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Spaceship Earth Pavilion at Epcot

#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.” It’s also a great place to seek out über-cool fun at it’s über-coolest.

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! This is one of Epcot’s most charming and cheerful attractions – and what a totally Disney way to cool off! As your boat floats amid festive festoonery, Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca host a south-of-the-border celebration that seems to have come directly from the Disney animated classics, “The Three Caballeros” and “Saludos Amigos.” Master Disney animator Eric Goldberg directed the flawless animation of our pals, while master Disney art director Susan Goldberg painstakingly crafted the film segments to look like they were created in the glorious Technicolor days of Walt himself.

Impression de France! If this magnificent film had been entered in the Cannes film festival, it might have won the Palme d’Or — at least, that’s what we fans would give it. Arguably the most poetic and evocative five-screen motion picture to appear in a Disney Park, it’s highlighted with Buddy Baker’s stunningly beautiful musical arrangements of such cool composers as Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel — as well as Buddy’s original compositions. C’est si bon!

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Chill out in the primeval past. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is perfect for midday time travel. The attraction tucks you in for a cool and cozy journey. The Audio-Animatronics dinosaurs are always impressive, suggesting the dioramas of Disneyland park and the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and also the skirmish in “Fantasia” between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (not to mention a verbal skirmish between Ellen and Judy!). You’ll emerge from it all refreshed and ready to challenge earth, space and everything else at Epcot.

Who needs wings to fly? Get there first thing or just before park closing, or set up a Disney’s FastPass+ reservation as far ahead as you can for the Soarin’ attraction, because it’s mighty popular. But even if you use the standby queue, it’s aaahhh-conditioned. As soon as you start soaring on Soarin’, it’s coolness turned all the way up to eleven.

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Have your dessert and watch it, too. It’s majorly cool to savor gourmet desserts with an excellent view in the glow of moonlight, lasers and fireworks. Our Epcot World Showcase chefs have outdone themselves with their delectable spread of international treats: tiramisu, tarts, cupcakes, baklava and more to munch as, from a special viewing location, you see “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” dazzles the pavilions and paints the heavens with a kaleidoscope of color. This IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party requires an additional cost, and you can make reservations here.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Night at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Night at Hong Kong Disneyland


Looks like the perfect night for a calm walk – right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.

Have you visited Hong Kong Disneyland? What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Celebrate Mahalo Season with Uncle at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


When is your favorite time for a Hawaiian escape to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? If your answer is “anytime,” don’t worry – me too! But recently Uncle, our Master Storyteller at Aulani, has alerted me to a special new time to visit: Aulani Mahalo Season. During this special time of year, your ‘ohana can enjoy the magic of our resort even longer and enjoy some great savings, too!

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The more nights you visit Aulani, the more you’ll save – with 30 percent on stays of five or more consecutive nights or 25 percent on stays of four consecutive nights. You can book the special Aulani Mahalo Season offer through October 26, 2015, for most vacations August 16 through December 21, 2015. (The offer excludes stays November 25 through November 28, 2015.) Visit www.DisneyAulani.com or call 866-443-4763 for more information.

Come enjoy Aulani with us. As Uncle says, “You can’t say Aloha without the ‘ahhhhh.’”

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Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings Return to Disney’s Beach Club Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Last year, Pam Brandon introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, I’m excited to let you know these popular pairings are returning on select dates this summer and fall.

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Coral Reef Restoration Project at Castaway Cay

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Did you know there is a multi-year project to restore the coral reef in the Bahamian waters near Castaway Cay? Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney Cruise Line are working ensure these “rainforests of the sea” will thrive for generations to come. Watch this video to learn more about how Disney is doing research to protect the reef:

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South Carolina Honeymooners Win Disneyland Diamond Days Prize on Anniversary of Disneyland Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


July 17 was a special day for us here at the Disneyland Resort – the 60th anniversary of opening day. It was also a special day for honeymooners Matthew and Claire Foote from Spartanburg, South Carolina, because they were our Disneyland Diamond Days winners for the day! It was their first visit to the Disneyland Resort, so the prize package, which included Disney VIP Tour Guide service, reserved viewing for “Fantasmic!” and exclusive visits with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters – made this momentous occasion even more magical for them.

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Gardens, Mozart and Puppets: A Trip Through Austria with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


If you’re looking to visit a place with a ton of charm, may I suggest Austria? As excited as I was to visit the Bavarian Alps on my recent 9-day, 8-night Austria, Germany & the Czech Republic Adventures by Disney vacation, my eyes were woefully unprepared for the sheer amount of natural beauty they would behold during the Austrian portion of this trip.

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Celebrating National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


This week is National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week, and we are celebrating our keepers and aquarists with special activities to recognize their hard work and dedication. If you are visiting this week, be sure to tell them hello and thank you!

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Disney Days of Past: Hot Dogs From Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today is National Hot Dog Day. Which can only mean one thing – a trip is in order to Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park! Here’s a photograph of the Casey’s Corner sign back in 1996.

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VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we marked the 60th anniversary of Disneyland opening day, and the festivities continue with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. In the video below, Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955. Take a look!

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