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Garden Rocks Concert Series Debuts at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Planning a trip to Epcot this spring for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? This year, 11 pop bands are set to appear in the Garden Rocks Concert Series, which will take place March 4-May 17, 2015. Several acts will join this festival lineup this year, including En Vogue, Little River Band, Jon Secada, Pablo Cruise and Taylor Dayne.

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Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission. Check out this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • Which band are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments section below!

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    Start Planning Your Foodie Getaway – Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced for 2015

    posted on January 16th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


    It’s official! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches September 25 and runs through November 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.

    Aloha Foodies!

    Check back for more information. We’ll share right here as details unfold.

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    Spotlight on New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2015

    posted on January 13th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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    From new retail MagicBands to upcoming Orange Bird products, I’ve recently been sharing previews of items coming to Disney Parks in 2015. This time, I turn the spotlight on Disney pins, which are a fun way to show off your Disney Side when visiting Theme Parks and Resorts.

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    For years, we’ve offered various “pin-of-the-month” collections, which have new pins released monthly (or sometimes quarterly) for guests to collect. This year, the “Best Friends” collection will contains two individual pins that are great for sharing with your best friend. The “Wonderfully Wicked” collection showcases some of the most famous Disney villains. Both of these monthly collections will be found in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

    Guests in Florida will find the “Shields of Fantasy” collection. These hinged pins open to reveal Disney
    characters who reside in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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    The “Piece of Disney History” collection returns this year. First introduced in 2005, these limited edition pins contain actual pieces of attractions, shows, or parades from Disney Parks. This year, we continue our “Piece of Disneyland Resort History” collection for guests in California, while guests in Florida will find a continuation of the “Piece of SpectroMagic history.”

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    With the “Generation D” collection, we are counting down to the annual Disney Trading Event that will be held in September at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these 13 limited edition pins will have an edition size of 500 and will be released monthly.

    We also have a few surprise pins planned including a collection featuring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for Disneyland Resort. When placed next to each other, the pins will form a complete picture. Guests in Florida will find pins celebrating the themed lands of the Magic Kingdom Park. Both of these pin collections will be released at random times throughout the year.

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    Finally, if you are headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios I invite you to stop by our newest Disney pin destination at Sunset Market Ranch on Sunset Boulevard. This location is now the main headquarters for all things pins inside the theme park.

    As a reminder, new pins are typically released on Thursdays at Disney Parks. Look for one-sheets highlighting key pin releases toward the beginning of each month on the official Disney Pin Trading website – http://www.DisneyPins.com.

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    Replay Our Live Stream of The Walt Disney World Marathon

    posted on January 11th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


    This is your chance to share in the excitement of a runDisney start and finish line. You can now watch a replay of your friends, family and thousands from around the world start and finish the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. The 26.2-mile journey started just outside Epcot on Epcot Center Drive, and took runners through the Magic Kingdom, on the track of the Walt Disney World Speedway, through Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and finished in the shadow of Spaceship Earth outside Epcot.

    Below is a choice of two live streams. The first includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The second, an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.

    You can join in the runDisney social media conversation by using #WDWMarathon.

    For more information on the half marathon, marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

    Walt Disney World Marathon:

    To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Marathon, click here.

    Walt Disney World Marathon Finish Line:

    To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Marathon Finish Line, click here.

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    Replay Our Live Stream of The Walt Disney World Half Marathon

    posted on January 10th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


    This is your chance to replay the excitement of a runDisney start and finish line. Check out replays of our live streams from earlier today as your friends, family and thousands from around the world start and finish the Walt Disney World Half Marathon presented by Cigna. The 13.1-mile journey started just outside Epcot on Epcot Center Drive, and took runners to the Magic Kingdom, through Cinderella Castle, back to Epcot, past Spaceship Earth, and finished in the Epcot parking area.

    Your chance to track, watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration “live” begins by viewing the video feeds below.

    Below is a choice of two live streams. The first includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The second, an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.

    You can join in the runDisney social media conversation by using #WDWHalf.

    For more information on the half marathon, marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

    Walt Disney World Half Marathon Start Line:

    To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon Start Line, click here.

    Walt Disney World Half Marathon Finish Line:

    To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon Finish Line, click here.

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    Disney Parks After Dark: IllumiNations in Italy

    posted on January 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    This week’s “After Dark” image was taken at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” What’s your favorite activity to do in this part of the park after the sun goes down? Watching fireworks? Devouring the pavilion’s terrific pizza? Ending the night with a yummy chocolate cannoli?

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    Watch Walt Disney World Half & Full Marathons Live On The Disney Parks Blog

    posted on January 8th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


    We are off and running – literally. This morning the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna officially got underway with the Walt Disney World 5K.

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    It was exciting to join thousands of runners at Epcot and brave the unseasonable cool temperature and run the 3.1 mile course around World Showcase, past Spaceship Earth, and cross the finish line to earn a runDisney 5K finisher medal. The costumes, energy and Disney spirit were amazing. It was fun to see first-time runners, and runners of all ages and nationalities enjoying the fun run.

    This morning’s run kicks off a four-day celebration of running, which includes runDisney Kids’ Races, Walt Disney World 10K tomorrow, Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday.

    That leads me to share some exciting news. The Disney Parks Blog and runDisney want to share the excitement of the start and finish lines of our events. Building off the success of live video streams for the holidays, we will “live’ stream the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.

