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Download Disney Parks Inspired Kids’ Thanksgiving Placemats

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Imagine yourself seated at the Thanksgiving table. Friends and family around. Waiting patiently for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. What better way to fill that time than to spend it with our pals, Chip and Dale?


We thought of a special way to say thanks to our awesome Blog fans with a unique set of printable Chip and Dale placemats – one with an intricate design for you to color and another with fun games to play.

So get those crayons out and create some memories this Thanksgiving!

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

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Haunted Mansion Funko Pop! Figures Debut at Disney Parks

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Materializing at Disney Parks on November 27 are four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion, created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. These happy haunts are currently in search of a new place to socialize since their resting grounds have been taken over by Sandy Claws!


This new collection includes Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the ever-popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure will retail for $19.95 plus tax and will be available at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort
D Street, Downtown Disney District

Walt Disney World Resort
Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace

Which one of these Grim Grinning Ghosts will follow you home?

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The Disney Conservation Fund Honors 2015 Conservation Heroes

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

All over the world, there are thousands of dedicated people working day in and day out to protect wildlife and wild places, and to educate and engage local communities in conservation. Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund invites conservation nonprofit organizations to nominate people from communities where they work – people whose passion and dedication makes conservation possible – and we’re proud to honor them as Disney Conservation Heroes. They are heroes because they have gone above and beyond. They have identified needs in their communities, overcome obstacles and persevered, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, to make their communities and our planet a better place.

Let’s meet a few of the 22 honorees:

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Nurzhafarina Othman
Nominated by the Houston Zoo

Nurzhafarina’s passion for the Bornean elephant led her to become one of the first women in the field of elephant research in Sabah, Malaysia. Nurzhafarina works with communities to help increase tolerance toward elephants during human-wildlife conflicts. Her research on elephant herd social structure, migration patterns and human-elephant conflict led to the development of an elephant conservation management plan that will help better protect elephants and local communities.

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Revocatus Magayane
Nominated by the African People & Wildlife Fund
Revo works with the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) to implement education programs for more than 6,000 youth and adults spanning 12 villages and two districts in Tanzania. He manages wildlife clubs and summer camps for youth and co-teaches adult seminar courses on natural resource management. He has also helped graduates of these courses start their own community conservation projects. Revo is known for representing the voice of conservation while always considering the needs of the community where he works.

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Greenhouse Alumni Team: Brian Young, Joanna Ruacho, Joyce Realegeno and Bryan Payes (left to right)
Nominated by Los Angeles Audubon Society
Once high school student participants in the L.A. Audubon Society’s Greenhouse Program, these dedicated students now work for the Greenhouse Alumni Team to assist with habitat restoration, environmental education and endangered species conservation in the urbanized Ballona Creek Watershed of the Los Angeles Basin. Their diverse skills have allowed them to effectively connect with communities and teach others about conservation issues related to species like the Western snowy plover and California least tern. Their time, talent and motivation have been invaluable to the L.A. Audubon Society, and they serve as living examples of what the organization hopes to achieve through their environmental education programs for inner-city students in Los Angeles – young adults with a strong connection to nature, who are committed to conservation and who serve as environmental leaders within their community.

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Sean Lee & Tahambay Smith
Nominated by Fauna & Flora International
For the past eight years, Sean and Tahambay have volunteered nearly all of their spare time to protect and conserve the critically endangered Antiguan racer snake and other rare and endemic wildlife on Antigua’s offshore islands. After their day jobs, they travel each weekend, first by bus and then fishing boat, to the offshore islands to maintain trails, monitor wildlife and educate visitors. Their passion for wildlife has led them to become highly skilled conservation biologists now called upon to help train other local conservationists and inform legislation to formally protect the Antiguan racer.

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Tungalagtuya Khuukhenduu
Nominated by Snow Leopard Conservancy
While conducting research in Mongolia, Tunga recognized that local people had no access to environmental education and collaborated with conservation organizations to create “Nomadic Nature Trunks” (NNT). This program provides travelling classrooms for school students and three weeks of interactive lesson plans on environmental stewardship and conservation of Mongolia’s ecosystems. In 2010, Tunga helped expand the program to include education programming for adults and turned NNT into an organization called Nomadic Nature Conservation.

