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Why 2014 Was A Full Year of Disney Side Fun

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In 2014, we started encouraging you to show your Disney Side – that silly, carefree side of you that lets go when you’re at a Disney Park and allows you to just have fun, whether that means wearing Mickey ears or running to get a perfect photo with Pluto.

Today, we’re taking a look back at the many ways our guests showed their Disney Side at our parks throughout the year.

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In January, we invited you to show us how your family shows their Disney Side on this website, which enabled you to build your own stick figure family – Disney style.

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We kicked off the summer season Memorial Day weekend with 24-hour Rock Your Disney Side all-night parties at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park, and Disney California Adventure park. During the events, thousands of guests dressed to show their Disney Sides, whether pirate or princess, hero or villain.

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In August, 101 four-legged friends got a chance to show their Disney Sides when they were selected to participate in the first-ever A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park, in which the pack of pooches dressed in their Disney best for a walk through the park.

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In September, more than 100 Disney Parks Blog readers showed their Disney Side during our “Disney Side Not-So-Scary Soiree” meet-up at Magic Kingdom Park, with guests dressing in Disney costumes for our annual Halloween event.

Also in fall, a handful of tween filmmakers got to partner with our Yellow Shoes department to share what their Disney Side would look like on film, in the “Direct Your Disney Side” series of short films. Learn more about those (and view two of the shorts in the series) here.

How will you show your Disney Side in 2015? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fireworks Around Our World

posted on December 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are fireworks a must-see for you on New Year’s Eve? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our holiday spectaculars have been lighting up the night for weeks in anticipation of Christmas. Check out the gallery of images below for a look at the latest fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot.

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

For details on what our parks have planned for New Year’s Eve, click here.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Wishes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was shot from the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort of “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” during a recent Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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We hope you have a very, merry holiday week!

Thanks to Mark Willard for the great shot.

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Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Christmas Trees at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

This year, we’re focusing on the trees specifically found at the resorts during a visit to Walt Disney World. Each year, my family visits as many of our resorts as we can to see these trees and the amazing holiday decorations.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Do you have a favorite resort to visit during the holidays? Let’s us know in the comments.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Festive fashions are as much a part of the Disney Parks Christmas special as the performances and parade floats. Some stars sported designer duds selected by personal stylists, while others chose items from their own closet. Our style squad was on hand at rehearsals for a sneak peek.

Disney Style Snapshots: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. In most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Merriest Parade Pics From Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Holidays at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re wrapping up our look at how Disney Parks around the world are celebrating this holiday season with a look inside the fun at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Tokyo Disneyland is hosting its “Christmas Fantasy” celebration through December 25. During this time, guests can visit Disney’s Santa Village, watch the seasonal “Disney’s Santa Village Parade” that features Disney characters and Santa’s elves getting ready for the holiday. After the sun goes down, guests can enjoy “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights,” a sparkling nighttime parade that features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and many more Disney characters dressed up for the holidays, and end the night with “Starbright Christmas” fireworks.

Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy the “Christmas Wishes” celebration, which features lush holiday decor and Christmas trees that light up Mediterranean Harbor. The harbor also sets the scene for “Colors of Christmas,” a show in which Mickey Mouse asks everyone to send their holiday wishes out to the Christmas tree floating on the water. Minnie Mouse and friends also star in the “Holiday Greeting from Seven Ports” stage show.


For more about the holiday Celebration at Disney Parks, visit the posts below:

Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


It doesn’t snow here in Anaheim, Calif., but we do get the occasional rain storm during the holidays. I wanted to share some colorful reflection photos taken in Cars Land during a recent downpour at Disney California Adventure park. As you can see below, Cars Land in the rain provides abundant photo opportunities.

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Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney’s BoardWalk

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s opening day for the newest Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, and we’ve got Vinnie Tai, area manager, to walk us through Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk.

With four distinct dining areas, authentic Italian cuisine and top-notch Italian wines, the Trattoria al Forno story was inspired by the authentic Italian menu and the rich storytelling of the turn-of-the-century boardwalk setting.

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalk

Trattoria al Forno will be open 7:30 – 11 a.m. for breakfast, 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.


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PHOTO GALLERY: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates ‘Disney Sparkling Christmas’

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Disney Sparkling Christmas” celebration is now underway at Hong Kong Disneyland – with special entertainment, decor, Disney characters dressed in holiday finery and much more taking place.

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This year, guests at the park will be able to enjoy the “Disney Paint The Night” nighttime spectacular, watch special puppet shows starring Olaf and Sven from “Frozen” and even meet the royal sisters from the same film. Duffy and his friend, ShellieMay are also meeting guests at the park and special seasonal merchandise is ready and waiting for holiday shoppers.

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The park is also celebrating by offering unique menu items inspired by the holiday season.

Hong Kong Disneyland will host their holiday fun through January 4, 2015.

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