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HGTV and DIY Network Stars ‘Crash’ The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


You could say that this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be a “crash”-ing good time.

Sponsored once again by our friends at HGTV, they have filled the festival with tons of HGTV and DIY Network experts – including most of the stars we HGTV/DIY insiders call “The Crashers.”

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The Crashers, for those uninitiated into HGTV/DIY fandom, are HGTV/DIY expert designers and contractors who comb home improvement stores for people who need renovation help. Then – in just three days, mind you – they (with an expert crew of helpers) make over the family’s yard, bathroom, kitchen or whatever. Crashers making their very first appearance at this year’s festival are Matt Blashaw from “Yard Crashers,” Matt Meunster from “Bath Crashers” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers.” Very exciting!

HGTV/DIY favorites at this year’s festival include Vern Yip, one of the judges of “Design Star,” Florida’s own David “Color Splash” Bromstad and John Gidding from “Curb Appeal.” Also new to this year’s festival are “Renovation Raiders” star Amy Matthews and Chip Wade, who started with Gidding on “Curb Appeal” and now has his own hit show called “Elbow Room.”

Here’s the list (everything subject to change, of course):

  • March 7-9 – Vern Yip, “Design Star”
  • March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
  • March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
  • March 28-30 – Matt Meunster, “Bath Crashers”
  • April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, “House Hunters on Vacation”
  • April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
  • April 18-20 – John Gidding, “Curb Appeal”
  • April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
  • May 2-4 – Chip Wade, “Elbow Room”
  • May 9-11 – Genevieve Gorder, “Design Star”
  • May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, “Kitchen Crashers”

For more information on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, check out disneyworld.com/flower and don’t forget to check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for updates throughout the coming months – both before and during the festival.

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(Night of) Joy to the World: Disney’s Night of Joy Finds Much Cheer in 2014

posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I know it’s still 2013, but I wanted to give you a heads up on the exciting plans we have for Disney’s Night of Joy 2014.

The 32nd annual event will be held Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6.

We’ve already told you about some of the headliners, including the first ever Night of Joy performance from Hillsong United and Night of Joy stalwarts MercyMe.
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But today we have the entire line-up which includes favorite artists like Chris Tomlin and Matthew West – plus hot newcomers like The Neverclaim and Rhett Walker Band and 1 Girl Nation.

Here are the deets:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West
For King & Country
Mandisa
Building 429
Matt Maher
The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Rhett Walker
We As Human
1 Girl Nation

Have a great holiday and don’t forget to check back to the Disney Parks Blog and NightOfJoy.com in the Spring for information for on sale dates, special group offers, ticket packages and more.

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Watch Rusty Cutlass Pirate Band Play ‘Ahoy! To The World’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


There are dozens of holiday entertainment options here at the Walt Disney World Resort – from choirs to characters in costume, we have more choices than you could ever imagine!

One of the more creative holiday acts that can only be seen this time of year is Rusty Cutlass, the pirate band that entertains guests during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Here they are, bringing you a special performance of “Ahoy! To The World.”

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A Look at ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we shared a photo gallery of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade stepping off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. This week, we’re back with a brand-new video of the merry procession, which begins with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and ends with an appearance by Santa Claus himself! The parade also features more than 70 costumed performers and 15 floats.

Check it out below.

Did you know that, in addition to Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, the Walt Disney World Resort offers another holiday parade? Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade steps off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom daily throughout the holiday season.

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Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Brings Holiday Cheer to Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade a must-see for you and your family during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

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The procession features Disney characters dressed in their holiday finery, dancing gingerbread men, a fleet of marching toy soldiers, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach pulled by miniature ponies, and last but not least, the arrival of Santa Claus in his sleigh. This year, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appear in the parade sporting new holiday costumes, while Donald Duck has made his way onto a different float.

Earlier this season, Disney photographer Kent Phillips headed out to the party to snap some new shots of the parade – and the result was our largest parade photo gallery yet! Be sure to check out his great shots above.

