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#DisneySide Doodles: Captain Hook Reading Treasure Map (Park Map)

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Everyone can use a park map when it comes to planning out their day at Magic Kingdom Park, and in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, Captain Hook is no exception. It looks like that bright, shiny castle has caught his attention. Hopefully this cranky crook isn’t up to something.

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#DisneySide Doodle: Cinderella’s Pals at Le Chapeau

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In this week’s #DisneySide Doodle, Cinderella’s pals are pictured quick at work in Le Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., to fashion her a brand-new accessory – a lovely pair of Mouse ears inspired by her story.

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How would our other Disney characters show their #DisneySides in our parks? Check out how our team of artists answered that question in the related posts below.

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Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 19th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


In a few weeks, runDisney will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort. This year’s race event will truly be a celebration with special parties, medals, photo ops and more. Check out our top must-do’s for this commemorative weekend!

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1. Show your “Diamond” Disney Side
One of the many things that make runDisney races unique is the creative outfits that runners wear. From classic Disney characters to princesses to villains, we have seen it all on our courses. With this year not only being the 10th anniversary of our race, but also the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, we challenge runners to show their “Diamond” Disney Side!

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2. Kick off the weekend at the 10th Anniversary Party
You don’t have to be a runner to join in on the excitement! A special 10th Anniversary Party will kick off the weekend at Disneyland park, where guests will enjoy entertainment and attractions as well as an exclusive viewing of the “Paint the Night” parade. Guests who attend will even be given a commemorative 10th anniversary sling bag.

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3. Snap a photo with your favorite Disney characters
You never know who you will run into on a runDisney course! Runners can’t forget to snap a photo with their favorite Disney characters along their journey to the finish line.

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4. Enjoy a delicious pre-race meal at the Pasta in the Park Party
Runners can fuel up for their half marathon race by enjoying a buffet pasta dinner Saturday night inside Disneyland park! At the Pasta in the Park Party, not only is the food delicious, but there will also be entertainment and special appearances by some of your favorite Disney Villains throughout the evening.

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5. Capture a photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Rounding out our top must-do’s during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is to capture a photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Whether it’s a group shot or a selfie, don’t miss the opportunity to get this iconic shot during your race.

With just weeks left in our countdown, we can’t wait for you to experience all that’s in-store as we celebrate 10 years of runDisney magic!

For more information on our race events visit runDisney.com.

*Disneyland® Half Marathon Anniversary Party and Pasta in the Park Party elements, including but not limited to participating locations, menus, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability, and may change or be canceled without notice. Standard theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend the Disneyland® Half Marathon Anniversary Party or the Pasta in the Park Party. The number of tickets available is limited. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours for ticket purchased and are not interchangeable. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Children under the age of 3 are free. Restrictions apply.

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Favorite Disney Parks Attractions Now Available on the Show Your Disney Side App

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The Show Your Disney Side App that makeovers your selfies into Disney and Star Wars characters can now transform your photos into characters from favorite Disney Parks attractions. As we unveiled at the D23 Expo last week, show your Disney Side with Toy Story Midway Mania!, Enchanted Tales with Belle and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

You can become Buzz Lightyear, Woody or the spunky Jessie, the beautiful Belle, uber machismo Gaston and the Prince/Beast, sweet Snow White, the evil Maleficent, and Doc. With each new attraction, the app doesn’t just spruce up your photos, some even have cool animation. You’ll definitely want to share these images.

To get in on the fun, download the free Show Your Disney Side App from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at DisneySideApp.com. Don’t forget these tips: smile big, make sure your hair isn’t blocking your face, and take your photo in front of plain background. And don’t forget: these creations are made for sharing. We look forward to seeing you – and your Disney Side – on social media.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Lilo & Stitch Enjoy Dole Whip in Adventureland

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today’s doodle has Lilo and her best friend, Stitch, showing their #DisneySide in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It looks like they’ve stumbled across a new favorite dessert – Dole Whip.

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Thanks to artist Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

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Back to School Shopping Ideas from Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As summer is quickly fading into fall, it’s time for back to school shopping. I can’t believe my children will return to school in just a couple of weeks. I recently spent a morning at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World Resort searching for back to school shopping ideas. Here is a quick look at some of the items I found for those who want to add a splash of Disney to their backpacks.

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World of Disney and Mickey’s Fun Finds at Downtown Disney Marketplace both offered assortments of pens, pencils and other cool school tools. I liked the colorful Mickey Mouse-inspired pens and the zipper cases are something I wish I had growing up.

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I found some fun apparel items for girls in the Zoey & Pickles boutique inside the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace. They also carried a sweet backpack decorated with images of Mickey Mouse-shaped candies.

