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Young Super Hero Celebrates Life At runDisney Diaper Dash

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

Even before taking the start line during Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, 11-month-old Nolan Wyatt from Rochester, WA, had already taken on a race and won.


That’s right, the runDisney Diaper Dash was not Nolan’s first race, his first race was one for survival. Having difficulties breathing at birth, it was quickly diagnosed that Nolan was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), a hole in the diaphragm that allowed internal organs to enter the chest cavity and prevent normal lung development. Within hours, Nolan was flown by medical helicopter to Seattle Children’s Hospital where he underwent life saving surgery.

After months of recovery it was time for this little super hero who fought through so much in his young life to celebrate with his parents, and what better way than to runDisney, or should we say crawlDisney.

“Nolan’s crawling the Diaper Dash to show how much he has overcome in his first year of life,” said Julie Wyatt, Nolan’s mother. “Just to show what he is capable of and to celebrate his life.”


After hours of training, dressed in his Captain America outfit, and cheered on by family and Captain America himself, Nolan was ready to ‘start’ a new chapter in life.

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Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Earlier this year, we asked you to help us get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing your favorite Disneyland memory from the past 60 years through Twitter and Instagram. The top entries were presented here on the Disney Parks Blog and you – the fans – chose the top photo from each decade. Then, you stepped in once again to select the top photo overall and today I am excited to announce our winner! Take a look at the video below for a recap of all our finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner! They have won a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, @Disneyland on Twitter and as we draw even closer to our 60th anniversary celebration next year.

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Room with a View: ‘Safari View’ Suite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Last month, Thomas Smith kicked off a new series on the Disney Parks Blog we’re calling “Room with A View.” It’s a fun way to take a peek inside some Disney resorts that offer amazing views of Walt Disney World Resort.

Today, I want to take you into another favorite view – the savannah room on the second floor of the Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

From the savannah room, you can see African animals and tropical birds on the nearby savannah. There’s actually 30 species of African wildlife including giraffe, zebra and greater kudu that roam right before your eyes.

It’s so serene and exotic – unlike any other resort in Orlando. And the view inside this room is pretty amazing too. It feels authentic and captures the artistry of African craftsmanship with hand-carved woodwork and rich colors woven in textured fabrics.


You can book this room now at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. To find prices and availability, visit our page.

There are so many views to share with you so stay tuned to the next resort we showcase in our Disney Parks Blog Room with a View series.

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Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw another one of the stars from the new film “Big Hero 6.”

Grab a pencil and paper and let Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios give you step-by-step directions on how to draw Hiro from the film.

For more animation tutorials, visit the links below:

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Find Hidden Surprises At This Year’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Talking a walk through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become a family tradition for many Disney Parks guests – including my own family.

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This year’s display of millions of twinkle lights may feature a spinning carousel of angels, bright toy soldiers, and Santa and his reindeer – but if you look closer, it also features plenty of hidden surprises, such as specific nods to Disney films and television shows, as well as 80 hidden Mickeys!

We recently stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios after hours for a behind-the-scenes tour with Show Director John Phelan, as he gave us some hints on what to look for. Check out the video below and get ready for your next trip!

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Listen As Epcot’s Mariachi Cobre Plays An Amazing ‘Silent Night’

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Holidays Around the World has brought Epcot’s World Showcase alive with holiday cheer and fun seasonal entertainment.

We recently stopped by the Mexico Pavilion to catch a performance by Mariachi Cobre, the band who plays folk music of Jalisco, Mexico, for guests. This time of year, they’ve added several Christmas carols into their repertoire. Check out the video below for their performance of “Silent Night.”

Holidays Around the World at Epcot will run through December 30.

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A Shopper’s Guide to Holiday Gifts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Are you puzzled about what to get your friends and family this holiday season? I stopped by some of our Disneyland Resort locations to see what’s in-store and to find out what’s made the top of the list from some of our resident experts.

What’s on your holiday list?

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Video: A First Look at the New Events on Very Merrytime Cruises

posted on December 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

This year’s Very Merrytime Cruises have been sailing for a month now, and from the #DCLHolidays photos you’ve been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it’s clear you’re having a magical time on these special holiday voyages!

Last week, we caught up with Cruise Director Clayton on the Disney Fantasy, so he could tell us all about what to expect when sailing with Disney during the holidays. Take a look at the video, and let us know in the comments your favorite part of celebrating the holiday season on a Disney cruise.

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Soldier Fulfills Daughter’s Wish At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

One year ago 9-year-old Adisen Kallas made a wish with her family in front of Cinderella Castle. She wished that her dad, Navy SEABEE UT1 Scott Kallas, would return from deployment in Afghanistan in time to watch her dance at the 2014 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. At that time Scott was preparing for his fifth military deployment.

Well Adisen, wishes do come true.

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What happened on Saturday after Adisen and the Mighty Might Tri Town Raiderettes dance team from Schererville, IN, performed was nothing short of magical. It is a moment you will want to watch for yourself.

Welcome home Scott Kallas. Thank you for serving our country and showing all of us that wishes do come true.

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Mapping Out the Holidays: Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Recently, I shared a video highlighting the holidays at Disneyland park. For this video, a map was created to feature festivities at Disney California Adventure park.

What is your favorite highlight of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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