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Take 5: Disneyland 58th Anniversary Celebration

posted on July 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Then Creole Café, Now Café Orleans

July 17 marks a very special day for the Disneyland Resort. On Wednesday, we celebrated 58 years of magic at the Happiest Place on Earth. Read the posts below to find out how various Disney Parks Blog authors took a look back to honor the park. Happy 58th anniversary, Disneyland!

Take 5: Disneyland 58th Anniversary Celebration

  1. Then and Now: Celebrating 58 Years at the Disneyland Resort, Part 1 – Leading up to the 58th anniversary of Disneyland, Kevin Rafferty, Jr., shared a special “Then and Now” series featuring Disneyland Resort cast members.
  2. Taking it Slow: Celebrating the 58th Anniversary of Disneyland with Fireworks – We celebrated the 58th anniversary of Disneyland on Wednesday with a slow-motion look at “Magical” fireworks spectacular.
  3. Then & Now: Celebrating 58 Years at the Disneyland Resort, Part 2 – Continuing the celebration of the 58th anniversary of Disneyland – take a look at the Jungle Cruise in 1965 and now.
  4. A Few of My Favorite Things – Happy Anniversary, Disneyland! – Michelle Harker shares some of her favorite Disneyland memories in honor of the 58th anniversary.
  5. Then & Now: Celebrating 58 Years at the Disneyland Resort, Part 3 – Finishing Kevin’s “Then and Now” series, we see a Disneyland cast member on the Tom Sawyer Island River Raft in 1987 and catch back up with her now.
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Take 5: Recipes at Disney Parks

posted on July 13th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Disney Parks is home to both award-winning restaurants and chefs. Over the years, these chefs have shared some of their favorite recipes with us on the Disney Parks Blog. From appetizers to main dishes to desserts, read the posts below to learn some favorite recipes that you can try out in your own kitchen!

Take 5: Recipes at Disney Parks

  1. Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Chocolate Soufflé – Have you ever enjoyed the chocolate soufflé from Disney Cruise Line’s Palo restaurant? Now you can make it yourself from the comfort of your own home.
  2. Plenty of New Tastes at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces – Check out what new foods will be at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and try this garlic shrimp recipe from the new cookbook at home.
  3. Disneyland Resort Chef Shares Secrets for Perfect Eggs Benedict – Chef Alle Thiam from Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Resort shares his special recipe for the perfect eggs Benedict.
  4. New Menu at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort – Disney’s Pop Century Resort has updated the menu at Everything POP Shopping & Dining! Check out these new offers, as well as a recipe to the guest favorite “sloppy joe.”
  5. Our Top 5 Favorite Disney Parks Recipes of 2012 – Pam Brandon shared her picks for the top Disney Parks recipes from the Disney Parks Blog in 2012!
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Take 5: Fourth of July at Disney Parks

posted on July 6th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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It’s been a wonderful week thus far at Disney Parks celebrating the Fourth of July. From firework performances of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts to Fourth of July themed sweets, read the posts below to find out how we’re getting patriotic this Independence Week. How did you celebrate the Fourth of July this year? Tell us in the comments below.

Take 5: Fourth of July at Disney Parks

  1. VIDEO: ‘Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park – Take a look at “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks show at Disneyland park presented this week in honor of Independence Day!
  2. Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disney Parks – Check out how Disney Parks is celebrating Independence Week, from “Limited Time Magic” to star-spangled salutes and more.
  3. A Fireworks First: Fourth of July Fireworks Over Three Disney Castles – For the first year ever, guests can watch Fourth of July fireworks burst above three different Disney castles.
  4. ‘Limited Time Magic’ Sweets to Celebrate Independence Week at Disney Parks – Fourth of July week is extra sweet with these desserts available for “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort!
  5. New Fantasyland Offers New Vantage Point for Fourth of July Fireworks – There’s a new, wonderful vantage point to watch the Fourth of July fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park – New Fantasyland. What’s your favorite spot to watch fireworks at Disney Parks?
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Take 5: ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney Parks

posted on June 29th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Stars Shine Bright at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’

Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” set to hit theaters on July 3, rode into Disney California Adventure park last week for the world premiere event. Thousands of people came to the park to watch the stars from the film, including Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and even equine star Silver, arrive for the big event. Check out the posts below to get an inside look at the world premiere, as well as merchandise and a drink that are all themed to the film.

