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Love as a Topiary: A Lady and the Tramp First Look

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


She was a pampered pooch. He was a mutt from the hard scrabble streets. They fell in love, and their romance endured through to a happy ending and their own family.

Of course, I’m talking about Lady and Tramp, from the Disney classic movie, “Lady and the Tramp.” Their topiary forms are popular mainstays of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of the pasta-sharing pups backstage before this year’s festivities:

Lady and the Tramp in Topiary Form for the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I love how our horticulture artists captured Tramp glancing happily at Lady, while she demures. You can find the canine couple – where else? – at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot in a few weeks, starting March 2 during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. They’ll be there for 90 days, along with the Outdoor Kitchens, play areas, and illuminated gardens. The Garden Rocks concerts are just a World Showcase country away, at the America Gardens Theatre.

We’ll have more about the upcoming Festival soon. In the meantime, we know that spaghetti and meatballs was the candlelight dinner for this blossoming puppy love. What’s your favorite Disney Parks meal with your special someone?

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A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Disney fans, you are not going to believe it! I just got the inside scoop on new additions to the Star Wars-inspired collection from ALEX AND ANI debuting at Disney Parks.

Launching February 15 are expandable wire bangles featuring classic Star Wars characters and phrases including Yoda, “Do Or Do Not… There Is No Try,” and Princess Leia and Han Solo, “I Love You. I Know.” Both of these pieces will come in RAFAELIAN GOLD and RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

It doesn’t stop there – releasing the same day is a buffed epoxy expandable wire bangle featuring one of the most famous lines of all, “May The Force Be With You,” in Shiny Silver and Shiny Gold finishes. Yes, you heard it right. Take a look!

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

I am curious how many of you chose an alliance when we debuted the Star Wars symbol bangles in December? I ended up joining the ranks of the Rebellion. Are you surprised? For those of you wondering what I’m talking about, check them out for yourselves.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

Available in RAFAELIAN GOLD and RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes, these bangles feature the Rebellion symbol, the Imperial symbol and the Jedi symbol. Where do your loyalties lie?

Her highness, Princess Leia, also accompanied the symbols. Depicted with her signature hairstyle and robe, she’s ready to take on the dark side. Choose from RAFAELIAN GOLD or RAFAELIAN SILVER finishes.

A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

Find them at the galactic outposts below:

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  • Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
  • Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
  • Downtown Disney DistrictDisney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store
  • Walt Disney World Resort

    Tip: Bangles will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations.

    Are you excited for these new additions? Which one is your favorite?

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    Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

    posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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    The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

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    This year, we are offering a few returning favorites including long and short-sleeved apparel for both the overall weekend, Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. These items include “I Did It” shirts, drinkware, Sweaty Bands, Bondi Bands, collectible pins, car magnets and more.

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    Guests will also find shirts and car magnets for both the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K races.

    There are a few new art programs this year including artwork titled “Run Princess Run” that’s included on apparel and accessories. Another art program, “Run Like the Princess You Are,” has stylized buildings of famous Disney Princesses.

    The Princess theme is also carried over onto three new colorful handbags by Dooney & Bourke.

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    Finally, if you want to add a little sparkle to your weekend, we are offering a unique “Glitter & Go” makeover experience in the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The package includes a hair twist, light makeup, shimmering lip gloss, a face gem, and a light-up Princess Tiara. Reservations will be taken on walk-in basis for guests ages 3 and up. The experience will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Retail is $19.95 plus tax.

    Look for these commemorative items and more during runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

    The Expo will be open during the following times:

    • Thursday, February 18 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, February 19 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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    Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

    posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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    France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

    This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30. You will find the items seen in the video and much more at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot. The Festival Center, located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions, will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the event.

    In the coming weeks, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at merchandise created especially for this event.

    For more from the “Unboxed” series, visit the posts below:

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    QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Seas With Nemo & Friends at Epcot?

    posted on February 9th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


    Is “Finding Nemo” one of your favorite films? Then you must’ve experienced The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. How well do you know this attraction? Test your knowledge below.

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    The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

    How large is the saltwater aquarium at The Seas with Nemo & Friends?
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    What is the name of the vehicle you board to find Nemo?
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    What was the original name of the pavilion that is now called The Seas with Nemo & Friends?
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    What year did The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride-through attraction open?
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    Romance for Your Valentine: Top 10 Date Ideas at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on February 8th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


    Ahh…l’amour.

    Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, any day you want to dedicate to love, we are celebrating hearts, and cupid and romance. Here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate with us:

    1. Sweetheart Wine Tasting Cruises – Beautiful Italian music, award-winning wines and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres on board a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with the BOATHOUSE’S trusted captain and crew through the waters of Lake Buena Vista. Call 407-939-2628 to make a reservation.

    1. The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise – A breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time fireworks, “Wishes,” from an exclusive and romantic spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with desserts and drinks. The soundtrack is piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. Click here for reservations.

    1. The new Brunch at the Top at California Grill – On Valentine’s Day Sunday, try the new Brunch at the Top with your beloved. The menu showcases fresh, market-driven cuisine and toast with a glass of bubbly or wine (the restaurant has more than 1,600 bottles on display). Click here for reservations.

    1. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party – Sweets and stars collide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as guests look to the sky January 5 – March 19, for a special viewing of the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time. Click here for reservations.

    1. Disney Springs shopping spreeThe World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace recently expanded with an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space. Try the new handcrafted chocolate at The Ganachery. Or for vegans, Erin McKenna Bakery NYC has savory offerings and an all-vegan and gluten-free menu.

