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Sunrise at the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


It’s a beautiful morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in this photo, which was snapped just moments before sunrise.

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The park is so incredibly still and serene – I love it!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle Dazzles at Night

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, covered in diamonds commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, is spectacular during the day. And at night, it is simply dazzling. Here are a few photos of the sparkling Disneyland park icon.

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A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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Disney Days of Past: One More Summer Trip!

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


In this flashback photo from 2000, Donald is not ready for Summer to end. Looks like he was able to squeeze in one more trip to the beach! Let’s hope he did not forget the sunscreen.

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Enjoying Early Morning Skies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It sure looks like a peaceful morning here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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The resort’s four savannas, which are home to more than 200 zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos, are still just waking up for the day.

Have a great Monday!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Nighttime in The City of Light

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


When it comes to gorgeous nighttime shots of Paris, the Eiffel Tower gets more than its fair share of love from photographers. Maybe I’m the type who roots for the underdog, but I’m partial to one of Paris’ other iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe. So when I saw this “After Dark” photo, taken on the Adventures by Disney England and France vacation, I just had to share it.

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The Arc de Triomphe is the gateway to “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” the Champs-Elysees. And if you’re a fan of that iconic 1,063-foot-tall tower icon I mentioned earlier, you get a pretty great view of it from atop this arc.

But no matter what you’re most excited to see in The City of Light, Adventures by Disney has you covered. From touring the illustrious Louvre museum to climbing the bell tower at Notre Dame Cathedral to traveling outside the city to the gilded Chateau de Versailles and more, the England and France vacation offers you the chance to explore “must see” destinations in two major European cities.

And when you get there, be sure to snap a few extra photos of the Arc de Triomphe for me!

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘IllumiNations’ Lights Up Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

posted on August 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

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The color of the fireworks really makes the pavilion’s red torii gate look striking. What’s your favorite pavilion in World Showcase to watch “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” from? Tell us in the comments section below.

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A Unique Point of View: Monstro Looms Over Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite features of Fantasyland at Disneyland park is Monstro the whale. Looming over Storybook Land Canal Boats, Monstro can also appear to be chomping down on other parts of Fantasyland, depending on your point of view.

Here he is, huge teeth reflected in the canal as you begin your voyage into Storybook Land.

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Seen from Mad Tea Party, Monstro looks like he is munching on some of the oversized foliage surrounding his neighboring attraction.

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Back at Storybook Land Canal Boats, he appears to be taking a bite out of the manicured hedges at the beginning of the attraction.

What is your favorite feature in Fantasyland?

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20 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Clayton Lyndsey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Just last week I embarked on the Disney Wonder, marking my first season in Alaska as Cruise Director. I’ve traveled to some pretty spectacular places with Disney Cruise Line, but I have to say that Alaska is now at the top of my list. Where else can you capture spectacular photos of a family of brown bears and have a 12-foot Orca whale swim right under your catamaran, all before enjoying your noon lobster bisque in downtown Juneau?

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If you know anything about Alaska, you know it’s famous for stunning scenery and endless outdoor adventures. Not to mention it is brimming with opportunities to spot wildlife and experience native culture. I could go on all day about the many reasons why Alaska tops my list, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few that might inspire thousands of descriptors. Take a look at these 20 awe-inspiring photos of a Disney cruise to Alaska:

We’re sailing from Vancouver to Alaska for about another month, so I hope I have the chance to meet many of you onboard (or maybe even run into you on an adventure in port!) If you aren’t able to join us here this summer, I have good news for you: we’re returning to America’s Last Frontier in 2016!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared a popular update that Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – is returning to Disney California Adventure park with some special guests.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Erin shared that Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep checking back for more updates in the future right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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And to celebrate the release of “Alice In Wonderland” in theaters this week in 1951, we continued our special photo gallery series with some spectacular images of Alice. 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.

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

A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at this special shot of Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper – How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!

Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage – The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Take a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage.

New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Take your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork.

Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

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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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