Everyone you’ve read about is a true Conservation Hero – proving that one person can make a difference and inspire us all to help make a difference in our own communities to make the world a better place. You can read about the other 2015 Conservation Heroes by visiting

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World of Disney Expands in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort has recently transformed into a larger, more spacious shopping experience for guests. I recently visited this flagship merchandise store to discover the latest additions.


The World of Disney expansion includes an addition of 6,000 sq. ft of retail selling space, a new entrance to the location, and interior changes to help guests better navigate this incredible shopping destination. The location is now considered the largest merchandise shop at Walt Disney World Resort.

I loved the gorgeous stained glass window found in the new space. I also found enhanced directional signs throughout the entire shop which made locating products easier.


One of my favorite details was the new artwork added to the ceiling including Elliot the dragon from Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”; WALL-E and Eve from Disney•Pixar’s “Wall-E”; and Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”


Guests can now complete purchases at one of several, more efficient, centralized register locations. There was also a new information desk for guests who may have questions about Disney products.


Finally, cast members have new, re-designed costumes as shown above by Leo Cal and Cencen Wang.

To celebrate the newly expanded location, we are offering a “Free Shipping” promotion on purchases made only at World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2015. This would be a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping!

To see the latest Disney Springs happenings, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and the brand-new Instagram account. Be sure to use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for an opportunity to be featured.

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One-of-a-Kind Ganachery at Disney Springs to Open Dec. 15, Celebrating Chocolate, ‘the Most Beautiful Product in the World’

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

A whole new experience for Walt Disney World Resort guests debuts December 15 at Disney Springs – the Ganachery, showcasing hand-crafted chocolate, “the most beautiful product in the world,” says Disney Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer.


Stepping inside this jewel-box shop is reminiscent of an apothecary of another era, as a chocolatier is similar to a scientist, says Chef Stefan. (Look up at the elegant chandelier made with copper saucepans, a classic tool of the trade.) The lovely little space elevates sweets to an experience akin to a wine tasting.


Chef Stefan has spent the last couple of years on an international quest for the world’s best chocolate for this stylish new boutique. “It has nothing to do with ‘candy,’” he explains. This isn’t about sugar and sweets, but pure and simple chocolate. The star of the show is a custom-made ganache, a luxurious, proprietary mixture of melted chocolate and cream.


The trend in the United States is dark chocolate, and the Ganachery uses a bold, 65 percent dark chocolate made with a touch of vanilla for “a beautiful balance of fruitiness and acidity,” explains Chef Stefan. The shop offers both milk and dark so that there is something for everyone.


A well-trained chocolatier will greet guests as they enter The Ganachery, where an expert will be on stage mixing, decorating and enrobing each delicate bite. For Chef Stefan, this quality of chocolate is like a fine wine, to be appreciated – but the experience won’t be intimidating as the chocolatier encourages guests to try one of the 16 different ganaches made in house.


“Textures, tastes, colors – this is about relaxing and enjoying a bite-size indulgence,” says Chef Stefan. He mentions flavors such a dark chocolate with a touch of shaved Egyptian salt, or a simple milk chocolate with a dash of dark chocolate and a pinch of Sri Lankan cinnamon. The signature flavor is dark chocolate with a note of Florida orange. All of the flavors fall into four categories: Spices, such a chipotle; Classic, such as orange, vanilla and caramel; Trendy, such as matcha yuzu chocolate; and Fruit, such as passion fruit and calamansi. There’s nothing ordinary about these tastes.

Even the boxes are a work of art – big flavors wrapped in tiny, beautiful boxes are a lovely souvenir.

To add an element of delicious whimsy, nine varieties of custom-made chocolate bars (not made in house) celebrate Disney’s iconic destinations and the “Fab Five” (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck). The Aulani bar, for instance, is white chocolate with pineapple and coconut; the Disneyland Paris bar is dark chocolate with liquid caramel and fleur de sel; the Disneyland Resort bar is milk chocolate with raisins and almonds (an ode to California’s top crops); the Minnie bar is milk chocolate with dried strawberries.

