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Watch as Tiny Hamster Has A Big Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You may be familiar with Internet sensation Tiny Hamster, who drew attention online with his video Tiny Hamster Eats Tiny Burritos. Perhaps our smallest guest ever, Tiny Hamster recently stopped by Magic Kingdom Park to try out tiny “hamster”-sized versions of some of the park’s tastiest treats, including churros, turkey legs and even mini Dole Whips. Of course, he also stopped by a few favorite park attractions, including scaled-down versions of The Haunted Mansion and Mad Tea Party.

Check out Tiny Hamster’s Best Day Ever for yourself.

Wonder how they made those tiny treats and attractions? Check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

To watch even more Best Day Ever videos, click here.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Are you a fan of the Disney “mountains”? Then how well do you know Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park? Test your knowledge below and let us know how you did in the “Comments” section.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Louis the Alligator from ‘The Princess and the Frog’ & Main Street Philharmonic

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In “The Princess & The Frog,” Louis is a jazz-playing alligator who dreams of “jammin’ with the big boys.” Looks like he’s got his turn in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, which shows him leading the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Thanks to designer Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

To check out how other Disney characters may show their #DisneySide in our parks, check out the list of related posts below.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Regular readers of the Disney Parks Blog know we’ve been testing a breakfast experience at the popular Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park. This week, we shared the update that what was originally a test, is now a permanent offering.

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Reservations for breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant began this week for dates October 4 and beyond. We also got a sneak peek of the artwork that will be on new kid’s souvenir cups, debuting in October. Check out Rachel’s original story to see the artwork and to make reservations.

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We also shared a story this week about a special robot that visited Walt Disney World Resort and amazed guests at Disney’s Contemporary Resort by drawing a giant portrait of Walt Disney.

Disney Research Zurich teamed up with a group of undergraduate students from a Swiss engineering school to build the Beachbot robot from scratch. The team wanted to do something nobody has ever done before and create a machine that could make spectacular art alongside beachgoers.

Our original story has a behind-the-scenes video and more details.

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

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ at Disney California Adventure Park? – How well do you know the new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure park? Take our quiz and find out!

Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions – Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered!

A Unique Point of View: Monstro Looms Over Fantasyland at Disneyland Park – Looming over Storybook Land Canal Boats, Monstro the whale can also appear to be chomping down on other parts of Fantasyland, depending on your point of view.

Official Disneyland App Now Available for Download – The official Disneyland App is available for download now from the App Store and on Google Play. This new app provides useful info, special features and more right at your fingertips.

#CoolestSummer Ever: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Cool – There are more ways to enjoy the coolness of Disney’s Animal Kingdom than simply standing in the shadow of an elephant (and we can’t promise you can do that). Click through for a few more refreshing options!

Reservations Now Open for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Even though we’re in the middle of summer, some of us have started to have visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. If you’re wondering about holiday dining plans at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve just added one more option.

Disney Parks Online Store Releasing New Shirts in August 2015 – This month, the Disney Parks online store will continue its series of specially designed limited release shirts!

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#DisneyKids: First Disney Treat at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Walt Disney World Resort is place where little ones can try all kinds of new foods including international fare at Epcot like kebabs from Morocco and sushi from Japan, to giant turkey legs and calamari at Magic Kingdom Park. And now thanks to The Mickey Check, parents can easily identify nutritious menu options at restaurants on property.

Once your kids take their last bite of a healthy meal, sometimes it’s fun to indulge in special treats that you can only find at Disney Parks! Mickey waffles, Dole Whip, character-themed candy apples and so much more can be a sweet surprise to top off an action-packed day.

Just check out the smiles on these little faces as they try some favorite Disney Parks goodies for the first time! Do your kids have any favorite Disney desserts?

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Summertime Update About Retail MagicBands and Accessories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As the “Coolest Summer Ever” continues at Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to give you an update about several new retail MagicBands and accessories. These items are a great way to show your Disney Side during your vacation. Here is a look at some of my favorites.

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The open edition retail MagicBands featuring Steamboat Willie and characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are currently available in select merchandise locations.

On August 14, we will release two additional open edition retail MagicBands. One will have Winnie the Pooh while the other will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Open edition retail MagicBands have a retail of $19.95 each. Like all other retail MagicBands, these open edition items can be linked later making them great gifts.

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At the beginning of the year, we released a retail MagicBand with an image of Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park. Later this month, we will have three additional open edition retail MagicBands for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m thrilled to see Figment on the Epcot-themed MagicBand!

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Some of the coolest MagicBand accessories I’ve seen are the attraction-themed MagicSliders. These small rectangular images easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand. They are a great way to either showcase your favorite Disney attractions or to keep track of which ones you’ve experienced.

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There are three attraction sliders per MagicSlider pack. Look for three different packs of Magic Kingdom Park attractions, and two packs each for attractions at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each pack has a retail of $6.95.

Finally, we are now offering some of the Disney character MagicBands including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on our Disney Parks online store. You can find them along with select MagicBand accessories by visiting this page.

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebridades Enjoy Magical Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


What do a soccer player, a rock star and an actress have in common? They know where to vacation with their families: Walt Disney World Resort!

Recently, we spotted the following celebrities enjoying time with their familias and taking a break from their busy schedules to visit our theme parks, where they took photos with their favorite Disney characters, rode iconic attractions and had lots of diversión (fun).

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Fher, lead singer of the rock band Maná, visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, su parque favorito en Disney (his favorite Disney theme park) and posed with Rafiki. Fher, director of the nature conservation organization Selva Negra, is the Spanish narrator of the Disneynature film “Planet Earth.”

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Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao García met Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park with his princesas (princesses): wife Lorelai and daughters Dominique and Desirée. The girls were crazy about meeting Minnie and they even wore the famous pink Minnie ears during the encuentro (encounter)!

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Many won’t recognize the name of Carmen Sarahí, but they may have heard her voice plenty of times in the Latin-American version of “Frozen.” The singer and actress recently visited Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy all that Frozen Summer Fun offers to our guest. She even got to sing to Olaf, her favorite snowman!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom Park?

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was an opening-day attraction at Magic Kingdom Park. How familiar are you with it? Test your knowledge below.


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How many wood-carved ornate horses can you choose from on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
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How many shimmering lights light up Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at night?
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How many hand-painted vignettes telling the story of 'Cinderella' can be found on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
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What was the original name of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel when it was built in 1917?
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Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It is a little-known fact that my first role with Disney Parks was as a hostess at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park. Last week, I had a chance to put their service to the test by going to breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant with some of my fellow cast members and friends. Originally introduced as a test, breakfast is now a permanent offering. Reservations can be made starting on August 5 for dates October 4 and beyond.

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We shared a selection of delicious pastries as we ate our entrees. My friend Nancy ordered the newest addition to the menu, the Croque Madame. This open-faced ham sandwich is topped with a fried egg, Gruyere cheese and creamy béchamel, served with fresh fruit. Vivi loved the Eggs Florentine, a puff pastry shell filled with scrambled eggs, cheese and fresh spinach served with country ham and roasted plum tomatoes. And me? I couldn’t resist the Open-Faced Bacon and Egg Sandwich, with poached eggs, thick-cut applewood bacon, Brie cheese, arugula and tomatoes on a toasted baguette.

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While dining there, I received exciting news that the testing phase is over, and breakfast is now a permanent offering. I also got a sneak peek of the artwork that will be on new kid’s souvenir cups, debuting in October. The cups will be available for an additional cost. Check out the artwork below!

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For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.

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Today, you can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Ryan Wendler for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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