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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared a popular update that Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – is returning to Disney California Adventure park with some special guests.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Erin shared that Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep checking back for more updates in the future right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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And to celebrate the release of “Alice In Wonderland” in theaters this week in 1951, we continued our special photo gallery series with some spectacular images of Alice. You can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

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

A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at this special shot of Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper – How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!

Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage – The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Take a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage.

New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Take your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork.

Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.

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Today, you can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Ryan Wendler for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.” It’s also a great place to seek out über-cool fun at it’s über-coolest.

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! This is one of Epcot’s most charming and cheerful attractions – and what a totally Disney way to cool off! As your boat floats amid festive festoonery, Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca host a south-of-the-border celebration that seems to have come directly from the Disney animated classics, “The Three Caballeros” and “Saludos Amigos.” Master Disney animator Eric Goldberg directed the flawless animation of our pals, while master Disney art director Susan Goldberg painstakingly crafted the film segments to look like they were created in the glorious Technicolor days of Walt himself.

Impression de France! If this magnificent film had been entered in the Cannes film festival, it might have won the Palme d’Or — at least, that’s what we fans would give it. Arguably the most poetic and evocative five-screen motion picture to appear in a Disney Park, it’s highlighted with Buddy Baker’s stunningly beautiful musical arrangements of such cool composers as Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel — as well as Buddy’s original compositions. C’est si bon!

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Chill out in the primeval past. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is perfect for midday time travel. The attraction tucks you in for a cool and cozy journey. The Audio-Animatronics dinosaurs are always impressive, suggesting the dioramas of Disneyland park and the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and also the skirmish in “Fantasia” between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (not to mention a verbal skirmish between Ellen and Judy!). You’ll emerge from it all refreshed and ready to challenge earth, space and everything else at Epcot.

Who needs wings to fly? Get there first thing or just before park closing, or set up a Disney’s FastPass+ reservation as far ahead as you can for the Soarin’ attraction, because it’s mighty popular. But even if you use the standby queue, it’s aaahhh-conditioned. As soon as you start soaring on Soarin’, it’s coolness turned all the way up to eleven.

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Have your dessert and watch it, too. It’s majorly cool to savor gourmet desserts with an excellent view in the glow of moonlight, lasers and fireworks. Our Epcot World Showcase chefs have outdone themselves with their delectable spread of international treats: tiramisu, tarts, cupcakes, baklava and more to munch as, from a special viewing location, you see “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” dazzles the pavilions and paints the heavens with a kaleidoscope of color. This IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party requires an additional cost, and you can make reservations here.

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Google ‘Code the Road’ Ends With Celebration at Epcot

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Recently, Google embarked on a nationwide bus tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Google Maps API that ended Friday, June 26, with a special celebration at Epcot.

Here, they hosted an event that allowed park guests to check out a digital display of Google Maps-related apps and also taught a group of students (grades 6-12) from Collegiate Pathways’ Tech Sassy Girlz about coding and technology. Disney cast members also took part in the celebration, giving the students a technology tour of Epcot that explored the park’s interactive queue experiences, and mapping and navigation technology, among other projects.

Check out the video below for a look inside the celebration.

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Show Your Patriotic #DisneySide with Americana Themed Goods from Disney Parks

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner at Disney Parks, I recently found a few items to help guests show their patriotic Disney Side.

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Our newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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I adore the Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I also like the new, open edition Minnie Mouse bow decorated in red, white and blue.

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The Graphic Apparel team introduced shirts including a tank top along with short and long sleeved options. These designs will be similar in both California and Florida with the only differences being the name of the Disney Resort destination.

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Finally, guests visiting Heritage Manor Gifts in World Showcase at Epcot will find some unique Americana items including shirts. The location also carries USA Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani in both gold and silver.

Happy Independence Day!

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Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015

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


As summer begins at Disney Parks, here is a sneak preview of items coming later this year. This is one of my favorite articles to write as I get to share some awesome things currently in development.

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Time For MagicSliders
One of the more popularly requested accessories for MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort is a watch. I’m happy to report there will be two MagicSlider timepieces coming this summer – a Minnie Mouse analog timepiece and one with a digital display.