For more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, visit the posts below:

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Very Merry Ad Campaign For Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 25th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Have you ever wondered what makes Mickey’s Christmas Party “very merry” and not just normal merry? Well, for the first time ever, the creative team here at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group found the answer.

The idea behind this year’s holiday campaign revolves all around the name of Mickey’s Christmas Party – which you can see in a new VERY merry logo and over-the-top merry scenes. Since the party is a classic Christmas party at Magic Kingdom Park, the style and tone of the campaign – from the hand-drawn logo to a traditional animated short – was inspired by the classic Disney shorts and vintage holiday greeting cards.

One of the most exciting pieces to work on was an original 30-second animation featuring Mickey and the gang getting ready for the very-est, merriest party of the year. The commercial was traditionally animated in the style of the Disney classic cartoons of the late 1930s and 1940s. The sound design was really fun, too. We love the narrator’s ‘Goofy How-To’ vibe and the character voices throughout. The soundtrack, a jazzy rendition of Jingle Bells, was also inspired by a 1940s big band and recorded by a live orchestra.

The entire campaign was sparked by a fun Christmas story that explains the origins of Mickey’s first Very Merry Christmas Party. The story is a great way to get your kids excited for the Christmas Party. And, even if you’re not going this year, it’s just really fun to ad-lib Donald Duck’s not-so-merry outbursts. You can download the full story by clicking the image below.

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You can also expect to see very merry billboards, banner ads, and hear radio spots leading up to the party, which is happening select nights now through December 20. (Tickets are on sale now at mickeyschristmasparty.com.)

And, since no Christmas would be complete without a gift or two, we made some very merry wallpapers just for our Disney Parks Blog readers. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download it.

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Have a VERY merry Christmas!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Tips for Beginners

posted on November 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The holiday season officially kicked off at Magic Kingdom Park last Friday, with the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties!
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In case you’re attending your first party this year, here are some tips on how you can make the merriest of the night!

It Requires a Separate Party Ticket
We get this question often, and yes, entry to the party requires a separate Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket (even if you’re visiting the park earlier in the day, the party requires a separate ticket). Here’s a tip – you may receive a discount on select party nights when you purchase tickets in advance. Buying tickets ahead of time is suggested, as some nights do sell out. Click here to learn more.

Your Party Ticket Allows Entry as Early as 4 p.m.
Get the biggest bang for your buck by using your party ticket to enter Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4 p.m. The holiday festivities don’t start until 7 p.m., so you could use this time to get through a few more attractions.

Grab a Special Event Map
The easiest way to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the holiday fun is to pick up a special event map on your way into the park. Special entertainment times, character greeting locations and more are listed there.

Wear “Glow With the Show” Ears
This year’s party entertainment will be enhanced for the first time with “Glow With the Show” ears. They’ll be used along with the Celebrate the Magic castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks. Ear hats can be purchased at locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park, or you can bring hats you previously purchased at other Disney Parks to wear – they will work.

Head to the Jingle Cruise
For the first time in park history, Jungle Cruise in Adventureland is undergoing a holiday transformation. Head to the attraction to see the skippers’ homemade holiday decor and hear their new seasonal jokes!

Meet Characters
Pick up an event map to keep tabs on special Disney character greeting opportunities throughout the park. And be on the lookout for Santa Claus in Town Square!

Don’t Forget the Free Cocoa & Cookies
Be sure to check out your event map for snack stations throughout the park that offer complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Healthy options are available upon request.

Do you have a great tip to share about attending the party? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 8th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s nothing like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to get you in the spirit of the season! Do you have plans to attend this year? If so, here are a few “must-have” items to add to your list of things to pick up during the event.

First, be sure to deck yourself and your family out in our Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas best, with special commemorative T-shirts and fleece.

