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VIDEO: Meet the Team Behind New Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Six new Main Street Enchanted Windows – featuring the stories of “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” – are now on display at Disneyland park. In the video below, we introduce you to some of the talented people who brought these new animated windows to life for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Come see the Main Street Enchanted Windows for yourself, now at Disneyland park!

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Love as a Topiary: A Lady and the Tramp First Look

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

She was a pampered pooch. He was a mutt from the hard scrabble streets. They fell in love, and their romance endured through to a happy ending and their own family.

Of course, I’m talking about Lady and Tramp, from the Disney classic movie, “Lady and the Tramp.” Their topiary forms are popular mainstays of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of the pasta-sharing pups backstage before this year’s festivities:

Lady and the Tramp in Topiary Form for the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I love how our horticulture artists captured Tramp glancing happily at Lady, while she demures. You can find the canine couple – where else? – at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot in a few weeks, starting March 2 during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. They’ll be there for 90 days, along with the Outdoor Kitchens, play areas, and illuminated gardens. The Garden Rocks concerts are just a World Showcase country away, at the America Gardens Theatre.

We’ll have more about the upcoming Festival soon. In the meantime, we know that spaghetti and meatballs was the candlelight dinner for this blossoming puppy love. What’s your favorite Disney Parks meal with your special someone?

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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Three Generations on a Trip of a Lifetime

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel

Among all of the great things I like about my job, I have to say that one of the most exciting moments is when I have the opportunity to spend time with our multi-generational guests at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a lot of fun and I learn so much.

#DisneyGrandAdventure: Three Generations on a Trip of a Lifetime

This week I had the chance to meet Joyce Gillis, a high-spirited proud grandma and blogger at What Happens at Grandma’s. Joyce came to Walt Disney World Resort with all of her 16 family members spanning three generations. And as much as she is thrilled to be here on this trip of a lifetime with all of her family, she is also looking forward to a very special moment she wants to share only with her daughters. I’m thinking she has the best of both worlds; memorable time with her children and grandchildren.

The details that differentiate families who travel all together with grandchildren, parents, and grandparents does not stop there, does it? Joyce says that unlike the first time she travelled to Walt Disney World Resort, this time she can share responsibilities with her daughters to care for the children. After all, she is not the only mom around.

With her daughters in mind, Joyce says that parents who travel with grandma and grandpa also have the advantage of being able to go out on a fun Disney date while the grandparents stay with the children back at the resort. Sounds like a great opportunity for Valentine’s Day!

Spending time with Joyce’s family was truly inspiring. My take is that the age difference does not really matter, once everybody is together, on vacation, where dreams comes true, magic really happens! There’s aways a little something for everyone, right?

For more from the #DisneyGrandAdventure series, visit the posts below:

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A Galaxy of ALEX AND ANI Bangles to Debut at Disney Parks

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Disney fans, you are not going to believe it! I just got the inside scoop on new additions to the Star Wars-inspired collection from ALEX AND ANI debuting at Disney Parks.

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Filed: Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Springs, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Up For A Disney Parks Valentine’s DIY Project?

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Looking to create some Disney magic for your loved one this weekend? Disney Parks Blog author Simone Miranda and team just finished creating these awesome DIY pop-up Valentines.

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Sweet Indulgence at Senses – A Disney Spa for Valentine’s Day Weekend

posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

If you are still not sure what to get for your Valentine this weekend, chocolate is the sweetest of gifts in my book. The exquisite chocolates from The Ganachery, a sophisticated chocolate boutique at Disney Springs are the real deal. And on February 13 and 14, guests visiting Senses – A Disney Spa can savor the taste of these handcrafted, decadent ganache squares as part of their spa treatments during Valentine’s Weekend at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts.

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Download Our Disney Parks Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

One of my favorite candies are those little message hearts you get on Valentine’s Day. They each have their own personalities. Quite like the three wallpapers we have created to celebrate this day of love.

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Filed: Disneyland Resort, Top Stories, Walt Disney World Resort

Try This Smashed Potato From Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

February is National Potato Lover’s Month, a perfect excuse to make this delicious, slightly decadent recipe from Disney’s PCH Grill that could serve as a main dish (add a big green salad and dinner is done).

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New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”

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Wandering Dreams Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuts at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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