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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 10th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our countdown until the Walt Disney World Resort 24-hour Summer Kickoff on May 22 with a look at some of our favorite sights and sounds from past all-nighters.

During this year’s 24-hour celebration and kick off to the “Coolest Summer Ever,” we shared an update that some Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Radio Disney stars will be dropping by the party at Magic Kingdom Park. For a complete list, check out Jamie’s original story.

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And Erin continued our countdown until the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22 with the latest in her series of stories looking back at some of the innovations that the Happiest Place on Earth has seen throughout its first 60 years.

This week, we jumped ahead to the 1970s and the introduction of what would become one of the most beloved parades in the history of Disney Parks. Check Erin’s story for more more details.

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Our popular newsletter also returned this week – offering a daily rundown of official information about Disney destinations as well as behind-the-scenes looks at what makes Disney Parks the most magical places on earth.

If you haven’t signed up for the Disney Parks Blog email newsletter, just visit our sign-up page and you’ll be set.

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

It’s Almost Time for the Diamond Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park – Experience the Diamond Mad T Party starting May 22, a splendiferous new version of the popular nighttime entertainment experience at Disney California Adventure park.

Rum and Amari Tastings on a Disney Cruise – This week in our series about the beverage seminars available for adults on a Disney cruise, two more of our fun liquor tastings – rum and amari.

Learn to Draw Mickey’s Pal, Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This week’s Learn to Draw animation tutorial series continues with a lesson on a classic Disney character – Goofy!

New Main Street Enchanted Windows to Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – If you’ve wandered down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park recently, you may have noticed some of the windows along the front of the Emporium are covered. What is going on behind those blue curtains, you ask? Click through to find out!

Disney Parks After Dark: The Universe of Energy – See this week’s Disney Parks After Dark image, snapped by photographer Mark Willard, of The Universe of Energy attraction at Epcot.

Race to Download Our New Tinker Bell Wallpaper Inspired by Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort – Bring the magic of our favorite fairy right to your desktop with our newest wallpaper.

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A Bright Future for Whooping Cranes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 9th, 2015 by Scott Tidmus, Zoological Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Today is International Migratory Bird Day, and we are celebrating at Disney’s Animal Kingdom by honoring the hundreds of species of migratory birds that need our help. One of the greatest conservation efforts of our time made a significant impact at the event—the whooping crane. This majestic, larger-than-life crane has been successfully brought back from the brink of extinction.

As Erin Gallagher wrote earlier this week, whooping cranes migrate all the way from Canada to the southernmost parts of the United States and back every year.

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In 1860, there were about 1,400 cranes—an already troubling number. In 1941, however, numbers had dwindled to merely 15 birds. Hunting, the popularity of the feather trade and negative human impacts on their habitat hit the bird population hard.

In an effort to save this bird species, the Whooping Crane Recovery Team was established. However, with all the birds concentrated in one flock and inhabiting the same areas, the population was more susceptible to being wiped out entirely by disease, bad weather or negative human impacts. The future of the whooping crane depended on establishing additional, separated populations and thus the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership was developed to raise another population of whooping cranes, centralized in the eastern United States.

Raising whooping cranes isn’t as simple as it may sound. The chicks rescued from the wild need to be taught to eat, forage, fly and even migrate. Scientists raise the birds from hatchlings and don white suits that cover their faces so the birds do not recognize them as humans and learn to rely on them for food once they are in the wild. The suits have a whooping crane puppet head on one arm that scientists peck at the ground to show young birds how to eat.

In 1994, Bill Lishman and Joe Duff pioneered the migratory initiative, “Operation Migration” in which they lead a group of Canada geese from Ontario to Virginia to prove that it was possible to train birds to follow a small plane called an ultra-light. This story may seem familiar because just one year later, both Lishman and Duff helped with production of the Columbia Pictures film, “Fly Away Home” that followed a similar plot line.

With the precedent set, in 1999, Operation Migration led the first group of whooping cranes on their migration route. The route of the secondary flock established in the eastern United States spans the country from Wisconsin to here in Florida. Once they fly their migration route first led by an ultra-light, they will remember the way for life. The Disney Conservation Fund was one of the first to support the organization and has continued to support this organization ever since.

Since 2006, Disney’s animal care team has performed health exams on all the young migratory birds to ensure they are in good condition following their migration. Our Animal, Science and Environment team has also assisted in monitoring and training of the new chicks in efforts to prepare them for their release into the wild.

While progress has been made with these cranes, they are still the most endangered crane in the world; fewer than 500 cranes exist today.

Every spring, for International Migratory Bird Day, Disney welcomes the crew from Operation Migration to share their experiences with our guests. Just three years ago, Disney was pleased to welcome a new addition to the exhibit at Conservation Station. Operation Migration donated one of their original ultra-lights and it has remained on display at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, allowing us to share this inspiring story year round! For more information on whooping cranes and how you can help, check out the International Crane Foundation.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Bringing Home the Magic

posted on May 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This week, we shared a number of unique ways for guests to bring home a piece of the magic from their visits to Disney Parks.

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Steven gave us a first look at Disney Tails, a new line of pet products for dogs coming to Disney Parks this spring. I can’t wait to see my dog in one of these adorable collars!

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Darcy brought us inside Chapel Hats, one of the new retails locations in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, for a look at some of the fabulous fascinators available there.

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And Rachel showed us a sneak peek at the new oil can sippers inspired by the Dinoco oil company from Disney•PixarCars” – available at Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park beginning May 22.

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Stay Refreshed During Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend With These Special Buffets at Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on May 8th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


It’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort (along with Mother’s Day, of course). Runners along with their friends and family supporters will find plenty at the Downtown Disney District and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to sustain them both before and after the race.

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Many Tasty Ways to Enjoy Mother’s Day This Sunday in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 8th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


The restaurants of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort are offering mothers (and the hungry families who love them) a choice of meals this Sunday.

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How to Grow Amazing Container Gardens Seen at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Eric Darden, Area Manager, Horticulture, Walt Disney World Resort


During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, guests often ask our gardeners and cast members how Disney creates the spectacular, multi-hued container gardens displayed across the park.

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Stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney to Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If your kids are fans of the hit shows on Disney Channel and Disney XD, and listen to Radio Disney, they won’t want to miss these special events within the Walt Disney World Resort 24-hour Summer Kickoff on Friday, May 22. Some of the network’s most popular stars will be dropping by the party at Magic Kingdom throughout the day, giving fans a unique opportunity to see their favorites in person at fun themed events.

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First Look: New Oil Can Sippers Coming to Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Soon, you’ll be able to fuel up with these brand-new oil can sippers. You may be familiar with the Dinoco oil company from Disney•Pixar “Cars” (note the gas pumps and oil cans outside of Flo’s V8 Café). Look for these fun souvenir items when they “check in” at Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-hour event on May 22.

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Disney Parks Blog Email Newsletter Relaunches

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


Today, we’re thrilled to let you know that our popular newsletter is back and it’s better than ever – offering a daily rundown of official information about Disney destinations as well as behind-the-scenes looks at what makes Disney parks the most magical places on earth.

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Rum and Amari Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Next up in my series about the beverage seminars available for adults on a Disney cruise, I’ll tell you about two more of our fun liquor tastings – rum and amari.

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