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Preview Scenes from DisneyŸ•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Disney Parks Starting October 16

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Imagine if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct. That’s the premise behind Disney•ŸPixar’s epic adventure, “The Good Dinosaur,” coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.

Beginning October 16, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from “The Good Dinosaur” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Disney California Adventure park, “The Good Dinosaur” preview will be presented at the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at clips from the film, as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn (“Partly Cloudy”) and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), DisneyŸ•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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Download Our Retro Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Wallpaper

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Are you loving the changes that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has undergone over the past few years, such as the lovely new lobby and the debut of our very own Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? To me, the resort is looking better than ever!


To celebrate the fact that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort originally opened this week back in 1971, Jason “Tiki” Tackett has created our latest wallpaper, which mimics the original folio covers for the resort in 1971. According to Jason, “it’s a simple wallpaper, featuring the tiki icon, arms extended in the spirit of welcoming and aloha.”

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And click here to check out our complete gallery of wallpapers.

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13 Reasons Disney Parks Fans Still Love Horizons Today

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today is a special day in Disney history. Not only is it the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the fan-favorite attraction Horizons also opened October 1, 1983.


The attraction opened in 1983 (and ended its run in 1999) to offer a look into what future living, work, learning, entertainment and more might look like, based on the hopeful theme, “If we can dream it, we can do it!”

Here are 13 reasons why we just can’t let go of this attraction. Jump on the Omnimover (in your mind) and let’s go…


  1. The FUTUREPORT DEPARTURE sign in the queue line could make you feel like exploring even the farthest destinations in space was possible. A quick trip to Mesa Verde or Brava Centauri, anyone?


  1. In a home of the future, just about anything was possible, thanks to robots who cooked, cleaned and even took care of one’s personal grooming.
Robot Butler from The Horizons Attraction at Epcot Robot Butler from The Horizons Attraction at Epcot
  1. Horizons made us dream of having a robot butler. I’d still take one, especially this charmingly dressed chap who handled dusting and vacuuming.


  1. And the idea of a robot chef was awesome. Who cares if he made a mess? He’s fully equipped to clean up after himself.


  1. Of course, fun tasks like making a birthday cake could still be done by (human) hand.


  1. That orange smell!


  1. Who didn’t want to test out the piano of the future or the home’s hologram phone?


  1. Who wouldn’t want their school to feature deep sea exploration in “the world of liquid space” with seals by their side?


  1. Horizons workspaces were literally out of this world.


  1. Gravity was optional! (I always wondered if Tommy got his teddy bear back).


  1. Celebrating birthdays with loved ones all over the galaxy was possible.
  1. We can’t forget about the part of the attraction where guests could choose their own adventure. Destinations included the Omnimover for Desert (Mesa Verde), Space (Omega Centauri) or Sea (Sea Castle Resort). Which was your destination of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!


  1. Next to the original Journey Into Imagination attraction, Horizons had one of the coolest post-show paths. (The bright light at the end was a spinning GE symbol, the then-sponsor of the attraction).
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Behind the Scenes: Bringing Maximus to Life for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the past few months, we’ve taken you behind-the-scenes during the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” premiering aboard the Disney Magic in November. Eagle-eyed viewers may have caught a few glimpses of their favorite palace horse in this series, but today’s video is an in-depth look at how our creative team is bringing Maximus to life for the stage.

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#TBT: Watch Epcot’s Iconic Spaceship Earth Being Built

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

As we shared earlier, today is Magic Kingdom Park’s anniversary. But it’s also the anniversary of the second Disney theme park built in Florida – Epcot!

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Latin Baseball Festival Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World

When it comes to baseball, there’s professional baseball and then there’s Latin professional baseball, which comes with a cultural flare, and festival atmosphere that’s rarely found anywhere else.

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Life Lessons from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

As Rose shared earlier, today is anniversary of the 1971 opening of Magic Kingdom Park. This park was my favorite as a child and continues to be so today.

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Disney Days of Past: Magic Kingdom Park Getting Ready To Open!

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

On this day in 1971 the Walt Disney World Resort opened. Here we look back at some of the construction photos of Cinderella Castle. These photos represent the hard work and dedication it took to build the magical place that we all know and love. Happy Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!

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New Menu Debuts Tomorrow at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 30th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Howdy, partners! Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café will open tomorrow with a reimagined menu, featuring tasty Tex-Mex cuisine.

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Discover With Me: Pineapple Soft Serve at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 30th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

By now, I’m sure it’s no surprise to our Disney Parks Blog readers that I love treats – especially at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Not too long ago, we added a little more tropical magic to The Lava Shack in the Waikolohe Valley: the Pineapple Soft Serve! If you have been to the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, you have probably tasted this popular frozen treat. And at Aulani, it’s self-serve. Enjoy the video below as I try my hand at “swirling” up some pineapple perfection.

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