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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Rivers of America at Disneyland Park

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On this day sixty years ago, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a special party aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at the soon-to-open Disneyland park. In the sixty years since, thousands of Disneyland park guests have made the journey around the Rivers of America aboard the sternwheel steamboat and its sister ship, the Sailing Ship Columbia, touring four very different iconic American rivers along the way.

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There are four sections to the Rivers of America, each featuring trees, plants and wildlife indigenous to a different American river. The first section that guests experience on their tour is the Mississippi River, which stretches from the riverboat landing past New Orleans Square, to Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. Like the Mississippi, this section features hanging vegetation in grays and greens, such as willows and bald cypress.

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The ship then enters the second section: the Columbia River, located in the Pacific Northwest. This section features firs, pines and redwoods as well as a rich ground cover of violets and ferns, and elk can be spotted along the banks of the river.

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Once guests pass Mike Fink’s cabin, you enter the Potomac River – the great waterway of the mid-Atlantic. Here, the trees are birches and other deciduous varieties, and deer are seen drinking from a creek. After the Indian Village, guests can spot eagles, beavers, moose, raccoons and a skunk.

Signs of civilization begin to reappear as the ship rounds a bend and Frontier Landing comes into view; at this point guests enter the Rio Grande, where a family of mountain lions can be seen in the low grass next to the river. With Big Thunder Mountain as the backdrop, the landscape takes on the character of a high desert with fiery colored rocks, boulders and outcroppings, and a landscape of grasses and manzanita.

Next time you take a journey around the Rivers of America at Disneyland park, keep a sharp eye out and see if you can spot the point where you’ve left one river system for another!

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Good Morning From Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Good morning from Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Looks like one resident is taking a quiet stroll through Kilimanjaro Safaris before the park opens.

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The grounds at this time of day sure looks peaceful. Is this attraction a must-do for you?

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20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Expands for First Time into Future World

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


For the first time ever, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is stretching into the park’s Future World with four new food and beverage marketplaces.

The festival opens September 25 and runs through November 16, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces for sipping and noshing throughout the park.

20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Expands for First Time into Future World

Along the walkway toward Future World West, the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese festival area will feature the Cheese Studio (offering a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines) and the Wine Studio with premium wines on tap – each keg keeps the wine super fresh and holds the equivalent of 26 bottles, eliminating bottle, cork, cardboard and paper waste. Bottles, corks and materials from other marketplaces are recycled.

Then, near the Epcot Character Spot, the new Next Eats area will debut with Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by ABC’s Emmy-Award® winning lifestyle series “The Chew,” starring co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. Sustainable Chew will feature three dishes, and Chew Lab will show off hot culinary tech trends like a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.

Beginning July 15, you can go to epcotfoodfestival.com for more details. Booking for premium events like the new Rockin’ Burger Block Party (details soon!), Party for the Senses and Signature Dining Experiences will begin July 30 at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

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Caption This: Meeting Robots at Epcot

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out this photo that was snapped at Epcot in 1985. In it, robot Gyro appears to be dancing with a young guest.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we looked ahead to the holidays with a sneak peek at a few of the narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot as you begin to book dinner packages for the event.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney’s ‘Grand’ Dining Offerings

posted on July 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we highlighted two dining offerings at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa by sharing a selection of mouth-watering photos.

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#CoolestSummer Ever: Liquid Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


When temperatures creep up, there’s nothing like a bit of H2O. Here are some watery ways folks ward off summer’s generous warmth:

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Shopper’s Guide to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Releases in July

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


On July 13-17, be prepared to add more sparkle to your Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise collection. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.

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Room With A View: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The next installment in our Disney Parks Blog series, “Room with A View,” takes a look inside Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. This resort blends the Southern charm of the sprawling Garden District with the playful spirit of the French Quarter – Disney style. Towering magnolias, oak trees and colorful azaleas surround the four, three-story manor homes that make up Magnolia Bend.

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Disney Cruise Line’s Summertime Freeze Recipe: Warm Hugs

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers are in for a cool treat on their next visit to Castaway Cay! Adding to our new “Frozen” fun, we recently opened Summertime Freeze, themed in honor of our lovable friend, Olaf.

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