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Actress & Singer Idina Menzel Talks ‘Frozen’ at Disney Parks

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Come check out the video of Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel as she visits the set of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Idina shares her thoughts on the pop-culture phenomenon “Frozen,” her “special” relationship with a Queen named Elsa and how excited she is to be a part of something so unique and special, especially for young girls.

Menzel recalled with us some of her favorite Disney Parks memories, from walking down Main Street U.S.A., to this trip where she learned her son shares her passion for thrill rides!

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VIDEO – Visiting Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Frozen Summer Fun

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few weeks ago I shared details about the recently opened Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a wintry salon where guests ages 3-12 can undergo a magical transformation, as they prepare for Coronation day during Frozen Summer Fun. In honor of National Sister’s Day yesterday, August 2, I thought it would be a perfect time to check out the “Frozen” fun with fellow teammate Katie Thompson.

Here are a few additional images I captured during our visit. The cupcakes in the Ice Palace Café were delicious!

The Ice Palace Boutique will only be offered during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which continues through September 7, 2015.

Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommended. To book your appointment, please call 407-827-7400. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. The location may be able to accommodate guests without reservations on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis each day.

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#coolestsummer: Hollywood Cool

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Disney’s Hollywood Studios seems to be getting more and more cool and exciting, thanks in no small part to its starry “Frozen-ality”. All of these are oh-so-very cool:

For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration. Choose a row and move all the way down to the last available comfy, cushioned seat in the Hyperion Theater and watch the story highlights of Disney’s “Frozen” unfold through songs by Oscar winners Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. (The words appear on the screen so everyone can sing). Princess Anna opens the show, presenting the Royal Historians of Arendelle, Eric and Aria (perhaps the funniest comedy duo since Stiller and Meara). Kristoff also takes the stage, as well as a certain frost-wielding Queen, bringing her own magical “snow” for your marveling pleasure.

Frozen Fever. During Frozen Summer Fun, you see this charming animated short “sequelette” to Disney’s “Frozen” on a big movie screen, and also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this gem, and a glimpse at the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection. The upcoming Blu-ray release features twelve acclaimed animated masterpieces. Some of these shorts, like “Paperman,” “Get a Horse!” and “Tangled Ever After,” preceded Disney movies in theaters, plus a few that you might be seeing for the first time, like “Lorenzo” and “Tick Tock Tale.”

Voyage of The Little Mermaid. How perfect is this for getting out of the warmish and into the coolish? It’s as if the entire ocean enfolds the theater as a live-action version of highlights from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” tell the story along with animation, lasers, special effects and that magnificent Alan Menken/Howard Ashman music. You’ll even see Ariel go from finned to footed before your eyes!

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This all-time great thrill attraction always lets you down, but in a fun, screamie way. But it’s also extremely cool because of its meticulously detailed setting of a classic old-Hollywood luxury hotel, now faded and creeped out. My favorite thing to do is to explore the library and pick out the items representing “Twilight Zone” TV episodes (the book, “To Serve Man”, the fortune telling machine, an envelope filled with recording tape with Rod Serling’s name on it, etc). You don’t have to go down the falling elevator to see the library; just ask a cast member how to use the detour in the boiler room.

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Fantasmic! Mickey is the mighty hero of this nighttime superspectacular that takes place on a massive, mountainous stage surrounded by a river. The non-stop action, fantasy fountains and furious firebursts combine and build to an electrifying finale under the stars. There’s a lot of music, too – a boatload of great Disney tunes and lots of Disney Characters! Tip: Get a reserved VIP spot for Fantasmic! with this keen dining package.

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Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!

Artist Jeff Maurer on our team took the exhilaration of the ride and turned it into a rockin’ neon rendition of a wall paper. Enjoy!

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

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New Look and Products Found in Rock Around the Shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith celebrates another anniversary this week. This super fast attraction originally opened in 1999 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I still recall my first ride with my father during that summer many years ago. Recently, I stopped by Rock Around the Shop, the merchandise location found at the attraction, to check out the latest rockin’ products.

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Periodically, our location planning and merchandise presentation teams make adjustments to merchandise shops. There are a variety of reasons for these changes including testing new products or improving visual statements. The last time I wrote about this location was in April 2013 (see this Disney Parks Blog article). For this latest incarnation, gone are the giant “Rockin’ Gear” graphics which were replaced with images of audio speakers and other vibrant graphic patterns.

