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Reservations Open for Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Here’s a sweet new way to have even more out-of-this-world fun January 8-March 20, 2016, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party happens January 5 – March 19, with special viewing for the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks. Enjoy a selection of sweets as the night sky erupts with an arsenal of impressive fireworks, set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time.

On the menu, look for lots of Star Wars-themed desserts treats, including the popular Droid and Darth Vader cupcakes and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. And you’ll get a souvenir Chewbacca stein to take home!

Cost is $69, $39 ages 3 to 11, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Celebrate The Opening Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


The wait is over and the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film has landed in theaters – and of course, our Disney Parks Blog fans were ready and waiting.

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Last week, our readers were among the first to see what has shaped up to be one of the most anticipated films of all time right here at AMC Disney Springs 24. They walked the red carpet – many in costume – and were also surprised with a quick Q&A with Show Director Tony Giordano who joined us in the theater before the film began to talk about how guests are reacting to the new Star Wars offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Afterwards, the group headed to a private event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that featured appearances by Star Wars characters (including Captain Phasma), access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temples, themed food & beverage, and special photo opps.

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The evening was also highlighted with a preview performance of the new fireworks show, “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

Check out the video above for a look inside the event.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 20th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, thousands of guests celebrated the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during a special-ticketed Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night event at the Walt Disney World Resort. And the group included Disney Parks Blog readers who joined us to watch the film at AMC Disney Springs 24 before enjoying a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We have a new video this weekend featuring what you had to say about the film.

And to continue the celebration, the Disney Parks Blog live streamed the “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show on Friday night from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” is a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show that’s set to memorable music featured throughout the saga. The spectacular will be featured nightly at the park.

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

Sneak Peek At ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ Holiday Fashion – “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Jesse Palmer will serve as hosts to this year’s two-hour procession of floats and celebrity performances, including appearances by Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Seal, Tori Kelly, Andy Grammer, the cast of “Descendants” and more.

Wallpaper: It’s National ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Day’! – Brittany Ungvrasky, our “Ugly Christmas Sweater” designer, racked her brain to combine the thoughts of a hideous jumper with something iconically Disney. The happy result was a digitally “stitched” design that leans toward the adorable. It is Disney after all!

Disney Parks After Dark: Colors Come Alive at Night During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – Holiday nights at Disneyland park come alive with vivid colors from “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, the attractions and the holiday décor. Take a look at six images that represent a small portion of what you can see after the sun sets during the holidays at Disneyland park.

VIDEO: Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 90th Birthday at Disneyland Park – “In this whole wide world there was no happier bloke” than entertainment icon and Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke as he celebrated his 90th birthday with family, friends and fans at Disneyland park last Sunday.

U.S. Marine, Five-Year-Old Daughter Reunited with Help of Santa Claus at the Disneyland Resort – After a seven-month deployment, U.S. Marine Brian Demo was reunited with his five-year-old daughter, Abigail, whose one and only wish was to have her daddy home in time for Christmas.

Disney Parks Bento Magic: Jack Skellington ‘Sandy Claws’ & Christmas Treen – This week’s Disney-inspired bento box is simple to create and sure to impress your family and friends during the holiday season. It’s our first two-tiered bento box project featuring Jack Skellington in his “Sandy Claws” hat from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” film along with a special seaweed salad Christmas tree.

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LIVE STREAM: Watch ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ Fireworks at 10:50 p.m. EST

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live stream events.

Attention Star Wars fans: we’re just moments away from sharing the debut of “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks live from Disney’s Hollywood Studios with all of you.

We know you’re the biggest Disney Parks fans out there – as well as the biggest Star Wars fans around – so we’ll start our program a bit early tonight (around 10:50 p.m.) to offer behind-the-scenes looks and interviews on the park’s newest Star Wars offerings. The fireworks spectacular will begin promptly at 11 p.m., but be sure to stick around after the grand finale to watch interviews with some of the creators of Disney Parks’ newest nightly fireworks show.

In the meantime, tell us in the comments section where you’re watching from and whom you’re watching with.

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NFL Stars of Tomorrow and Top Cheer & Dance Teams Battle at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Faron Kelley, Director of Non-Leisure Marketing and Sales Strategy


Last week, hundreds of the country’s top football, cheer and dance teams called ESPN Wide World of Sports home during the 59th Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships.

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Teams from Missouri, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania won national titles in various age divisions. But all told, thousands of players, dancers and cheerleaders descended on Walt Disney World Resort for an unforgettable sports experience of a lifetime, including a private party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the week of competition.

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And how’s this for national spotlight: SportsCenter was broadcasting live from ESPN Wide World of Sports on Friday, December 11. NFL analyst Herm Edwards joined hosts Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford to discuss the biggest headlines in sports amidst the Division II Pee Wee Championship Game.

