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New Merchandise Kiosks Set the Bar High at Downtown Disney

posted on January 27th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Unlike most people, I’m at Downtown Disney five days a week. I get to see the property transform before my very eyes on a pretty regular basis, and I can honestly say that one of my favorite signs of progress is the opening of new venues.

With gifts galore and barware to please every beverage connoisseur, two new kiosks at Downtown Disney have put a big smile on my face; and I’m not the only one … they’ve been hugely popular with guests since their opening late last fall. Aptly named “Sublime” and “Set the Bar,” both venues are located at the recently remodeled Riverboat Square, between Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello.

Find a Unique Gift and More at Sublime

Need to find a unique card with just-the-right sentiment? Or gift a candle that will remind your recipient of you every time she lights it? Searching for a magnet that will make you chuckle? Or a book that’s sure to inspire? Find this and more at “Sublime.” In just a few short months, it’s already become one of my “go-to” stores when I need to find something fun and fanciful.

And while there are also gifts aplenty at “Set the Bar,” I think I’ll opt to keep most of what I buy there for myself, thank you very much. From bottle openers to flasks, shot glasses to copper mugs, this is a perfect perch to find the latest “must-haves” to transform your Saturday-night at-home-cocktail-hour into a truly sensational soiree. (Feel free to add me to your guest list!)

Have you had the pleasure of purchasing at these new retailers yet? If so, let me know which products you loved most … I’m almost due for another shopping spree and I could use a few ideas!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It’s a shot of one of the park’s original attractions – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Is Adventureland one of your favorite stops at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Running Around Our ‘World’

posted on January 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared a bunch of exciting images from the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge.

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This year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend “ran” for four full days and featured more than 26,700 registered runners competing in the full marathon. Individuals from more than 60 countries and all 50 states made the 26.2 mile trek through Disney Parks, the Walt Disney World Speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The Castaway Cay Challenge was a 5K course that allowed runners to travel through a lovely island setting with themed photo stops along the way. More than 700 runners participated in this first-of-it’s-kind event.

Have you participated in a runDisney event? What did you like about it? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Mystery of the Chandelier Clock at Disneyland Park

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Have you ever walked through Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park and looked up to see the stunning chandelier clock? If not, you are missing a real treat. Installed in 1996, the chandelier clock has never actually worked. Despite the theories and rumors, the numerous times that have been set on the clock have had no significance. Over the years, I have photographed the clock many times during the day. This time, I wanted to see how the clock would photograph at night. I think the beauty of the clock is more evident at night than during the day.

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Disney Parks After Dark: IllumiNations in Italy

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “After Dark” image was taken at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” What’s your favorite activity to do in this part of the park after the sun goes down? Watching fireworks? Devouring the pavilion’s terrific pizza? Ending the night with a yummy chocolate cannoli?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: On to 2015

posted on January 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we celebrated the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year. Take one final flip through the gallery below for some of the highlights of 2014 at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, including openings, celebrations, Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, and much more.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mount Prometheus at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is a trip to a Disney Park on your list of goals for the new year? This photo may just inspire you to dream of a 2015 vacation at Tokyo DisneySea – this image, shot by Tom Bricker, shows the park’s Mysterious Island.

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This part of the park is home to Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attractions, and is topped off with the mysterious Mount Prometheus volcano.

What Disney Park do you hope to visit in 2015?

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One Week Left to Experience ‘The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights’

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


If you haven’t experienced The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet, you still have one more week to enjoy this illuminated holiday extravaganza.

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The offering covers the Backlot area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in millions of glittering lights. Periodically the display “dances” to special songs of the season. Be on the lookout for twirling carousels of angels, toy soldiers, a spinning Earth, and Santa and his trusty reindeer.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included in theme park admission and will run through January 4, 2015.

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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.

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

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