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Actress Jessica Alba & Family Enjoy Frozen Summer Fun

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Actress Jessica Alba, along with Film Producer husband Cash Warren, kicked off summer this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with their daughters Honor and Haven.

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The family enjoyed a little Frozen Summer Fun by sharing warm hugs with Olaf, Anna and Elsa. Will you celebrate summer at Disney Parks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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#DisneyKids: It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Yo ho, let’s go! The sense of adventure of a pirate’s life can entertain little ones of all ages and we’ve got lots of exciting ways for kids to get in on the action. We rounded up some of the top ways at Walt Disney World Resort for kids to feel like a real pirate for the day in this handy graphic.

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In addition to these great experiences, there is even more swashbuckling fun to be had across the theme parks and resorts. For fans of Disney Jr., don’t miss character dining and meet & greet opportunities with Jake and the Neverland Pirates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The adventure continues at our resorts with special Pirates Adventure Cruises, where little scallywags can set sail to find hidden treasure. There are even pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

For even more pirates (and princesses), check out this page!

Click on the graphic above to see all our recommendations for pirate fun!

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Learn to Draw Anger from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” just hit theaters a few days ago, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios area already having fun learning how to draw the film’s colorful cast of characters at the Animation Academy.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “Inside Out” takes a look at the life of a girl named Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Anger, a member of the team who is passionate, fiery and quick to react.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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First Look: New Menu Items at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


There’s no better place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see and be seen than The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. Especially with the addition of small plates and beverages with the newly renovated outdoor bar.

New small plates include grilled Bloody Mary-marinated shrimp and chorizo and heirloom tomatoes on toasted ciabatta with garlic herb butter and a new seasonal soup — Zellwood Corn Bisque, served with a corn and lobster fritter and Ancho chili oil. Or share the Crispy Bites, featuring parmesan and goat cheese risotto sticks with a peach-habanero chili sauce, Brie with a sweet onion and orange jam, and affiné blue and mushroom arancini with a fig and balsamic dip. These new tastes join favorites like The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, Derby Sliders, and Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie Board.

New additions to the drink menu include a Mint Julep made with premium reserve bourbon; the new Bloody Mary turns up the heat with pepper-infused vodka and a garnish of olives, spicy pickles, and pickled green beans; a Champagne Cocktail with sweet and floral elderflower liqueur and Fairytale by Iron Horse Celebration Cuvee (exclusive to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts); Sangria; and, my favorite, the Grapefruit Cake Martini — a delicious twist on the classic dessert.

Stop by The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Hollywood and leave feeling like a star!

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Disney Days of Past: ‘Pocahontas’ Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Walt Disney Pictures “Pocahontas” celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. Pocahontas and her friends have had a presence in Disney Parks throughout the years.

Today, guests can still enjoy the magic of Pocahontas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly at “Fantastmic!” Here’s a great action shot of John Smith swinging into the action.

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Pocahontas’ sense of adventure around any river bend still endures twenty years later.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 21st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Happy Father’s Day from the Disney Park Blog. This week, we shared a slew of updates and stories, including a first look at the royal return of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The summer-long special event is bringing a full day of “Frozen” fun from park open to park close through September 7, 2015. Check our original story for more details.

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And our celebration of Disney•Pixar’s original film “Inside Out” began this week at Disney California Adventure park with special, pre-parade appearances by the movie’s main characters, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

The “Inside Out” pre-parade continues daily all summer long. Check out another image and more information in Shawn’s original story.

A Closer Look at New Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – Two of the six new Main Street Enchanted Windows set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration have opened!

Adventure is Out There at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! – One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. Click through to learn more about our island excursions.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle – You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert? – The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction at Walt Disney World Resort?

Summer Sounds Inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Now on Pandora – Experience the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at home this summer with the new Disneyland 60th Anniversary Summer Sounds station on Pandora!

Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015 – As summer begins at Disney Parks, take a sneak peek of items coming later this year!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Pics From Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we shared a ton of fun photos from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Frozen Summer Fun is now in full swing!

Take a look at the gallery below for a peek at the offerings that debuted this week, including the Frozen Royal Welcome, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down and more.

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Check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more coverage of Frozen Summer Fun.

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New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Great Movie Ride, which transports Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests through film history, has been updated with some new interior and exterior enhancements thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies.

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Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside our Chinese Theatre. (Other enhancements inside include new digital movie posters in the queue (watch carefully to see the classic poster images move). A few new clips will be added into the attraction’s finale montage later this summer.

Guests will also hear new audio components during the tour from Robert Osbourne, actor and Turner Classic Movies film historian. The enhanced narration will assist attraction tour guides in leading guests from famous scene to famous scene, layering in more fun movie facts.

By the way, if you’re a huge fan of Disney films, you’ll want to check out “Treasures from the Disney Vault,” which airs on Turner Classic Movies July 2.

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VIDEO: Frozen Summer Fun Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The royal sisters have returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Anna and Elsa – accompanied by friends Olaf and Kristoff –

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As a reminder, here’s the “Frozen” fun that’s in store through September 7, 2015:

Frozen Royal Welcome – Watch Arendelle’s royal procession through the park, this year with Olaf in tow! Elsa also makes an appearance on her new ice palace float!

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new stage show features Olaf and friends having a little fun “In Summer.” And as temperature rises, Olaf shares a burst from his own snow cloud to cool things down.

“Frozen Fever” – The ABC Sound Studio is offering special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This year the show has moved to the Hyperion Theater, where you’ll discover all-new in-theater effects and appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

“Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, our “Frozen” friends return to the stage for a grand finale to kick off a fireworks display set to the beloved music of “Frozen.”

Will you head out to the park for some Frozen Summer Fun this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Sing Along with ‘Frozen’ Favorites During Frozen FANdemonium at D23 EXPO 2015

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Frozen” fans have already enjoyed the opportunity to sing along with Anna and Elsa at Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and now D23 EXPO 2015 will present another unique opportunity to enjoy the music from this fan favorite.

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On Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m., in the 7,500-seat Hall D23, host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will take D23 EXPO 2015 attendees on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of “Frozen” during Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! This one-day-only performance will feature sing-along experiences of your “Frozen” favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer,” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs. The performance will even feature Anna and Elsa!

D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available here.

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