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You Will Fly for These Tinker Bell Half Marathon Finisher Medals

posted on February 19th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

You set a goal, you started your training and now you get to see what waits for you in May at the finish line of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at the Disneyland Resort.


Today I am excited to show you all the finisher medals for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, including the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge medal for those running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.

Disney is all about storytelling and these runDisney medals are no exception. To help get the story behind the “bling”, I went straight to the man behind the medals, Disney Art Director Scott Auerbach. He designed this year’s finisher medals.

The Never Land 5K medallion features the Lost Boys. These boys have always been popular with our guests, and Auerbach feels their playful and adventurous attitude is a perfect fit for the family fun run.


Auerbach says his goal for the Tinker Bell 10K was to create a medal that included Tinker Bell’s friends from Pixie Hollow. He decided to go with five fairies, and when combined you get a total of 10 wings, one for each kilometer of your journey. The medal is enhanced with a pearlescent texture on the wings. This gives a light shifting reflection and depth that really makes the wings come to life.


The Tinker Bell Half Marathon finisher medal again features Tink herself. Surrounded by wings, Tink spins in the center of the medal, and it is sprinkled with a little pixie dust color to help you fly.


In designing the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge finisher medal, Auerbach drew inspiration from the movie “The Pirate Fairy.” In the film, Tinker Bell and her friends set out to find Zarina who took the Blue Pixie Dust. On their journey each of the fairies’ “talents” are switched and this puts them in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar situation. However, in order to find Zarina and the Blue Pixie Dust, they must accept these new talents and work together. Through persistence and teamwork they were able to find the Pixie Dust and recover their friend Zarina. Aurbach says this medal represents the challenges that Tinker Bell and her friends faced and the various talents used to accomplish their goals. Each icon represents the talents of Tinker Bell (tinker talent), Silvermist (water talent), Vidia (fast-flying talent), Rosetta (garden talent), Iridessa (light talent), and Fawn (animal talent).

Auberach says, “Like the fairies, we can accept new challenges and with a little persistence, learning new talents, and working together, we can all achieve incredible goals.”


We hope you like these medals and that they provide the motivation you need to complete your training. For those not registered for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, I hope these inspire you to join us for a future runDisney event weekend and get your “bling”.

See you at the finish line in May.

For more information about Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and other runDisney event weekends, visit

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Download Our ‘Almost Midnight’ Cinderella-Inspired Wallpaper

posted on February 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this week we shared a desktop/mobile wallpaper from Disney artist Mike Britton, which depicts Cinderella on her way to the ball. Now we have another one to share with you, from Disney artist Ty Amato, that shows Cinderella in the moments just before midnight.


Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers here.

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PHOTOS – Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Merchandise Checks Into Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


One morning not so long ago, I checked out the new Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic merchandise that arrived at Tower Hotel Gifts in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You may recall a previous story a few weeks ago discussing this new program that was inspired by the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney Parks. Here’s a quick look at what I discovered beyond the fifth dimension.


Upon entering Tower Hotel Gifts, I immediately noticed the new products displayed throughout the shop. The merchandise presentation team reworked many of the wall fixtures and added some new elements to the location. The shop now features a Tower Hotel Gallery with collectible artwork such as the art deco-inspired bellhop sign created by Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra. It was great seeing some of my other favorite items in the shop like the bellhop hat and the bell.


The team also added a few nods to the original television series above the merchandise displays (look above the register area to find Talky Tina). I enjoyed seeing a luggage cart being used as a fixture for apparel, and the display for the Disney Theme Park Edition of Jenga is quite creative!


Additional items will be arriving throughout this spring at both Disneyland California Adventure park in Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort. There will more apparel items for men and women (the women’s T-shirts will arrive toward May). There will also be a new black-colored bathrobe that is due to arrive around April. Finally, new drinkware and stationary will be added to the shops in the coming weeks.

Here is a gallery of other items I found. I hope you “drop in” sometime soon to check them out.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate With Good Eats at Disney California Adventure Park, February 19-22

posted on February 17th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Thursday, February 19, is officially Lunar New Year, the turn of the Chinese calendar. At Disney California Adventure park, celebrate with these little tastes of Asian goodies during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration!


At Bayside Brews, you can sip a cold Tsing Tao Beer and bite into a soft, pillowy steamed bao filled with pork, served with sweet chili sauce. These steamed buns, considered grab ‘n go street food in China, are a perfect snack for strolling the park. If you prefer dessert, try a ginger milk tea with almond cookies.

The pork bao and almond cookies also will be available on the Lunar New Year food cart, along with the popular Boudin Bakery sourdough bread (this one baked with a wood ram insignia – it’s the “Year of the Sheep”), so take home a loaf for your own celebration.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: February 2010

posted on February 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

It’s been a while since we took a look back at some of our favorite stories from years past, so I thought I’d go to the way-back file for this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.” Come with me to February 2010 to see the stories we were working on.

Magic: A 24 Hour Operation
Valarie Sukovaty shared this amazing behind-the-scenes look at what happens after Disneyland park closes for the night, in a video she first produced back in 2006.

Walt and Lillian Disney's Anniversary Party

A Unique Anniversary Party
Heather Hust Rivera took us back to 1955 with a special look at Walt and Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party here at Disneyland.

Four Steam Locomotives at Disneyland Park

Photo Captures a Rare Sight: Four Steam Locomotives at Disneyland Park
Here’s something you don’t see every day … all four Disneyland Railroad locomotives in front of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland park.

