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Merry Christmas from the Disney Parks Blog Team

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Let us be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. We have a surprise to share with Disney Parks Blog readers – the third in a series of Cinderella Castle wallpapers captured earlier this year by Walt Disney World photographer Kent Phillips. To download, simply click on the image below – it’ll fit all of your screens.

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

Have a Merry Christmas and keep checking the blog today for more stories from Jennifer, Erin, Nate and Tyler.

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Disney Parks Yule Log

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s tradition around here to light up the Disney Parks Yule Log on Christmas week. With our updated HD version, created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers, you can enjoy the crackling fire along with some great music and a surprise guest. Check it out on your computer, TV, tablet or mobile device.

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Kermit Gets into the Holiday Spirit at Disneyland Park

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s Christmas Eve! If you’re not in the spirit yet, I’ve got something that just might help. It combines three of my favorite things – Kermit the Frog, Disneyland park and Christmas! Take a look:

For more Disney holiday fun, visit Disney.com/Holiday for festive games, videos, crafts and more.

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Look as Tri-Circle-D Ranch Preps for the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration!

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Mark Beatty, Worldwide Ranch Animal Operations Manager


Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is one of the best-kept secrets at Walt Disney World Resort (until now!). At the Draft Horse Barn, one of four stable areas and just a short walk from Pioneer Hall, guests can see a variety of horse breeds and learn more about the many horses in Disney history. While the Draft Horse Barn houses up to 30 horses, ranch cast members care for 80-90 horses at any one time! These horses can be seen in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and the local community. Did you know horses from Tri-Circle-D Ranch are featured in Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park? In addition, local parades like the Citrus Bowl and the Christmas parade in the city of Winter Park, Fla. also feature Tri-Circle-D Ranch horses.

Just like we would prepare for a special event or outing, a great deal of time is spent preparing the horses for these fun events. The horse below, Khan, is getting a morning bath and then had his mane hair braided to give it a nice fluffy look.

Khan from Tri-Circle-D Ranch Preps for the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration Khan from Tri-Circle-D Ranch Preps for the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

Most recently, the horses from Tri-Circle-D co-starred in the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration!

Don’t forget to visit Tri-Circle-D Ranch during your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort. All guests are welcome to enjoy the outdoor activities including pony rides for the younger travelers and trail rides for the older kids and “kids at heart”! Old-fashioned, horse-drawn wagon, carriage and sleigh rides also allow relaxing time spent in the great outdoors. Call 407-WDW-PLAY to schedule advanced reservations. If you’re feeling spontaneous, call 407-824-2832 for same day reservations.

Happy Holidays and we hope to see you soon!

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Learn to Draw Scrooge McDuck from ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a character from a classic Disney holiday film, Scrooge McDuck from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Get ready for step-by-step instructions from Heather Worley of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney friends, check out the list below:

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Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Having sailed on several Disney cruises, one comes to expect a certain sense of style – and the Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river.

Don’t miss the boat! The Jingle Cruise is sailing now through January 6.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Festive fashions are as much a part of the Disney Parks Christmas special as the performances and parade floats. Some stars sported designer duds selected by personal stylists, while others chose items from their own closet. Our style squad was on hand at rehearsals for a sneak peek.

Disney Style Snapshots: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. In most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Isabella Rossellini To Narrate ‘The Candlelight Processional’ Dec. 24-25

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actress Isabella Rossellini will take the stage to narrate the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day performances of “Candlelight Processional” (December 24-25).

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The show is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal songs performed by a live choir and orchestra. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre.

In addition to Rossellini, remaining narrators in this year’s line-up include:

  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

Have you seen the Candlelight Processional at Epcot this year?Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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It’s a Holiday Hoedown at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park

posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Where can you see Santa Claus, play holiday games, enjoy holiday treats and meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best? At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland park! Check out all the fun we’ve been having this year.

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Mickey Mouse, Disney Characters & Cast Recite ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Some time ago, we shared a special holiday video featuring Mickey Mouse and other familiar faces from around Walt Disney World Resort. They’re reciting the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or as it’s often called, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” And this Christmas week, we’re sharing it again for you to enjoy.

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