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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy ‘BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story’

posted on February 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers got an early start on celebrating Valentine’s Day by joining the Disney Parks Blog Team for our “BLANK: A Vinylmation Love StoryMeet-Up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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This short film tells the story of an unpainted Vinylmation on a quest to find a lost soul mate. The story is told in miniature scale and was filmed entirely in practical stop motion – amazing!

In addition to the film, our readers heard behind-the-scenes details on the creation of the film from Producer Matt Wyatt. Kevin-Michael Lezotte and Thomas Scott from Disney Theme Park Merchandise also spoke about what it’s like to design Vinylmations and shared sneak peeks at a few new figures that will hit shelves later this year. Check them out below.

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To cap off the night, each attendee received a pair of 3-inch, create-your-own Blank and Bow figures.

Learn more about “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” at http://www.BlankAndBow.com or on social media channels by using the hashtag #BlankAndBow.

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Sign Up for Our ‘BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story’ Meet-Up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 7 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re providing an opportunity for you to be among the first to see the new film “BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story” during a special meet-up inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 7:30 p.m. EST on February 13, 2014, at the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At the event, you’ll be able to see “BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story” – a heartwarming tale of an unpainted Vinylmation on a quest to find a lost soul mate. It’s an epic adventure in miniature scale, filmed entirely in practical stop motion. Also during the night, there will be entertainment, the opportunity to learn more about the film and some other fun experiences.

RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after the planned capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Feast at Downtown Disney Food Truck Meet-Up

posted on January 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off another year of Disney Parks Blog meet-ups with a celebration of the new food trucks at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Chef James began the event with a great explanation of the different flavors available at the food trucks parked at Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.
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And of course, after hearing about the food, Disney Parks Blog readers experienced each of the food trucks – tasting the new dishes and spending time with Chef James.

The delicious bites included Lobster Rolls, Tandori Spiced Shrimp, and Lamb Meatball Flatbread – all available at the trucks during the year. A favorite was the bright-red Fantasy Fare truck, “Delightful Dishes from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms Around the World,” that brings the legendary hand-dipped corn dogs of Disneyland Resort to the East Coast.
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Readers also enjoyed the World Showcase of Flavors truck, “The Best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival,” offering fest favorites. Pam has more details on what you’ll be able to enjoy at the food trucks this year.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Disney Parks Blog meet-up of 2014. As always, it was nice meet new readers and spend time with blog friends again.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.

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RSVP for Our Food Truck Meet-Up at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

To kick off the New Year, we’ve cooked up a special Disney Parks Blog meet-up to celebrate the arrival of our food trucks at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The Food Truck meet-up runs from 3 – 5 p.m. EST on January 9, 2014, at Downtown Disney West Side. At the event, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious offerings, including hand-dipped Corn Dogs, Lobster Rolls, Tandori Spiced Shrimp, and Lamb Meatball Flatbread, that’ll be available from the trucks during the year. There will also be music and plenty of fun for attendees.

RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at at Downtown Disney West Side for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after the planned capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you at our first Disney Parks Blog meet-up of 2014.

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Year in Review: 2013 Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups

posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This year was a memorable one at our parks, with new attractions opening, favorite restaurants being reimagined, and new entertainment debuting to guests. Of course, one of our favorite ways to share what’s new at Disney Parks is through our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups. Here’s a look back at the meet-up events we held in 2013.

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Our year of meet-up fun kicked off in February with a “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Disney Parks Blog meet-up, which included a screening of the film “Oz: The Great and Powerful” as well as a chance to explore the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival’s new Oz Garden.

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On May 24, we marked the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend (and a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks) with a Monstrous All-Nighter event that for the first time ever, kept three Disney Parks – Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park – open for 24 hours. We kicked off this marathon of theme park fun with a Monstrous Morning Meet-Up at Magic Kingdom Park that allowed our guests to be among the first to enter the park, then enjoy a complimentary breakfast, character greetings, gifts, and an advance screening of “Monsters University.”

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We celebrated the opening of “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland park by inviting 1,500 Disney Parks Blog readers to a private viewing of the show, followed by a panel presentation with Tracy Halas, show director and choreographer; Mike Layman, technical director; and Scott Auerbach, art director.

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This fall, we celebrated the reopening of one of Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurants with our California Grill Grand Reopening Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests were able to sample dishes from the new menu, talk to the chefs, and end the evening by watching “Wishes” fireworks from the restaurant’s viewing areas. The following week, we marked the return of fall at Magic Kingdom Park with our Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Halloween Treat-Up, which in addition to experiencing the fun of a Disney Parks Blog meet-up, our attendees were also surprised with a chance to be among the first to experience Princess Fairytale Hall. At Disneyland park, we welcomed 200 readers aboard the Halloween Time Express, for a one-of-a-kind spooky experience on the Disneyland Railroad.

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Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first guests to see the all-new “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park. Nearly 500 joined us for the premiere performance of the show in November.