Take 5: ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney Parks

  1. Stars Shine Bright at Disney California Adventure Park for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ – Check out photos of Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and other stars at the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park.
  2. On the Red Carpet for World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park – See what the stars had to say on the red carpet during the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park.
  3. Silver Makes Special Appearance at World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park – Enjoy an interview with equine star Silver and his trainer at the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park.
  4. ‘The Lone Ranger’ Merchandise Rides into Locations at Disney Parks – “The Lone Ranger” rides into theaters on July 3, but our parks have the merchandise available for you today.
  5. Sip a ‘Lone Ranger’ Slush at Disney Parks to Celebrate Film Release July 3 – Celebrate the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” with a cool root beer slush in a souvenir boot at Disney Parks!
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Take 5: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

posted on June 22nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Iconic Photos of Walt Disney in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park! For the past few weeks, the Disney Parks Blog has giving readers special looks at the attraction, from after dark photos to an introduction to the Tiki gods and more. Read the posts below to find out how you can celebrate 50 years of this Audio-Animatronic attraction. What is your favorite thing about the iconic Enchanted Tiki Room?

Take 5: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

  1. Meet the Tiki Gods Outside Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park – In honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park tomorrow, we’re introducing you to the Tiki gods found just outside in the Enchanted Tiki Garden.
  2. Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park – The Tiki gods in the Enchanted Tiki Garden take on a new glow after dark outside Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park.
  3. A Look Back: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Debuts 50 Years Ago This Week at Disneyland Park – Get a new perspective on the iconic photos of Walt Disney with Jose inside the groundbreaking attraction.
  4. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event at the Disneyland Resort – Merchandise Update – Get the details for the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event, taking place June 28-29 at the Disneyland Resort.
  5. Announcing Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Wallpaper Winner! – The votes are in! Download this Disney Parks Blog wallpaper featuring the winning Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room artist sketch!
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Take 5: Celebrating Father’s Day with Disney Parks

posted on June 15th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Siamang Kenny and his twin daughters, Veruca and Violet at Disney's Animal Kingdom

With Father’s Day tomorrow, it’s time to show your dad just how important and appreciated he is. At Disney Parks, we’re honoring valued dads around the globe from a siamang with twin daughters to Walt Disney’s dad, Elias, to the Rafferty father-son duo, and more. Whether you’ll be celebrating this June 16 at Disney Parks or at home, read the posts below for tips and gift ideas that dad is sure to love. How are you going to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Share your plans in the comments below.

Take 5: Celebrating Father’s Day with Disney Parks

  1. Wildlife Wednesdays: Siamang with Twins is Father of the Year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates a siamang with twins as father of the year.
  2. Like Father, Like Son: Kevin Rafferty and Kevin Rafferty, Jr. – In honor of Father’s Day, here’s an interview with a father-son duo that helps create magic for Disney Parks.
  3. Surprise your Hero on Father’s Day – This Father’s Day, recognize the champion in your life and show dad how much you care with a one-of-a-kind gift from Disney Floral & Gifts.
  4. Making Time for Dad This Father’s Day at Disney Parks – Focus on timepieces for Dad this Father’s Day with these Disney Parks watches!
  5. Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Elias Disney – Our tour of the Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park continues with the original “Disney Dad” – Elias Disney.
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Take 5: Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 8th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Exploring the Queue at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Become part of Ariel’s world at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction dives beneath the sea to relive many of the famous scenes and musical numbers from “The Little Mermaid.” Read the posts below to find out how you can travel below the waves on an interactive and musical adventure of a lifetime. Have you been to Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid? Tell us your experience in the “comments” section below.

