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Top Five Entertainment at Disney Parks in 2013

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


There’s nothing our Creative Entertainment team enjoys more than producing amazing live entertainment for our guests. Here are just a few of the new experiences that debuted in Disney Parks around the world in 2013:
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  1. Limited Time Magic – It was a year full of surprises, as each week brought something new to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. From celebratory pre-parades and visits with Long-Lost Friends to a Monstrous Summer All-Nighter and “Original Boy Band” the Dapper Dans, there were new experiences popping up everywhere. Among the highlights: “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” at Disneyland park, “Mickey’s America Streetbeat” at Epcot, True Love Week, Pirates Week, and of course … May the 4th (be with you) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Tokyo Disneyland 30th Anniversary Parade

  1. Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary – In April, 300 characters and cast helped launch the “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland, celebrating that resort’s 30th anniversary with live entertainment events and the premiere of a stunning new daytime parade, “Happiness Is Here.”

Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland Park

  1. Mickey and the Magical Map – This dazzling musical extravaganza opened in May at Disneyland park, in the newly-refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. It took nearly two years to bring Mickey Mouse’s “Journey to Imagination” to the stage, and the show just keeps getting better! Mickey is sporting a new costume design in the show’s finale, and that lovable rascal Stitch was recently added to the cast.

Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. New Homes for Disney Royalty – Springtime brought the opening of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park, where you can meet favorite Disney Princesses in the Royal Hall and enjoy delightful storytelling shows, such as the Brass Ring Award-winning “Tangled” at the Royal Theatre. In the fall, New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park unveiled Princess Fairytale Hall, a gorgeous new home for Cinderella to welcome her guests and visiting Disney Royalty from around the world.

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  1. Holiday Spectaculars – The year was wrapped up with a beautiful bow in the form of a pair of fun and festive holiday nighttime spectaculars, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park and “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” at Disneyland Paris, each featuring characters and music from Disney’s new instant classic, “Frozen.”

All this, plus the arrivals of Thor and Captain America, Avengers Academy on the Disney Magic, new atmosphere and Halloween entertainment at Hong Kong Disneyland, the new tricks Magician Mickey has up his sleeve at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park, and more!

Once again this year, I’ve had a hard time keeping my list to just five. What can I say? There’s so much happening in the world of Creative Entertainment, with even more to come in 2014, so keep checking the Disney Parks Blog. We’ll have the scoop for you, all year long.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 22nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our holiday celebration on the Disney Parks Blog with a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at how we decorate at the Disneyland Resort.

Our Resort Enhancement team at the Disneyland Resort is responsible for the seasonal transformation and as we shared, they’ve been busy creating decorations since February.

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And this season, we gathered a group of our favorite Christmas trees from around Disney Parks and created a special holiday slideshow. There are trees from all of the parks, including Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

Check out the trees and let us know how many you recognize. Do you have any favorites?

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

Adventures by Disney Invites You to “Step in Time” to the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Set – Walk through and experience some of the locations where “Saving Mr. Bank”’ was filmed!

Counting Down to New Year’s Eve Fun at DisneyQuest at Walt Disney World Resort – Experience “a night of virtual awesomeness,” this New Year’s Eve at DisneyQuest.

“Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Preview Wraps Up Year of Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups – Photos and video of this sneak peek preview of ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ at Walt Disney World Resort.

Holiday Goodies and Menu Changes in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – Read about the special menu offerings available for the holidays at Disneyland Resort.

Windows at Disneyland Park: Fess Parker – Learn about Fess Parker, Disney Legend and the man who played Davy Crockett.

Step In Time: A Tencennial Parade Marches at Magic Kingdom Park – See the sights of the Tencennial Parade, all the way from 1981.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade – See these helpful tips to getting the best out of ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade.

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Christmas Trees at Disney Parks

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Chances are you haven’t seen a majority of our beautiful Christmas trees at Disney Parks – they’re in every park this time of year. So, as we begin the weekend and head into Christmas week, we’re sharing some favorites.

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At Hong Kong Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A., is Christmas Town this time of the year and the celebration includes a wonderfully decorated tree in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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At Tokyo DisneySea, tree lights shimmer off the water and sparkle this time of year.

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And at our other parks, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Resort, there are hundreds of thousands of ribbons and bows draped over Christmas trees. Take a look at our newest slideshow and see how many trees you recognize.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at New Princess Offerings

posted on November 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared a lot of updates that were sure to please Disney Princess fans.

First up, Steven Miller announced that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are now offering makeovers inspired by Disney’s “Frozen.” Young guests can enjoy Anna- and Elsa-inspired styles now through January 3, 2014 (or while supplies last).

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Speaking of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Steven also shared that a Cinderella-inspired Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will open its doors at Harrod’s (Knightsbridge, London), on November 25. This will be the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location to open its doors in the United Kingdom.

