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PHOTO GALLERY: A ‘Brave’ Princess Merida

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

On this week in Disney History, “Brave” debuted in theaters, introducing us to the bold, strong Princess Merida.


In the film, Merida, daughter to King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is determined to shape her own future. In doing so, Merida’s actions unleash chaos among the Scottish Lords, and accidentally unleashes a dangerous curse. In the end, Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family before it’s too late.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Pocahontas Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today in Disney History, Pocahontas made her debut.


In the film, Pocahontas meets explorer John Smith and teaches him the wonders of earth and true value of its many riches. Despite an agreement to marry Kocoum, Pocahontas falls in love with John Smith, which leads to Chief Powhatan declaring war on the team of explorers. Pocahontas later saves John Smith from execution. When the gold-obsessed Governor Ratcliffe attempts to shoot Chief Powhatan, John Smith dives in front of the bullet, saving Pocahontas’s father.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.

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Zuri’s Sweets Shop Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Zuri’s Sweets Shop recently opened its doors in Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to showcase a bevy of new animal-inspired treats.


The location features 80 new items, including decorative candy apples, uniquely flavored chocolate bars, African-spiced popcorn, animal-shaped lollipops, animal crackers, chocolate mini crocodiles and other treats. Zuri’s Sweets Shop will also offer African spice rubs, a gourmet cocoa set and Flame Tree Barbeque sauce.

Which item are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Pics From Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week we shared a ton of fun photos from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Frozen Summer Fun is now in full swing!

Take a look at the gallery below for a peek at the offerings that debuted this week, including the Frozen Royal Welcome, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down and more.


Check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more coverage of Frozen Summer Fun.

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#DisneyKids: Disney Junior Pool Parties at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

Pool season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort, and now there’s something to make a day by the water even more fun for little ones. Earlier this month, Disney Jr. Pool Parties began daily at all of our hotels across property.


The interactive 22-minute Disney Jr. Pool Parties feature music and activities from some of kids’ favorite shows like “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and of course, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Sing-a-longs and games like “Sofia Says” are tailored to our youngest guests so they can stay excited and engaged.


Also at our resorts, be sure to check out other services and amenities that are perfect for parents of young kids:

  • Children’s Activity Centers – located at Deluxe Resorts, but open to all Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
  • Playgrounds
  • In-room babysitting services
  • Extra Magic Hours – Perfect for little ones who get up really early!
  • Complimentary transportation across Walt Disney World Resort property
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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy ‘Inside Out’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Over the weekend, the Disney Parks Blog team met up with more than 1,000 of our readers for a special screening and celebration around the new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” which hits theaters June 19.


The group was treated to an advanced screening of the film, which tells the story of a young girl named Riley and the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the control center of Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Our readers were also surprised with an exclusive character greeting with Joy and Sadness from the the film, as well as other fun photo ops.

For a full look inside the event, check out the video above. You can also follow Disney Parks Blog on Instagram for a look inside all of our meet-up events.

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A Peek Inside a Room with A View at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

As part of the Disney Parks Blog ongoing “Room with A View” series, I want to take you to an island paradise where swaying palms and gentle breezes lead to new accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As part of the re-imagination of the iconic resort, 360 new Disney Vacation Club Studios reveal a tropical motif with spacious accommodations – and wow, what a view! Let’s go to the third floor of the Moorea longhouse inside room 3020 and take a peek.

When I opened the door to this Deluxe Studio, I was drawn to an outdoor patio that extends the entire width of the room. The third floor lookout offered a panoramic view with so much to take in. To the right you see the monorail whizzing by and ferry boats sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon. Look left and there’s the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in all its splendor. And straight ahead, beyond the luxurious Bora Bora Bungalows Magic Kingdom Park with Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle beckoning you to their magical lands. It’s a great view any time of day but especially as night falls and “Wishes” fireworks light up the sky.

A Peek Inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

But if you sharpen your lens there are “close-up” shots you might miss such as torch-lit paths, lush landscapes, gentle waves. I watched as a family of ducks waddled to the sandy beach and waterway they call home. It’s more than just a pretty picture – it stirs something within. Memories of my very first Disney resort stay come flooding back each time I visit. And despite its recent reimagining, there’s a familiarity here that makes you feel like you’re home. It’s no wonder families are drawn back to this beloved resort time and time again.

A Peek Inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The new Studios have a ton of space (actually the largest Studios in the Disney Vacation Club portfolio) plus ample storage with under-the-bed drawers and a table that doubles as a storage chest. Rooms have a crisp yet playful décor with vibrant colors, ornate carvings and rich textures. I loved the tiki man lamp perched on a bed of rock lava and the colorful artwork. Studios sleep five with one queen bed, a queen-size pull-out bed and a pull-down bed. A kitchenette with coffee-maker, mini-fridge, a small sink, toaster and microwave all come in handy. The bathroom layout is practical for families, too. There’s a private sink and shower space, plus a separate area with tub, toilet and sink. It’s great if you have teenagers who need their space. And this resort is the first to have connecting Deluxe Studios.

So journey with me to this carefree oasis in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy a photo tour of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of Mulan as ‘Ping’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Today in Disney history back in 1998, the film “Mulan” was released in theaters.

In the film, Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier named “Ping” to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army in a fight against the Huns. Along her journey, she finds strength and bravery within – as well as love with warrior Shang.


In honor of today’s anniversary, Disney Photographer Ryan Wendler shot these amazing images of Mulan dressed as Ping.

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VIDEO: Frozen Summer Fun Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

The royal sisters have returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Anna and Elsa – accompanied by friends Olaf and Kristoff –


As a reminder, here’s the “Frozen” fun that’s in store through September 7, 2015:

Frozen Royal Welcome – Watch Arendelle’s royal procession through the park, this year with Olaf in tow! Elsa also makes an appearance on her new ice palace float!

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new stage show features Olaf and friends having a little fun “In Summer.” And as temperature rises, Olaf shares a burst from his own snow cloud to cool things down.

“Frozen Fever” – The ABC Sound Studio is offering special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This year the show has moved to the Hyperion Theater, where you’ll discover all-new in-theater effects and appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

“Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, our “Frozen” friends return to the stage for a grand finale to kick off a fireworks display set to the beloved music of “Frozen.”

Will you head out to the park for some Frozen Summer Fun this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Disney Sports Style: Show your #DisneySide – Father’s Day Gift Guide

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

With Father’s Day around the corner, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has the perfect gifts to thank sports dads and coaches for all they do.

Check out some of my favorite picks for Father’s Day:

All items can be found at the ESPN Clubhouse Shop at the ESPN Complex. Stop by and pick up some of these great items to celebrate the sports dad in your life!


What will you get your dad or coach to show their #DisneySide?

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