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Runners Show Off Their ‘Super Hero Side’ at Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


If you participate in a runDisney event, or simply come out to support a runner, one of the first the first things you notice is the variety of costumes runners wear during the race. From beloved Disney character-inspired outfits to dressing for the theme of the race, the creativity is amazing and unique to a runDisney event. And this weekend’s inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort set the bar a little higher.

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For several years now, I have had the privilege to stand at the start and finish lines for several runDisney events, and in my humble opinion, costumes this past weekend rank #1. Runners went above and beyond expectations in creating and designing their super hero alter ego. It was my observation that the most popular costume for men and women was Captain America, closely followed by Thor and Hulk. Thanks to our runners, I was introduced to super hero characters I didn’t know existed.

It really was amazing and now I can’t wait to see what Star Wars runners do in January!!

On Sunday, Disney photographer Matt Stroshane went in search of ‘super’ creative costumes. We hope you will enjoy the photo gallery featuring a few super heroes who took on and defeated 13.1 miles at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon.

For more information and to register for an upcoming runDisney event, visit runDisney.com.

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Pirates Takeover Central PaRRRk: Behind the Scenes

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Avast Me Hearties!

I hope ye all have had a chance to see the fabulousness of New Yorkers showing their Disney Side in the Pirate Takeover of Central Park by the “prank collective” Improv Everywhere.

It’s gotten some great response. My favorite comment on YouTube was “You Best Be Liking That Page.”

And isn’t that dog the cutest! His name was Hudson. And he just happened to have a giant copper set of keys! Go figure!

Well, we at the Disney Parks Blog were there to capture all the Disney Side festivities behind the scenes.

We followed the IE team through a day of rehearsals and then the day of shooting from set up to the main event.

It was a glorious day in Central Park. Take a look.

The IE team captured the essence of New Yorkers showing their Disney Side – that playful side that comes out when even thinking about a Disney Parks vacation.

Kudos to Improv Everywhere creator Charlie Todd and his team.

And a hearty – Yo Ho Ho!

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Video: ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On Friday night, we kicked off our special Disney Side live video series for the holidays with a “must-see” from the Walt Disney World Resort – “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” If you missed it live, we’re sharing a chance to see it again this weekend.

Thank you for checking out our first in a series of live stream events this holiday season. Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

Check back next week for our next live stream from the Walt Disney World Resort.

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‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Live Stream Begins Disney Side Video Series

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you were excited to read about our newest holiday stage show – “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ll want to be right back here on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow night for a special surprise.

We’re live streaming “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” on November 7, 2014 to kick off an exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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At 6:15 p.m. EST on Friday night, we’re hosting coverage of the all-new “A Frozen Holiday Wish” as it happens on the Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom Park. To see it, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 6 p.m. on November 7.

During the live stream, Queen Elsa will use her magical powers to gift everyone in the kingdom by turning Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace. You’ll also see Anna and appearances by Kristoff and the lovable snowman Olaf.

Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

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New Yorkers Show Their Disney Side as Pirates Takeover Central Park

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Dead Men Tell No Tales!

Central Park turned into Central pARRRk recently, courtesy of the group Improv Everywhere, showing their Disney Side to New York park goers and vice versa.

Such iconic locations as the Central Park Boathouse, Bow Bridge and Bethesda Fountain were overrun by the fiercest scallywags to ever sail “The Lake” in the park – seemingly straight out of our very own Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! Imagine that!

Take a look.

Improv Everywhere, creators of the “Films in Real Life” viral video series, is a New York City-based “prank collective” that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.

As you can see, New Yorkers weren’t afraid to show their Disney Sides, as well.

We at the Disney Parks Blog were there to cover all the action. Check back soon for a behind-the-scenes report!

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Digging Up Details About Memento Mori Shop in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Memento Mori, the new Haunted Mansion-themed shop, recently opened in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. This location is the destination for new Haunted Mansion Authentic products at Walt Disney World Resort. In recent weeks, I’ve enjoyed hearing guests’ reactions and seeing photographs from their visits to the shop. Since it’s Halloween, I caught up with my Walt Disney Imagineering partners to dig up a few interesting details about the shop that you may not know.

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You may recall that it is rumored the little shop was the abode of Madame Leota. While she disappeared long ago, many of her belongings are still located in the shop such as a beautiful portrait that was possibly created during the time she lived in the area.

