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No Tricks, Just Halloween Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’ve talked about all the Halloween treats in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, so here’s the rundown of all the seasonal goodies you’ll find in the other three theme parks.


At Epcot, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion for a Spooky Olaf – a brownie shaped like a ghost covered with white fondant and Olaf’s face. Over in Future World at Fountain View, you’ll find a chocolate owl cupcake filled with chocolate marshmallow and sandwich cookie eyes, and at Sunshine Seasons, a candy corn push pop that’s orange, lemon or mango with layers of vanilla mousse. You’ll find all of these tasty treats the week of Halloween.


From October 4-November 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find a carrot cake with a pumpkin Mickey topper at The Trolley Car Café, ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express and Starring Rolls Café. From November 2-November 30 in the same locations, there’s a Holiday Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake with a Mickey topper. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on October 31 you can enjoy at Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java. Then on November 26, a fall cupcake debuts at the same locations. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And Tusker House Restaurant will showcase mini-pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cheesecake on the buffet.

Indulge a little, ‘tis the season!

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New ALEX AND ANI Wraps Debut for Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Fall fashion is one thing I love, especially when it comes in the form of ALEX AND ANI! If you’re curious as to what releases we have lined up this October at Disney Parks, wait no more! Here are all the details and a look at what you can expect to find.

On October 12, add texture to your bangle set with new braided leather wraps available in cream leather with Rafaelian Gold Finish accents and black with Rafaelian Silver Finish accents.

There is also the intricate Gift of Wisdom Wrap, which you will find in Rafaelian Gold, Rafaelian Silver and Rose Gold Finishes. My favorite part about these wraps is, of course, the Mickey Mouse shaped-head on the end of both sides!


Debuting October 19 is a nostalgic line considered part of the ALEX AND ANI “Precious” collection. These beautiful new pieces include a Mickey Filigree expandable necklace and ring, a pull chain bracelet and post earrings. Each item will be sold individually in .925 sterling silver or if you’re a fan of gold, look for the 14kt gold plated version. Tip: Please note that only Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs locations will offer the “Precious” collection at this time.

Look for all of these ALEX AND ANI pieces at:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Tip: The wraps shown above will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. Please note: The “Precious” collection will not debut online until November 23.

Which one will you add to your collection?

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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney Team Travels Overseas for Conservation

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Anne Savage, Ph.D., Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs

Not long ago, Dr. Deidre Fontenot shared with us her passion for saving an endangered species of a bird native only to Guam, the Guam rail. Dr. Deidre and her team travelled to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam to continue their long-standing efforts to increase the islands’ population of endangered birds, including the Guam rail and another endangered bird, the Guam kingfisher.

The accidental introduction of a brown tree snake onto the island of Guam has decimated the island’s avifauna, which are those species of birds that live only in Guam. Several of those species have gone extinct, while more are on the brink. Brown tree snakes have no predator on the island, so they have reproduced in huge numbers and consumed nearly all the birds in Guam. During this visit, the Disney team helped relocate certain species of birds on one island to a nearby island where brown tree snakes don’t exist, to start a new population. We hope they will multiply and be less susceptible to extinction.

They documented their adventure with photos in the slideshow below.

While we may not have Guam rails or Guam kingfishers for you to see at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we soon hope to show you have another bird native to Guam— the Mariana fruit dove! You can look forward to seeing this dove in the aviary on Maharajah Jungle Trek. We hope the dove will be a conservation ambassador for its species and help tell the story of our work to save these magnificent animals. You can hear more about this story and many others as part of Backstage Tales, a behind-the-scenes tour of our animal care facilities, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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QUIZ: Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 22nd, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

A trip through Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an absolute must for many guests visiting the park. How well do you know the savannas? Test your knowledge below.


Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

How large is Kilimanjaro Safaris?
Which animal will you NOT see during your adventure on the Kilimanjaro Safaris?
What area of Disney's Animal Kingdom is the Kilimanjaro Safaris located?
When Disney's Animal Kingdom begins offering Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris, which two new species of animals will guests see?
What are the names of the 3 baby giraffes that were introduced to the savannah in August 2015?
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Good Morning From the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

One of the things we like to do here on the Disney Parks Blog is take you places were you can’t go and show you things you may not get to see as a regular park guest. That mission continues today as we launch a bi-weekly video series, “Good morning from …”

Every other week we will kick-off your Monday morning with a sunrise from some of your favorite locations around Walt Disney World Resort.

So grab a cup of coffee, or your favorite morning beverage, and enjoy what I consider the best time of the day.

Good Morning From Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Tree of Life.

Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Feel free to recommend a location for us to consider as we bring the best of Walt Disney World Resort to you.

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QUIZ: Celebrate Elephant and Rhino Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Dr. Mark Penning, Director of Animal Operations, Disney Parks

Elephants and rhinos are massive, majestic and truly amazing animals. Here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom we are preparing a celebration fit for these large, charismatic creatures. Next Thursday, September 24, is Elephant and Rhino Day at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we are excited to share with you some of the activities that will be featured as part of the celebration.

Guests have the opportunity to meet rhino and elephant keepers, learn the differences between how white and black rhinos eat, how elephants communicate, how we are trying to keep them safe in the wild and much more.

