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Moms Panel Monday: Interactive Queues at Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Our Disney Parks Moms Panel know the many hidden gems around the Disney theme parks including the imaginative and magical details of the interactive queues for some of our attractions. Did you know Disney Parks is leading the theme park industry in creating engaging experiences to help pass the time while in line?

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Moms Panelist Leslie tells about her favorite interactive queues at Magic Kingdom Park, which include Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Haunted Mansion. The Dumbo queue is definitely one of the most unique, innovative and entertaining lines created for theme park. Leslie also thinks the queue at Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom Park is beautiful and a must-see.

Peter Pan’s Flight is another attraction with a fun and imaginative queue according to Moms Panelist Autumn. Disney Parks Blog author Jennifer Fickley-Baker posted a fun video of the interactive queue that puts you right into the storyline of “Peter Pan.”

Jason, one of our Dad Panelists helps a guest from Indiana discover hidden magic including the footprints embedded in the ground in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus and also the interactive queue at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you just might be able to make Snow White appear!

Remember the Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to answer your planning questions and can help you make the most out of your Disney vacation.

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Romance for Your Valentine: Top 10 Date Ideas at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


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Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, any day you want to dedicate to love, we are celebrating hearts, and cupid and romance. Here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate with us:

  1. Sweetheart Wine Tasting Cruises – Beautiful Italian music, award-winning wines and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres on board a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with the BOATHOUSE’S trusted captain and crew through the waters of Lake Buena Vista. Call 407-939-2628 to make a reservation.

  1. The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise – A breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time fireworks, “Wishes,” from an exclusive and romantic spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with desserts and drinks. The soundtrack is piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. Click here for reservations.

  1. The new Brunch at the Top at California Grill – On Valentine’s Day Sunday, try the new Brunch at the Top with your beloved. The menu showcases fresh, market-driven cuisine and toast with a glass of bubbly or wine (the restaurant has more than 1,600 bottles on display). Click here for reservations.

  1. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party – Sweets and stars collide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as guests look to the sky January 5 – March 19, for a special viewing of the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time. Click here for reservations.

  1. Disney Springs shopping spreeThe World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace recently expanded with an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space. Try the new handcrafted chocolate at The Ganachery. Or for vegans, Erin McKenna Bakery NYC has savory offerings and an all-vegan and gluten-free menu.

  1. Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Celebrate the magic of the movies and glamour of Hollywood with an epic feast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Jan. 4 to March 20, 2016. Click here for reservations.
  2. La Nouba at Disney Springs – As part of the La Nouba’s ongoing evolution, the Cirque du Soleil show continues to bring new acts: B-Boy, commonly referred to as breakdancing, and Aerial Bamboo, a technique mastered by only a handful of performers worldwide. The acts join the recent additions of uproarious clowns and a breathtaking juggling rolla bolla act. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/entertainment.

  1. Sushi Bar at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs – From Feb. 12 – 14, a special Valentine’s Day romantic dinner for two includes a four course, prix-fixe menu starring Chef Morimoto’s signature Peking Duck for two. On Valentine’s day only, a five-course Omakase dinner will be served at the intimate second-level 14-seat sushi bar. For reservations, call 407-939-6686 (MOTO).
  2. Monsieur Paul Proposal-popping and Vow Renewal dinner at Epcot – In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (replica), indulge in a decadent meal, peer out of the second story windows that overlook the World Showcase Lagoon, toast with champagne, and dessert is served with an extra sparkle on the plate: the big question, and your token of love. Click here for reservations.

  1. Sunset and cocktails at the Polynesian – Sip on champagne and strawberries against the backdrop of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the beautiful new Bora Bora Bungalows. Take a moonlit stroll along the torch-lined waterfront and visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

How will you romance the one you love, Disney-style?

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Same-Day Dining Reservations Coming to Jungle Skipper Canteen

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Greetings, adventurers! I have received exciting news from the depths of the jungle – for a limited time, same-day reservations will be accepted at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom Park.

