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Caption This: Goofy Plays Ball at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This early 1970s photo was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park. It sure looks like Goofy and friends are “having a ball” on the castle lawn.

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This pic is perfect for a great caption. Leave yours in the comments section below!

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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Serving up Fun Four Days per Week at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Howdy, partners! You may know that Mickey, Minnie and friends kick up their heels with guests at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. But did you know for the rest of the season, they’ll be serving up fun four days a week? Additional dates have been added; in addition to Thursday and Saturday’s, you can now book Tuesday and Friday, too!

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This all-you-care-to-enjoy picnic features finger-licking BBQ favorites like barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese and new dishes like jambalaya, honey-mustard baked chicken and a selection of salads and kid-friendly veggies. If dancing up a storm makes you thirsty, quench it with a large selection of ice-cold sodas and soft drinks. Adults can enjoy Bud Light and Yuengling draft beers, Chardonnay, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Red Sangria included with dinner. For dessert, look for a new warm fruit cobbler or strawberry shortcake (when it’s in season) in addition to the popular Mickey-shaped ice-cream bars and other frozen treats.

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Dance the night away with a live country-western band and character appearances throughout the night. The character meet and greet area has also been enhanced to allow for more time with your favorite characters for photos and autographs.

For added convenience, a new bus route is now in operation, which takes guests directly back to Magic Kingdom Park, where transport to any Disney Resort is readily available.

For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine, or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Disney Days Of Past: Remember ‘Oliver & Company’?

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Are you a cat owner? Did you hug your cat today? If not, there’s still time as it’s National Hug Your Cat Day. (I can’t make this stuff up.) There are quite a few Disney cats you could hug, but today we’ll celebrate Oliver from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oliver & Company.” Here is Oliver with Jenny, Dodger, Tito and Georgette at Magic Kingdom Park in 1988.

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Who’s your favorite Disney cat? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot: June 2015

posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


See what’s happening in the world of Merchandise Special Events this June at Walt Disney World Resort!

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June 5 – 6: Join us as we welcome artist Joey Chou to WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from June 5 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and June 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Special Tip: Joey will also be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends. Learn more.

June 10 – 14: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings June 10 – 14 from Noon – 8 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot and June 26 – July 1 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

June 11 – 22: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, June 11 – 22 and June 26 – July 20 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Artist Appearance Tip: Look for a special appearance by designer and artist Linda Rick, June 13-14. Learn more.

June 13: Join us as we welcome back artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith to WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from 4 – 7 p.m. Learn more.

June 18 – 21: Meet artist Larry Dotson throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

June 18 – 23: Stop in and find some of the latest releases by artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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June 19: Take part in Trading Night from 6 – 9 p.m. in Veracruz A at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Register online now. Learn more.

June 20 – 21: Humor columnist and author, Dave Barry will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest book, “The Worst Class Trip Ever.” Meet Dave, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and June 21 from 4 – 5 p.m. at Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

June 20: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled Ariel and Friends, will make a splash at the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity will be available now through June 18, 2015. Learn more.

June 24 – 27: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

June 26 – 27: Meet artist Kristin Tercek from 5 – 8 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

Quick Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are going quickly and are in limited supply. Don’t miss out! Find out all the details and get a peek inside the merchandise catalog for the event. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited for?

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Decorative Hand Sanitizers Join a Summer of New Souvenirs at Disney Parks

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This summer, Disney Theme Park Merchandise is introducing several new souvenirs at Disney Parks. These items will make great gifts for loved ones or serve as a nice memory from your Disney vacation. For my first “Summer of New Souvenirs” story, I’m highlighting my favorite new things – decorative hand sanitizers. Having a son, I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go, and these designs are fantastic!

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There will be approximately 20 new hand sanitizers arriving at Disney Parks in late June and early-to-mid July. The artwork features popular Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Anna, Elsa and other select Disney Princesses. Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland park and Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park will also be included in the mix.

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Each hand sanitizer comes with a specially designed 1 fluid ounce bottle and a key chain split ring with lobster claw clasp. At this time, we will not offer refill bottles yet you can refill the bottle with your favorite hand sanitizer once empty.

