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Caption This: Enjoying the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It sure looks like this toy soldier is planning on enjoying the lights for awhile.

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What’s on the menu? Would you join his party? Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the comments section below!

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Young Super Hero Celebrates Life At runDisney Diaper Dash

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Even before taking the start line during Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, 11-month-old Nolan Wyatt from Rochester, WA, had already taken on a race and won.

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That’s right, the runDisney Diaper Dash was not Nolan’s first race, his first race was one for survival. Having difficulties breathing at birth, it was quickly diagnosed that Nolan was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), a hole in the diaphragm that allowed internal organs to enter the chest cavity and prevent normal lung development. Within hours, Nolan was flown by medical helicopter to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he underwent life saving surgery.

After months of recovery it was time for this little super hero who fought through so much in his young life to celebrate with his parents, and what better way than to runDisney, or should we say crawlDisney.

“Nolan’s crawling the Diaper Dash to show how much he has overcome in his first year of life,” said Julie Wyatt, Nolan’s mother. “Just to show what he is capable of and to celebrate his life.”

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After hours of training, dressed in his Captain America outfit, and cheered on by family and Captain America himself, Nolan was ready to ‘start’ a new chapter in life.

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

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were excited to share a new rendering of the amazing Disney Vacation Club Bungalows coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. The re-imagining of the resort includes a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

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The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015. You can learn more by visiting Rebecca’s original story.

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And we continued our “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series this week with a few very rare photos of Main Street Station, the popular starting point of your “grand circle tour” aboard the vintage trains of the Disneyland Railroad. The image above was taken as the framing of the building was far enough along to recognize the train station we know today.

Check George’s original post for another rare photo of Main Street Station.

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

Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years – Click through for a video recap of all our photo finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort – Take a look at some photos to see what went into this gargantuan gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out what captivates guests during Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, now in its second year at Disney California Adventure Park.

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members – Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs cast members. Click through to learn more about the rescue effort.

Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′ – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Hiro from the new Disney film, ‘Big Hero 6′.

‘Tis the Season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Plan your vacation to this Hawaiian winter wonderland, with temperatures averaging 78 degrees.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Scenes from Our Parks

posted on December 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared many great photos of the different holiday celebrations that are taking place now at our parks around the globe.

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Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this year, we asked you to help us get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing your favorite Disneyland memory from the past 60 years through Twitter and Instagram.

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Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Blair Witherington, Senior Sea Turtle Biologist


Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs Cast Members. These were among hundreds of cold-stunned turtles that washed ashore at Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, following a sudden cold spell.

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Room with a View: ‘Safari View’ Suite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Last month, Thomas Smith kicked off a new series on the Disney Parks Blog we’re calling “Room with A View.” It’s a fun way to take a peek inside some Disney resorts that offer amazing views of Walt Disney World Resort.

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First Look: Robin Roberts, Ariana Grande, Tim Tebow, Lexi Walker, Prince Royce and More at the Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC

posted on December 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, the stars came out at the Walt Disney World Resort as production continued on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC.

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Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last month, Rachel Brent gave us a sneak peek at the new, enormous gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort. Today, I’ve got photos to share with you from this 7 ½ feet-tall and 12 feet-wide wonder.

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Minnie Run Collection By Champion Athleticwear Coming to 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This past year, my fiancée has been participating in a lot of runDisney races in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. One thing I’ve learned while cheering for her is that the right race attire can make all of the difference. Today, I’m excited to announce a new Minnie Run collection by Champion Athleticwear that is coming to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2015.

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