photos and videos of today’s celebration. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hash tag #FrozenSummer.

PS: Who knew airlines serviced Arendelle?

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It’s A Happy Fourth of July At Disney Parks

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Fourth of July celebrations are already well underway at Disney Parks, and the party kicked off last night at Magic Kingdom Park with an early performance of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

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Our photographers were out to catch some of the lovely sights for us.

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will again blast off tonight at 9 p.m. Elsewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot will host “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 10 p.m., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will launch their fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Over at the Disneyland Resort, the festivities started even earlier this week, with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” lighting up the night beginning July 1. Look for it tonight at 9:25 p.m. Disney California Adventure park will also host a special patriotic pre-show at the start of the 9:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. performances of “World of Color.”

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First Look Inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With our summer-long celebration of Disney’s “Frozen” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting on Saturday, July 5, I wanted to give you a first look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland. Located in Soundstage One between Toy Story Midway Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour, Oaken and his cousins have created a cold-weather wonderland filled with a frozen pond for ice skating demonstrations, photo opportunities, play areas, food and beverage kiosks, and a merchandise shop.

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Upon entering Soundstage One, guests pass by the trading post front porch on the way to the frozen pond and the merchandise location. My first stop was the ice skating rink located in the same space recently occupied by Darth’s Mall during Star Wars Weekends 2014. Surrounded by snow-covered trees, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the pond – it’s summer in Florida and I was staring at ice! I haven’t been skating since I lived in Ohio many years ago, so I can’t wait to go.

My next stop was the trading post, which is located in the front area of Soundstage One. This location will be home to a large assortment of “Frozen” merchandise. I found dolls, toys, plush, apparel, consumables, pins and much more. The assortment will evolve throughout the summer as additional items arrive at Disney Parks, like the recently discussed Olaf merchandise I shared in this article.

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We will be releasing a new D-Tech on Demand cases for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S on Saturday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This artwork will also be added to the D-Tech on Demand boutique inside the recently opened Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. The Marketplace Co-Op location will have a few designs not found anywhere else, while the “Frozen Summer Fun” design will only be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Coming next week, we will release three open edition, retail MagicBands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with pre-printed images of Elsa, Anna and Olaf. As with all retail MagicBand purchases, guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or another MagicBand. These items will not be available for purchase online or via Merchandise Guest Services.

I hope you are able to join us this summer as the celebration runs through September 1. Below is a gallery of a few additional things I found during my visit.

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Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sneak Peek Debuts July 4 at Disney Parks

posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Beginning tomorrow, July 4, and continuing through mid-August, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest exciting adventure from the studio that brought you “The Avengers.”

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This special, extended sneak peek of the film will play daily in spectacular RealD 3D at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. You’ll also be able to catch it at Disneyland park in California, at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where it will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as space adventurer Peter Quill, who is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of ragtag misfits in order to evade a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

I’ve got a feeling “Guardians of the Galaxy” is going to be a special kind of awesome! Who else is excited and ready to join us for the sneak peek in the parks this month? Let us know in the “Comments” section below, and make plans now to catch “Guardians of the Galaxy,” when the movie releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Book Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As our Entertainment author Shawn Slater shared last week, we have some very exciting new offerings launching this Saturday, July 5, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort that are inspired by the film Disney’s “Frozen” – including a new procession, sing-along, merchandise shop, snow activities, nighttime fireworks spectacular and more! (Be sure to check out Shawn’s original post here for full details).

Inaugural ‘Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome’ Parades Through Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, available daily from July 5 – September 1, 2014 (with the exception of August 23), will offer guests reserved viewing for three of the park’s most anticipated new experiences. This package is a great way to see Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. Guests who book the package will check in at Min and Bills Dockside Diner starting at 10:30 a.m., then enjoy refreshments and reserved viewing for Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession at 11:00 a.m. Later on, they’ll experience reserved seating at one showing of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, which takes place between 12:30-7 p.m. The evening will end from 8:30 – 10PM with an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen fireworks spectacular. (Note: Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession and the dessert party offers a reserved viewing area, no seating is available. Wheelchairs and ECVs will be accommodated).

Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity). Discounts do not apply. Park admission is required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Book this package now by calling 407-939-1939.

(Note: Guests will receive a credential for identification during the Royal Welcome procession viewing. If you are not able to attend the Royal Welcome procession viewing, please visit Guest Relations to check-in between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. and select a show time for the sing-along celebration. After 8 p.m., please check-in at Min and Bill’s. Credential identification is non-transferrable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.)

