This week we travel to Epcot with Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Crystal, to explore fun for little ones from Future World to World Showcase. One “must-see” pavilion great for the whole family is The Seas With Nemo & Friends. Kids can frolic in the big blue world with Nemo and pals, plus get up close with real underwater sea life in a bunch of ways. In World Showcase, there’s lots to do including Kidcot Fun Stops with crafts and activities — true lifesavers when you are looking for a quick way to entertain tired youngsters. There’s so much to explore at this sprawling 300 acre park, so check out Crystal’s helpful tips.
posted on November 27th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Beautifully-costumed storytellers who share the traditions and cultures from their countries and entertainment themed to the holidays add to the sparkle of the gorgeous decor around the theme park.
Hear from Helga, Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as performances from the Chinese Lion and the mariachi band and dancers in Mexico – these are just some of the special experiences available for the season.
How will you spend your holiday visit at Epcot?
posted on November 26th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
posted on November 26th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director
It was a moment Lt. Colonel Shannon Patrick Thompson and his family had waited years for, the chance to thank a United States postal worker from Virginia who literally kept Thompson’s family connected while he served our country in Afghanistan.
During his deployment Thompson provided much needed medical attention to men, women and children who were sick or injured by the tragedies of war. While this Naval officer provided distinguished service, his wife Irene and daughter remained back home in Virginia trying to maintain life as normal as possible. Providing care packages to her husband became vital in an attempt to keep that normalcy. This is where a hometown hero entered their life and provided the bridge of support the family needed. Ron Johnson, a postal worker in Salem, VA, provided the shipping expertise and words of encouragement Irene needed to get through those tough days of deployment – every time she came to the post office
Working with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Walt Disney World Resort, Thompson and his family were able to thank Johnson in an amazing way with a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for him and his fiancé. A trip filled with one-of-a-kind surprises and an emotional reunion with the Thompson family. Unforgettable moments shared with the nation this morning on “Good Morning America“.
Following the reunion, both families were treated to a Thanksgiving feast and spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park. Unforgettable moments filled with tears of happiness, laughter and thankfulness.
We salute all the men and women in our armed services and the everyday people who make a difference in our communities by lending a helping hand.
posted on November 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
We’re continuing our series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials with a special Thanksgiving Day treat. Today, we’re showing you how to make Turkey Lurkey from the 2005 film, “Chicken Little,” using snow peas, corn, apples, eggplant and other tasty ingredients.
Disney Parks Blog reader Mike Kravanis designed his latest artistic bento box with paper and pencil. To create it, he used eggplant for the hat, ham (not turkey) for the face and neck, yellow cheese and nori for the beak, white cheese and nori for the eyes, red pepper for the wattle and comb, white cheese and red onion for the shirt and tie.
Apples are used to create Turkey Lurkey’s feathers and snow peas and baby corn for the bento box background.
And Mike also added a Chicken Little. It’s an egg, red pepper, snow pea eyeglasses, yellow cheese for the beak, nori for the eyes and eyebrows. And if you look close, he’s sitting on kale and broccoli stalk shavings.
Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more Disney-inspired bento box tutorials in upcoming weeks.
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
There’s a new sound on the streets of the United Kingdom pavilion, as the band Quickstep has made their Epcot debut. Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. They bring lively, acoustic performances, featuring fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.
You can catch Quickstep every Wednesday to Sunday, just off the High Street along Tudor Lane at the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot.
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager
Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.
During Holidays Around the World, each international pavilion throughout World Showcase has something to offer – whether it’s a dance or musical performance, or a storytelling opportunity for guests to enjoy. Guests also don’t want to miss two major musical opportunities offered at the park during this time – the Candlelight Processional and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.”
Which “Holidays Around the World” offering is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.
I can tell you this much — this is just the beginning of what’s in store for you in the new year. I can hardly wait to share more. In the meantime, I have some very special shopping tips just for you!
Online Holiday Shopping Tip:
Now through November 30, receive 15 percent off all ALEX AND ANI available online, while supplies last, at DisneyStore.com/AlexandAni. Just use the special promotion code: CHARM
In the coming months, we will begin to retire some of our styles of ALEX AND ANI bangles. Be sure to stay tuned for more information.
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
We are thankful to care for these amazing animals every day … and, recently, the animals showed us they are thankful for pumpkins!
Our animals love enrichment, including toys, scents and special food treats, including pumpkins! Enrichment is stimulating and fun for the animals, and it’s an important part of their care. Different types of enrichment enable the animals to make choices about their environment and encourage natural behaviors.
Here are just a few of our animals recently enjoying some fall enrichment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.