Take 5: Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. ‘The Little Mermaid’ Star Pat Carroll Visits Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World Resort – “The Little Mermaid” actress Pat Carroll shares what she loved about voicing Ursula in the film, what she thinks of the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction, and more.
  2. All in the Details: Exploring the Queue at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – Take a photo exploration of the external/internal queue area of Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.
  3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea History Is Celebrated at New Fantasyland Event – Did you know that the area occupied by the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction was formerly the location of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, an attraction that closed in 1994?
  4. New Merchandise Goes Under the Sea For New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – Steven Miller shares a look at the merchandise created for this musical attraction.
  5. A Floridian’s Top 10 for a Disney Summer: Discover Some Walt Disney World Resort Summer Favorites – Check out this list of the top ten activities and events happening this summer at Walt Disney World Resort, including a visit to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park to check out Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.
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Take 5: Summer in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 1st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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With its unparalleled grandeur and rich natural beauty, a cruise to Alaska is high on many people’s travel bucket lists. This summer, Disney Cruise Line is returning to Alaska, giving guests even more opportunities to explore this spectacular destination. Read the posts below to get a taste for some of the amazing experiences you can expect when you embark on a Disney cruise to Alaska.

Take 5: Summer in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

  1. Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska – Beginning this month, the Disney Wonder returns to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
  2. Top Five Reasons to Cruise with Disney to Alaska – Why should you cruise to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line? Here are five reasons.
  3. Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska – Arnaldo Zanonato shares shore excursions that have exclusive youth activities for the Disney Wonder’s summer season in Alaska.
  4. Discover Alaska’s Annette Island with Disney Cruise Line – One of Disney Cruise Line’s Port Adventures in Alaska explores Annette Island, Alaska’s only native reserve.
  5. Join Donald Duck and Pan for Gold in Skagway, Alaska, with Disney Cruise Line – Join Donald Duck and other Disney characters as they pan for gold in Alaska as part of summer Port Adventures with Disney Cruise Line.
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Take 5: Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 18th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The 'Star Wars' Weekends Logo for 2013 Features Mickey in the Forest Moon of Endor with Chip and Dale

The Force is strong at Walt Disney World Resort with the start of Star Wars Weekends yesterday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Join Star Wars celebrities and characters, check out Star Wars-inspired merchandise, try out the D-Tech Me experience, and more at the annual festival. Read the posts below to find out how you can visit a galaxy far, far away, now through June 9, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Take 5: Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  1. It’s (Not) a Trap! Countdown to Star Wars Weekends Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Get details as well as a list of scheduled celebrity appearances for this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  2. Star Wars – D-Tech Me Experience Returns to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starting May 17, 2013 – Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year for Star Wars Weekends!
  3. First Look at Star Wars Weekends 2013 Merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – “Preview this year’s Star Wars Weekends merchandise, including pins, coffee mugs, toys and more.
  4. New Disney Gift Cards Available During Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Disney Gift Cards will be offering a new unique Star Wars-themed design each week during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  5. Yummy Confection Goes to the ‘Dark Side’ for Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort – Try the new Darth Vader cupcake available during Star Wars Weekends at participating restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort!

Join the conversation online by using the hash tag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.

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Take 5: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Disney Parks

posted on May 11th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Book a Family Portrait Session with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video and Receive a Magical Mother’s Day Gift Proclamation

Mother’s day is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to show our appreciation. This May 12, honor mom with the royal treatment at one of the many Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort spas, give a magical gift from Disney Floral & Gifts, or more. Whether you’ll be celebrating the special day at Disney Parks or at home, read the posts below for tips, gift ideas, and dining options that mom is sure to love.

Take 5: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Disney Parks

  1. Give Mom a Magical Wish for Mother’s Day – This Mother’s Day, get Mom something special with the “A Magical Wish: Fulfill A Dream” gift package available from Disney Floral & Gifts.
  2. Relax, Rejuvenate & Unwind at Disney Resort Fitness Centers, Spas & Salons at Walt Disney World Resort – Get a little “me time” this Mother’s Day at Disney resort fitness centers, spas and salons at Walt Disney World Resort.
  3. A Magical Mother’s Day Disney Present Back by Popular Demand – The Family Portrait Session and gift certificate with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video is back by popular demand just in time for Mother’s Day!
  4. Delicious Ideas for Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort – Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day meal to remember at the Disneyland Resort.
  5. Happy Haven: Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Send Mom to the Mandara Spa, the happiest spot inside the Happiest Place on Earth.
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