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Discover America with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And in 2015, unused vacation time in the United States is at a 40-year high. I can’t think of a better time than Columbus Day to encourage each and every one of you to go explore and use up the 429 million vacation days that go unused in America each year. My suggestion? Book a trip with Adventures by Disney!

Adventures by Disney offers vacation options to more than 30 destinations worldwide, including trips to eight states right here in the old U.S. of A. So make your pal Chris Columbus proud by discovering this great nation. From dog sledding in Wyoming to wine blending in Napa, off-roading in Utah, whitewater rafting in Montana and more, Adventures by Disney offers American adventures for all types of travelers.

Still hesitant to part with those vacation days? Then check out Adventures by Disney Long Weekends. These shorter trips allow you and your family to have a getaway without giving up too much time out of your hectic schedule. It’s not too late to book the Winter in Wyoming vacation for this year, or get an early jump on your New Year’s resolution to travel more by planning a Long Weekend trip to San Francisco, Nashville or New York City.


Want more inspiration? Check out the Adventures by Disney Pinterest page for more travel ideas that are sure to take a bite out of your vacation deficit!

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Shows Air This Week for ABC’s ‘The Chew’ at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

For the first time ever, ABC’s “The Chew” left their studios last week in New York City and took their daily “party in the kitchen” to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort to tape five shows airing this week (October 12-16) on ABC.

Hundreds of enthusiastic fans cheered on Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Mario Batali and Michael Symon on the custom-built set with the backdrop of Spaceship Earth under Florida’s sunny skies. We had a special performance from the cast of Disney’s “Festival of the Lion King” from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They opened one of the shows (airing this Thursday) with a powerful dance – just one of the many “only-at-Disney-World” moments the foursome experienced during their weeklong stay.

Wonder what each of the hosts did just after arriving? Carla said she headed straight for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Clinton racked up a big score on Toy Story Mania!, while Mario took the plunge on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And Michael took a leisurely boat ride through the hydroponic growing area at The Land pavilion in Epcot Future World.

As the Emmy-winning hosts created delicious treats on stage and showcased festival marketplace dishes, they also cooked up some fun with Mickey Mouse and Goofy for today’s show. On other episodes, they treated audiences to guest appearances by Iron Chef Morimoto, who just opened Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs; Alfonso Ribeiro (ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Bellamy Young (ABC’s “Scandal”). They even stopped by for a nosh at the festival’s Rockin’ Burger Block Party, one of the 20th festival’s new premium dining events. Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at the production:

Tune in this week to ABC, Monday through Friday (1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central and Pacific) for lots of Walt Disney World fun!

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The Sun Rises on Beast’s Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Bonjour from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park!


The sun is rising and the lights have just come on for the day. Pretty soon the Be Our Guest Restaurant will be bustling with guests. Have you had a chance to try breakfast here?

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Duffy the Disney Bear’s Best Friend ShellieMay Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I’m excited to announce that ShellieMay, Duffy the Disney Bear’s best friend, will be coming to Disney Parks this fall.

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Club Disney Premieres December 5 at the New Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

An all-new special event venue, Sunset Showcase opens later this year on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This entertainment showplace has been custom designed to host a variety of different experiences over time.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Sixty years ago this week, the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened its doors to families visiting the Disneyland Resort. And to mark the anniversary of this Disney Parks Blog reader favorite, we dug out some amazing photos from the archives.

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‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Features Unforgettable Disney Parks Memories, Prizes

posted on October 11th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, will feature an extra “Unforgettable” prize this season – straight from Disney Parks.

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Disney Legend Kurt Russell Visits Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 10th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

We caught up with Disney Legend Kurt Russell at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Not-So-Scary Fun at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week we shared many new images from inside Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including new shots of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks and the new “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

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#DisneyKids: Exploring Epcot as a Family

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might not immediately sound like an event for families with young children, but it is actually very kid-friendly.

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