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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Marks 20 Years

posted on June 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s a big weekend for Simba – it’s the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.

The film, which debuted in theaters in 1994, tells a coming-of-age tale of the young lion cub and his friends, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon.

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There are many places you can enjoy Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Walt Disney World Resort, including watching film-inspired segments in “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park and “Festival of the Lion King,” the newly reopened stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s also the Lion King wing of resort rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

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Over at the Disneyland Resort, guests can spot Simba and friends in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Cinderella Castle

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker at Magic Kingdom Park, after hours. I never get tired of looking at beautiful images of this lovely icon. Doesn’t Cinderella Castle look so calm and serene?

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Seven Dwarfs Continue Down Mine Train with the Launch of New App, TV Show

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you experienced Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet?

If not, there are new Mine Train-inspired opportunities heading your way.

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This week, Disney Publishing Worldwide will release The 7D Mine Train app, which 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.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction is also inspiring a new television show on Disney XD – Disney’s “The 7D,” a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, which will premiere on July 7 at 10 a.m. 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 celebrities Kelly Osbourne, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in voice roles.

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National Lobster Day June 15 – So Many Tastes at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Delectable lobster is at the top of our list of seafood favorites, and with National Lobster Day coming up on Sunday, it’s the perfect excuse to order anything from a lobster omelet (our favorite) at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort to an indulgent lobster tail at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. And there’s everything in between.

Nothing better than the sublime lobster bisque topped with a lobster fritter and jalepeño oil at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios … well, maybe the lobster Pad Thai roll at Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list, do you have a favorite?

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1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Lobster Benedict at breakfast

Ale and Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster sliders on Parker House Rolls

The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Lobster club sandwich with lobster salad, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon mayo

BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk

  • Maine lobster with buttered chive mayo on a split-top roll

Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster omelet with butter-poached lobster, asparagus, chive cream at breakfast; for lunch, New England-style lobster roll on a butter-toasted Parker House Roll

Chefs de France at France Pavilion, Epcot

  • Lobster bisque

Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park

  • Warm lobster and crab crêpes with cheese, spinach, sautéed lobster and blue crab – a poached egg on top, drizzled with hollandaise sauce

Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom Park

  • Classic lobster roll

Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Classic lobster roll

Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion, Epcot

  • Creamy lobster soup tarragon and brandy, or lobster and shrimp orecchiette pasta with white cheddar and asparagus

Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • New England-style lobster sliders on butter-toasted rolls

Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney

  • Lobster corn dogs with salsa verde and sweet chili aioli
  • Lobster bisque with blue crab garnish
  • Lobster ravioli with asparagus, cherry tomato and garlic
  • Maine lobster and Florida rock shrimp roll with celery, red onion and mayo on a toasted roll
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Grand Floridian Café at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • For breakfast, lobster Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus and hollandaise sauce

Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Lobster and shrimp mac n’ cheese

The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Portsmouth lobster bisque with lobster fritter and jalepeño oil

Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Lobster, shrimp and scallop roll on Parker House bread with citrus mayo

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Canada Pavilion at Epcot

  • Le Cellier Lobster Chopped Salad with mixed greens, haricot verts, avocado, tomatoes and Lake Meadow Naturals egg
  • New Brunswick lobster “poutine” with butter-poached lobster and Meyer Lemon crème fraîche

Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park

  • For lunch, crab and lobster dip

Monsieur Paul at France Pavilion at Epcot

  • Maine lobster with sautéed mushrooms, mollet quail egg, creamy black truffle bouillon

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Maine lobster bisque with butter-poached lobster, coral, sherry cream and chervil
  • Two-pound steamed Main lobster with fallen corn soufflé

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster bisque with Maine lobster, crème fraîche, preserved lemon, fines herbes

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Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park

  • For lunch, grilled lobster tail salad with greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato and quail egg with Point Reyes Blue Cheese dressing or vinaigrette

Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park

  • Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll with cashew tamarind sauce

Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure park

  • Lobster nachos with lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, serrano peppers, cilantro, chipotle crema and jack and cheddar cheeses on tortilla chips

Harbour Galley at Disneyland park

  • Lobster roll on buttered brioche with Old Bay-seasoned home-style chips

Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel

  • cold water lobster tail

Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • For dinner, Lobster Cobb Salad with chilled lobster, avocado, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and egg with a low-fat citrus-chive vinaigrette
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The One and Original Country Bear Shirt Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store from June 23-29, 2014

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I love classic Disney attractions and the Country Bear Jamboree is no exception. I recently saw the show again during the Rock Your Disney Side Party at Magic Kingdom Park and loved singing along (I should sing those tunes during karaoke). The attraction had originally been designed as a show for the never built Mineral King ski resort in the 1960s. It opened in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, and eventually made its way to Disney Parks around the world (seeing it in Japan in 2002 was incredible!). To salute this classic show, we are releasing the next Disney Parks’ attraction poster T-shirt on the Disney Parks online store from Monday, June 23 through Sunday, June 29.

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The original attraction poster was designed by Jim Michaelson, Marc Davis, and Eddie Martinez. Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra used elements of that poster when designing the shirt, which will be printed on a Hanes Beefy T-shirt.

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Guests can order the T-shirt starting June 23 by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery (yes, we now have a shorter delivery window!).

