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Wildlife Wednesday: 5 Sable Antelope Calves Now on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Steve Castillo, Animal Operations Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Avid Disney Parks Blog readers may remember we welcomed five sable antelope calves to the herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom not too long ago. We are excited to now share that these adorable calves and their caring moms have officially made their debut on the savannahs of The Harambe Wildlife Reserve!

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Our adult herd consists of one male and six females. Now that the youngest calf is about two months old, all calves are old enough to follow the herd and navigate the savannah with the direction of their mothers. The calves are all doing well and have been exploring their new surroundings. All dams (female antelope) are being attentive to their offspring and the calves are growing fast as they learn their place in the strong social hierarchy of the herd.

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Two whole weeks seem to fly by while on this particular safari, but see if you can catch a glimpse of one of the new sables on your next visit! Until then, check out the photo gallery for more pictures of this beautiful herd.

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Disney Parks Blog Fans ‘Meet-Up’ for ‘Cinderella’ Sneak Peek

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, more than 500 of our readers gathered at AMC Downtown Disney 24 for our Disney Parks BlogCinderella” Royal Celebration Meet-Up.

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Many of our guests, including some of our very youngest fans, came dressed to the nines in Cinderella gowns. Other guests got creative and designed their own princess-inspired outfits for the day. Some of the most creative outfits were rewarded with autographed “Cinderella” posters. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a look at some of our spirited guests captured by Disney photographer Mariah Wild.

In addition to costumed fun, the event also featured Cinderella photo opportunities, including one with a glass slipper. For more on the event, check out the video below!

“Cinderella” and the new animated short, “Frozen Fever”, debut in theaters on March 13.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

posted on March 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” images are a duo of shots taken of a Tomorrowland favorite – Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

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Here, you can travel through Star Command headquarters to join Buzz Lightyear on his battle to defeat the evil Emperor Zurg. Have you tried it?

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PHOTOS – Merchandise Blooms at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015 runs from March 4 to May 17 at Walt Disney World Resort. With beautiful flowers to see and delicious food to taste, I love strolling around Epcot a few times throughout spring. Here’s an update on some additional products created especially for this event. I also have a first look inside the Festival Center that will be open Fridays through Sundays in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions.

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In a previous article, I promised details about the retail MagicBand created for this event. This new item has an edition size of 5,000 and features Anna and Elsa in their “Frozen Fever” attire from the upcoming animated short debuting in theaters before Disney’s “Cinderella” on March 13. Like all other retail MagicBands, this item can be linked later. Look for it in select retail locations at Epcot (it will not be available via the Disney Parks online store).

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I also found a few apparel items for adults and kids including Olaf shirts in blue and green, a Sorcerer Mickey topiary shirt, a yellow Minnie Mouse shirt for women, and a specially designed shirt for Annual Passholders.

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Back by popular demand, we are releasing a new 12-month calendar featuring character topiaries from previous year’s festivals.

Guests will also find an iPhone 6 case with Anna and Elsa, magnets, headware, garden accessories, a new Disney Gift Card and much more.

While the Festival Center will only be open during the weekends, these items will be offered at several locations throughout Future World and World Showcase at Epcot (there are some great merchandise kiosks found along the World Showcase promenade).

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Finally, the Festival Center will host Disney artist Jerrod Maruyama on March 8 from 11a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2p.m. He will be signing his Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival-inspired piece titled “Spring Has Sprung.” I love his artwork so much!

Here are a few additional images from my visit to Epcot. I hope to see you this spring!

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This Week In Disney Parks Photos: Magic Kingdom Park Unveils A Charming New Landscape

posted on February 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Yesterday we shared some of the first images of the newly reshaped Central Plaza area (the space between the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle) at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The unveiling is the first milestone in a multi-phase project that will include sculpted gardens, new pathways, and more in this area. Be sure to check out the gallery of images above. How lovely is this area turning out to be? I can’t wait to visit again and take photos of the charming new fountains!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Leave A Legacy

posted on February 26th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Were you one of the thousands who participated in Leave a Legacy at Epcot and got you or your family’s photo placed on a tile here? The area sure looks beautiful at night.

