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Behold the Beautiful Christmas Trees Across Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If there were ever a contest for trimming trees, our Walt Disney World Resort holiday team would be tough to beat. They work almost year-round to design, maintain and decorate the themed Christmas trees you’ll find across the resort.

It’s not just the trees’ enormous size (the tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is 70-feet tall!), but the detail in the decorations such as handcrafted baskets and masks, sketches of Pixar favorites, and handstitched garland that make them such a sight.

Until you visit in person, here’s our top 11 Walt Disney World Resort Christmas trees that dazzle during the holidays.

Christmas Tree at Disney's Contemporary Resort


Which tree is your favorite? Have these inspired your tree decorations?

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Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Now I know it’s REALLY the holiday season: Holidays Around the World has returned to Epcot.

Beautifully-costumed storytellers who share the traditions and cultures from their countries and entertainment themed to the holidays add to the sparkle of the gorgeous decor around the theme park.

Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

Hear from Helga, Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as performances from the Chinese Lion and the mariachi band and dancers in Mexico – these are just some of the special experiences available for the season.

How will you spend your holiday visit at Epcot?

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Cozy Bungalow

posted on November 26th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows here at Walt Disney World Resort.


Sure looks quiet and cozy on this lovely holiday.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week in Disney history back in 1992, we met Jasmine, the heroine of one of my favorite Disney films, “Aladdin.” This love story takes us on an adventure as independent Princess Jasmine and “street rat” Aladdin fall in love and fight to be together – despite their stop-at-nothing nemesis Jafar.

Jasmine, Princess of Agrabah

Today, you can often meet Jasmine in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Kent Phillips for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week in Disney history, “Tangled” debuted in theaters, introducing us to a daring and adventure loving princess named Rapunzel.

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In the film, Rapunzel disobeys her mother’s orders (and mother knows best!) and leaves her tower to fulfill her dream of seeing the floating lights for her birthday. Along the way, she meets the roguish Flynn Ryder who pulls her into his adventurous escape from his fellow thieves. The two fall in love and in the end, Rapunzel makes a sacrifice that saves Flynn’s life.

Thanks to photographer Ryan Wendler for the images.

To check out more photo from this series, see the list below.

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450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Over the weekend, 450 Disney fans joined us at Disney Springs for our latest event, the Disney Parks BlogThe Good Dinosaur” Meet-Up. Our morning of fun included an early screening of the film, a good ol’fashioned “roar-off” among our younger guests, surprises that included Disney Parks Blog hats, and more.

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450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up 450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey into the dinosaur world, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo must learn to confront his fear and discover what he is truly capable of. To hear what our guests thought of the film, check out the video below.

Don’t forget to see “The Good Dinosaur” when it opens on Wednesday, November 25.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up

posted on November 21st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


We had a blast meeting many of you during our Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up. And many more of you joined us during our live stream – what did you think?

I especially enjoyed Jenn Fickley-Baker’s chat with Show Director John Phelan, who provided fun anecdotes about special Disney touches weaved into the show.

While you may not have several million lights handy to enjoy at home, you can keep the holiday spirit going wherever you are with the playlist. Remember: this is the finale season to enjoy the lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through January 3, 2016.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This month in Disney history, “Beauty and the Beast” debuted in theaters, introducing us to a young, book-loving heroine named Belle.

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In the film, Belle bravely sets off in the forest to find her father and agrees to take his place in captivity at Beast’s castle. Once there, her kindness wins over the castle’s enchanted inhabitants and eventually softens the heart of the Beast. In the end, Belle not only falls in love with Beast, but helps save him from the jealous wrath of Gaston.

Thanks to Kent Phillips for the great images.

To check out more photo from this series, see the list below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Season of the Force Lights Up Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Last week I was able to photograph the new nighttime lighting display in Tomorrowland that takes our guests to a galaxy far, far away during Season of the Force at Disneyland park in California. After you have taken in all the new Star Wars experiences, make sure you return after dark to see – or photograph – this impressive lighting extravaganza.


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Day Three of ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ Taping Features Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande & More

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Yesterday was an exciting day out at Magic Kingdom Park! If you’re a fan of David Foster and/or the “We Love Disney” compilation albums, you are not going to want to miss these performances on Christmas day! David produced the latest “We Love Disney” series album which was released just last month.

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First up was Jason Derulo singing his version of “The Lion King” classic, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. We met up with Jason during a break from performing as he posed for a picture with his #1 fan, Donald Duck.

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration

A trip to Walt Disney World Resort wouldn’t be complete for pop star singer/actress Ariana Grande without some love from Minnie Mouse! Ariana loves Minnie’s style and her famous mouse ears & bow are a wardrobe “must” whenever Ariana’s in town.

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Singer/songwriter Andy Grammer not only sang for us, but also took a break from performing to teach Olaf a few moves he picked up as a contestant on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars”.

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David Foster posed with Cinderella as he took a break from accompanying today’s performances. “We Love Disney” artists Charles Perry and Jhene Aiko also shared the stage with David today.

Thanks to photographers Mark Ashman and Mariah Wild for the photos!

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