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Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort Create an Unforgettable ‘Disney Side’ Flight from Dallas’ Love Field

posted on October 14th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


When you hear the familiar harmony of the world-famous Dapper Dans, you instantly know you’re at a Disney Park on Main Street, U.S.A., right?

That’s why if you were in Dallas’ Love Field early Monday morning, you might have been puzzled to hear the barbershop quartet’s tunes echoing through the airport terminal.

Walt Disney World Resort joined with Southwest Airlines to help celebrate the addition of the airline’s first non-stop route from Dallas’ Love Field to Orlando International Airport.

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Prior to boarding, passengers were able to commemorate the flight by posing in front of backdrop of Cinderella Castle that served as a “Disney Side” family photo opportunity.

Then, the Dapper Dans began singing a selection of tunes from their harmonious repertoire. The quartet even debuted its new arrangement of “Let It Go.”

Aboard Flight #887, passengers listened as Jungle Cruise Skipper “Jungle Jane” made flight announcements in the attraction’s famous style of humor. (And it is true: when the plane flew through a passing shower, passengers saw the backside of water.) Mouse Ears and Mickey Mouse-shaped treats were given to passengers, as well as complimentary tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that evening in the Magic Kingdom. As the plane continued to Orlando International Airport, The Dapper Dans roamed the aisle of the airplane, providing one-of-a-kind, in-flight entertainment.

Take a look at this gallery of photos provided by Disney Parks photographer Ryan Wendler, as well as this video with host John Graham.

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Fans Show Their Spooky Disney Side Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Fans Show Their Spooky Disney Side Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up

Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers showed their Halloween Time inspired Disney Side at the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up. The evening began with a cruise around the Rivers of America in Disneyland park, aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia. But something spooky was happening on deck …

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The ship was haunted by the ghosts of Disneyland past! Our ghost host for the evening, Father from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, introduced special guests throughout the cruise – each representing special moments of dearly departed Disneyland history.

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Guests were visited by Miss Pumpkin Festival from the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, a dancer from the Tahitian Terrace, one of Miss Lily’s can can dancers from the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the Deputy Mayor of Toontown who once appeared in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, Becky Thatcher from Tom Sawyer’s Island and even one of the Kids of the Kingdom!

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The Creepy Cruise concluded with a special serenade from the Cadaver Dans.

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As guests disembarked from the Sailing Ship Columbia, they found Frontierland filled with surprises, like their favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, a trio of Disney Villains, a bounty of special Halloween Time treats and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continuing its runaway train trips just for them.

And of course, guests turned out to show their Disney Side! Many of our meet-up guests arrived in costume, and you can see some of our favorites in the gallery above.

Did you attend the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Anna & Elsa’s Boutique Opens in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Looking for a new place to chill out? Check out the newly transformed Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, now open in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

There has been a slight change to the age limit; I’m excited to announce that guests ages 3–15 can show their Disney Side with transformations inspired by some of your favorite “Frozen” characters. Our Crystalizers (stylists) will help you look your Arendelle best, from hair and makeup to wardrobe options that will generate plenty of warm hugs! Click here for a few details on what each package has to offer as well as a few things to know before you go.

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Are you already cool enough? Anna & Elsa’s Boutique will also offer an array of “Frozen”-inspired merchandise worth melting for, including apparel, toys, dolls and more.

So remain icy calm, “Frozen” fans, and visit today!

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Show Your Spooky Disney Side and Set Sail Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

Halloween Time is upon us, and it’s time to show your spooky Disney Side! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland Park

When you step aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia* to set sail on this creepy cruise, you may not recognize it. The Rivers of America take on an aura of foreboding … has a ghost followed you on board? Explore this floating edifice of fright, but beware …

Of course, costumes are welcome! Come dressed to show your Halloween-inspired Disney Side – whether you’re a Disney Villain, hero, princess or pirate, Halloween Time is the best time to let your inner character out!

So join us the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 7! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disneyland park admission will be provided beginning at 8:15 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.
  • Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

*Guests must navigate a steep series of stairs when boarding and disembarking the ship.

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#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Holidays are always special at Disney Parks – and as we’ve learned with our #DisneyKids series, they’re also a perfect time for a “first” memory. Right now, our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this week we’re at Magic Kingdom Park featuring first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences.

This year’s celebration features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment for children, like the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. You can purchase tickets right now on our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page.

And if you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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Details About ‘Link-It Later’ and Accessories for Retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I recently shared a look at how guests can use retail MagicBands and accessories to show their Disney Side when visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I have additional details about a new option for retail MagicBands called “Link-It Later,” and a look at some of the newest MagicBandits coming soon to select merchandise locations in Florida.

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We offer retail MagicBands for purchase as an option for guests who may not be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated hotel but want to take advantage of some cool technology during their visit. Typically, guests must present one of the following for retail MagicBands to be linked at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand.

With the “Link-It Later” option, guests will be able to purchase solid-colored MagicBands (available in seven colors) and link them to a valid theme park admission at a future date. This new option lets guests purchase MagicBands as gifts.