    Family and friends, and those wanting to see what a runDisney event is all about, will be able to visit the Disney Parks Blog both days starting at 5 a.m., and watch the start and finish of both races. You will be able to track, watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration.

    We are always looking for ways to enhance our runner and guest experience, and hope this live stream allows you to share in the magic of a runDisney event.

    For more information on runner tracking and runDisney events, visit runDisney.com.

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    Book Spring/Summer Walt Disney World Vacations Now With Our Latest Offer

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


    Considering a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort this spring or early in the summer? If so, now is the perfect time to book, as guests can save up to 30% off on stays at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with our latest offer.

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    Springtime at Walt Disney World Resort means the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and so much more.

    Vacations must be booked by March 28, and the trip must take place between March 2-June 15, 2015. Get more details on this offer – and learn how you can also upgrade to a package with a (minimum) 4-day park ticket and receive an additional ticket day free – by clicking here.


    For more about visiting Walt Disney World Resort in 2015, visit the posts below:

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    Fifteen Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2015

    posted on January 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    It’s a new year – do you have a Disney Parks vacation on your bucket list for 2015?

    Whether it’s new dining experiences, sports milestones, holiday celebrations or the return of annual theme park festivals, there’s a lot to look forward to at Walt Disney World Resort in 2015. Here are 15 reasons you should consider planning a trip this year.

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    1. Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk – The newest Disney restaurant just opened its doors a few days ago. The menu features authentic Italian cuisine and wines – and is now an option on the Disney Dining Plan. Yum!

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    2. Exposition Park Food Trucks – While we’re on the topic of food, 2015 will give you time to check out the recently opened food trucks at Downtown Disney. This dedicated outdoor area also has live entertainment at night (subject to change, of course).

    3. 2015 runDisney Races Are Off & Running - Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will take place January 7-11. (Check out a sneak peek at the merchandise that will be sold at this year’s event here). Space is still available in the Kids Races!

    4. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – This nightspot is based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, and is set to open here in spring. Trader Sam’s will offer tiki cocktails served in souvenir mugs, as well as smaller food offerings. Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more on this fun new location.

    5. Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic – Soccer fans can get their kicks at the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic February 1-March 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. In it, eight pro teams, including six Major League Soccer squads, will compete in 16 games.

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    6. Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Returns – This princess-themed weekend of running events returns to Walt Disney World February 19-22.

    7. Starbucks to Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A new Starbucks location will open at the park in February, 2015. The new location, dubbed The Trolley Car Café, will be themed to a classic trolley car along Hollywood Boulevard and offer a unique experience for coffee lovers visiting the park.

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    8. The Atlanta Braves Return For Spring Training – The Braves will return to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for their 18th consecutive year of spring training. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com, as well as at the sports complex box office.

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    9. The 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: A Spring Tradition Returns March 4-May 17 – Character topiaries, home gardening seminars, floral displays and much more will return to the park’s festival in 2015.

    10. Star Wars Weekends Returns – This annual event will return to delight fans of the Force and the Empire May 15 – June 14 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    11. “Tomorrowland” Debuts In Theaters May 22 – While it isn’t a theme park offering, how could any Disney Parks fan possibly miss out on seeing this one? AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Downtown Disney may be the perfect location. The trailer looks amazing!

    12. Annual Events – 2015 means the return of our favorite annual events, including The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties, and more. Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for news and dates on our 2015 special events.

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    13. New Eats at Downtown Disney – The area continues to evolve into Disney Springs, and in 2015, The Landing, the first of four interconnected neighborhoods will open to guests. Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more dates and details on the openings of Morimoto Asia, THE BOATHOUSE and STK Orlando, three restaurants planned for the area, as they come available.

    14. Another Year of #DisneySide Fun - Guests loved showing their Disney Side – that side each one of us has that isn’t afraid to have fun and show our silly sides – at our parks in 2014. This year we’ll continue the fun by encouraging all of you to show your Disney Side at our parks (and at home) throughout 2015.

    15. Your Family Vacation – If this is the year for your family’s vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, then there’s nothing to look forward to more than your family’s special time together. If you visit our parks in 2015, we hope you have a wonderful time.

    Which event or new offering are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the “comments” section below.

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    Top 10 Disney Parks YouTube Videos of 2014

    posted on December 30th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


    In 2014, there were some great Disney Parks YouTube videos shared around by readers, including our “Ultimate Tweet” at the Walt Disney World Resort – our top video of the year.

    Take at look at our list of the Top 10 Most Popular Disney Parks YouTube videos in 2014.

    1. Behind the Scenes | 140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’

    2. 140-Disney-Character ‘Ultimate Tweet’ | Disney Side | Disney Parks

    3. Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ Sing-Along Performed at Walt Disney World Resort | Disney Parks

    4. Moms Have a Disney Side too | Mother’s Day | Disney Parks

    5. #DisneyKids: First Teacup Ride | Walt Disney World | Disney Parks

    6. Mark Hamill Makes His Star Wars Weekends Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Weekend IV

    7. Ursula Moves Into Her Lair at Disney California Adventure Park | Disneyland Resort | Disney Parks

    8. #DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park | Walt Disney World

    9. #DisneyKids: Remembering Favorite Attractions at Walt Disney World | Disney Parks

    10. ‘Frozen’ Meet & Greet with Anna & Elsa at Epcot | Walt Disney World

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