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Caption This: Minnie Sets Sail at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Caption This” image was snapped in 1991 at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.


Here, Minnie sets sail out on Seven Seas Lagoon for some Polynesian fun. This photo could sure use a caption. Share yours in the comments section below!

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Halloween Tricks and Treats from Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s so much fun to dress up as a favorite character and celebrate the holiday “Disney style.” If you love Halloween like I do and want to bring the party back to your Disney Resort room, I have just the trick – or treat – for you!


Available at Walt Disney World Resort, Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration feels as if Mickey heard you were visiting and prepared a party just for you. A light-up Mickey Mouse pumpkin sash welcomes you at the door as you prepare yourself for a ghoulish surprise.

As you enter, discover a welcome letter from your favorite pal letting you know what’s in store. Next to the letter, a large Mickey Mouse plush greets you with a one-of-a-kind keepsake character bin holding popular Halloween treats.

Nearby, a festive blanket, creepy candelabra, luminaries, cobwebs, hidden messages, activities and more fill the room. And when you’ve had enough of a fright, it’s just like Mickey is there to tuck you in for the night. Pillowcases featuring Mickey Mouse, along with other keepsakes, can be personalized with your name for the ultimate Halloween experience.


Mickey is not the only one who loves Halloween; it’s the Disney Villains’ favorite time of the year.


Available at Disneyland Resort, A Disney Villainous Halloween allows you to step into a wicked celebration prepared in the comfort of your Resort room. The Villains snuck in to … let’s just say, help you indulge in your “Villain side.”

Open the door to discover two creepy candelabras, a spooky woven blanket and a picture frame that set the mood for your “villainous lair.”

A Mickey Mouse “Trick or Treat” pumpkin glows in the room, illuminating a large black gift box that holds secret surprises. If you have the courage to open it, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind monopoly game and experience the dark side in a different light.

Check out the links to learn more about each experience. There are lots of Halloween fans out there, so just beware … these celebrations run out fast.

You can order online or speak to a friendly Dream Maker. Our Disney Floral and Gifts team is available seven days a week. To order for Walt Disney World Resort hotel locations, call 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). For Disneyland Resort hotel locations, call a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (4438).

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Reservations Now Open for Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Imagine a blissfully indulgent, leisurely Sunday brunch with panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon. Relax and relish sophisticated flavors at Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch, which will take place Sunday mornings, beginning November 22.


Brunch begins with a specialty beverage—Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults, a smoothie for children. A shared pastry basket is filled with house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, pecan sticky buns, Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam.

Experience Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch Beginning Nov. 22 Experience Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch Beginning Nov. 22

Enjoy your choice of appetizer: Onion Soup Graitnee, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Charcuterie, Artisanal Cheese Selection or Romaine Salad. For entrees, look for traditional brunch favorites, with a refined twist: Brioche French Toast, Lobster Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Freshly Caught Seasonal Fish, Steak and Eggs and more. Complete your meal with a sweet ending—a trio of desserts.

Cost is $69 for adults, $41 for children, age 3-9. For Reservations, visit, or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Stay at the Disneyland Resort This Season and Save with a Special Hotel Offer

posted on September 14th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you’re looking for festive fun during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort or hoping to make magical memories with family and friends during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, we have a special offer for those interested in staying at one of our three hotels!

When staying between October 25 to December 17, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel, or save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on select Sunday through Thursday nights.* Book through November 18, 2015.

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Visiting the Disneyland Resort is wonderful all year round, but guests visiting this season will be delighted to enjoy these special, seasonal experiences. And with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in full swing, the resort continues to dazzle throughout the season!

Click here to book today!

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 10/25/15 to 12/17/15. Book from 9/09/15 through 11/18/15, with travel completed by 12/18/15. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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Caption This: Sarge Wakes at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on September 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Who’s the first out of bed and revving to go when your family is on vacation? In this week’s “Caption This” image, which was snapped at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Sarge seems to be the early riser among the “Cars” friends.


What’s got his attention? “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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#DisneyKids: Boating at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

The weather is still plenty warm here in Florida, and it is a great time to have some fun on the water. One of my family’s favorite activities is renting a boat from one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and cruising around property. We have enjoyed lazy afternoons on a pontoon and exhilarating zips around on a speed boat, all while taking in sights like Magic Kingdom Park and the surrounding hotels.

The little guy in this video was so excited for his adventure on one of the Sea Raycer by Sea Ray boats available to rent. Drivers must be at least 12 years old, but young children can be passengers with an adult.

Have you ever taken your little ones out for a spin on the Walt Disney World waterways? Tell us about it!

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A Unique Point of View: Redwood Creek Slide at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on September 10th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort, the pool area is set amid woodsy grounds and rugged boulders. The Redwood Pool features the Redwood Creek Slide, a 90-foot-long waterslide that curves around a giant Redwood tree stump. As we did with the Monorail Pool slides at Disneyland Hotel, our talented video team and friendly lifeguards helped create a unique point of view of sliding down the Redwood Creek Slide. Enjoy the video below!

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Disney•Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Artist and Writer Make Their Mark of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort’s Storyboard Chandelier

posted on September 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Have you ever noticed the Storyboard Chandelier that highlights the lobby of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? The chandelier features an arrangement of original storyboard drawings from favorite Disney films, including “The Lion King,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo.”


Since its opening in 2012, many artists, filmmakers and actors have stopped by to autograph panels on the Storyboard Chandelier, including Jodi Benson and Pat Carroll from “The Little Mermaid,” and John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios.

Earlier this month, artiest Josh Cooley (“Inside Out”) and writer Robert Baird (“Big Hero 6” and “Monsters University”) stopped by to leave their mark on this amazing piece of Disney film history – an experience they happily described as “surreal.”

Check out the clip above for a look inside their visit.

For more from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, visit the posts below:

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Fitness Fun at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

A vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has something for everyone – including those looking to stay in shape. The Hawaiian resort offers energizing classes daily that cater to all types of workouts. Some of my favorites include: Paddle Fitness, Beach Body Blast and Ocean Yoga (yoga on a surfboard in the Ko Olina lagoon). We previously shared more about fitness classes on the Disney Parks Blog, but today we’re focusing our fitness fun on the Mikimiki Fitness Center!


This health club is a state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot facility that features Life Fitness cardiovascular and strength training equipment, free weights and a stretching area. The Mikimiki Fitness center is open 24 hours and is included with all Aulani stays! Most recently, we welcomed the Kinesis machine to our fitness family. This modern equipment is an exceptional trainer for guests because it mimics real life movement and is capable of training your body in every plane of motion.

If you’re looking for specialized training, sign up for a customized program designed by one of our expert, certified trainers (fees apply). Some options for these specialized workouts include: individual training, group training or even sport-specific trainer workouts. To learn more about these training options, visit here.

What is your favorite way to stay fit while at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Answer Your Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Questions

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

Now through September 6 you can follow Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Kate and Juliette as they go “on assignment” at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows during a special webcast.

Watch as the moms explore the highlights of this new Disney Vacation Club Resort, including a tour inside the spectacular over-the-water Bungalows. They also show off new enhancements to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with an inside look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and an overview of the resort’s feature pool area.

Along the way, Kate and Juliette will answer some of your top vacation planning questions about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, and share their insider tips.

Here’s a taste of what this webcast has offer:

Register today to see how being a Disney Vacation Club Member has enhanced the way these moms vacation.

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