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Special Edition Wildlife Wednesday: What Do Rhinos, Art Auctions and Imagineers Have in Common?

posted on October 29th, 2014 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Animal Health Director, Disney’s Animal Programs


World Rhino Day is officially recognized each year on September 22, and provides a great opportunity to share information and raise awareness about the exponential rise in rhinoceros poaching in the wild. While some are aware of the declining numbers of rhinos in the wild, many don’t have the opportunity to take the next step to help reverse the decline. Chad Harmon, a member of the team who works with animals in the Ituri Forest on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, took matters into his own hands. He and his wife started a non-profit organization called The Horns and Heroes Project – an organization that combines the conservation of rhinos around the world with the passion and creativity of the art community.

The organization’s first event, in 2012, invited 50 artists from around the Orlando, Fla. area to decorate cast moldings of rhino horns. These decorated horns were then displayed at an auction event and 100 percent of the $6,000 proceeds were sent to the International Rhino Foundation. The ‘Heroes’ portion of the organization’s title comes in as the money donated supports the front line park rangers patrolling on the ground, risking their lives against armed poachers to keep rhinos safe in the wild.

So, that covers rhinos and art auctions, but where does Disney Imagineer, Joe Rohde, fit in?

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This year over 70 artists decorated rhino busts that were auctioned off. Joe Rohde learned about the event and showed support by creating his own piece of artwork that was showcased along with members of the Orlando community and Disney’s Animal Programs. A Zoological Manager on the elephant team, Steve Lefave, created the piece of art that produced the highest bid – over $900! The piece, titled “Abbey Normal,” was created using several recycled pieces and depicts a “Frankenstein”-like rhino. When asked about his inspiration for the piece, Lefave said, “If we don’t protect the rhino, we will have to recreate it by some other means.” Lefave also spoke very highly of the organization with admiration that is “through the roof” because he knows all the work to save this species comes from the heart.

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Inspired by the guiding principles of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Harmon strives to inspire calls to action by exposing audiences to the subject matter and then provide a way to get involved. Harmon’s intention is to invite art lovers to come in the door, but then leave an art lover who is also a conservationist. The most recent event raised over $23,000 with over 400 people in attendance!

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Organizations like this are just one way that Disney cast members are making a difference around the world. Keep an eye out for upcoming events in your area and opportunities to get involved in other conservation programs, organizations and initiatives!

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Photo Gallery: Halloween Fun at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on October 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As Halloween approaches in just a few days, the party is already in full swing at Tokyo Disney Resort, where both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are hosting “Disney’s Halloween” celebrations.

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At Tokyo Disneyland, guests can enjoy the Happy Halloween Harvest Parade, which features seven fall-themed floats and Disney characters in costumes. Families can also experience The Haunted Mansion in a whole new way, with Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare temporarily enhancing the attraction’s existing storyline. The park has also been festooned with Halloween decor, and guests can end their night with special Halloween fireworks.

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Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests are enjoying “New York Halloween Follies,” a Halloween party that’s themed to the roaring 20s, hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Guests can also visit Lido Isle to spy a performance by some festive skeletons or head to Lost River Delta to attend Chip and Dale’s Skeleton Fiesta.

Be sure to click through the photo gallery above for a look at the fun.

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Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland Park

posted on October 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve wandered past Zocalo Park during Halloween Time at Disneyland park, you have probably noticed our Dia de los Muertos celebration. But do you know the story behind this elaborate display? Join my fellow Disneyland Resort cast member, Norma, as she explains this tradition.

See our Dia de los Muertos display at Disneyland park now through November 2.

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Be the First to Get Disney Infinity 2.0 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace on November 1-2, 2014

posted on October 29th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Since the announcement of Disney Infinity 2.0 earlier this year, my son has been asking when he can get the new figures. He currently has every figure from the initial release and loves playing the game. He will be excited to hear about an early purchase opportunity on November 1-2, 2014 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace for Disney Infinity 2.0.

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Rocky Road Gourmet Apple Returns to the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


The Rocky Road Gourmet Apple is a long-time favorite of mine, and I’m happy to announce that this fan favorite is returning for a limited time in November. This month’s apple has been dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds. Add a drizzle or two (maybe more) on top, and I guarantee your taste buds will be begging for more.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Fright-less Fashion for Halloween at Disney Parks

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


There are still a couple of days before Halloween is officially here, but the celebration is well under way at Disney Parks. Whether you’re enjoying Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, this fashion forward look is perfect for a day or night of fright-less fun.

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Adventures by Disney Recognized in Annual World Travel Awards

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The 21st Annual World Travel Awards just came out, and we’re proud to say that Adventures by Disney has been named “North America’s Leading Tour Operator” by travel and tourism professionals worldwide! It’s an honor to receive such an accolade, and I think you’ll agree that no matter how exotic the destination, it’s our Adventure Guides who deserve a round of applause for delivering the difference only Disney can create. Our guides take guests to some of the most beautiful places on the planet including China, Australia, South Africa, Peru, England and France, as well as North American adventures in Alaska and the Rockies.

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Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel Debuts New Menu October 29

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The spiffing-up began earlier this year at Steakhouse 55, one of the finest restaurants at the Disneyland Resort: new carpet, new chairs, new dishes, new silverware – “It’s almost like opening a new restaurant,” says Chef Marcel St. Pierre.

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Disney VoluntEARS Put Their ‘Can’ Do Spirit to Work Helping Central Florida Food Bank

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Anyone who has attempted to build anything knows how challenging and time-consuming the task can be. But with a can-do attitude and a giving spirit, it was an easy venture for a group of Walt Disney World Cast Members who built larger-than-life sculptures using nothing but cans of food!

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Disney PhotoPass Service Simplifies Access to Walt Disney World Photos, Videos

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Sandi Wallace, Walt Disney World Communications


With attraction photos, you can capture some amazing Disney moments. And now, Disney PhotoPass Service is making it even easier for you to collect those memories.

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