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Disney Celebrates Opening of New Performing Arts Center

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Andrea Finger, Manager, External Communications


If you’re a theater lover like I am, nothing beats that feeling of anticipation and excitement as you wait for the curtain to rise. That’s how many of us felt as the stage came to life for the very first time Saturday night, at the Walt Disney Theater at Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPAC).

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George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort joined local business and community leaders in celebrating the center’s historic Grand Premiere with a glittering gala and the hall’s inaugural performance. A 2,700-seat hall with tiered seating, the Walt Disney Theater is Central Florida’s new home to Broadway-style shows and musical performances. As one of the earliest and largest investors in DPAC, Disney pledged $12.5 million to the development of the center.

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Audiences got their first glimpse of the theater in action during the gala performance, “Broadway and Beyond,” which was developed with the assistance of the Disney Creative Entertainment team. The team also produced the evening’s grand finale – a spectacular fireworks show.

Over the past seven years, cast members from areas such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment have also contributed in-kind services such as developing marketing materials, producing community events and hosting fundraisers.

So, as we anticipate exciting, inspiring and entertaining performances for years to come, we have one word for our cast members and the Central Florida community partners who made the DPAC dream a reality … Bravo!

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How to Have the Perfect Day at Sea on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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As much as I love adventures in our beautiful ports of call, I equally love the days we spend at sea. Not only is it relaxing to feel the warm ocean breeze and see blue water in every direction, sea days are a great chance to take advantage of everything our ships have to offer. Here are some tips for how to have the perfect day when sailing the seas from sunrise to sundown.

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Explore the ship on the first day of the cruise. Doing so allows you to maximize your time on the day at sea since you already know where everything is located. You can move from the sports deck to the sun lounge to the movie theater to the family lounge in no time!

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Spend time in and out of the sun. Sea days are known for water fun, and you won’t want to miss your chance to lounge poolside with a cold beverage. But also schedule time for the many unique activities you aren’t likely to do back home, like cheer on babies at Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash and solve a mystery with a virtual detective agency.

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Plan out your day the night before. With the evening turn down service, you’ll get a hard copy of the next day’s Navigator, a complete guide to the activities happening around the ship. Bring different colored highlighters for each member of your family so everyone can choose what they want to do throughout the day. Or create a favorite activities list on our new mobile Navigator App.

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Try out a different place to eat for each meal. If you enjoy a-la-cart table service for breakfast, go to the buffet or grab quick service for lunch. Take advantage of the many different dining options, including room service for those of you who want to sleep in and enjoy breakfast on your verandah.

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Splurge on at least one treat for each member of the family. When else can mom get a seaweed body wrap while dad taste tests tequilas and the kids have tea with Disney friends? Whatever your interests, there’s something special for everyone to add to your day at sea to make it even more unforgettable.

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Mad T Party Steps Out of Disney California Adventure Park and Back Through the Looking Glass November 30

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Attention, hatters and hares! Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have asked me to pass an important message to you … Mad T Party will leave Disney California Adventure park to step back through the looking glass after its November 30 performance.

This is your chance to travel through the Rabbit Hole one more time and experience all your favorite mad things – the White Rabbit DJ, the Mad T Party band and those colorful concoctions. If you’re curiouser and curiouser about what’s coming in its place, stay tuned! We’ll have updates to share with you soon.

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Disney Magic Creates Spectacular ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Take a look at this amazing time-lapse video of the all-new Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, inspired by Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen.”

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ‘The Little Mermaid’ With Our Latest Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the film “The Little Mermaid,” which opened in theaters November 17, 1989.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared even more holiday experiences happening this season at Disney Parks as well as a special behind-the-scenes peek at how we transform Magic Kingdom Park for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. If you missed it, take a look at what happens while you sleep.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Building Of Park Icons

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


This week, some of the most compelling images we shared on the Disney Parks Blog were of some iconic buildings guests have enjoyed at our parks for years, specifically the train station and entrance to Disneyland park and Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

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‘it’s a small world’ Holiday Lighting Kicks Off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, guests and media gathered for what has become a Disneyland Resort tradition: the official lighting of “it’s a small world” Holiday at Disneyland park. Special guest Maya Gallardo and her family joined Disney Ambassador Sachiko White to flip the switch on the more than 300,000 lights that will illuminated the iconic attraction through the holiday season. Maya was diagnosed with leukemia when she was less than one year old, and a bone marrow donation from her older brother, who was five years old at the time, saved her life. She is now an 11-year-old cancer survivor. Take a look at this special night in the video below.

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MagicBands Bring More Pixie Dust to Disney Infinity

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


Disney Interactive’s gaming platform Disney Infinity joined with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to offer Walt Disney World Resort guests a special surprise that can be unlocked only with the MagicBand.

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First Look: Themed Hotels, Disneytown Announced for Shanghai Disney Resort

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


Earlier this week in China, we shared some exciting updates for Shanghai Disney Resort, including a new birdseye view of the Resort, a first look at two themed hotels and what’s planned for an area called Disneytown – a spectacular shopping, dining and entertainment district.

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