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Series Inspired by Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, ‘The 7D,’ Airs Today

posted on July 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Did you know that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction is inspiring a new television show that premieres on Disney XD today? Disney’s “The 7D,” a comedic take on the Seven Dwarfs, premieres today (be sure to check local listings for times).

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In the premiere episode, “Long, Long Winter/Itsy Bitsy Spider Fighters,” the 7D rescue the villagers of Jollywood from an eternal winter spell that the Glooms have cast on the kingdom and help Queen Delightful rid the castle of a pesky spider. The show will feature the voice talents of actors Kelly Osbourne, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg.

Get a sneak peek at what to expect by visiting the show’s official site here.

And don’t forget about the 7D Mine Train app, which was released earlier this year. The game introduces the re-imagined Seven Dwarfs and allows players to choose one of the characters to pilot a mine car through a variety of locales and collect gems along the way.

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Disney Performing Arts Makes a Very ‘Happy’ Dream Come True

posted on July 7th, 2014 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Every vocal and instrumental group that participates in the Disney Performing Arts program is experiencing a dream come true when they perform on a Disney stage. But there was a little extra Disney magic for the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir by arranging for them to perform on the stage of Cinderella Castle.

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The talented kids – ranging in age from 8 to 13 – had long dreamed of participating in Disney Performing Arts. Their fortunes went off the charts when their performance of Pharrell’s hit single, Happy, went viral, amassing more than 1.5 million views. The video also captured the attention of national media and led to an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Check out the photos from this exciting moment. The morning capped a magical weekend for the young dreamers who saw their performance dream come true, learned about the business of show business and did what kids do best – play in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

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It’s A Happy Fourth of July At Disney Parks

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Fourth of July celebrations are already well underway at Disney Parks, and the party kicked off last night at Magic Kingdom Park with an early performance of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

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Our photographers were out to catch some of the lovely sights for us.

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will again blast off tonight at 9 p.m. Elsewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot will host “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 10 p.m., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will launch their fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Over at the Disneyland Resort, the festivities started even earlier this week, with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” lighting up the night beginning July 1. Look for it tonight at 9:25 p.m. Disney California Adventure park will also host a special patriotic pre-show at the start of the 9:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. performances of “World of Color.”

For more on the Fourth of July celebrations at Disney Parks, visit the posts below:

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Fourth of July Inspires Light Painting at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Walt Disney famously said, “…curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” At Disney Parks, we are fortunate to work with some very curious — and creative — minds. Two of these creative cast members, Paul Chase and Matt Stewart, recently took a vacation trip with their families. On the trip, they were inspired after watching their children playing and dancing around the campsite with flashlights.

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After seeing their kids creating circles and shapes with the flashlights, they wondered if they could sketch Disney characters, in midair, using handheld light sources and long camera exposures. So, Paul and Matt tried drawing the iconic profile of Mickey Mouse using this technique (often called “light painting”). The pair posted the image on their Twitter and Facebook pages, and followers and friends asked for more.

We asked Paul, a Disney Parks Content Producer, and Matt, a Yellow Shoes Creative Group Art Director, what other illuminated creations they could produce. The following is the result of a late evening this week in Magic Kingdom Park, using a variety of lighting sources. Paul was behind the camera as Matt was “drawing” in midair.

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“As a Disney art director, I doodle Mickey, Pluto and Goofy everywhere. So when Paul suggested we do some long exposure photography, it was a natural for me to try and do a Mickey Mouse in the air,” Matt said.

Once they started doodling, their ideas grew. “A lot of this was trial and error,” Paul said. “Should we draw Mickey head-on or profile? Profile, it is! Should we use only our flashlights or something else? What about color?”

We hope you enjoy their July 4th edition of Disney Side light painting. They created several other sparkling surprises, so look for a second edition of their work in an upcoming post on the Disney Parks Blog.

(*Note: while the pair utilized sparklers, they were used in a very controlled environment and with proper personnel on-site. We do not recommend doing this without supervision and safety measures. If you attempt we suggest using LED penlights of different colors, as Paul and Matt did in several of these artful creations.)

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Celebrating Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


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Independence Day is coming up, and the parks at Walt Disney World Resort are planning to celebrate with some star-spangled salutes to America in honor of our nation’s 238th birthday!

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort for the 4th of July, here is some of what you can look forward to:

  • Magic Kingdom Park – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.
  • Epcot – On July 4, enjoy a special concert of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater, where they’ll be performing at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. You can also meet some favorite Disney characters in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and catch the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps at the pavilion at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. That evening, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration at 10 p.m., with a heart-pounding, pyrotechnic grand finale.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage on July 4, features the “Rock Your Summer Side” Dance Party, with a DJ and live band. The Hollywood Rockers will take you on a rock ‘n roll road trip across America that culminates with the band playing live during that night’s fireworks spectacular. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues through 11 p.m., with fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Looks like the 4th of July is going to be a blast all across Walt Disney World Resort!

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#DisneyKids: First Flight on Dumbo the Flying Elephant

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


So far, we’ve shared several different “firsts” to experience at Disney Parks in our new #DisneyKids blog series but today’s may be our most popular – a first flight on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This attraction is for everyone – and that’s part of what makes it a special “first” memory for so many guests.

Keep your #DisneyKids suggestions coming in and let us know what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first ride at Disney Parks in the comments.

Also, you can find more fun for little ones – as well as special offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Beast’s Castle After Sundown

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


Check out this amazing image, which was shot by photographer Tom Bricker. It depicts sunset from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Is this one of your favorite areas of the park to watch the sunset? Tell us in the “Comments” section below and be sure to click through the gallery for more after dark shots snapped at Disney Parks.

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Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction at Magic Kingdom Park With a Special Vinylmation

posted on June 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Thank you for the wonderful messages. We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive a Vinylmation.

About a month ago, we officially opened the crown jewel of New Fantasyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction at the Magic Kingdom Park. And to continue our celebration of the attraction on the Disney Parks Blog, we have another surprise especially for readers.

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To enter for a chance to win one Seven Dwarfs Mystery Bakery vinylmation, be one of the first 100 people to email us a “Celebrating Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length (which could be a simple “Hi” or “Hello Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” greeting) to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. Limit one (1) entry per person/per email address. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 6/26/14.

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A 21st Birthday Celebration for Singing Superstar Ariana Grande at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 25th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


A pop princess met a Disney princess at Magic Kingdom Park, and it was all in celebration of Ariana Grande’s 21st birthday.

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The singer, who recently topped the charts with her megahit “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea), visited Magic Kingdom Park, where she was met by Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle. Then, Prince Charming and Cinderella helped celebrate with Grande as a giant Bibbidi Bobbidi Blue-hued birthday cake, created by the talented team of Disney Pastry Chefs, was unveiled. Dozens of Grande’s friends and family members joined in the fun to help the global music superstar celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park.

In this video, Grande — a Florida native — discusses the Magic Kingdom Park celebration, the dress she chose for the occasion and how the music video for her upcoming single, “Break Free,” reminds her of Space Mountain.

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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Finding Thrills in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s sign can be spotted in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park. It sure looks like there’s lots of fun to be had – but what words are missing? What will they perform?

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If you remember, tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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