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Celebrate Space Mountain’s Anniversary with a Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re continuing our celebration of Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park today with a special wallpaper created especially for your mobile device or desktop. As Jennifer shared earlier, Space Mountain attractions can be found in all of our parks and remains a favorite here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Our newest Space Mountain attraction art was created by artist Jeff Maurer. To download the wallpaper, simply click on the image below.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Earlier this week, we shared our new complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Disney Days of Past: Space Mountain with Goofy & Mickey Mouse

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, back in 1975, Space Mountain opened in Magic Kingdom Park blasting guests off into the galaxy. But guests weren’t the only ones having fun back in 1975. Here’s Goofy and Mickey Mouse all suited up for their trip to space during the opening. Looks like they were having a blast.

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Space Mountain Marks Milestone Anniversary at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re celebrating another attraction milestone on the Disney Parks Blog. It’s Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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The idea for Space Mountain originated back in the 1960s when the dream of space travel became a very real reality. After a few years of planning and two years of construction, it opened in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park on January 15, 1975. The attraction debuted as a unique offering at the park, as it was the second attraction built specifically for the park in Florida (the first was Country Bear Jamboree).

Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog today for more on this attraction milestone!

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Brutus Buckeye Celebrates Ohio State’s Win at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


On the heels of Ohio State’s College Football Playoff National Championship win, the school’s mascot, Brutus Buckeye, celebrated the team’s historic victory at Walt Disney World Resort on Wednesday. Brutus Buckeye spent the morning at Magic Kingdom Park showing his Disney Side, posing for photos with Disney cheerleaders in front of Cinderella Castle and experiencing Storybook Circus where he rode Dumbo The Flying Elephant and strolled through the park holding balloons.

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The trip to Walt Disney World Resort was the magical ending to a fun series of Disney Parks TV spots featuring mascots from the four College Football Playoff semifinal teams vying for the chance to come to Walt Disney World Resort if their team won the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, which aired on ESPN. Brutus Buckeye had his ticket punched when Ohio State defeated the University of Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in Dallas.

As for all of the teams that didn’t get to send their mascot to celebrate at Disney, our friends at ESPN have a comforting message for you.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Adopt a Retired Horse Through the Disney Equine Adoption Program

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Mark Beatty, Worldwide Ranch Animal Operations Manager


Did you know The Walt Disney Company maintains 200 horses worldwide at the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in Paris? These horses provide opportunities for guests to ride in horse-drawn street cars, arrive at their wedding in Cinderella’s Carriage, delight in a child’s first pony ride, watch the Wild West come to life or enjoy a quiet wagon, carriage or trail ride.

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On average, our horses live with us at Disney for about 7-10 years. Their time as a member of the Disney team is based on many factors including their age when they arrive, their ability to acclimate to their surroundings and their overall health. Just like other animals at the Disney Parks, horses receive top-notch care while they are a member of our family, but did you ever wonder what life for a horse is like after Disney?

It gives me great pride to share that life after Disney is just as green on the other side of the fence. For decades, the Disney Equine Adoption Program has paired our retired horses with new adoptive families. This program has proven that our horses and ponies have plenty of magic to share even after their Disney career.

In order to identify the best potential adoptive families, the Disney Equine Adoption Program has various guidelines and policies in place. These guidelines help ensure we find people who are committed to a lifetime of care and enjoyment with our animals.

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For more information and to receive a brochure or application for the Disney Equine Adoption Program, please e-mail twdc.equine.adoptions@disney.com.

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Where to Find Flame Tree Barbecue Favorites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


I try not to play favorites when it comes to restaurants, but it’s hard to top the savory pulled pork sandwiches and barbecued ribs served up at Flame Tree Barbecue.

While we’re refurbishing Flame Tree Barbecue to add additional seating areas, we’re happy to share that some of your favorite items from the restaurant will be temporarily available at various kiosks throughout the park. I’ve got a handy guide on where you can find your Flame Tree Barbecue favorites during refurbishment.

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Until Flame Tree Barbecue reopens, Mickey-shaped pretzels and jalapeno pretzels will be temporarily located at Isle of Java in Discovery Island, and look for hand-scooped ice cream and sundaes at Dino-Bite Snacks in Dinoland, U.S.A.

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Today in Disney History: Mickey’s Comic Debut

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Because Mickey Mouse is such a huge presence in Disney Parks around the world, we just had to share this special “mouse” moment in Disney history with you. We’re sure many of you are well aware that Mickey Mouse made his big screen debut in 1928 in the short “Steamboat Willie.” But just over a year later marked another milestone for our favorite mouse — he began a longtime run in newspapers across the country in his very own comic strip.

