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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Elephants and Rhinos on September 23

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Erin Gallagher, Education Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to over 1,800 animals who serve as ambassadors to their counterparts in the wild. Cast members work to educate guests through activities like Wilderness Explorers, exploration trails and attractions like Kilimanjaro Safaris. Helping protect wildlife and wild places is at the core of The Walt Disney Company and recognizing the intrinsic value of nature is a guiding principle of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Throughout the day, in locations across the park, conservation messages are shared and calls to action prompt guests to learn more about endangered species and ways to get involved even after returning home.

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Conservation Station is a great place to continue your adventure and learn about conservation efforts taking place at the park. Through informative hands-on exhibits and a viewable onsite research facility, Conservation Station invites you to uncover the mysteries of the wild—and to go behind the scenes of Disney’s efforts to promote conservation awareness.

For guests interested in elephants, rhinos, and conservation efforts for these great animals, September 23 will be a great day to visit as Conservation Station hosts Elephant and Rhino Day, a celebration dedicated to two beautiful, but endangered animal species. Education cast members will staff hands-on activities, the work of the Animal Nutrition Center will be highlighted and Animal Keepers from the Elephant, Savannahs, and Ituri Forest teams will be present to share information and answer questions related to the animal-care profession. Guests will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from various conservation organizations including the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

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Let us know what you do to help conserve wildlife and wild places in your area!

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runDisney Announces The “Goofy Giveback” – New Opportunity To Participate At The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

posted on September 16th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


Last week millions of viewers across the country witnessed an amazing transformation. They tuned into ABC’s hit summer series “Extreme Weight Loss” and watched as show hosts Chris and Heidi Powell guided a father/daughter team through a reward challenge at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.

The social media response to Jeff and Juliana’s story was incredible. Viewers shared how they were inspired and motivated by the father / daughter story. Many pledged to make changes and adopt a healthy active lifestyle. And several people expressed that they would like to take participate in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, but it was sold out.

Well we have good news for you.

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Based on the overwhelming guest response runDisney is pleased to announce the “Goofy Giveback”, a unique opportunity for you to participate in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon.

Want more details? Take a look at this announcement video.

For more information and to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Goofy Challenge, visit runDisney.com.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Features More Candy Than Ever

posted on September 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Let’s talk about one of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – the candy!

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In case you’ve never attended one, the party is an after-hours Halloween celebration that features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment, such as the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. The party also features trick-or-treating for kids of all ages – yes, this means that adults are welcome to participate!

This year, we’re happy to share that the parties feature more trick-or-treat locations than ever before, with a total of 13 treat stops that over the next few weeks will hand out a total of 261 tons of candy. Guests who exit the park after the 8:30 p.m. performance of the “Boo to You” parade are in for an additional treat – but we’ll leave it up to you to find out just what it is.

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New Color for Disney Collection by Vera Bradley Coming September 19 to Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace

posted on September 16th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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In September 2013, we launched the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley at Disney Parks. Known for their stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories, Vera Bradley has been infusing color into all aspects of women’s lives for more than 30 years. I’ve enjoyed spotting guests with bags and accessories from this collection at Disney Parks, resorts and even at airports this past year. Today, I’m happy to share that the newest color, Disney Dreaming, will be coming to Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace on September 19.

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This new blue color was designed in collaboration with Disney Design Group Creative Manager Patty Landing and the design team from Vera Bradley. The color features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dreaming of Disney fun.

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We will have a variety of styles available with this color including a Hipster Bag, a Zip ID Case, a Vera Bag and more. In early 2015, the team will introduce a duffle and an ultimate backpack with this color.

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These items will also be found in select Disneyland Resort locations and on the Disney Parks online store later in October.

For the online store, I invite you to visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/VeraBradley where you’ll also find several previously released colors.

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Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park Recap

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last night, more than 180 Disney Parks Blog readers attended our Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park, celebrating the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the debut of the Villain’s Sinister Soiree.

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The evening kicked off with our guests enjoying the spirited fun of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including the event’s special character meet and greets, and entertainment. We later met up for the 8:30 p.m. showing of the “Boo To You” parade and enjoyed VIP viewing of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.

Later on in the night, our guests were among the first to experience the new Villain’s Sinister Soiree inside Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is a delicious dessert party hosted by Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters. During the party, our guests also enjoyed photo opportunities with Captain Hook, Dr. Facilier and Frollo.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries and this video for more.

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New Products Sailing This Fall on Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With fall arriving in just a few short weeks, I stopped by the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters in Florida. Fall is one of two times during the year when a variety of new merchandise is introduced both at Disney Parks and on Disney Cruise Line. Here is a look at some new collections you will find the next time you are sailing.

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The first program is called “Ahoy Minnie” and features a stylized Minnie Mouse in red, white and blue. The artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist Susan Foy. I like the use of the anchor and Minnie Mouse’s iconic polka-dot covered bow on several items that you can mix and match.

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Knotted nautical rope is the foundation of design for the second collection called “Mickey Knots.” This program uses Mickey Mouse’s silhouette outlined with rope on apparel and home goods. I love the coffee mug that uses rope for the handle.

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Falling into the category of “long overdue,” the team designed some Captain Mickey Mouse T-shirts. They remind me of the classic Mickey Mouse T-shirts that have been at Disney Parks for years. I love simple designs!

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The team also designed a chalkboard-inspired art program that reminded me of the artwork created for Disney Centerpiece in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Happy Sailing!

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Caption This: DINOSAUR Greets Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot inside a popular attraction at Disney’s Animal KingdomDINOSAUR.

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What’s on this guy’s mind as the Time Rover approaches? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the comments section below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Tom Staggs shared the exciting update that construction is starting at the Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take you to Arendelle and immerse you in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

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Tom also shared that “Frozen’s” popular characters will have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! will continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check our original blog story for all of the details.

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And Erin shared some important holiday news from Disneyland Resort. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.

At Disneyland Park, The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again with the following favorites:

Check our original story for more details from Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Help Make Cinderella’s Crystal Coach Accessible to Guests with Mobility Issues – Learn how Larry and Kelcie Ragsdale were able to have the wedding of their dreams, thanks to the help of Disneyland Resort cast members.

Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Offers Fun for Little Ones – Check out this new children’s activity center, a great place for little ones to play while their parents catch some alone time.

Olaf’s Adventures by Disney Vacation – Olaf from the hit Disney film “Frozen,” traveled around Norway with Adventures by Disney Guide Kira. Click through to see more!

Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1950s – We’re honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing memories from the past six decades. Vote now on the top submissions from the 1950s!

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway Grants Wish to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Watch the Genie and cast of Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway grant a wish to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa to an unsuspecting couple!

Halloween Carnival Returns to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Read up on what’s new at this Halloween favorite, including favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, Mickey’s Mask-Parade, amazing pumpkin carving demonstrations and more.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fall Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week we shared a look at some of the amazing Halloween decor that is now brightening up Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. These are truly some can’t-miss photos, don’t you agree?

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Of course, one great time to experience the fall decor for yourself is during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Have you been to one? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

For more fall activities coming to Walt Disney World Resort, check out the links below:

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Halloween Decor Now Haunts Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It may not be fall yet, but Magic Kingdom Park is already in the Halloween spirit.

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Our Disney Photographer Charlie Champagne recently headed out to get these great nighttime shots of the park in both the daytime and nighttime, including shots of fall garland, illuminated pumpkins, scarecrows and more.

Which element of the park’s fall decor is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

For more on Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort, check out the links below:

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