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More than 70 percent of today’s NFL players went through Pop Warner Little Scholars. And some of them culminated their youth careers hoisting the championship trophy at our house, just as many athletes did last weekend.

What will these kids do next?

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Enjoy a Gift of Laughter at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the Return of ‘The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special’ December 19

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is coming back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for its fifth year, performing December 19, 2015, through January 3, 2016, at the park’s Premiere Theater.

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This uproariously funny show, back by popular demand, will have you laughing all the way this holiday season. “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is a family-friendly improvisational comedy show, where our cast of seasoned performers takes suggestions from guests to invent festive poems, scenarios, songs and stories. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving, since every performance is different thanks to input and interaction from the audience.

“’The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special’ is like a family reunion of the cast of the former Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island,” said Show Director Chris Oyen. “We’re so happy to be able to bring everyone together again for the holiday season and to put on this show. It’s a gift from our family to yours!”

Look for “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” on Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, near The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Starting this Saturday, you can catch the show six times daily, with performances scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. – just before the lights go on for the night!

(Please note that the show schedule will be modified for New Year’s Eve, with eight showings between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.)

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Watch ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ Debut At Disney’s Hollywood Studios December 18 at 11 p.m. EST

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Earlier this month, many new Star Wars offerings debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Star Wars Launch Bay and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. We’re happy to share with you today that the next offering set to debut, the “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show, will blast off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 18 – and we’ll be there to live stream the first show for all of you.

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“Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” is a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show that’s set to memorable music featured throughout the saga. The spectacular will be featured nightly at the park.

Interested? Tune back in on Friday, December 18 at 11 p.m. EST. We’ll launch a fresh blog post just before showtime. We hope you can make it!

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You Could Win Tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Party at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 14th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


The entry period has ended. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities.

We know many of our readers are as excited as we are about the official debut of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, so we’re offering a chance to see the film at Disney Springs and then join us for a Star Wars after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

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You can enter for a chance to win two (2) tickets to the sold-out Star Wars: The Force Awakens party which begins at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at AMC Disney Springs 24 (check-in begins at 8 a.m. EST). Winners will have a confirmed seat at one of the first public showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And the party will continue after the film, as winners can join a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 a.m.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, winners will have access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit, the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, a DJ dance party and other special event experiences. The night will be highlighted with the preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic “Star Wars” score.

You can enter for a chance to win by clicking here and following the entry instructions to complete an official entry form. Your entry must state your valid email address and full name.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

All entrants must be 18 years or older (or the age of majority in their state of primary residence, whichever is older) at time of entry, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older (as long as the guest is the child of the winner).

  • We will send a notice, via email, to the winning entrants.
  • Limit one guest per winner.
  • It will be necessary for the winner and guest to check-in in advance of the party. Instructions will be provided to winners.
  • Winners must provide their own transportation to/from Disney Springs and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts 11:00 A.M. ET on December 14, 2015, and ends 3:00 P.M. ET on December 14, 2015. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. To enter, follow the instructions at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/disney-parks-blog-hosts-star-wars-the-force-awakens-opening-night-party. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and the party taking place on December 17, 2015. Limit one (1) entry per person. For full details including eligibility requirements, odds of winning and prize limitations, see Official Rules. Void where prohibited.

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Download Our #DisneyHolidays Candy Apples Wallpaper

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


The holiday season is here, which at the bakeshops at Disney Parks, means windows filled with candy apples decorated to inspire holiday cheer.

In our latest Disney Parks Blog wallpaper, artist Jason Ratner used inspiration from actual candy apples you can currently buy at locations like Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs or Sweet Spells at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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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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The Walt Disney Archives Brings Walt’s Office Back to the Disney Studios Lot

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Today Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger presided over a special ceremony to dedicate the newly restored office of Walt Disney in the Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Disney Parks guests have been able to see selections from Walt’s office suite over the years at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park, but the Walt Disney Archives painstakingly restored the suite—down to the smallest details—including original furnishings, his piano (frequently played back in the day by Disney Legend Richard Sherman), awards, and some items from his collection of miniatures.

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Park fans will love the large map, hanging over the couch in his working office, of Disneyland as it existed in 1966, including recent additions to the park as well as those yet-to-be-constructed including Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square. There’s one of the first master plans for what would become Walt Disney World Resort—including his vision for EPCOT. The office also features a golden cage containing a brightly colored tiny, singing robotic bird, which served as inspiration for the Audio-Animatronics we know today.

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In 2016, the office will be featured on select D23 Member tours. Keep your eyes here for more opportunities to see this incredible permanent exhibit.

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