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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Create Magical Holiday Moments

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs

Our Disney Cruise Line crew members – along with Mickey and Minnie – recently spent some time off the ships to create magical moments this holiday season for children in need at ports of calls in the Caribbean and United States.


They helped inspire children’s love for reading at Albury Primary School in Nassau by donating 600 “Finding Nemo” Read-a-Long books, one for each student. Captain Mickey and crew members also paid a special visit to Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas to visit with children and their families. And, in the Ports of St. Thomas, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, crew members interacted with children from local schools and charitable organizations.


There’s nothing quite like bringing a smile to a child’s face, especially this time of year, and we’re so grateful for the support of our dedicated crew members who help make moments like these possible.

The Disney Cruise Line annual holiday visits are part of our Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for cast and crew members to volunteer their time to positively impact communities around the world.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator for Special Events Such as Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

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.

Danny currently supports Disney ¡Viva Navidad! in Disney California Adventure park. The celebration of Latino culture and holiday traditions is one of my favorite holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort, and I especially enjoy watching the dancers that Danny brings in for the event. I hope you will enjoy meeting Danny and learning about his role in this “Every Role a Starring Role!

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Disney Parks Blog Holiday Newsletter Features Exclusive Wallpaper

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Subscribers to the daily Disney Parks Blog email newsletter know that we like to share surprise special editions at different times of the year. Tomorrow, we’re launching our special holiday edition featuring stories, recipes, a DIY project, digital Yule Log and an exclusive Christmas wallpaper for your computer or mobile device. Here’s a sneak peek.


It’s easy to subscribe and receive the holiday newsletter as well as our daily updates on what’s happening at Disney Parks. Just visit the sign-up page and you’ll be set. And if you’re already a subscriber, keep an eye on your inbox.

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Disneyland Resort Horses Featured in Horsetown Parade of Lights in Norco, California

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

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. The Disneyland Resort team also had the honor of carrying the parade’s Grand Marshall, Melanie Oliver, Riverside County Teacher of the Year, who rode in the stagecoach along with her family and Disneyland Resort Ambassador, Allie Kawamoto. Take a look as Lucky and Eddie are prepped for their holiday strut!

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Hark! The Voices of Liberty Sing Holiday Classics at Epcot

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Is it the costumes? The aroma of gingerbread and cocoa? It’s probably that the Voices of Liberty just know how to combine beautiful harmonies. And when they perform their holiday songbook, I can’t help but feel a little more merry.

Here is the eight-part harmony, a cappella group performing a combination of carols, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” with “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

You can enjoy the Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot. What songs would you like to hear them sing?

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney World Resort Holidays?

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

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? Take the quiz below to test your knowledge!


Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

How many decorated trees are there throughout Walt Disney World Resort?
How many miles of twinkling rope lights are there in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
How many miles of garland are strung at Walt Disney World Resort?
How many performers will you hear each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot?
How many lights illuminate the tree in front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort?
How tall is the tree in the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge?
How many floats will you see while enjoying Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park?

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By the Numbers: Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Last week, we put some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and today I’m back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

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

9 – Height in feet of Sally’s traffic-cone Christmas tree in Cars Land


50 – Performers in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Garden


2,000 – Square feet of snow play area at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Hollywood Land


3,000 – Multi-colored LED lights on the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

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Walt Disney World Resort Cast & Characters Recite ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Since we first released it in 2011, more than 1 million Disney Parks fans have enjoyed our special recording of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” In it, cast members from all over Walt Disney World Resort – and a few Disney characters – recite this famous holiday poem.

In the spirit of the holiday week, we’d like to share it with you again this year.

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Disney Parks Blog: Happy Holidays Toy Soldier Poster Sweepstakes

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE: This giveaway has concluded.

To kick off Christmas week, we’re giving away 150 special holiday-inspired posters created by Disney Parks Blog author and Yellow Shoes artist Will Gay.


For a chance to win a Disney Parks Happy Holidays Toy Soldier poster, be one of the first 150 people to email us a “Happy Holidays Disney Parks Blog” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Happy Holidays Disney Parks Blog” greeting) to and include your full name and mailing address in the email.

Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for holiday stories this week and next.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes starts 12/21/15 at 1:00pm ET and ends 12/21/15 at 4:01pm ET (or once we receive 150 entries into the Sweepstakes, whichever occurs first). Open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. Limit 1 entry per person/per email address. For complete details, including full eligibility requirements, odds of winning and limitations, see Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

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Recipe: Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Still deciding on the perfect sweet treat to make this week? Our Christmas red velvet cupcakes from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream are great for holiday gatherings. Plus, decorating the cupcakes makes for a fun family activity!


Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 15 large cupcakes

Ingredients: Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • 9 Oz All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Oz Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • .5 tsp. Salt
  • 7 Oz Unsalted Butter
  • 12 Oz Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 7 Oz Sour Cream
  • 7 Tbsp. Whole Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Red Food Color
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Paste (found in specialty stores or online)
  • 1 tsp. Cupcake Liners
  • 1 tsp. Assorted Candies for Decorating


  1. Sieve the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until mixture is combined.
  3. Mix in the sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla paste.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not over beat.
  5. Place the cupcake liners into a large cupcake pan and spoon in the mixture. Bake at 360 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the center is baked.

Ingredients: Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 14 Oz Cream Cheese / Softened
  • 11 Oz Unsalted Butter / Softened
  • 11 Oz Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Paste


  1. Beat together all ingredients until light and fluffy.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag with a large plain nozzle.
  3. When the cupcakes are cool and ready for frosting, pipe on top of the cupcake and decorate as desired.

Find out more about Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats from my previous posts:

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