Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Sneak Peek: ‘Ratatouille the Adventure’ at Disneyland Paris

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


After nearly five years of work, Walt Disney Imagineering is putting the final touches on a first-of-its kind attraction at Disneyland Paris called Ratatouille the Adventure. When the attraction opens in July, it’ll celebrate the culture and architecture of France and feature new animation created especially to bring the characters to life.

Today, we’re sharing a first look at the Ratatouille the Adventure, where you’ll shrink down to experience a wonderful new world.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One year ago this month, we were looking back with fondness on a Disney Legend and looking ahead with excitement to new experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Let’s take a look at what we were working on April 2013 here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park
As we looked back on the life of Mousketeer and Disney Legend Annette Funicello, George shared these wonderful photos of her many visits to Disneyland.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Creating Some ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disneyland Park
Last April, we welcomed some long-lost Disney friends to Disneyland park as part of “Limited Time Magic.”
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Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?
One year ago this month, we were celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland and Jennifer shared the image above – which included a certain mystery character.
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park

Through a Photographer’s Lens: Waterfalls of Disneyland Resort
Last April, Paul shared these beautiful photos of Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure park.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014
Just one year ago this month, we announced the new Festival of Fantasy Parade coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Now, a year later, it is already amazing our park guests. Have you seen it yet?

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Pirates of the Caribbean
One year ago this month, we launched a new series – The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling – taking readers into the stories of some of their favorite Disney Parks attractions.

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How to Ride a Bicycle Built for Four with the Dapper Dans of Disneyland

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As I walked out onto Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park one day, I noticed the Dapper Dans preparing to embark on their own Main Street voyage aboard a bicycle built for four. What really caught my attention was how easy they made it look. How do four men ride one bicycle together? I had to know … so I asked them to show us!

Are you a Dapper Dans fan? Tell us your favorite tune in the comments!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This weekend, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30. It’s playing daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

And to kick off this special opportunity, we shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

And did you see our new Disney Parks Blog series? In coming days, we’ll be sharing stories featuring some of the original attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary.

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We began the series with a look at The Great Movie Ride. Housed inside a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s iconic Chinese Theater, the attraction offers a trip through movie history, starting with early black-and-white “talkies” and musicals to all-time classics like “Casablanca.” Check out Jennifer’s original story to learn more.

Here are some of the other stories we shared this week.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Milt Albright – Read this tribute to Disney Legend Milt Albright and his incredible 45 year career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park – Take a look at some of the special art created by Ray Brown and his team, who paint and sculpt ordinary eggs into extraordinary Disney characters.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Features Local Ingredients in Luscious New Desserts at ‘AMA ‘AMA – Chef Ron Viloria details some of the enticing desserts featured on his menu, and the native elements he brings to each dish.

Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Big at Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards – Eight restaurants at Disneyland Resort won a dozen awards! Click through to learn more.

Rave Reviews for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park – The “wildest ride in the wilderness” reopened on March 17, after extensive refurbishment. Watch some of our guest reactions here!

The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present – Take another look back at the history of the monorail in our regular series, this time with the Mark VI!

#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park – We’re continuing our regular series of firsts at Disney Parks, this time at the attraction inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It’s been one month since the “wildest ride in the wilderness” reopened after an extended refurbishment here at Disneyland park. Since then, our guests have been telling us how impressed they are with the improved track and new effects at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Today we’ve got a special look at these improvements as they took shape over the last year.

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VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for more than 30 years. I’ve spent more than half of that time working (or playing as I like to say) as a Disney cast member. I’m often asked by friends and family to help with planning vacations to Disney Parks. One topic that regularly comes up during conversations is around merchandise – What are the must-have items I should get during my visit? To help answer that question, I visited Magic Kingdom Park to highlight some of my favorite merchandise items in this short video.

The good news is that you can find many of the items I mentioned in the video on our Disney Parks online store in the “Vacation FUNdamentals” section.

Now it’s your turn. What are your must-have items when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Please share in the “Comments” below.

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#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Of all the firsts to experience at Disney Parks, rides on favorite attractions may be the most memorable. And for many guests, that special memory happens during a first spin in an oversized teacup at Mad Tea Party.

Today, we’re continuing our blog series of different firsts at Disney Parks at the attraction inspired by the Mad Hatter’s party sequence in Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.

We’re already working on the next story in this series. Let us know about what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.

For more #DisneyKids posts, check out the following links below:

‘Maleficent’ Sneak Peek Debuts in Disney Parks April 18

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning tomorrow, April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30.

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This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

The film stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the lead roles of Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, and tells the “untold” story of Maleficent and the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse upon the king’s newborn infant, Aurora. As she grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the conflict between a place she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.

To kick off this special opportunity, Walt Disney Studios just sent us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film to share with you. Enjoy!

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Top Five: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Videos from Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening later this spring, this week we thought we’d review some of the best video content we’ve shared so far around this attraction.

Just to review, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – but unlike Magic Kingdom Park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction, this new experience tells the tale from the dwarfs’ perspective. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster with a ‘38-inch height requirement, and will be the final attraction to debut in New Fantasyland as a part of the park’s multi-year New Fantasyland expansion.

Over the past few months, we’ve released several videos that offer looks inside the making of the attraction. Check out some of our favorites below.

  1. Check out a ride-through video of the attraction, which is shown side-by-side with an early CGI rendering that Imagineers used to help design the attraction’s track.

  2. Take a peek inside the attraction for a first look at the Dwarfs and the technology used to bring them to life.

  3. Yellow Shoes Creative Group shared this CGI video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  4. Take a look behind the scenes to see how Walt Disney Imagineering created ride vehicles for the attraction.

  5. Head onto the construction site with Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins to learn more about how Mine Train was constructed.

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Disneyland Resort Pin Trading Challenge

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you know, me, you know I’m always up for a challenge. So when my dear friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover challenged me to a Disney Parks Blog Pin Trading Challenge at Disneyland Resort, I said, “I’m in!”

What would the challenge entail? Erin and I headed into Disneyland Resort with rarely seen Disney Parks Blog pins in hopes that we could make some great trades with Disney fans and take part in some of the fun activities and trading opportunities available. You truly have to see this for yourself!

As you can tell, we had a lot of fun trading, and we only visited a handful of locations. There are so many more places you can go. Remember you can also trade with any cast member and other guests.

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  • Julius Katz & Sons
  • Radiator Springs Curios
  • Seaside Souvenirs
  • Tower Hotel Gifts

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I always say, Pin Trading is as easy as 1-2-3. There are just a few things to remember. Here are some guidelines on Disney Trading to help get you started. Tip: Keep an eye out for Hidden Mickey pins, generally found on Disneyland Resort cast member lanyards.

My own personal tip on trading: I always say trade for pins that mean something to you, whether it’s a favorite character, attraction or icon. Trade for things you love. Pin trading can be fun by yourself or with the entire family. It’s a great way to meet new friends, visit with old ones and share stories. Remember, Disney pins and trading are popular at many of our Disney Parks & Resorts.

Now, back to business, the competition is still on and we need your help! Both Erin and I are convinced we each have the best pins on our lanyard, so share your comments with us and let us know who you think has the better pins.

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