Sailing Ship Columbia

A Foggy Morning on the Rivers of America
Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared this beautiful, rarely seen moment from Disneyland park.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and we’ve been celebrating all week on the Disney Parks Blog with new stories, headers, logos, and a fresh group of wallpapers for all of your screens. We highlighted several of your favorite Disney couples, including one of the more unusual couples – robots WALL-E and Eve.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with WALL-E Celebrate Valentine's Day with Simba
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Pluto Celebrate Valentine's Day with Donald

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.


Also this week, we announced a new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea. It’ll be the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard our ships.

Star Wars Day at Sea will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away — in the Western Caribbean. The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise.

Check out Jonathan’s original story for more details.

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

Haunt Your Disney Side Winners Celebrate with Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at Magic Kingdom Park – The Krummers kicked off their dream Disney Side celebration with an unforgettable after-hours party inside the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park.

New ‘Cooking Safari With Mickey’ Cookbook Debuts This Spring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – It was so much fun to work with the chefs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to put together “A Cooking Safari With Mickey,” a collection of recipes showcasing the flavorful cuisine of South Africa and India.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With WALL-E & Eve – We celebrated Valentine’s Day with one of the more unusual Disney couples – robots WALL-E and Eve.

Discover With Me: Kula Wai at the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – The “Discover with Me” series continues with a tour of the Kula Wai – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O‘ahu!

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure Park – The next time you’re getting a great deal on a square meal at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, take a look around and discover the story of these talented ladies for yourself.

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Celebrate the Anniversary of ‘Cinderella’ With A Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

posted on February 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

I have to say of all the Disney Parks Blog wallpapers we’ve shared over the past five years, this just might be my favorite. Today’s anniversary of the debut of the original 1950 film “Cinderella” inspired the creation our latest desktop/mobile wallpaper. The image, created by Disney artist Mike Britton, is an artistic take on the moment Cinderella is rushed off to the ball to meet the prince. To download, simply click on the image below.


Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Top ‘Cinderella’-Inspired Items from Disney Parks

posted on February 15th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the 65th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s “Cinderella,” I’m reminded of my younger sister who loved Cinderella. I remember her listening to a 33 ½ long playing record that had scenes from the animated film printed on both sides of the album. Today, her childhood bedroom in Ohio still has reminders of Cinderella with small figurines and framed prints. She found many of those items during visits to Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s and 1990s. I thought today was a good day to share some of my favorite Cinderella-themed items currently found Disney Parks.


To celebrate this anniversary, the Disney pin team released a limited edition pin that has an edition size of 2,000. Look for it in select pin locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.


Costume dresses and accessories are some of the most popular Cinderella items at Disney Parks. Little ones ages 3-12 can also be magically transformed into Cinderella at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, and Downtown Disney Marketplace. I bet my sister wishes she had these options when she was a child!


Speaking of Downtown Disney Marketplace, I stopped by Arribas Brothers to view an amazing Cinderella Castle Sculpture. The limited sculpture is detailed in hand-enameled metal and is set with 28,255 Swarovski crystals. The retail for this item is $37,500 and it can be found online.


Finally, I have a sneak preview of a graphic MagicBand that is coming this spring. This Cinderella-themed retail MagicBand is similar to the Belle and Ariel MagicBands we released in January. While I don’t have a confirmed release date for this open edition item, the MagicBand development team thought it was the perfect thing for this Cinderella story.

Here is a gallery of other things I found including custom phone cases at D-Tech on Demand in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace, dolls, mugs and the Cinderella Castle playset.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Valentine’s Day at Disney Parks

posted on February 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Happy Valentine’s Day! As you can see, the Disney Parks Blog has been transformed to celebrate the day of love and romance. Here’s a roundup of some of our best Valentine’s Day content from earlier in the week.


Earlier this week, we shared four new Disney Parks Blog wallpapers themed for Valentine’s Day, including one featuring Pluto, WALL-E and Eve, Simba and Nala, and Donald and Daisy. Which is your favorite? (Check out a complete gallery of wallpapers here on this special page).

Nature Meets Nurture at Senses Ð A Disney Spa at DisneyÕs Saratoga Springs Resort

One of our new blog authors, Victoria Lim, also shared ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your girlfriends here at Walt Disney World Resort.


Representing the Disneyland Resort, Michelle Harker shared a look at the yummy Valentine-themed treats available this year at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

Will your Valentine’s Day celebration include a special Disney touch? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Day 14 – Celebrating You on Valentine’s Day

posted on February 14th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Today I want to thank you! Why? Just 14 days ago you wanted to learn how you could create a Disney magical moment for someone special in our “Celebrate 14 Days of Love” series. And now, 14 days later you know some of the secrets. So in appreciation for joining me each day, how ‘bout I provide one last “magical moment” idea for you. Over the past several days, someone’s come to your mind while reading these tips. I saw you smiling and nodding your head … there’s someone very special to you. So, to help, I created this e-card, featuring our new “Frozen in Time” bouquet, so you could share it with them. Whether its expressing your appreciation, affection or admiration, let them know … they’re worth melting for!

And so that I can bring you ideal content for our Celebrate 14 Days of Love series in 2016, would you let me know what you’d like to see or learn about at Walt Disney World Floral & Gifts and Disneyland Floral & Gifts?

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