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‘The Good Dinosaur Weekend’ Celebrated Pixar’s Newest Film

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Last weekend we celebrated the newest Disney•Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” on both coasts — at Disney Springs in Florida and the Downtown Disney District in California. With a DJ dance party, chalk art, activities, giveaways and more, it was a party filled with dino-sized fun for the whole family! Couldn’t make it in person? Check out the video recap below, then make plans to see the film which makes it official debut today, November 25, 2015.

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Get To Know 7 Disney Parks Dinosaurs

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

In honor of today’s release of the film “The Good Dinosaur,” we wanted to give shout outs to seven of our other Disney Parks dinosaurs.

Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios
1. Dino Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A landmark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989, Gertie is both a nod to Gertie the Trained Dinosaur, one of the first popular animated characters in film. Although the character was not developed by Walt Disney, she’s a symbol of animation history – and at the park, serves up mighty good ice cream.

2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot – The original version of this attraction introduced me to some of Disney Parks’ first-ever dinosaur Audio-Animatronics figures back in the mid-1980s – and I was mystified!

DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

3. DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – A quick trip on a Time Rover takes us back 65 million years ago to visit Alioramus, Velociraptors and more. Better make it a real quick trip if you don’t want to get caught by that treacherous Carnotaurus!

4. TriceraTop Spin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Okay, this dino draw is more my speed, with it’s colorful herbivores ready to take to the skies.

5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park – This guy is perhaps the oldest resident of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, preserved for all to see.

6. The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – What trip to DinoLand, U.S.A., at Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be complete for little ones without a trip through the Boneyard? Here, kiddos can help excavate the bones of a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, explore rope bridges and more.

7. T-REX Restaurant at Disney Springs – For the ultimate dinosaur experience, head to T-Rex at Disney Springs. The food is terrific and every few minutes diners get to experience a meteor shower. Ultimate dino fans can also create their own dinosaur at the Build-A-Dino station in the adjacent merchandise shop.

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450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Over the weekend, 450 Disney fans joined us at Disney Springs for our latest event, the Disney Parks BlogThe Good Dinosaur” Meet-Up. Our morning of fun included an early screening of the film, a good ol’fashioned “roar-off” among our younger guests, surprises that included Disney Parks Blog hats, and more.


450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up 450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey into the dinosaur world, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo must learn to confront his fear and discover what he is truly capable of. To hear what our guests thought of the film, check out the video below.

Don’t forget to see “The Good Dinosaur” when it opens on Wednesday, November 25.

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Haunted Mansion Funko Pop! Figures Debut at Disney Parks

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Materializing at Disney Parks on November 27 are four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion, created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. These happy haunts are currently in search of a new place to socialize since their resting grounds have been taken over by Sandy Claws!


This new collection includes Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the ever-popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure will retail for $19.95 plus tax and will be available at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort
D Street, Downtown Disney District

Walt Disney World Resort
Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace

Which one of these Grim Grinning Ghosts will follow you home?

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World of Disney Expands in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort has recently transformed into a larger, more spacious shopping experience for guests. I recently visited this flagship merchandise store to discover the latest additions.


The World of Disney expansion includes an addition of 6,000 sq. ft of retail selling space, a new entrance to the location, and interior changes to help guests better navigate this incredible shopping destination. The location is now considered the largest merchandise shop at Walt Disney World Resort.

I loved the gorgeous stained glass window found in the new space. I also found enhanced directional signs throughout the entire shop which made locating products easier.


One of my favorite details was the new artwork added to the ceiling including Elliot the dragon from Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”; WALL-E and Eve from Disney•Pixar’s “Wall-E”; and Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”


Guests can now complete purchases at one of several, more efficient, centralized register locations. There was also a new information desk for guests who may have questions about Disney products.


Finally, cast members have new, re-designed costumes as shown above by Leo Cal and Cencen Wang.

To celebrate the newly expanded location, we are offering a “Free Shipping” promotion on purchases made only at World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2015. This would be a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping!

To see the latest Disney Springs happenings, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and the brand-new Instagram account. Be sure to use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for an opportunity to be featured.

