posted on September 22nd, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
posted on August 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
posted on August 26th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
Big news for the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – our newest giraffe calves have ventured out onto the savanna for the first time. Mara, Milo and Lincoln are 3-, 4- and 5-months old, respectively, and are doing very well in their new home.
Although on our savanna, the giraffe don’t have to be concerned with predators, we want to make sure they are old enough to follow their mothers and family, so our animal keepers keep them backstage until they are old enough to feel secure. In the wild, giraffe calves have to learn how to follow their mothers in case there is danger.
Of the nine subspecies of giraffe, Masai giraffe are the amongst most populous in the wild at about 35,000, but sadly reports of increased poaching for their meat, hide and tails are leading to significant reductions. Two of the other subspecies are already critically endangered. When you see them on the savanna, note their spots – Masai giraffe have leafy, uneven spots. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will find reticulated giraffe that have smooth-edged spots.
Giraffe are very curious, observant animals that like to survey their land very carefully. This makes “every day a new day” for giraffe. They will notice if there are any new additions to the savannah, including other animals or changes to the landscape. This is true in the wild as well; because giraffe are so tall and pay such close attention to their surroundings, other animals use them as safety indicators.
The next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we hope you see Lincoln, Milo and Mara on the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safaris. They will probably be close to their moms, learning all they need to know to grow to adulthood.
posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator
Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:
- Mickey Waffles
Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
- Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This fiery new snack is simply wild!
- Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
- Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
- Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
- Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
- Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
- Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.
What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!
posted on August 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
It’s a beautiful morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in this photo, which was snapped just moments before sunrise.
The park is so incredibly still and serene – I love it!
For more from the “Good Morning” series, visit the posts below: