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Happy Fourth of July from Disney Parks

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week our look inside Fourth of July Celebrations at the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort included brand-new fireworks photos, a new Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, and much more. If you’re still in need of a “Fourth”-fix, be sure to check out the posts below.

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Celebrate the Official 60th Anniversary of Disneyland by Showing Your 1955 Disney Side – Are you planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17? If so, get your best duds ready and come dressed in your finest suits and circle skirts … we’re inviting you to show your 1955 Disney Side!

Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering – Peter Pan’s Flight is open once again for Disneyland park guests after a recent refurbishment which added new magic and effects throughout the classic attraction.

Disneyland Resort Seeking Influential High School Students in Orange County, Calif., to be Recognized as First Class of Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers This Fall – Are you or someone you know a high school student doing good in the Orange County, Calif., community?

July 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle! Here are events taking place this July that you don’t want to miss!

Tinker Bell Flies for 30 Years at Magic Kingdom Park – This Fourth of July week marked a milestone event in the park’s entertainment history – the 30th anniversary of Tinker Bell’s pre-fireworks flight.

Disney Days of Past: Fourth of July – In July 1992, Donald and Mickey joined in the fireworks fun for an All-American Salute.

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Happy Fourth of July from the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Fourth of July!

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Are you visiting one of a Walt Disney World Resort theme parks this weekend? Which nighttime spectacular do you hope to see? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Don’t forget, you can join us tonight at 8:55 p.m. on the Disney Parks Blog for our first-ever live streaming of the Fourth of July fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park. Check out Bob’s original blog post with all the details!

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Light-Painting Video Marks Fourth of July Magic at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last year, Thomas Smith shared an amazing series of light-painting images that our friends in Disney’s Yellow Shoes Department, Matt Stewart and Paul Chase, created using just light pens and a camera. This year, the guys are back with more Fourth of July fun – this time taking their skills to the next level by creating this light-painting video that stars Mickey Mouse.

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A lot of amazing work went into creating this – including Matt freehanding designs like the flag and fireworks in mid-air, and Paul snapping more than 200 photos.

Think this is cool? Check out some of their past light-painting contributions in the list below.

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#DisneyKids: Creating Independence Day Memories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Independence Day is a wonderful holiday for families to spend time together and celebrate our nation’s birthday. Fireworks are almost synonymous with July 4, and if you’re planning to bring your kids to the parks for the holiday, you can see some amazing fireworks displays in addition to lots of other patriotic entertainment that will have your little ones saying, “oooh ahhh!”

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Magic Kingdom Park: Young and old will marvel at the specially-themed fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” which will be presented two nights in a row at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4.

Epcot: Snap a family photo with Chip and Dale in their patriotic attire outside of The American Adventure. Then be sure to check out the Voices of Liberty performing a special set list of great American songs at the America Gardens Theater at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. Schedule nap time during the day so that the littles ones can end the day with “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 10 p.m., which features an addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: It’s a family-friendly party over at the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, which leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration.” The DJ kicks the soiree off at 5:45 p.m., followed by an exciting pyrotechnic, rock ‘n’ roll road trip across America in the sky over Hollywood Studios at 10:15 p.m.

Tip: For long days in the parks, be sure to pack snacks and sunscreen to keep little ones happy and comfy during the day, and pj’s for the evening so they can fall asleep when the fireworks end. Don’t worry if you forget something — the Baby Care Centers at every park are fully stocked. Have fun!

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Download Our Fourth of July Desktop/Digital Wallpaper

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


In honor of our country’s Independence Day one of our designers, Leo Cardoso, created a fun new wallpaper. Leo was inspired by the nostalgia of classic Disney. In this design he features two things as patriotic as apple pie – our pal Mickey Mouse and the American flag.

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

Hope your July 4th weekend is filled with yummy BBQ and fireworks!

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#CoolestSummer Ever: AmeriCool!

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


To lots of folks, the Fourth of July is one of the coolest times of the year. There are fireworks, icy cold drinks, fun foods and, of course the spirit of America – a spirit that can take on many forms, from ingenuity and tradition to good old-fashioned belly laughs.

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Here are a few AmericFaves, in no particular order of preference:

The Hall of Presidents. Many thanks to those readers who commented on last week’s post (and on all of our posts)! Several of you—including Jason, Eric, Sidney and James’s wife-named The Hall of Presidents as a great place to cool off and enjoy a spectacular presentation in which every U.S. President appears on stage. Thanks for the nice comments about what a great attraction it is!

