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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 4th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s our first weekly recap of the year and there’s already much to look forward to in 2015. In fact, we kicked off the year with 15 things you’ll want to experience this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalk

The return of annual theme park events and the opening of new restaurants are just a few things to anticipate in 2015. Visit Jennifer’s original story to see the entire list.

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And we were just seconds into 2015 when we announced daily opportunities in January to win a chance to explore your Disney Side with some of your favorite characters on a dream vacation that includes a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Disney “Flip” Side sweepstakes will award 31 winners in January who will experience a 5-day/4-night vacation at Walt Disney World for four that includes:

  • 1-Night stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom Park
  • 3 Nights at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
  • 5-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun & More Options
  • $500 Disney Gift Card
  • Personalized “Disney Side” Welcome Basket
  • Glass Slipper Gift inspired by the new live-action film “Cinderella,” in theaters March 13
  • Round-trip coach airfare (If the winner resides more than 250 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort)

Go visit DisneyFlipsSide.com now and enter for a chance to win.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to individuals, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are not minors. Sweepstakes starts 12:01 AM (PT) on 1/1/15 and ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 1/31/15. The Sweepstakes is made up of 31 daily sweepstakes each beginning at 12:01 AM (PT) and ending at 11:59 PM (PT) each day. Limit one (1) Entry per daily sweepstakes. Click here for full Official Rules.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on to begin the year.

Disney Parks Most-Geotagged Locations on Both Facebook and Instagram in 2014 – As much as we love sharing our photos with you, the most fun part of what we do on Instagram is sharing photos from our guests. Click through to find out the most-geotagged locations in 2014 and where you can connect with us in 2015!

Year in Review: 2014 at the Disneyland Resort – With the year nearly over, take a look back and some of the sights and sounds from Disneyland Resort in 2014.


Top 10 Disney Parks YouTube Videos of 2014
– In 2014, there were some great Disney Parks YouTube videos shared around by readers, including our “Ultimate Tweet” at the Walt Disney World Resort – our top video of the year.

Year in Review: Greatest Hits from Disney Theme Park Merchandise in 2014 – Take a look at some of the most popular merchandise from the past year, including Disney Character Mugs, Haunted Mansion Authentic and more!

Top 5 Entertainment Milestones at Disney Parks in 2014 – Here are just a few of the new experiences that debuted in Disney Parks around the world in 2014.

Fifteen Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2015 Need a reason to visit Walt Disney World Resort this year? How about fifteen reasons? Click through to learn about Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk, Exposition Park Food Trucks, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and more!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: On to 2015

posted on January 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we celebrated the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year. Take one final flip through the gallery below for some of the highlights of 2014 at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, including openings, celebrations, Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, and much more.

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New Disney Parks TV Spot Features Ohio State University, University of Oregon Mascots

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Now that all is set for the big game in the inaugural College Football Playoff, we’ve launched our next TV spot created in the same vein as our iconic “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.

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In the new spot, mascots from The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon are still passing the time at the airport waiting to see who gets to go to Walt Disney World. Now, we’re down to two.

With the new version of the TV spot, we’re also launching our next online poll. We’d love to hear what Disney Parks Blog readers think. Who wins and gets to go to Walt Disney World?


Watch the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN, Monday, January 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Join the conversation on Twitter @CFBPlayoff using the official hashtag #CFBPlayoff.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later this month for a special behind-the-scenes look at how we created these TV spots.

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The Snow Queens – Art of Ice Exhibit Adds More ‘Frozen’ to Disneyland Park

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What ‘cool’ exhibit will soon be taking over the walls of The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park? How about Snow Queens – Art of Ice!

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Third Tween-Directed ‘Direct Your Disney Side’ Short Debuts

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last year, we introduced the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, in which our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) worked with three tween filmmakers to bring their #DisneySide-inspired short films to life.

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A Bowl of Comfort: Clam Chowder from Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for chilly weather, Chef David Hutnick from Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is sharing the recipe for their popular clam chowder. With chopped clams, clam juice and fresh clams, there’s a fresh taste of the ocean in every warm bite. (Plus a little bacon for rich flavor.)

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mount Prometheus at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is a trip to a Disney Park on your list of goals for the new year? This photo may just inspire you to dream of a 2015 vacation at Tokyo DisneySea – this image, shot by Tom Bricker, shows the park’s Mysterious Island.

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Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, wish you and your ‘ohana and wonderful start to 2015!

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Ring In The New Year With Our First Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper Of 2015

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In 2014, we shared more artwork than ever designed just for Disney Parks Blog readers in our Desktop/Mobile wallpaper series.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Trip Aboard Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2015. (I think that’s a sign I’m getting old.) And with every New Year, I always seem to talk about New Year Resolutions.

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