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Celebrate Black History Month With Special Author Signings at Epcot

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Annette Gibbs, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Anybody up for a quick trip with me down memory lane? I remember when one of my favorite books was made into the box office hit film, “Waiting to Exhale” starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. I can still hear Whitney singing one of the many catchy tunes from the movie soundtrack. The book, filled with colorful characters was written by NY Times best-selling author Terry McMillan. Now back to the present. I have great news. Terry is appearing at Epcot this Saturday, February 6th for a book signing and fan meet and greet.

But wait, there’s more! For all the foodies or, if you’re like me you just love to eat good food, on February 13th you can meet celebrity chef and author G. Garvin. When Chef Garvin isn’t cooking delicious food on TV he’s writing award winning recipe books.

These special appearances are in celebration of Black History Month. Guests have the opportunity to meet four renowned African-American authors and cultural icons each Saturday during the month of February. Book signings are open to all guests and hosted at the American Adventure Pavilion, where books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month.

Meet Terry McMillan the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Meet Chef G. Garvin at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Terry McMillan
    Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

    Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan is known for her powerful novels and short stories about African American women. Her novel, “Waiting to Exhale,” was adapted into a film starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995. Many of McMillan’s other novels, including the award-winning “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” have also been brought to life for film and television audiences. McMillan recently published her eighth novel, “Who Asked You?”
  • Chef G. Garvin
    Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

    Acclaimed chef and television host, Chef G. Garvin has mastered the art of cooking as well as writing. His cookbook, “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin: More Than 200 Incredible Recipes from the Chef Who Keeps it Super Simple,” received an American Literacy Award. Chef Garvin has enjoyed continued success with his subsequent cookbooks and television show “Road Trip with G. Garvin” on The Cooking Channel.

While at American Adventure Pavilion be sure and visit the memorable exhibit “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection,” a collection of rare art, documents, books and artifacts attributed to African American history. Philanthropists Florida natives Bernard, Shirley and their son Khalil Kinsey share some of their vast personal collection of artifacts spanning 400 years of history. Also explore the pavilion rotunda and see the exquisite portraits of influential men and women who contributed to the progress of America.

Be sure and watch the blog for updates on other authors who will appear at Epcot.

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Fans Vote ‘Sorcerer Mickey’ As The Star In Our ‘Fantasmic’ Wallpaper

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Well, our Disney Parks Blog fans voted and it looks like it will be Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper unleashed tonight!

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This lovely graphic, created by Disney artist Mike Britton, celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”, sort of like how the show celebrates the wonder of Mickey’s imagination.

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

Thanks for joining our live stream tonight. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future #DisneyParksLIVE events.

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LIVE STREAM: Tune In To Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live At 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live events.

We’re just moments away from bringing you our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a guest-favorite show that explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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The show will start promptly at 7 p.m., but because we love sharing behind-the-scenes info and interviews, we’re starting 10 minutes early for some pre-show content and a few special guests.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please visit the comments section below and tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with. Also, join the conversation online by following @DisneyParks or using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana: Fitness Instructor at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With Hawaii’s breathtaking landscape and tropical temperatures, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors and be active. At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we offer something for everyone, including many options to keep you energized and fit!

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This February, Treat Your Love to Something New at Disney Springs

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Valentine’s Day is February 14th, but why limit date night to just one Sunday? I’ve always considered Disney Springs one of the very best spots for a fun night out, whether you’re looking for a treat yo’ self-splurge or something more casual and carefree.

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Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


One of the original restaurants at Disneyland park, River Belle Terrace (under a variety of names) has been serving up home-style eats and Southern hospitality for more than sixty years. On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation?

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Imagine vacationing amongst astonishing natural beauty on the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica vacation. I’m about to set off on this adventure through the heart of the Central American rainforest, and I’ll be sure to share my experiences with you along the way. Until then, test your knowledge about this amazing itinerary by taking the quiz below.

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A Knightly Transformation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This year marks the 10th Anniversary since the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened at Disney Springs Marketplace. For the past 10 years, a team of Fairy Godmothers-in-training have turned thousands of guests ages 3-12 into Disney princesses at this enchanted beauty salon. In early 2015, my fellow author Darcy Clark shared a great recap of her niece Harper’s magical transformation. Did you know the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also offers a makeover experience for brave knights? Here’s what I discovered when I booked an appointment for my son Athan.

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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Moms Panel Monday: Getting the Most Out of Your Vacation Time

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


If you’re like me, you probably think planning a vacation is so much fun! We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to make the most of our precious time-off. Following up to last week’s Moms Panel Monday where we shared ideas on the best time of year to visit Disney Parks, this week we look at how to truly get the most out of your Disney vacation.

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