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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: A Celebration Of ‘it’s a small world’ Continues

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


This week, our celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction kicked into high gear with multiple posts talking about the history and the significance of this attraction.

Kicking off the week, Greg Ehrbar shared some historic photos of Walt Disney during the attraction’s creative process with now Disney Legends Mary Blair, and brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman.

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Erin Glover gave us a detailed look inside the “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park, the first attraction of its kind to debut at a Disney theme park.

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I also shared a look inside the “it’s a small world” attraction here at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort – the second “small world” attraction ever built.

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Follow the Disney Parks Blog next week as the celebration of #SmallWorld50 continues. You can also join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll or singalong video at SmallWorld50.com.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Miss Tilly at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

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


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has definitely not been one of the sights we’ve featured in this series before. Our water parks close before sundown, which is what makes this photograph so intriguing to me. It’s of Miss Tilly, the shipwrecked boat that serves as the icon at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Doesn’t it look amazing as the sunsets?

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‘it’s a small world’ Around the World: Magic Kingdom Park

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


The world’s second “it’s a small world” attraction debuted at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on the park’s opening day, October 1, 1971.

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The attraction’s queue features a white and gold facade structure, inspired by the original exterior of the attraction at Disneyland park. The interior of the Magic Kingdom Park attraction features a total of 289 dolls, 147 toys and 36 animated props. Guests who embark on a trip through “it’s a small world” will travel through six scenes, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Central/South America, South Pacific Islands, and a Finale scene. The attraction’s theme song can be heard in a total of five different languages – English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish – throughout the attraction.

Check back this afternoon for another sing-along video celebrating “it’s a small world.” Join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll at SmallWorld50.com.

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All in the Details: The Changing Terrain of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Walking through New Fantasyland and watching the evolution of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been fascinating, seeing such a large attraction rise up from scaffolding and into a beautiful mountain covered with lush trees and colorful wildflowers. Let’s take a quick photo walk around it today with these shots.

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Earlier this year, Walt Disney Imagineering shared that two props from the former Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction had been placed in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as a nod to the previous attraction. Those vultures can now be seen at the top of the first big “climb” in the attraction, surrounded by stacks of crates – containing newly mined jewels, perhaps?

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Nearby, a Mine Train cart peeks out and is propped with mining tools and crumbling rock.
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Overall, nearly the entire mountain has been covered with thick pine trees, poppy flowers and colorful shrubs.

For more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Disney Parks Blog stories:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Big Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


This photo was taken a few months ago – in the middle of January – on a night with an almost full moon and one of the clearest night skies that I’ve seen in a long time here at Disneyland park. The moon was so bright that, instead of trying to get detail in the moon, I thought I would use a setting called the F-22 star. By setting the aperture somewhere between F-11 and F-22, any bright light source will result in a large “starburst.” I ended up using F-18 at 15 seconds with an ISO of 800. The camera was a Canon1DX with the 24-105mm lens set at 40mm and mounted on a tripod. While I was taking the photo along Big Thunder Trail, many guests stopped to comment to me about how beautiful the moon looked, take photos of the moon themselves and tell me how much they loved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Can you count the stars in this photo? I counted more than thirty, plus one light trail from an airplane in the top left corner.

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Step in Time: Magic Kingdom Park Marks 20 Years With ‘Surprise Celebration Parade’

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning in September 1991, Magic Kingdom Park kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration early with the debut of a new parade – the “Surprise Celebration Parade.”

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The centerpieces of the parade were towering balloons (some measuring as tall as 35-40 feet) depicting Disney characters celebrating festivals from around the world, including balloons for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Roger Rabbit. The parade also featured festive costumes and floats. Other Disney characters walked the parade route carrying red Mickey balloons.

Do you remember this parade? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Seeing ‘Wishes’ At Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot at Magic Kingdom Park during the nightly performance of “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks. Is this your favorite place to view the fireworks or do you have another go-to spot?

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Is this your favorite nighttime spectacular? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in Disneyland Trading Event

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What’s this? I’ve got all the scoop and I’m not going to make you wait any longer for the details on the “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event taking place June 13-14, 2014, at the Disneyland Resort.

Jack Skellington and his Halloweentown gang are not satisfied with just taking over the Haunted Mansion for the holiday season. With thirteen years of Haunted Mansion Holiday behind them, Jack and his pals are looking to expand their presence throughout Disneyland park all year long. Join us as we take a peek into what things might look like if Jack and company could have their way. Could there be a nightmare in Disneyland park?

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“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event Package Details – $90
Event Admission Includes:

Registered event guests will have the opportunity to purchase “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event themed merchandise via the Random Selection Process.

June 13, 2014 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

  • Early Registration
  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Trading Area

June 14, 2014 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Event Store & Random Selection Process Merchandise Pick-up
  • Trading Area
  • Trading Boards
  • Trading Activities
  • Merchandise Artist Signing Opportunity
  • Silent Auction – featuring pre-production pins, artist proof pins and more
  • Product Showcase – meet Disney Pin Merchandisers and view upcoming pin releases
  • Commemorative Gifts (including a commemorative event T-shirt*)

Early Bird Offer:

  • Don’t miss out! Register early and receive an early bird pin. Available while supplies last.

*Event T-Shirt:
When registering for “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event, please indicate your desired T-shirt size. Guests who do not register prior to Thursday, May 1, 2014, will not be guaranteed the desired shirt size.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the pins that will be offered for purchase.

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Reservations for “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disneyland event will be accepted only via www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time).

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‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” has arrived at Magic Kingdom Park!

The parade, which serves as a tribute to New Fantasyland, officially debuted as the park’s new daily afternoon parade on Sunday.

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The procession features nearly 100 performers and Disney characters, with floats specifically telling the stories of “Tangled,” “Peter Pan,” “Brave,” “Sleeping Beauty” and many more. Highlights you won’t want to miss include seeing Maleficent appear as a fire-breathing dragon, and an appearance by Anna, Elsa and Olaf (from “Frozen”) on the Princess Garden float. For more highlights and to hear what some of the first spectators think, be sure to check out the video below.

Were you there for the debut? What did you think? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Step In Time: ‘SpectroMagic’ Lights up Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On October 1, 1991, Magic Kingdom Park welcomed a brand-new nighttime parade: “SpectroMagic”!

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This parade differed from the previous nighttime parade, “Main Street Electrical Parade”, in that it featured a new theme song, “On This Magic Night”, displays filled with fiber optics and a host of new, parade-specific characters. The parade ran through May 22, 1999, to make way for the temporary return of “Main Street Electrical Parade” for the start of the Millennium Celebration, and then returned again March 26, 2001. “SpectroMagic” officially ended its run at Magic Kingdom Park in 2010.

What did you like most about this parade? Tell us in the “comments” section below!

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