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If you’re hoping for limited-release and limited-edition pins you’ve come to the right place. You will find some of Disney’s most beloved characters appearing as if they were in a snow globe.

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Look for a special tiered boxed set and framed set featuring the same pins, as well as two specially created completer limited edition pins. Wishing there was more? You’ve got it. Also releasing during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a jumbo trading pin.

Passholders don’t worry, we have you covered too. There will be a special limited edition holiday pin created just for you and featuring none other than Grumpy. Those of you hoping to add another ornament to your tree or ever growing collection, be sure to pick up this years dated piece.

Look for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise at Big Top Souvenirs, Emporium, Heritage House and Mickey’s Star Traders. Of course, if you are only looking for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party pins, Frontierland Trading Post is the place to be.

Not able to make it to the party this year? That’s okay! You’ll find select items including youth and adult T-shirts, a youth fleece and specially offered D-Tech on Demand iPhone 4 and 5 cases for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party online via www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents, November 12 – 17. Check out the D-Tech case below.

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Do you have any favorites?

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‘Oswald’s Drama’ Painting Unveiled for Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

posted on November 7th, 2013 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


A couple of weeks ago we asked you, our faithful blog readers, to vote on a character you most wanted me to paint for the upcoming Festival of the Masters event this weekend at Downtown Disney. And, as you may already know, you chose Oswald!

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Needless to say I was very excited about that choice as well. Having grown up with a love for all things Disney animation, Oswald is one of my favorite characters. I love that he was the catalyst for Walt to create my all-time favorite character, Mickey Mouse. This is actually my first official painting of Oswald for the festival and Disney galleries. So, I did a little time-lapse video from my studio of it all coming together for you to see.

I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed painting it! Here is what I call “Oswald’s Drama.” Hope to see you this weekend at the festival!

'Oswald's Drama' by Will Gay

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Celebrating 38 years of Festival of the Masters Magic at Downtown Disney

posted on November 5th, 2013 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Now in its 38th year, Festival of the Masters is an impressive event. With steady growth over the years, this open-air art festival that allows guests the chance to see and buy unique pieces now boasts over 300 artists, including more Disney artists than ever before. (I love that our guests have the chance to meet many of them in person – I’ve gotten to know a few of these artists and the passion they have for their work is inspiring and contagious!)

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Lately, I’ve gotten into crafting – I blame Pinterest – so I’m certain the interactive art & craft experiences presented by Michaels will be a huge hit with families. You’ll have the chance to “make and take” a Mickey ear wood frame and sun visor, color a Disney masterpiece featuring characters from “Frozen,” and contribute to a larger-than-life mural – all of this takes place at Downtown Disney West Side near Bongos.

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Another new element I’m super psyched about is Mixers & Masters, a “sip and stroll” offering that features artistically crafted cocktails from participating restaurant locations. And for guests who want to learn the art of making some of these signature beverages, the daily “Art of Mixology” seminars at the Waterside Stage are not to be missed!

Of course, popular favorites will return including over 130 fine artists who come from across the country — they’ll cover Downtown Disney with limited-edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood and more; more than 20 up-and-coming “emerging masters”; the 15th annual House of Blues Folk Art Festival “where the Art meets the Soul,” and the aforementioned Disney artists – over 25 of them will appear throughout the weekend at the Disney Artist Village, the “can’t-miss” hub for Disney art aficionados, for meet ‘n’ greets and signings. Additionally, awe-inspiring chalk artists will transform more than 1,000 square feet of sidewalk into a colorful display, and personally, I’m just as excited for the children’s chalk art activities that will give kids a chance to get creative!

I’m not able to attend this year because I’ll be in South Carolina meeting my brand-new niece or nephew (my sister’s new baby is scheduled to arrive tomorrow!), so I’m counting on all of you to check it out. If you’ve been before, please share what you’re most excited about seeing again, and if you attend this weekend, come back and comment to let me know what you enjoyed most.

Here’s to a colorful weekend for all of us!

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