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Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.


Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27 Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

During Holidays Around the World, each international pavilion throughout World Showcase has something to offer – whether it’s a dance or musical performance, or a storytelling opportunity for guests to enjoy. Guests also don’t want to miss two major musical opportunities offered at the park during this time – the Candlelight Processional and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.”

Which “Holidays Around the World” offering is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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New ALEX AND ANI Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.


I can tell you this much — this is just the beginning of what’s in store for you in the new year. I can hardly wait to share more. In the meantime, I have some very special shopping tips just for you!

Online Holiday Shopping Tip:
Now through November 30, receive 15 percent off all ALEX AND ANI available online, while supplies last, at Just use the special promotion code: CHARM

In the coming months, we will begin to retire some of our styles of ALEX AND ANI bangles. Be sure to stay tuned for more information.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animals Love Pumpkins!

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

We are thankful to care for these amazing animals every day … and, recently, the animals showed us they are thankful for pumpkins!

Our animals love enrichment, including toys, scents and special food treats, including pumpkins! Enrichment is stimulating and fun for the animals, and it’s an important part of their care. Different types of enrichment enable the animals to make choices about their environment and encourage natural behaviors.

Here are just a few of our animals recently enjoying some fall enrichment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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PHOTO GALLERY: Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This week in Disney history back in 1992, we met Jasmine, the heroine of one of my favorite Disney films, “Aladdin.” This love story takes us on an adventure as independent Princess Jasmine and “street rat” Aladdin fall in love and fight to be together – despite their stop-at-nothing nemesis Jafar.

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebrate the Holidays Mexican Style

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

The event Feliz Navidad is returning this year to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot where guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays a la Mexicana, by sharing their culture and traditions in a very musical way.

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Get To Know 7 Disney Parks Dinosaurs

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

In honor of today’s release of the film “The Good Dinosaur,” we wanted to give shout outs to seven of our other Disney Parks dinosaurs.

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Filed: Disney Springs, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Check Out ‘Why To Stay At A Disney Resort Hotel: The Musical’

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

With more than 25 themed Walt Disney World Resort hotels on property offering an abundance of amenities and services, you may be wondering what is the best way is to learn about them before you book your next Walt Disney World vacation. How about a reimagined musical score written with some of the Disney classics in mind (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step In Time,” “I Wanna Be Like You,” “it’s a small world” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”)?

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! 2015 Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

With this year’s Disney ¡Viva Navidad! now underway, be on the lookout for special commemorative merchandise, including a zip fleece hoodie, tee and dimensional ornament! These items are available at Seaside Souvenirs in Disney California Adventure park.

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Walt Disney World Resort & ‘Good Morning America’ Create Unforgettable Experiences for Hometown Heroes

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

What better time to celebrate thankfulness than during Thanksgiving Week. With that in mind, Walt Disney World Resort and ABC’s “Good Morning America” worked together to create unforgettable experiences for two hometown hero families who went above and beyond to help others serving our country overseas.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Family Volunteer Day

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.

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Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort