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Wallpaper: It’s National ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Day’!

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Have you ever wondered what an ugly sweater would look like Disney style?

Well, wonder no more! Though, I must say, this sweater is less “ugly” and more “delightful!”

Brittany Ungvrasky, our “Ugly Christmas Sweater” designer, racked her brain to combine the thoughts of a hideous jumper with something iconically Disney. The happy result was a digitally “stitched” design that leans toward the adorable. It is Disney after all!

Take a peek at some of the mobile versions, they are just slightly different from the desktop designs!

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Enjoy a Gift of Laughter at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the Return of ‘The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special’ December 19

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is coming back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for its fifth year, performing December 19, 2015, through January 3, 2016, at the park’s Premiere Theater.

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This uproariously funny show, back by popular demand, will have you laughing all the way this holiday season. “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is a family-friendly improvisational comedy show, where our cast of seasoned performers takes suggestions from guests to invent festive poems, scenarios, songs and stories. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving, since every performance is different thanks to input and interaction from the audience.

“’The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special’ is like a family reunion of the cast of the former Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island,” said Show Director Chris Oyen. “We’re so happy to be able to bring everyone together again for the holiday season and to put on this show. It’s a gift from our family to yours!”

Look for “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” on Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, near The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Starting this Saturday, you can catch the show six times daily, with performances scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. – just before the lights go on for the night!

(Please note that the show schedule will be modified for New Year’s Eve, with eight showings between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.)

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Disney Parks After Dark: Colors Come Alive at Night During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Holiday nights at Disneyland park come alive with vivid colors from “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, the attractions and the holiday décor. I would like to share these six images that I think represent a small portion of what you can see after the sun sets during the holidays at Disneyland park.

I decided to do something a little different with the Main Street Christmas tree. Instead of photographing the entire tree at a distance, I decided to take a close-up image of the ornaments. For this image, I set the camera with a zoom lens on a tripod and used a long exposure. I zoomed very slowly in the middle of the long exposure to get this effect.

The Astro Orbitor is difficult to pass by after dark without taking an image or two.

I usually photograph the “Partners” statue with Sleeping Beauty Castle or Main Street, U.S.A., in the background. I chose this image because I like how the lights surround Walt Disney.

Since there weren’t any boats blocking the view, you can see the vibrant colors of “it’s a small world” Holiday reflected in the water.

I enjoy photographing the “Paint the Night” parade. Although it is wonderful to watch, it can be a little difficult to photograph, but as you can see, it is well worth the effort.

I like this long exposure taken during “Disneyland Forever” fireworks because it looks like Tinker Bell left a trail of Pixie Dust in the sky.

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Disney Parks Bento Magic: Jack Skellington ‘Sandy Claws’ & Christmas Tree

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week’s Disney-inspired bento box is simple to create and sure to impress your family and friends during the holiday season. It’s our first two-tiered bento box project featuring Jack Skellington in his “Sandy Claws” hat from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” film along with a special seaweed salad Christmas tree.

Disney fan and Disney Parks Blog reader Mike Kravanis joined us in Epcot and was inspired to create today’s how-to bento box video after seeing one of the park’s beautiful Christmas trees. A seafood salad stuffed rice ball was molded to make Jack Skellington’s head and Nori, or a paper-like roasted seaweed sheet, was used for create the details of his face under a red pepper hat.

And to make the second-tier seaweed salad, Mike cut and created Christmas tree ornaments out of colored carrots and cucumbers. Try it this holiday season and then let us know which character you’d like to see featured when we continue our bento box series in 2016.

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Sneak Peek At ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ Holiday Fashion

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Are you excited as we are to watch the “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” on December 25 this year?

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“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Jesse Palmer will serve as hosts to this year’s two-hour procession of floats and celebrity performances, including appearances by Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Seal, Tori Kelly, Andy Grammer, the cast of “Descendants” and more. Some of the celebs (including our Music Correspondent Janel Parrish) took a moment out of their busy “Celebration” taping schedule to talk holiday fashion with us. Who has a fun story behind his custom-made pocket square? And who showed up to our taping wearing Minnie Mouse slippers? Watch and find out!

For more on the “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration,” follow @DisneyParks on Twitter.

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Enjoy a Holiday Mash-up from Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Yesterday I shared a lovely performance from Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot. Continuing my affinity for holiday music, Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season performs at Future World Fountain Stage four times daily.

In this performance you’re about to click on, you’ll watch a mash-up of “What Child Is This” and “Carol of the Bells.” It’s soulful and uptempo, and with the strong harmonies of both songs, difficult not to sway along with them.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season performs through December 29.

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Plan Your Disney California Adventure Park Holiday Visit

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we showed you a handy guide to visiting Disneyland park during the holidays with the help of our Pinterest board, and today we’re back with The Perfect Holiday Itinerary for Ultimate Disney California Adventure park!

What is on your Disney California Adventure park holiday itinerary?

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Holiday How-To: Paint Your Nails ‘Peppermint Mickey’ This Holiday Season

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Heading to a holiday party this season? Or better yet, are you spending the holidays here at Walt Disney World Resort? If your answer to either question is “yes,” then consider adding this “Peppermint Mickey” nail design into your holiday look.

Grab red, white and green nail polishes and follow the directions below!

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Disney Vacation Club Members Join Together to Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially since we get to welcome home so many of our Disney Vacation Club Members to celebrate the holidays during our Merry Member Mixers.

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Between mingling with Mickey and rocking around the Christmas tree, we love that our Members also took the time to come together as one Disney Vacation Club family and bring some cheer to others in need.

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Hundreds of Members and their guests of all ages visited our Disney VoluntEARS stations where they helped make birthday cards for ill children, send well wishes to service men and women and paint special Disney murals that will be donated to children’s hospitals.

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We couldn’t ask for more dedicated Disney Vacation Club Members, and we’re so thankful that they joined us this time of year to support great causes and share in giving a little Disney magic. Together, we were able to create a brighter world.

There’s still one more Merry Member Mixer left this season and you can find out more details here.

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A Holiday Musical Treat: ‘Deck the Halls’ Performed by Voices of Liberty

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


I’m pretty strict about some of my own holiday traditions. Case in point: the month-or-so period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the only time I will listen to – on loop, non-stop – songs of the season. I probably have more than a dozen versions of “Jingle Bells” on my personal play list.

That’s why I enjoy the Voices of Liberty during this festive time period. Their a capella versions of holiday tunes are even more beautiful with the acoustics of the rotunda at the American Adventure Pavilion.

Here’s their version of “Deck the Halls.”

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