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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Spaceship Earth Over the Years

posted on October 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this week we celebrated the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot by sharing special images and videos.

Today, we’d like to share a photo slideshow of one of our favorite attractions – Spaceship Earth – to show how it has changed over the years. Enjoy!

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Halloween How-To: Create A Haunted Mansion Butler Costume

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

In this week’s “Halloween How-To” video, we’re happy to share a tutorial on how you can make a simply amazing Haunted Mansion butler costume – using mostly repurposed and inexpensive materials you can find at your local craft store.

Check out the video below for step-by-step directions from Glen Howard from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Costuming.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more tutorials on creating Halloween treats, decor and more.

For more from the “Halloween Ho-To” series, visit the post below:

  • Halloween How-To: Haunted Mansion Makeup Tutorials
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    25th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Returns to the Disneyland Resort on October 11

    posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

    On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park supporting CHOC Children’s will return to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration.

    Since its inception, CHOC Walk in the Park has raised nearly $23 million for CHOC Children’s, supporting a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research, and the development of the latest technologies to advance the health of CHOC patients.

    Here are the top three ways you can help support CHOC Walk this year:

    1. Sleep in and make a difference as a “sleeping bear”
    Registering as a “sleeping bear” is a great way to raise funds and earn CHOC Walk rewards all while sleeping in on Sunday morning.

    2. Party with your ‘ohana at the CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 10
    Have you practiced your hula dancing lately? This new event is hosted by the CHOC Ambassadors, six courageous children who represent all the other children at CHOC and their medical journeys. Enjoy live Polynesian entertainment, luau-inspired food, face painting, a silent auction and more. The CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel.

    3. Put on your walking shoes and join us at the CHOC Walk on Sunday, Oct. 11
    The walk covers three miles through Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, where you’ll get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public.

    Tickets and registration for these events are available at If you are joining us for these events, share your experience with #CHOCWalk!

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    Disney Parks Blog Readers Chow & Dine at Food & Wine

    posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    Earlier this week we celebrated the return of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with 500 Disney Parks Blog readers at a special event in World Showplace.


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    Our guests dined on an impressive menu that included the “best-of” menu items that can be found at the festival this year. Some favorites were the Patagonia Inspired Beef Empanadas, Loaded Mac‘n’Cheese with Pepper Bacon, Chef Judi Truck Stop Burger, Drunken Blue Velvet & Cream Cheese mini-cakes.


    Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, also made his debut (surprise) appearance. Keep your eye out for this character on the blog and at our events in coming months!

    Of course, being with our guests was the highlight of the event – especially when an impromptu dance-off took place to the Disney tunes supplied by the amazing DJ Elliot. To watch a full recap, check out the video above. For more photos from our event, follow the Disney Parks Blog on Instagram.

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    Behind the Scenes: Bringing Maximus to Life for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

    Over the past few months, we’ve taken you behind-the-scenes during the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” premiering aboard the Disney Magic in November. Eagle-eyed viewers may have caught a few glimpses of their favorite palace horse in this series, but today’s video is an in-depth look at how our creative team is bringing Maximus to life for the stage.

    Master puppet designer Michael Curry, whose extraordinary creations are featured in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway, has taken puppetry to a brand-new level with his incredibly lifelike interpretation of the rambunctious Maximus. In the video below, Jeff Conover from Walt Disney Imagineering joins Michael to tell us all about the role puppetry plays in this production.

    What do you think—will Maximus be the “mane” attraction of every scene he’s in during “Tangled: The Musical”?

    Check out the rest of this video series for more sneak peeks of the show:

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    #TBT: Watch Epcot’s Iconic Spaceship Earth Being Built

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    As we shared earlier, today is Magic Kingdom Park’s anniversary. But it’s also the anniversary of the second Disney theme park built in Florida – Epcot!

    The park was the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, who dreamed about building a place where the possibilities of the future could be explored and enjoyed. Walt’s dream eventually evolved into the park that became EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), which was fronted by the park’s iconic attraction, Spaceship Earth.

    We shared this rare time-lapse video of Spaceship Earth being built with Disney Parks Blog readers back in 2012, and are happy to share it again today in honor of the park’s anniversary.

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    Discover With Me: Pineapple Soft Serve at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

    posted on September 30th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

    By now, I’m sure it’s no surprise to our Disney Parks Blog readers that I love treats – especially at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Not too long ago, we added a little more tropical magic to The Lava Shack in the Waikolohe Valley: the Pineapple Soft Serve! If you have been to the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, you have probably tasted this popular frozen treat. And at Aulani, it’s self-serve. Enjoy the video below as I try my hand at “swirling” up some pineapple perfection.

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    #DisneyFamilia: The Best Ingredientes for Success at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on September 30th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

    Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration continues with another unique story. Pastry Chef Yoly Lazo visited Walt Disney World Resort on vacation with her familia, and she never left!

    As she was enjoying her visit, Yoly decided that she wanted to work at The Most Magical Place on Earth. And with a lot of hard work and persistence her deseo (wish) came true.

    In this week’s video, you will learn the ingredientes that Yoly uses in all her recipes: passion for her job and great leadership!

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    VIDEO – How To Use the Shop Disney Parks App at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on September 30th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


    A few weeks ago, we introduced the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. This free app offers access to thousands of Walt Disney World authentic products, including some of the newest arrivals like retail MagicBands.

    I recently visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios to show you just how easy and convenient it is to use the app when shopping at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Look for future enhancements and updates coming to the Shop Disney Parks app in the coming months.

    The app is currently available for iPhone and smartphones for Android. You can also use the iPhone app on an iPad (a dedicated iPad app is not currently available).

    For more information about downloading this free app, please visit*

    *Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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    Unforgettable Happens Here at Disney Parks, Starting With ‘The Proposal’

    posted on September 29th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

    The code word was “French kiss”.

    When our video director uttered that phrase, it was Marc-Andre Lavoie’s cue to do what he’s wanted to do for years: propose to his future bride, Katherine Fox, in front of Cinderella Castle.

    And our cameras were there to capture it.

    During one of their many visits to Walt Disney World Resort, the Daytona couple was selected to participate in a commercial. They were cast as lovebirds who share a kiss in front of Cinderella Castle. While chatting with the director, Lavoie revealed he was planning to propose to Fox at Walt Disney World Resort on a future date.

    He says he was easily convinced to move up the date so our cameras could be there.


    “I think I screeched a little in my voice. (I said) ‘Katherine, I love you so much,’ and I did a fourth of my prepared speech, and did the most important part, ‘will you marry me?’” Lavoie recalled.

    “I said ‘yes’ over and over and over again,” Fox said.


    We know many of your big moments – many unforgettable moments – happen at Disney Parks. The heightened moments that bring families together and create indelible memories you share and cherish forever.

    This year, we’ll share with you the moments our guests experience every second, every minute, every day, at Disney Parks.

    Lavoie and Fox told me Walt Disney World Resort has been as important in their relationship as each other.

    “Disney makes us the happiest. It was a no brainer to make the big moment happen (there),” Lavoie said.

    Congratulations to the elated couple!

    What are your unforgettable moments from Disney Parks?

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