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Celebrate the Official 60th Anniversary of Disneyland by Showing Your 1955 Disney Side

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland on July 17? If so, get your best duds ready and come dressed in your finest suits and circle skirts . . . we’re inviting you to show your 1955 Disney Side!

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When Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, guests arrived in their fanciest attire . . . even children were dressed to the nines. Fast forward sixty years and many of our guests still enjoy visiting the Disneyland Resort in their three-piece suits and hats, cat-eye sunglasses and pearls. So in honor of our historic opening day, Disneyland Resort guests are encouraged to help us travel back in time by wearing their favorite 1955-inspired ensembles.

Throughout the day, you will have opportunities to show your 1955 Disney Side with special photo locations and themed entertainment. So curl your hair, dust off that fedora and take your Disney Side back in time to celebrate 60 years of Disneyland!

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Show Your Patriotic #DisneySide with Americana Themed Goods from Disney Parks

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


With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner at Disney Parks, I recently found a few items to help guests show their patriotic Disney Side.

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Our newest retail MagicBand features Mickey Mouse standing in front of an American flag. This limited release item has a retail of $24.95 and can be found in select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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I adore the Fourth of July limited edition pin with Carl and Ellie from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” This pin has an edition size of 3,500 and will be released at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I also like the new, open edition Minnie Mouse bow decorated in red, white and blue.

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The Graphic Apparel team introduced shirts including a tank top along with short and long sleeved options. These designs will be similar in both California and Florida with the only differences being the name of the Disney Resort destination.

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Finally, guests visiting Heritage Manor Gifts in World Showcase at Epcot will find some unique Americana items including shirts. The location also carries USA Charm Bracelets by Alex and Ani in both gold and silver.

Happy Independence Day!

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Show Your Inside Out #DisneySide For a runDisney Race! Part II: DISGUST

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


My “Inside Out#DisneySide style series continues with DISGUST. Do I seriously have to run 20 miles over the weekend? You have to be kidding!

One of the biggest adjustments I’ve made in order to train for a runDisney race is commit to waking up early on the weekend to complete my long training run. While having to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning is initially tough, the feeling of accomplishment I get after my long run makes it all worth it.

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If running long distances on a Saturday morning is a must, you might as well start the morning in an “Inside Out” inspired outfit from Champion and New Balance that is sure to keep Disgust satisfied. Follow your run up with a cup of coffee in this adorable Disney Store mug!

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What keeps you motivated during long training runs for a runDisney event?

The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide for a runDisney Race! Part I: FEAR

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Like many of you, I am full of emotion for the release of Disney•Pixar’s new film “Inside Out,” now in theaters in 3D. The film ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work. They help guide Riley through her daily life, including any challenges that come her way.

With training underway for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, runners can expect to go through a mix of feelings as race day approaches.

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For those training for an upcoming race, during the next few weeks I will share ways to show your #DisneySide by expressing the emotions featured in “Inside Out!”

I’ve trained for several runDisney races and know it can be a whirlwind of feelings. While all of our emotions are important, sometimes certain ones can take over our control center. The first emotion I felt after registering for my first marathon was FEAR. What did I get myself into? 26.2 miles? What was I thinking!

If you are feeling similarly about the adventure you are about to embark on, beginning your training might be the perfect way to overcome your fear of race day.

Here’s a look to put Fear at ease and start your training in style! There are great options from Champion, New Balance and the Disney Store!

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The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Tinker Bell Readies for a Day at the Park

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


Our #DisneySide Doodle series this week continues our artists’ interpretation of how a Disney character would show his or her #DisneySide at a park, with this new sketch of Tinker Bell. This original painting, by Ty Amato, shows Tinker Bell primping before a day at the park.

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According to Ty, “The painting was done with gouache, which is kind of a mix between watercolor and acrylic paint. I (added) the luminescent glow of bubbles in PhotoShop to bump up the magic.”

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24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This weekend, we kicked off summer with 24 straight hours of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And during our live blog coverage from both coasts, we shared nearly 50 stories beginning with the official start to the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World and then continuing with coverage from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights.

During the 24 hours, many of you watched the experiences on our live video feeds and showed off your Disney Side with some amazing costumes.

Now, it’s time to look forward to all of the summer experiences at Disney Parks.

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

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun – It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. Thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park – The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening – The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.

Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the team worked together to bring Harambe Market to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New Construction Milestone as Golden Spire Tops Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated a major construction milestone this week with the topping out of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite! – Enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover!

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PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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Earlier today, the Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at the Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.

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The event started off bright and early at the front gate of the park, where our readers witnessed a special park opening moment, starring Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” The group enjoyed an exclusive “Tomorrowland” – themed breakfast and photo opportunities at Cosmic Ray’s, before being shuttled to AMC Downtown Disney 24 for a screening of the film.

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Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Event Kicks Off at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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We just kicked off our celebration of the “Coolest Summer Ever” with a special event for 500 of our readers in Tomorrowland here at Magic Kingdom Park. Right now, our guests are showing their #DisneySide and enjoying photo ops. Here’s a sneak peek inside:

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Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog – we’ll be sure to share more photos later!

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Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite!

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Have you ever wondered what it’s like INSIDE the Cinderella Castle Suite? Well – take it from me – it’s fabulous. But wait! You don’t just have to take it from me. Starting today – in conjunction with the 24 Hour Event and the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort – you can enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover! CSEC5974941 We want you to Show Your Disney Side, by creating your MOST ORIGINAL and CREATIVE Walt Disney World Resort-inspired summer wear or summer treat. Is it an Expedition Everest Attraction Yeti ice cream sundae? A “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade“-inspired Raven costume? Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Attraction Toast? I don’t know, but the more creative the tie to your favorite Walt Disney World Resort attraction or story the better. So How Do I Enter? Once you’ve gotten your masterpiece just right, take a photo of it and upload it to the Twitter or Instagram platforms using #DisneySummerContest We will pick one grand, one first and one second winning entry on Twitter and one grand, one first and one second winning entry on Instagram. That’s SIX chances to win altogether.

  • The Grand prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a five-day, four-night Walt Disney World Resort vacation with flights, accommodation and more, plus the ultimate slumber party – a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park! And a special Frozen Summer Fun VIP experience.
  • The First prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a five-day, four-night Walt Disney World Resort vacation with flights, accommodation and more, plus the ultimate slumber party – a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park!
  • The Second prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a Coolest Summer Ever gift basket.

You can enter through June 14, 2015. Don’t forget to include #DisneySummerContest in your post. We can’t wait to see your creations. For official rules, check out http://coolestdisneysummer.com/

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


With the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout presented by Danimals coming up at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex athletes have the opportunity to show their #DisneySide during competition.

This Minnie Mouse hair bow is a great look for on the field and celebrating off as well!

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One of the best things about playing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the fact that it is located right in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort. Athletes can walk off the field and celebrate in their favorite theme park.

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