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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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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Steps Off Sunday at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


“Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” the newest procession to make its way down Main Street, U.S.A., will debut at Magic Kingdom Park this Sunday, March 9.

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The parade, which serves as a tribute to New Fantasyland, will feature nearly 100 performers telling the stories of “Frozen”, Brave”, “Peter Pan,” Sleeping Beauty,” and other Disney and Pixar films. Classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, of course, will also highlight parade floats, some of which will measure up to 26 feet tall and 90 feet long.

Which Disney character or float are you most excited to see in the new parade? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “After Dark” photo was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland of the lovely “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks, a show that lights up the night with Disney songs and color.

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Which nighttime spectacular is your favorite to view at a Disney Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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First Look Inside Festival Center for 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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With the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival officially underway, I stopped by the Festival Center to get a first look at the set up. This location, found in Future World between the Universe of Energy and MISSION: Space pavilions, is home to a variety of things including demonstrations and a merchandise shop. When I arrived, the event team was putting finishing touches on several areas inside the pavilion. I snapped a few photographs of the merchandise store that I thought you may enjoy.

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The sound of running water filled the air as I walked around the merchandise shop. The center of the shop had a nice garden-like setting complete with trees and fountains. I spotted several garden items throughout the display including wind chimes, garden stakes and other decorative goods.

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In a previous article, I shared a look at some of the new merchandise we’ve created for this annual event. I enjoyed seeing the two different visual statements of these items displayed along the walls.

There were a few other things that caught my eye including new, instant photograph-inspired T-shirts for adults, kids and Passholders. There was also a jar-shaped plastic tumbler complete with the event logo. I particularly liked the calendar that contains images of the character topiaries featured throughout Epcot. This is the first time we’ve offered a calendar like this for the event.

Here is a gallery containing a few other items that I liked. The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through May 18, 2014. I invite you to join the conversation on social networks by using the hashtag #EpcotInSpring. You can also find more information about the event by visiting EpcotInSpring.com.
I hope to see you at Epcot; I’ll most likely be at my favorite Outdoor Kitchen, the Pineapple Promenade!

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‘Frozen’ Shines at Oscars, Sisters to Debut in ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Sunday at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What a night for Disney’s “Frozen” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony – the film took home Oscars for both Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”).

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At Disney Parks, we see every day how excited guests are about the film – whether it’s the families who line up to meet Anna and Elsa, the young guests who snap up Olaf plushes and “Frozen” princess dresses, or the thousands who end their night at Magic Kingdom Park by watching the “Frozen” segment in the “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show.

Beginning this Sunday, March 9, guests at Magic Kingdom Park will also be able to spot the stars of this Oscar-winning film in yet another entertainment offering – the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.’ The procession, which will serve as a tribute to New Fantasyland, will feature floats inspired by popular Disney and Pixar films. Anna and Elsa will appear on the Princess Garden float alongside other Disney Princesses, including Belle, Cinderella, and Tiana.

By the way, did you know that “Let It Go” was penned by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who also wrote the soundtrack to “Finding Nemo – The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Don’t miss our interview with them on all things Disney here.

For more on the “Frozen”-inspired offerings at our Disney Parks, be sure to check out the related stories below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘Ultimate Tweet’ & Ultimate Fun At Disney Parks

posted on March 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week was a big week at Disney Parks, with major announcements, news from New Fantasyland, and much more.

140 Characters Formed a Hashtag at Magic Kingdom Park and Invite You and Your Family to 'Rock Your Disney Side' During a 24-hour Party to Kick Off Summer

If you follow us on Twitter, you may have been among the first to see our #140Characters photo, an amazing photo that was a part of the announcement for our upcoming “Rock Your Disney Side” 24-hour party. This year’s party will take place at Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Magic Kingdom Park from 6 a.m. on May 23, to 6 a.m. on May 24, local time. This year, everyone is invited to show their “Disney Side” during the event by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain!
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In other news, we also shared new images – and an amazing ride-through video – from New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The images above were snapped inside a Cartographer’s Shop that sits just across from Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.
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We also shared the news that the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will step off at Magic Kingdom Park starting Sunday, March 9. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a preview inside this parade!

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, we’ve featured the Partners Statue on the blog, but tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo is one of my favorites – it’s spectacular. Walt Disney World Resort Photographer and blog author Kent Phillips snapped the image at just the right moment after the sunset at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Looking for a ‘Cool’ Gift at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Our Sketch Artists at the Disneyland Resort have been hard at work recreating iconic moments by some of the beloved characters from the Disney animated film “Frozen.”
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It was impossible for me to pick just one, as you can tell, so here are a few others I thought you might enjoy.

Curious about the price? A one-character sketch is $39.95, while a two-character sketch is $64.95, plus tax. Prices will vary based on the number of characters in the sketch.

So if you are looking for a “cool” gift for yourself or someone else, be sure to check out our “Frozen” inspired sketches and more, available now at Disneyana in Disneyland park and Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park.

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Even Stars ‘Strike’ It Big With Family Time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


How does a Hollywood power couple enjoy their downtime? Well, if you’re Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, you spend an afternoon at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with an extended group of friends and family.

I had a chance to meet up with the duo over the weekend; within minutes of arriving, their son, Finn, had scored a strike and a sized-for-sharing platter of Splitsville’s sushi arrived at their table. “This is really good,” gushed the supermodel. She sounded surprised; I wasn’t … Splitsville’s food is one of the things that sets the venue apart from other bowling alleys. That, and the fact that it’s truly family-friendly. With a party of 16, the group called ahead to reserve bowling lanes – there was space for everyone to kick back and relax, and plenty of opportunity for a little friendly competition and a lot of laughter.
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“This family time is really important to us. We’re here at Walt Disney World Resort for our daughter’s gymnastics competition, but we decided to extend the trip and make a real vacation out of it” shared Ed. Christy nodded in agreement, “We left a really cold winter in New York, so this is great!”

Even though Christy admitted “I’m not a great bowler,” she looked like a natural. And though I didn’t stick around to see the final scores, Ed expected that he and his brother would “go at it” on the lanes! The couple took a moment to sign a special bowling pin for the Splitsville team to commemorate the few fun hours they spent there.

With cousins, best friends, siblings (Ed’s brother, Brian, is married to Christy’s sister, Kelly!), and kids in tow, it was the first time the group visited Downtown Disney, but hopefully not the last.

So, have you been to Splitsville? Food, bowling or something else … what’s your favorite part of the “Luxury Lanes” experience? I’d love to hear in the “Comments” section below!

To learn more about Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side, including pricing, hours, and offerings, click here.

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Target Practice: Orlando City SC Preps for Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, soccer athletes of all ages and abilities can get their kicks during open registration tournaments, soccer camps, seasonal showcases and more. Even our own kicking correspondent, Gary, was recently able to put his “unique” skillset to the test with the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic beginning this week.

Gary always wanted to live out his dream as a professional goalie. Lucky for him, Orlando City Soccer Club greats Rob Valentino, Austin Da Luz and Dennis Chin were on hand to make his wish come true. So how did he measure up? Well, see for yourself:

The fifth edition of Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic runs February 19 – March 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Orlando City SC will compete against top-flight foes including Sporting KC, the New York Red Bulls and one of Brazil’s most adored clubs, Fluminense FC.

Visit espnwwos.com for the full schedule, dates and match times.

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