Fireworks at Cinderella Castle

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 4th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


“First look” posts are some of my favorite to launch on the blog. And it so happens we had a nice batch to share this week, including a peek of a pizzeria planned for the Italy Pavilion at Epcot and a fresh image showing Cantina de San Angel. We also had early looks at unique Star Wars pins from Steven and action figures from Dara. But images of Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream really grabbed your attention. Jonathan shared images showing how the restaurant will transform into an undersea environment as your meal progresses.

Animator's Palate Aboard the Disney Dream

Also this week, Heather shared new video featuring an update on “World of Color.” The technical side of the show is amazing – it’ll have the world’s biggest water projection screen. Here’s more if you missed it:

And check out a few more of the week’s most popular blog posts:

New Chairman Visits Disney Parks Around the World — Tom Staggs has been on the move this month, touching ground in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Germany during his first “world tour” as chairman of Parks & Resorts.

Tips on How to Find Your Favorite Candy on Main Street, U.S.A — Have you ever wished you could find out what candies are being produced each day? Well, you can.

Disney Farewell for Bobby Cox — Bobby Cox has been at the Braves’ helm since the sports complex at Walt Disney World opened in 1997, so it was fitting that Disney sent him off in grand style.

A New Animator’s Palate for the Disney Dream — Jonathan Frontado gave us a look at what the new Animator’s Palate restaurant will look like aboard the Disney Dream.

Behind the Scenes: Making of ‘Mickey Notes’ at Disney Parks — We shared a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to turn 4,300 individual still photographs of about 25,000 pieces of paper into our first stop-motion video.

A Glimpse of the Circle D Corral at Disneyland Park — Heather Hust Rivera showed us how the Disneyland horses are cared for at the Circle D Corral.

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Behind the Scenes: Making of ‘Mickey Notes’ at Disney Parks

posted on March 26th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As you know, our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day‘ program ended earlier this month when one million people volunteered or committed to volunteer in their communities. But along the way, we created and launched something special to celebrate volunteerism called “Mickey Notes“- our first stop-motion video. It was five days of work at Walt Disney World Resort taking more than 4,300 individual still photographs of about 25,000 pieces of paper. And today, we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.

Please note that you may no longer register and sign up for projects to earn a free Disney theme park ticket. However, we encourage you to volunteer by visiting HandsOn Network.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 14th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Premier Passport
From the minute we posted news about Disney Premier Passport, you’ve been talking about it. Passport benefits are included in the initial story but if you have any questions, we’ll be continuing to answer them in comments.
Give a Day, Get a Disney Day
Also, we first announced on the blog that the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program officially reached its goal. One million of you have been inspired to give back to your communities through volunteer service since Disney Parks launched this first-of-its-kind program on January 1.

But we began the week with this unique time-lapse video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Take a look.

Here are some of our other most popular posts of the week:

A Hidden Treasure — Did you know that Disneyland Resort offers more than 150 different dies that can be pressed on a penny, nickel or even a quarter?

Disney Monorail Trains to Feature ‘Tron: Legacy’ Art — We broke the news that the trains will be visible on the Epcot monorail line as early as this month.

Legendary Sherman Brothers Honored with Window on Main Street, U.S.A. — Main Street, U.S.A. was buzzing with the tune of several familiar songs as Richard and Robert Sherman were honored with their own window.

Sometimes it is the DetailsWalt Disney World Photographer Garth Vaughan shares a unique image from the parks.

What Do You Do When it’s Raining at Disneyland Resort — We shared a few tips to make the best of a rainy day at Disneyland Resort.

Epcot as Art — Walt Disney World Photographer Gene Duncan shares another Epcot image.

Mickey Mouse Reminds Us to Spring Forward — We shared a 1970 photo of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and friends changing the clock on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland park for Daylight Saving Time.

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‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Reaches Goal – 1M Inspired to Volunteer

posted on March 9th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Hats off to each of the one million volunteers!

Thank you to all who have participated. The last day to use the free Disney Theme Park tickets distributed in this program was December 15, 2010.

Although you can no longer use a free Disney Theme Park ticket received in connection with this program, you can still continue to give back to your community by signing up for volunteer opportunities through HandsOn Network.

If you have additional questions please contact customer service.

And don’t forget to share your Disney Parks memories!

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day
We’re celebrating at Disney Parks today…the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program has officially reached its goal. That’s right, one million of you have been inspired to give back to your communities through volunteer service in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada since Disney Parks launched this first-of-its-kind program on January 1.

During the last 10 weeks, a million people have volunteered or committed to volunteer in their communities. And to celebrate these efforts, Disney Parks has offered each volunteer who completed an eligible project a free one-day admission to one theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.

Although the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program has ended and guests may no longer register and sign up for projects to earn a free Disney theme park ticket, the need for volunteers is ongoing. You can still continue the good work by volunteering through HandsOn Network at http://HandsOnNetwork.org.

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‘Mickey Notes’ – Disney Parks Celebrates Volunteering

posted on February 24th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Mickey Notes

In past weeks, we’ve had some fun celebrating volunteerism but nothing like this. The team found 25,000 pieces of colored paper and a 10-foot wall to create “Mickey Notes” – our first stop-motion video.

Our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” story unfolds through thousands of individual photos featuring Walt Disney World Cast Members moving sticky notes around by hand – no video cameras were used. Also, there were no post-production “tricks” used to create the giant sticky note Mickey Mouse, the background or to “animate” the pieces of paper. See for yourself.

We’ll share more about how we created “Mickey Notes” in an upcoming post but for now, know that you can still search and sign up to volunteer in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program. Terms and conditions apply – visit Disneyparks.com for details.