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The shop’s name was inspired by a gravestone found in the graveyard scene inside the attraction. The Victorian-era phrase “Memento Mori” reminded people of that age “to live life to the fullest as everyone is mortal.”
There are two different signs found outside the shop. The larger sign has an eyeball-like graphic that looks like it follows you when passing by the location.

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Merchandise cast members wear costumes that are slightly different than the maid and butler costumes from the attraction. I love the unique Madame Leota-inspired broach that female cast members wear (yes, the merchandise team is considering making it a retail item in the future).

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The broach also inspired a mirror found on a wall inside the shop. The mirror’s frame is basically a larger replica of the broach.

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One of the coolest new things in the shop is Spirit Photography, which is another way for Guests to pursue the mysteries of life. This special kind of photography has been known to touch the spirit world, revealing the secrets that lie beyond.

Outside the Spirit Photography room, you will find some recreations of the earliest form of photography known as “daguerreotype.” I also liked the wallpaper found inside the photography area.

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While visiting the shop to get photographs for this story, I had my portrait taken. After a few moments, I was presented an 8-inch by 10-inch, lenticular image that revealed my spirited Disney Side. No reservations are needed for this experience.

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Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 4 (Costumes)

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Only a few more days until Halloween! You have your costume ready?

If not, that’s ok!

You still have plenty of time left to show off your Halloween Disney Side by uploading family photos of Halloween home decor, food and drinks, carved pumpkins and costumes themed to Disney Parks attractions at DisneySideContest.com. Each photo uploaded enters you for a chance to win that grand prize of a private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

This week’s post is all about costumes.

We sent Disney Parks Blog author, Steven Miller over to the Creative Costuming “lab” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get some tips from Disney Costuming’s Glen Howard. (Steven showed his Disney Side this year with a magnificent costume inspired by the Epcot Millennium Celebration’s Tapestry of Nations parade.

Let’s take a look at what Steven and Glen cooked up.

Wow. I should get going on my costume.

And you should check out DisneySideContest.com to enter for a chance to win some eerie, scary prizes, including that private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

You can “Haunt Your Disney Side” all the way through Nov. 4!

NO PURCH NEC. Ends 11/4/14 at 11:59:59 PM ET. 50 US/DC/Canada (excl. QC), 18/age of majority +. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.


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Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side With Never-Before-Seen Moves

posted on October 24th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


With some never before seen fancy footwork, unique dance moves and a cheer lift, Minnie Mouse and her spirit team recently stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to cheer on her Disney Side.

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Performing never before seen moves, Minnie is looking to inspire college cheer and dance squads to show their Disney Side and compete in the nationwide Cheer Your Disney Side campaign.

College cheer and dance squads have until November 10 to create and submit a 30-second Disney Parks-inspired routine using remixed Disney Parks attraction music to show off their Disney Side. Video submissions are being accepted at Espn.com/CheerMagic. Four teams will be selected as finalists and announced December 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 four finalists.

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.

ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort has been the home of Varsity Spirit’s College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, the premier athletic competition for these teams, for over 20 years. Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today. Focused on safety, entertainment and school leadership, Varsity Spirit conducts educational camps, administrates competitions and provides apparel for more than 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers.

Cheer Your Disney Side Promotion By ESPN.

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. Subject to Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158.

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Tween-Directed Film ‘Rocket Boy’ Takes Disney Side To Theaters

posted on October 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As we shared earlier, our Yellow Shoes Creative Group and McGarry Bowen have been working with a few tween filmmakers to bring to life their vision of what their Disney Side would look like on film as a part of the “Direct Your Disney Side” project.

Our friends at Yellow Shoes just shared the first of these short films, which is titled “Rocket Boy,” by Elwood Walker. As a part of the “Direct Your Disney Side” project, this short will also appear in theaters nationwide starting today as a part of the NCM First Look pre-show content (which will run before film previews begin).

We’ll have two more tween-directed videos to share with you in this series in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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‘Direct Your Disney Side’ Shorts Showcase Tween Filmmakers’ Disney Side

posted on October 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If given the chance, how would a tween express their Disney Side on film?

This was the question that our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with McGarry Bowen and Adolescent Films) posed to tween filmmakers in our “Direct Your Disney Side” project. Three tweens, Elwood Walker, Jack Vinetz, and Claire Jantzen were chosen to pitch, storyboard and even direct their own short film, all inspired by how they show their Disney Side.

We’ll be sharing each student’s short here on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the fun the tweens had during their filmmaking adventures.

Be sure to check back tomorrow, when we’ll share “Rocket Boy” the first film in the series.

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