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Braves Spring Training Kicks Off at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 20th, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Spring is in the air. Well, at least it is here at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and that means Atlanta Braves spring training must be right around the corner.

The first wave of Braves players begin training this weekend and the first full-squad workout is February 26 with the home opener set for March 4 against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Braves’ 18th spring training season at Disney will involve an 18-game home schedule that provides fans with an up-close and personal experience when the Braves take on marquee teams such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals. And March 21 will be Military Appreciation Day when the Braves and Disney honors our veterans during the game against the Nationals.

Most games start at 1:05 p.m. ET, but there are four night games starting at 6:05 p.m. And in typical Disney fashion, there will again be loads of Disney entertainment, special fan experiences, unique food & beverage offerings and the opportunity for kids to run the bases after every game, which has become a popular tradition.

To get you excited about spring training, check out this cool time-lapse video:

Individual game tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the sports complex box office for as little as $14. Get more information at www.espnwwos.com/atlantabraves.

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Learn Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Adventures in Molde, Norway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Are you having fun learning Norwegian phrases before sailing to the land of “Frozen” with us this summer? Get ready for more! In our next video, Synnøve, a little girl you may meet on your adventures in Molde, Norway, teaches you a few important phrases to know, one that friends of Anna and Elsa probably find themselves saying often these days. Take a look …

Just outside of Molde is one of the largest folk museums in Norway, established in 1912. The Romsdal Open Air Museum, set amid beautiful mountain pastures, features more than 50 historic buildings and a recreated city street that captures the essence of Molde prior to World War II. You’ll travel back in history during our Molde Folk Museum & City Tour Port Adventure to explore the century-old property, including lush gardens, farmhouses, smokehouses and a chapel. A highlight of this adventure is a spirited performance of Norwegian folk dancing featuring local children in traditional regional outfits. Be on the lookout for sweet Synnøve! Here’s a glance at what you’ll experience …

Coming up next week is the final video in our series. I’ll be sharing it along with more of my recommendations for Port Adventures in the breathtaking country of Norway!

For more helpful Norwegian phrases for you Disney Cruise, visit the posts below:

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Learn to Draw Tinker Bell at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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


This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a sassy character from “Peter Pan” – it’s Tinker Bell! Grab a pencil and get ready for step-by-step instructions from Heather Worley of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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Shadows of Favorite Disney Characters Surprise New York Shoppers

posted on February 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Growing up in the Northeast, right about now I remember thinking winter will never end. You’re probably ready for a vacation somewhere warm and sunny with a few castles … (hint hint!)

We here at Walt Disney World Resort wanted to share a little magic to help keep the winter warriors warm; help them discover their Disney Side, so to speak. You know, that part of you that comes out to play the moment you see those mouse ears.

We sent Mickey and his pals to snowy, cold Long Island, New York to bring some fun to a simple, everyday event – like walking through a mall. And our hidden cameras were there to capture it.

Check it out:

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Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy to Feature Deck Party, Characters, Film Screenings, Celebrities and More

posted on February 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What do you get when you combine the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising? An out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other!

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Last week, I shared the exciting news that we’ve added Star Wars Day at Sea, a brand-new, day-long celebration, to eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2016. Today, I want to tell you more about the immersive entertainment you can expect throughout the day. Check out these intergalactic highlights:

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Force-filled Fun for Everyone

  • Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and other characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will be onboard for scheduled meet and greets, as well as roaming on deck and elsewhere around the ship. You’re also encouraged to dress up in your own stellar costumes!
  • A shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience invites young Jedi hopefuls – known as “Padawans” – to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
  • Kids and families enjoy friendly competition during Star Wars trivia games, covering fun facts from the film and television sagas.
  • For Younglings, Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities will be offered throughout the day in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab youth clubs.
  • In the evening, adults entering the night club will feel like they stepped into the Mos Eisley cantina scene. Characters and cantina music set the mood as Star Wars-themed specialty cocktails are served.

Film Screenings and Celebrities

  • You can watch the first six Star Wars films and follow Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke and Leia along their epic journey.
  • Also showing will be episodes of the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • On each of the special sailings, celebrities and insiders from the Star Wars galaxy will share their experiences, meet fans and sign autographs.

Star Wars Deck Party and Fireworks

  • There’s intergalactic fun when the Star Wars deck party blasts off to an exciting evening filled with music, dancing and games.
  • Star Wars characters converge on the deck stage for a celebration of the Star Wars saga in a show featuring special effects and guest participation.
  • The deck party culminates in a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, lasers and Star Wars music.

Who’s ready to join us on the Disney Fantasy for Star Wars Day at Sea?

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VIDEO: The Dapper Dans Sing ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Valentine’s Day!

We have a special treat to share with you today – a heartfelt performance by the Dapper Dans, who recently made a magical moment for one special couple at Magic Kingdom Park. Check it out below.