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And in other Princess news, Tokyo Disney Resort just added a new Disney Princess offering to their 30th anniversary celebration. The “Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess” experience allows girls ages 11 and younger to meet Disney Princesses, hear princess stories from the “Princess Lesson Book,” and participate in a daily Little Princess Procession.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Launches ‘Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess’

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


Is visiting with a Disney Princess a must-do for you when visiting one of our parks? If so, check out this new offering that guests are now flocking to at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Tokyo Disney Resort just launched a new offering that will highlight the finale of the “Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year” celebration. The “Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess offering allows girls age 11 and younger to meet Disney Princesses, learn princess stories and skills from the “Princess Lesson Book,” and take part in a Little Princess Procession that allows them to learn and then perform their princess skills in front of guests.

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Also as a part of this “princess” celebration, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer “Tangled”-themed guest rooms.

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Disney Parks Attractions Around the World: Haunted Mansion

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Haunted Mansion is a favorite attraction for many Disney Parks guests. Here at Disneyland park, the 999 happy haunts have been frightening guests since 1969 in New Orleans Square. But did you know the Haunted Mansion is the only Disney Parks attraction to be located within different lands at other Disney Parks around the world? At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square; look for the grim, grinning ghosts in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland. At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion is known as Phantom Manor, and it is located in Frontierland.

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

Not only are these manors and mansions located in different lands, but each has a different theme and design. At Disneyland park, many people believe that the Haunted Mansion bears a striking resemblance to a Baltimore mansion. However, the truth is that a variety of designers and architects worked on its design, resulting in a mansion that embodies an architectural style and interior that was popular in the South in the mid-1850s.

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Over at Walt Disney World Resort, the design required a little something different since the Haunted Mansion would be located in Liberty Square rather than New Orleans Square. Therefore, instead of looking like a Southern estate, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park was designed to look like a gothic manor from the Eastern seaboard. At Tokyo Disneyland, a similar gothic style – with dark bricks, stone finishes and ominous turrets – creates the same ominous effect, even though it is located in Fantasyland.

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The most recent version of this beloved attraction opened in 1992 in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris. Set in an aged, rundown wooden home from the Old West, this attraction took on a new name: Phantom Manor. Phantom Manor features some of the classic Haunted Mansion scenes with an Old West twist.

Yesterday on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page, we asked which all of the different versions of this classic Disney Parks attraction is the spookiest. Fans voted Magic Kingdom number 1 with Disneyland park second. Which is your favorite?

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Spookiest Attractions at Tokyo Disney Resort

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


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photos were snapped of two of the eeriest attractions at Tokyo Disney ResortHaunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea.

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This great shot by photographer Tom Bricker shows the mansion after all the guests have gone home. Notice the two statues that welcome guests to the mansion’s queue? Love that detail!

Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea

And check out Tower of Terror over at Tokyo DisneySea. The Tokyo version has a slightly different storyline than the attraction here at the Walt Disney World Resort. According to the attraction’s background, it’s New York in the year of 1912, and the hotel has earned the nickname “Tower of Terror” after the mysterious disappearance of the hotel’s owner years earlier. The New York City Preservation Society has stepped in to restore the place and is now giving tours. From the look of the photo above, would you dare step inside? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Dreamlights’ Light Up The Night At Tokyo Disneyland

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Anyone up for a parade tonight? Then check out this view of Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’, the nighttime parade at Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

This shot shows Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and the Three Little Pigs atop an illuminated steamboat. Other characters who appear in ‘Dreamlights’ include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Genie from “Aladdin” and many more.

Have you ever seen this after-dark spectacular? If so, tell us what you loved about it in the “Comments” section below.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Plans Santa’s Village, Special Parades & More for the Holidays

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just unveiled their holiday plans this week, with special fireworks, entertainment, holiday trees and parades on the way.
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This year, Tokyo Disneyland will hold a Christmas Fantasy celebration, which includes a Santa’s Village complete with a toy factory shop, and a special Disney’s Santa Village Parade that magically brings the village to life.

Tokyo DisneySea will host a Christmas Wishes celebration, which will feature Colors of Christmas, a light display that includes a 49-foot-tall Christmas tree as a centerpiece, and “Holiday Greeting From Seven Ports” entertainment program.

Have you spent the holidays at one of our international theme parks? Let us know in the “Comments” section – and be sure to check out the gallery above for photos of previous Christmas seasons at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mermaid Lagoon Lights Up the Night at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on August 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” photo comes all the way from Tokyo DisneySea. This colorful shot offers a look into Mermaid Lagoon, one of the seven lands at the park.

The look of this “under the sea” land was inspired by Triton’s kingdom in the film “The Little Mermaid.” Attractions that appear in this area include Ariel’s Playground, Blowfish Balloon Race, Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Jumpin’ Jellyfish and Scuttle’s Scooters. The Mermaid Lagoon Theater also features the show “Under the Sea.”
Mermaid Lagoon Lights Up The Night at Tokyo DisneySea

As we shared earlier this year, this area of the park will unveil a new show, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” at the Mermaid Lagoon Theater in spring 2015. In it, King Triton will host a musical concert starring Ariel and friends. The theater will also be enhanced with an upgraded stage, new lighting and display screens.

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