Once Upon a Toy store has a new shirt featuring “Miles from Tomorrowland,” the hit Disney Junior animated series.

At Downtown Disney West Side, D-Street had some Oswald the Lucky Rabbit t-shirts, while the Super Hero Headquarters shop carried plenty of apparel options for super heroes of all ages.

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Finally, I visited Curl by Sammy Duvall where I found a small assortment of the popular Disney Vans shoes along with clothing and accessories for girls and boys. Next door, Fit2Run, The Runner’s Superstore, has a perfect selection of athletic footwear and more. Both of these shops now open at 10:00 a.m. daily in Downtown Disney West Side.

Here’s a quick shopping tip I learned after my visit – all Downtown Disney shops now open at 10:00 a.m. which includes Downtown Disney West Side. This is a great time to visit as parking is usually plentiful and it’s easier to get in and out of shops.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Louis the Alligator from ‘The Princess and the Frog’ & Main Street Philharmonic

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In “The Princess & The Frog,” Louis is a jazz-playing alligator who dreams of “jammin’ with the big boys.” Looks like he’s got his turn in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, which shows him leading the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Thanks to designer Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

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Summertime Update About Retail MagicBands and Accessories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As the “Coolest Summer Ever” continues at Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to give you an update about several new retail MagicBands and accessories. These items are a great way to show your Disney Side during your vacation. Here is a look at some of my favorites.

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The open edition retail MagicBands featuring Steamboat Willie and characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are currently available in select merchandise locations.

On August 14, we will release two additional open edition retail MagicBands. One will have Winnie the Pooh while the other will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Open edition retail MagicBands have a retail of $19.95 each. Like all other retail MagicBands, these open edition items can be linked later making them great gifts.

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At the beginning of the year, we released a retail MagicBand with an image of Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park. Later this month, we will have three additional open edition retail MagicBands for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m thrilled to see Figment on the Epcot-themed MagicBand!

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Some of the coolest MagicBand accessories I’ve seen are the attraction-themed MagicSliders. These small rectangular images easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand. They are a great way to either showcase your favorite Disney attractions or to keep track of which ones you’ve experienced.

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There are three attraction sliders per MagicSlider pack. Look for three different packs of Magic Kingdom Park attractions, and two packs each for attractions at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each pack has a retail of $6.95.

Finally, we are now offering some of the Disney character MagicBands including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on our Disney Parks online store. You can find them along with select MagicBand accessories by visiting this page.

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#DisneySide Doodle: Kaa Explores Jungle Cruise

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In today’s #DisneySide Doodle, “The Jungle Book’s” ever-clever Kaa is exploring a whole new jungle at The Jungle Cruise attraction. I wonder which leg of the journey he’ll enjoy most.

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Get Ready to Show Your Disney Side During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Guys and ghouls, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is creeping up. It’s never too early to start planning Halloween costumes, especially if you plan to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Looking for inspiration? Why not your favorite Disney characters?

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For your prince or princess (3–12 years of age), visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland in Disneyland park and watch as they transform before your very eyes into Halloween Minnie, a Knight or their favorite princess. Fans of Anna, Elsa & Olaf (ages 3-15) should definitely plan a quick trip to Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District for “cool” tips and tricks for the Halloween season. Special tip: A Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Glow Stick or Skull Glow Stick is a perfect way to light your path to Halloween adventure at home or at the Disneyland Resort!

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Of course that’s not all – there’s more Halloween fun brewing. As you can see, I had some help from fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater and Merchandise Marketing “Ghost Host” Ashley Cortez who took their roles all too seriously. So this year if you choose not to dress up, we have a few tips for you on how you can show your Disney Side. Costume T-shirts and fleece (for adults and youth) inspired by a few not-so-scary classic characters including Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as well an array of intergalactic-inspired apparel and accessories will help you pay Halloween homage in a frightfully fun way. Find all of these and more for the entire family at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort this August. Tips: Attraction-inspired T-shirts also work well; as you can see, we found these “haunting” T-shirts at Port Royal. If you seek something more subtle, try new headwear on for size – it’s themed to Halloween and the perfect fit for a night of haunting fun.

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Don’t forget to dress your pets! Treat your furry friends to something spook-tacular this season – by adding a little “character” to their look with our Disney Tails Collection. Even Ashley’s dog Nala couldn’t resist showing us her Disney Side in a sparkly sequin bow with her favorite Minnie Mouse shoe toy. Curious as to where they’re available? We found the entire collection at Atwater Ink & Paint on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, but be sure to check out other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort including World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

Are you ready for Halloween? How will you show your Disney Side?

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