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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.


  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.


  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.


  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”


  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.


  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Watch Walt Disney World’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Live December 31 at 11:50 p.m. EST

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This New Year’s Eve, Magic Kingdom Park will welcome in the year 2016 with a special presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. EST. And the Disney Parks Blog team will celebrate by bringing this amazing show to you live, right here on the blog.

To join us for the live stream, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Thursday night around 11:45 p.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh blog post at the top of our site.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holidays at Disney Parks

posted on December 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The sunny skies of Florida and California might not feel holiday season-ish. But with the way our experts beautify the parks, how could you not be festive?

This week in Disney Parks photos we go coast-to-coast: Erin Glover showed us some highlights through the numbers in her neck of the woods, and Jenn Fickley-Baker shared gorgeous after-dark photos from Magic Kingdom Park.


We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Year in Review: Most Popular Products from Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

As this 2015 draws to a close, here is a look back at some of the most popular Disney Parks Blog articles about merchandise. My fellow author Michelle Harker and I loved sharing the latest and greatest products created especially for Disney Parks. Thank you for your enthusiasm and comments this year. We look forward to an exciting 2016 filled with even more Unforgettable tangible memories.


Retail MagicBands – The most popular item this year was retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. We released a variety of new character, limited release, and limited edition MagicBands throughout the year. In fall, we opened a retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. at Magic Kingdom Park where guests can create and personalize their own MagicBands.

Dia De Los Muertos Treats – Michelle shared details about Dia de los Muertos, apples, cake pops and crispies at Disneyland Resort.

Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA Jewelry – We continued offering new items from the Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA, a collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms developed especially for Disney Parks.


Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – One of the most exciting things this year was the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The Disney Theme Park Merchandise team created more than 500 products, including apparel, accessories, headwear, home décor, souvenirs, toys, pins, D-Tech, collectibles and more. Michelle Harker shared details about these new items in a series of articles throughout the year including this popular behind-the-scenes video.


New Collections and Classic Collaborations – We introduced two new collections this year for guests who love Disney and Disney Parks – Disney Boutique and Twenty Eight & Main. Guests also found new accessories by Vera Bradley or Dooney & Bourke.


Unique Souvenirs From Disney Parks – This year saw plenty of unique souvenirs from Disney Parks including the Disney Parks Castle Play Set, hand sanitizers, and a new Disney Park Pack – Trading Edition offered only on the Disney Parks online store. The Disney Egg-stravaganza returned to Disney Parks in spring and the Sanderson Sisters put a spell on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties in the fall.

Finally, we launched the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app which gives guests access to thousands of products created for Disney Parks. It’s one of my favorite downloaded apps this year that can be found at

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Special New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 26th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, 2015 has certainly been fun, and now here we are on the cusp of another incredible new year! For those of you planning to welcome 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, we have quite a party planned for you. Here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment lined up for this year’s celebration.

Walt Disney World Resort Sends 2012 out with a Bang

  • Epcot – It’s a night-long party throughout Epcot, with unique entertainment including a DJ and light show at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a British blast to the past in United Kingdom, Euro-pop and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a “Silent DJ” party in Japan. Cap it all off with one of two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The 6:00 p.m. show will include our holiday finale, while the 11:40 p.m. performance will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Ring in a most unforgettable New Year with a Disney character dance party at Center Stage, leading up to fantastic fireworks set to the soundtrack of favorite films and memorable moments from across Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Note: ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ will not be presented on Dec. 31)
  • Magic Kingdom Park – You can get a head start on the festivities, with a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31. For families looking to wrap things up a little earlier, both nights will also feature the Holiday Wishes New Year’s Celebration at 6:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year’s Eve countdown.

If you can’t join us in person for New Year’s Eve, be sure to tune in right here to Disney Parks Blog, where we’ll be hosting a live stream of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, direct from Magic Kingdom Park on December 31. Watch for more details coming soon!

So tell me… What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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Tune In To ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ at 10 a.m. EST

posted on December 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Merry Christmas!

The “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” will debut on ABC in just a few minutes, and we hope you’ll join us for a merry look inside our parks during this time of year.

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration

This year, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Jesse Palmer will host a two-hour parade of floats and celebrity performances, including:

  • Jason Derulo, singing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
  • Ariana Grande, singing “Zero to Hero” and “Focus”
  • Seal, singing “This Christmas” and “Every Time I’m With You”
  • Tori Kelly, singing “Colors of the Wind” and “Winter Wonderland”
  • Andy Grammer, singing “Good to be Alive” and “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas”
  • Plus appearances by the cast of “Descendants” and more

As for parade floats, keep your eye on the horizon for a Pirates of the Caribbean float, as well as moving tributes to “Inside Out,” “Toy Story,” “Frozen” and even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

We’ll be tweeting about the parade live on our @DisneyParks account, so follow along or join the conversation with the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Happy Holidays From Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

In it, Mickey and friends join together in front of a glittering Cinderella Castle to wish a park full of guests a happy holiday season.

Have a happy holiday and a merry Christmas Eve.

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Disney Doodle: Enjoying ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ At Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is one of my all-time favorite holiday stories, which is why I’m excited about this week’s Disney Doodle.


In it, artist Ashley Taylor imagines how Scrooge McDuck and his nephews will spend the holiday – by reading the Disney adaptation of the tale as “Mickey’s A Christmas Carol.”

See the posts below for more Disney Doodles:

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Disney Days of Past: Snowmen in Florida!

posted on December 24th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

A mild Florida winter cannot stop these Snow Men and Women from parading down Main Street U.S.A. in this snapshot from 1982. It is all part of the Disney magic! Wishing you and your family a magical Holiday Season!

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebridades Spend Their Holiday Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

We all know that the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort are very special. And some of today’s top celebrities agree!


Teen stars Karol Sevilla and Ruggero Pasquarelli spent a few days visiting our resort that included a visit to Magic Kingdom Park. The actors and singers are the main characters in the upcoming Disney Channel Latin America series “Soy Luna”.


Also at Magic Kingdom Park, not only did Brazilian UFC Champion Fabricio Werdum celebrate his vacation, he also made his oldest daughter’s birthday wish come true: a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


And actress and host Jacky Bracamontes was spotted having lots of diversión with Mickey Mouse at Epcot.

What’s your favorite theme park at Walt Disney World Resort to visit during the holidays?

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