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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


In May 1988, Mickey was moving into his house at Magic Kingdom Park prepping for upcoming visitors to Mickey’s Birthdayland. This seventh land of Magic Kingdom Park opened on June 18th, 1988 to guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Chip and Dale even joined in the fun by baking Mickey a giant birthday cake to celebrate.

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Opening in honor of Mickey’s 60th Birthday, Mickey’s Birthdayland welcomed guests until 1990 when it became Mickey’s Starland.

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Get This Animated Magic Shot at Magic Kingdom Park Before Andy Gets Back!

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


“Yodel-ay-hee-ho!”

Next time you’re in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, ask a Disney PhotoPass Photographer to round up this rootin’ tootin’ Animated Magic Shot featuring Woody and Jessie!

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When you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com after taking an Animated Magic Shot, you’ll be surprised to find that we have applied animation to your photo.

All guests can view Animated Magic Shots in their accounts before they expire, but a Memory Maker purchase is required to download and share them online.

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Spotlight on Tees Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store in June 2015

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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June 17-23
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.

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June 22-28
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).

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June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.

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QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert?

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort? Test your knowledge below!

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Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park

What is the title of your host on the Jungle Cruise?
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What animal is chasing this explorer up a pole in this memorable scene?
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What is the name of the transformation the Jungle Cruise undergoes during the holiday season?
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Which river will you NOT visit on the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park?
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Which animal will you NOT see on the Jungle Cruise?
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Caption This: Mickey & Goofy Blast Off On Star Jets at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Looks like best buddies Mickey Mouse and Goofy were sure having a blast back in this 1970s photo.

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Here they are aboard Star Jets, one of the first attractions built in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This photo deserves a great caption. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: A Summer Job at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Remember your first summer job? I remember mine. It might have been a lot more fun with these guys.

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Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey head to work at Magic Kingdom Park in 1978 getting ready to dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in the mine the whole day through.

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Top Five: Main Street Electrical Parade Moments

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today you may have noticed that the Disney Parks Blog looks a bit different today. That’s because we’re celebrating the fact that today is the anniversary of the debut of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a list of our must-read, must-watch blog posts and videos of this fan-favorite parade from over the years. Take a look!

Behind the Scenes: Float Driving in the Main Street Electrical Parade – Get a behind the scenes look at how our float drivers bring characters to life.

Step In Time: Main Street Electrical Parade Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park in 1971 – Take a step back in time to when the Main Street Electrical Parade debuted at Magic Kingdom Park on June 11, 1977.

The Unusual Return of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” in 1999 – Watch a Walt Disney World archive video of when the Main Street Electrical Parade traveled from California to Florida.

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward – Check out some photos of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

A Main Street Electrical Parade Preview – Take a look at a few of the floats in the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Disney Days of Past: Main Street Electrical Parade Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in Disney history, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” stepped off for the very first time at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Which float in the procession is your favorite? Vote below:

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Peyton List and Her Grandma Share a Special Day at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was a day to celebrate old memories and create new ones as Peyton List, known to most of us as “Emma” on Disney Channel’sJessie,” and her grandmother, Charlene List, spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What better way to start the day than to do something that bridges both generations, a meet and greet with Mickey himself at Town Square Theater. Excited to see Mickey, Peyton recalled the first time she saw him as a child, “The first time I met Mickey I was with you grandma.”

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Walking down Main Street U.S.A., eating Mickey Ice Cream Bars in front of Cinderella Castle, riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Peyton and her grandmother shared stories from the past and used the time to learn more about each other. Peyton was surprised to learn she and her grandmother share a common bond, a love of thrill rides. A fact quickly supported with a ride together on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Beaming with pride and love for her granddaughter, Charlene shared this advice to all grandparents, “They will remember this the rest of their lives, spending time with you, and you will remember, so everybody wins. Life’s too short and you got to make a lot of happy memories.”

Here is a look at Peyton and grandma’s day as they kicked off their Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Top Five: Donald Duck at Disney Parks

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy birthday to Donald Duck!

On this day in Disney history, Donald made his film debut in “The Wise Little Hen” Silly Symphony short. Over the years, he’s been a guest favorite at Disney Parks around the globe, whether it’s meeting him during a character greeting, spotting him in “Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade” or shopping for Donald gifts.

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In celebration of his big day, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular Donald blog posts of all time:

Learn to Draw: Donald Duck – Draw your own Donald with this video tutorial that offers step-by-step directions.

Donald Duck & Daisy Wallpaper – Check out our downloadable desktop/mobile wallpaper.

Step In Time: Donald Duck’s Birthday Parade Takes Flight at Magic Kingdom Park – Take a peek back at 1984, when an entire parade marked a milestone birthday for our fowl friend.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Donald’s Special Day – Take a look back at Donald’s decades spent at Disney Parks.

Disney Parks Merchandise: Celebrating 80 Years of Donald Duck – Check out some beloved Donald Duck souvenirs.

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