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Dates for Magic Kingdom Park Special Events, Tickets on Sale in April

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Planners take note!

Two of the biggest questions we get on the Disney Parks Blog around this time of year is “WHEN are the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?”

Well, wait no longer!

This year, our Magic Kingdom Park Halloween event will be held 25 nights throughout the months of September, October and November; and our signature Holidays event at the Magic Kingdom Park will be 20 nights in November and December.

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Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

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Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:

  • November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
  • December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are specially-ticketed events where the Magic Kingdom comes alive with decorations, special entertainment and tons of fun!

Tickets for both events will go on sale in April.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information about the events including on sale dates and ticket prices.

For more information or to book your resort stay, check out Disneyworld.com.

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Mickey Check Makes its Way to Disney Ships

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Just because you take a vacation with your family doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from healthy eating.

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Mickey Check meals are now offered on children’s menus aboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships.

The Mickey Check is a tool that makes it easier for parents and kids to identify nutritious choices. Mickey Check meals meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines and feature three or more nutritious food groups such as vegetables, whole grains or lean protein.

Disney chefs are experts in both taste and presentation, especially when it comes to taking healthy food and making it fun and delicious for our youngest guests.

Immersive dining experiences at Disney Parks and on Disney cruise ships blend cuisine with storytelling in a way that only Disney can. Whether it’s a quick meal on the go, a character dining experience or an exquisite adults-only dinner at Remy, cruise guests will find a range of food and beverage options to satisfy their exotic, health conscious and even comfort-food tastes.

Why not kick-start healthy living in your own kitchen? Here’s a recipe for a Mickey Check meal featured at sea that you can prepare as a family at home:

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Grilled Chicken Skewer with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Florets and Fruit Salad
Portions: 5
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 40 minutes

Chicken Skewer

  • 15 oz. boneless skinless breast cut into 1 oz. cubes
  • 10 ea. zucchini squares cut 1 ½” square (just the outer skin)
  • 10 ea. red bell pepper squares cut 1 ½” square (just the outside of the pepper)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/16 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 each 6” bamboo skewers soaked in water

In a stainless steel mixing bowl combine the chicken breast, chopped parsley, half of the olive oil and half of the salt and black pepper. Toss the chicken to coat evenly. In a separate bowl combine the red bell pepper squares, zucchini squares and remainder of the oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly. Each skewer will have 2 pieces of the zucchini, 2 pieces of the red bell pepper and 3 each of the chicken cubes assembled in the following order; red bell pepper, chicken cube, zucchini, chicken cube, red bell pepper, chicken cube, zucchini. Place the chicken on a pre-heated grill and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. One portion is one cooked chicken skewer.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 20 ea. sweet potato battonet sticks (cut 1/2”high x 1/2” wide x 2 ½” long)
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

In a stainless steel mixing bowl toss the sweet potato battonets together with the salt, black pepper and olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Lay the sweet potato battonets on a baking sheet and cook in a 375oF oven for 12-15 minutes until tender. One portion is 4 pieces of the roasted sweet potato battonet.

Steamed Broccoli

  • 20 oz. trimmed broccoli florets

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the broccoli in the boiling water and cook until slightly tender. Remove from the water. One portion is 4 oz. of the cooked broccoli.

Fruit Salad

  • 5 oz. honeydew cut 1” cubes
  • 5 oz. cantaloupe cut 1” cubes
  • 5 oz. pineapple cut 1” cubes

In 5 individual bowls, place 1 oz. of each of the cubed honeydew, cantaloupe and pineapple. Each individual bowl is one portion.

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New Items from Disney Parks Collection by Vera Bradley Arriving This Spring at Disney Parks

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to share with you a first look at new items from the Disney Parks Collection by Vera Bradley arriving this spring at Disney Parks.

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The first of these new items include fuchsia-colored, Microfiber handbags that have a nod to Mickey Mouse. The styles being released include a mini-Hipster, tote, all-in-one Crossbody, and a triple-zip Hipster.

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These Mickey Mouse-themed, Microfiber handbags will also be offered in black, and will have the same styles as their fuchsia counterparts.

Look for these items starting February 27 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, and in multiple locations at Disneyland Resort in California. Please note that the black tote will be arriving at a future date.

These items will also be carried online starting in March at http://www.DisneyStore.com/VeraBradley.

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Finally, the items I’m most excited about are the Laser-Cut bags with Mickey Mouse icons. I recall the day I first saw them at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters. I rushed over to the category planner’s office to get a first look as she told me that I’d love them. She was correct; I loved the hidden Mickeys cut into the bags designs as it was something I had not seen before. While I don’t have a confirmed release date, I couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview because they look really sharp!

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Celebrating the Ultimate Girls Weekend at the Disney Princess Half Marathon

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was the ultimate runDisney girls weekend as more than 49,500 registered runners participated in the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Exploring Stavanger and Bergen, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Selecting which Port Adventures in Norway to tell you about isn’t an easy task because there are so many incredible options for your family! Like in all of our destinations, we’ve developed a variety of shore excursions to meet your interests, whether it’s the great outdoors, tantalizing cuisine, historical locations or rich cultural immersion. Today, I want to take you to Stavanger and Bergen, two of the breathtaking locales on our Norwegian fjord sailings this summer.

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‘Newsies’ Cast Steps into the Disneyland Resort to Teach Guests Dance Moves and Benefits of Healthy Living

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Cast members from the North American Tour of “Newsies” taught guests dance sequences inspired by the musical’s production number “Seize the Day” at the Downtown Disney District yesterday – all part of the “Get Up and Go” wellness program.

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First Look at Anna & Elsa Topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Sneak peek alert!

We have two pieces of true, original Disney art to share with you, in the form of new topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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WonderGround Gallery to Expand in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace This March

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Last summer, we opened the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. This flexible space location serves as a testing ground for new retail shop concepts, products and guest experiences. Shortly after it opened in June 2014, we added a small fixture that featured products from the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney District in […]

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Top 5 Junior Adventurer Activities with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Anyone who’s ever traveled with children knows that it can be challenging to find ways to keep the kiddos entertained. Luckily, Adventures by Disney vacations are designed with families in mind so adults can relax, knowing their Junior Adventurers are engaged and having the time of their lives.

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Luck is on Your Disney Side this March at Disney Parks

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This March, think green and luck is sure to be on your Disney Side! Here are a few ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Disney Parks.

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