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It’s National Corn Dog Day – Where to Get Your Fix at Disney Parks

posted on March 22nd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Today is National Corn Dog Day, an absolutely good reason to indulge in one of the crunchy-on-the-outside-and sweet-on-the inside dogs on a stick.

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If you’re at Downtown Disney, look for the celebratory balloons at the bright red Fantasy Fare food truck to showcase the day. Fantasy Fare brings “Delightful Dishes from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms Around the World,” so, of course, the hand-dipped corn dog from Disneyland park is star of the show.

We still remember our first bite of a corn dog at the Little Red Wagon at the top of Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park, slathered with mustard. It’s still the top spot, but you also can find corn dogs at Stage Door Café in front of Frontierland, and at Corn Dog Castle at Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure park.

Back at Walt Disney World Resort, you also can find corn dogs at Herbie’s Drive-In near Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; the Beastly kiosk in Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and at Westward Ho Refreshments in Magic Kingdom Park.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Seven Dwarfs Logo, Celeb Visits & More

posted on March 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We had an exciting week on the Disney Parks Blog, with international and domestic news to share, as well as new images and renderings of upcoming projects.

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First up, we unveiled the official logo for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which will open soon in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. What do you think?

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This week, our friends at Shanghai Disneyland also shared with us the first rendering of Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove, an entire land that will be dedicated to pirates. Looks like it will be amazing!

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And in other cool images we shared this week, two celebs showed up to visit some characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Tina Fey, who stars in the new film “Muppets Most Wanted” and actress Katie Holmes both paused for a photo at the park.

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Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, to Make Historic First Appearance at Star Wars Weekends

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


His most famous film character has destroyed the Death Star, received the Medal of Bravery following The Battle of Yavin and resisted a turn to the dark side, so what is he going to do next?

He’s going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!

No wait, wrong answer. He’s going to Disney World!

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For the first time in event history, Mark Hamill, the actor who brought Luke Skywalker to the silver screen in the Star Wars saga, will appear at Star Wars Weekends. Hamill will be one of the celebrity guests for Weekend IV, June 6-8, 2014. Fans can see him in the daily “Legends of the Force” Star Wars-themed motorcade and in a featured talk show.

Hamill’s appearances will most likely be a very popular gathering place for members of the Empire and the Rebellion, so be sure to arrive early.

More details about the event have been placed into the memory systems of an R2-unit and we’ll soon reveal them, but we wanted to share this Force-filled news with you today.

Stay updated with the latest event news here, StarWars.com and the event’s official website, DisneyTheForce.com. You also can join the conversation online with the official event hashtag, #DisneyTheForce.

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Tina Fey and Katie Holmes Visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Stars of stage and screen were spotted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, with Katie Holmes and Tina Fey each making visits to Walt Disney World Resort.

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While here, they both took time to pose with a few of our favorite furry friends. Holmes met Minnie Mouse on the Streets of America, and complimented Minnie on her special dress which was adorned with hearts. Fey visited Muppet*Vision 3D and posed with one of her “Muppets Most Wanted” co-stars, Sweetums. “Muppets Most Wanted” opens in theaters on Friday.

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This One’s for ‘Cars’ Fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


How cute is this Lightning McQueen souvenir bucket we found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and best of all, you can get it filled with healthful Mickey Check goodies: Dannon Danimals Yogurt, apple wedges, carrot sticks, goldfish crackers, apple-cinnamon snack bar and choice of lowfat milk or water ($11.99). The Mickey Check means that the snacks in the bucket meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. Locations include Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co. and ABC Commissary.

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For a splurge, you can also get the bucket filled with caramel corn ($14) at the Herbie cart near Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

The Lightning McQueen souvenir bucket isn’t on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Do You Want to Draw a Snowman? Learn How To Draw Olaf At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, we shared a look into the Animation Academy at The Magic of Disney Animation. Recently, a few characters from Disney’s “Frozen” were added into the rotation of Disney characters our character artists teach guests how to draw every day.