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The shop also has a few new items not previously offered including an art gallery featuring the works of Jerrod Maruyama (I’m a big fan of his hipster Mickey art). There is also an expanded line of women’s apparel and accessories.

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The shop still offers various Aerosmith and attraction T-shirts and accessories for women and men.

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Finally, the location now carries headphones by SMS Audio, the official headphones of Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Happy anniversary to my favorite super stretch limousine!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on the Disney Parks Blog with images, stories, a tough quiz and a special wallpaper created just for readers.

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In honor of the anniversary, Disney designer, Leo Cardoso took that love of old black & white spooky films and translated it into a cool new wallpaper featuring the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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We also continued our popular “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series with an attraction that debuted less than a week after Disneyland opened – Rocket to the Moon. The attraction allowed Disneyland park guests the chance to travel around the far side of moon and back in just 10 minutes – all without leaving Disneyland.

Flight to the Moon eventually became Mission to Mars, and today, Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port occupies the same “space” in Tomorrowland – complete with a tribute to the original Moonliner right out in front.

Check George’s original story for a group of great images and more details

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

#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool – As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.”

Celebrate Mahalo Season with Uncle at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – During this special time of year, your ‘ohana can enjoy the magic of our resort even longer and enjoy some great savings, too!

Behind the Scenes: Creating Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – In this special video, we take you behind the scenes to see how these new animated windows were created and introduce you to the talented team of artists and designers who are bringing them to life.

Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25.

VIDEO: Antique Disneyland Souvenirs from the Walt Disney Archives – Justin from the Walt Disney Archives shares a look at some rare antique Disneyland souvenirs from their collection, including items from July 17, 1955.

Create Your Own Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Video – For the past few months, we’ve been inviting guests to celebrate 60 years of magic and memories with us during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Now we have a way for you to celebrate at home – with some of your own favorite memories!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

posted on July 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we celebrated the anniversary of what I’d consider to be one of the most visually interesting attractions at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosThe Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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In honor of the anniversary, we shared this new wallpaper with you – but I also didn’t want you to miss the amazing “Tower” images we’ve shared previously on the Disney Parks Blog.

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These photos were shot in 2011 of some of the eerie details inside the lobby of the Tower Hotel. Amazing to see these items up close, isn’t it? Some of the props here are actual antiques that date back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. To learn more, check out the original post here.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this very day back in 1994, and there’s no doubt that it’s a park favorite. How well do you know the attraction? Test your knowledge below!


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What year did the Hollywood Tower Hotel experience its 'mysterious incident'?
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Where in Disney's Hollywood Studios is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror located?
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How many stories will guests plummet on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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What is the young girl holding the night she disappears at the Hollywood Tower Hotel?
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How many tiles cover the roof of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
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Checking Out Latest Arrivals to Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Collection at Disney Parks

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


On July 22, 2015, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates another anniversary. To mark the occasion, I recently stopped by Tower Hotel Gifts to check out the latest arrivals from the Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic collection. You may recall that in February we released several new products inspired by this thrilling Disney Parks attraction. Here is a quick recap of some items I found.

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One of my favorite items now available is a luxurious bathrobe. This black robe contains an embroidered Hollywood Tower Hotel logo, and is an update to the previously offered white robe seen in this article from 2013. I love the feel of this robe so much that I’ve been known to wear it around my office.

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Other new items include a women’s shirt, a sweatshirt with an iconic front desk bell, and a Raglan T-shirt with a bellhop silhouette.

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You can also find a notepad and a nice packaged pen both of which are perfect for sending greetings from the beyond fifth dimension.

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The pin team gave me a first look at a new open edition pin coming later this year to Disney Parks. The pin includes an image that slides to reveal Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing this image of my son for this anniversary. He loves riding this attraction every time we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While exiting one time, he spotted this nod to an original television show episode and proceeded to try walking through it. Luckily, I pulled him back before he became lost in another dimension.

Happy anniversary, Hollywood Tower Hotel!

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Our Newest Desktop/Digital Wallpaper Celebrates The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


I’m a big fan of classic horror films as is our designer, Leo Cardoso. And today happens to be the day that The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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In honor of the anniversary, Leo took that love of old black & white spooky films and translated it into a cool new wallpaper featuring our favorite tower – the Tower of Terror!

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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