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Disney Days of Past: Happy Thanksgiving!

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

It is a favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition of mine to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Here we take a look at the Mickey Mouse balloon that paraded its way down the streets of New York City in the early 1970’s. I hope this photo brings many happy memories of your Thanksgiving traditions.


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Filed: Disney History

Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back at Local Food Pantries

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

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, Disney Cruise Line crew members volunteered at local food pantries to help with Thanksgiving preparations in communities near our Florida homeports in Port Canaveral and Miami, and in Galveston, Texas.

Last Saturday, Disney VoluntEARS from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in town for the day in Port Canaveral sorted and stocked more than 9,000 pounds of food at the Sharing Center of Central Brevard, an organization that provides emergency assistance to those in need.

Take a look at those crew members in action and hear why they wanted to support this great cause.

Over Thanksgiving, the Sharing Center is serving dinner and assisting 250 local families with meal baskets. Donated food is also distributed at the Sharing Center’s Emergency Food Pantry year round, which provides an estimated 8 tons of food monthly to residents living within Central Brevard County.

Crew members from both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic also volunteered at local food banks in port communities surrounding Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida last week. Throughout the year, our Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members contribute thousands of hours of their personal time to support great causes.

How do you and your family give back this time year?

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Filed: Community Outreach, Disney Cruise Line

‘Stock Up’ on Good Cheer and Do Good at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you discover your stocking filled with goodies? What if you could give that gift to someone AND make a difference for the children of Anaheim?


I stopped by The Stocking Project chalet in the Downtown Disney Winter Village and had that same feeling when I saw their handcrafted stockings, filled to the brim with gifts from Downtown Disney District businesses! As John mentioned last week, Working to Give is selling these one-of-a-kind gifts, stitched by local artisans. The best part is that all net proceeds from your $99 stocking purchase will benefit ACT Anaheim, which supports much-needed youth programs in our community.


The Downtown Disney Winter Village is open Monday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2–11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create some holiday magic … and give a gift that gives back to our community!

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Filed: Community Outreach, Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District

Acoustic Group Quickstep Debuts in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

There’s a new sound on the streets of the United Kingdom pavilion, as the band Quickstep has made their Epcot debut. Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. They bring lively, acoustic performances, featuring fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.

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Filed: Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort

‘The Good Dinosaur Weekend’ Celebrated Pixar’s Newest Film

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.

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Filed: Disney Springs, Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney District, Walt Disney World Resort

Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.

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Filed: Epcot, Special Events, Walt Disney World Resort

New ALEX AND ANI Debuts at Disney Parks

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Charm your way into the new year with the ALEX AND ANI Dated 2016 Charm Bangle (available in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver Finishes) featuring Sorcerer Mickey, beginning December 14 at Disney Parks.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animals Love Pumpkins!

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

We are thankful to care for these amazing animals every day … and, recently, the animals showed us they are thankful for pumpkins!

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Filed: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

PHOTO GALLERY: Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This week in Disney history back in 1992, we met Jasmine, the heroine of one of my favorite Disney films, “Aladdin.” This love story takes us on an adventure as independent Princess Jasmine and “street rat” Aladdin fall in love and fight to be together – despite their stop-at-nothing nemesis Jafar.

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Filed: My Disney Experience, MyMagic+, Walt Disney World Resort

#DisneyFamilia: Celebrate the Holidays Mexican Style

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

The event Feliz Navidad is returning this year to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot where guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays a la Mexicana, by sharing their culture and traditions in a very musical way.

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