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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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All in the Details: Imagineers Create The Dwarfs Cottage at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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


This week’s look inside New Fantasyland focuses on some of the charming details that can be found on the Dwarfs’ cottage at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland.

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These photos, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering, show smaller details on the Dwarfs’ cottage, which will serve as a charming and scenic exterior that can be spotted when you walk past (or ride a Mine Train through) the attraction. When designing the cottage, Imagineers referenced the film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in order to plan details as intricate as the color combination of roof shingles, the slope of the roof’s eaves, the shape of a lanterns, and especially the etched woodland creatures that decorate the house.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to open in spring 2014. Will you visit? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Click on the links below for more on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train from Walt Disney Imagineering:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo was snapped by Disney photographer Matt Stroshane at the Cozy Cone Motel (well, actually the “Cars” wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort).

Have you had a chance to see this resort lit up at night yet? The Cozy Cone, as well as the nearby Radiator Springs-inspired areas look like they’re right out of the film!

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D Street in Downtown Disney District Welcomes ‘Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story’ Filmmakers to the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


As you can tell, the excitement at the Disneyland Resort over the release of “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” is building! Just a few nights ago, several of my friends and colleagues had the chance to hit the premiere on The Walt Disney Studios lot and to meet several of the stop-motion, animated short filmmakers, designers, composer and artists.

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What could be more exciting? What if I were to tell you that some of those same filmmakers will be appearing here at the Disneyland Resort?

So let me tie up all of the event details in a nice little ‘bow.’ Yes, I went there (insert laugh here). On Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., D-Street in the Downtown Disney District will host a special release and signing of “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” merchandise with the following:

  • Mike Ambs (Director, Cinematographer)
  • Paul Foyder (Director, Editor, Sound Designer)
  • Alfred Montejano (Composer)
  • Gino Roy (Director, Production Designer)
  • Whitfield Scheidegger (Director, Cinematographer)
  • Greg Shewchuk (Director, Writer, Co-Producer)

Check out Steven Miller’s post from earlier today to find out what merchandise will be offered and for a glimpse at the product and related events taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are attending one of their screenings, you’ll find the merchandise available adjacent to the Premiere Theatre.

You can see more about “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” at www.Disney.com/Blank and remember to use the hashtag #BlankAndBow on any of your social networks.

Will you be joining us for this special release this Valentine’s Day?

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Style Snapshots: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Costumes

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Fashion insiders from around the globe have been flocking to the Big Apple since last Thursday for New York Fashion Week. It’s a bi-annual tradition where America’s top designers unveil their new collections for the upcoming season and set trends for months and years to come.

At least one Disney designer is taking her turn in the fashion spotlight this week as Disney Parks unveils a new collection of costume creations for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which debuts at Magic Kingdom this March. And we all get a seat on the coveted “front row.”

Costume designer Mirena Rada is expanding her portfolio of design projects for Disney Parks with this latest endeavor for a Walt Disney World Resort theme park. Previous creations include work for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. These costumes, some of the most extravagant and elaborate in Disney Parks history, took almost a year to complete. The creations transpired in 10 different costume houses across eight cities and two countries, with the Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California among the mix.

The production process mirrors current fashion trends, utilizing new technology to design and print custom fabrics in house. Rada partnered with Walt Disney World costumers to select fabrics that would work well in the Central Florida climate while also accommodating the needs of each performer.

Our style squad got a sneak peek of some early sketches and behind-the-scenes video of some completed works.

We can’t wait to see these whimsical designs come to life when “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” finally steps onto the streets of the Magic Kingdom Park. Let us know what you think.

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A modern interpretation of classic elements is a hallmark of Rada’s designs as seen in the sculpted conch shell headpiece and shimmering pastel dress that comprise “The Little Mermaid” unit’s “Seashell Girl.”

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After gathering the materials, Rada and a Creative Costuming graphic artist worked together to create almost 40 custom fabrics including the furry plaids and tweed stripes worn by the “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys of the “Peter Pan” unit.

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An innovative 3D printing technology was used to create the elegant beaks of the “Ravens” in the “Sleeping Beauty” unit. Each piece was base coated, bronzed, lacquered and gilded with fiery Swarovski stones to complete the finished look.

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The Finale unit’s “Cha Cha Girl” is the queen of head-to-toe ensemble with her big top inspired fit and flare dress, bolero jacket embellished with sequins, star spangled tights and hair reminiscent of pulled taffy exuding the essence of Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland.

Which costume is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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