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Photo Gallery: 12 Hours of Fun, Food at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

We’ve officially reached our midpoint of the Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour kickoff event. So far we’ve seen a ton of guests showing off their #DisneySide in some pretty amazing costumes, tagged along while Nate snacked his way through the park (he’s finally finished, by the way), and Steven is continuing his mountain challenge at the park. We also hosted a Disney Parks Blog reader event that included breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s and a screening of “Tomorrowland.”


Check out the video and photo gallery above for a look some of the best costumes we’ve seen so far during the event. (Thanks to David Roark and Matt Stroshane for the awesome shots!)

Disney Channel and Disney XD Stars Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Channel stars also stopped by to join in on the fun.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog tonight. Our live streams are still going strong and we can’t wait to share tonight’s entertainment with you – live!

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PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, the Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at the Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.


The event started off bright and early at the front gate of the park, where our readers witnessed a special park opening moment, starring Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” The group enjoyed an exclusive “Tomorrowland” – themed breakfast and photo opportunities at Cosmic Ray’s, before being shuttled to AMC Downtown Disney 24 for a screening of the film.

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PHOTOS: “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

Are you ready for one of the coolest parades ever seen at Magic Kingdom Park? It’s nearly time for all the beauty and majesty of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” starting at 3 p.m. What are you most looking forward to seeing? From the joyous musical score and the spectacularly colorful costumes to those impressive floats and a fire-breathing dragon, the entire procession is a sight to behold!

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade: Mickey's Airship

If you aren’t able to join us to experience the parade in person, be sure to follow along on the live stream. And you’ll be pleased to hear that this year, the live stream will bring you all the wonderful music and sound of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. This morning, thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event. Guests lined up throughout the night to be among the first to celebrate with us. Donning their limited-edition, commemorative Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration ear hats, they filled Main Street, U.S.A., in the early hours of the morning.


Check back throughout the day for live updates from the Disneyland Resort!

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Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Harambe Market, a new area that will serve-up African-inspired street food, is set to open May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we’re excited to share with you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at just how the team is currently working together to bring this new area to life.


Check out the video below to hear how members of the project team traveled to Lamu, Kenya to study architecture, learn how African foods and spices inspired parts of the area’s storyline, and much more.

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Build Your Own Butterfly Garden with Tips from Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 16th, 2015 by Eric Darden, Area Manager, Horticulture, Walt Disney World Resort

One of my favorite things at Epcot during the International Flower & Garden Festival is the Butterflies on the Go garden in Future World, where you can see up to 10 colorful species of butterflies. Some mornings, when the butterflies emerge and their wings are drying out, I like to show kids how to hold them on their fingers so parents can get pictures – it’s a really special moment.

Want to try creating a butterfly habitat that you can enjoy at home? It’s easier than you might think.


  • At your local garden center, find native plants with nectar-producing flowers like butterfly bush and canna lily. Make sure that you have several different species to insure something is always blooming. These plants vary depending on where you live.
  • Plant blooms of different colors, as different butterfly species are attracted to different colors.
  • Though many butterflies love the sun, some species do like shade, so it’s a plus if you can create a mix of sun and shade in your garden.
  • For best results, you’ll also want to provide plants where butterflies can lay their eggs. Most butterflies are species specific when it comes to laying their eggs. Monarch butterflies must have milkweed, Zebra Longwings (the Florida state butterfly) need passion flower, the Cloudless Sulphur lays eggs on Cassia plants, and Pipevine Swallowtails choose, what else? Pipevine!
  • Of course, once the eggs hatch, you’ll have caterpillars, which feed on plants. So if you want to have a fully functioning butterfly garden, you’ll need to tolerate some insect damage on your plants. It’s worth it!
  • Don’t forget that butterflies also need water. There are several different ways to provide water — even a birdbath can work. They often prefer a puddle on the ground, so consider creating a bare, low spot in the garden to keep wet.
  • Most important – never use insecticide, which will harm butterflies!

It’s not too late to visit our Butterflies on the Go garden as we celebrate our final week of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival through May 17. Pick up more ideas, then start creating your own butterfly wonderland. Bambi would approve!

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Grizzly Peak Airfield Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

We gave you a first look at Grizzly Peak Airfield, the expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, back in March. Today I’m excited to report that this newly reimagined area is now open!


Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer ventured out in the rain yesterday to bring us these first looks at Grizzly Peak Airfield. Check out more in the gallery below.

Now let’s go behind-the-scenes of the development of this area with Walt Disney Imagineering!

Grizzly Peak Airfield, including Soarin’ Over California, is now open at Disney California Adventure park.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mad Tea Party at Disneyland Park

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Mad Tea Party is one of my favorite Disneyland park attractions, and I love it even more after dark. The colors of the lanterns hanging overhead combined with the swirling tea cups below truly makes for a truly mad experience. Clean cup, clean cup! Move down! Move down! Move down!

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

In my last Disney Sports Style post, I shared some fairy-inspired looks for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry at the Disneyland Resort.

Fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, myself and our friend and cast member Katie had a blast testing these looks in front of Pixie Hollow!


Erin showed her #DisneySide with the new Fresh Foam Boracay Tinker Bell shoes from New Balance.


All of the outfits perfectly captured the personalities of the fun-loving fairies thanks to Leslie Kay of DisneyBound.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon DisneyBound Look Tinker Bell Half Marathon Fawn DisneyBound Look Tinker Bell Half Marathon Rosetta DisneyBound Look

I ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in my Fawn DisneyBound look from Champion and New Balance. The clothes were great for the run and I especially loved the design on the Champion Women’s Sport Short 4. Katie agreed that the shorts were not only stylish but comfortable as well.

Disney Parks Blog Author Aubrey Hang Showing her Disney Side as Fawn for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort Katie Showing her Disney Side as Rosetta for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

Guests showed their fairy-inspired #DisneySide all weekend. Here are a few of my favorite looks from Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend!

For more information on how you can join in on the runDisney fun, visit!

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Stars Shine Bright at the Disneyland Resort for World Premiere of ‘Tomorrowland’

posted on May 11th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, the Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at Downtown Disney District with a special after party at Disneyland park in (where else?) Tomorrowland!

Here you’ll hear from the stars on the red carpet, including the film’s star, George Clooney, about the excitement of being at the Disneyland Resort for the premiere. They also shared some of their favorite Disneyland memories in honor of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.


Following the premiere of the film, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and journalist Willow Bay joined George and Amal Clooney and their niece Mia aboard the Disneyland Monorail for a trip to the after party in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.

“Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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