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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Family Volunteer Day

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.

At Disneyland Resort, guests and Disney VoluntEARS made more than 5,000 snack packs for the Orange County Food Bank, wrote postcards to service men and women and built butterfly garden kits for after-school programs. VoluntEARS also spent time assembling food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.


Walt Disney World guests, cast and their families created 500 Clean the World toiletry kits for Families in Transition in Osceola County. Participants also wrote postcards for Operation Uplift and greeting cards for local children’s hospitals to bring extra smiles for the holiday season. The Disney Kids and Family Zone also stopped by to provide some healthy snacks, fun games and a photo area for even more lasting memories.


VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland refreshed a local campsite for the Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (PHAB). This is the first campsite in Hong Kong to promote inclusiveness and socialization among visitors, and the work of the VoluntEARS will help even more people to enjoy the space.


Tokyo Disney Resort cast members and their family joined hands with other community volunteers to clean the shoreline of their local Kasai Rinkai Park. VoluntEARS spent the day helping to preserve the park’s pristine nature for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to all the resort guests and Disney VoluntEARS who joined together for Family Volunteer Day. This is just one of many ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of hours every single year. Read more about how The Walt Disney Company participated in Family Volunteer Day on the Disney Post.

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New Year’s Celebrations at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The Year of the Monkey will be the celebratory theme for guests visiting Tokyo Disney Resort to ring in Oshogatsu (the new year). From January 1 to 5, the entrances to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will feature kadomatsu (traditional Japanese decorations), and King Louie and Monkeys in Tokyo Disneyland, and Abu at Tokyo DisneySea.


The New Year’s Greeting at Tokyo Disneyland is a twice daily parade, including Mickey and Minnie in kimono aboard the LiMOUSEine II. At Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey, Minnie and their Disney friends including Abu, will ride aboard a barge to share their New Year’s Greeting three times-a-day.

Souvenir keepsakes like a Japanese tea cup filled with a sesame mousse decorated with sweet black beans and chestnut cream will be decorated with designs of Mickey and Minnie in kimono, King Louie and Abu.

At what Disney Park will you celebrate akemashite omedeto gozaimasu (happy new year)?

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‘Frozen’ and Duffy Welcome Winter to Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Winter offerings at Tokyo Disney Resort may entice you to extend your stay overseas if you’re visiting over the holidays.

The “Frozen” sisters are also popular in Japan, where “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy” returns to Tokyo Disneyland on January 12 through March 18, and includes “Frozen Fantasy Parade” which includes Kristoff, Hans and the Trolls, and new floats. The castle show “Anna and Elsa’s Winter Greeting” invites younger guests to sing and dance along. The fun continues into the evening with “Once Upon a Time: Special Winter Edition” which includes scenes of the movie in Japanese. Also in Japanese, girls ages 11 and under will find out what it’s like to be a royalty with “Disney Princess: Welcome Little Princesses.”


Over at Tokyo DisneySea, Duffy is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut with a look back at his time with guests over the years in “Journeys with Duffy.” Duffy and ShellieMae host “Sweet Duffy,” featuring cute confections. A new show, “Come Join Your Friends” welcomes Duffy’s new friend, Gelatoni, to the Mediterranean Harbor.

For a different kind of thrill, Tower of Terror: Level 13 “Shadow of Shiriki”, a scarier version of the attraction adds an extra terrifying touch for guests.

So which experience are you most looking forward to – “Frozen,” Duffy or terror?

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Duffy the Disney Bear’s Best Friend ShellieMay Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I’m excited to announce that ShellieMay, Duffy the Disney Bear’s best friend, will be coming to Disney Parks this fall. You may recall we introduced plush and accessories for Duffy the Disney Bear in fall 2010. ShellieMay debuted at Tokyo Disney Resort a few years ago, and was later added to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in August 2014. She has been one of the most requested items from Duffy the Disney Bear fans at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in recent years.

As the story goes, ShellieMay was made by Minnie Mouse and filled her with joy so that Duffy would have a best friend by his side. We will introduce a 17-inch plush bear along with several costumes for dressing ShellieMay. Guests may also find a “My First ShellieMay” 12-inch plush bear.

Costumes will include fun things like a two-pack of costumes for dressing Duffy and ShellieMay as Cinderella and Prince Charming (please note this item will be arriving in late fall at Disney Parks). Other costumes will feature a deluxe Minnie Mouse costume or a deluxe pajama outfit.

Guests should look for several 12-inch pre-dressed plush including ShellieMay as a cheerleader and another with her enjoying a day at Disney Parks.

Finally, we are releasing a hardcover book that tells the story of ShellieMay along with a plush pillow. Both items will be perfect for bedtime stories. Look for ShellieMay items next to where Duffy the Disney Bear items are offered at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. Guests may also find select items on our Disney Parks online store or from the new Shop Disney Parks app that is available as a free download from your favorite app store.

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Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel To Open in 2016

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Earlier this week, plans were announced for a new hotel – Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – which is set to open at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016.


