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A Family Point of View: Fun Together on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

The opportunity for families to play together is one of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart. From exhilarating rides on the AquaDuck water coaster, to carefree dancing at the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, there are countless ways for parents and kids to have fun as a family. In this video, get a first-person point of view from the Ortega family as they discover some of the excitement of a Disney cruise.

Stay tuned to see the Ortega family’s adventures at our private island paradise, Castaway Cay!

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30. You will find the items seen in the video and much more at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot. The Festival Center, located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions, will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the event.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at merchandise created especially for this event.

For more from the “Unboxed” series, visit the posts below:

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Peyton Manning Celebrates Super Bowl Victory at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


How did Peyton Manning celebrate his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory today? He went to Disneyland! Following the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Peyton – joined by his children, Mosley and Marshall – celebrated with fans today at the Happiest Place on Earth with a parade Monday down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Take a look!

Congratulations to Super Bowl 50 champions Denver Broncos!

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Celebrating 15 Years of Magical Moments at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

On this day 15 years ago, Disney California Adventure park opened its gates for the first time. To celebrate, I’ve highlighted some the most magical moments we captured on video. I have been fortunate enough to participate in of most of these moments, from the Grand Opening in 2001 to the opening of Cars Land in 2012, and more. If I had to pick a favorite, I really enjoyed the opening ceremony for Toy Story Midway Mania! Seeing the Green Army Men parachuting through the sky was really spectacular!

What is your favorite Disney California Adventure park memory?

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VIDEO: Join the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration is going on now at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, through February 8. The event celebrates time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, inviting citizens of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. Join Mulan and Mushu, along with friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, February 5-8, from 11 am – 5 pm each day!

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Kids Remember AquaDuck on Their Disney Cruise

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

How do you describe the AquaDuck to friends and family who’ve yet to go on a Disney cruise? Here are some ideas from adorable cruise experts!

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Albert the Monkey

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re continuing our exclusive series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials and our first how-to video of 2016 features a favorite character from Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland Park – Albert the Monkey.

Disney Parks Blog reader and fan Mike Kravanis designed his latest bento box during a visit to the China Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. To create Albert, Mike used a few salmon salad and rice filled inari pouches and added them to a bed of kale. Radishes and olives were also combined to make Albert’s eyes.

And to complete the bento box, tomato and yellow carrots were used to make a lantern. Check out the video for step-by-step instructions.

Also, keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more Disney-inspired bento box tutorials in upcoming weeks.

For more from our “Disney Parks Bento Box Magic” series, visit the posts below:

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#DisneyFamilia: Let’s Pack for Your Trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Last week we introduced a new video series with blogger and Hispana Global co-founder, Jeannette Kaplun, which started with tips on how to plan your vacaciones with the familia.

In this week’s video, Jeannette shares what you need to bring on your trip to Walt Disney World Resort. From comfortable clothing and ponchos, to cameras and Mickey ears, packing for your vacación should be very simple.

See Jeannette’s must pack items and add them to your own list.

Do you have other Disney essential packing tips?

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Grammy-Winning Pentatonix Star Makes Surprise Visit at Disney Performing Arts Workshop

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

If you don’t believe magical things happen at Walt Disney World Resort, just ask the Lewisburg Area High School Choir.

The high school choir from Pennsylvania was at Walt Disney World Resort recently taking part in Disney Performing Arts at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort when they got a surprise visitor. Acclaimed beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, from the Grammy-winning vocal group Pentatonix, dropped in on the unsuspecting students, giving them an especially “upbeat” musical experience.


Greeted by smiles and cheers of excitement, Olusola joined the Disney Performing Arts students as they took part in “Disney Sings,” a musical workshop that gives students the opportunity to work with a professional Disney vocalist and record a favorite Disney song. In addition to sharing his incredible beatboxing talent, Olusola offered helpful advice from his experiences as a musician and member of Pentatonix.


Winners of Season 3 of the television singing competition “The Sing-Off,” the platinum-selling recording ensemble Pentatonix has sold more than two million albums in the U.S. and received over 905 million views on their YouTube channel. The group received its first Grammy Award in February 2015 for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and A Cappella.

Each year thousands of students participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. For more information about Disney Performing Arts, please visit

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Valentine’s DIY: Make Disney Bride & Groom Candy Apples from Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Walt Disney World Resort’s candy shops offer a wide range of treats that are as delightful for the eye as they are for the tummy. We’ve previously shared tutorials on how you can recreate some of their bestselling items right in your own home, including Minnie Witch Candy Apples, Olaf Marshmallow Treats and more.


This month we’re back with a look at candy apples that make perfect surprises for lovebirds – the Mickey Groom and Minnie Bride Apples. Here’s a fun fact: while you may not normally see these designs stocking the shelves at our candy shops, guests can ask to have a Mickey Groom or Minnie Bride Apple made for them right on the spot! What a way to celebrate an engagement, wedding or honeymoon.

Check out the tutorial above, in which Candy Cauldron Confectioner Bryanna gives us step-by-step directions on bringing this sweet duo to life.

See the posts below for more DIY projects:

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