The graphic MagicBands, like the Haunted Mansion-themed one or the MagicBands featuring characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” can’t be linked later at this time.

“Link-It Later” is currently available in select retail locations at Walt Disney World Resort. It was recently expanded to participating off-site locations including Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels in the Downtown Disney area, Disney liquidation stores in Florida, and the Disney merchandise shops at the Orlando International Airport.

Guests may visit their My Disney Experience account to associate MagicBands, using the “Link a MagicBand or Card” link.

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I also convinced the retail MagicBand development team to give you a sneak preview of new MagicBandits coming soon. These small characters or icons can be attached to the side of any MagicBand. I particularly like the retro “world” logo seen in the first image above. I also heard they are working on some MagicBandits featuring famous ghosts that like to follow guests home.

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Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park Recap

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last night, more than 180 Disney Parks Blog readers attended our Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park, celebrating the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the debut of the Villain’s Sinister Soiree.

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The evening kicked off with our guests enjoying the spirited fun of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including the event’s special character meet and greets, and entertainment. We later met up for the 8:30 p.m. showing of the “Boo To You” parade and enjoyed VIP viewing of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.

Later on in the night, our guests were among the first to experience the new Villain’s Sinister Soiree inside Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is a delicious dessert party hosted by Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters. During the party, our guests also enjoyed photo opportunities with Captain Hook, Dr. Facilier and Frollo.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries and this video for more.

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Showing Their Disney Side – Miss America Contestants Get Adventurous, Goofy and Live Happily Ever After

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


They are known for their intelligence, talent and beauty, but after spending a day at Magic Kingdom Park they may be better known for their Disney Side.

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Recently, all 53 of the 2015 Miss America contestants visited Walt Disney World Resort and celebrated their adventure side, their goofy side, their happily ever after side – their Disney Side. It was a chance to let their hair down (as much as a pageant contestant can), relax and spend time with fellow contestants. The day was capped off by a special walk down Main Street U.S.A., where they were greeted by thousands of park guests cheering for their home state.

Whether it was adventurous twist and turns on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, pirates play with Goofy or a dance with Prince Charming in front of Cinderella Castle, these girls all had the chance to celebrate their Disney Side.

This week, the girls got down to business in Atlantic City, NJ, where they are competing for the title of Miss America. You can watch the competition live on ABC, Sunday, September 14 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m., ET). The evening kicks off with The Countdown to the Crown, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the Miss America Competition, followed by the 2015 Miss America Competition.

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Family Creates Giant Olaf at the Beach to Celebrate Disney Side

posted on September 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you know it’s been a summer of Frozen Fun for us. So, before the season officially comes to an end, we wanted to share a spectacular Frozen-inspired sand creation a family made to show their Disney Side at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

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Each summer vacation, the Dorf family chooses a Disney character to design and build in the sand and everyone pitches in to make it happen. This year, Olaf from the film “Frozen” was the obvious choice since he wanted to experience summer, according to the family.

The Dorf family used a grid to trace the Olaf character in the sand and then filled it in with collected seaweed and a some food coloring. The final product is a fantastic beach Olaf in the sun we just had to share.

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Cheer On Your Disney Side “Kicks-Off” With Nationwide Competition

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


With college football season underway and teams fighting for the four spots in the new College Football Playoff system, college cheer and dance squads from across the country are jumping into action and competing for national recognition of their own by cheering on their Disney Side.

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This week, college cheer and dance squads began competing in a nationwide competition by creating 30-second videos of a cheer or dance routine using remixed Disney Park attraction music to show off their “Disney Side.’’ Video submissions are being accepted at Espn.com/CheerMagic through Nov. 10 with four finalists announced Dec. 11 on ESPN around the telecast of the Home Depot College Football Awards show at Walt Disney World Resort. The winning squad will be announced January 12 on ESPN before the college football National Championship. The winning team of Cheer On Your Disney Side sponsored by ESPN working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit, wins a $100,000 grant for their college spirit program and a group trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The excitement is not limited to just cheer and dance squads. Fans can get into the action by voting for their favorite Disney Side cheer and dance routine from the final four finalists.

How do you get involved, take a look.

For more information, rules and to submit a video, visit Espn.com/CheerMagic.

This year, Disney Parks is encouraging people to show their “Disney Side’’– their fun-loving adventurous side that laughs more, says “yes” more and just plain lives life to the fullest.

Cheer Your Disney Side Promotion By ESPN.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 50 US States and DC, at least 18+ who are a School Administrator, Teacher, Coach or Administrative Director, representing a public or private, 2 or 4 year college/university located in the 50 US States or DC. Starts 9/3/14 12:00 PM EST. Ends 11/10/14 11:59 PM EST. To enter visit www.espn.com/CheerMagic and follow the directions provided to complete the Online entry form, and upload your Spirit Squad’s 30 sec videos. For prize details odds of winning and complete Official Rules go to www.espn.com/CheerMagic.

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