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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.

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  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.

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  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

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  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.

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  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”

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  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.

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  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Your Desktop with New Wallpaper

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – and we’ve been celebrating in Frontierland throughout Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. On this special day, we wanted to share this fun, Disney-inspired artwork so you can bring the festivities to your desktop all day long.

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Want to learn more about our Dia de los Muertos celebration at Disneyland park? Here’s my fellow Disneyland Resort cast member, Norma, to explain this tradition.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Villains Galore

posted on October 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Over the past month, we’ve shared new images of some of our favorite Disney Villains, including Gaston, Maleficent, the Wicked Queen, and many more.

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Which villain portrait series is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

(Thanks to photographer Mariah Wild for the series).

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13 Wicked Photos of The Haunted Mansion

posted on October 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Happy Halloween! Today we’re celebrating Halloween by honoring a Disney attractions that offers thrilling frights 365 days a year – The Haunted Mansion.

We’ve gathered 13 of our most compelling images of the Magic Kingdom Park attraction that just might make you want to join in on the “swinging wake” the next time you visit.

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PHOTOS: Jack-O-Lanterns at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This weekend, many of us will celebrate Halloween by carving a jack-o-lantern. Here at Walt Disney World Resort, the most pumpkin plentiful area is by far Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.


Want to learn how to create your own Disney Parks inspired jack-o-lantern? Visit our past post for details and templates.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Happy HalloWishes!’ from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image captures the view of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks with its sparkling orange, green and purple fireworks from across Seven Seas Lagoon.

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Just a few more days until Halloween!

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Disney Days of Past: Villains Are Getting Ready!

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


The favorite day of many Disney villains is almost here, Halloween! In this snapshot from 2000 we see a frightful cast of characters getting ready for Villains’ Night Out. Hold on to your treats, I think this crew is more about the tricks!

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Halloween How-To: Make ‘Witch Minnie’ Candy Apples

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Halloween is fast approaching and I’ve got one thing on my mind – treats!

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We recently stopped by the Candy Cauldron for some step-by-step directions on how you can make one of their favorite treats – the ‘Witch Minnie’ Candy Apple – that are guaranteed to impress at any Halloween party this year. To create this treat you’ll need: Apples, caramel, marshmallows, white and milk chocolate, colored sugar, a small handful of candies (for decoration), an optional candy mold and just about 15-20 mins of time.

For more from the “Halloween How-To” series, visit the post below:

Can you guess how many Witch Minnie apples Matt makes in one day? Place your guess below!

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Disney’s Halloween Festival Brings Fall Fun to Disneyland Park – Paris

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Disney’s Halloween Festival has returned to Disneyland Park (Paris). Now through November 1, guests can enjoy a fall-themed parade, spot Maleficent at the Castle Courtyard, enjoy a parade of Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., and much more.

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Of course, the park has also been dressed up for the occasion. Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Halloween Tales from Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Halloween is only a few days away, and I want to share some fun Halloween tales (and tails!) with you from Disney’s Animal Kingdom about the Malayan flying foxes, Okapis and Baobab trees.

True or False: Bats will suck your blood.

False! Malayan flying foxes, the fruit bats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will not suck your blood. Flying foxes enjoy fruits and vegetables, and the ones at Disney’s Animal Kingdom love watermelon, papaya and figs. Since flying foxes love these foods, they play a very important role as seed distributers in the wild. They’ll chew their food and spit out remaining seeds as they fly. This helps the eco-system by sometimes introducing plants to new locations.

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Bats also have a bad reputation for being blind, or having bad eyesight. This couldn’t be more wrong! Although some bats use echolocation, flying foxes don’t. Their eyesight is almost three times better than humans, and they can see in color.

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Originally from Southeast Asia, flying foxes face habitat destruction, hunting and are susceptible to extreme heat. They don’t have sweat glands, which means they need moisture, or water, to help cool themselves down.

True or False: Okapis are the ghosts of the forest.

True! Okapis are originally from the Congo and weren’t discovered until the 1900s. This is probably because they live solitary lives in very dense forests, and hence the ghost name. Living in the forest has also allowed okapis to develop amazing hearing that they rely on to listen for predators or movement.

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Most people assume that okapis are related to zebras because of the pattern on their behind, but they are actually the only relative of giraffe. This disruptive coloring evolved to mimic light coming through trees to better camouflage okapi from predators in the wild.

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Okapis are considered endangered because of its rapid population decline over the past two decades. They are hunted as bushmeat, face habitat loss and are ensnared in traps meant for other animals.

True or False: Baobab trees are dead, spooky and probably haunted.

False! Although the trees look like they are upside down, and possibly dead, they are very much alive. Baobab trees help support eco-systems by acting as a home and food for animals and food for humans. Baobabs can provide shelter for animals like snakes, bats and bees to name a few.

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Baobab trees have the ability to store large volumes of water, which is especially helpful during drought seasons. However, animals like elephants and eland often chew on the tree bark to hydrate. Unfortunately, this ultimately harms the trees.

Both animals and humans like to eat the Baobab fruit and seedpods. The fruit has twice as much calcium as milk, is high in anti-oxidants, iron and potassium, and has six times the vitamin C of an orange. The seeds also produce edible oil. In some parts of Africa, the baobab is called the “tree of life.” Sound familiar? The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is, in fact, a baobab tree.

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Baobabs suffer from being waterlogged, drought, black fungus and, as already mentioned, animals eating the bark. These as well as habitat invasion, hurt the baobabs and have motivated researchers to start studying the livelihood of the species.

Happy Halloween from everyone at Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment! What other animal tales have you heard? Let us know in the comment section below!

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