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LIVE STREAM: Tune In To Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live At 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live events.

We’re just moments away from bringing you our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a guest-favorite show that explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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The show will start promptly at 7 p.m., but because we love sharing behind-the-scenes info and interviews, we’re starting 10 minutes early for some pre-show content and a few special guests.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please visit the comments section below and tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with. Also, join the conversation online by following @DisneyParks or using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 31st, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our popular “All in the Details” series with an exclusive story on how Walt Disney Imagineering is putting the “springs” into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. To recreate an authentic Florida spring, Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter and nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design. Check out Jennifer’s original story for more details.

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We also announced our next Disney Parks Blog hosted live stream will be Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 2.

The live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Here are some other stories we worked on this week.

Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – we are gearing up for an exciting year.

Look Back at the Making of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Rose Parade Float – Weeks before the finishing touches were added, we went to the warehouse and captured the 166-foot-long Rose Parade float just as it was taking shape.

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure – It’s been 35 years since audiences first became enthralled with Indiana Jones, the archaeologist turned adventurous hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and more than 25 years since audiences fell in love with “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals – Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow. – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/rundisney-tinker-bell-half-marathon-weekend-presented-by-pandora-jewelry-medals/#sthash.BspsmqHi.dpuf

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress? – Is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress one of your favorite classic Disney attractions? How well do you know it and its history? Put your knowledge to the test below! – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-walt-disneys-carousel-of-progress/#sthash.B5mdplOy.dpuf

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February 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Make time on your calendar to meet the artists behind the magic! Find all the details on February merchandise special events taking place throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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February 19 – 21: Look for the release of Star Wars-themed art from ACME Artist Brian Rood, who will appear from 2 – 5 p.m. at Watto’s Grotto in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: Not able to make it to the park? Brian will also be appearing at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

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February 4 – 29: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Valentine inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Doll Designer Linda Rick will make a special appearance February 19 – 21. Learn more.

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February 12 – 13: Take part in an artist showcase at Art of Disney with Brian Blackmore and Mark Seppala who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their latest works February 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and February 13 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

February 19 – 21: ACME Artist Brian Rood will be appearing from 7 – 9 p.m., each day at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Don’t miss the chance to see some of his latest Star Wars releases. Learn more.

February 20: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 4 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

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February 24 – 28: Check out the latest releases from artist Greg McCullough appearing at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

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February 10 – 14: Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest works at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. If you are unable to make it, don’t worry, look for additional appearances by Greg later this month at Disney Springs. Learn more.

February 10 – 15: Find ‘scent’sational releases from Givenchy at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

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February 12 – 14 and February 19 – 21: Stop in and check out the latest Yardley fragrance and beauty products and meet representative Isis Sio throughout the day, each day at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase.

February 14 – 17 and February 19 – 21: Be sure to stop by and check out the latest releases of handmade bath and body products from Rinse. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day, each day at Heritage Manor in The American Adventure Pavilion. Learn more.

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February 18 – 21: Geir Ness will be on hand for a special appearance as he showcases the latest from his Laila fragrance and beauty collection. Meet Geir at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

February 19 – 20: Meet Kit Heath representative Mary Finnegan from 2- 7 p.m. and learn more about the beautiful, classic and contemporary British Jewelry Designer and the stunning jewelry designs available at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

Which special appearances are you most excited to attend?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the Dark Side (temporarily) takes over for the brand new “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show.

The show is a fireworks spectacular that’s set to memorable music from throughout the Star Wars saga, including two tracks from the latest film: “Rey’s Theme” and “March of the Resistance.” Specific characters from the Star Wars galaxy are also represented in the show, with lines of dialogue from characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Rey, highlighting key moments in the spectacular.

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If you’re adding “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” to your plans for an upcoming trip, learn more about the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party,” which will be offered nightly through March 19. Star Wars-themed treats, including Darth Vader and droid cupcakes, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more are on the menu. Learn how to make reservations here.

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Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live on the Disney Parks Blog Feb. 2 at 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


A few weeks ago we asked our fans to choose what we feature next in our series of Disney Parks Blog live streams. The top choice? Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, we’re happy to share that we’ll live stream “Fantasmic!” from the park on Tuesday, February 2, starting at 6:50 p.m. EST.

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In case you aren’t familiar, Fantasmic! is a 30-minute nighttime extravaganza that features 50 Disney characters and costumed performers, water effects, pyrotechnics and one heck of a finale. The show takes us on a journey into Mickey’s imagination where he envisions wonderful moments from beloved Disney films – but, the dream doesn’t go as planned when Disney villains show up to turn Mickey’s dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic!”

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Our live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. A fresh blog post containing the live stream feed will be ready and waiting. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Interested in seeing “Fantasmic!” in person? You can catch the show nightly at the park, and even purchase dining packages that include a meal and reserved seating at the show (learn more about that here).

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#DisneyTweens: Disney Channel Star’s Perfect Disney Day

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


As a parent of an older child, perhaps you wonder if a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort is still as special and magical as when they were younger. I can honestly tell you that my tween daughter would LIVE at Walt Disney World Resort if there wasn’t school or gymnastics practice getting in the way. But don’t just take it from me!

