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Summer Celebrity Roundup at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Actors Anthony Mackie and Ty Simpkins, American pop/rock band OneRepublic, singer Monica, and “Dancing with the Stars” siblings Julianne and Derek Hough were among the latest celebrities to enjoy a little summer vacation here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Here’s a look:

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“Superhero” Anthony Mackie celebrated the opening box office success of his latest film by taking his family to Walt Disney World Resort. We caught him flying high on the Astro Orbiter attraction at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What do Anthony Mackie and child actor Ty Simpkins have in common? They both love to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort! Ty celebrated his 14th birthday with family, friends and favorite Disney character – Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom Park on August 6.

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OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Bryan Willett love their thrill attractions! The rock duo popped into Magic Kingdom Park during a break from touring. They made sure to make a stop at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

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R&B singer Monica Brown surprised her kids with a family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort to reward their good behavior over the summer. Pictured with Monica is her daughter Laiyah, with brothers Rodney and Romelo behind, flying high in the sky on TriceraTop Spin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And “Dancing with the Stars” siblings Julianne and Derek Hough also showed off their mad dance skills with Princess Aurora and Prince Philip at Cinderella Castle.

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Caption This: Ol’ Time Resident of Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This photo, snapped in 1981, just may show the oldest resident of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Sure looks like he’s been here quite awhile. This fun photo deserves a caption. Suggest yours in the comments section below.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we continue to count the days until the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we shared a few experiences you may want to try at this year’s event.

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One of the ideas for maximizing your fun is experiencing the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Be sure to check Pam’s story for other ideas on how to best enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Also, The Force awakened at Walt Disney World Resort this week through runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.

Faron shared that the intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge.

Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. Check out Faron’s original story for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr – Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at disneyparks.tumblr.com!

Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – National Waffle Day may be over, but it’s never too late to indulge in one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Crew Hits the Road, Surprises Next $60,000 Recipient – Once a month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew is surprising local nonprofits with $60,000, amounting to more than $1 million.

Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park – Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” for “Dancing with the Stars” as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course!

FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: now you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Three Baby Giraffes Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


This week was a big one for three young residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mara, Milo and Lincoln, 3-, 4- and 5-month-old baby giraffes made their way out onto the savanna for the very first time.

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Show your Diamond #DisneySide During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Next weekend, thousands of runners will join together to run and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of this special event, but it’s also the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, commemorating 60 years of magic at the Disneyland Resort!

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California Family Wins a Disneyland Diamond Days Prize

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we hosted Thomas Lyons and his family, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. – winner of one of the prizes being awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days! In the video below, join Thomas, his wife Faith and daughters Grace and Phoebe as they enjoy their last Disneyland Resort visit before Grace and Phoebe head to college this semester. The visit was made extra special with their prize package, which included a three-day, two-night Disneyland Resort vacation and an exclusive tour of Disney California Adventure park before the park opened for the day, capped off with a special ride in the Red Car Trolley with Mickey Mouse.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Adventures by Disney

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


You can travel around the world with Adventures by Disney, but exactly how many places can you visit? Take this quiz to test your Adventures by Disney knowledge.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship

posted on August 28th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


A unique Peter Pan-themed restaurant opened at Disneyland park on August 29, 1955. The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant was a Fantasyland icon that once stood where Dumbo the Flying Elephant is today.

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New Disney PhotoPass Enhancements to the My Disney Experience Mobile App

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Disney PhotoPass Service is making your photo experiences even more convenient at the Walt Disney World Resort with a new Disney PhotoPass addition to the My Disney Experience mobile app!

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6 Tips From Disney Chefs for National ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’ Aug. 29

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


Who knew there’s a national day to remind us to step away from the salt shaker, meant to encourage us to reach for herbs instead of salt? The Disney chefs love the idea, and we’re sharing a few of their favorite tips.

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