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One-of-a-Kind Ganachery at Disney Springs to Open Dec. 15, Celebrating Chocolate, ‘the Most Beautiful Product in the World’

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

A whole new experience for Walt Disney World Resort guests debuts December 15 at Disney Springs – the Ganachery, showcasing hand-crafted chocolate, “the most beautiful product in the world,” says Disney Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer.


Stepping inside this jewel-box shop is reminiscent of an apothecary of another era, as a chocolatier is similar to a scientist, says Chef Stefan. (Look up at the elegant chandelier made with copper saucepans, a classic tool of the trade.) The lovely little space elevates sweets to an experience akin to a wine tasting.


Chef Stefan has spent the last couple of years on an international quest for the world’s best chocolate for this stylish new boutique. “It has nothing to do with ‘candy,’” he explains. This isn’t about sugar and sweets, but pure and simple chocolate. The star of the show is a custom-made ganache, a luxurious, proprietary mixture of melted chocolate and cream.


The trend in the United States is dark chocolate, and the Ganachery uses a bold, 65 percent dark chocolate made with a touch of vanilla for “a beautiful balance of fruitiness and acidity,” explains Chef Stefan. The shop offers both milk and dark so that there is something for everyone.


A well-trained chocolatier will greet guests as they enter The Ganachery, where an expert will be on stage mixing, decorating and enrobing each delicate bite. For Chef Stefan, this quality of chocolate is like a fine wine, to be appreciated – but the experience won’t be intimidating as the chocolatier encourages guests to try one of the 16 different ganaches made in house.


“Textures, tastes, colors – this is about relaxing and enjoying a bite-size indulgence,” says Chef Stefan. He mentions flavors such a dark chocolate with a touch of shaved Egyptian salt, or a simple milk chocolate with a dash of dark chocolate and a pinch of Sri Lankan cinnamon. The signature flavor is dark chocolate with a note of Florida orange. All of the flavors fall into four categories: Spices, such a chipotle; Classic, such as orange, vanilla and caramel; Trendy, such as matcha yuzu chocolate; and Fruit, such as passion fruit and calamansi. There’s nothing ordinary about these tastes.

Even the boxes are a work of art – big flavors wrapped in tiny, beautiful boxes are a lovely souvenir.

To add an element of delicious whimsy, nine varieties of custom-made chocolate bars (not made in house) celebrate Disney’s iconic destinations and the “Fab Five” (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck). The Aulani bar, for instance, is white chocolate with pineapple and coconut; the Disneyland Paris bar is dark chocolate with liquid caramel and fleur de sel; the Disneyland Resort bar is milk chocolate with raisins and almonds (an ode to California’s top crops); the Minnie bar is milk chocolate with dried strawberries.

So it’s all about the world’s finest artisan chocolates – with one exception for the winter holidays. Chef Stefan has created a baked mini-stollen, the classic German fruit bread, this one covered with marzipan, then enrobed in a dark chocolate blend. This is one treat we guarantee you won’t find anywhere else.

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Digging Up Merchandise at Disney Parks for Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This week, we are celebrating “Dino Week” in honor of the upcoming release of Disney-Pixar’sThe Good Dinosaur” which arrives in theaters on November 25. I recently visited the appropriately themed Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to survey merchandise being offered at Disney Parks for this film.


For the release of this film, we have a small assortment of toys and apparel for kids. Guests may also find adorable plush resembling Arlo the Apatosaurus and his unlikely human friend Spot. Look for them on an open edition two-pin set as well.


My favorite item is a kids’ zipper jacket that looks like the Tyrannosaurus Rex named Butch. I love the little arms that stick out from the front of the jacket.


In the mix, we included some toys created by our partners from the Disney Store.


Guests should also look for a limited release logo pin that opens to reveal an image of characters from the film.

Finally, we are hosting special signing events at Disney Parks this weekend.

For guests visiting Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort, filmmakers, Pete Docter and Jerome Ranft will be appearing from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 21. Jay Ward will be appearing at the location from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on November 22. They will be meeting with fans and signing select Pixar-themed merchandise during their appearances.