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Celebrate ‘Mike & Mike’ Turning 15 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Guess who is turning 15 years old? Well, ESPN personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are both a little older than that, but their widely popular radio show is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year at Walt Disney World Resort and guests can celebrate with them.

The Mike & Mike show which airs nationally on ESPN2, ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com, will broadcast live from the Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney Marketplace on Friday, March 6 from 6 a.m.- 10 a.m. Guests are invited to join the festivities and be a part of the live audience.

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There will be some special surprises in store and seating is limited, so it’s probably best to arrive by 5 a.m. There will be a check in location between World of Disney store and the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. Parking is available in the Hess Station parking lot across from the Marketplace. Starbucks at Downtown Disney will be open early for breakfast.

If you can’t make it out here that morning, you can always catch the Mike & Mike show on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN Radio mobile app and on ESPN2 from Monday through Friday at 6 am ET. Follow the 15th anniversary broadcast on Twitter at #MM15 and #ESPNatDisney.

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Disney Student Seminars Celebrate Black History Month

posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Disney Youth Programs recently concluded another exciting Disney Student Seminars at Walt Disney World Resort. This event honored Black History Month with a special presentation from Khalil Kinsey, curator of The Kinsey Collection. Khalil shared his passion for the contributions and achievements of African Americans and inspired the audience to appreciate their own heritage and family history.

Over 500 students, parents and educators gathered inside The American Adventure pavilion at Epcot to engage in Khalil’s story. Among the audience were students of U.B. Kinsey Elementary School of the Arts from West Palm Beach, FL — a school named after Khalil’s grandfather. These students had the opportunity to experience a piece of history for themselves, by meeting Khalil and discovering the roots of their school.

The Kinsey Collection is a national touring museum exhibit of rare African American art and history. It is showcased around the country in a variety of museums. We are honored to have pieces of this incredible collection currently on display as part of “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” at Walt Disney World at The American Adventure pavilion, where guests can explore and appreciate all aspects of American history.

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To learn more about the Kinsey Collection and traveling exhibits in your area please visit: www.thekinseycollection.com

Visit www.disneyyouth.com for more information on all of the Disney Youth Programs offerings.

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Disney Frozen 5K Style

posted on February 21st, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


In my last Disney Sports Style blog post, I shared some “Chilly runDisney Inspiration” for the Disney Frozen 5K at Walt Disney World Resort. Leslie Kay of “DisneyBound” put together looks based on our two favorite sisters of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna.

Fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Jennifer Fickley-Baker, and I decided to test these DisneyBound looks thanks to Champion and New Balance.

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From DisneyBound outfits to costumes head to toe, check out some of my favorite “Frozen”-inspired looks from the Disney Frozen 5K!

I can’t wait to see the creativity at the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Sunday. Share your outfits with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PrincessHalf.

Check out some of the great outfits from the Disney Princess Half Marathon by replaying the live stream here.

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Learn Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Adventures in Molde, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Are you having fun learning Norwegian phrases before sailing to the land of “Frozen” with us this summer? Get ready for more! In our next video, Synnøve, a little girl you may meet on your adventures in Molde, Norway, teaches you a few important phrases to know, one that friends of Anna and Elsa probably find themselves saying often these days. Take a look …

Just outside of Molde is one of the largest folk museums in Norway, established in 1912. The Romsdal Open Air Museum, set amid beautiful mountain pastures, features more than 50 historic buildings and a recreated city street that captures the essence of Molde prior to World War II. You’ll travel back in history during our Molde Folk Museum & City Tour Port Adventure to explore the century-old property, including lush gardens, farmhouses, smokehouses and a chapel. A highlight of this adventure is a spirited performance of Norwegian folk dancing featuring local children in traditional regional outfits. Be on the lookout for sweet Synnøve! Here’s a glance at what you’ll experience …

Coming up next week is the final video in our series. I’ll be sharing it along with more of my recommendations for Port Adventures in the breathtaking country of Norway!

For more helpful Norwegian phrases for you Disney Cruise, visit the posts below:

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