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Top Five: Main Street Electrical Parade Moments

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


Today you may have noticed that the Disney Parks Blog looks a bit different today. That’s because we’re celebrating the fact that today is the anniversary of the debut of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” here at Magic Kingdom Park!

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To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a list of our must-read, must-watch blog posts and videos of this fan-favorite parade from over the years. Take a look!

Behind the Scenes: Float Driving in the Main Street Electrical Parade – Get a behind the scenes look at how our float drivers bring characters to life.

Step In Time: Main Street Electrical Parade Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park in 1971 – Take a step back in time to when the Main Street Electrical Parade debuted at Magic Kingdom Park on June 11, 1977.

The Unusual Return of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” in 1999 – Watch a Walt Disney World archive video of when the Main Street Electrical Parade traveled from California to Florida.

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward – Check out some photos of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

A Main Street Electrical Parade Preview – Take a look at a few of the floats in the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Behind the Scenes: Creating Our @DisneyParks Stop-Motion Film

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


What do you get when you take 1,000 photos, 60 lbs of confetti, seven Disney characters and one photographer with a big imagination? Something magical, of course!

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Behind-the-Scenes: Creating Our @DisneyParks Stop-Motion Film Behind-the-Scenes: Creating Our @DisneyParks Stop-Motion Film

When we thought about how we wanted to celebrate our @DisneyParks Twitter account hitting the milestone of 1 million followers, we called on the talent of Yellow Shoes Photographer Chloe Rice to come up with something special. Check out the video below to learn how what started as a simple Twitter graphic turned into a very detailed and intricate stop-motion film clip – and how the team pulled it all together.

Want to follow @DisneyParks on Twitter? Click here.

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Disney Days of Past: Main Street Electrical Parade Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in Disney history, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” stepped off for the very first time at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Which float in the procession is your favorite? Vote below:

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Peyton List and Her Grandma Share a Special Day at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was a day to celebrate old memories and create new ones as Peyton List, known to most of us as “Emma” on Disney Channel’sJessie,” and her grandmother, Charlene List, spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What better way to start the day than to do something that bridges both generations, a meet and greet with Mickey himself at Town Square Theater. Excited to see Mickey, Peyton recalled the first time she saw him as a child, “The first time I met Mickey I was with you grandma.”

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Walking down Main Street U.S.A., eating Mickey Ice Cream Bars in front of Cinderella Castle, riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Peyton and her grandmother shared stories from the past and used the time to learn more about each other. Peyton was surprised to learn she and her grandmother share a common bond, a love of thrill rides. A fact quickly supported with a ride together on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Beaming with pride and love for her granddaughter, Charlene shared this advice to all grandparents, “They will remember this the rest of their lives, spending time with you, and you will remember, so everybody wins. Life’s too short and you got to make a lot of happy memories.”

Here is a look at Peyton and grandma’s day as they kicked off their Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Top Five: Donald Duck at Disney Parks

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy birthday to Donald Duck!

On this day in Disney history, Donald made his film debut in “The Wise Little Hen” Silly Symphony short. Over the years, he’s been a guest favorite at Disney Parks around the globe, whether it’s meeting him during a character greeting, spotting him in “Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade” or shopping for Donald gifts.

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In celebration of his big day, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular Donald blog posts of all time:

Learn to Draw: Donald Duck – Draw your own Donald with this video tutorial that offers step-by-step directions.

Donald Duck & Daisy Wallpaper – Check out our downloadable desktop/mobile wallpaper.

Step In Time: Donald Duck’s Birthday Parade Takes Flight at Magic Kingdom Park – Take a peek back at 1984, when an entire parade marked a milestone birthday for our fowl friend.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Donald’s Special Day – Take a look back at Donald’s decades spent at Disney Parks.

Disney Parks Merchandise: Celebrating 80 Years of Donald Duck – Check out some beloved Donald Duck souvenirs.

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Caption This: Goofy Plays Ball at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This early 1970s photo was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park. It sure looks like Goofy and friends are “having a ball” on the castle lawn.

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This pic is perfect for a great caption. Leave yours in the comments section below!

