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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Family Volunteer Day

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.

At Disneyland Resort, guests and Disney VoluntEARS made more than 5,000 snack packs for the Orange County Food Bank, wrote postcards to service men and women and built butterfly garden kits for after-school programs. VoluntEARS also spent time assembling food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.


Walt Disney World guests, cast and their families created 500 Clean the World toiletry kits for Families in Transition in Osceola County. Participants also wrote postcards for Operation Uplift and greeting cards for local children’s hospitals to bring extra smiles for the holiday season. The Disney Kids and Family Zone also stopped by to provide some healthy snacks, fun games and a photo area for even more lasting memories.


VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland refreshed a local campsite for the Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (PHAB). This is the first campsite in Hong Kong to promote inclusiveness and socialization among visitors, and the work of the VoluntEARS will help even more people to enjoy the space.


Tokyo Disney Resort cast members and their family joined hands with other community volunteers to clean the shoreline of their local Kasai Rinkai Park. VoluntEARS spent the day helping to preserve the park’s pristine nature for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to all the resort guests and Disney VoluntEARS who joined together for Family Volunteer Day. This is just one of many ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of hours every single year. Read more about how The Walt Disney Company participated in Family Volunteer Day on the Disney Post.

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Disney Parks Entertainment Honored with Industry Awards

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

I’m proud to report that two recent projects produced by our Creative Entertainment team have been honored with industry awards from a pair of prestigious organizations.


On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. “Paint the Night” brings Disney’s electrical parade legacy into the 21st century with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The parade made its debut last fall at Hong Kong Disneyland and arrived at Disneyland Resort this past summer as part of the Diamond Celebration.

As part of their announcement, TEA said, “The new Disney ‘Paint the Night’ is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance and interactivity, centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic.”

TEA is an international non-profit association, representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on April 2, 2016.


Last night at their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.

IAAPA also presented a Brass Ring Award to “King Triton’s Concert” at Tokyo DisneySea Park in Japan, in the category of “Best Overall Production: $1 Million or more.” “King Triton’s Concert” brings to life the under the sea world of “The Little Mermaid” with music, songs, dynamic performances and sensational special effects. The show opened in April 2015 and is presented several times daily at the park’s Mermaid Lagoon Theater.


IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring these wonderful projects to life at Disney Parks!

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Disney’s Ghost Town Is On At Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Disney Haunted Halloween – Dare to Get Lost in Ghost Town” is on at Hong Kong Disneyland this year. The Halloween celebration takes on an outdoor theme this year, tempting daring guests to lose their way in the ghostly lands across Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch and Adventureland where the spirits come alive at nightfall through October 31.


As part of the celebration, guests can experience The Haunting of Grizzly Gulch, where legend has it the cowboys and miners who once resided here have returned to continue their feud. Each hour, the ghosts return to the gold-mining town to settle their old score.


Guests can also enjoy the Cycle of the Spirits at Mystic Point. Here captivating spirits, including the dancing couple and the society ladies, lure the unsuspecting into their time-warp to watch as the spirits relive one hour of their lives over and over in an unending loop of time.


Jungle River Cruise has been transformed into perilous voyage that the Navigator and Skipper will guide brave guests through a quest for the voodooed emerald stones, which may have dire consequences.


And of course, Mickey, Minnie, Duffy, ShellieMay and other Disney friends are donning their best Halloween outfits at the park this season.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Celebrates 10 Years and Announces New Entertainment and Experiences

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Today, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. And in honor of the day, the Resort announced that it’s kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration filled with exciting new entertainment as well as adding a new Fantasyland experience based on Disney fairytales.

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During a special ceremony that included spectacular fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek said it’s been an honor to create magical experiences for guests at Hong Kong Disneyland. Bob also shared some details on the “Happily Ever After” celebration set to begin in mid-November.

'Mickey and the Wondrous Book' Stage Show at Hong Kong Disneyland Aladin' Stage Show at Hong Kong Disneyland

An all-new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book”, will be opening on November 17, 2015, at Disney’s Storybook Theater. The 25-minute concert-style stage show will celebrate some of Disney’s most loved characters and stories, including “Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “Brave,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Frozen.”

And at night, guests will be dazzled by an enhanced “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks show featuring cutting-edge technology, lighting effects and video projection. The street-to-sky display includes fireworks and an all-new moving light projection show on Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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It was also announced that Fairy Tale Forest will be coming to Fantasyland in December, which will let guests walk through a winding, living storybook realm based on Disney fairytales. Using creative landscaping, the whimsical passages will feature miniature scenes from “Tangled,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid”. The forest will also be home for Tinker Bell where she will greet guests in Pixie Hollow.


Join us in wishing Hong Kong Disneyland Resort a happy 10 years. We’re looking forward to all the magic yet to come during this anniversary celebration and in the future. And let us know what you’re looking forward to experiencing at the Resort in the comments below.

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.


With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.


The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.