In honor of these two larger-than-life species, we have developed a short quiz to test your knowledge of the African elephant and white rhino. Can you tell which animal we are describing?


Elephant and Rhino Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This animal is the largest land mammal and eats up to 4 percent of its body weight a day. For a typical adult male, that can be up to 600 pounds of food, which turns into 200-300 pounds of waste a day.
After the longest pregnancy of any land mammal that may last 22 months, babies can weigh up to 300 pounds at birth!
This animal communicates through smells, courtesy of communal waste heaps called middens, which act as a type of message board. Smelling these heaps can tell other animals who is the dominant male or who is ready to breed.
Other than humans, this animal is one of the only ones known to mourn the passing of one of their own. Scientists believe that this emotional response to death demonstrates this animal’s higher intelligence and complex thought. This animal also has the largest brain of any land animal.
This animal is poached because part of its body is perceived by some cultures to have medicinal uses, and thus this species is on the brink of extinction. Only about 11,000 of these animals are left in the wild.
This animal is illegally poached to produce jewelry for the black market. It is estimated that 96 of them are hunted every day.
This animal’s name comes from a Greek word that describes its tusk or horn. This body part, the tusk or horn, is made of compressed keratin—the same material in human hair and fingernails.
This animal stays cool by using its ears to lower its body temperature up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It also only sweats around its toenails.
This animal has very poor eyesight and many times it relies on a bird called the oxpecker to raise an alarm when danger is nearby.
This animal can make many different sounds, including some too low in frequency for human ears. However, these low frequency sounds can be heard by an animal of the same species up to 1 1/2 miles away!

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#DisneyFamilia: World Class Entertainment a tu Alrededor

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Todos saben (everyone knows) that Walt Disney World Resort has the best attractions. But what about all of its top notch entertainment?

In the last episode of “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” travel blogger Sonia Gil guides you through the mejor entretenimiento (best entertainment) across our four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

From live shows like my all-time favorite Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park, parades and more, our themes parks offer so many options of entertainment that you will surely have the most magical vacation ever.

Like Sonia says, you never know when or where entertainment will pop up, putting you right in the middle of the action!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Malosi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

We want to introduce you to one of the tigers you may see along the winding trails of Maharajah Jungle Trek—Meet Malosi!


Malosi is our newest tiger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While Malosi, a male Sumatran tiger, gets used to his new habitat, he may be exploring both onstage and backstage areas on Maharajah Jungle Trek. You may see this curious cat cooling off in the water or resting in the sun.

As you may remember when we introduced you to Sohni last year, Sumatran tigers are the smallest subspecies of tiger and are found only on the small island in Indonesia where this tiger gets its name. Males like Malosi stretch 6.5-to-nearly-8-feet long, and typically weigh only between 220 and 310 pounds. While this may seem like a big cat, the Sumatran tiger’s cousin, the Siberian tiger (or Amur tiger, as they are also known), weighs between 400 and 600 pounds!


When you visit Malosi, Sohni and the other tigers here, keep these fun facts in mind:

  • Malosi and other tigers can see about as well as humans during the day, but when the sun goes down, their vision is six times more powerful than ours.
  • Can you wiggle your ears? Tigers sure can. Their ears turn independently of each other and in an arc up to 180 degrees, allowing them to pick up sounds from all different directions.
  • You may know tigers are pretty good swimmers despite the reputation of their domesticated cousins—the house cat. Tigers spend a lot of time in the water and even use water as a tool in hunting. They have been seen fishing in rivers and lakes.

Human impact has dramatically decreased Sumatran tiger numbers in the wild. They are critically endangered, with as few as 500 tigers left in the wild. Conservation organizations like those supported by the Disney Conservation Fund are working hard to make a difference. You can help tigers by donating to the Disney Conservation Fund at select merchandise and food and beverage locations on your next visit and don’t forget to say “hi” to our feline friends on Maharajah Jungle Trek.

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Summer Celebrity Roundup at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Actors Anthony Mackie and Ty Simpkins, American pop/rock band OneRepublic, singer Monica, and “Dancing with the Stars” siblings Julianne and Derek Hough were among the latest celebrities to enjoy a little summer vacation here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Here’s a look:


“Superhero” Anthony Mackie celebrated the opening box office success of his latest film by taking his family to Walt Disney World Resort. We caught him flying high on the Astro Orbiter attraction at Magic Kingdom Park.


What do Anthony Mackie and child actor Ty Simpkins have in common? They both love to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort! Ty celebrated his 14th birthday with family, friends and favorite Disney character – Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom Park on August 6.


OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Bryan Willett love their thrill attractions! The rock duo popped into Magic Kingdom Park during a break from touring. They made sure to make a stop at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!


R&B singer Monica Brown surprised her kids with a family vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort to reward their good behavior over the summer. Pictured with Monica is her daughter Laiyah, with brothers Rodney and Romelo behind, flying high in the sky on TriceraTop Spin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And “Dancing with the Stars” siblings Julianne and Derek Hough also showed off their mad dance skills with Princess Aurora and Prince Philip at Cinderella Castle.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Three Baby Giraffes Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week was a big one for three young residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mara, Milo and Lincoln, 3-, 4- and 5-month-old baby giraffes made their way out onto the savanna for the very first time.


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Will you stop to visit them on at Kilimanjaro Safaris on your next visit?

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