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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Serving up Fun Four Days per Week at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Howdy, partners! You may know that Mickey, Minnie and friends kick up their heels with guests at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. But did you know for the rest of the season, they’ll be serving up fun four days a week? Additional dates have been added; in addition to Thursday and Saturday’s, you can now book Tuesday and Friday, too!

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This all-you-care-to-enjoy picnic features finger-licking BBQ favorites like barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese and new dishes like jambalaya, honey-mustard baked chicken and a selection of salads and kid-friendly veggies. If dancing up a storm makes you thirsty, quench it with a large selection of ice-cold sodas and soft drinks. Adults can enjoy Bud Light and Yuengling draft beers, Chardonnay, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Red Sangria included with dinner. For dessert, look for a new warm fruit cobbler or strawberry shortcake (when it’s in season) in addition to the popular Mickey-shaped ice-cream bars and other frozen treats.

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Dance the night away with a live country-western band and character appearances throughout the night. The character meet and greet area has also been enhanced to allow for more time with your favorite characters for photos and autographs.

For added convenience, a new bus route is now in operation, which takes guests directly back to Magic Kingdom Park, where transport to any Disney Resort is readily available.

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

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Disney Days Of Past: Remember ‘Oliver & Company’?

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


Are you a cat owner? Did you hug your cat today? If not, there’s still time as it’s National Hug Your Cat Day. (I can’t make this stuff up.) There are quite a few Disney cats you could hug, but today we’ll celebrate Oliver from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oliver & Company.” Here is Oliver with Jenny, Dodger, Tito and Georgette at Magic Kingdom Park in 1988.

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Who’s your favorite Disney cat? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot: June 2015

posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


See what’s happening in the world of Merchandise Special Events this June at Walt Disney World Resort!

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June 5 – 6: Join us as we welcome artist Joey Chou to WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from June 5 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and June 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Special Tip: Joey will also be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends. Learn more.

June 10 – 14: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings June 10 – 14 from Noon – 8 p.m. at Art of Disney in Epcot and June 26 – July 1 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

June 11 – 22: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the debut of the Patriotic Collection. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, June 11 – 22 and June 26 – July 20 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Artist Appearance Tip: Look for a special appearance by designer and artist Linda Rick, June 13-14. Learn more.

June 13: Join us as we welcome back artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith to WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Take part in a special artist showcase and signing from 4 – 7 p.m. Learn more.

June 18 – 21: Meet artist Larry Dotson throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

June 18 – 23: Stop in and find some of the latest releases by artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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June 19: Take part in Trading Night from 6 – 9 p.m. in Veracruz A at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Register online now. Learn more.

June 20 – 21: Humor columnist and author, Dave Barry will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest book, “The Worst Class Trip Ever.” Meet Dave, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and June 21 from 4 – 5 p.m. at Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

June 20: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled Ariel and Friends, will make a splash at the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity will be available now through June 18, 2015. Learn more.

June 24 – 27: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

June 26 – 27: Meet artist Kristin Tercek from 5 – 8 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

Quick Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are going quickly and are in limited supply. Don’t miss out! Find out all the details and get a peek inside the merchandise catalog for the event. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited for?

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Decorative Hand Sanitizers Join a Summer of New Souvenirs at Disney Parks

posted on June 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This summer, Disney Theme Park Merchandise is introducing several new souvenirs at Disney Parks. These items will make great gifts for loved ones or serve as a nice memory from your Disney vacation. For my first “Summer of New Souvenirs” story, I’m highlighting my favorite new things – decorative hand sanitizers. Having a son, I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go, and these designs are fantastic!

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There will be approximately 20 new hand sanitizers arriving at Disney Parks in late June and early-to-mid July. The artwork features popular Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Anna, Elsa and other select Disney Princesses. Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland park and Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park will also be included in the mix.

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Each hand sanitizer comes with a specially designed 1 fluid ounce bottle and a key chain split ring with lobster claw clasp. At this time, we will not offer refill bottles yet you can refill the bottle with your favorite hand sanitizer once empty.

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The Force is strong with my favorite designs featuring R2-D2 and Darth Vader. They are due to arrive this August in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks (they are insta-buy for me!).

Hand sanitizer will retail for $8.95 (plus tax). Please note that retails are subject to change without notice.

Look for additional Disney Parks Blog articles in the coming months with other new souvenirs.

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