The hotel will be based on a new concept that is different from the resort’s existing hotels and will celebrate the magic and imagination of Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park in the guest rooms, the lobby and the courtyards. Guests staying in the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will be surrounded by the ambiance of their favorite Disney Park memories, and will inspire them to relive moments from their time spent in the theme parks and anticipate the fun awaiting them on the next day.

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.


With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.


The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.


What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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Christmas Offerings Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Planning a trip abroad this holiday season? This year, Tokyo Disney Resort will host a variety of must-see holiday offerings from November 9-December 25, at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, and the three Disney hotels.


At Tokyo Disneyland, families will be able to enjoy a “Christmas Fantasy” celebration that this year is themed to “Christmas Storybooks.” Guests will come upon Christmas scenes starring their favorite Disney characters as if they’ve jumped right out of a storybook. The new daytime parade, “Disney Christmas Stories,” will also bring to life pages from Disney Christmas storybooks. There will also be big pop-up storybooks and other decorations around the park that depict Disney characters celebrating the holidays.


Christmas Offerings Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort 'Colors of Christmas' Returning to Tokyo DisneySea This Holiday Season

Tokyo DisneySea will celebrate “Christmas Wishes” with a new entertainment offering called “A Perfect Christmas,” which will feature the Disney characters sharing their dreams of Christmas. The nighttime “Colors of Christmas” will also return this year with its fantastically shining Christmas trees floating on the harbor waters. A signature Christmas tree decorated with snow crystals will appear in front of the luxury ocean liner, S.S. Columbia, and the Cape Cod area will feature a tree decorated by Duffy, ShellieMay and Gelatoni.

After dark, the park will also come alive with “Snow Crystal Illumination” in Waterfront Park at American Waterfront and “Fiesta de la Luz,” (“festival of lights”) at the Lost River Delta.

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Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016

posted on August 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m excited to announce that the popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning to select merchandise locations.


The oversized calendar for 2016 will include posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world including Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month. The posters were printed on acid-free and lignin-free paper.

You may recall we first introduced attraction poster calendars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in fall 2013. That calendar was inspired by the highly recommended “Poster Art of Disney Parks” by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke as seen in this article. It also paved the way for several apparel items and home goods released in 2014. I’m beyond thrilled to see a new version complete with some of my favorite attractions including the WEDWay PeopleMover, Mickey Mouse Musical Revue and the festive Jingle Cruise in Adventureland.

This calendar (item number is 400009684599) will be found in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks, and will have a retail of $21.95. The calendar may be offered on our Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Which Disney Parks attraction poster is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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Celebrate Tanabata With New Beverages From Tokyo Dining in Epcot

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Today is Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival in Japanese culture. This holiday celebrates the one day of the year that two loves, Altair the Cowherd and Vega the Weaver, were allowed by the king to be together. The rest of the year they are separated by the Milky Way. In Japan, many festivals take place to celebrate Tanabata—in fact, Tokyo Disneyland celebrates the festival with a parade lead by Mickey and Minnie.

Today at Walt Disney World Resort, Tanabata is being celebrated in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Cast members wear traditional Kimono, and in the afternoon guests are invited to write their wishes on slips of colorful paper and place them on a bamboo tree in the Mitsukoshi department store. Continue the celebration at Tokyo Dining, where you can share a meal—and some drinks from the new beverage menu—with a loved one.


Recently, I had the chance to catch up with Garin Williamson, beverage manager for Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo, who walked me through the new beverage menu. With a focus on natural, fresh ingredients, these drinks have a distinct Japanese flair.

Shochu Squeeze from Tokyo Dining at Epcot Shochu Squeeze from Tokyo Dining at Epcot

For a “hands-on” experience, try the Shochu Squeeze: choose grapefruit, lemon or orange to hand-squeeze into a glass of clean, crisp shochu for the ultimate refreshment.

Junmai Sake Flight from Tokyo Dining at Epcot Sake from Tokyo Dining at Epcot

There are many ways to sample sake—choose from a new carafe or masu box—purposely overflowed to show generosity—or try the Junmai Sake Flight, a sampling of three premium sake: Junmai, Junmai Ginjyo, and Junmai Daiginjyo.


On a hot day, cool down with the Sake Mojito with sake, shochu, Japanese shiso herb and fresh mint, or go for something tropical like the Okinawa Beach with gold tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, sour mix and calpico. Tea lovers will enjoy the Green Tea Martini with honey-infused matcha tea and vodka.

Celebrate Tanabata today with your loved ones or next time you visit the Japan pavilion at Epcot. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Tokyo DisneySea Announces 15th Anniversary Plans

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just announced plans for Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th anniversary. The “Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes” celebration will kick off April 15, 2016, and run through March 17, 2017.


The celebration will focus on wishes and dreams, symbolized in the form of crystals which will decorate the park. As a part of the celebration, guests will be able to enjoy the new show “Crystal Wishes Journey,” at Mediterranean Harbor, in which Disney characters will share their own wishes in the show.

Also on the first day of the event, a new version of “Big Band Beat,” the popular show presented at the Broadway Music Theatre, will debut with new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006.

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