In the early years, Disneyland park had costumed balloon vendors who sold 25¢ balloons in three areas of the park: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and near the main entrance. Of course, guests can still purchase the time-honored souvenir from balloon vendors like Nick Lanham in Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. In this “Every Role a Starring Role,” Nick talks about his tricks of the trade and memories as a balloon vendor at the Disneyland Resort!
posted on February 28th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
posted on February 28th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
You’ve probably seen our “Ultimate Tweet” of 140 Disney characters that officially announced an All-Night Disney Side Party in the parks to kick off summer. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends gathered at Magic Kingdom Park and formed the familiar shape of a hashtag. How’d we do it? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look.
During the “Rock Your Disney Side Party,” you’re also being invited to show your Disney Side by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California will be filled with Disney heroes and villains from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time.
posted on February 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Do you love rides as much as I do? Then you’re in for a treat if you’re joining us in Alaska this summer!
If you’ve been following along with our “Mom’s Take” videos about our Alaskan voyages, by now you know there’s no shortage of adventure in the destinations we visit. In today’s video, Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shows you how your family can experience the great outdoors through unique and exhilarating rides … and I’m not talking about the kind of rides you’ll experience in one of our theme parks. I’m talking about wild rides, ones suited to the rugged terrain and wilderness of America’s Last Frontier!
For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:
- A Mom’s Take: Top 5 Disney Alaska Cruise Tips
- Discover a Disney Cruise to Alaska in One Minute
- A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney to Alaska
- Conversation with the Disney Alaska Cruise Director
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.
posted on February 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you’re certainly familiar with one of our guests’ favorite places at Magic Kingdom Park: the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle. Well, we’ve just begun a project that’ll make it even better. We’re adding several new elements to the area, including sculpted gardens, additional pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances.
Look closely at our fly-through video and you’ll notice that the enhancements will include new trees and more landscaping in the Central Plaza area. The sculpted gardens planned for the location are inspired by the lush grounds seen around European castles and chateaus.
To make it easier to move around, two additional pathways will be built around the plaza.
From Disney California Adventure to New Fantasyland, we have a long-standing track record of being able to make enhancements while maintaining the magic of the Disney experience, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with this work.
This multi-phase enhancement project has already begun and it’ll be completed in 2015.
posted on February 26th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
Life is full of “firsts.” First steps, first words, first trip to Walt Disney World. And when it comes to runDisney events, “firsts” are just as memorable. In fact nearly 57% of runners registering for our half marathons and marathon are running for their first time.
One of my favorite events during all our race weekends are the runDisney Kids races. From infants crawling to the finish of the diaper dash to 13 year olds participating in the Mile Run, there are distances allowing kids of all ages to get the experience of standing at their first start line and finishing their first race. And what can be more exciting than kids and their parents competing in their first race weekend together – memorable, life changing moments.
For more information on how you and your family can have your first runDisney experience, visit
posted on February 25th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
It’s no secret that Disney and runDisney like to celebrate, and there is nothing better than when we can do it while surprising a guest at the same time. On Sunday, at the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we were able to do just that.
Like thousands of runners, Kim Myers from Washington State was here to run the Half Marathon, and like 72 of those runners, she was celebrating her birthday weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. However, what was different is that with the help of her husband and a little runDisney magic, she received the best birthday wish of all.
Myers was part of a larger group running on behalf of Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a running organization that participates in races around the world to celebrate the sacrifice of US military and their families. You see, her husband CW2 Travis Myers is currently deployed in Afghanistan with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and for the second time because of deployment he was unable to spend his wife’s birthday with her. To take her mind off the fact her husband is not here, and to cheer up, she came to run the Princess Half Marathon. This is where a thoughtful husband, technology, and pixie dust produced a special moment at the start of the race. See for yourself.
If all goes according to plan Travis will be home in time to run the Disneyland Half Marathon with Kim on Labor Day Weekend. By the way, they will be celebrating his birthday at that event.
runDisney salutes and thanks all of our service men and women and their families around the world for keeping our country safe.
Happy birthday Kim, and Travis we wish you a safe return home. Thank you both for your service.
posted on February 25th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports
Today feels different. There is a certain energy in the runDisney offices that has everyone on the edge of their seats. It is the kind of energy you feel at the start line of a race … an anticipatory energy that something big is about to happen. Little do we know that we are onto something huge, and today is a landmark day in our runDisney history. We finally received that long awaited call, and it is time for our runners to assemble.
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Earlier this month, Disneyland Resort cast members cheered the arrival of dozens of military heroes — accompanied by film star Gary Sinise — to the Disneyland Resort as part of a week of surprises arranged by the actor’s foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, “Forrest Gump.”
The servicemen and women, who arrived from Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir and Naval Medical Center San Diego, visited several Southern California landmarks. They were honored at the Disneyland Resort during a special flag retreat ceremony, which you can see footage of in this video.
Parts of their trip will be aired on ABC during a “Countdown to the Oscars” special Feb. 27. The special will offer viewers a backstage pass to this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards celebrating movie heroes and include interviews with this year’s nominees. Tune in to see what other surprises were in store for this group of heroic Americans!
Walt Disney Imagineering Shares First Onboard Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
In the video, we compare onboard footage of the attraction side-by-side with an original CGI onboard that was created early on in the attraction’s development.
Stay tuned for more updates on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
What’s the best way to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for a trip? Talk to someone who has been of course! Most likely they can share insights and bring up considerations you may have never even thought about.
Those of you planning on joining us in the Mediterranean this summer got great advice last week from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy about how to make the most of your time in European ports. And today, her next “Mom’s Take” video gives even more helpful preparation tips and addresses one of the most common topics – what to pack!
If you know someone else sailing the Mediterranean with us this summer, you’ll definitely want to share this video with them. Take a look, and then pass it along!
For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Time in European Ports
- A Mom’s Take: Sailing the Mediterranean Without Kids
- A Mom’s Take: Navigating Europe with Kids
- A Mom’s Take: Choosing the Right European Itinerary for Your Family
- A Mom’s Take: Soaking up the Sun and Sights of the Greek Isles
- A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Experiencing the Magic of Venice with Disney Cruise Line
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.