By the way, the photographer who makes an appearance by sliding on screen (with camera in hand) is Kent Phillips, the Disney Parks photographer who took all of the still images seen in the production.

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‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Program Reaches 600,000 Volunteer Sign-Ups

posted on February 15th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Hats off to each of the one million volunteers!

Thank you to all who have participated. The last day to use the free Disney Theme Park tickets distributed in this program was December 15, 2010.

Although you can no longer use a free Disney Theme Park ticket received in connection with this program, you can still continue to give back to your community by signing up for volunteer opportunities through HandsOn Network.

If you have additional questions please contact customer service.

And don’t forget to share your Disney Parks memories!

Giant Mickey Made of Cans for Disney's Celebrate Volunteers Event

Our record-breaking canned structure was an attention-grabber…so it’s understandable if you missed our other big news from the Celebrate Volunteers event at Walt Disney World Resort. We’ve reached a major milestone in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program.

More than 600,000 people have volunteered or signed up for volunteer projects in their communities in the first six weeks of the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program. If you remember, this first-of-its-kind effort was launched with hopes of inspiring 1 million people to perform volunteer service in their communities. And we’re closing in on that number.

There are still opportunities to join in and participate — and it’s easy to get started. Just visit disneyparks.com.

Can Van for Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

There are also some official details you should know about: You must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunity at disneyparks.com. Ticket quantities for this program are limited. Must be at least age 6 to participate. One ticket per person. Other terms and conditions apply. For details, see disneyparks.com in the United States and Puerto Rico. In Canada, see disneyparks.ca.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 13th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our celebration of the spirit of giving continued this week in a big way — with a special “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” event at Walt Disney World that included the unveiling of the world’s largest canned food structure. If you missed the live stream, we’re replaying the entire event at www.celebratevolunteers.com/. Also, we’ve added some music to the time lapse video of the unveil. Check it out:

Also this week we introduced two new blog authors to the team — Pam Brandon and Dara Trujillo. Here are their posts and a few other of the week’s most popular:

Your Favorite Romantic Memory — We asked guests in Disneyland park to share some of their romantic stories.

First Disney Parks Blog Pins — They’re baked and ready to go…a first-ever batch of Disney Parks Blog pins.

A Chocolate Treat at Walt Disney World — Valentine’s Day is the best excuse for eating chocolate. We did our homework and tasted chocolate all over Walt Disney World Resort and found a tasty treat.

A Train for Lilly — Most men give flowers and candy to their favorite lady. Walt Disney named a train after his.

Romantic Restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort — Some suggestions for the most romantic restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort has to offer.

Walt Disney World Parade Celebrates Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees — We celebrated with a ticker-tape parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Baby White-Cheeked Gibbon — There’s a new member of the family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and we shared a first photo on the Disney Parks Blog (thanks, Gene Duncan).

A Unique Anniversary Party — We shared a photo of a unique anniversary party of two sweethearts: Walt and Lillian Disney.

Princess Tiana Window at Magic Kingdom Park — We unveiled our official Princess Tiana window in the Magic Kingdom Park on Main Street, U.S.A. It’s already a guest favorite.

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Record-Breaking Canned Food Sculpture Unveiled at Walt Disney World

posted on February 11th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Record-Breaking Canned Food Sculpture at Walt Disney World

Less than 24 hours after announcing big news at Walt Disney World, we have more to share. We just unveiled the largest canned food structure ever created — more than 115,000 cans.

Record-Breaking Canned Food Sculpture at Walt Disney World

Update: We’ve posted a high-resolution photo of the canned food structure here.

The massive sculpture titled “Celebrate Volunteers” was unveiled as part of a special “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” celebration honoring family volunteers and the spirit of giving at Epcot’s World Showcase. It took about 500 hours of volunteer work to construct and shape the 44 tons of food into the Disney character structure. Look closely…Mickey’s head was shaped from cans of black olives and Pluto’s eyes were created with cans of sliced pineapple. Here’s how the rest of it came together:

We figured out that if all of the cans in the sculpture were stacked on top of one another, the topmost can would be more than one mile above the 29,035-foot summit of Mt. Everest. But what goes up, must come down. The sculpture will be disassembled by Disney VoluntEARs and other volunteers and the cans will be taken to food banks for those in need. There’s enough food for more than 70,000 meals.

By the way, according to a Guinness World Records adjudicator, the new record easily beat the old mark of 54,527 cans set last year in New Zealand.

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Live Video: Walt Disney World Volunteer Celebration

posted on February 11th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: The live stream is complete, however you can watch the replay for the next few days.

www.celebratevolunteers.com
Just a quick reminder that we’re preparing to launch live coverage of our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Volunteer Celebration at Walt Disney World. The live stream will feature Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, an attempt at a unique world record and a few other surprises.

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World Record Attempt Will be Part of Volunteer Celebration at Walt Disney World

posted on February 10th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Tomorrow, we’re celebrating the spirit of giving at Walt Disney World with a special event that’ll include an attempt at a world record – and you’ll be able to see it live.

Since the launch of the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program six weeks ago, an overwhelming number of volunteers have signed up to participate. Some of those superstar volunteers from across the nation will be featured at Thursday’s event, along with a few surprises.
www.celebratevolunteers.com
The Volunteers Celebration is a closed event and we’re not yet sharing details of the world record attempt. But there will be a live stream of the announcement beginning at 9:58 A.M. EST at www.celebratevolunteers.com. We’ll also have an update on the blog Thursday.

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