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Behind the Scenes: Creating ‘Frozen’ Fireworks for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


For many families, a highlight of a Walt Disney World vacation is ending a day at a park by watching one of our amazing nighttime fireworks spectaculars. “Frozen Fireworks” just debuted this month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to feature characters from the film, fireworks, favorite “Frozen” songs and even a snow flurry.

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Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team designed this year’s “Frozen”-themed fireworks spectacular.

Frozen Summer Fun offerings, including fireworks, will run through September 7, 2015. For more details on Frozen Summer Fun offerings that you can’t miss, be sure to visit Shawn’s previous blog post.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:

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Learn to Draw Anger from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” just hit theaters a few days ago, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios area already having fun learning how to draw the film’s colorful cast of characters at the Animation Academy.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “Inside Out” takes a look at the life of a girl named Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Anger, a member of the team who is passionate, fiery and quick to react.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is now underway and already guests are enjoying all that it has to offer – from dazzling decor to amazing new nighttime spectaculars. Let’s take a closer look with some of the videos we have been sharing here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Go behind the scenes to see how the new “Paint the Night” parade pays tribute to the classic Main Street Electrical Parade.

Have you seen the new Main Street Enchanted Windows? Find out how they were created in this video.

Sixty new coin presses have been added throughout the Disneyland Resort! Go behind the scenes in the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop to see them built in this video.

Even Sleeping Beauty Castle is sparkling for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! This video shows you how the dazzling decor was done.

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Your Emotions Can’t Wait to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Vacationing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, can be an emotional experience – just ask the voices inside your head from the Disney•Pixar film, “Inside Out.” In celebration of the newly released movie, our friends at Pixar and Walt Disney Studios show us what activities bring the most joy to your ‘ohana at Aulani. I’m pretty sure the only time you’ll feel any sadness is when your visit to Aulani is about to come to an end …

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 21st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Happy Father’s Day from the Disney Park Blog. This week, we shared a slew of updates and stories, including a first look at the royal return of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The summer-long special event is bringing a full day of “Frozen” fun from park open to park close through September 7, 2015. Check our original story for more details.

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And our celebration of Disney•Pixar’s original film “Inside Out” began this week at Disney California Adventure park with special, pre-parade appearances by the movie’s main characters, the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

The “Inside Out” pre-parade continues daily all summer long. Check out another image and more information in Shawn’s original story.

A Closer Look at New Main Street Enchanted Windows at Disneyland Park – Two of the six new Main Street Enchanted Windows set to debut during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration have opened!

Adventure is Out There at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! – One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. Click through to learn more about our island excursions.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Merchandise Continues to Dazzle – You may want to put on your sunglasses, because if you are looking for some serious sparkle, check out the black and white embedded ear hat!

QUIZ: Are You a Jungle Cruise Expert? – The Jungle Cruise is a fan-favorite attraction at Disney Parks around the world. How well do you know the attraction at Walt Disney World Resort?

Summer Sounds Inspired by the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Now on Pandora – Experience the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration at home this summer with the new Disneyland 60th Anniversary Summer Sounds station on Pandora!

Look Ahead to New Merchandise Coming to Disney Parks Later in 2015 – As summer begins at Disney Parks, take a sneak peek of items coming later this year!

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Enjoy ‘Inside Out’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, the Disney Parks Blog team met up with more than 1,000 of our readers for a special screening and celebration around the new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out,” which hits theaters June 19.

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The group was treated to an advanced screening of the film, which tells the story of a young girl named Riley and the Emotions that guide her. Based in Headquarters, the control center of Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Our readers were also surprised with an exclusive character greeting with Joy and Sadness from the the film, as well as other fun photo ops.

For a full look inside the event, check out the video above. You can also follow Disney Parks Blog on Instagram for a look inside all of our meet-up events.

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A Peek Inside a Room with A View at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


As part of the Disney Parks Blog ongoing “Room with A View” series, I want to take you to an island paradise where swaying palms and gentle breezes lead to new accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As part of the re-imagination of the iconic resort, 360 new Disney Vacation Club Studios reveal a tropical motif with spacious accommodations – and wow, what a view! Let’s go to the third floor of the Moorea longhouse inside room 3020 and take a peek.

When I opened the door to this Deluxe Studio, I was drawn to an outdoor patio that extends the entire width of the room. The third floor lookout offered a panoramic view with so much to take in. To the right you see the monorail whizzing by and ferry boats sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon. Look left and there’s the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in all its splendor. And straight ahead, beyond the luxurious Bora Bora Bungalows Magic Kingdom Park with Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle beckoning you to their magical lands. It’s a great view any time of day but especially as night falls and “Wishes” fireworks light up the sky.

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But if you sharpen your lens there are “close-up” shots you might miss such as torch-lit paths, lush landscapes, gentle waves. I watched as a family of ducks waddled to the sandy beach and waterway they call home. It’s more than just a pretty picture – it stirs something within. Memories of my very first Disney resort stay come flooding back each time I visit. And despite its recent reimagining, there’s a familiarity here that makes you feel like you’re home. It’s no wonder families are drawn back to this beloved resort time and time again.

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The new Studios have a ton of space (actually the largest Studios in the Disney Vacation Club portfolio) plus ample storage with under-the-bed drawers and a table that doubles as a storage chest. Rooms have a crisp yet playful décor with vibrant colors, ornate carvings and rich textures. I loved the tiki man lamp perched on a bed of rock lava and the colorful artwork. Studios sleep five with one queen bed, a queen-size pull-out bed and a pull-down bed. A kitchenette with coffee-maker, mini-fridge, a small sink, toaster and microwave all come in handy. The bathroom layout is practical for families, too. There’s a private sink and shower space, plus a separate area with tub, toilet and sink. It’s great if you have teenagers who need their space. And this resort is the first to have connecting Deluxe Studios.

So journey with me to this carefree oasis in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy a photo tour of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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VIDEO: Frozen Summer Fun Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The royal sisters have returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Anna and Elsa – accompanied by friends Olaf and Kristoff –

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As a reminder, here’s the “Frozen” fun that’s in store through September 7, 2015:

Frozen Royal Welcome – Watch Arendelle’s royal procession through the park, this year with Olaf in tow! Elsa also makes an appearance on her new ice palace float!

Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new stage show features Olaf and friends having a little fun “In Summer.” And as temperature rises, Olaf shares a burst from his own snow cloud to cool things down.

“Frozen Fever” – The ABC Sound Studio is offering special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This year the show has moved to the Hyperion Theater, where you’ll discover all-new in-theater effects and appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

“Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, our “Frozen” friends return to the stage for a grand finale to kick off a fireworks display set to the beloved music of “Frozen.”

Will you head out to the park for some Frozen Summer Fun this year? Let us know in the comments.

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VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Lights Up the Night

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just a few weeks into the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and already our new,
dazzling nighttime spectaculars are hits with our guests. From the amazing “Paint the Night” parade to the Diamond-edition return of the fan-favorite, Mad T Party, the celebration is lighting up the night throughout the Disneyland Resort. Take a look!

What has been your favorite part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration so far? Tell us in the comments!

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