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Today in Disney History: ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Hit Theaters

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


He’s a tramp, but we love him. Of course, Lady grew to love him as well. Today in 1955, Walt Disney Pictures released “Lady and the Tramp“. This Disney classic love story between two dogs from different sides of town continues to warm the hearts of Disney fans.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, a favorite of mine, at Magic Kingdom Park pays homage to this Disney classic film. Here you can enjoy Italian cuisine while surrounded by sketches, lithographs and animation cells from the movie. There’s even a fountain in the center with a statue of Lady & the Tramp.

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It’s the perfect place to recreate the spaghetti scene where Lady and Tramp romantically slurp up the same noodle. You can also spot Lady and Tramp at Disney’s Pop Century Resort in the 1950s section and at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Fun fact, “Lady and the Tramp” was the first Disney animated feature filmed in CinemaScope.

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A Peek Inside a Room with A View at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


As part of the Disney Parks Blog ongoing “Room with A View” series, I want to take you to an island paradise where swaying palms and gentle breezes lead to new accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As part of the re-imagination of the iconic resort, 360 new Disney Vacation Club Studios reveal a tropical motif with spacious accommodations – and wow, what a view! Let’s go to the third floor of the Moorea longhouse inside room 3020 and take a peek.

When I opened the door to this Deluxe Studio, I was drawn to an outdoor patio that extends the entire width of the room. The third floor lookout offered a panoramic view with so much to take in. To the right you see the monorail whizzing by and ferry boats sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon. Look left and there’s the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in all its splendor. And straight ahead, beyond the luxurious Bora Bora Bungalows Magic Kingdom Park with Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle beckoning you to their magical lands. It’s a great view any time of day but especially as night falls and “Wishes” fireworks light up the sky.

A Peek Inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

But if you sharpen your lens there are “close-up” shots you might miss such as torch-lit paths, lush landscapes, gentle waves. I watched as a family of ducks waddled to the sandy beach and waterway they call home. It’s more than just a pretty picture – it stirs something within. Memories of my very first Disney resort stay come flooding back each time I visit. And despite its recent reimagining, there’s a familiarity here that makes you feel like you’re home. It’s no wonder families are drawn back to this beloved resort time and time again.

A Peek Inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The new Studios have a ton of space (actually the largest Studios in the Disney Vacation Club portfolio) plus ample storage with under-the-bed drawers and a table that doubles as a storage chest. Rooms have a crisp yet playful décor with vibrant colors, ornate carvings and rich textures. I loved the tiki man lamp perched on a bed of rock lava and the colorful artwork. Studios sleep five with one queen bed, a queen-size pull-out bed and a pull-down bed. A kitchenette with coffee-maker, mini-fridge, a small sink, toaster and microwave all come in handy. The bathroom layout is practical for families, too. There’s a private sink and shower space, plus a separate area with tub, toilet and sink. It’s great if you have teenagers who need their space. And this resort is the first to have connecting Deluxe Studios.

So journey with me to this carefree oasis in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy a photo tour of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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Disney Days of Past: Mickey’s Birthdayland at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


In May 1988, Mickey was moving into his house at Magic Kingdom Park prepping for upcoming visitors to Mickey’s Birthdayland. This seventh land of Magic Kingdom Park opened on June 18th, 1988 to guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Chip and Dale even joined in the fun by baking Mickey a giant birthday cake to celebrate.

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Opening in honor of Mickey’s 60th Birthday, Mickey’s Birthdayland welcomed guests until 1990 when it became Mickey’s Starland.

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Get This Animated Magic Shot at Magic Kingdom Park Before Andy Gets Back!

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Marie Ramirez, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


“Yodel-ay-hee-ho!”

Next time you’re in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, ask a Disney PhotoPass Photographer to round up this rootin’ tootin’ Animated Magic Shot featuring Woody and Jessie!

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When you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com after taking an Animated Magic Shot, you’ll be surprised to find that we have applied animation to your photo.

All guests can view Animated Magic Shots in their accounts before they expire, but a Memory Maker purchase is required to download and share them online.

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Spotlight on Tees Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store in June 2015

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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To kick off the summer season at Disney Parks, we are releasing a few tee-shirts on our Disney Parks online store that I think fans will love. These limited release tees will only be offered online at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. All shirts will be offered for adults, women and youth. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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June 17-23
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland Resort, we are launching a series of online tees that salute original Disneyland park attractions. The first tee celebrates the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction. In addition to the shirt, poster artwork will also be available during this sale.

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June 22-28
I’m particularly excited for the Triple R Ranch tee shirt, which was inspired by “The Adventures of Spin and Marty” from the 1955-56 season of the “Mickey Mouse Club.” Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones worked with the Walt Disney Archives to get photo reference of the summer camp shirts used in the show. You may also recognize the shirt as something Andy wore in Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” (I tried recreating a shot from that animated feature above).

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June 29-July 5
The final shirt for June features the Harmony Barber Shop from Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. This location opened in 1975 and is a great place to get a first haircut as seen in this video article. This shirt will be online from June 29 through July 5.

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QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert?

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort? Test your knowledge below!

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Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park

What is the title of your host on the Jungle Cruise?
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What animal is chasing this explorer up a pole in this memorable scene?
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What is the name of the transformation the Jungle Cruise undergoes during the holiday season?
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Which river will you NOT visit on the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park?
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Which animal will you NOT see on the Jungle Cruise?
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Caption This: Mickey & Goofy Blast Off On Star Jets at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like best buddies Mickey Mouse and Goofy were sure having a blast back in this 1970s photo.

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Here they are aboard Star Jets, one of the first attractions built in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. This photo deserves a great caption. Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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Disney Days of Past: A Summer Job at Magic Kingdom Park

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


Remember your first summer job? I remember mine. It might have been a lot more fun with these guys.

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Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey head to work at Magic Kingdom Park in 1978 getting ready to dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig in the mine the whole day through.

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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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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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