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Moms Panel Monday: Our Most Interesting Questions

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks

Each week, the Disney Parks Moms Panel receives hundreds of questions from people planning their upcoming Disney vacations. Sometimes these questions can get very specific but nothing our 50 panelists can’t handle!


For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, we asked our panelists to reflect back on some of their favorite or most interesting questions from this year.

Moms Panelist Diane, who specializes in answering Disney Cruise Line questions, loved helping a guest getting ready to sail on the Disney Magic learn whether or not she’d be able to find her favorite food – chicken wings – on the ship. Diane knew exactly how to help her. Find out here.

Jason, one of our dads on the Panel, did a lot of research to help answer a question about the countries in the “it’s a small world” attraction. Read his fun answer here.

And finally, Faith, our runDisney specialist, absolutely enjoyed answering a wardrobe question for an upcoming runDisney event. To tiara or not to tiara? Find out here.

If you’ve got a question about planning your upcoming Disney vacation, be sure to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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7 Fun Facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Last week I gave you the inside scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, the sweetest addition to the recently enhanced Disney Dream. The design of this sweet shop is based on the arcade game of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It-Ralph,” blending the world of video game racing with candy.


As promised, here are seven fun facts about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats …

1. When you first enter the space from the outside deck, there is a mural of the Starting Line from the game, a sculpture of Vanellope’s racing kart and a sculpture of King Candy waving the checkered flag from the winner’s podium. The racetrack circles the entire space.

2. The mural behind the sculpture of Vanellope is called the Candy Cane Forest. That is where Wreck-It Ralph first met Vanellope in the film.


3. Keeping with the video game, racing and candy theme, the background music in the shop is a combination of music from the film, 8-bit video game music, and J-pop.

4. The animated leaderboard is a replica from the film.

5. The grandstands on top of the candy dispenser are exact replicas from the ones in the film. Each grandstand represents a racer in the game.


6. Sour Bill is an animated figure and appears in the center gas pump-style gumball dispenser. He sleeps in there and occasionally wakes up to say something sour.

7. Rich Moore, the director of the film and the voice of Sour Bill, recorded new lines of dialogue for Sour Bill exclusively for Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats.

Our chefs are preparing a few of their favorite recipes from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats to share with you. Stay tuned for my upcoming series so you can try your hand at making these delectable desserts at home.

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – December 2015

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This December, make your list and check it twice! If you are in need of a few gift ideas here are a few Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort that might help!

December 1 – 10: Artist Greg McCullough will take part in special artist showcases December 1 – 10 and December 26 – January 3 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace, from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.


December 3 – 6: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for special appearances December 3 – 6 at Art of Disney in Epcot and December 10 – 13 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park, from 12 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

December 3 – 6: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will appear throughout the day, on each date at the following locations. Learn more.

  • December 3 – 6 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 9 – 12 – Art of Disney, Epcot
  • December 19 – 23 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 26 – 27 – The Puffin’s Roost, Norway Pavilion, Epcot (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)


December 4 – 5: Meet artist Sydney Hanson who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 4 – 5: Take part in Holidays Around the World and join us for a special appearance and signing with Dept. 56 artist, Jeff Junkins from 2 – 6 p.m., each day at Santa’s Village in the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. Learn more.

December 10 – 18: ‘Scent’sational news! Gier Ness and Patti Moreno return this month with special appearances at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

December 11 – 12: Join us for special artist showcases at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works by Will Gay, Joe Kaminski and Darren Wilson, December 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. and December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.


December 11 – 13: Artist Whitney Pollett will take part in a special artist showcase December 11 and December 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. and December 13 from Noon – 3 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 12: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled “A Jolly Afternoon” featuring Minnie Mouse dressed as Mary Poppins will be available at Stage 1 Company Store at Disney Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity is available now through December 10, 2015. Order Here!


December 13 – 23: Meet artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

December 18 – 20: Mike Kungl will appear December 18 – 20 from 2 – 5 p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Mike will appear later in the day, each day, from 7 – 9 p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.


Now – December 30: Celebrating Holidays Around the World with us at Epcot? Be sure to look for special merchandise locations, artist appearances and signings and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list! Learn more.

Now – January 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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VIDEO: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Officially Begins with Lighting of ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

On the evening of November 12, we officially kicked off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with the ceremonial lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday!. Retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Juan Valdez – a Purple Heart recipient – along with his wife Christen and service dog Midas, joined Disney pals Mickey Mouse and Pluto to turn on the more than 300,000 twinkling lights at the famous Disneyland park attraction. Take a look back at this special moment in the video below.

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Top 11 Disney Parks Blog Holiday Wallpapers

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

The holiday season is here! And to celebrate, we’re sharing with you eleven of our best Disney Parks Blog holiday wallpapers.

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Uncover Hidden Gems in New York City with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

New York City is always one of my favorite places to visit. But I have to say, seeing “The Big Apple” with Adventures by Disney is by far my favorite way to explore this iconic city.

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Top Holiday Gifts For 2015 from Disney Parks

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

With the holiday season returning to Disney Parks, here are my top gift items created especially for Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. To make holiday shopping even easier this year, try using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app to order and ship select item listed below to your home.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 29th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

As part of our Thanksgiving celebration this week, we shared a special behind-the-scenes look two unforgettable holiday stories from the Walt Disney World Resort that you may have seen on ABC’s Good Morning America. They’re two heartwarming stories involving members of our military from the United States Air Force and United States Navy – and both have surprising twists.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Unforgettable Reunion Captured by Good Morning America at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 28th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

Neighbors helping neighbors – random acts of kindness going above and beyond to help someone. It’s something we have all experienced and are thankful when it happens. Sometimes those acts of kindness are small, and sometimes they are big. Air Force Lt. Colonel Jack Spencer from Georgia and his family experienced that unconditional kindness in a big way.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Gift Ideas from Two Disney Coasts

posted on November 28th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Now that the tryptophan is wearing off, you’ll need some energy if holiday shopping is part of your seasonal tradition.

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