From February 12 to 27, Walt Disney World Resort guests will be able to make reservations for either lunch or dinner that same day. Reservations are easy to make, just visit jungleskippercanteen.com or call 407-993-1933.

Don’t be left in “De-Nile,” be sure to take advantage of the limited-time opportunity to be able to plan your adventure to the newest restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 7th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off the first week of February with our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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This guest-favorite show explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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During the live stream, you voted to unlock a new Sorcerer Mickey wallpaper. Disney artist Mike Britton created the wallpaper that celebrates the color of “Fantasmic!”

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

See Blood, Sweat & Tears April 15-17 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Brian Howe April 22-24 at Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
See Georgia Satellites April 29-May 1 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival See Darlene Love May 13-15 at the Garden Rocks Concerts at the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Also this week, we shared an update that two more weekends and four new acts will join the lineup for this year’s Garden Rocks concert series during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Thirteen pop bands with hits spanning the decades will take the stage each weekend through Memorial Day at America Gardens Theatre from March 2 – May 30. Check Victoria’s original story for more.

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

Josh Gad Takes Viewers to Rarely Seen Places at Disneyland Park During ‘The Wonderful Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC – Josh Gad will take viewers on a unique tour of Disneyland park, including peeks inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disneyland Dream Suite in New Orleans Square, during the two-hour television special, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21, on the ABC Television Network.

Enter Now for Chance to Win Dazzling ‘Sleeping Beauty’-Inspired Crown in Disneyland Diamond Days – Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has been giving guests the chance to win dazzling prizes – and this week’s prize is one of the most dazzling!

Making Wishes Come True at the Disneyland Resort – Recently, The Walt Disney Company celebrated making 100,000 wishes come true with Make-A-Wish. In celebration of this special relationship, we asked our cast members for some of their favorite memories fulfilling wishes.

Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park – On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

New Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Attraction Totes Debut – Are you ready to see the next wave of attraction poster totes from HARVEYS created for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration?

Tips for a Rainy Day at the Disneyland Resort – Here at the Disneyland Resort, wet weather does not put a damper on day of fun. Try out these activities to sprinkle extra excitement on your rainy day visit.

Celebrate Black History Month With Special Author Signings at Epcot – Guests have the opportunity to meet four renowned African-American authors and cultural icons each Saturday during the month of February. Book signings are open to all guests and hosted at the American Adventure Pavilion, where books written by each guest author are also available for purchase throughout the month.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t picked up a gift or made plans yet—don’t worry. There are plenty of sweet ways to show you care with specialty treats at Walt Disney World Resort.

Specialty Pops from The Ganachery at Disney Springs Pre-Packed Box of Ganache from The Ganachery at Disney Springs

At The Ganachery at Disney Springs, you’ll find specialty ganache squares and pops decorated for Valentine’s Day—raspberry enrobed in dark chocolate and passion fruit enrobed in milk chocolate. Surprise your sweetie with a pre-packed box of ganache.

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Perhaps your love’s allegiance lies with The Dark Side. Fear not, these Star Wars-inspired chocolate bars, available in both dark and milk chocolate, are the perfect way to say I love you. (I know.)

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park Black Forest Waffle from Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom Park

In my opinion, Magic Kingdom Park is one of the most romantic places at Walt Disney World Resort, though I may be biased because I met my husband there. Romance your valentine with a chocolate raspberry cupcake from Main Street Bakery, or indulge in the Black Forest waffle with vanilla ice cream at Sleepy Hollow.