The American Adventure. This is one of my personal favorites because the voice of Ben Franklin is done the late actor Dal McKennon, who worked on dozens of Disney films, park attractions, TV shows and records. Dal was also the voice of TV’s Archie, Gumby, and on camera played lots of character roles, including Cincinnatus on TV’s “Daniel Boone” starring Fess Parker, and Sam the cook in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Living on the West Coast, it was over 20 years before Dal actually saw The American Adventure. He wept for joy, and the guests who happened to be there that day had the pleasure of briefly meeting him in person.

Muppet*Vision 3-D. And now, for something completely silly. Who else but the madcap Muppets would present a crazy extravaganza like Sam Eagle’s “A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America”, in which what appear to be “it’s a small world” characters and “Babes in Toyland” figures cavort in utter chaos, as Lady Liberty Piggy beams majestically … until … well, you know what went down if you saw it. If not, check out Muppet*Vision 3-D soon!

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. Corn-on-the-cob, chicken, burgers, mac and cheese are national treasures. Whether it’s the Fourth of July or not, this is a great way to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip ’n Dale, hear live country music and watch rope tricks (kind of like “Talent Roundup Day” on the Mickey Mouse Club!). This is an open-air experience with lots of circulating fans to supply the coolness. Reservations for dinner are required, but you don’t have to be staying at Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort to book it. Allow yourself some time to explore the lovely surrounding area, too (don’t forget to look for the Lawnmower Tree).

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. Walt was called an “American original”; the very personification of hard work, goals and dreams realized (and some setbacks as well). But Walt and his creations are not bound by lines on a map or stars in the sky. His magic really belongs to the entire world. This magnificent journey through his amazing life, career and myriad of creations is sheer joy for everyone to share … makes no difference who you are.

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POLL: Which Patriotic Parks Experience Is Your Favorite?

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Fourth of July! At Walt Disney World Resort, we have plenty of ways to get a good ol’ fix of Americana.

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Which patriotic parks experience is among your favorite? Vote for your favorite below.


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New Gift Packages Bring ‘Frozen’ to Your Disney Resorts Room

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If your loved ones are like me, I bet they can’t get enough of “Frozen.” To experience the summer that Olaf dreams about, look no further: the enchanted florist, Disney Floral and Gifts, brings the magic of Arendelle right to your Disney Resorts room.

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Anna & Elsa’s Warm Welcome starts with a beautiful door banner on the door. Once inside, a winter wonderland of snowflake confetti and luminaries light the way to an exclusive tote filled with delicious treats that you might think was left by the royal sisters themselves.

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Check out the other goodies: a “Frozen”-themed pillowcase, Anna and Elsa vision glasses, an exclusive light-up lanyard, autograph book (signed by the sisters) and “Frozen”-themed memory cards. You’ll drift off to sleep under a “Frozen”-themed blanket cuddling plush Olaf.

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For Olaf’s Warm Welcome, you get the feeling Anna and Elsa helped your favorite snowman make this gift.

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It features many similar goodies to Anna and Elsa’s Warm Welcome, including the autograph book and “Frozen”-themed memory cards, Olaf light-up lanyard, pillowcase and Olaf plush.

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An Olaf tote bag will be the perfect place to store treats during your journey in the parks.

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Olaf vision glasses will ensure that your loved ones are seeing everything through his eyes, which is a real picnic. (See what I did there?)

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Both experiences are available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Check out the links above to learn more about each gift. When you’re ready, you can order online or speak to a friendly Dream Maker seven days a week. To order for Walt Disney World Resort hotel locations, you can call 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438). For Disneyland Resort hotel locations, you can reach a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (4438).

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Disney Parks After Dark: Seeing ‘Wishes’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In just a few days, Walt Disney World will be alight with fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July.

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Tonight’s “After Dark” image celebrates one of the grandest nighttime spectaculars we have on our property – “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

Do you plan on spending the holiday with us? Which nighttime show are you planning to see? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Tinker Bell Flies for 30 Years at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you head out to Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate this Fourth of July week, you’ll have the chance to witness a milestone event in the park’s entertainment history – the 30th anniversary of Tinker Bell’s pre-fireworks flight.

Tinker Bell first began flying over Disneyland park in California in the summer of 1961, but didn’t make her first appearance at Walt Disney World Resort until decades later in 1985. When it was announced that Tinker Bell would perform her first flight at Magic Kingdom Park over the Fourth of July weekend, the guest response was overwhelming and a crowd of more than 60,000 showed up to watch her inaugural flight on July 3, 1985.

Originally planned as a seasonal and holiday spectacle at Magic Kingdom Park, the guest reaction was so positive that Tink’s flight turned into a nightly event.

Tinker Bell currently makes her nightly appearance before “Wishes” fireworks. Tip: For the best view, watch the nighttime spectacular from the Cinderella Castle forecourt area.

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