With the popularity of “Frozen” – which happens to be released on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack tomorrow, March 18 – it’s no surprise that Olaf has become one of the most requested characters at the experience. During our filming, character artist Brian James Fichtner was gracious enough to give us a step-by-step lesson on how to draw this lovable snowman-come-to-life. Grab a pencil, paper and check out the full tutorial below!

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Learn to Draw Disney Characters at Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney’s Hollywood Studios will mark its 25th anniversary on May 1, 2014. I was lucky enough to visit the park during its opening year and remember being absolutely fascinated by it – especially The Magic of Disney Animation, where you could learn about the process of hand-drawn animation and see firsthand how films are created. Did you know that films like “Lilo & Stitch” and “Brother Bear” were created within this very building?

Today, guests can stop into the pavilion’s Animation Academy and learn how to draw a real Disney character from one of our character artists – and new characters are added to the artists’ repertoires all the time, most recently Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.” I recently stopped in to check it out. Take a look in the video below.

Oh, and be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today for a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Olaf from “Frozen!”

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Charming Treats for St. Patrick’s Day 2014 at Disney Parks

posted on March 15th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, I visited one of our consumables locations to survey some of the yummy, holiday-themed treats they have made this year. You may recall that several of our merchandise locations contain a show kitchen, which is an on-stage kitchen where cast members make delicious goodies for all to see. This year, the cast members in the show kitchens have added a splash of green to some of their most popular items including Mickey Mouse-shaped cake pops and crispy treats.

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They also have created my favorite treat – pretzel rods covered in green sugar or sprinkles. The pretzel rods join sprinkle-covered or chocolate-dipped marshmallow wands.

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Finally, I spotted a Leprechaun-like candy apply complete with chocolate, green sugar and a marshmallow. Nearby, I found a character apple that resembles Kermit the Frog from The Muppets. I figured I’d include him in this story because he’s green (plus, I can’t wait for “Muppets Most Wanted” to be in theatres on March 21!)

If you are visiting Disney Parks during St Patrick’s Day, please stop by these locations:

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Seeing Monsters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Disney Parks Sign can be found at the fun “Monsters, Inc.” meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Have you seen this sign recently? One word is blurred out here – what’s their full slogan? Tell us in the “Comments section below and we’ll update the post later today with the answer.
Can You Finish This Disney Parks Sign From the “Monsters, Inc.” Meet and Greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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New Muppets Merchandise Comes to Disney Parks

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I’m sure many of you have your favorite Muppets characters. Which one do I relate to the most? I don’t know – I love them all! However I may have a little “Animal” in me. So naturally, when I found out we were going to have new Muppets-themed products at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts I knew it was time to play the music and light the lights, because “Muppets Most Wanted” is opening soon.

There are T-shirts for kids and adults, both long sleeve and short sleeve as well a fleece, all featuring iconic characters, logos and humorous phrases. My top picks? Take a look!

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For those of you who are a bit more subtle in showing your Muppets side, consider one of our new mugs which will debut this April! These mugs feature a cast of characters, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beeker (meep, meep) and of course, Kermit the Frog. I mean let’s be honest, is there a better way to start your day off than with a cup of coffee in a favorite mug? Other than maybe a breakfast prepared by Swedish Chef, of course.

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Want to nail a look so perfect even Miss Piggy would approve? Try one of the new nail polishes from “Muppets Most Wanted” 2014 Collection from OPI. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!

So where can you find some of these great new items? Look for them Studio Store in Disney California Adventure park and Stage 1 Company Store at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you can’t get enough Muppets, look for a special themed topiary at the 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival this year. Tip: You can find it between the Italy and Germany pavilions.

If the Muppets theme song is now in your head … or you can’t wait to check out some of these great new offerings, well, than my job is done! I hope you love it all as much as I do.

Do do do do do, Mahna Mahna!

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