    1. Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Celebrate the magic of the movies and glamour of Hollywood with an epic feast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Jan. 4 to March 20, 2016. Click here for reservations.
    2. La Nouba at Disney Springs – As part of the La Nouba’s ongoing evolution, the Cirque du Soleil show continues to bring new acts: B-Boy, commonly referred to as breakdancing, and Aerial Bamboo, a technique mastered by only a handful of performers worldwide. The acts join the recent additions of uproarious clowns and a breathtaking juggling rolla bolla act. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/entertainment.

    1. Sushi Bar at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs – From Feb. 12 – 14, a special Valentine’s Day romantic dinner for two includes a four course, prix-fixe menu starring Chef Morimoto’s signature Peking Duck for two. On Valentine’s day only, a five-course Omakase dinner will be served at the intimate second-level 14-seat sushi bar. For reservations, call 407-939-6686 (MOTO).
    2. Monsieur Paul Proposal-popping and Vow Renewal dinner at Epcot – In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (replica), indulge in a decadent meal, peer out of the second story windows that overlook the World Showcase Lagoon, toast with champagne, and dessert is served with an extra sparkle on the plate: the big question, and your token of love. Click here for reservations.

    1. Sunset and cocktails at the Polynesian – Sip on champagne and strawberries against the backdrop of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the beautiful new Bora Bora Bungalows. Take a moonlit stroll along the torch-lined waterfront and visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

    How will you romance the one you love, Disney-style?

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    Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    posted on February 7th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


    We kicked off the first week of February with our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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    This guest-favorite show 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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    During the live stream, you voted to unlock a new Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper. Disney artist Mike Britton created the wallpaper that celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”

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

    See Blood, Sweat & Tears April 15-17 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Brian Howe April 22-24 at Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
    See Georgia Satellites April 29-May 1 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Darlene Love May 13-15 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    Also this week, we shared an update that two more weekends and four new acts will join the lineup for this year’s Garden Rocks concert series during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

    Thirteen pop bands with hits spanning the decades will take the stage each weekend through Memorial Day at America Gardens Theatre from March 2 – May 30. Check Victoria’s original story for more.

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

    Josh Gad Takes Viewers to Rarely Seen Places at Disneyland Park During ‘The Wonderful Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC – Josh Gad will take viewers on a unique tour of Disneyland park, including peeks inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disneyland Dream Suite in New Orleans Square, during the two-hour television special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21, on the ABC Television Network.

    Enter Now for Chance to Win Dazzling ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Inspired Crown in Disneyland Diamond Days – Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has been giving guests the chance to win dazzling prizes – and this week’s prize is one of the most dazzling!

    Making Wishes Come True at the Disneyland Resort – Recently, The Walt Disney Company celebrated making 100,000 wishes come true with Make-A-Wish. In celebration of this special relationship, we asked our cast members for some of their favorite memories fulfilling wishes.

    Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park – On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

    New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut – Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

    Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort – Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit.

    Celebrate Black History Month With Special Author Signings at Epcot – Guests have the opportunity to meet four renowned African-American authors and cultural icons each Saturday during the month of February. Book signings are open to all guests and hosted at the American Adventure Pavilion, where books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month.

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    Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t picked up a gift or made plans yet—don’t worry. There are plenty of sweet ways to show you care with specialty treats at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Specialty Pops from The Ganachery at Disney Springs Pre-Packed Box of Ganache from The Ganachery at Disney Springs

    At The Ganachery at Disney Springs, you’ll find specialty ganache squares and pops decorated for Valentine’s Day—raspberry enrobed in dark chocolate and passion fruit enrobed in milk chocolate. Surprise your sweetie with a pre-packed box of ganache.

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    Perhaps your love’s allegiance lies with The Dark Side. Fear not, these Star Wars-inspired chocolate bars, available in both dark and milk chocolate, are the perfect way to say I love you. (I know.)

    Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park Black Forest Waffle from Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom Park

    In my opinion, Magic Kingdom Park is one of the most romantic places at Walt Disney World Resort, though I may be biased because I met my husband there. Romance your valentine with a chocolate raspberry cupcake from Main Street Bakery, or indulge in the Black Forest waffle with vanilla ice cream at Sleepy Hollow.

    Lady and the Tramp Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry-Marshmallow Center from Epcot

    If cupcakes are the way to your Valentine’s heart, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a cupcake featuring Lady and the Tramp that is paws-itively adorable. At Fountain View in Epcot, you’ll find a chocolate cupcake with a strawberry-marshmallow center, strawberry butter and a ganache drizzle sure to make your sweetie’s heart melt.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Disney Days of Past: Carnivale at Epcot

    posted on February 4th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


    Countries all around the world are getting ready to celebrate Carnivale. In these Epcot flashback photos from 1998, we see the elaborate costumes worn to represent different counties celebrating Carnivale. Beads were handed out to guests while floats, stilt walkers and dancers paraded down the promenade.

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    Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Albert the Monkey

    posted on February 4th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


    We’re continuing our exclusive series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials and our first how-to video of 2016 features a favorite character from Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland Park – Albert the Monkey.

    Disney Parks Blog reader and fan Mike Kravanis designed his latest bento box during a visit to the China Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. To create Albert, Mike used a few salmon salad and rice filled inari pouches and added them to a bed of kale. Radishes and olives were also combined to make Albert’s eyes.

    And to complete the bento box, tomato and yellow carrots were used to make a lantern. Check out the video for step-by-step instructions.

    Also, keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more Disney-inspired bento box tutorials in upcoming weeks.

    For more from our “Disney Parks Bento Box Magic” series, visit the posts below:

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