So it’s all about the world’s finest artisan chocolates – with one exception for the winter holidays. Chef Stefan has created a baked mini-stollen, the classic German fruit bread, this one covered with marzipan, then enrobed in a dark chocolate blend. This is one treat we guarantee you won’t find anywhere else.

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Give the Gift of Disney With New Holiday Disney Gift Cards

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Have a joyous celebration with our new holiday-themed Disney Gift Card designs throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or online at It’s the gift that is simple for you, and perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Select your favorite design and load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15!

Join Mickey & Minnie on a skate through a wintery wonderland with this new holiday design.


Celebrating at Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort this year? Be sure to grab one of two festive designs featuring Santa Mickey Mouse spreading the holiday cheer at both Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.


And due to the popularity of our Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Disney Gift Card, check out this new online exclusive Nightmare Before Christmas holiday Disney Gift Card featuring Sandy Claws on his way to take over Christmas Town!


The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass,, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for hundreds of designs online at

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Holiday How-To: Holiday Leftovers Panini

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Not sure what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving? In our final turkey-day tip, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us how to make the perfect holiday panini. Watch below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we had some exciting updates to share on what’s coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2016, including a first look at some of the amazing sights you’ll experience during our new nighttime experience “Rivers of Light” and a first look the new Tiffins restaurant.

Rivers of Light Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom Tiffins Restaurant Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light” will take place on Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest and be one of the most memorable and emotionally stirring shows in the park’s history. To create “Rivers of Light,” Imagineers and Creative Entertainment partnered with the talents of master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature. Visit our original story to see how we’re bring the show to life.

And Tiffins restaurant will celebrate the art of traveling, featuring a diverse menu drawing from places that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Open for both lunch and dinner, Tiffins will also include waterfront views from comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas.

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

New Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card – Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto, all celebrating the season.

A Day and Night in Downtown Disney District … in 79 Seconds – Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.

Download Our Happy Birthday Mickey Wallpaper – Mickey Mouse made his on-screen debut in the animated short, “Steamboat Willie,” in 1928. In honor of our favorite mouse’s birthday, Disney artist Leo Cardoso developed this brand new desktop/digital wallpaper for us to share with all of you.

Digging Up Merchandise at Disney Parks for Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ – This week, we are celebrating “Dino Week” in honor of the upcoming release of Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” which arrives in theaters on November 25.

Top 10 Holiday Entertainment Highlights at Disneyland Resort – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Disneyland Resort, where we’re making the holiday season merry and bright, now through January 6, 2016.

New Dining Experiences Coming to River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante at Disneyland Park – If you’re visiting Disneyland park this February, you might want to try one of two new dining experiences. Click through for details!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up

posted on November 21st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

We had a blast meeting many of you during our Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up. And many more of you joined us during our live stream – what did you think?

I especially enjoyed Jenn Fickley-Baker’s chat with Show Director John Phelan, who provided fun anecdotes about special Disney touches weaved into the show.

While you may not have several million lights handy to enjoy at home, you can keep the holiday spirit going wherever you are with the playlist. Remember: this is the finale season to enjoy the lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through January 3, 2016.

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Disney Weddings Celebrates 25 Years, Welcomes Engage!15 Luxury Wedding Business Summit

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons

This week, we had the honor and privilege of hosting Engage!15, a luxury wedding business summit, right here at the Walt Disney World Resort. This conference has been extra special for me as one of my very first leaders here at Disney was Rebecca Grinnals, co-founder of Engaging Concepts. She and Kathryn Arce are the masterminds behind this innovative, intensive conference that focuses on nurturing and igniting the entrepreneur in all of us.

We were able to share with the over 350 attendees what we do best here at Disney – surprise and delight. Sending the attendees to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was definitely a conference highlight and we had the help of the entire Main Street Philharmonic Band, The Dapper Dans and Mickey Mouse himself to make this moment truly sparkle. And if that weren’t enough, we shared that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons will be celebrating 25 years of fairy tales next year.

Be sure to stay tuned in 2016 for more details as we celebrate 25 years of weddings, honeymoons and happily ever afters.

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