Tween favorite Peyton List, star of “Bunk’d” on the Disney Channel, adores Walt Disney World Resort! Just a few weeks ago, she came to visit with her mom, dad and brothers and she shared some of her favorite things to do while at Walt Disney World Resort. First on the list … go shopping at a Disney retail shop to find Minnie Mouse ears to match her outfit. A girl can’t be too coordinated!

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Then, it’s time for an encounter at the new Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she shares a smooch with Chewbacca on the Light Side. She also found some First Order Storm Troopers for a photo opp.

Peyton claims she’s a “daredevil” and tries to ride all of the roller coasters and wild rides in all four theme parks. There’s certainly many to choose from … including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Test Track at Epcot.

When hunger strikes, it’s time to snack on a soft serve pineapple Dole Whip from Adventureland in Magic Kingdom Park. It hits the spot for her every time and she says she can’t visit Walt Disney World Resort without indulging in the creamy, sweet treat!

After all the thrills and adventures, Peyton ends her Disney day with “Wishes” nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. With all those dazzling and brilliant fireworks bursting above and around Cinderella Castle, it’s just the perfect kiss goodnight!

I bet your older child would agree … Walt Disney World Resort is still the place to be!

For more information on planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your tween, check out www.disneyworld.com/Tweens.

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Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s been 35 years since audiences first became enthralled with Indiana Jones, the archaeologist turned adventurous hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and more than 25 years since audiences fell in love with “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar, “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” is a daily stunt show that takes guests on a breathless journey to watch stunts from the film franchise performed before their very eyes – including fight scenes, whip tricks, sword fights, high falls, fiery explosions and much more.

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The storyline of the stunt show was inspired by “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the first Oscar-winning film in the Indiana Jones franchise. And here’s an interesting bit of history: the stunt show opened in 1989, the same year “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was released, making the stunt show an instant smash hit with park guests.

Over the years, the stunt show has been a park favorite with adventure-seeking guests regularly packing the 2,000-seat theater, multiple times each day.

I recently headed backstage at “Epic” to meet stunt performers Kevin (who has been with the cast since opening day), as well as Robert and Michele, to get their thoughts on what keeps audiences coming back again and again. And maybe, learn a thing or two myself.

Will you add “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to your must-do list? Learn more about the show here.

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‘Goofy Sport’ Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuting at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Those of you who have been following the releases of our hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint Cels at Disney Parks over the year are in store for more great pieces this year! Debuting March 12 at Stage 1 Company Store located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a new piece titled “Goofy Sport.” It’s such a “kick,” see for yourself!

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This new piece, available now, is limited to an edition size of 300. The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed ($125), Black Framed Cel ($215), Black Framed Cel with mounted Pin ($245) and Black Framed Cel with mounted Postcard and Pin ($255), Gold Frame ($285).

Tip: A specially designed limited-edition pin is available with the purchase of each cel, while supplies last. Here’s a peek at what it will look like!

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Finally, for those of you who will make your way to the event on March 12, 2016, look for special appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. on the day of release. If you’re not able to make it, a special pre-purchase opportunity is taking place now through March 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Order yours today!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 17th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first to learn that one of the most intriguing new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren – will be coming to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Every day at Disney Parks, you can step into the exciting experiences like Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” and Star Wars Launch Bay. Next month, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland park of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport you to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren. Check out Shawn’s original story for more details.

And we also shared that ‘Tangled’ has returned to the Royal Theatre at Disneyland park. Beginning this weekend (Friday, January 15), the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider is once again coming to life through the inimitable storytelling talents of resident Renaissance men, Messieurs Smythe and Jones. Take a look at our original story.

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

First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park in California – The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park in Southern California have closed temporarily as we prepare to bring an all-new Star Wars-themed land to the park. When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will have a beautiful new waterfront, which we’re excited to give you a sneak peek at.

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park – This year, the Year of the Monkey, brings the return of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, February 5-8!

Pixar Wizards Leave Their Signatures on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – If you’ve had the chance to stop through Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you may have noticed the impressive Storyboard Chandelier that serves the lobby’s centerpiece. Since the resort opened in 2012, it has become tradition for film contributors – both voice actors and those working behind the scenes – to add their autograph to a sketch appearing on the chandelier.

New Year – New Disney Parks Moms Panel – The beginning of 2016 not only brings new hopes and dreams for many of us, it also brings new members to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Decorate Your Home with New Disney Parks-Inspired Figurines – During a recent Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I gave you a first look at three new decorative figurines coming to Disney Parks this year. These figurines were inspired by characters and icons from attractions found at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts.

Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Willie the Aardvark at Rafiki’s Planet Watch – I’m delighted to introduce you to Willie, a new resident at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Willie is an aardvark that frequents the outdoor stage next to Affection Section where I hope you get the chance to meet and learn more about him in person.

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Prepare to Encounter Star Wars Villain Kylo Ren at Disney Parks

posted on January 15th, 2016 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, and soon guests at Disney Parks will be able to interact with one of the film’s most intriguing new characters, Kylo Ren.

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Every day at Disney Parks, you can step into exciting Star Wars experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” and Star Wars Launch Bay, where you can come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga. Soon, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport you to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

As seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

Star Wars Launch Bay was designed to showcase a variety of Star Wars characters over time. In addition to Kylo Ren, you may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

The portal from Star Wars Launch Bay to Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer opens at Disneyland park and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next month.

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