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After his auspicious debut, the country—and the world—fell in love with Mickey, so it didn’t take long for the little mouse to become a big cheese. There were more Mickey shorts, character merchandise, local Mickey Mouse Clubs and—on January 13, 1930—a comic strip, which celebrates its 85th anniversary today. Written by Walt Disney himself and drawn by Ub Iwerks, the earliest comics would follow Mickey’s adventures far and wide, starting with his attempt to build his own airplane. What could go wrong with that?

By the summer of 1930, the comic strip appeared in up to 40 newspapers across nearly two-dozen countries, helping to usher in Mickey’s golden age and establish the mouse as the foundation and universally recognized symbol of the Disney organization.

Here on the Disney Parks Blog we have the very first Mickey comic strip for you to see. And if you’d like to see more, head over to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, where Steven Vagnini has pulled together the entire first week of Mickey comics! Trust us, you’ll want to see how this turns out!

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Spotlight on New Pins Coming to Disney Parks in 2015

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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From new retail MagicBands to upcoming Orange Bird products, I’ve recently been sharing previews of items coming to Disney Parks in 2015. This time, I turn the spotlight on Disney pins, which are a fun way to show off your Disney Side when visiting Theme Parks and Resorts.

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For years, we’ve offered various “pin-of-the-month” collections, which have new pins released monthly (or sometimes quarterly) for guests to collect. This year, the “Best Friends” collection will contains two individual pins that are great for sharing with your best friend. The “Wonderfully Wicked” collection showcases some of the most famous Disney villains. Both of these monthly collections will be found in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Guests in Florida will find the “Shields of Fantasy” collection. These hinged pins open to reveal Disney
characters who reside in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The “Piece of Disney History” collection returns this year. First introduced in 2005, these limited edition pins contain actual pieces of attractions, shows, or parades from Disney Parks. This year, we continue our “Piece of Disneyland Resort History” collection for guests in California, while guests in Florida will find a continuation of the “Piece of SpectroMagic history.”

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With the “Generation D” collection, we are counting down to the annual Disney Trading Event that will be held in September at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these 13 limited edition pins will have an edition size of 500 and will be released monthly.

We also have a few surprise pins planned including a collection featuring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for Disneyland Resort. When placed next to each other, the pins will form a complete picture. Guests in Florida will find pins celebrating the themed lands of the Magic Kingdom Park. Both of these pin collections will be released at random times throughout the year.

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Finally, if you are headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios I invite you to stop by our newest Disney pin destination at Sunset Market Ranch on Sunset Boulevard. This location is now the main headquarters for all things pins inside the theme park.

As a reminder, new pins are typically released on Thursdays at Disney Parks. Look for one-sheets highlighting key pin releases toward the beginning of each month on the official Disney Pin Trading website – http://www.DisneyPins.com.

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‘Food Truck Takeover’ Jan. 16-18 by New Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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What a fun way to get a taste of the new Trattoria al Forno menu – the first-ever “food truck takeover” January 16-18 at Exposition Park at Downtown Disney.

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Superstar Catering food truck, which usually features tastes of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the makeshift kitchen for the Trattoria chefs to serve three of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: an oversized beef and spinach meatball in a sourdough bread bowl (inspired by the restaurant’s Polpetta Gigante) with housemade “Sunday gravy” ($12.25); lasagna ($10.75), and tiramisu ($6).

They’ll also be pouring a bright, well-rounded Sogno d’Italia Chianti from Tuscany, representing the restaurant’s all-Italian wine list and a perfect pairing for the lasagna and meatball.

Exposition Park hours are noon-11 p.m., weather permitting. And look for more Disney restaurants to showcase menu favorites with upcoming takeovers!

If a taste at Exposition Park leaves you wanting more, Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk is open 7:30-11 a.m. for breakfast, 5-10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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You’ve Been Waiting in an Airport, What’s Next? Walt Disney World

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Tonight is the big game! The first ever College Football Playoff National Championship has come down to two teams: Ohio State and the University of Oregon. Here at Disney Parks we love a good football game and we really love it when the winner celebrates at our parks. You’ve seen what happens when a team wins a major game – the camera closes in on a famous football player and he says, “I’m going to Disney World!” or “I’m going to Disneyland!”

For the college playoffs, Disney Parks released a fun commercial with the mascots from the top four teams – Ohio State, Florida State University, Alabama and Oregon-waiting in the airport. Whichever team wins, the mascot gets to go to Walt Disney World in Florida and represent their school. I was lucky enough to be on the set for this commercial shoot, staged at the San Bernardino International Airport in California. What a fun day! The mascots are hilarious on and off camera. See for yourself. Enjoy!

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