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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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

This week our holiday content hit a high point, with two new videos that showed the wonder of a child’s first Christmas spent at Walt Disney World Resort.

In one, we take a look at child’s first visit with his grandparents, and learn just how special and memorable that moment can be for everyone.

And in another, we see that Disney characters can make a special memory for our youngest guests during the holiday season.

Here are some of the other holiday stories we worked on this week.

Video Rewind: Holidays at Disneyland Park, 2009 – Look back at some of the holiday videos we shared here on the Disney Parks Blog way back in December 2009.

Every Role a Starring Role – Dapper Dans of Disneyland Park – The Dapper Dans are an iconic part of the Main Street, U.S.A., experience at the Disneyland Resort. In this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role,” hear from Jim Campbell about what it is like to bring magic to our guests through song.

Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World – We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.

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

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

Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park – 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 with the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland park.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fireworks Around Our World

posted on December 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Are fireworks a must-see for you on New Year’s Eve? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, our holiday spectaculars have been lighting up the night for weeks in anticipation of Christmas. Check out the gallery of images below for a look at the latest fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot.

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

For details on what our parks have planned for New Year’s Eve, click here.

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Disney Characters Showing Off Their #DisneySide in New 2015 Merchandise

posted on December 26th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently spotted some new 2015 merchandise during a visit to Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. This time of year is usually when the new dated merchandise (that is products that have a specific date) arrives at Disney Parks. I noticed something different about the artwork for these items this year – Sorcerer Mickey was nowhere to be found. When I returned to the office, I caught up with Disney Design Group Artist Thomas Scott to learn more.


“For the 2015 artwork, we imagined the Disney characters were showing off their Disney Side just like our guests do when visiting Disney Parks,” explained Thomas who was one of the lead designers for the 2015 artwork. “We dressed the characters in products we carry such as the Buzz Lightyear costume tee-shirt that Goofy is wearing. Sorcerer Mickey has been included in the dated art program for a few years. This time, we put a Sorcerer’s hat on Mickey Mouse that resembles the hat we carry in our merchandise shops. I thought it was a great nod to that artwork tradition.”


Work on the 2015 artwork began about 18 months ago. Thomas told me that several Disney artists collaborated on the style guide. Different product categories use the style guide artwork to create a consistent look for all items. I particularly love the artwork by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan that shows the characters doing things I do when visit Disney Parks (the selfie photo made me laugh as I have taken many of those).


The dated merchandise is some of our most popular items sold at Disney Parks (a great way to remember the year you visited). We offer apparel items, seasonal ornaments, souvenirs, pins, plush, home goods and much more that uses this artwork. I love the propeller cap, and I thought the scrapbooking kit was pretty neat too.


These items are available in a variety of merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Guests can also find select 2015 items on our Disney Parks online store.

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

posted on December 26th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line

The countdown to the New Year has begun! Today, I’m sharing two of our adult beverages created especially for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Countdown and Fireworks cocktails. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts this month about the new drinks we’re serving during our Very Merrytime Cruises. Cheers to 2015!


‘Countdown’ Cocktail

  • 2 OZ Midori
  • 1 OZ Absolut Citron
  • 1/2 OZ Elderflower St.Germaine
  • 1/2 OZ fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 OZ agave nectar
  • Sugar
  1. Mix Midori, Absolut Citron, Elderflower St.Germaine, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar.
  2. Moisten the rim of a martini glass and dip it in sugar.
  3. Pour drink into martini glass.


‘Fireworks’ Cocktail

  • 4 OZ Prosecco
  • 1/2 OZ pomegranate syrup
  • 2 raspberries
  1. Mix Prosecco and pomegranate syrup.
  2. Pour into Champagne flute and top with raspberries.

See the posts below for more recipes from Disney Cruise Line:

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Blair Underwood ‘Thrilled’ To Narrate The Candlelight Processional Dec. 26-27

posted on December 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Actor Blair Underwood is set to narrate The Candlelight Processional at Epcot December 26 – 27, and he just can’t wait to hit the stage.


“Being a narrator for The Candlelight Processional really is the highlight of my Christmas and my family’s Christmas,” he says, speaking of wife Desiree, and their kids Paris, Brielle and Blake, who eagerly accompany him on his holiday trip. “If you want to get into the holiday spirit – the Christmas spirit – there’s nothing like coming into The Candlelight Processional to feel and be transported into the greatest story ever told.”

Blair, who has appeared in the show as a narrator for several years, says for him The Candlelight Processional is not only a chance to participate in a beautiful musical performance, but it also enables him to take part in something very meaningful for him during the holiday season.

Blair Underwood ‘Thrilled’ To Narrate The Candlelight Processional Dec. 26-27 Blair Underwood ‘Thrilled’ To Narrate The Candlelight Processional Dec. 26-27

“What I notice more than anything during the show is a sense of peace, a sense of traditional holiday spirit, and a sense of love,” he says. “[The show] is always magical and that’s what Disney World was created to be. [Instead] it’s people coming into that moment and celebrating the birth of Christ, which is very important to me, as I am a Christian.”

In addition to celebrating the season at the show, Blair and his family are also looking forward to spending some fun family time together in the theme parks during their visit as well. This year, they’re also looking forward to trying out the latest things Walt Disney World Resort has to offer, such as “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” and seeing the technology of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

“Our tradition is to try to cram in as much as possible,” he laughs. “When our kids were younger, we spent a lot of time at Magic Kingdom. Last year we spent more time at Epcot, which has been an eye-opener. We as a family love to travel and it’s fun to go to those different countries in Epcot and see the similarities between the pavilions and the actual countries. The food is always a big part of that, too.”

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Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Wishes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was shot from the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort of “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” during a recent Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.


We hope you have a very, merry holiday week!

Thanks to Mark Willard for the great shot.

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VIDEO: Mele Kalikimaka from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, wish you and your ‘ohana a happy holiday! Enjoy the video below, and if you look closely, notice some of your favorite Disney characters are wearing their holiday outfits while vacationing in Hawai’i.

From all of us at Aulani to all of you, a very merry Christmas.

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Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World

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

Christmas Trees at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

This year, we’re focusing on the trees specifically found at the resorts during a visit to Walt Disney World. Each year, my family visits as many of our resorts as we can to see these trees and the amazing holiday decorations.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Do you have a favorite resort to visit during the holidays? Let’s us know in the comments.

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Merry Christmas from the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Christmas has finally arrived! From all of us here at the Disneyland Resort, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Mickey & Minnie Trimming the Tree

posted on December 25th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Merry Christmas from vintage Walt Disney World! Here’s a glimpse at Mickey and Minnie trimming their tree back in 1989. Happy Holidays!


See below for more posts about Vintage Walt Disney World:

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