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Registration Now Open: Celebrate Summer at the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up has reached capacity and confirmation emails have been sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer … it sure feels like summer! It’s time to party! Come celebrate with us at a BBQ in the happiest backyard on Earth … Disneyland park! Registration is now open for the Disney Parks Blog Summer BBQ Meet-Up on Friday, June 27, 2014.
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There’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer, so we’re giving Disney Parks Blog readers a peek at all the fun. We’ll start with a BBQ lunch inside Disneyland park – with some special friends, of course – then guests will have the opportunity to “play in the backyard” afterward. The best backyard in the world, that is!

So join us on Friday, June 27! 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.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disneyland park admission will be provided beginning at noon for the event, but 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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Sign Up for our ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Our Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Meet-Up has been has been filled to capacity.

Our ongoing series of Disney Parks Blog meet-ups continues this weekend with a special viewing of Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” weeks before it hits theaters. This Saturday, on June 14, we’re giving readers the opportunity to be among the first to see the new animated comedy-adventure about second chances at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The meet-up begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT (doors open at 9 a.m.) on Saturday, June 14, 2014 and there will be three different showings at AMC Downtown Disney 24 – each 15 minutes apart. At the event, you’ll be able to watch “Planes: Fire & Rescue” featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire before the film is officially released on July 18, 2014. And like all Disney Parks Blog meet-ups, there will be a few surprises.

RSVP now by sending us an email titled “‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Meet-Up” 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 a confirmation 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 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 there.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy the Show at the “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up

posted on March 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the weekend, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers joined us at Downtown Disney for our much-anticipated Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up. We packed the theater at AMC Downtown Disney 24 for a special preview screening of the film before it officially opens in U.S. theaters on March 21. In the movie, the Muppets head overseas for a tour—but they end up in the middle of—what else?—an international crime caper. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey star (alongside all of our favorite Muppets).

Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy the Show at the “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up

For our third Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up of the year, we invited readers to dress up and show their Muppets Side.
Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy the Show at the “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up

And there were some great Muppet-inspired outfits at the event, including a feathered Sam Eagle costume worn by our own Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller.
Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy the Show at the “Muppets Most Wanted” Meet-Up

After watching Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” special guest Sweetums joined us from Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special photo opportunity.

Guests also checked out the festivities at the Downtown Disney Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which included The Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted” with a live DJ, games and family activities inspired by the movie.

Thank you to everyone who attended our latest Walt Disney World Resort meet-up – it was a great time. If you weren’t able to join us to see the movie, remember, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” opens in theaters on March 21. For more information, visit Disney.com/Muppets, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/TheMuppets.

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

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Join Us for Our Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Blog Meet-Up on March 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. The official attendee list can be viewed here.

We’ve just finalized our next Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up and it’s one you won’t want to miss. On March 8, we’re offering the opportunity to join us at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort for a special preview screening of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” before it officially opens in U.S. theaters on March 21.
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Our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up begins at 2:15 p.m. EST (doors open at 2 p.m.) on Saturday, March 8, 2014. At the event, you’re invited to dress up and show your Muppets Side (no masks) before watching the much anticipated “Muppets Most Wanted” movie. After the meet-up, you can enjoy The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival scheduled at Downtown Disney, including The Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted.” There will be plenty of Muppet mayhem with a live DJ, games and activities for the whole family inspired by the movie.

Here is a special sneak peek of the movie:

RSVP for the meet-up 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.
  • “Muppets Most Wanted” is rated PG for some mild action.
  • 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 across from AMC Downtown Disney 24 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.
  • Costumes subject to any rules posted or otherwise provided by AMC Downtown Disney 24.

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

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

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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