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Register Now to Race into the Holiday Season at the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

It’s time to celebrate the holidays, Radiator Springs style! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Christmas in Cars Land Meet-Up on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Celebrating the Holidays in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Lightning McQueen and his neighbors have decked out Route 66 for the holidays, and they’ve invited us for a special, after-hours party! The evening will begin with reserved viewing for “World of Color – Winter Dreams,” then we will celebrate the holiday season by racing through Ornament Valley, sipping cocoa, enjoying special holiday treats and more.

So join us the evening of Wednesday, December 3! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 7 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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See How Music City Got its Name on an Adventures by Disney Nashville Vacation

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Earlier this month the city of Nashville was buzzing with celebrities, red carpets and the glitz and glamour of the annual Country Music Awards. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – Nashville is a place that’s always alive, electric and brimming with restaurants, concert venues, honky-tonks and, yes, even street corners filled with music. Nashville is called “Music City” year round, not just during awards season, and with an Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip to Nashville you can truly see how, and why, this town got its nickname.

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I recently had the chance to visit a few of the places featured on this new Adventures by Disney itinerary, including RCA Studio B, known as the “home of a thousand hits.” Although, if we’re getting technical here (and I think we should), RCA Studio B has actually been home to more than 35,000 songs and hits. I don’t want to sound like a namedropper, but I will say that a long list of music legends recorded chart-topping albums here (most recorded before the assistance of the sort of auto-tune technology that “helps” today’s artists sound their very best).

As if touring RCA Studio B isn’t cool enough, with Adventures by Disney you get to go one step further and actually add to the legacy by recording your very own song! Again, no help from auto-tune, you’re on your own on this one, but I will give you a tip – they say this little blue “x” marks the spot for sounding your very best. I’d start by standing there.

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And if that doesn’t make you feel like enough of a music superstar, you’ll also get to make your own concert poster at Hatch Show Print, where they’ve been making concert handbills for more than a century. If you have any concert prints in your home take a look, it might just be a Hatch Show Print. Their prints have a classic letterpress look that has remained en vogue throughout the years.

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You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show and GO BACKSTAGE (yes, I’m using all caps because it’s just that exciting) at the Grand Ole Opry, meet and learn from professional songwriters at the legendary Bluebird Café and enjoy so many other rock star style experiences on this trip. And I can’t even begin to emphasize how much music you’re really getting here. I even saw live musicians playing at the bars and lounges in the Nashville airport (Disclaimer: I can’t promise they’ll be there when you visit, but you get my point, music is everywhere).

And on day 3 of the trip, when you go to the rustic Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant for breakfast, get the peanut butter and banana French toast, it’s amazing (Disclaimer: I can’t promise you’ll find it amazing. Actually yes I can. It’s amazing. And I ate it too fast to be one of those people who takes photos of their food and thus I can’t show you just how amazing it looks in person. So you’ll just have to trust me, and “The King,” on this one). Enjoy it with a chocolate milkshake like I did, because it’s never too early for a milkshake.

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Best of all, the Nashville vacation is one of the new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend getaway trips, which are shorter itineraries for you to enjoy, well, over a long weekend (4 days/3 nights to be exact), making this trip an easy escape for anyone looking to get away. Besides, who doesn’t need a little more music in her life?

Cool Twitter hashtags to check out:
#nashville #adventuresbydisney #countrymusic

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Retail MagicBands and Other Popular Holiday Gift Ideas from Disney Parks

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently shared with you some of my favorite holiday-themed gifts from Disney Parks. This time, I’m highlighting other popular gift ideas that caught my attention.

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Retail MagicBands and Accessories – We now offer select retail MagicBands and accessories on our Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MagicBand. I’m also delighted to share that the “link-it later” option is now available for graphic MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort. This means that any retail MagicBand, whether purchased online or at Disney Parks, can now be given as gifts since they can be linked to a valid theme park admission at a future date. See this Disney Parks Blog article for more details about how Link-It Later works.

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Made With Magic – Guests can find an ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and, my favorite, a Sorcerer Mickey wand (arriving November 21) that light up and interact with select Disney nighttime experiences at Disney Parks. Please note the aforementioned Mickey Mouse glove will arrive in spring 2015.

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Merchandise from Disney’s “Frozen – From dresses inspired by Anna and Elsa to fun toys and dolls, you can find all sorts of merchandise from Disney’s “Frozen” in Disney Parks’ locations such as Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I particularly like the decorative shoe ornaments or the Olaf hat.

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Disney Parks Collection By Vera Bradley – Known for their stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories, Vera Bradley has been infusing color into all aspects of women’s lives for more than 30 years. We carry several colors in a variety of styles created especially for Disney Parks. Look for them on our online store or in locations such as Cherry Tree Lane at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

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Disney Tagalongs – I first discussed Disney Tagalongs during the 24-hour Rock Your Disney Side Party in May. These small character toys, such as Jiminy Cricket or Yoda, are easily added to your shoulder using a magical, magnetic power disc.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 – Guests have endless opportunities to create stories and fun-filled adventures with all-new characters and powers in Disney Infinity 2.0. The best place to find all things related to this game at Walt Disney World Resort is Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You can also find items on line at DisneyStore.com/DisneyInfinity.

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D-Tech Electronic Accessories – Add a splash of Disney to you electronic accessories with D-Tech. Guests can create customized and personalized phone cases including cases for iPhone 6 at D-Tech on Demand in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. Cases for iPhone 6+ and Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in late November. I also love the battery power bars which give extra boosts for your mobile devices.

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Puzzles and Games – As a child, my parents always gave me some kind of game for Christmas. I like the new 1000-piece Disney Signature Puzzles or the Disney Theme Park Edition of Jenga featuring the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. You can also find additional items for the holidays by visiting the Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Store.

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Wildlife Wednesday: ‘Science rules!’ in the Newly Renovated and Renamed Science Center at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Katie Leighty, Ph.D., Science Operations Manager


Science fans might recognize the quote in the title from the theme song of television show Bill Nye, the Science Guy. The popular educational show showcased science topics through interactive, applied science projects. Bill Nye, the Science Guy was for TV what the newly renovated Science Center is for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Like the show, applied science is exactly what Guests will have the opportunity to see and learn about as one of the many subjects showcased in the area.

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Time-Lapse Video: Imagineers Install Springs Bottling Co. Marquee at Downtown Disney

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today we shared updates on several new offerings that are on the horizon for Downtown Disney as it transitions into Disney Springs.

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Runners Assemble For Victory at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Back In February, runDisney invited runners to assemble for the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort. When registration opened in March, the response was overwhelming and the race sold out in 110 minutes.

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Serves Up College Basketball Feast For Thanksgiving Weekend

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


If you or someone in your family likes Division 1 college basketball, then you might want to consider spending a portion of your Thanksgiving holiday weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Once again Disney welcomes the Orlando Classic, a premiere pre-season basketball tournament hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, from November 27-30.

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Room With A View: ‘Theme Park View’ Suite at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today, we’re kicking off a new series on the Disney Parks Blog featuring suites at Walt Disney World Resort that have something special in common – a spectacular view.

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Visions of the Future Spring Up at Downtown Disney

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this fall, we shared the news that two new dining experiences, Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, are coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. Today we have a few more updates to share about glimpses of the future that are starting to appear as Downtown Disney continues to undergo its transformation.

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Decking the Halls with Holiday Novelty Items at Disney Parks

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and festive food and beverage offerings and holiday souvenirs are popping up at Disney Parks! Our teams are decking everything from souvenir popcorn buckets to sippers and more.

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