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Behind the Scenes: Learning The Tradition of Italian Flag Throwing at Epcot

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, or “the flag throwers of Sansepolcro,” are an amazing new addition to the entertainment lineup at Epcot. Flag throwing is a tradition that dates back several centuries in Italy – it started first as something one would see during war, as a village or city would try to protect their flag during battle. In the decades since, flag throwing has evolved into a form of performance art, and many Italian towns still have their own flag throwing troupes.

I recently went behind-the-scenes to meet the performers of Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro, and I was fascinated to learn that not only is this troupe the oldest in all of Italy, but many of the current performers have known each other since as young as age five!

Check out the video below to learn more about this great group of performers.

You can see Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro seven days a week at Epcot. Check the park’s Times Guide for more information. (Entertainment always subject to change).

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.

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Today, you can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Ryan Wendler for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 3-Bedroom Grand Villa

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With an immediate family of 12, I personally understand what it’s like to vacation with a large ‘ohana. That’s why I like to recommend 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, for family vacations – the perfect retreat for everyone. My nieces and nephew can spend the day at Aunty’s Beach House while the adults relax beside the Wailana Pool. Then we can all convene for dinner in the Grand Villa before heading to the Starlit Hui. Today our “A Home Away From Home” series continues with a look inside these 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani – so perfect for multi-families or even reunions.

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Imagine your luxurious home away from home equipped with three separate bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full-size kitchen and a living room! Spread across 2,100 square feet, you’ll find four flat-panel televisions and DVD players, a whirlpool tub and an extra large private balcony. And like the 1-Bedroom and 2-Bedroom Villas, don’t worry about packing extra clothes because a full washer and dryer is available inside the Villa.

There is more than enough room to prepare home-cooked meals for 12 inside the furnished kitchen. Not only will you have a full-size refrigerator, but you’ll also find dishware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans!

Curious about the sleeping arrangements? The master bedroom features a king bed, while the other bedrooms are equipped with two queen beds. You’ll also find that the living room sofa folds into a queen bed, and also has one sleeper chair. As you can tell, the Grand Villas were designed to comfortably accommodate all ages of your ‘ohaha.

Who is coming with you on a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Tell us in the comments below!


For more from the “Home Away from Home” series, visit the posts below:

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Top 5 Picks for Lunch on the Walt Disney World Monorail

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A lunchtime getaway on the monorail is one of our favorite tips for Magic Kingdom Park guests – take a leisurely mid-day break, then return energized to the park for more fun and fireworks.

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Fun in the Sun! Summer Merchandise Picks at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this summer? Here’s a look at some of the merchandise picks we found to help you enjoy some fun in the sun!

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Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Reservations Open Today

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Tucked into the back of the Land pavilion at Epcot, Garden Grill Restaurant is known for family-style food, unique views of the “Living with the Land” attraction, and fun antics and interactions with our favorite chipmunks—Chip ‘n’ Dale.

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Behind the Scenes: Recreating Rapunzel’s World for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.

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QUIZ: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When was your last trip to Magic Kingdom Park? Have you had a chance to see “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” and all of its amazing floats? Test your knowledge of this amazing spectacle.

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Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Food can change any mood. Nothing can turn a rough day around like a warm bowl of creamy mac and cheese. Or maybe you want to spice up your day with a dish exploding with flavor. Whatever you’re in the mood for, I have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage:

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First Look at Commemorative Products for 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The countdown is on to the start of my favorite event at Walt Disney World Resort – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The festival opens September 25 and runs through November 16, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces (including some new experiences in Future World.) This year also marks the 20th time this event has been held at Epcot. Here is a first look at some of the merchandise commemorating this milestone anniversary.

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