What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016

posted on August 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to announce that the popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning to select merchandise locations.


The oversized calendar for 2016 will include posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world including Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month. The posters were printed on acid-free and lignin-free paper.

You may recall we first introduced attraction poster calendars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in fall 2013. That calendar was inspired by the highly recommended “Poster Art of Disney Parks” by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke as seen in this article. It also paved the way for several apparel items and home goods released in 2014. I’m beyond thrilled to see a new version complete with some of my favorite attractions including the WEDWay PeopleMover, Mickey Mouse Musical Revue and the festive Jingle Cruise in Adventureland.

This calendar (item number is 400009684599) will be found in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks, and will have a retail of $21.95. The calendar may be offered on our Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Which Disney Parks attraction poster is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This year’s D23 Expo was chock full of fun for Disney Parks fans, and highlights of the weekend were three special sessions dedicated to honoring Disney’s history and heritage, sharing news on what’s next for Disney Parks around the world, and offering sneak peeks at upcoming Disney films.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo

“The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony” was held Friday, August, 14, and honored eight individuals for their unique contributions to the success of The Walt Disney Company. Among them were a few people who have specifically shaped or inspired Disney Parks experiences – or even were a part of our park’s history, including Disneyland’s first ambassador Julie Reihm Casaletto, filmmaker George Lucas, and star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise Johnny Depp.

ALAN HORN (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios)

On Saturday, August 15, D23 Expo guests were treated to a “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at the Walt Disney Studios” presentation, which gave an overview of upcoming Disney films. Some of these films already have connections to existing Disney Parks attractions – and who knows what future park experiences may be inspired by some of these new films.


During this session, several celebrities made surprise appearances in which they talked about their love of Disney Parks and share their enthusiasm for their new films, including Johnny Depp who dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”); Mia Wasikowska (“Alice Through The Looking Glass”); Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: Civil War”); and Bryce Dallas Howard (“Pete’s Dragon”).

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo

“The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau also appeared with the upcoming film’s castmates, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Neel Sethi, and surprised them (and the audience) with a first look at footage from the film. Seeing their reactions was priceless – especially young Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli in the film.

OSCAR ISAAC, JOHN BOYEGA, LUPITA NYONG'O, DAISY RIDLEY, J.J. ABRAMS, HARRISON FORD, ALAN HORN (Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios), ROBERT A. IGER (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company)

The new cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” also made an appearance with writer/director J.J. Abrams and special guest Harrison Ford. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger closed the session by announcing plans for Star Wars-themed lands for Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Read more on that here).

BOB CHAPEK (Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts)

Another highlight of this year’s D23 Expo for Disney Parks fans was the “Parks & Resorts Presentation,” at which Disney leaders unveiled plans for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, details on the Star Wars-themed lands planned for Disney Parks, Soarin’ Around the World, and updates on Shanghai Disneyland.


Filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau joined Imagineer Joe Rohde to announce the official name of the land Pandora – The World of AVATAR, which is currently under construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They also shared the name of the land’s major attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, which will allow guests to soar on a banshee.

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During the event, superhero mastermind Stan Lee also made a surprise appearance to help Imagineer Ted Robledo announce plans for The Iron Man Experience for Hong Kong Disneyland.

Be sure to click through all of the photo galleries above for a look inside each presentation.

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Iron Man to Appear at Hong Kong Disneyland; New Details Unveiled for Iron Man Experience

posted on August 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Iron Man Experience Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

Yesterday, Iron Man himself landed for a special appearance during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2015 D23 EXPO. And next year, Hong Kong Disneyland guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Super Hero when Iron Man Experience opens.

Iron Man Experience Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

Iron Man Experience will take guests on an epic adventure against the forces of evil over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong.

Iron Man Experience Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

The adventure begins at the new Stark Expo – a showcase of new and exciting technologies coming soon from Stark Industries – which Tony Stark has brought to Tomorrowland. At the expo, guests will experience the history of Stark Industries through inventions by the company’s founder, Howard Stark, and into the present day, where Tony Stark is inspiring his team of scientists and engineers to make our lives better, more convenient and safer through technology.

Iron Man Experience Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

One of the best examples of the new technology showcased at the Stark Expo will be the innovative vehicle called the Iron Wing. On Iron Man Experience, guests will board the Iron Wing for a short flight to new Hong Kong Stark Tower, where they find themselves in a fight – alongside Iron Man – against the evil forces of Hydra.

What happens next? Find out when Iron Man Experience opens in 2016!

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Night at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Night at Hong Kong Disneyland

Looks like the perfect night for a calm walk – right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.

Have you visited Hong Kong Disneyland? What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks Brighten Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at Hong Kong Disneyland of the park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Disney In The Stars.”

The show is an illuminating celebration that combines music with fireworks that brighten the sky above the park’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Favorite Disney character images and lighting effects are also projected across the castle’s walls and turrets during the show.


Have you seen “Disney In The Stars”? Tell us what you liked about it in the comments section below!

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