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The 2013 release of “Saving Mr. Banks” was also celebrated on both coasts, with preview meet-ups taking place at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. At Disneyland Resort, 500 readers were invited to a special preview party, followed by a screening of the film at AMC Downtown Disney. At Walt Disney World, 600 fans attended a preview at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, followed by a surprise meet and greets with Mary Poppins characters at the park’s Chinese Theatre.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog in 2014 for more meet-up opportunities!

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Practically Perfect Preview Wraps Up Year of Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the weekend, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers joined us for an early preview of the upcoming Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” as well as a few special surprises at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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Our meet-up began with some “Mary Poppins” trivia followed by sneak peek movie previews. After everyone enjoyed the film “Saving Mr. Banks,” in the Premiere Theater, we moved into the park for an after-hours surprise – a red-carpet photo opportunity with Mary Poppins and Bert.
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Penguin characters also greeted meet-up attendees on the red carpet before we wrapped up the meet-up. Here’s a quick look at more of the fun.

“Saving Mr. Banks,” featuring two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks, opens in theaters on December 20.

I’d like to thank those of you who attended our “Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Previews as well as everyone who joined us at any of our other meet-ups during 2013 – we enjoyed all of them.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity coming in early 2014.

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Disney Parks Blog Presents the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Practically Perfect Preview at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 11th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, nearly 500 Disney Parks Blog readers had the opportunity to preview the upcoming Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” here at the Disneyland Resort. Before the screening, guests were treated to a practically perfect party, complete with a costume contest, visits from Mary Poppins and Bert, a special presentation by Disney historian Stacia Martin – and even a swarm of suffragettes! Take a look at all the fun we had:

Don’t miss “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Academy Award winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, when it opens in theaters on December 20. And to all of you joining us for the “Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Preview at the Walt Disney World Resort this Friday, you’re in for a treat!

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Sign Up for a Chance to Attend A Walk in the Park with Phil Holmes, Vice President of Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 6th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As part of “Limited Time Magic,” we’re offering a walk in Magic Kingdom Park that’s never before been offered to guests – hosted by Phil Holmes, vice president of Magic Kingdom Park.

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Each morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. (ET), with advanced check-in starting at 7:00 a.m. (ET), on December 9-11, December 18 and December 20, 2013, selected guests will have the opportunity to join Phil Holmes and see Magic Kingdom Park from a new point of view. During each hour-long session, attendees will hear unique stories and also learn more about how the park and its cast members still look to Walt Disney for inspiration.

Here are the dates for a walk in the park with Phil Holmes:

  • Monday, December 9, 2013
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • Friday, December 20, 2013

There will be only one tour each morning – with 25 guests in each group. You may enter here for a chance to attend only one of the five tours. Also, here are the rules for the drawing for a Walk in the Park with Phil Holmes Sweepstakes at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Also, please remember the following for each drawing:

  • All entrants who sign up for the events must be U.S. residents who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence.
  • Each entry is valid for one participant only; winners will not be permitted to bring a guest.
  • Park admission and standard car parking will be provided as part of the event.
  • Selected participants will be assigned a tour date and time. There will be no changes or substitutions allowed.
  • Tour opportunities are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Winners will be notified on December 6 by email, and the prize cannot be transferred. Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Tours are subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Subject to complete Official Rules.

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Sign Up Now for the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

What better day than Walt’s birthday to share an opportunity to join us for a special meet-up featuring a Practically Perfect preview screening of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before it opens in U.S. theatres on December 20.

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Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 9 p.m. EST (doors open 8 p.m. EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013. At the event, you’ll be able to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Two-time ®Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks are featured in the film that’s inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • “Saving Mr. Banks” is rated PG-13
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Sign Up Now: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Practically Perfect Preview Presented by Disney Parks Blog

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The “Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Preview presented by Disney Parks Blog has reached capacity, and confirmation emails will be sent tomorrow. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

If you’re as excited as I am for Disney’s upcoming film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” then listen up! We’ve got a special opportunity next week for Disney Parks Blog readers to preview the must-see movie event of the holiday season, at the Disneyland Resort, before it opens in theaters December 20!

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The evening will begin with a preview party at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Since “Saving Mr. Banks” will take us back to the world of the early 1960s, we invite our Practically Perfect Preview guests to dress extra dapper in their best early-’60s evening attire!

The party will feature a special presentation by Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin, who will share some of the stories behind the amazing music of “Mary Poppins” written by Richard and Robert Sherman. Guests will then be invited to join us at AMC Downtown Disney for a private preview screening of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Academy Award winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

And of course, there will be special entertainment throughout the evening!

So join us at the “Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Preview presented by Disney Parks Blog on Tuesday, December 10, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here.

Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Please keep in mind that “Saving Mr. Banks” is rated PG-13, which means that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
  • Each registrant may register just themselves or themselves and one (1) guest.
  • Confirmation will be for the number of persons registered in the party (maximum 2 persons).
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value. A registrant must attend for his/her guest to be able to attend.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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