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Freshly Picked Music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Walt Disney World Resort: Taylor Dayne

posted on April 21st, 2015 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Now that the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom, it reminds us of all there is to love about it. From the whimsical Disney character topiaries and spring-inspired delicious dishes to the expert demonstrations and Garden Rocks Concert Series, where some of the biggest names in music grace the stage.

We caught up with Taylor Dayne, who will soon play Garden Rocks for the first time (you may have seen her perform at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival). Starting with her smash 1987 single “Tell It to My Heart,” it’s hard to top this New York native for infectious dance pop.

RUSS: Growing up on Long Island, did you ever imagine all the success you’ve achieved?

TAYLOR: As a little kid, I had the vision of “I’m gonna be a rock and roll star,” singing to the radio or every commercial that came on. I was very passionate about working hard. To make music was always my goal and my dream as a very, very young girl. I’m just so blessed.

RUSS: We’ve heard you’re a pretty big Disney fan. True?

TAYLOR: Ya know, the beautiful thing about Disney is I grew up on the incredible animation. And, of course, on Sunday nights we got to watch Disney on TV. The shows, the movies, the parks—it’s pretty special and amazing. Just a big part of my life.

RUSS: Any favorite Disney memories?

TAYLOR: For me growing up, it was “it’s a small world.” I made my children (12-year-old twins Levi and Astaria) go on it because the music is just so incredible.

RUSS: As for the theme parks, adrenaline rush or milder thrills?

TAYLOR: I’m not a drop-from-the-sky kind of girl. No. My son will do that. I stand there and watch while he falls from the sky and does the roller coasters with all the drops. Though I was in to it when I was younger.

RUSS: Have a favorite attraction?

TAYLOR: I love Soarin’ at Epcot! You’re in the chair and floating. It’s incredible. You’re in that entire experience. You’re moving in it. It’s brilliant.

RUSS: Describe your music.

TAYLOR: When people ask me that, I say dance, pop, some R&B to a degree. But classic. So if you’re listening to the radio, you might hear “I’ll Always Love You,” “Send Me A Lover” or “Love Will Lead You Back.” I’ve always been incredibly passionate and people feel what I’m singing. Big voice, big passion.

RUSS: People are anxious to experience your show at the Flower & Garden Festival for the very first time. What do you have in store?

TAYLOR: I hope the fans get an experience so they feel like they’ve been to a show. There’s a beginning, a middle and end. There’s a story. I want them to feel like they got a piece of me. Music is just such a universal language. Why are people so inspired by music? Because it touches them in such a sensorial way. At this point, to a lot of them these songs are the soundtrack of people’s lives. You feel like, “Wow, I remember that.” So yeah, I always look forward to performing at Epcot. It’ll be awesome.

RUSS: Thanks so much for your time. One last question. What’s something your fans may not know about you?

TAYLOR: I’m a nature freak [laughs]. That’s what I do. I go out there and find my peace. My quiet time.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues through May 17. Taylor Dayne performs May 1 through 3. All performances take place at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Blizzard Beach Water Park?

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Is Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park a must-do for you on your Walt Disney World Resort vacations? Think you’re an expert when it comes to our water slides? Test your knowledge below to find out!

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Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort

How many lanes of racers are there at the Toboggan Racers slides?
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Whose home do you pass by on the Cross Country Creek?
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How long is the slide at Slush Gusher?
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You can find the Fahrenheit Drops, Frozen Pipe Springs and Cool Runners attractions in what area of Blizzard Beach Water Park?
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What’s Included on Your Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Whenever anyone asks about favorite part of visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, my first response is always the incredible amount of activities included with your stay. What kind of activities, you might ask? Well, today I’m happy to share with you some of the complementary experiences – along with some helpful tips – designed for the entire ‘ohana during your Hawaiian vacation.

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  • Aunty’s Beach House - This magical, interactive kids club is designed for keiki ages 3 to 12 and offers a variety of complimentary activities that explore Hawaiian culture, art and music. I always recommend parents and their toddlers visit Aunty’s Beach House during the Open House hours between 8 – 9:30 a.m. daily to explore this amazing activity center together. Be sure to save time and pre-register your little ones online here.

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  • Starlit Hui - Uncle hosts this evening celebration on the Halawai Lawn and leads guests on a journey into Hawaiian culture and traditions — you’ll watch the stories unfold through spirited song and dance. Your entire ‘ohana will not want to miss this Disney-exclusive entertainment experience, so be sure to check The Daily ‘Iwa for the weekly performance schedule, and for even more fun, arrive about 30 minutes prior to show time! There’s all sorts of pre-show fun and activities for everyone.

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  • Pau Hana Room - For families and friends looking to connect over board games, arts and crafts, books or movies, the Pau Hana Room is the place to be! Most of your favorite Disney classic films are available to rent here. Or, embark on the Menehune Adventure Trail, a high-tech scavenger hunt, from the Pau Hana Room! Some of the activities that take place in the Pau Hana Room can be quite popular, so be sure to check in early!

These are just three of the activities that make a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, an unforgettable experience for everyone. Plus, they are included in the price of your room! To explore more, click here.

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‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ Travels to California for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


On today’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced that the top morning talk show will head west to Southern California for five shows originating from the Disneyland Resort, airing May 18-22, 2015! Main Street, U.S.A., and Sleeping Beauty Castle will provide the stunning backdrop for “LIVE’s” five broadcasts.

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Join the ‘Party for the Planet’ Starting on Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Allyson Atkins, Education Manager, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment


Over the next few weeks, a visit to Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch should be a must-do on your itinerary.

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Five Reasons to Visit the Disneyland Resort this Spring

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Spring is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort, and it’s brought unique experiences you will only find this time of year! Here are our top five reasons to visit right now:

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Exciting Expeditions in Juneau with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


In just a few short weeks, we’ll be returning to Alaska where the Disney Wonder will sail through breathtaking scenery and stop at incredible ports of call. This year, we have a selection of brand-new Port Adventures, and I’m so excited to be sharing some of Juneau’s newest excursions with you today!

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Good Morning From Pirates’ Beach & Skull Rock at Disneyland Park Paris

posted on April 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like it’s a lovely morning in Adventureland at Disneyland Park (Paris). Photographer Tom Bricker recently stopped through the park and got us this great shot just as the Disney Pirate Galleon, Pirates’ Beach and Skull Rock were just opening for the day. Here young guests can explore the caverns of Davy Jones’ Locker and two pirate playgrounds where they can even walk a plank. Gorgeous skies make for great treasure hunting – isn’t that what they say?

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 19th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we launched the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes – part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration beginning on May 22, 2015.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The BOATHOUSE Docks at Downtown Disney

posted on April 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The BOATHOUSE, the newest eatery to open at Downtown Disney here at the Walt Disney World Resort, officially opened its doors on Monday.

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