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Disney Vacation Club Goes Wild About Goofy

posted on May 29th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from Skagway, Alaska, gateway to the Klondike!

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Today marks Day 4 of our first Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise to Alaska, and things are starting to get really Goofy here on the Disney Wonder. I’m joined by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, the longtime voice of Goofy and one of the many special performers and presenters who are helping make this voyage unlike any other.

Bill recently earned a prestigious Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting for a Television Production – one of several Annie Awards garnered by the contemporary animated shorts that have returned Mickey Mouse, Goofy and other familiar characters to their squashing, stretching, comedic roots. We’re screening some of Bill’s favorite shorts during our voyage, including “Goofy’s Grandma,” the title that earned Bill his Annie.

I asked Bill to share a few insights with our friends here on the Disney Parks Blog, and he does just that in the video below. I’ve also included the “Goofy’s Grandma” short in its entirety so you can hear Bill’s award-winning performance for yourself.

I’ll be back in touch again before our voyage ends, but I need to run to get Bill back to the buffet. You wouldn’t like him when he’s hungry.

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Learn to Draw Fred From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw another member of the “Big Hero 6” team – it’s Fred, the fun-loving, comic-book aficionado of the group.

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Grab a pencil and paper and let Animation Academy’s Don Shane give you step-by-step instructions.

Want to learn how to draw Baymax or Hiro from the film? Or another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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‘Teen Beach 2: Beach Party’ Brings Summer Fun to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As a part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be celebrating the upcoming release of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach 2” with a daily “Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.”

Disney Channel Film “Teen Beach 2” Stars Kick Off New “Teen Beach 2:" Beach Party at Walt Disney World Resort

The party, which takes place on the shore of the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, features a DJ spinning retro tunes, beach-themed games, hula hoop contests and more. Parties will be held through July 5.

If you plan to visit, keep this in mind – when guests purchase a one-day water park ticket, they can park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.

“Teen Beach 2″ premieres on Disney Channel on June 26th.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy #Disney24, ‘Tomorrowland’ Screening

posted on May 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off the Coolest Summer Ever here at Walt Disney World Resort last Friday by holding a special event for 500 of our readers, which included breakfast at Magic Kingdom Park and a special opening-day screening of the new film, “Tomorrowland.”

PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening

During the event, our guests had a private breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and participated in a exclusive photo op featuring a jet pack and suit used in production of the film. They were then shuttled to AMC Downtown Disney 24 for a private screening of the film. Afterwards, our guests were made honorary Tomorrowland recruiters and were sent back to Magic Kingdom Park with special Tomorrowland pins to give away.

Check out the video above for a look inside the event.

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Disney Vacation Club Sails Onward to Alaska

posted on May 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


My workplace looks a little different today. There are pine trees on the horizon instead of palms, I’m surrounded by water that appears oddly void of reptiles, and a curious number of people have cloaked themselves in some kind of woven, long-sleeved alternative to shirts called “sweaters.” Weird, but fun.

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Clearly, I’m not in Florida anymore. I’m in Canada. Or at least I was yesterday. I’m not sure exactly where I am today, but I know I’m somewhere between the port of Vancouver and the Tracy Arm Fjord, sailing with Disney Vacation Club Members aboard the Disney Wonder on our first Member Cruise to Alaska!

Always my favorite business trip and long a highlight on many Members’ vacation calendars, a Member Cruise is a Disney Vacation Club charter voyage that enhances the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, unique in-room gifts and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences for Members and their guests. This year’s entertainment lineup is as wild as our Alaskan itinerary (a dramatic departure from our traditional Bahamian Member Cruise itineraries), featuring everyone from contemporary filmmakers to dynamic stage and screen stars to insightful authors and historians.

Part of the fun of the Member Cruise experience is the surprise reveal of our lineup as we sail out of port. For this year’s epic voyage, we introduced our entertainment lineup with an epic movie trailer. I actually voiced the trailer’s “scratch track” before we hired a professional actor, and I now understand why those temporary recordings are called “scratch” tracks. Listening to my voice describe the lineup made me want to scratch my ears off. Fortunately, the final cut I now share with you kept me safely away from the microphone. You’re welcome.

I’ll check back later in the voyage to introduce you to some of our special guests. In the meantime, I’m off to see a presentation about bears. Maybe I’ll meet Kenai. Or Koda. Or Ditka!

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Disney Infinity Community Builds Disneyland Toy Box in Honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on May 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Want to explore the Disneyland Resort in a whole new way? Leap into the world of Disney Infinity and play with the new Disneyland Toy Box! Just launched along with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Toy Box was created by the Disney Infinity community. Players have been designing attractions for the game over the past few months, and many even teamed up to create the best attractions possible. Now the winning designs are available to download!

Take a look!

The complete Disneyland Toy Box includes:

The Disneyland Toy Box has given fans a chance to show their love for the Disneyland Resort across the globe, and it gives you a chance to extend your Disneyland experience into your home. You can download the complete toy box here.

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24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks

posted on May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This weekend, we kicked off summer with 24 straight hours of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And during our live blog coverage from both coasts, we shared nearly 50 stories beginning with the official start to the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World and then continuing with coverage from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights.

During the 24 hours, many of you watched the experiences on our live video feeds and showed off your Disney Side with some amazing costumes.

Now, it’s time to look forward to all of the summer experiences at Disney Parks.

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

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun – It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. Thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park – The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening – The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.

Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the team worked together to bring Harambe Market to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New Construction Milestone as Golden Spire Tops Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated a major construction milestone this week with the topping out of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite! – Enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover!

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Get Set to Watch Disney Parks Nighttime Entertainment – Live!

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

The sun is setting here at Magic Kingdom Park which only means the fun is heating up! We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you some very special opportunities tonight – the ability to enjoy our park’s amazing nighttime entertainment live from your desktop or mobile devices.

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Get ready for tonight’s line up:

To peek in on the fun, visit this link and adjust your speakers. And be sure to tell us – where are you watching from?

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Photo Gallery: 12 Hours of Fun, Food at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

We’ve officially reached our midpoint of the Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour kickoff event. So far we’ve seen a ton of guests showing off their #DisneySide in some pretty amazing costumes, tagged along while Nate snacked his way through the park (he’s finally finished, by the way), and Steven is continuing his mountain challenge at the park. We also hosted a Disney Parks Blog reader event that included breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s and a screening of “Tomorrowland.”

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Check out the video and photo gallery above for a look some of the best costumes we’ve seen so far during the event. (Thanks to David Roark and Matt Stroshane for the awesome shots!)

Disney Channel and Disney XD Stars Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Channel stars also stopped by to join in on the fun.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog tonight. Our live streams are still going strong and we can’t wait to share tonight’s entertainment with you – live!

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‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests tonight, and last night they premiered in special performances for invited fans and media. Both all-new for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, they bring never-before-seen immersive technologies that light up the night and surround guests with stunning color and surprising special effects.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger kicked off the premiere performances last night with a special welcome on Main Street, U.S.A.

“Few companies have both a legendary past as well as a limitless future,” Iger said. “But we had the great fortune to be founded with a spirit of creativity and innovation – one that continues to define this phenomenal company, allowing us to keep moving forward to meet the future without ever losing sight of who we are and where it all started. It’s a true honor to usher in the celebration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Anniversary as we celebrate the triumph of imagination in a place where dreams really do come true.”

Take a look back at this special event in the videos below.

Don’t miss “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, now showing nightly at Disneyland park during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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