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Hong Kong Disneyland Delivers Another Record Breaking Year

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Today, Hong Kong Disneyland announced their fifth consecutive record-breaking year as the resort reported its Annual Business Review. Their financial performance was paired with another record achievement: during the year, the resort welcomed its 50-millionth guest. Coming off of a series of expansions – Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point – and new entertainment like Disney Paint the Night that have turned out to be guest favorites, Hong Kong Disneyland has even more exciting projects in the pipeline. Here’s a look at some of the new experiences guests have to look forward to.

In January, Hong Kong Disneyland broke ground on the resort’s third hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge, marking another exciting milestone in the resort’s development as a world-class travel destination. The 750-room hotel is slated to open in early 2017, and will embody stories from the grand era of exploration and adventure in the 1920s. Inspired by explorer’s travels to an African savannah, a South American rainforest and a Polynesian island paradise, the resort will allow guest to discover the exotic cultures and the natural beauty of Asia.

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Debuting at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016, guests can experience the very first Disney attraction based on a character in the Iron Man Experience. Located in Tomorrowland, the Iron Man experience will allow guests to see firsthand the progression of Tony’s Iron Man suits and many other Stark innovations in Expo format. The super-charged attraction will take guests on an epic adventure against the forces of evil over the streets and in the skies of Hong Kong. In addition, guest will have the opportunity to meet the man, the myth, the legend himself: Iron Man.

And coming up this year, Hong Kong Disneyland will celebrate its 10th Anniversary! There are lots of surprises in store and, along with all these expansions and enhancements, Hong Kong Disneyland is sure to continue to strengthen its positioning as the premier vacation destination in Hong Kong.

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Neil Patrick Harris Shares Disney Park Memories, Excitement for Academy Awards

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been a fan of Disney Parks since he was a child. Over the years, he has lent his voice to the California Screamin’ attraction at Disney California Adventure, and has served as narrator for “The Candlelight Processional” at Epcot for several years.

Check out this video, in which Neil shares some of his favorite Disney memories and his excitement over his fulfilling his latest “Disney dream” – the chance to host “The 2015 Oscars,” which will air LIVE on Sunday, February 22nd at 7e|4p on ABC!

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Sweet Valentine’s Day Offerings at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Princess Tiana said it best: “My mom always said that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” If that’s the case, love is all around at Walt Disney World Resort! This week, you’ll find specialty sweets throughout the resort; here are some of our favorites:

Red Velvet Waffle Sundae with Cream Cheese Icing and Sprinkles at Sleepy Hollow Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcake at Main Street Bakery

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cheesecakes, fondue for two, and chocolate covered strawberries at The Mara
  • Heart-shaped puff pastry filled with a Champagne mousse and wild strawberry sauce at Jiko – The Cooking Place

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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort

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Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Valentine Trinity Dessert featuring petite double-ganache chocolate cake, Champagne sabayon and raspberry turnover at Artist Point
  • Strawberry-dipped chocolate cupcake at Roaring Fork

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Sweetheart pancakes and Valentine’s-themed dessert buffet at Chef Mickey’s
  • Red velvet pancakes, red velvet cupcake, strawberry-chocolate crème brûlée, and flourless chocolate cake at The Wave … of American Flavors
  • Double-chocolate specialty cupcake at Contempo Café

Which treats will you share with your sweetie with on Valentine’s Day?

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Disneyland Park Sheep Gets a Haircut

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Although Disney Parks Blog readers may be most familiar with my posts focusing on our horses at the Disneyland Resort, we have other types of animals here as well. Specifically, I’m talking sheep! In today’s video you’ll meet Jacquie Keane, a Circle D Barn Lead, who’s been working with animals, and shearing sheep, since she was nine years old.

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A Morning View From the PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I always love having the chance to see our parks completely empty, just moments before thousands of guests arrive for a day of fun. That’s what makes this early morning shot of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Tomorrowland Speedway so neat.

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Monkeying Out’ with the Tumble Monkeys at ‘Festival of the Lion King’

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of my job with the Disney Parks Blog is that I occasionally get to go behind the scenes and try out something that is really amazing, like stunt car driving at “Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show,” or learning stage combat at the “Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.”

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Day 9 – Fresh Cake Magical Moments with 14 Days of Love

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Today, you’re in for a real “treat”. In day 9 of our 14 Days of Love series, I’m announcing something “fresh” and new that should make quite a few wishes come true. Because you kept asking, we listened. How could Disney say no to you, right?! :)

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 8th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we went behind the scenes at Magic Kingdom Park and shared an exclusive view of the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight. The queue, which just opened at the park, puts you right in the storyline of “Peter Pan” by allowing you to enter the English home of the Darling family. You then head into the children’s nursery, passing the beds of Wendy, John and Michael, which are surrounded by their belongings and personal treasures.

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Day 8 – Create Sweet Expressions of Affection with 14 Days of Love

posted on February 8th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Well my friends, we’ve made it half way through Disney 14 Days of Love! Welcome to day eight, where you’ll be “wagging your tail” for this do-it-yourself idea. If your pal’s character traits are loyal, someone who loves unconditionally and is known as everyone’s best friend, this post is for you! If you’re just joining us in this celebration and wondering what the excitement is all about, check out Sunday’s post to take the “Discover Your Disney Side” quiz and learn more.

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Tree of Life Grows New Roots at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As progress continues on enhancements throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom – including the construction of a new Africa Marketplace in Africa, and bringing the world of Pandora to life – the park’s iconic Tree of Life has been growing some new roots as well.

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