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Download our Disney Parks Candy Hearts Wallpaper

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


One of the visuals I remember most from celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child are those little candy hearts with messages on them, like “Love” and “Be Mine.”

Hearts were the inspiration for our first Valentine’s Day wallpaper of 2016, with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse taking on that shape as well.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Thanks to Jason Ratner for the design.

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Making Wishes Come True at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Recently, The Walt Disney Company celebrated making 100,000 wishes come true with Make-A-Wish. In celebration of this special relationship, we asked our cast members for some of their favorite memories fulfilling wishes:

Tiffany Granato recalls a visit Buzz Lightyear had with 4-year-old Caden, who was battling cancer. When Buzz hugged him goodbye, Caden said, “Mom! He’s giving me Lightyear powers! I can feel it.” Caden’s parents stayed in touch and reported back that Caden is now in remission. Tiffany says, “I’m sure the Lightyear powers had everything to do with it, too.”

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Sandy Doerr volunteered with Make-a-Wish and met a 5-year-old girl who wanted to meet the Little Mermaid. After hosting the girl at Disneyland Resort, Sandy became close with the family but eventually lost touch. A few years ago, while VoluntEARing at the MS150 bike ride, a woman approached her and asked if she volunteered for Make-A-Wish. “I realized it was Meghan, my wish child from years ago,” Sandy says, “all grown up, healthy, working at Disneyland Resort and volunteering at the same event!”

Jenna Baranek felt fortunate to host “Queen” Abigail as she visited the Disneyland Resort for her wish. After a full day the parks, the team was able to help Abigail with her transformation into her favorite queen, Elsa, at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique — just in time for Halloween later that night. “It was a magical day taking this family around and helping make this little girl’s dreams come true,” Jenna says.

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Eric Olsen was piloting one of the “Fantasmic!” barges on the Rivers of America during the 100,000 Make-A-Wish celebration in October. “It was an honor looking out of my barge and seeing all the kids enjoying the show,” Eric said.

Danny Chase remembers several years ago when Buzz Lightyear visited his attraction, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, with a young wish child, defeating the Emperor Zurg. As Danny says, “What makes it so memorable to me is that the experience was truly a team effort between the family and all cast members involved. Everyone rallied behind this child and gave him a truly unique and special experience, and I’m sure the family will continue to cherish that memory forever – I know I will.”

Half of all wish requests are for Disney wishes — and the experience is truly memorable for everyone who touches it!

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Disney Days of Past: Carnivale at Epcot

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Countries all around the world are getting ready to celebrate Carnivale. In these Epcot flashback photos from 1998, we see the elaborate costumes worn to represent different counties celebrating Carnivale. Beads were handed out to guests while floats, stilt walkers and dancers paraded down the promenade.

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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Multigeneration Vacation Planning Made Simple

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel


I have exciting news to share. My daughter got engaged this week, which means I’m one step closer to becoming a grandmother!

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Albert the Monkey

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We’re continuing our exclusive series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials and our first how-to video of 2016 features a favorite character from Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland Park – Albert the Monkey.

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Top Five: Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


During eight Disney Fantasy sailings in early 2016, Star Wars Day at Sea transports guests to a galaxy far, far away — in the Western Caribbean. We’ve been talking with Disney cruisers who have experienced the Force during this epic day-long celebration, and here are the results of their top-five fan favorites:

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Club-Level Service at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Guests interested in adding more magic – and convenience – to their next stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort should consider booking (or upgrading upon check-in, pending availability) to “Club Level.” What exactly does “Club Level” entail?

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#DisneyFamilia: Let’s Pack for Your Trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Last week we introduced a new video series with blogger and Hispana Global co-founder, Jeannette Kaplun, which started with tips on how to plan your vacaciones with the familia.

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Reservations Now Open for Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The elegance of enjoying small bites in an elegant solarium with a warm cup of tea simply can’t be beat. I adore afternoon tea, and am delighted to share the introduction of Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

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Downtown Disney District Celebrates Mardi Gras at the Disneyland Resort with Special Music, Menus at House of Blues and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Tuesday, Feb. 9, is Mardi Gras, and no one knows how to do a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration like the folks at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and House of Blues in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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