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Disney Pins From Regions Beyond
Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park, inspired two open edition pins coming late summer. One pin resembles the brooch that female cast members wear in the location, while the other looks like a sign found outside the shop. You can see both of those items in this previous article.

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Cogsworth and Chef Figment
Cogsworth may be one of my favorite characters from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” I was happy to see there will be a medium-sized figurine coming this September. This figurine is the companion piece to the Lumiere figurine we released in 2013. The best part – Cogsworth’s face is a working clock!

Also arriving this fall is a new 12-inch Figment plush created especially for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite festival of the year returns to Walt Disney World Resort from September 25 through November 16.

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Villainous T-Shirts
This fall, Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and Hades from Disney’s “Hercules” will be featured on new Disney Villain T-shirts. I love this artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer.

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Disney Theme Park Holiday Ornaments
This year, we will release ornaments featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in attire representing different Disney Theme Parks. It’s probably no surprise that I adore the Epcot ornament especially since Mickey and Minnie are wearing their spacesuits from the 1980s.

Look for these and other items coming to select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Which item is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Get This Animated Magic Shot at Magic Kingdom Park Before Andy Gets Back!

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


“Yodel-ay-hee-ho!”

Next time you’re in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, ask a Disney PhotoPass Photographer to round up this rootin’ tootin’ Animated Magic Shot featuring Woody and Jessie!

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When you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com after taking an Animated Magic Shot, you’ll be surprised to find that we have applied animation to your photo.

All guests can view Animated Magic Shots in their accounts before they expire, but a Memory Maker purchase is required to download and share them online.

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Disney PhotoPass Photographers Join the Summer Fun at Disney Water Parks

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


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Summer is here! This means it’s time to bring out your bathing suit and enjoy a day at the Disney Water Parks.

Whether you choose to spend a day in a tropical paradise at Typhoon Lagoon or enjoy a cool day of frosty fun at Blizzard Beach, our Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be there to capture all the splash-tastic memories from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Look for our photographers at some of your favorite waterslides, raft rides and the wave pools.

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When you purchase Memory Maker as part of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you’ll be able to download all your memories captured by Disney PhotoPass Photographers for one price, including photos captured at the Water Parks this Summer!

With Disney PhotoPass Photographers readily available to capture the fun, all you’ll need to worry about is applying sunblock and enjoying the sun.

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#DisneyKids: Frozen Summer Fun for Little Ones at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


The weather is heating up, but things have never been cooler at Walt Disney World thanks to family-friendly events like “Frozen Summer Fun” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting June 17, you’ll have the opportunity to see favorite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and their pals up close. We rounded up some of our favorite “Frozen” themed activities that you and your little ones won’t want to miss!

Parent tip: Use FastPass+ to reserve tickets for the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, so you can plan the rest of your day around the showtime. And pack snacks and pajamas to keep kids comfy while they watch the amazing “Frozen” fireworks at the end of the night!

Click the graphic below to see all six activities!

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#DisneyKids: 24-hours of Fun for Little Ones at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If you have young kids, a 24-hour event might not seem like a natural fit for you, but there are actually a lot of activities during the 24-hour kickoff to the Coolest Summer Ever at Magic Kingdom Park that are perfect for little ones. If your kids are anything like mine, they are often awake at dawn and ready to go. Next Friday, May 22, when they’re up before the sun, you can bring them to our party – which starts at 6 a.m. at the Magic Kingdom Train Station with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf. Throughout the day, there are all kinds of special events that kids will love:

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In between all of the one-day-only fun, be sure to use the My Disney Experience app to select FastPasses for favorite attractions and character meet & greets. You can also use the app in the park to find things like attraction height requirements and even the nearest restrooms – a must for potty training parents!

If you’re going to stay for the amazing Wishes fireworks show in the evening, be sure to pack snacks and pjs to keep little ones comfortable. But don’t worry if you forget something, our Baby Care Centers are fully stocked with everything from diapers and training pants to toddler food and sunscreen.

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