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Join the Story with ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The struggle between the folks of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge has been unfolding in “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” for a few weeks now in Disneyland park, so my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Tyler Slater, and I recently headed out to join the story ourselves. As Eagle Eye Erin, I was drawn toward the exciting people of Rainbow Ridge, but my more kind-hearted counterpart, Two Bit Tyler, joined the side of Frontierland. And he accused me of spyin’ – if you can believe it! See for yourself …

Rainbow Ridge, the gold town that sits in the shadows of Big Thunder Mountain, has begun to dry up. The way the folks of Rainbow Ridge see it, why go west and build a whole new town when there is a perfectly good town right here in Frontierland? The goal of “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” is to buy land for your town – keep it for Frontierland or snag it up for Rainbow Ridge. You do this with “bits” and you earn bits by picking up jobs in town or making it on your own. The citizens with the most land at the end of the day win the town!

Have you joined “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” at Disneyland park? What is your story? Tell us in the comments, and support your townsfolk with the hashtags #MyFrontierland and #MyRainbowRidge!

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MyMagic+: 3-D Flyovers of Resorts Added to My Disney Experience

posted on July 25th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve been following our MyMagic+ updates, then you know My Disney Experience is the key to personalizing your visit. It’s one of several MyMagic+ benefits and tools now available to guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

Recently, the team working on My Disney Experience added some new features, including amazing flyovers of our resorts that we wanted to share with readers.

The 3-D modeling and a “camera view” from inside the animation gives you a great perspective – from birds eye to 360-degrees – at resort features (pools, recreation, monorail, amenities) and proximity to our parks.

Ken Oelerich, a design director on the project, was able to layer creative over Walt Disney World Resort maps and create a 3-D environment with the unique “camera” view. Ken says the team was not limited by where a helicopter could fly to bring the resorts to life for My Disney Experience.

Currently, the new flyovers are for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with Disney’s Polynesian Resort coming soon. Go see the flyovers and other new features at My Disney Experience.

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Santa’s Summer Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Ho, ho, ho! If you’re following @DisneyCruise on Twitter, you probably saw Santa Claus was spotted onboard this summer. What may have surprised you is what he was doing…

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But even this jolly man needs time away to recharge! His visit brought a smile to lots of faces, including some of your favorite Disney pals. We managed to capture a little of his fun on video, so sit back and enjoy this exclusive look at Santa’s summer vacation on a Disney cruise

Even if you missed Santa this summer, you have plenty of chances to hang out with him onboard this winter. Starting in early November, he’s visiting each of our ships for our Very Merrytime Cruises through the end of December. We’ll be sharing more details on these cruises soon, but in the meantime, you can learn about them on our website at this link and on Twitter with #DCLHolidays.

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Soccer is the Game, Developing Leaders is the Game Plan – Celebrating at Disney Cup International

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


“At the end of the day they don’t remember the scores….. I want them to remember the experience, I want them to remember the feeling.” With that belief at the center of his coaching, Steven Horwood of the Ajax Football Club from Ontario, Canada, has led his team to victory both on and off the pitch. The majority of his team has played together since they were 8-years-old, and now playing in their final season together, Horwood thought the Disney Cup International, Presented by AS Roma was the right thing to do for all they have accomplished.

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Ajax Football Club was one of 239 teams, more than 3,500 players, representing 18 countries, to play in the tournament. Teams from Canada, South America, Aruba and as far away as Australia came to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to test their skill against international competition.

But before stepping on the plane to come to Disney, before the kick-off whistle blew for their first game, Ajax FC was already a winner when it came to international sportsmanship.

For more than seven years these young women have volunteered more than 3,000 hours in their community helping others. The most notable program has them literally giving away the jerseys off their backs. Through the SOS Children’s Village program the team donates jerseys and soccer equipment to kids in Ghana, Africa. To date they have donated more than 300 uniforms, and expect to send another 200 after the tournament at Disney, as well as some other Disney keepsakes.

“Soccer is the sport but we really wanted to make them community leaders,” said coach Horwood. Helping fellow teammates in Africa is rewarding and raises their awareness of the world around them. Recently the girls received photographs of kids in Africa wearing their jerseys and playing with their equipment. “Growing up soccer has been kind of a lifestyle for me, something I really enjoy, giving the chance to give other kids in Africa the chance to play is fulfilling,” said Ajax FC defensive back Lauren Pugh.

On behalf of everyone at Disney Soccer and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, I want to congratulate Ajax FC for their hard work on and off the pitch. Win or lose, we celebrate the fact you have all scored one of the most important goals of your lives.

