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Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As summer begins at Disney Parks, here is a sneak preview of items coming later this year. This is one of my favorite articles to write as I get to share some awesome things currently in development.

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Time For MagicSliders
One of the more popularly requested accessories for MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort is a watch. I’m happy to report there will be two MagicSlider timepieces coming this summer – a Minnie Mouse analog timepiece and one with a digital display.

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Disney Pins From Regions Beyond
Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park, inspired two open edition pins coming late summer. One pin resembles the brooch that female cast members wear in the location, while the other looks like a sign found outside the shop. You can see both of those items in this previous article.

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Cogsworth and Chef Figment
Cogsworth may be one of my favorite characters from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” I was happy to see there will be a medium-sized figurine coming this September. This figurine is the companion piece to the Lumiere figurine we released in 2013. The best part – Cogsworth’s face is a working clock!

Also arriving this fall is a new 12-inch Figment plush created especially for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite festival of the year returns to Walt Disney World Resort from September 25 through November 16.

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Villainous T-Shirts
This fall, Chernabog from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and Hades from Disney’s “Hercules” will be featured on new Disney Villain T-shirts. I love this artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer.

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Disney Theme Park Holiday Ornaments
This year, we will release ornaments featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in attire representing different Disney Theme Parks. It’s probably no surprise that I adore the Epcot ornament especially since Mickey and Minnie are wearing their spacesuits from the 1980s.

Look for these and other items coming to select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Which item is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Dates for Magic Kingdom Park Special Events, Tickets on Sale in April

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Planners take note!

Two of the biggest questions we get on the Disney Parks Blog around this time of year is “WHEN are the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?”

Well, wait no longer!

This year, our Magic Kingdom Park Halloween event will be held 25 nights throughout the months of September, October and November; and our signature Holidays event at the Magic Kingdom Park will be 20 nights in November and December.

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Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

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Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:

  • November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
  • December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are specially-ticketed events where the Magic Kingdom comes alive with decorations, special entertainment and tons of fun!

Tickets for both events will go on sale in April.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information about the events including on sale dates and ticket prices.

For more information or to book your resort stay, check out Disneyworld.com.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animals at Walt Disney World Enjoyed the Holiday Season with Festive Enrichment Gifts!

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Katie Leighty, Ph.D., Science Operations Manager


As many finish packing up the holiday décor (and others resist a few more days), we have one more holiday post to keep the joyous spirit alive.

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays, you know the festivities and holiday cheer are all around! But our guests and cast members aren’t the only ones who experienced the holiday spirit … Our animals did too! This holiday season, the Science Operations Team hosted a competition for the animal care teams at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Animal keepers were challenged to create inventive animal enrichment experiences highlighting specific holiday themes, including wreaths, snow, candy canes, presents, gingerbread and ornaments.

The teams then designed these themed holiday “gifts” for the animals under their care with the goals of highlighting some of their natural behaviors, introducing the holiday spirit, and providing unique viewing opportunities for our guests. We thought it would be fun to share a few of the many great ideas the animal care staff came up with — so here it goes!

This Asian-Small Clawed Otter Looks Like he’s Making Snow Balls Cotton-Top Tamarins Experienced Snow on the Rooftop of their Home As Well!

On Discovery Island, Asian-small clawed otters experienced all the fun of snow, a rare occurrence in sunny Florida. Nearby, Cotton-top tamarins experienced a snow-covered roof, icicle treats and a snowman at their home, also on Discovery Island.

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The Western lowland gorillas on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail gather goodies from a tire-swing wreath decorated with edible treats including fruit, vegetables and hay.

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Just around the corner, slender-tailed meerkats on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail seemed eager to explore an oversize wreath of their own. This one is made from grass flats and barley and decorated with pinecones.

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Guests who traveled to Conservation Station had the opportunity to decorate ornaments with conservation messages for the African elephants. The animal keepers then decorated trees with these fun edible creations and delivered them to all members of the elephant herd.

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Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge had the opportunity to work with animal keepers to craft enrichment “presents” for the animals and then stayed to watch as the animals enjoyed their creations. This Roan antelope found a firehouse-cube “gift” complete with a leafy bow under their holiday tree. The tree was made from edible browse and decorated with vegetable ornaments to enjoy.

Did you know?

  • Enrichment is a key part of the animal care program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Enrichment allows animals to make choices about their environment and encourages natural behaviors. These initiatives enable guests to see the cool adaptations that help animals survive.
  • You can enrich the lives of wildlife and encourage natural behaviors in your own backyard by adding a bird bath, native plants, log piles and bird houses. Then, sit back and enjoy the fun of watching wildlife up close!
  • To learn more about Disney conservation efforts, please visit: www.disney.com/conservation.

Happy New Year!

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More Chances to See ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 5th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


A Frozen Holiday Wish,” the new show at Magic Kingdom Park featuring the wintry wonder and magic of Disney’s “Frozen,” has been extended for a limited encore engagement.

Queen Elsa from “Frozen” Transforms Cinderella Castle in "A Frozen Holiday Wish"

Presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” brings sisters Anna and Elsa on a visit to Magic Kingdom Park, along with rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf. The show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering palace of ice.

If you didn’t get a chance to see “A Frozen Holiday Wish” during the show’s initial run, you now have one more week to catch it. “A Frozen Holiday Wish” can be enjoyed at 6:30 p.m. each evening, today through Monday, January 12.

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Happy New Year from the Disney Parks Blog Team

posted on January 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy 2015!

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From our team to yours, we hope your year is simply magical!

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VIDEO: New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 31st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year! Tonight, we live streamed our special New Year’s Eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks from Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort – and you can watch the replay for yourself below. To view the fireworks show, skip ahead to 20:10 in the video below.

Be sure to check back for more live events on the Disney Parks Blog in 2015.

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One Week Left to Experience ‘The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights’

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you haven’t experienced The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet, you still have one more week to enjoy this illuminated holiday extravaganza.

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The offering covers the Backlot area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in millions of glittering lights. Periodically the display “dances” to special songs of the season. Be on the lookout for twirling carousels of angels, toy soldiers, a spinning Earth, and Santa and his trusty reindeer.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included in theme park admission and will run through January 4, 2015.

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Three Kings Day Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – now in its second year at Disney California Adventure park – is set to conclude once again with a celebration of Three Kings Day, taking place January 2-6. Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos, is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or “wise men”) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Take a look at what guests can expect during our celebration.

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Caption This: Elves at Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One Walt Disney World Resort holiday offering that lasts through January 4, 2015, is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. And it looks like two of Santa’s elves just arrived via subway for one last look.

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Where will they head first? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This!”

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Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks Live at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 28th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at Walt Disney World Resort wraps on New Year’s Eve with a special surprise from Magic Kingdom Park.

We’re live streaming a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

At 11:50 p.m. EST on Wednesday, we’re hosting coverage of the special New Year’s Eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks. To see it live, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 11:35 p.m. on December 31.

See you then.

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