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Ice Skating Begins July 5 at Oaken’s Frozen Funland at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In the film “Frozen,” Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post is where Anna meets a snow-covered Kristoff, and they set off on an adventure together to find Elsa and stop the eternal winter. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a place inspired by that scene in the film – Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – will open its doors to offer you adventure starting this Saturday, July 5. Here, you’ll be able to purchase “Frozen” wares, special snacks, take photos and enjoy wintertime fun – including ice skating!
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Located inside the Soundstage One building toward the rear of the park, Oaken’s Frozen Funland features a frozen pond where guests can go ice skating. Skating sessions are $10 for 30 minutes on the ice, including the use of ice skates, socks and a helmet. Guests can also bring their own equipment. Oaken’s Frozen Funland will be open daily from park opening to 8 p.m., and skating sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis. (Note: Skating availability may be limited to the sizing of skates. Waivers for all guests are required and minors must have an adult/responsible party age 18 or older present to sign for them).

Inaugural ‘Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome’ Parades Through Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Oaken’s Frozen Funland is just one of several “Frozen”-themed offerings that debut this Saturday, July 5. A “Frozen” fireworks spectacular, For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration, Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, dance parties and more will run through September 1 at the park.

Will you add this activity to your list? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FrozenSummer.


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Happy July 4 Week! Our Top 10 All-American Eats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 1st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


July 4 is all about celebrating the red, white and blue. If you’re spending July 4 at Walt Disney World Resort, here are our Top 10 All-American eats:

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  1. We’re starting with a cocktail, as it’s only available on July 4 – “red, white and blue” mojitos (red berry, classic and blueberry-lemon). You’ll find them at bars throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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  1. Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can order the Famous All-American Picnic Burger at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. It’s an Angus burger topped with a grilled hotdog, sautéed onions, sauerkraut and a pickle. Yum!
  2. Head to Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom Park for a hit list of American baseball favorites: hot dogs, nachos, corn dog nuggets, French fries, cotton candy and Cracker Jacks. Grab a seat outside and listen to the all-American ragtime piano player.
  3. Step back to the days of Colonial Williamsburg at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. For lunch, try the Liberty Boys BLT with slow-roasted pork, fresh greens and tomatoes on house-made bread with caramelized shallots and a mushroom-mayo spread.
  4. Sip a Liberty Swirl Slush (Fanta Strawberry and Blue Raspberry) at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, or maybe an All-American Sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – vanilla and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, peanut butter drizzle, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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  1. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, what’s more all-American than a half slab of St. Louis ribs from Flame Tree Barbecue, served with baked beans and cole slaw – picnic tables and lots of napkins make it easy to be messy.
  2. The New England-style lobster roll at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (and check out the new red, white and blue costumes the servers will be wearing, just in time for the holiday). On a butter-toasted Parker House roll, it’s a classic New England recipe.
  3. Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is our go-to for fancy, super-fresh all-American seafood. Tuck into a 2-pound steamed Maine lobster, crispy Rhode Island calamari, pan-seared George’s Bank day boat scallops, and/or Alaskan wild-caught halibut.
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  1. For a taste of the South, it’s Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort: shrimp and grits or a shrimp po boy are our favorites.
  2. And just one more burger – the All-American Bacon Cheeseburger at ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill. Nothing fancy, just Cheddar cheese and bacon on an Angus burger. Add a draft beer, and you’ve got the quintessential July 4 meal.
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runDisney is ‘Glowing’ About The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Medals

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


If you are one of the more than 16,000 runners ‘dropping in’ to participate in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, October 3-4, at Walt Disney World Resort, then we have a little motivation to help you with your training.
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From the youngest runners in the runDisney Kids Races to the most experienced runners in the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the 10-Miler, we often hear, “it’s all about the ‘bling’.” With that in mind, we are excited to share what waits for you at the finish lines of this year’s events.
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There will be no tricks, just treats when kids receive the Halloween-inspired Donald Duck medallion for participating in the diaper dash, 100m, 200m 400m and 1-Mile races.
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Be careful of hitchhiking ghosts if you are participating in the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run. New this year, the medallion glows in the dark!
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And nothing can be more fitting than the 2014 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler medal, featuring The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Not only does this medal glow in the dark, the elevator moves up and down.

Now, if you are not running race weekend or just hearing about runDisney, I invite you to check out runDisney.com, register for an upcoming event and put a little ‘bling’ around your neck.

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