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Disney Days of Past: Downtown Disney Marks a Milestone

posted on March 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Downtown Disney turns 40 today. Guests visiting today have quite a different experience than the shopping experience back in 1975 when the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village opened.

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Home to shops like the Pottery Chalet, Posh Pets Etc., Toys Fantastique, and Gourmet Pantry (yep, it’s 40 years old too!), the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village was made up of shops in what we know today as the Marketplace. Pleasure Island didn’t welcome guests until 1989 and the West Side didn’t open until 1997.

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Even at 40, Downtown Disney continues to transform and grow at Walt Disney World Resort. Through 2016, the property will welcome over 75 new venues as it undergoes its largest ever expansion, transforming into Disney Springs.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we kicked off our second annual “March Magic” tournament, sharing this year’s roster as well as a printable bracket to keep track of your choices.

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The 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney attractions are competing for the title of ultimate Disney attraction. Daily attraction matchups are being posted on our official Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Facebook pages and the final matchup between the top two attractions will take place on April 6. Let us know your favorite!

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And thousands of guests at the Walt Disney World Resort looked to the sky at once this week to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform two spectacular flyovers of Magic Kingdom Park. Our Disney PhotoPass photographers snapped our newest image (above) of the jets over Cinderella Castle.

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The six F/A-18 Hornet jets were traveling from their home base in Pensacola, FL, to an air show in the state and used the opportunity to entertain and inspire guests. Check out Bob’s original story to see some amazing video from the day.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Smokejumpers Grill Opens Today at Disney California Adventure Park – Get a look at this new quick-service location which honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in California forests.

Disney Park After Dark: A Photo to Crow About from Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shares a unique image of a flock of noisy crows flying by Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Cinderella Coach is a Magical Treat at Disney Parks – Debuting this month at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is a Cinderella Coach inspired apple. It’s safe to say that candy makers got a little ‘carried away’ with this concoction.

Baby Goats Make Their Debut at Disneyland Park – Watch video of our new baby goats at Disneyland park. Bernard and Bianca have been visiting with the guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm for a few weeks now, but we were able to capture this footage on their very first day out!

A Look Back: Sneak Peek Celebration of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland Resort – On March 17, 2005, students from Green Elementary School joined Green Army Men and Buzz Lightyear for a special sneak peek of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

‘Frozen’ Summer Fun LIVE Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 17 – September 7 – One of the biggest highlights of the summer season is sure to be the return of “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with favorite characters, unforgettable music, delightful enhancements and immersive experiences. Click through for more details!

Petites Assiettes de Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream – Watch Disney Parks Blog author Salah Chetbi explain some of the newest premium culinary offerings at Remy, our fine dining French restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream cruise ships.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: U.S. Navy Blue Angels Amaze at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week at Disney Parks, some of the most compelling images were shot at Magic Kingdom Park, where on Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed two flyovers above Cinderella Castle.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

The six F/A-18 Hornet jets were traveling from Pensacola, FL, to a Florida air show. Traveling at more than 250 mph, the team thundered down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Delta Formation on their first pass, then returned to execute a Delta Break on their second pass.

Don’t miss these amazing shots!

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A Look Back: Launching Mission to Mars at Disneyland Park

posted on March 20th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


On March 21, 1975, six years after man first set foot on the moon, the Flight to the Moon attraction at Disneyland park was relaunched with a new destination.

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En Vogue To Appear at the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot March 20-22

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has a few newbies this year, including this weekend’s group – En Vogue. I own a couple of their CD’s, and have sung along with their hits including “Free Your Mind”, “Don’t Let Go” and “My Lovin.” The trio has a new album coming out later this year. I had a chance to chat with Rhona Bennett about their festival debut – it’s a homecoming, of sorts, for her!

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#DisneyKids: Cool Summer Thrills for Little Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


We have shared some details about how Walt Disney World Resort will be the coolest place for an unforgettable family getaway this summer, and as a mom of preschoolers, I was thrilled to see how much there is for my little ones to do! With Olaf as the host for “Coolest Summer Ever,” of course there will be lots of Frozen-inspired fun, but there is also so much more.

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Adventures in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia with Disney Cruise Line

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


This summer, we’re setting sail once again to destinations around the Baltic Sea! Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia are two of the locales you can explore on our Northern European cruises, and we have fantastic Port Adventure options for your family to make the most of your time in these historic cities.

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Smokejumpers Grill Opens Today at Disney California Adventure Park

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


We recently told you about the new expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, and today we’re excited to open the all-new Smokejumpers Grill. This new quick-service location is the first phase of the Grizzly Peak Airfield addition to this land, in the space formerly known as Condor Flats. As you can see in these photos, Smokejumpers Grill honors the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. Take a closer look in the gallery below.

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Preview of New Merchandise Coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m beyond excited to give you a first look at some new merchandise coming this year to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. I’ve been looking forward to this story for months as my entire apartment is decorated like a Polynesian paradise. You may remember the sneak preview I shared this past January of the Tiki figurine shown above. I recently visited the Resort to capture an image of that same figurine in a lush, tropical setting. I also found a few other things that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

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Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Vote to Name a New Baby Rhino Girl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Karen Jasmin, Zoological Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom


Just a few weeks ago, as the sun started to rise on a cool day in late February, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed its second white rhino calf of 2015 into the herd! This one’s a girl and it’s the tenth white rhino baby to be born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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