At Disneyland Resort, Disney artists Joey Chou and Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand for a signing event on November 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney District. You can see some of their artwork in the top image. This artwork will also be released in Florida this weekend.

You can find select items from “The Good Dinosaur” online at Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

Check out all of the exciting activities happening at Disney in celebration of Dino Week at

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Sign Up for our Disney•Pixar ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up at Disney Springs

posted on November 18th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities.

Since October, we’ve offered Disney Parks guests a chance to sneak a peek of Disney•Pixar’sThe Good Dinosaur” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Next Sunday, November 22, 2015, we’re offering the opportunity to be part of a special advance screening of the entire film “The Good Dinosaur” before it opens in U.S. theaters on November 25, 2015 in 3D.


The Disney Parks Blog hosted meet-up begins at 11 a.m. ET (doors open at 10 a.m) at AMC Disney Springs 24 at Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, November 22, 2015. And at the event, you’ll see the Disney•Pixar “The Good Dinosaur” film.

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees may attend the meet-up, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, here are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the meet-up must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is rated PG.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the meet-up.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in across from AMC Disney Springs 24 West Side for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The meet-up is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

And here is other important information to know:

  • Disney•Pixar “The Good Dinosaur” will be presented in RealD 3D.
  • A valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Please note that camera, smart phones and other recording devices will not be permitted in the theater. Security will be present to check these devices.
  • This is a pre-release screening of the movie. Captioning, descriptive video and assisted listening devices will not be available.
  • Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), its affiliates and the theater are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time.
  • NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and phones) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to WDSMP, its licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.
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Second Pedestrian Bridge is Now Open at Disney Springs

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Earlier this fall, our first pedestrian bridge opened near Team Disney. Yesterday, we celebrated the official debut of the second bridge, linking Hotel Plaza Boulevard to Disney Springs Marketplace more safely and efficiently than ever before.

Along with several fellow cast members, one of our Walt Disney World Resort ambassadors, a handful of Disney executives, and partners from Reedy Creek and Hotel Plaza Boulevard, I had the chance to witness the ribbon-cutting moment that marked yet another milestone in the evolution of Disney Springs.

With a giant pair of golden scissors, confetti streamers, musical fanfare and celebratory cupcakes, we debuted the bridge in true Disney Springs style!


Whether you’re staying at one of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard or simply parking in the lots near Team Disney for a few hours, I’d encourage you to take a walk across one of these bridges. (It’s surprisingly cool and calm up there, and the views are fantastic!)

With expansion efforts continuing through summer 2016, there’s still more change on the horizon. Now, thanks to our pedestrian bridges, that horizon looks markedly different – literally!

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For the latest Disney Springs news, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and our recently-launched Instagram account. We’d love to see a photo of you enjoying our property; use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for your chance to be featured!

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Add a Splash of Disney to Your Dining Table This Thanksgiving Holiday

posted on November 17th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday this year as my parents will be visiting from Ohio. My girlfriend and I are going to try cooking a delicious meal, which will be served on the outstanding Adventureland-inspired dinnerware released last year at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. If you are looking to add a splash of Disney to your table this year, here are some suggestions of home décor products from Disney Parks.


The dinnerware items shown in the above images are part of the Gourmet Mickey collection. In addition to the colors shown, we also offer plates and bowls in green and red (perfect for the upcoming holiday season after Thanksgiving).


You can nibble like the Mouse with this set of five stainless steel serving utensils with Mickey icon cut-out on the handles. This boxed set includes knife, fork, spoon, slotted spoon, and slotted cake server.


I love these wine glasses that feature the lyrics to “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” They are part of the Chalkboard artwork collection released last year at Disney Parks. The glasses are offered in both 16 oz. and 18 oz. sizes.


Finally, we offer several decorative salt and pepper shakers including Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as Pilgrims. These sets are fun ways to spice up any Thanksgiving meal.

Look for select dinnerware items on our Disney Parks online store at You may have select items shipped directly to your home using the free Shop Disney Parks app.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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