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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Celebrations Abound at Disney Parks

posted on December 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in our weekly photo recap, we’re taking a look at how guests celebrated the season at Disney Parks around the world and even at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.

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Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: All Is Calm & Bright at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image comes to us from Tokyo Disneyland. This serene shot, taken by Photographer Tom Bricker, shows a peaceful Cinderella Castle after all the holiday guests have gone home for the night.

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Which international attraction would you like to see featured here? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Enjoy Holiday Entertainment Through Early January at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Still in the mood for more holiday fun? Several entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort run as long as January 5. See the list below for end dates for your favorites.

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Tips On Visiting Walt Disney World Resort During the Holidays

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Will you visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week? Lots of guests will head to our parks this week, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to make the most of your trip during this busy time of year.

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Preparing For & Traveling To Walt Disney World Resort

  • Use the on-property resort buses, boats and Monorails to avoid traffic and parking fees.
  • Valet parking is now available at Downtown Disney near La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • When utilizing your own car, plan for additional travel time.
  • Limit your time at theme park bag check by traveling light. Bags can also be checked at Bell Services at resorts or at lockers within theme parks.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours. Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.
  • Want to stay longer or visit more than one park in a day? Visit Guest Relations or a ticketing window to modify your tickets.
  • Designate a spot inside the park for your party to meet, should someone get separated. Lost and Founds are located at park Guest Relations.
  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park to stay informed on showtimes, character greeting locations and more.

Attractions & Entertainment Tips

  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone. This vacation-planning tool can help you access current attraction wait times, find the nearest entertainment and more. Or visit the Tip Board at the center of each park to see which attractions have the shortest wait times.
  • Utilize the park’s FastPass options. Don’t forget that in addition to attractions, FastPasses also may be available for some character meet and greets, such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Catch a show in the middle of the day when attraction wait times are typically longer.
  • Some extra performances have been added to the calendar to accommodate our holiday guests. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the park to see your options.

Dining Tips

  • Avoid crowded restaurants by grabbing a snack from quick service carts located throughout the parks.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.

Do you have a tip to share on visiting our parks? If so, leave it in the “Comments” section below.

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Ho`olaule`a – Celebration! Disney VoluntEARS Spread Holiday Cheer in Hawai`i

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Mālama – to care for. That’s what we do for each other here in Hawai`i, especially during this special time of the year. Mālama is also why giving back to our community through the Disney VoluntEARS program is something that’s so valued by our cast members at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It gives them a chance to share a little bit of Disney magic while making a difference in our own community.

Elliot Mills, Vice President and General Manager, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Helps Present Donation to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation

Last week, a holiday VoluntEARS event was made even more memorable for everyone in attendance with a special announcement. While visiting keiki, the children, and staff at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children we announced a $250,000 gift to the Kapi`olani Health Foundation for the renovation and rebuilding of their facility servicing keiki from Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. The gift will support a special family-oriented play area in the soon-to-be constructed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit building. Afterward, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Disney VoluntEARS toured the hospital, visiting keiki patients and their families in rooms, delivering small gifts and bringing smiles and holiday cheer wherever they went.

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Mickey and Minnie once again were the Grand Marshals of the Kapolei Holiday Lights Parade with Disney VoluntEARS walking alongside and sharing Aulani’s support for the community it calls home. At the end of the parade, Mickey and Minnie helped turn on the lights on the City tree and fireworks closed out this special night for our local community.

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The Christmas Trees of Disneyland Park

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Merry Christmas from Disneyland park! Yesterday we shared a look at the trees of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park, so I thought today would be the perfect time to show you a few from around Disneyland park.

Winne the Pooh's Christmas Tree at Disneyland Park

Winnie the Pooh has the sweetest tree in Critter Country, but watch out for honey bees!

A Precarious Christmas Tree at Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Not far down the trail, this precariously perched tree is marked “To: Brer Bear and Brer Fox; From: Brer Rabbit.” Well, it is the season of giving, I suppose …

Christmas Trees at Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

Over at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland, the trees are decorated with rope and cowboy-themed ornaments.

Christmas Tree at Jingle Cruise at Disneyland Park

And one of my favorite new trees this year can be found over at the Jingle Cruise. When traditional trees are scarce, you’ve got to be resourceful!

Which is your favorite Christmas tree at Disneyland park?

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Merry Christmas from Disney Cruise Line

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Wishing a Very Merrytime Christmas from our family to yours…

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Merry Christmas from the Disney Parks Blog

posted on December 25th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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We’d like to be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. For today, we’ve added a few new photos to our beautiful gallery of Disney Parks Christmas trees. But first, enjoy a holiday favorite – “Joy to the World” performed by the Voices of Liberty.

Check back later today for some more holiday stories, including a wonderful image from Disneyland Resort. Merry Christmas!

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Disney Parks Christmas Eve HD Yule Log Returns

posted on December 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Back in 2010, we featured the Disney Parks Yule Log here on the Disney Parks Blog. This year, it’s back and in high definition. If you didn’t see this version last season, watch for the surprise ending.

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The Christmas Trees of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 24th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s Christmas Eve! The most wonderful day of the year is just hours away, but the residents of Radiator Springs have been celebrating for weeks here at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. Let’s take a look …

Fillmore's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

On your right as you enter Cars Land, you’ll find Fillmore’s tree. Our favorite eco-conscious van loves to create art out of materials he finds around town. Naturally, he adorns his tree with peace signs, but my favorite detail is the car angel at the top of his tree.

Sarge's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Not to be outdone, Sarge has built a patriotic holiday spectacular. No need to create your own star when there’s one right under your nose – or in Sarge’s case, on your hood.

Mater's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Across Route 66, Mater has also created a tree out of materials he found in his junkyard – a stack of tires topped with a spark plug.

Sally's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Next door, at the Cozy Cone Motel, Sally has CONE-structed her own CONE-ifer out of traffic cones, lit with the help of – what else? – a car battery.

Lizzie's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Sally’s other neighbor, Lizzie, has built my favorite Cars Land tree out of Route 66 signs.

Flo's Tree in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

And inside Flo’s V8 Cafe, you can find this shiny tree backed by the best view in Carburetor County!

Which Cars Land tree is your favorite?

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