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It’s 3 a.m. on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager



3:00 a.m. EDT / 12:00 a.m. PDT

Ever wondered what goes on at Magic Kingdom Park at 3 a.m.? Tonight it’s a whole lot of fun as our Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event continues through the night. Here are a few images that we just snapped on Main Street, U.S.A.

It's 3 a.m. on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

Elsewhere throughout the park, guests are enjoying special dance parties, event snacks, and meet and greets with Disney characters – especially some rare villain characters.

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Disneyland Resort Guests Rock Their Disney Side for 24 Hours

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort



7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT

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We asked you to help us kick off summer by showing your Disney Side, and you sure did! As Mickey Mouse would say, “Oh boy!” This morning, I went for a walk through both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks with Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who snapped these photos of some of our favorites.

What Disney Side are you rocking today? Which is your favorite costume so far?

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Main Street Style: Guests Rock Their #VillainSide at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director



6:00 p.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. PDT

It was definitely good to be bad as the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event event transitioned to night. Disney’s Yellow Shoes photographer Chloe Rice captured Villains taking over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests sporting Maleficent’s magnificent horn headdress made a big splash along with gangs of pirates and cruel queens. Dastardly looked dapper and evil looked fierce. Which look would you choose? Let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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Main Street Style: Guests Rock Their #HeroSide at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director



2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT

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Main Street, U.S.A., looked more like a fantasy fashion runway as guests flocked to Magic Kingdom Park during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event at Disney Parks. Just like a real fashion show, Disney’s Yellow Shoes photographer Chloe Rice captured this parade of costumes featuring a touch of the whimsical and a touch of the avant garde as heroes faced off with villains to prove who’s truly the fairest of the them all.

Everyone loves a hero, so it’s no surprise that many guests embraced the lighter side of Disney for their costume inspiration. Whether a princess, prince or hero, guests showed everything from frilly gowns to spandex sensations. Which look would you choose? Let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ About to Step Off at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment



12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT

Here we go! It’s nearly time for all the beauty and majesty of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” starting at noon on the streets of Magic Kingdom Park. What are you most looking forward to seeing? The Princess Garden with Anna and Elsa from “Frozen”? Peter Pan’s Lost Boys and soaring pirate galleon? How about the spectacularly colorful and animated Storybook Circus finale? Oh, and I hear there’s a dragon on the loose … and she breathes fire!

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade: The Princess Garden "Frozen"

The entire procession is a sight to behold. If you aren’t able to join us to experience it in the park, be sure to follow along on the live stream. And if you can’t make this performance, the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will be presented again at 3:30 p.m.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mad Tea Party at Disneyland Park

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The Mad Tea Party is probably the attraction I have photographed the most at Disneyland park. But I’m almost always sitting in a pastel teacup, photographing guests as it spins around. When I photograph attractions, I try to show excitement, motion or action, so this time it was nice to concentrate on other things like composition and color. I really liked the way the gold light shimmers across the brick wall, leading your eyes to the attraction.

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Did you know that the Mad Tea Party has been in Disneyland park since opening day – July 17, 1955 – and that, although known by other names, the attraction can be found in every Disney park around the world. Can you name each one and the park where it can be found?

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Behind the Scenes With America’s Funniest Home Videos at Walt Disney World

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


What do you get when you combine Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto, Dopey, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Tom Bergeron? You get one of the funniest season finales of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and we have the pictures to prove it.

Recently the hit TV show wrapped up its 24th season with the taping of the grand prize award show at Walt Disney World Resort. Now I won’t ruin the surprise and tell you who wins the Disney Parks Vacation Grand Prize, but I will share behind the scenes photos of Bergeron showing his goofy side, his dark side, his Disney Side.

Behind the Scenes With America’s Funniest Home Videos at Walt Disney World

Be sure to catch more of Tom Bergeron’s #DisneySide and find out who wins the grand prize when the season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos airs Sunday, May 18, at 7|6c on ABC.

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PHOTOS – Darth’s Mall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2014

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Star Wars Weekends 2014 returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort starting May 16. You may recall I shared a first look at some merchandise created especially for this event along with details about the fan-favorite Star Wars – D-Tech Me Experience. This year, these items and more will be found in Darth’s Mall, the out-of-this-world merchandise shop located in Soundstage 1 between Studio Backlot Tour and Toy Story Midway Mania. I recently visited the location as the merchandise team was putting on the finishing touches. Here are a few images of some of my favorite things I found.

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Toys have been an important part of Star Wars ever since Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope debuted in theaters in 1977. I was happy to see several new toys not previously discussed including a new wave of Disney-Pixar’s Cars as Star Wars characters and a giant clone trooper that is unique to Disney Parks.

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Other favorite items include a calendar that contains marketing artwork for Star Wars Weekends, light-up glasses and reusable tote bags. There will also be several new apparel items including items from Ashley Eckstein’s incredible Her Universe line. I love the dress that reminded me of bed sheets and curtains I once had as a child!

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Speaking of apparel, we will be offering select Star Wars Rebels shirts on our Disney Parks online store from May 16-22. These will be the same shirts offered at Darth’s Mall, just in case you aren’t able to attend the event this year. Visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents to place an order.

I hope to see you at Star Wars Weekends!

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort To Open Club Disney in June, Trader Sam’s in 2015

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this spring, we unveiled a few changes that are currently underway at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, including the fact that the resort will soon return to its original, 1971 opening-day name: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Today, we’re happy to share more details about additional enhancements planned for one of your favorite classic Disney Resorts.

First of all, making its debut next month is a brand new children’s activity center called Club Disney. Here, children can be supervised by Disney cast members while they play dress up, make crafts and participate in storytelling experiences while their parents have fun on their own elsewhere at the resort. The area itself looks like a child’s fairy tale brought to life, as our Imagineers drew inspiration from classic Disney Little Golden Books, including “Alice In Wonderland,” “Pinocchio” and “Lady and The Tramp.” Club Disney will open at the resort next month and guests can begin making reservations now.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort To Open Club Disney in June, Trader Sam’s in 2015

We previously shared that a Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, similar to the one at Disneyland Hotel in California, is also planned for the resort. Today we’re happy to share that Trader Sam’s will open its doors at the resort in 2015. In addition another new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk which will offer a tropical guest favorite – Dole Whip – will open later this year.

Additionally, the resort’s Nanea Volcano pool is currently undergoing several enhancements, including expanding to include a new aquatic playground with slides for children, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more seating for guests.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more on these enhancements in the coming months.

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In ‘The Middle’ of the Heck Family Vacation at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 14th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


What the heck are the Hecks doing at Walt Disney World Resort? Well we can’t tell you how they got here or how the family vacation turns out, but we can give you the inside scoop and a behind-the-scenes look at why they were here.

In 'The Middle' of the Heck Family Vacation at Walt Disney World Resort

For the first time in show history, producers of “The Middle” packed their suitcases and took the show on the road for the Season Five finale. That’s right, a real Heck family vacation. With a few twists and turns, the entire cast and production crew made their way to Magic Kingdom Park for five days of shooting.

Showing their “Disney Side,” cast members enjoyed meeting their favorite Disney characters, enjoying adventurous rides and eating their way around the park. It was a chance to get out of the studio and meet fans.

This video shows some of the fun cast and crew had in front of the camera and behind the scenes. And you won’t want to miss this hilarious Heck family vacation when “The Middle” season finale airs on Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.|7:00 p.m. (CDT) on ABC.

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