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Wildlife Wednesdays: Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; More Earth Day Fun at The Seas with Nemo & Friends

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


In what has become a beloved annual tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is hosting a Party for the Planet in celebration of Earth Day (April 22). Guests can find out what they can do to make their backyards wildlife-friendly and discover other ways to connect with, and conserve, wildlife and nature. They also can learn about some very special wildlife — brown bears in Alaska — in celebration of the release of “Bears,” Disneynature’s newest theatrical release.

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As guests enter the park, they can stop by a display in the main entrance area featuring wildlife-friendly backyard habitats and pick up a Party for the Planet postcard.

The fun continues at Rafiki’s Planet Watch where families can play a supermarket game and learn how their purchases can make a big difference for wildlife and wild places, discover new ways to spend time in nature, talk to cast members who work on conservation projects around the world, participate in a variety of nature activities—including activities focused on brown bears — and find out more about the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

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Face painters and caricature artists will be extending into Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and featuring bear-themed and other animal designs.

Special merchandise will be available at locations throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and, through April 30, a Safari-costumed Duffy the Disney Bear will be sold at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. One dollar from each sale will be donated to the National Park Foundation through Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund to celebrate Disneynature “Bears.”

At Epcot, Earth Day will be celebrated at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, where children can find out (by trying it!) how turtle excluder devices protect sea turtles, and learn about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, manatees, sharks and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans. At VISION House in Innoventions at Epcot, a ground-breaking green show home exhibit, guests can learn about sustainable living, and on Earth Day, also can play the supermarket game to learn how their purchases can help wildlife and nature.

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Be on the lookout for other Earth Day activities at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Did you know?

  • Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, just in time for Earth Day. See the movie during its opening week (April 18-24, 2014) and Disneynature will make a donation to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect wildlife and nature.
  • Bears are one of the featured animals in the new free Disneynature Explore app. Click here to download Disneynature Explore free on the App Store.

Upcoming 2014 events for connecting families with nature (as always, dates subject to change):

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • May 6: International Migratory Bird Day
  • May 20: World Turtle Day
  • June 10: Pollinator Day
  • July 29: Big Cat Day
  • August 5: Primate Day
  • September 23: Elephant and Rhino Day

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot:

  • May 20: World Turtle Day
  • June 4: World Ocean Day
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Favorite ‘it’s a small world’ Sing-Along Videos on SmallWorld50.com

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Since launching our global online hub SmallWorld50.com, thousands of you have participated in the historic celebration of the classic Disney Parks attraction and recorded and shared online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world.”

We’ve enjoyed watching (and hearing) each submitted sing-along on SmallWorld50.com but a few of your renditions of “it’s a small world” have stood out to us. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Now, it’s your turn. Go share your online video at SmallWorld50.com and be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog early on April 10 to learn more about our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”

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Discover Your Dream Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you had the choice of staying at either Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, which would you choose? Or would you need help picking out the perfect fit? If so, check out this infographic and follow the answers to your dream vacation spot.

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Creating an Egg-Stra Special Easter With Help from Disney Floral & Gifts

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Remember what it was like celebrating Easter as a child? Waiting anxiously to see what the Easter Bunny would bring, discovering a basket full of treats, trinkets, and toys made for one of the most exciting days of the year?
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I recall my mother making one-of-a-kind Easter baskets for us. She even went to the extent of sewing matching Easter dresses! And then my father gave us matching corsages for Easter Sunday. It was all about creating that family moment we’d remember for years and years.

And as time progressed the surprises we would discover in our basket would change and evolve based on our interests and passions. Essentially, our Easter basket created a story about us.

It’s that same element of story my friends and I at Disney Floral & Gifts keep in mind when designing all of our gifts and just in time for Easter we’re passing the legacy on to you.

New to our website (available at Walt Disney World Resort) you have the chance to channel your inner “Imagineer” by creating an original Easter basket for your loved one laced with the power of storytelling and (of course) the one of a kind magic only Disney can give! With the help from our skilled Basketeers and just a dash of pixie dust from our fairy friends, your story can take flight.

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Simply visit our Custom Gift Builder tab, choose an Easter basket, tote, or cinch bag from our selection of containers and fill with your favorite Easter or Disney treats.

Become the captain of your very own crew with chocolate coins, an eye patch and all things pirate! Or dream up a happily ever after, adding a crown and a wand to complete your very own fairy tale. Your once upon a time awaits you and can be created through any product offered on our Custom Gift Builder tab, only limited to your imagination.

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You can expect that same magic when you choose one of our baskets from our collection of predesigned baskets and cinch sacks, created for your convenience.

This season we have offerings including Mickey or Minnie’s Easter Surprise Basket or our Mickey or Minnie’s Easter Surprise Cinch Sack. Each of these predesigned offerings comes with activities, and snacks to share.

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We have even more magic-filled baskets for your little one at Disneyland Resort, too! Check out Mickey or Minnie’s Easter Surprise Basket, filled with holiday treats, snacks and activities that your little one can enjoy in the parks!

With help from your friends at Disney Floral & Gifts, this Easter will be a memory for families to cherish for Easters to come and surely have a happy ending!

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For more gifting ideas for children and adults too this Easter, visit us at disneyfloralandgifts.com or call 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort, or 714-781-GIFT to reach the Disneyland Floral and Gifts Dream Makers; we’re ready to deliver some Easter magic your way!

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All in the Details: Check Out a CGI Ride-Through of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train comes to us from Yellow Shoes Creative Group, a team that is currently working on some of the advertising for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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This week, the team sent us a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction. A portion of this was shared during “The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” broadcast back in December – check out the full version below.

Is it just me, or do you suddenly have a very strong interest in gemstones?


