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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Roar Down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney

What happened this morning at Magic Kingdom Park was really cool: to the cheers of thousands of guests gathered on Main Street U.S.A. and in front of Cinderella Castle, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed two flyovers of the theme park.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Soar Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

Six F/A-18 Hornet jets that were traveling from their home base in Pensacola, FL, to an air show in the state, used the opportunity to entertain and inspire guests. Traveling more than 250 mph, these jets capable of super sonic speeds roared down Main Street U.S.A. holding the tradition Delta Formation on their first pass. After quickly turning around the jets returned and executed a Delta Break over Cinderella Castle.

This was a magical flight these pilots and park guests will not soon forget. Your chance to experience the excitement is one click away on the video box above.

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Learn to Draw: Flynn Rider from ‘Tangled’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 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 the lovable scoundrel Flynn Rider from “Tangled.” Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions from artist Mike Chovanec 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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Take a 3-D Spin Around This Amazing ‘Show Your #DisneySide’ Paper Sculpture

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

We’ve all felt that rush of excitement or burst of childlike enthusiasm that is your Disney Side — that part of your personality that only comes out when you’re in a Disney Park. Artist Britni Brault had that feeling in mind when she created a dazzling paper sculpture – it depicts the “real world” on one side and the #DisneySide on the other (as revealed by a 180-degree spin).


It took Britni more than a year of planning and about three months of work to construct the 3D sculpture you see below, called “Show Your Disney Side.” As you move around it, you see how a little Disney Magic turns a hair salon into Rapunzel’s tower. A travel agency becomes it’s a small world. Snow White and Jungle Cruise make appearances, too.

“I actually was raised in Anaheim and could see the Disneyland [park] fireworks from my house my whole life,” Britni says. “It was something that was a part of my life growing up.” Britni has previously done work for Disney Theme Park Merchandise and created sculptures of Mary Poppins and Bert, the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” and Maleficent, among others.

Take a 3-D Spin Around This Amazing ‘Show Your #DisneySide’ Paper Sculpture Take a 3-D Spin Around This Amazing ‘Show Your #DisneySide’ Paper Sculpture

Britni says her work is inspired by many artists who have worked on Disney films and Disney Parks – including Disney Legends Ken Anderson, Mary Blair, Alice Davis, Marc Davis and Blaine Gibson.

Below, you can take a a 3D spin around Britni’s “Show Your Disney Side” paper sculpture.

For a behind-the-scenes look at how Britni created this amazing paper sculpture, check out this time-lapse video.

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Baby Goats Make Their Debut at Disneyland Park

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Today I’m happy to share a video of our new baby goats at Disneyland park. Bernard and Bianca have been visiting with the guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm for a few weeks now, but we were able to capture this footage on their very first day out! We even had help from one of the herd, Lock, who proudly wore a “Goat-Pro” camera around his neck. Take a minute to share in the fun, and if you can, hurry out to Disneyland park to see the baby goats for yourself!

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Petites Assiettes de Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

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

After Disney Parks Blog author Salah told us about some of the newest premium culinary offerings at Remy, our fine dining French restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, I had to check out these experiences for myself! Here’s my summary: “Amazing!!”

Before joining Petites Assiettes de Remy on the first night of my last cruise, I sat down with Salah to hear more about this delicious and fun event. Check out this video to hear what he had to say (and be on the lookout for my cameo!)

Next week I’ll share another video with Salah talking about the new dessert experience. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss it!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on March 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

This week, we shared the exciting announcements that we’re kicking off the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort as well as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration with 24-hour events at both locations during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to summer.

Giant Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Party, ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort 24-Hour Event to Launch Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, May 22-23

To announce “Coolest Summer Ever” at the Walt Disney World Resort, we created a summer scene – inspired by Olaf’s “In Summer” dream – in winter-weary Boston that featured a 20-foot wide beach and a Cinderella Castle made of sand. Here’s a new behind the scenes look at how we did it.

At the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re hosting an all-night party at Magic Kingdom Park with 24 hours of nonstop fun from 6 a.m.-6 a.m. May 22-23. Guests are invited to dress to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, merchandise, food and beverages will be on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever.”

  • Our original story has more details on the event and Coolest Summer Ever at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disneyland Resort, the all-day/all-night celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on May 22 and will conclude 24 hours later at 6 a.m. on May 23. The event will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor throughout the resort and, of course, the shows and attractions that our guests love.

  • Our original story has more details on the event and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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

Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at ‘AMA‘AMA – Watch Chef Kevin from ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking, prepare the delicious Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available during lunch. Then give these tasty tacos a try in your kitchen!

New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park – The recent expansion of Disney California Adventure park gave us even more ways to immerse our guests in new stories, and we’re excited to continue this expanded storytelling this year with the addition of the Grizzly Peak Airfield.

Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn – Disney Parks Blog author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before with the Disneyland Resort at Dawn series.

Students Harvest First Crop from Walt Disney Elementary School Teaching Garden Funded by Disneyland Resort – Disney VoluntEARS and more than 700 Walt Disney Elementary School students recently participated in the Teaching Garden’s first Heart Healthy Harvest Day!

Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy – Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

‘Cinderella’-Inspired Products Receive a Royal Welcome at Disney Parks – Check out new apparel, drinkware, jewelry and more inspired by Disney’s, “Cinderella”, which hit theaters on March 13.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms with Help from Bees, Disney Gingerbread Houses

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Do you remember our “over-the-top” gingerbread creations during the holidays? Well, those delicious works of art are creating quite a buzz during the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Your favorite Disney gingerbread houses from the Walt Disney World Resort are shared with bees to help pollinate the spectacular flowers blooming right now at Epcot.

And we “Spring into Spring” today with special programs and food celebrating longer days, warmer weather, and St. Patrick’s day in our first extended weekend of the festival. Check out the details and menus at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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#DisneyKids: Young Girl Overcomes Shyness with Amazing Disney Side Costumes at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

Throughout our #DisneyKids series, we have showcased not only how much there is for preschoolers to do at Walt Disney World Resort, but also how much they love and remember their adventures in the parks.

#DisneyKids: Young Girl Overcomes Shyness With Amazing Disney Side Costumes #DisneyKids: Young Girl Overcomes Shyness With Amazing Disney Side Costumes #DisneyKids: Young Girl Overcomes Shyness With Amazing Disney Side Costumes

We recently learned about one of our park guests, a little girl named Lane whose mother Jennifer creates elaborate Disney Parks-themed costumes as a way to help Lane overcome her shyness. As you can see in this video, three-year-old Lane absolutely beams when her handmade dresses help to connect her to her favorite characters and cast members at Magic Kingdom Park.

This family is undoubtedly creating lasting memories together, and we are so happy to be a part of their story. Do you and your little ones have unique memories from a Walt Disney World Visit?

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‘TOMORROWLAND’s Ramsey Avery Talks Film, Shares New Trailer

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

One film I’m especially excited to see this summer is “TOMORROWLAND,” a movie that was inspired by the futuristic “land” guests can visit at Disney Parks around the world.


Supervising Art Director Ramsey Avery has worked with different departments at Disney Parks to “build” a Tomorrowland for the film. He recently stopped by to share his excitement about the movie – and an amazing new trailer!

You wanted to see Tomorrowland. Here it comes.

How unbelievably exciting is this trailer? Will you see the film when it opens nationwide on May 22? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

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