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#DisneyFamilia: Feliz Día de los Reyes Magos!

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Here at Walt Disney World Resort we wish you and your familia a wonderful Three Wise Men Day!

On January 6th, families around the world, especially in Latin countries, celebrate the Epiphany and the arrival of The Three Kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar, to their homes.

We hope that you enjoy the day with the famous Rosca de Reyes (traditional cake for the occasion), your favorite Disney characters and the presents underneath the bed or the tree!

Do you celebrate The Three Wise Men day? If so, what is your favorite tradition? Mine is leaving grass for the camels!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 3rd, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, we rang in the New Year with a spectacular New Year’s Eve live stream here on the Disney Parks Blog featuring fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort as well as our first, exclusive wallpaper of 2016.

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In 2016, there’s plenty to look forward to at Disney Parks. Check our earlier stories to learn more about some of our top reasons to celebrate at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on to end 2015 and begin the New Year.

Pinterest Points to Family Fun During the Holidays or Any Time at Downtown Disney District – These vacation weeks are a perfect time for family fun, and Downtown Disney District is a perfect family fun addition to a day or a week’s vacation at the Disneyland Resort. Entertainment, shopping, food and play are all on tap at Downtown Disney District, and Pinterest offers some great suggestions for planning your visit.

Disney by Land and Sea: Top Ways for Adults to Relax and Have Fun – Adding a Disney cruise to the end of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is the perfect way to extend your family’s fun-filled adventures. We know the kids won’t run out of energy, but after all the fun you have in the parks, it’s likely the grownups will appreciate the many opportunities to recharge at sea.

Wildlife Wednesday: Take a Peek at Some of the Baby Animals Born This Year – What an amazing year it has been! Disney’s Animal Kingdom is seeing unprecedented growth – and I don’t mean the park expansion. I mean baby animals! We have enjoyed quite a baby boom at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the last year. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Seas with Nemo & Friends have also seen a number of births.

Top Five Most-Watched Disney Parks Blog Videos of 2015 – This year the Disney Parks Blog team got to cover so many amazing events on video – from Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, to exciting attraction announcements, to the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Disney Springs – it’s impossible to pick our favorite.

Gourmet Treats Kick Off the New Year at the Disneyland Resort – Ring in the New Year with new gourmet treats from our Candy Kitchens! If you’re headed to the Disneyland Resort this January, here are a few quick tips on some of the special, hand-crafted items you’ll find.

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Happy New Year! Celebrate With Our First Wallpaper of 2016

posted on January 1st, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


The first time I experienced Disney-style New Year’s Eve fireworks was here at the Walt Disney World Resort. Beautiful blossoms of light exploded in all directions for what seemed like an eternity. The castle stood majestically through it all, reflecting the bright bursts of color. It was wonderful!

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Jeff Maurer captures the feeling of that spectacular display in this New Year’s Eve wall paper design. (Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.)

Wishing you a magical 2016!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Glitters for the New Year

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


Tonight’s After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the park, still wrapped in holiday splendor, awaits the countdown to New Year’s Eve.

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Will you visit this park in 2016?

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Disney Dream Wins Second Annual Gingerbread House Competition

posted on December 30th, 2015 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


For many families, creating gingerbread houses is a favorite tradition during the holiday season. The Disney Cruise Line family is no different — but being Disney, a standard-size gingerbread house simply won’t do.

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Each year, the pastry and bakery team on each of our ships meticulously build life-size gingerbread houses that are beautifully displayed in the atrium lobby. Added to the fun of gumdrops and icing is a spoonful of competition, as each ship strives to win the coveted award for “Best Gingerbread House.” This year, during the second annual competition, the Disney Dream won the award based on its creativity, theming and finishing touches.

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Congratulations to the Disney Dream team, and great job to all of our crew who helped design winter wonderland gingerbread houses. To see the winners of last year’s inaugural competition, check out my past post.

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Pinterest Points to Family Fun During the Holidays or Any Time at Downtown Disney District

posted on December 29th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


These vacation weeks are a perfect time for family fun, and Downtown Disney District is a perfect family fun addition to a day or a week’s vacation at the Disneyland Resort. Entertainment, shopping, food and play are all on tap at Downtown Disney District, and Pinterest offers some great suggestions for planning your visit.