Lady and the Tramp Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry-Marshmallow Center from Epcot

If cupcakes are the way to your Valentine’s heart, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a cupcake featuring Lady and the Tramp that is paws-itively adorable. At Fountain View in Epcot, you’ll find a chocolate cupcake with a strawberry-marshmallow center, strawberry butter and a ganache drizzle sure to make your sweetie’s heart melt.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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#DisneyTweens: Enter for a Chance to Win Walt Disney World Vacation, Cinderella Castle Suite Sleepover, Meet & Greet With Disney Channel Stars

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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How does a chance to win a five-night/six-day Walt Disney World Resort vacation sound to you? What about the ultimate slumber party – a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom? Plus a chance for you and your family to meet Disney Channel’s Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting!

Our partners at Disney Channel are kicking off the month of February in a big way! Now through February 28, register for a chance to win the Disney Channel’s Epic Adventure Sweepstakes. One lucky contestant will receive a five night/six day Walt Disney World Resort Vacation which includes:

  • One night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park
  • A chance to meet Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting
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Visit www.Disney.com/EpicAdventureSweeps to get more information and register for a chance to win.

Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 8 – 18 years or parent of eligible child; resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C. Sweepstakes starts 12:00pm (noon) PT on 2/1/16 and ends 11:59 pm PT on 2/28/16.  Click here for Official Rules including details on odds of winning, prize descriptions and limitations. Many will enter. One will win. Minors must get parent’s permission before entering.

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

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The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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#DisneyTweens: Disney Channel Star’s Perfect Disney Day

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


As a parent of an older child, perhaps you wonder if a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort is still as special and magical as when they were younger. I can honestly tell you that my tween daughter would LIVE at Walt Disney World Resort if there wasn’t school or gymnastics practice getting in the way. But don’t just take it from me!

Tween favorite Peyton List, star of “Bunk’d” on the Disney Channel, adores Walt Disney World Resort! Just a few weeks ago, she came to visit with her mom, dad and brothers and she shared some of her favorite things to do while at Walt Disney World Resort. First on the list … go shopping at a Disney retail shop to find Minnie Mouse ears to match her outfit. A girl can’t be too coordinated!

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Then, it’s time for an encounter at the new Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she shares a smooch with Chewbacca on the Light Side. She also found some First Order Storm Troopers for a photo opp.

Peyton claims she’s a “daredevil” and tries to ride all of the roller coasters and wild rides in all four theme parks. There’s certainly many to choose from … including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Test Track at Epcot.

When hunger strikes, it’s time to snack on a soft serve pineapple Dole Whip from Adventureland in Magic Kingdom Park. It hits the spot for her every time and she says she can’t visit Walt Disney World Resort without indulging in the creamy, sweet treat!

After all the thrills and adventures, Peyton ends her Disney day with “Wishes” nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. With all those dazzling and brilliant fireworks bursting above and around Cinderella Castle, it’s just the perfect kiss goodnight!

I bet your older child would agree … Walt Disney World Resort is still the place to be!

For more information on planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your tween, check out www.disneyworld.com/Tweens.

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Video Rewind: Audio-Animatronics Magic at Disney Parks

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


One of the most iconic innovations to come out of Disney Parks is audio-animatronics technology. Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland, and on June 23, 1963, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened. The first attraction to feature audio-animatronics figures was home to more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Let’s take a look back on some of the audio-animatronics advancements we’ve shown you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

All the way back in 2009, we took you behind the scenes as Walt Disney Imagineering programmed the most advanced audio-animatronics figure at the time, Abraham Lincoln, at Disneyland park.

Jump ahead five years, and imagineers continued to develop amazing audio-animatronics innovations, this time working with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park.

And of course, the story of audio-animatronics technology begins with Walt Disney himself. Take a look back at this video, which we shared last year for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress?

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress one of your favorite classic Disney attractions? How well do you know it and its history? Put your knowledge to the test below!


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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park

What's the name of your host through the 20th century on Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
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What is the reoccurring name of the dog in each scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
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How many pounds of ice can the ice box hold in the Turn of the 20th Century scene?
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What's the name of the contraption Old Uncle Orville created in the 1920's summer scene?
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What temperature does the oven reach in the final scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
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