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Step In Time: The Fun Return of ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ to Magic Kingdom Park in 1999

posted on April 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’re a fan of the “Main Street Electrical Parade,” then this is a video from our archives that you absolutely must see.

In May 1999, a few weeks before “Main Street Electrical Parade” made its return to Magic Kingdom Park, the parade floats were taken out of the park for a rare overnight road test. See this amazing sight below.

Can you imagine passing some of these sights on your way to your Disney resort?

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‘Diaper Dans’ Show Their ‘Disney Side’ On Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


No matter what age, everyone seems to have a “Disney Side.” That concept led us to a question: how early in their lives did the famed Dapper Dans begin honing their skills as a barber shop quartet? For years, The Dapper Dans have been favorites among Disney Parks guests for their blend of harmonies and hijinks. Whether they’re in the Harmony Barber Shop or riding aboard the Main Street Trolley, the Dapper Dans provide a soundtrack like no other on Main Street U.S.A.

In honor of the famed foursome, we asked them to lend a hand in helping to train a troupe of newcomers. Today, we are pleased to present the world premiere of … The Diaper Dans.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Characters

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. During the presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

See for yourself in the video below.

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Easter Is On Its Way – To Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Easter is fast approaching – and so is the Easter Bunny! Our long-eared friend will greet guests in the Town Square area of Magic Kingdom Park from April 13-20.

In addition, Mr. Bunny will also make a special pre-parade appearance on April 19 and 20, along with other springtime characters and dancers, and the Azalea Trail Maids.

Easter Fun for Everyone at Disney

Will you join us for Easter? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks Celebrates ‘it’s a small world’ Live On ‘Good Morning America’

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction, part of which was featured live on “Good Morning America.”

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The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland Park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

Check out the video below to see the celebration for yourself.

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All in the Details: Dopey Drops By Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Look who just stopped by New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park to check on the progress of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction – it’s Dopey!

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The attraction, which is still under construction, tells the story of “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” from the perspectives of the Dwarfs. Positioned just behind Dopey in this photo, you can catch a glimpse of the “big drop” in the attraction, which takes place just after guests journey through the Dwarfs’ mine.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open later this spring (exact date is still yet-to-be-announced). In the meantime, what aspect of this attraction are you most excited to see for yourself? The mine? The view from the top? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Global Celebrations Mark 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have an exciting day planned Thursday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney’s “it’s a small world” attraction, including online and in-park sing-alongs, musical performances and even a special Google Hangout with Disney Legend Richard Sherman.
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We’re kicking off the global celebration early on Thursday with a live sing-along with ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” in Times Square in New York City. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. In addition to Times Square, GMA will feature choirs singing live at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, plus a choir at the Unisphere in New York at the original location of the 1964 World’s Fair, where “it’s a small world” debuted.

During the day, you’re also invited to join guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe for a historic “it’s a small world” sing-along at our global online hub, SmallWorld50.com. And as Erin shared last week, you can also join us for our Google Hangout event with Disney Legend Richard Sherman, live at 1 p.m. PDT from Disneyland park. The event can be seen live here and in the “Gallery” section of SmallWorld50.com.

Throughout the day, guests at Disney Parks will be participating in the celebration at all five resorts around the world. Here are the details for each park:

  • At the Walt Disney World Resort, hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests are joining in the song during a special “pre-parade” before the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

    Throughout the day, in-park performers – the Dapper Dans, Coke Corner Pianist, Notorious Banjo Brothers, Royal Majesty Maker Musicians and Main Street Philharmonic – are scheduled to include “it’s a small world” in their appearances.

  • At the Disneyland Resort, songwriter Richard Sherman is scheduled to appear in a sing-along cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A., conducting hundreds of Disneyland guests in their “it’s a small world” sing-along.
  • At Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members and students from Hong Kong Children’s Choir are singing “it’s a small world” in Cantonese.
  • At Tokyo Disneyland, cast members and guests are gathering to sing in Japanese at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • At Disneyland Paris, a “blue carpet” event featuring international cast members is planned for on Main Street, U.S.A., with students from the European International School, singing a multi-language version of the iconic anthem in front of “it’s a small world.”
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All in the Details: Check Out a CGI Ride-Through of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train comes to us from Yellow Shoes Creative Group, a team that is currently working on some of the advertising for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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This week, the team sent us a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction. A portion of this was shared during “The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” broadcast back in December – check out the full version below.

Is it just me, or do you suddenly have a very strong interest in gemstones?


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Step in Time: ‘Magical Moments Parade’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we took a look at debut of the popular “Remember the Magic” parade at Magic Kingdom Park. When the 25th anniversary celebration concluded, a new parade, the “Magical Moments Parade”, debuted February 1, 1998.
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The parade was a variation of the “Remember the Magic” parade that ran through September 30, 2001.

The parade featured classic Disney characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus some newer faces, including the cast of “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.”


For more from the “Step in Time” series, read the posts below:

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Download Our Pirates-Themed ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Wallpaper

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


Earlier this spring, we celebrated the arrival of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park. Our Maleficent dragon and Bubble Girl wallpapers were so popular that today we’re sharing a third in that series with you. This design is inspired by the Peter Pan float from the parade.

Pirates-Themed ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Wallpaper

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Thanks to Mike Britton and Olga Thompson for their creative work on this series.

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