Have a look … and Happy Holidays!

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Watch Walt Disney World’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Live December 31 at 11:50 p.m. EST

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


This New Year’s Eve, Magic Kingdom Park will welcome in the year 2016 with a special presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. EST. And the Disney Parks Blog team will celebrate by bringing this amazing show to you live, right here on the blog.

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To join us for the live stream, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Thursday night around 11:45 p.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh blog post at the top of our site.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holidays at Disney Parks

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


The sunny skies of Florida and California might not feel holiday season-ish. But with the way our experts beautify the parks, how could you not be festive?

This week in Disney Parks photos we go coast-to-coast: Erin Glover showed us some highlights through the numbers in her neck of the woods, and Jenn Fickley-Baker shared gorgeous after-dark photos from Magic Kingdom Park.

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We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 27th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Our holiday coverage continued this week at Disney Parks with daily stories and even a special edition of our email newsletter with an exclusive Christmas wallpaper. Along with our holiday content, we also shared some important information for those of you planning to welcome 2016 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Shawn posted a rundown of some of the entertainment lined up for this year’s celebration at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom Park. And if you can’t join us in person for New Year’s Eve, be sure to tune in here on the Disney Parks Blog where we’ll be hosting a live stream of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, direct from Magic Kingdom Park on December 31. Watch for more details coming soon.

We also included an update that reservations opened for Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party happens January 8-March 20, 2016 from 6:30-8 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with special viewing for the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks at 7:45 p.m. each night. You can enjoy a selection of sweets as the night sky erupts with an arsenal of impressive fireworks, set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time. Check Pam’s story for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator for Special Events Such as Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – Guest Talent Coordinator Danny Gaitan hosts guest performers at the Disneyland Resort during special events such as runDisney race weekends and holiday celebrations. Danny says he creates magic not only for our guests who experience the performances, but also for the performers who get the opportunity to entertain on a world-class stage.

Disneyland Resort Horses Featured in Horsetown Parade of Lights in Norco, California – For the second year in a row, Disneyland Resort horses participated in the annual Horsetown Parade of Lights in Norco, Calif. Pulling a vintage stagecoach used in Frontierland for many decades, Clydesdale team Lucky and Eddie glowed as festive decorations illuminated their harnesses.

By the Numbers: Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park – Last week, we put some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and now we’re back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Nestled in the imposing shadow of Mt. Everest, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks is the perfect place for tired and hungry travelers to stop in for a quick bite to eat or a refreshing beverage. For climbers who are returning from their ascent, a stop at the bar is considered tradition.

Set Sail for Wintertime Fun with Adventures by Disney Holiday River Cruises – Every family has their holiday traditions. In my family they all seem to center around baking, sweets and the regret that comes from so much baking and so many sweets.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney World Resort Holidays? – Have you visited Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season? Do you think you know everything there is to know about the amazing decorations and miles of lights that make our resort even prettier this time of year?

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Special New Year’s Eve Entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 26th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, 2015 has certainly been fun, and now here we are on the cusp of another incredible new year! For those of you planning to welcome 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, we have quite a party planned for you. Here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment lined up for this year’s celebration.

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  • Epcot – It’s a night-long party throughout Epcot, with unique entertainment including a DJ and light show at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a British blast to the past in United Kingdom, Euro-pop and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a “Silent DJ” party in Japan. Cap it all off with one of two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The 6:00 p.m. show will include our holiday finale, while the 11:40 p.m. performance will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Ring in a most unforgettable New Year with a Disney character dance party at Center Stage, leading up to fantastic fireworks set to the soundtrack of favorite films and memorable moments from across Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Note: ‘Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’ will not be presented on Dec. 31)
  • Magic Kingdom Park – You can get a head start on the festivities, with a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31. For families looking to wrap things up a little earlier, both nights will also feature the Holiday Wishes New Year’s Celebration at 6:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year’s Eve countdown.

If you can’t join us in person for New Year’s Eve, be sure to tune in right here to Disney Parks Blog, where we’ll be hosting a live stream of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, direct from Magic Kingdom Park on December 31. Watch for more details coming soon!

So tell me… What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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