For more information on Disney Cup International and other Disney Soccer events, visit espnwwos.com.

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch ‘Magical’ Fireworks Spectacular

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Last summer, my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, shared some of the best places to enjoy “Magical” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland park. Today, we continue the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series with a video of the top 5 locations to catch the show this summer.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy “Magical”? I prefer the center of Main Street, U.S.A., between Refreshment Corner and Main Street Photo Supply Co. Leave your answer in the comments below!


For more from the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series, check out the posts below:

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‘Scandal’ Actor Joe Morton Visits Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of ABC’s “Scandal”?

Actor Joe Morton, who plays the mysterious “Papa Pope” on the show, recently stopped by the Walt Disney World Resort to narrate a performance of “The Lion King: Concert in the Wild” during Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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During his visit, Joe, who is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for his role on the show, shared with us what he and his family love about Disney Parks. Be sure to check out the video below.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin in spring 2015, celebrating 60 magical years of the Disneyland Resort. As part of the celebration, you’re invited to enter a new contest.

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the Past (Almost) 60 Years

You’re invited to share your favorite memories with photos taken throughout the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – for a chance to win a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize or the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Check out Erin’s original story to learn how it works.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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And this week, we also shared a special D-Tech on Demand video showing how rapid printing technology has been combined with great artwork to create personalized electronic accessories for guests at Disney Parks. Steven talked with merchandiser Kevin-Michael Lezotte to learn how D-Tech on Demand works.

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

A Look Back at July 20, 1969: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Watched Live at Disneyland Park – See some images of the the moon landing being watched live, and two members of the remarkable Apollo 11 crew being welcomed to Disneyland park.

Splash Mountain Celebrates 25 Years of Splashdowns at Disneyland Park – Take a look back at the opening day of Splash Mountain with this special video.

First Look at the New Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees – See some of the decorations on deck for inaugural Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream!

Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Photo Mat – Learn how to make quick and easy photo mats using Disneyland Resort tickets and guide maps.

A Peek Inside ‘Frozen Fireworks’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – See what guests – and even some of the creators of the show – think of this new nighttime spectacular!

Summer Nights to Savor: Epcot Presents a Nighttime Transformation – Read about some of the evening activities available at Epcot this summer.

VIDEO: Celebrating 59 Years of Magic at the Disneyland Resort – Watch as Fifty-nine Disney characters wished Disneyland a happy birthday at Main Street Train Station.

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Splash Mountain Celebrates 25 Years of Splashdowns at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


On July 17, 1989, a new attraction opened to guests in Critter Country at Disneyland park — one that made a big splash. That attraction was Splash Mountain, a log ride that remains a guest favorite today. It stands 87 feet tall and drops guests five stories at a 45-degree angle. The attraction is a journey through scenes, featuring the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear, and ends with a thrilling splashdown. That’s the best part! No worries if you shut your eyes. A photo snaps a shot of guests reacting the moment they drop. If you don’t have a photo from splashdown with your face frozen in sheer elation, then it’s time to visit the Disneyland Resort. Trust me, it’s an experience you’ll always remember. Here’s a look back at opening day. Enjoy!

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Showing My Disney Side Using Rapid Printing Technology at D-Tech on Demand in Marketplace Co-Op

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


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For the past few months, I’ve been sharing many details about my favorite new shopping destination at Walt Disney World Resort – the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Containing six different boutiques, this location serves as our testing space for new products, retail concepts and guest experiences. I think my favorite boutique inside the shop is D-Tech on Demand as it combines rapid printing technology with great artwork to create personalized electronic accessories for guests. I recently spoke with merchandiser Kevin-Michael Lezotte to get the inside scoop on how D-Tech on Demand works.

Currently, we offer cases for the following phones – iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy S4.

I loved watching how quickly cases are printed as the team can print several cases at one time. The printer uses UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time. As soon as my case was finished, I covered my mobile phone.

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Kevin-Michael shared that it’s easy to add additional designs to the D-Tech on Demand system. We recently introduced 12 new designs featuring characters from Disney’s “Frozen.” Four of those designs are only found at the Marketplace Co-Op as seen in the image above.

Fans of Disney Villains, Donald Duck, Pluto, Figment, or Chip and Dale should look for additional artwork being added to the location later this summer.

I would love to see which case you select. Use #DisneySide if you share an image of your phone case on a social network like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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VIDEO: Celebrating 59 Years of Magic at the Disneyland Resort

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This morning, we celebrated the 59th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, with a special peek at next year’s Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration beginning spring 2015. Fifty-nine Disney characters joined us at the Main Street Train Station to wish Disneyland a happy birthday. Take a look at today’s festivities:

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