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Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Traditional Lei

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


The unforgettable details woven throughout Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, make the resort a destination unlike any in the world. Let’s begin this new series the same way your Aulani vacation would with a warm welcome, or e komo mai, and a traditional lei.

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Upon my arrival at Aulani, I noticed cast members waiting with lei at their side and large smiles on their faces. One of those cast members greeted me with my own personal lei. Talking with her, I learned that each member of the ‘ohana, or family, receive this symbol of aloha – the gift of a lei. Women receive an orchid and tuberose lei, while the men receive a kukui nut lei. I was then escorted into the breathtaking Maka’ala Lobby where the same cast member told me the significance of receiving a lei. The lei has been an important part of the traditional Hawaiian culture for centuries, as well as the modern local culture of Hawaii today.

I wanted to learn more about this tradition, so I asked Aulani Cultural Advisor, Kahulu De Santos. She shared many stories about lei, such as the beautiful feather lei worn by the aliʻi, the royalty of traditional Hawaii. In addition to being a symbol of aloha, the lei also symbolizes the importance of connections. Just like the flowers or kukui nuts are linked together, the lei embodies the connections to places and relationships we have with those around us.

It is through the spirit and magic of Aulani that you will establish new connections or strengthen existing ones during your stay, and your lei will help you remember those memories when you travel home.

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Once I checked into my room with my lei still around my neck, I could not think of a better way to begin a Hawaiian vacation. The warm greeting, the lei, a personal escort through the Maka‘ala Lobby and the gentle breeze – it made me realize that my magical journey was only just beginning.

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A New Way to End Your Walt Disney World Resort Day: ‘Epcot After-Hours Wind Down’

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just imagine, after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show at Epcot, instead of heading to your car or back to the resort, you could head to one of four spots in World Showcase for end-of-day relaxation with appetizers and beverages.

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You can do just that beginning April 17 through September 15. Choose either La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavilion; Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion; Tutto Gusto in the Italy Pavilion, or Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each location will have small bites paired with a beverage flight (additional beverages can be purchased) from 9:20 – 11 p.m. It’s a magical time as the park quiets down.

Cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, go to www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations to see if space is available.

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Running for Honor, Running for Hope at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Linda Ambard from Boston is no stranger to running, she has been logging miles since high school. After college she focused on distance running, and with the support of her husband and family set a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states. But sometimes life is like running. You are traveling down the road, perfect stride, when all of the sudden you hit “the wall.” That moment when you feel you just can’t go any further. It is when you pull yourself together, perhaps change your goals, but continue to push through and move forward. That is exactly what happened in Linda’s life.

For several weeks I have shared amazing inspirational stories of runDisney runners from all four corners of the United States. Today’s story has left me without words. I have tried to find perfect lines to accompany Linda’s video but I can’t. The only person who can tell her story is Linda herself. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch Linda’s profile as we honor her husband, celebrate her new found happiness and learn from her message of hope.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload and your story, visit irundisney.com.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Characters

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms in Anaheim, California, and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. One of the highlights of his presentation was a new video that offered the first look at some of the Audio-Animatronics that are currently being placed in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. He also shared that these will be the most advanced Audio-Animatronics that Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created, with characters appearing more lifelike and detailed than ever before.

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Beautifully Disney Gets ‘Curiouser & Curiouser’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Curiouser & Curiouser, the latest collection from Beautifully Disney takes a cue from the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, and Alice herself, with colors ranging from light, neutral tones to richly pigmented and shimmery shades. This new collection will debut May 3 at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts!

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Returns to Epcot June 8

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Planning a trip to Epcot this summer? Definitely add a Sounds Like Summer Concert Series performance to your itinerary. Our 2014 concert schedule has just been released, with many new favorites – such as Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute – returning to the stage.

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Tanabata Days Returns to Tokyo Disney Resort June 24

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney Tanabata Days, the traditional Japanese event also known as the Star Festival, will return to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks June 24 through July 7.

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Easter Is On Its Way – To Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Easter is fast approaching – and so is the Easter Bunny! Our long-eared friend will greet guests in the Town Square area of Magic Kingdom Park from April 13-20.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sunset at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is watching the sunset from a Disney Resort a must-do for you when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort? I have to say that we have some amazing skies here in Florida – and pink clouds are always my favorite. Check them out in this view from the pier at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

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Disneyland Resort Cast Members Celebrate ‘it’s a small world’

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As Jennifer showed you earlier today, today is the big day – the global celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” at Disney Parks.

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