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Villain’s Gallery: Gaston from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this year, we kicked off a special photo series on the Disney Parks Blog dedicated to showing the individual strengths, talents and beauty of the Disney Princesses. This month, we’re switching gears from “princesses” to “villains” in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday.

We’re kicking off the series today with Gaston – because he couldn’t possibly be anything but first!


Boastful and proud, Gaston earned his place as a true Disney villain in “Beauty and the Beast.” While his level of his vanity was entertaining – especially alongside sidekick LeFou in their musical number titled “Gaston” – it was this trait and his persistence in pursuing Belle that eventually led to his downfall in the film.

Today, Disney Parks fans can occasionally spot him out and about near Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Thanks to photographer Mariah Wild for the images.

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‘Coolest Summer Ever’ Commemorative Shirt Coming to Magic Kingdom Park for 24-Hour Party

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


I can’t wait to kick-off the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort! This 24-hour party starts 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, and runs until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23. I already have a “hip” costume to “Snow My Disney Side” during the event. For guests who want to stay cool during the party, we are releasing a commemorative T-shirt featuring the host of the party, Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.”


This year’s shirt will contain ink that changes color when exposed to sunlight.

The shirt will be found in Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park. We will also offer it online from May 22-31 at


In addition to the shirt, guests will find a festive cupcake found in the following locations:

Please share your photos and join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter by using #Disney24 and #CoolestSummer.

I hope to see you at the party!

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Sixty Years of Innovation: New Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

posted on May 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Disney Parks are more than exciting attractions and dazzling spectaculars. Walking into a place like Fantasyland, for example, is like walking into another world. As each of our guests are reminded, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Let’s go back to the year 1983 to discover how the fantasy of Fantasyland was enriched here at Disneyland park.

Walt Disney’s favorite land, Fantasyland was envisioned as a fairy tale village beyond the walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Unfortunately, as the opening of Disneyland drew near, unforeseen budget overages caused the team to scale back on the design of Fantasyland. So the land became a medieval fair, with banners and flags decorating the entrances to Snow White’s Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.


Nearly thirty years later, the time had finally come to transform Fantasyland into that timeless land of enchantment that Walt had dreamed of. “The New Fantasyland” opened at Disneyland on May 25, 1983. The architecture and facade of each attraction became an extension of the stories that lie within. Guests now enter Peter Pan’s Flight through a medieval English clock tower or visit a country manor called Toad Hall, home to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. On the west side of Fantasyland, you have the feeling of being immersed in a Bavarian or Alpine village, bringing you into the worlds of Snow White and Pinocchio. Next door at Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, the attraction’s facade features half-timbered architecture and carved wood balconies, resembling the house in which Pinocchio, the wooden puppet made of pine, became a real boy.


“The New Fantasyland” elevated the storytelling of the entire area, combining architecture, horticulture and other details to create an immersive, fairy tale environment and became an example of what Walt Disney Imagineering often refers to as “place making” – the design and creation of a land that transports the guest to a different place and time, truly immersing them in the story and fantasy of the land.


And nearly 30 years after “The New Fantasyland” at Disneyland park, this immersive storytelling was brought to another level with New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. The largest expansion in the park’s history, New Fantasyland welcomes guests to step into the stories of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Dumbo.” It is a shining example of how Disney Parks continue the legacy of innovative, immersive storytelling that was established with the opening of Disneyland park in 1955 and carried on with “The New Fantasyland” in 1983 and beyond.

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24 Ways to Kick Off Our Coolest Summer Ever Event on May 22 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

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We’ll officially kick off the beginning of summer here at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 22, with a 24-hour celebration at Magic Kingdom Park.

If you’re heading to our park to join in on the fun, here are 24 suggestions on how you can make the most of this year’s event.

  1. Show your #DisneySide by wearing a costume. (Check out the guidelines here).
  2. Join your favorite heroes from “The Incredibles” in the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty in Tomorrowland, starting at 9:30 a.m.
  3. Join the “Move It, Shake It, Dance & Play It!” Street party to celebrate the start of summer. The first celebration begins at 9:30 a.m.!
  4. Find the paw prints of “Lady and the Tramp” hidden somewhere on Main Street, U.S.A.
  5. Have breakfast in the park. Mickey Waffles, anyone?
  6. Challenge yourself to get as many photos with Disney characters as possible. The My Disney Experience App will have the latest on appearance times.
  7. Catch the fun of the Royal Majesty Makers, who appear throughout New Fantasyland during the day.
  8. Attend the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which features floats from “Tangled,” “Brave” and many more.
  9. Get your picture with Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach.
  10. May 22 is also the opening date for the film “Tomorrowland.” Celebrate with a ride through Space Mountain or the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover.
  11. Check out the latest Disney merchandise. Memento Mori, a new spot devoted to Haunted Mansion-inspired gifts, is a great place to start.
  12. Catch the patriotic flag retreat on Main Street, U.S.A., promptly at 5 p.m.
  13. Check out the latest additions to the park, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight.
  14. Join the late night dance parties in your pajamas. That’s what Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale and Goofy will be wearing!
  15. Enjoy the “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show.
  16. Gather together for “Wishes” fireworks at Cinderella Castle.
  17. Change costumes at the 12-hour mark. Maybe a “hero” look for the day and a “villain” look at night?
  18. 24 hours means a lot of time for character autographs. How many can you get?
  19. Enjoy a late-night snack at the park. Popcorn or Dole Whip?
  20. Take pictures wearing as many different Mickey Ear hats as you can.
  21. See how many Hidden Mickeys you can find in 24 hours.
  22. Catch two showings of the “Main Street Electrical Parade.”
  23. Enjoy your favorite Disney attractions all day (and night) long.
  24. Take an early morning family photo – if you can make it the full 24 hours!

How will you kick off our 24-hour event? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Photos, Videos Capture Your Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service

“Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go!” That song brings up such great memories from my childhood favorite, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” We’ve been busy working on top-secret enhancements to the Disney PhotoPass Service and the Memory Maker product, and we’re excited to announce a new “gem” today.

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What would you say if I told you that you could take home a special gem that would have you reliving all the fun and excitement of your moments aboard the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction … your race through the diamond mine as you whisked across the rolling stone bridges, through diamond pass and into the forest to the Dwarfs’ cottage?

Just released today, we are excited to add a photo and video memento at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Now, when you ride the attraction with a MagicBand and a linked Memory Maker entitlement you will have your photo and video automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account.

You’ll also be able to view, download and share the photo and video of your Family & Friends Connections and Managed Guests who also experienced Seven Dwarfs Mine Train while wearing a MagicBand.

So, hop aboard Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with fellow miners and begin collecting your magical memories with your MagicBand and Memory Maker.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A New Fantasyland Scene

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

I love the interesting angle he took on this shot, which shows the intricately sculpted detail of the Fantasyland wall, plus the light and color of the carousel and Cinderella Castle in the background. Such a pretty sight!

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Disney Parks After Dark: New Fantasyland After Hours

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

Happy Thursday!

Check out this week’s “After Dark” image, which was shot in the New Fantasyland area of the park just after the Magic Kingdom Park closed.


Anyone else fancy a late-night ride on the carousel?

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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.


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.


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 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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Guests React to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially debuted in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park just about three weeks ago. We recently headed out to the park to ask some guests their thoughts on the new attraction just after their first ride through it. Check out the video below to hear their reviews for yourself!

Have you experienced Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

See the posts below for more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

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