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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction.

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As you know, we’ve been sharing wonderful renditions of the attraction’s unforgettable song from around the world during the last few weeks. Part of this week’s celebration was featured live on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”

The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

And this week, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction will feature some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

In our “All in the Details” series, we also released a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction, too. Check it out in Jennifer’s series.

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

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Traditional Leis – Learn about the warm Hawaiian greeting guests receive upon arriving at Aulani.

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Celebrate ‘it’s a small world’ – Watch this wonderful rendition of “it’s a small world,” sung in a variety of languages.

Remembering Mickey Rooney at the Disneyland Resort – Remember legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned 10 decades and included work for Disney in “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Fox and the Hound,” and most recently, “The Muppets.”

Disneyland Wins First-Ever March Magic Challenge – Thanks to all your votes on Facebook, the Caribbean Pirates claimed the first-ever March Magic victory!

Moving ‘it’s a small world’ Across the Country and Back Again – Get a little bit of Disney Parks history … and mystery in this behind-the-scenes post on the famous attraction at Disneyland park.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; More Earth Day Fun at The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Disney’s Animal Kingdom is hosting a party this Earth Day, Aprill 22! Find out more after the jump.

Favorite ‘it’s a small world’ Sing-Along Videos on SmallWorld50.com – Thousands have participated in celebrating 50 years of this classic Disney Parks attraction by posting their own sing-along videos. Click through to see some of our favorites!

A New Way to End Your Walt Disney World Resort Day: ‘Epcot After-Hours Wind Down’ – Check out this excellent way to unwind in the after-hours at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

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‘Diaper Dans’ Show Their ‘Disney Side’ On Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


No matter what age, everyone seems to have a “Disney Side.” That concept led us to a question: how early in their lives did the famed Dapper Dans begin honing their skills as a barber shop quartet? For years, The Dapper Dans have been favorites among Disney Parks guests for their blend of harmonies and hijinks. Whether they’re in the Harmony Barber Shop or riding aboard the Main Street Trolley, the Dapper Dans provide a soundtrack like no other on Main Street U.S.A.

In honor of the famed foursome, we asked them to lend a hand in helping to train a troupe of newcomers. Today, we are pleased to present the world premiere of … The Diaper Dans.

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Running for Honor, Running for Hope at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Linda Ambard from Boston is no stranger to running, she has been logging miles since high school. After college she focused on distance running, and with the support of her husband and family set a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states. But sometimes life is like running. You are traveling down the road, perfect stride, when all of the sudden you hit “the wall.” That moment when you feel you just can’t go any further. It is when you pull yourself together, perhaps change your goals, but continue to push through and move forward. That is exactly what happened in Linda’s life.

For several weeks I have shared amazing inspirational stories of runDisney runners from all four corners of the United States. Today’s story has left me without words. I have tried to find perfect lines to accompany Linda’s video but I can’t. The only person who can tell her story is Linda herself. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch Linda’s profile as we honor her husband, celebrate her new found happiness and learn from her message of hope.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload and your story, visit irundisney.com.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Characters

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


Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. During the presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

See for yourself in the video below.

For more about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, visit the posts below:

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Disneyland Resort Cast Members Celebrate ‘it’s a small world’

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As Jennifer showed you earlier today, today is the big day – the global celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” at Disney Parks. As part of this celebration, we’ve been sharing wonderful renditions of the attraction’s unforgettable song from around the world, and today I’m excited to share one from right here at the Disneyland Resort. My fellow cast members shared this wonderful video with us, and asked me to share it with our Disney Parks Blog readers.

They did a great job, didn’t they? Want to join in? Record your own version at SmallWorld50.com!

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Disney Parks Celebrates ‘it’s a small world’ Live On ‘Good Morning America’

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


Earlier today, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction, part of which was featured live on “Good Morning America.”

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The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland Park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

Check out the video below to see the celebration for yourself.

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Lama Pa`ipa`i Time at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


If you’re looking for a quiet, tranquil place to unwind, check out the torch-lit terrace at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. However, if you want to party like the tiki gods, I dare you to go inside! Sam, head salesman of the jungle, has a space at the bar for even the most adventurous tourist. Exotic elixirs like the Uh Oa!, named after the tiki goddess of disaster, Shrunken Zombie Head and HippopotoMai-Tai are served up in style by bold and courageous bartenders. The video below gives a glimpse of how water, fire and ice (sometimes blended) all come together to make up one-of-a-kind cocktails behind the doors of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Have you been to see Sam? If so what’s your preferred potion?

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‘it’s a small world’ is More Than a Song for Disney Legend Richard Sherman

posted on April 9th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


I can now say I have the #1 highlight of my Disney career: interviewing Disney Legend Richard Sherman. What an amazing day! I met him at the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, Calif., where he sat at Walt Disney’s piano and played “it’s a small world,” the iconic song he wrote and composed with his late brother, Robert. He’s very proud of the song’s meaning and very serious about its impact on the world. He talks more about it in the video below. As you would imagine, he was a pure delight. He was kind and funny, and after the interview he played more of his classics for the room. I hope this video captures that unforgettable day. Enjoy!

Join in the 50th anniversary celebration of “it’s a small world” at SmallWorld50.com.

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Favorite ‘it’s a small world’ Sing-Along Videos on SmallWorld50.com

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Since launching our global online hub SmallWorld50.com, thousands of you have participated in the historic celebration of the classic Disney Parks attraction and recorded and shared online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world.”

We’ve enjoyed watching (and hearing) each submitted sing-along on SmallWorld50.com but a few of your renditions of “it’s a small world” have stood out to us. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Now, it’s your turn. Go share your online video at SmallWorld50.com and be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog early on April 10 to learn more about our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”

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Preparing ‘it’s a small world’ Dolls for Voyage from Disneyland Park to Good Morning America

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


As we learned yesterday, “it’s a small world” has journeyed from California to New York and back again, and now some of its iconic dolls are making the voyage once again. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the attraction’s opening at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, these dolls will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America, where they will be featured as part of the show’s coverage of our global sing-along event. In the video below, we see how the dolls are cared for here at Disneyland park and how they were prepared for their trip.

And don’t forget – you’ve still got time to join the celebration at SmallWorld50.com!

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