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‘Frozen’ Anna & Elsa Arrive at Princess Fairytale Hall Today

posted on April 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Let’s have a royal welcome for Anna and Elsa, the sisters from “Frozen” who make their official debut appearance at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park starting today.

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Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening, after which guests can meet other visiting Disney Princesses. Cinderella and Rapunzel will also continue making appearances at Princess Fairytale Hall, and you can see all these characters (and more) during the afternoon performance of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This weekend, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30. It’s playing daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

And to kick off this special opportunity, we shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

And did you see our new Disney Parks Blog series? In coming days, we’ll be sharing stories featuring some of the original attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary.

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We began the series with a look at The Great Movie Ride. Housed inside a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s iconic Chinese Theater, the attraction offers a trip through movie history, starting with early black-and-white “talkies” and musicals to all-time classics like “Casablanca.” Check out Jennifer’s original story to learn more.

Here are some of the other stories we shared this week.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Milt Albright – Read this tribute to Disney Legend Milt Albright and his incredible 45 year career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park – Take a look at some of the special art created by Ray Brown and his team, who paint and sculpt ordinary eggs into extraordinary Disney characters.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Features Local Ingredients in Luscious New Desserts at ‘AMA ‘AMA – Chef Ron Viloria details some of the enticing desserts featured on his menu, and the native elements he brings to each dish.

Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Big at Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards – Eight restaurants at Disneyland Resort won a dozen awards! Click through to learn more.

Rave Reviews for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park – The “wildest ride in the wilderness” reopened on March 17, after extensive refurbishment. Watch some of our guest reactions here!

The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present – Take another look back at the history of the monorail in our regular series, this time with the Mark VI!

#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park – We’re continuing our regular series of firsts at Disney Parks, this time at the attraction inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Join Disney’s Digital Easter Egg Hunt on April 20

posted on April 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort on Facebook? If so, you can join in on a digital Easter egg hunt across a variety of Disney Parks Facebook pages this Sunday, April 20. Simply visit different pages to collect different Disney Parks-themed Easter graphics. Each “found” Easter egg will also offer you a hint as to where you can find another one.

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The “hunt” starts on the Disneyland Facebook page. Happy hunting!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Disney’s Hollywood Studios History

posted on April 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we started our countdown to the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios by taking a look back at one of the park’s opening day attractions – The Great Movie Ride.

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I adore this attraction, which takes guests on a trip through movie history. Which scene featured in the attraction is your favorite?

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If you’re excited for the park’s May 1 milestone, you also have to take a look at the sneak peek Steven Miller shared of the park’s special commemorative merchandise. Special pins, T-shirts and more will be available.

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VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for more than 30 years. I’ve spent more than half of that time working (or playing as I like to say) as a Disney cast member. I’m often asked by friends and family to help with planning vacations to Disney Parks. One topic that regularly comes up during conversations is around merchandise – What are the must-have items I should get during my visit? To help answer that question, I visited Magic Kingdom Park to highlight some of my favorite merchandise items in this short video.

The good news is that you can find many of the items I mentioned in the video on our Disney Parks online store in the “Vacation FUNdamentals” section.

Now it’s your turn. What are your must-have items when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Please share in the “Comments” below.

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#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Of all the firsts to experience at Disney Parks, rides on favorite attractions may be the most memorable. And for many guests, that special memory happens during a first spin in an oversized teacup at Mad Tea Party.

Today, we’re continuing our blog series of different firsts at Disney Parks at the attraction inspired by the Mad Hatter’s party sequence in Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.

We’re already working on the next story in this series. Let us know about what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.

For more #DisneyKids posts, check out the following links below:

Show Your ‘Disney Side’: Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s suggestion as to how you can show your “Disney Side” at our 24-hour “Rock Your Disney Side” all-night party – or anytime, really – is sure to please Minnie Mouse fans. It’s step-by-step directions on how you can give your nails a perfect Minnie makeover!

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Will you join us for our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your “Disney Side”? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

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‘Maleficent’ Sneak Peek Debuts in Disney Parks April 18

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning tomorrow, April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30.

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This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

The film stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the lead roles of Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, and tells the “untold” story of Maleficent and the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse upon the king’s newborn infant, Aurora. As she grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the conflict between a place she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.

To kick off this special opportunity, Walt Disney Studios just sent us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film to share with you. Enjoy!

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Top Five: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Videos from Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening later this spring, this week we thought we’d review some of the best video content we’ve shared so far around this attraction.

Just to review, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – but unlike Magic Kingdom Park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction, this new experience tells the tale from the dwarfs’ perspective. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster with a ‘38-inch height requirement, and will be the final attraction to debut in New Fantasyland as a part of the park’s multi-year New Fantasyland expansion.

Over the past few months, we’ve released several videos that offer looks inside the making of the attraction. Check out some of our favorites below.

  1. Check out a ride-through video of the attraction, which is shown side-by-side with an early CGI rendering that Imagineers used to help design the attraction’s track.

  2. Take a peek inside the attraction for a first look at the Dwarfs and the technology used to bring them to life.

  3. Yellow Shoes Creative Group shared this CGI video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  4. Take a look behind the scenes to see how Walt Disney Imagineering created ride vehicles for the attraction.

  5. Head onto the construction site with Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins to learn more about how Mine Train was constructed.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Past Epcot International Flower & Garden Festivals

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Celebrating its 21st year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. My favorite part of the festival is all the topiaries throughout the Park. Here’s a look at a past topiary from the 1998 festival – Phil. (Hercules’s trainer)

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There are almost 100 topiaries at Epcot this year with 79 character topiaries to enjoy. What’s your favorite topiary past or present from the festival? Tell me in the “Comments” section below!

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