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Besides the classic country music, the thing I remember most about the Country Bear Jamboree is the image found on this classic lunchbox (I’m sure I’m not alone).

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Guests Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park With Acapella Version Of ‘Heigh Ho’

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we officially opened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train inside New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

After the opening ceremony, Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, “Littles” and “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and the first seven families chosen to ride the attraction, showed off their Disney Sides by singing “Heigh Ho” from the film.

What do you think of their performance? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Infographic: A Journey Through Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


One week ago today, we officially opened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the latest addition to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. And to continue the celebration here on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve created a special infographic to take you on a quick journey through the attraction.

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Show Your Photography, Video Skills in Our ‘Be the 8th Miner’ Contest

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


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is officially open for business here in New Fantasyland. But it looks like the Seven Dwarfs are looking to add an eighth miner to their ranks – and it could be you!

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For the next seven weeks, you can enter the “Be The Eighth Miner” contest for a chance to win a seven-day, seven-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort to meet the Dwarfs and experience Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for yourself. Each week, a new challenge will be posted on BeThe8thMiner.com that asks you to show specific “Seven Dwarf”-inspired skills in a photo or Vine video. Once your entry is done, you simply follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter, and tweet out your entry along with the hashtag #8thMinerContest.

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The first week’s challenge, Grumpy’s Challenge, was just posted and asks you to submit your grumpiest selfie. And look, Grumpy Cat is leading by example!

For more on this contest and official rules, click here.

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Alex and Ani Add ‘Character’ to the Disney Parks Collection

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE 6/4: Exciting news Disney fans! We actually just got news that the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani bangles just arrived!  Look for them starting today at the locations listed below.

I adore Alex and Ani bangles from Disney Parks! Curious as to what Alex and Ani is all about? Before I started collecting them, I was too.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alex and Ani, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. For more than 10 years, the lifestyle company, named after her first two daughters, has helped spread positive energy across the globe with its hand-crafted, eco-conscious and Made in America products. The Alex and Ani Disney Collection, featuring signature expandable (yes, they are adjustable for the perfect fit) wire bangles with Disney icons and characters are truly the perfect combination of pixie dust and positive energy.

Alex and Ani Add ‘Character’ to the Disney Parks Collection

How could the collection, currently made up of more than eight different Disney symbols, birthstones and initials, get any better? Perhaps something to complement the Disneyland park Sleeping Beauty Castle and Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella Castle bangles? New bangles with signature icon charms inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut at Walt Disney World Resort beginning June 5. Joining that list in late June is Mickey’s Fun Wheel from Disney California Adventure park.

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Or if, like me, you choose to embrace your Disney Side and live your life full of character, take note of what I’m about to show you. Also debuting June 5 is the one and only Tinker Bell, as well as a Dated 2014 bangle.
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Something else to keep on your radar are new bangles, featuring Aurora, Belle and Cinderella, releasing June 30 online and at Disney Parks.

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Are you as excited as I am? Then be sure to check back to learn about even more additions to the Disney Collection by Alex and Ani. I know you want me to tell you now, but where’s the fun in that? If I have to wait, so do you!

A fashion essential, these Alex and Ani bangles, available in both Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes are the ideal keepsake for fans of all ages and are sure to evoke magical memories for years to come!

Tip: You can wear just one, or layer them together, truly making the look your very own.

So where are the best places to find them?

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Which ones have you added to your collection, or are you most excited to get? Don’t even get me started with my list.

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New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Materializing This Fall at Disney Parks

posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Haunted Mansion will celebrate 45 years this August at Disneyland park. While I don’t remember much from my first ride at Walt Disney World Resort in July 1983, I’ve grown to love this wickedly fun attraction in all its incarnations at Disney Parks. In 2013, Disney Theme Park Merchandise introduced nine incredibly detailed home goods based on The Haunted Mansion (I love the bottle stopper). In many ways, those items served as a catalyst for an entire new assortment of Haunted Mansion merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks. I spoke with franchise and brand manager Robb LaFlamme about what we can expect to see.

“We’ve heard loud and clear that our guests love the Haunted Mansion as much as we do,” said Robb. “Starting this fall, we will introduce about 100 new merchandise items based on this attraction. Disney Design Group artists have created a style guide containing many new pieces of original artwork. This art will be applied to numerous things including accessories, apparel, home goods, pins and much more.”

You may recall getting a first look at some of that artwork in January 2014 on the Disney Parks Blog. Robb explained that the artwork is grouped into various themes.

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The “Happy Haunts” artwork will feature character designs that look like they are from a late-1800s newspaper (you may recall seeing something similar when we released a Hatbox Ghost T-shirt last August). The Disney artists also created artwork for items that will look like they came from the estate of Master Gracey (think dinnerware).

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The “Forever Haunted” artwork (left above) contains strong graphic elements with characters like Madame Leota. I liked the playful “Afterlife Advertisements” art (right above) which resembles vintage ads.

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Finally, the “Fortunes and Fashions” artwork will include graphics and patterns based on characters and other icons from the attraction such as the bat stanchion or wallpaper. This artwork may be seen on packaging or apparel items.

One common theme I noticed was the use of Madame Leota in the artwork. I asked Robb if there were additional plans in store. Smiling, he replied, “Details may be materializing but only if you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog this summer.”

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