For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, read the posts below:

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Step in Time: ‘Magical Moments Parade’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we took a look at debut of the popular “Remember the Magic” parade at Magic Kingdom Park. When the 25th anniversary celebration concluded, a new parade, the “Magical Moments Parade”, debuted February 1, 1998.
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The parade was a variation of the “Remember the Magic” parade that ran through September 30, 2001.

The parade featured classic Disney characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus some newer faces, including the cast of “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.”


For more from the “Step in Time” series, read the posts below:

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Disney Parks March Magic Challenge Concludes With a ‘Pirates’ vs. ‘Hitchhikers’ Showdown at Disney Parks

posted on April 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you been participating in our March Magic Challenge on Facebook? It’s a coast-to-coast competition in which 32 Disney attractions have been going head to head to be named as the best Disney attraction.

Today is the big game, with only two attractions left for fans to vote on – the Caribbean Pirates (at Disneyland Resort) and the Gracey Manor Hitchhikers (at Walt Disney World Resort). Simply head to our official Disneyland or Walt Disney World Facebook page and vote for the attraction you prefer in the “Comments” section.

Which will you choose?

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Spotlight on The Trophy Room Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in 2014

posted on April 7th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With the return of baseball season, I thought this was a good time to turn the spotlight on The Trophy Room, the second of six boutiques coming to the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World. I’ve been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan for years as my parents hail from western Pennsylvania. I recently caught up with another Pirates fan and Pittsburgh native, Dana Harchar. A member of the Global Retail Development team, Dana shared some details about what guests will see when visiting this location.

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“I’m designing the merchandise fixtures found in [The Trophy Room],” explained Dana. “With a backdrop of exposed brick, the wall fixtures will look like repurposed trophy cases that had their glass doors removed. They will be made of beautiful cherry wood with a rich, luxurious stain. Dark stone and metal accents will also be found throughout the shop. We plan to include some wonderful wool Trophy Room logo banners to differentiate this shop from the others in the Marketplace Co-Op like Disney Centerpiece .”

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Next, I spoke with Chicago Cubs fan and senior merchandiser John Sarni who explained what makes The Trophy Room a unique shopping destination.

“At first glance, The Trophy Room may seem like a traditional sports apparel store,” said John. “Once inside, guests will soon realize this space represents a lifestyle. The location aims to create sports fans, rather than just outfit existing enthusiasts, by offering high quality, vintage-inspired garments that instill a sense of nostalgia and old-school, collegiate spirit.”

John said that some of the shop will contain sports apparel by 47 Brand. He selected an eclectic mix of vintage styles featuring some of the most popular teams in baseball as well as professional and college football. In addition, there will be some great collectibles such as high-quality pennants and unique baseballs that feature printed images of famous stadiums. The assortment may change as different sports come into season throughout the year.

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The shop will also have a small collegiate-inspired assortment of graphic apparel and drinkware with a Walt Disney World flare. These items were designed especially for The Trophy Room. I’m in love with that orange Raglan!

Look for these items and more when The Trophy Room opens at the Marketplace Co-Op in a couple of months.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared the first post of a special MyMagic+ series coming to the Disney Parks Blog with a story from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.

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Tom shared an update that we’ve reached an exciting milestone – we’re now providing guests who might only be visiting for the day with the ability to fully engage in MyMagic+ before their visit. Guests can register on My Disney Experience online, reserve access to some of their favorite experiences with FastPass+ and also purchase MagicBands on-site, if they choose.

Check Tom’s original story for more details and keep an eye open right here on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates as we continue to roll-out MyMagic+.

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And this week, Disney Parks Blog readers were treated to two new “All in the Details” stories featuring Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland. Author Jennifer Fickley-Baker started the week with a close look at the Dwarfs’ cottage. And she ended the week with a peek into an area we haven’t shared much about yet – the attraction’s queue, which features a few interactive opportunities for guests.

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

ACT Anaheim Announces $1.5M in Inaugural Grants – Accelerate Change Together for Anaheim (ACT Anaheim) is awarding $1.5M in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations. Click through to learn more!

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Claude Coats – Read about this elite artist and his contributions to many classic Disney animated features, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Fantasia,” “Dumbo,” and more.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Now on Instagram – Share your Aulani vacation photos using #Aulani and we may feature them on the newly launched @DisneyAulani!

A Look Back: Behind the Scenes of the Re-imagined “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park – Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine gives an inside look at the new additions made to “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park.

Hear a Gospel Rendition of Disney’s “it’s a small world (after all)” – Watch this special performance “it’s a small world” to continue our celebration of its 50th anniversary!

Five Things You Might Have Missed in ‘it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park – Catch some of the smaller details of this famous attraction you might have overlooked.

Lots of Fun Horsing Around at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Walt Disney World Resort – Learn more about Tri-Circle-D Ranch, wagon rides, pony rides and its 90-plus residents.

Exploring Northern Europe with Disney Cruise Line – Click through to see some spectacular photos of Northern Europe and learn how you could be part of a voyage from Disney Cruise Line.

Chalkboard Art-Inspired Items Coming to Disney Centerpiece at Downtown Disney Marketplace in 2014 – Check out these striking chalkboard-inspired home goods, including dishes, glassware, pillows, picture frames and more!

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Head Inside Creative Costuming To See How ‘it’s a small world’ Doll Costumes Are Created for Disney Parks

posted on April 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Did you ever wonder how those charming little outfits are created for the dolls in our “it’s a small world” attraction? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, costumes are produced in our Creative Costuming department at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would you believe that the costumes that appear in the attraction today are careful recreations of the designs worn nearly 50 years ago in the original attraction?

Check out the video below for more behind-the-scenes facts.

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