Have you taken an Alaska cruise with Disney Cruise Line?
posted on August 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on August 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
The color of the fireworks really makes the pavilion’s red torii gate look striking. What’s your favorite pavilion in World Showcase to watch “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” from? Tell us in the comments section below.
posted on August 5th, 2015 by Blair Witherington, Senior Sea Turtle Biologist
We celebrated our eighth annual Tour de Turtles last Saturday with lots of enthusiastic Disney Vacation Club Members and guests at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. It was a huge hit! Excitement rose as researchers from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy attached satellite transmitters to two loggerhead sea turtles, Tinker Bell and Marina. Cheers rang out later as the two conservation-marathon contestants crawled down the beach to begin their ocean journey.
The race is on!
While we were waiting for the sea turtles to start their migration marathon, guests took part in activities that helped them understand the many threats sea turtles face. Each turtle competitor in the Tour de Turtles is swimming to raise awareness for a specific threat that affects sea turtle populations. This year, Tinker Bell is raising awareness about light pollution on sea turtle nesting beaches. Little sea turtle hatchlings require starlight and moonlight to navigate to the ocean after hatching and can become disoriented in the presence of artificial light. Who would know better about using natural starlight to navigate than Tinker Bell, right? Our second turtle, Marina, is swimming to raise awareness about plastic debris in the world’s oceans. As a water fairy, she knows firsthand the benefits of keeping our oceans clean for all the creatures that live there!
The Tour de Turtles event is a favorite among guests and cast members alike because it allows them to connect with nature and learn how they can make a difference in sea turtle conservation efforts! And, the best part about Tour de Turtles is that the fun continues long after the turtles return to the sea! Because Tinker Bell and Marina, along with the other turtles in the race, were equipped with satellite transmitters, we can all follow them on their long trip back to their foraging waters. The satellite data also allow scientists from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn where our turtles are spending most of their time so that we can protect them long into the future.
Check out the slideshow and video for more sights and sounds, and don’t forget to track Tinker Bell and Marina on tourdeturtles.org!
posted on August 5th, 2015 by Clayton Lyndsey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line
Just last week I embarked on the Disney Wonder, marking my first season in Alaska as Cruise Director. I’ve traveled to some pretty spectacular places with Disney Cruise Line, but I have to say that Alaska is now at the top of my list. Where else can you capture spectacular photos of a family of brown bears and have a 12-foot Orca whale swim right under your catamaran, all before enjoying your noon lobster bisque in downtown Juneau?
If you know anything about Alaska, you know it’s famous for stunning scenery and endless outdoor adventures. Not to mention it is brimming with opportunities to spot wildlife and experience native culture. I could go on all day about the many reasons why Alaska tops my list, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few that might inspire thousands of descriptors. Take a look at these 20 awe-inspiring photos of a Disney cruise to Alaska:
We’re sailing from Vancouver to Alaska for about another month, so I hope I have the chance to meet many of you onboard (or maybe even run into you on an adventure in port!) If you aren’t able to join us here this summer, I have good news for you: we’re returning to America’s Last Frontier in 2016!
To learn more about a Disney cruise to Alaska, check out these past posts with videos:
- Discover a Disney Cruise to Alaska in One Minute
- Conversation with the Disney Alaska Cruise Director
- A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney to Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Top 5 Disney Alaska Cruise Tips
- A Mom’s Take: A Wild Ride in the Great Alaskan Frontier with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Packing for a Disney Cruise to Alaska
posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
A few weeks ago I shared details about the recently opened Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a wintry salon where guests ages 3-12 can undergo a magical transformation, as they prepare for Coronation day during Frozen Summer Fun. In honor of National Sister’s Day yesterday, August 2, I thought it would be a perfect time to check out the “Frozen” fun with fellow teammate Katie Thompson.
Here are a few additional images I captured during our visit. The cupcakes in the Ice Palace Café were delicious!
The Ice Palace Boutique will only be offered during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which continues through September 7, 2015.
Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommended. To book your appointment, please call 407-827-7400. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. The location may be able to accommodate guests without reservations on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis each day.
posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Erin shared that Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.
Keep checking back for more updates in the future right here on the Disney Parks Blog.
And to celebrate the release of “Alice In Wonderland” in theaters this week in 1951, we continued our special photo gallery series with some spectacular images of Alice. You can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.
Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at this special shot of Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.
Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper – How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!
Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage – The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Take a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.
Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage.
New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Take your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork.
Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.
posted on July 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Have you had a chance to try out The BOATHOUSE Restaurant in The Landing area of Downtown Disney yet? The restaurant, which opened just a few months ago, offers diners delicious food, great views of the water, and the chance to experience some floating fun aboard an AquaCar and other watercrafts.
The BOATHOUSE sure looks lovely at night!
posted on July 30th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager
As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, shopping, dining and entertainment are still at the forefront of all we do here. Lately, the latter is stealing the spotlight in a big way!
In a typical week, up to twenty different acts take the stage, performing roughly 300 sets. Whether you fancy freestyle rap, delight to the notes of the didgeridoo, or prefer to sway to the sounds of a sultry saxophone, chances are, you can find it at Downtown Disney.
I spend most of my time here during the daylight hours, and although I know we have an incredibly full talent lineup, even I was surprised by how much live music I encountered throughout the West Side during my latest nighttime visit to the property. On most evenings, the West Side comes alive with musical flair by 6:30 p.m.
Visiting earlier? At the Marketplace, performances start at 12:30 p.m. daily near Dockside Margaritas. I recently saw one of my favorites, Pat Frost, a master who mixes steel drums, the ukulele and conch shells (yes, conch shells!) to create a unique sound that you won’t find anywhere else at Walt Disney World Resort.
If carefree island music isn’t for you, fear not … at this locale, you can also hear everything from pop hits to new age world music. Entertainment Manager Jenni Kloote Quick shared, “we look for musicians with a fun, laid back vibe. We want them to have an inviting attitude and welcome guests to stay and enjoy the great combination of world-class music and gorgeous water views.”
No matter what your style – classical, Latin rock, or Top 40 tunes – it’s here!
Who’s your favorite act at Downtown Disney? Share in the comments below … I’d love to know!
posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.
Thanks to Ryan Wendler for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.
posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Looks like the perfect night for a calm walk – right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.
Have you visited Hong Kong Disneyland? What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments section below.