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The Force is strong with my favorite designs featuring R2-D2 and Darth Vader. They are due to arrive this August in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks (they are insta-buy for me!).

Hand sanitizer will retail for $8.95 (plus tax). Please note that retails are subject to change without notice.

Look for additional Disney Parks Blog articles in the coming months with other new souvenirs.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 31st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared details of an all-new show coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

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During this Castle Forecourt Stage show, the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.

“Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held select nights at Magic Kingdom Park from September 15 – November 1, 2015. Check Shawn’s original story for more details.

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And we shared the lineup for 2015’s “Eat to the Beat” concert series during this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We’re kicking things off with David Cook on September 25 and will feature new acts like Tiffany and Chaka Khan. Charles has the complete list in his original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Memorial Day Flag Retreat Ceremony at Disneyland Park Honors Fallen Soldiers – On Memorial Day, Disneyland park guests lined Main Street, U.S.A. during the daily flag retreat ceremony to pay respect to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Additional ‘Decades’ Details and Art Revealed for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Learn where you can find Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection merchandise!

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Truffles Debut at Signature Restaurants – Looking for a dazzling way to complete your meal? Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Truffles will be offered at select signature restaurants throughout Disneyland Resort — Blue Bayou Restaurant, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Steakhouse 55.

New Made With Magic Items Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Nighttime at Disneyland Resort is now a little brighter with the release of new Made with Magic items. Created especially for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we have introduced a celebratory ear hat and a magical paintbrush!

Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy #Disney24, ‘Tomorrowland’ Screening – The Disney Parks Blog team held a special event for 500 of our readers, which included breakfast at Magic Kingdom Park and a special opening-day screening of the new film, “Tomorrowland.”

The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line – Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado shares five reasons why sailing with Disney Cruise Line to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation.

Learn to Draw Fred From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw another member of the “Big Hero 6” team – it’s Fred, the fun-loving, comic-book aficionado of the group!

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Disney Parks Blog Readers ‘Recruit’ Guests for Tomorrowland

posted on May 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Did you see the new film “Tomorrowland” over the weekend? On Friday, May 22, 500 Disney Parks Blog readers were treated to a special screening of the film – and were then made honorary Tomorrowland recruiters. Armed with Tomorrowland pins, our group returned to Magic Kingdom Park to search for brilliant minds and optimistic people who could shape the future.

Check out all the fun that they had during the screening.

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Orange Bird Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace at Magic Kingdom Park on May 29

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m delighted to share the Orange Bird is returning to the Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park starting May 29.

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You may recall my fellow author Pam Brandon sharing in March that Aloha Isle Refreshments and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapped menus and locations. Starting Friday, guests will again find the Orange Bird figurine that was reintroduced to Adventureland in 2012. He is also being added to the marquee for the location. Finally, Orange Bird will be prominently featured in a new attraction poster found at Magic Kingdom Park.

To celebrate, we are offering the poster as an adult and youth T-shirt on our Disney Parks online store from May 29 to June 4. An Art on Demand canvas wrap and print will also be available online. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

You can order these items by visiting DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

I think I’ll welcome him back by having a Citrus Swirl.

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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland Becomes Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Mickey’s Birthdayland became Mickey’s Starland at Magic Kingdom Park this week in 1990. A few of the local residents gathered by the town sign to commemorate the name change.

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Mickey’s Starland eventually became Mickey’s Toontown Fair in 1996. Now, of course, it’s home to Storybook Circus, where you can fly on an elephant, feel the thrill of The Barnstormer or visit some familiar friends at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.

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Casey’s Corner – Hitting Lunch Out of the Park for 20 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Imagine sitting at the end of Main Street U.S.A., looking at Cinderella Castle, the ragtime pianist serenading you as you bite into a juicy all-American hotdog. Is there anything better? Twenty years ago today, Casey’s Corner opened, pleasing hungry guests and baseball fans alike.

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Decorated with vintage baseball souvenirs and photos, Casey’s Corner has been hitting it out of the park since 1995. Guests enjoy tasty favorites like the Barbecue Slaw Dog, Corn Dog Nuggets and Ball Park Nachos. Last year, we reimagined the interior to accommodate even more fans with additional seating.

Talk about a home run!

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