Have the Dapper Dans made a memorable moment for you? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Day 12 – Experience a Fairy Tale Proposal

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


For those who’ve tuned in to learn the voting results from yesterday’s post, we have the outcome. We asked you to vote for your favorite Valentines gifting idea and you have spoken. The winner of the best Valentines magical moment is The Valentine’s Collection. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or another special occasion, you have ideas to create a special Disney moment for a loved one.

Speaking of winning magical moments, let’s talk about some winning fairy tale proposal ideas! If your love is a Princess at heart or Disney enthusiast, then getting engaged at the place where dreams come true is the ultimate proposal location. But, who do you contact and what are your options?

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As part of our Disney 14 Days of Love series, today I’m sharing Disney Floral & Gifts proposal ideas at Walt Disney World. If you’re wondering what this series is all about, check out our first story and take the Discover your Disney Side quiz to learn more.

So, back to you, our favorite topic! Proposing is a big event in your life, and we’ve learned you’re looking for charming ideas at special locations like a romantic Disney restaurant or the Cinderella Castle right before the fireworks. Your ultimate goal? To create the most enchanting proposal and celebration experience your loved one will talk about for years to come.

To help we recently enhanced our engagement/proposal page to feature four proposal ideas such as:

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  • Be our guest and make reservations at a romantic Disney dining location to set the stage for your proposal with Crown Her a Princess.

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  • Offer a “Once Upon a Time” proposal at a carriage ride, dining location or even in the privacy and comfort of your resort room.

The possibilities are endless really, simply because we can deliver your proposal surprise to Disney dining locations, excursions and resort rooms. The ideas called out above though help to provide you with established experiences.

So here’s what to do:

  1. Take a look at the four proposal ideas on our engagement/proposal page and select the location and gifting experience you like best. Next, make reservations with that location. For example, for Disney dining reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE. For carriage ride reservations, call 407-WDW-PLAY. Our Dream Makers arrange for delivery of your gift and celebration, but can’t book your dining or excursion reservations at this time.
  2. Order your proposal gift for delivery to that location.
  3. Order your romantic celebration for your resort room. You’ll especially want to check out From Mickey and Minnie with Love, Presenting Your Royal Princess-Adult and my favorite, “A Wish Come True – Two Day Romantic Experience

Take time to review your options so you feel comfortable with next steps. You can order online, yet, we also understand this is a big event and you may want to speak with a Dream Maker to walk you through the process, that’s totally fine! After the proposal, your gift will become a keepsake to remember, one they’ll be able to share for years to come. Only at Disney can you receive a “glass slipper” and be proclaimed a Princess by your Prince Charming.

And speaking of creating a moment to remember, you have to watch this video featuring a real life proposal here at Walt Disney World. Jake, did such a good job convincing his sweetheart, Maria, that this was just a photo shoot, that when he actually proposed using the Wishing Rose and bracelet proposal idea, she said yes! Take a look!

And while we’re talking about surprises, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. I have this dreadful feeling something villainous is stirring. This is not good! #Disney14DaysofLove

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Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part One

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In two previous Disney Parks Blog videos, you’ve seen Duke, one of the newest Circle D horses, doing ground work exercises and ground driving training backstage.

Now I’m happy to share with you the first of a three-part series showing Duke’s preparations to pull the street car on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. In this segment, Equine Trainer Cindy Moser explains the foundation for Main Street training, and you’ll see Duke experience his new working environment for the first time.

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Adventures in Geiranger, Norway and More Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


It’s time to learn more helpful Norwegian phrases for your Disney cruise! I hope you enjoyed the first video I shared last week. Today I want you to meet Maja, a young woman in Geiranger, Norway, where goats may actually sleep on top of houses! Watch her video and then read on to find out more about the Port Adventure you can join to visit this picturesque mountain farm.

If you would like to taste some brown cheese, this Port Adventure is for you! Our journey to the charming Herdalsetra Mountain Farm is a unique cultural experience for the entire family where you’ll celebrate agricultural traditions dating back to the Viking age. Not only will you learn about the process of making rich cheese from goat’s milk, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the delicious food produced on the farm, including Norway’s famous brown cheese, similar to sweet fudge. Take a look at these photos for a glimpse at some of the fun your family will have at this quaint farm set amid the breathtaking Norwegian mountains!

Be sure to check back next week for another Norway video and Port Adventure feature!

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Haunt Your Disney Side Winners Celebrate with Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you remember our “Haunt Your Disney Side” contest, the grand prize was an experience only Disney Parks could deliver – a private party inside the Haunted Mansion followed by an overnight stay in Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Our winners, The Kummer family from Florida, recently joined us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we wanted to share with readers.

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The Krummers kicked off their dream Disney Side celebration with an unforgettable after-hours party inside the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park. Their visit included a special performance by the Cadaver Dans, visits from spirits and late-night snacks inside the attraction.

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After the spooky Haunted Mansion visit, the family headed to Cinderella Castle where Major Domo welcomed the family with a special proclamation. The Krummers spent the night in the Castle Suite – decorated especially for the occasion.

Thank you to everyone who entered the “Haunt Your Disney Side” contest. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for one-of-a-kind opportunities like this in the future.

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