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Ka-Chow! McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Today

posted on July 19th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Earlier this summer, we broke the news that “Cars 2” star Lightning McQueen was set to join Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July.

We just received word that Disney’s famous racecar is revved up and ready to make his debut performance in the show beginning today. Read the original story for all the details.

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‘Idol’ Lee DeWyze Visits Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 18th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


’American Idol’ Season Nine Champion Lee DeWyze (right), and his Girlfriend, Actress Jonna Walsh (left), with Minnie Mouse

Guess who popped up at Magic Kingdom Park today? It was “American Idol” season nine champion Lee DeWyze (right), and his girlfriend, actress Jonna Walsh (left), pictured here with Minnie Mouse.

Of course, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can see DeWyze anytime at The American Idol Experience, as he’s featured in video elements within the attraction.

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on July 12th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Where at Disney Parks Can You Find This Clock?

It’s 8:42 a.m. here at the Walt Disney World Resort and that means it’s time for this week’s mystery image puzzler. This beautiful clock is easy to miss if time is not on your side. Have you seen it? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on July 8th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Where at Disney Parks Can You Find This?

It’s hard to miss the letter “D” during a visit to Disney Parks but today’s blue “D” is special – it’s our mystery image. And if you expect to see and solve this latest puzzler, you’ll need to look up at the right location, but where? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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Celebrating Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 27th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fireworks Over Magic Kingdom

Last week, Erin shared a few special ways we’re celebrating July 4th at the Disneyland Resort. And of course, it’s the same at Walt Disney World. Along with our pyrotechnic shows, there will be a patriotic display at Magic Kingdom, a rock’n’roll spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and a classic sky show at Epcot infused with an Independence Day finale. Here’s a closer look.

  • Magic Kingdom will present “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This patriotic fireworks spectacular, paying homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers, will light the skies at 9 p.m. July 4 – and for guests who would like to begin the Independence Day celebration early, the show also will be presented July 3 at 9 p.m.

  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, traditional Fourth of July fireworks take on a different spin when Mulch, Sweat, and Shears perform for the all-new “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration!” These resident landscapers – with serious rock and roll ambitions – take Disney guests on a musical road trip across America that will highlight each region’s contribution to rock and roll. Fireworks, lighting and special effects – backed by the driving live rock and roll of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears – combine to bring a new twist to celebrating Independence Day. Showtime July 4 is 9:45 p.m. Before or after the show, Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests can thrill to Disney’s Fantasmic!, performing July 4 at 9 and 10:30 p.m.

  • At Epcot, sky-watchers can check out “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” bursting high above World Showcase Lagoon. IllumiNations is a 14-minute spectacular during which pyrotechnics, lasers, water and music are all used to tell a story about the past, present and future of our planet. On the Fourth of July, the show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. The show is at 10 p.m.

Also at Epcot, you can hear a “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert” and participate in meet-and-greets with Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters wearing their patriotic dress at American Adventure.

Are you celebrating with us?

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‘Fantasmic!’ Expands to Seven Nights a Week

posted on June 24th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What’s better than “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? How about “Fantasmic!” seven nights a week?

‘Fantasmic!’ Expands to Seven Nights a Week

The show, which creatively combines moments from popular Disney films with water, lights, special effects and music, will be offered nightly July 3-Sept. 30. Because showtimes will vary, guests are encouraged to visit www.disneyworld.com for updated performance times, or pick up a Times Guide once inside the park. Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Festival of Fools

posted on June 23rd, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


'The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Fifteen years ago at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios), the city of Paris came to life at the Backlot Theater as Quasimodo and friends took the stage for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure.” This 32-minute show opened June 21, 1996 – the same day as the film did in theaters – and entertained guests until it closed on Sept. 28, 2002.

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The show told the story of Quasimodo’s struggle against the villain Frollo and his feelings for gypsy Esmeralda, accompanied by a musical score recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Traveling from the Bell Tower of Notre Dame Cathedral to the streets of Paris for the Festival of Fools, the show featured all of the characters made famous by the movie throughout its seven scenes. During the show’s climax, pyrotechnic special effects were used onstage when Frollo set the city afire.

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Even though I can’t experience this spectacular show any more, I can always join Clopin via DVD as he brings Quasimodo’s story to life.

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Disney Parks Guests Can Become Padawans at Jedi Training Academy

posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disney Parks Guests Can Become Padawans at Jedi Training Academy

Star Tours is now departing from Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but If you’re looking to add more Star Wars fun to your Disney Parks vacation, Jedi Training Academy is the experience you’re looking for.

Guests ages 4-12 from the show audience have the chance to become part of the class. They learn some impressive lightsaber moves from their Jedi Master and instructors, using their “training” lightsabers, of course. Cloaked in Jedi robes, the Padawans-to-be even get a chance to face off with some of the galaxy’s most feared Sith. Will they join the dark side?

Jedi Training Academy is located at the at the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park and at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Backlot. Be sure to check daily entertainment schedules at each park for show times.

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on June 20th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Have You Seen This at Disney Parks?

My eye is always drawn to the number six. Who knows why, but being born on June 6 could have something to do with it. Chances are that’s not the case for you, so this week’s big, green mystery image could be a most difficult image to identify. It can be found somewhere at Disney Parks, but where? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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Lightning McQueen Joins the Cast at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

posted on June 16th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Hi everyone. I’m happy to announce that Lightning McQueen, star of “Cars” and “Cars 2,” will make his debut appearance at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this summer.

Lightning McQueen Joins the Cast at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Look for his cameo when the stunt show director sets up a highlight reel dedicated to “one of the greatest race cars of all time.” But just as the crew leaves to set up for the next stunt demonstration, the highlight video feed is interrupted with a distress call from Mater, Lightning’s rusty sidekick. He warns the audience that secret agent Finn McMissile has issued a report of enemy spy activity at “these here coordinates.” Lightning McQueen speeds in to calm the audience down and explains that Mater is probably just telling tall tales again.

Just then, a mysterious black automobile appears on the stage. I don’t want to give away all the details here, but let’s just say what follows is quite an animated game of cat and mouse.

Guests who wish to meet Lightning McQueen and Mater before or after the show can do so at the Winner’s Circle (formerly Luigi’s Garage), which features larger-than-life trophies and posters that depict famous races from around the world. Be sure to check out Lightning McQueen’s upgraded international look, too.

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