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ABC’s ‘AFV’ Season Finale Says Farewell to Tom Bergeron and Crowns Grand Prize Winner from the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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On the season finale of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow, May 17, the show says farewell to beloved host Tom Bergeron in its broadcast from the Disneyland Resort. Also on the show, the season’s two $100,000 winners battle it out for a grand prize vacation for 60 people to the Disneyland Resort, including a visit to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in honor of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Don’t miss the season finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” tomorrow at 7|6c on ABC.

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Grizzly Peak Airfield Now Open at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We gave you a first look at Grizzly Peak Airfield, the expansion of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, back in March. Today I’m excited to report that this newly reimagined area is now open!

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Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer ventured out in the rain yesterday to bring us these first looks at Grizzly Peak Airfield. Check out more in the gallery below.

Now let’s go behind-the-scenes of the development of this area with Walt Disney Imagineering!

Grizzly Peak Airfield, including Soarin’ Over California, is now open at Disney California Adventure park.

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84-Year-Old Great Grandmother Celebrates Mother’s Day Running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Did you go out for brunch, enjoy a nice family walk, send your mom flowers and candy, or did you run 13.1 miles through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the city of Anaheim? Well, last Sunday several moms, daughters, grandmothers and great grandmothers did just that – ran 13.1 miles at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry.

If you follow my runDisney blog posts, you know I enjoy standing at the finish line watching runners celebrate their accomplishments. Among the thousands of Tinker Bells and fairy wings, various colors and styles of tutus, and pixie dust blowing in the air, it was exciting to see all the moms celebrating this special day with their daughters. Holding hands, hugging and occasionally leaping across the finish, they celebrated their run, the time together and that special mother/daughter bond. It was the start of what could be a wonderful tradition.

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One runner catching everyone’s attention was Viola “Mae” Douglass of Sequin, Tex. Decked out in blue fairy wings, a blue tutu and a matching decorated blue visor, Mae wore several hats this day: great grandmother, grandmother, mom and oldest runner. That’s right – “oldest runner.” At the young age of 84 she was the oldest runner for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and celebrated Mother’s Day by running with her two daughters.

Our video cameras were there when Mae finished her journey and I am excited to share that moment with you.

Just before getting her Tinker Bell finisher medal, Mae said, “Greatest Mother’s Day ever. . . it’s a beautiful sunshiny day and Disney is wonderful, we love Disney.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Mae and all our Tinker Bell Half Marathon moms. We hope you celebrate with us again in May 2016.

For more information on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Get Ready for the Next Castaway Cay Challenge with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


After this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I had the awesome experience of cheering on Disney cruisers competing in our inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. I had a blast chatting with the runners before and after the race, hearing their stories about how far they’d traveled to be there, how many runDisney medals they had collected over the years and what inspired them to be a part of this first-ever challenge.

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For many, it was their first Disney cruise vacation, and they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it was to relax onboard the Disney Dream after their action-packed Marathon Weekend. Those few days of rest recharged them for their run through paradise, where they returned to lounging on the warm sand of Castaway Cay after the race.

I also caught up with Cruise Director Christiaan later that day, who told me more about what runners were enjoying during the voyage. Take a look at this video, and let me know in the comments if I can expect to “run” into you at our next Castaway Cay Challenge!

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Stars Shine Bright at the Disneyland Resort for World Premiere of ‘Tomorrowland’

posted on May 11th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last weekend, the Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at Downtown Disney District with a special after party at Disneyland park in (where else?) Tomorrowland!

Here you’ll hear from the stars on the red carpet, including the film’s star, George Clooney, about the excitement of being at the Disneyland Resort for the premiere. They also shared some of their favorite Disneyland memories in honor of our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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Following the premiere of the film, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and journalist Willow Bay joined George and Amal Clooney and their niece Mia aboard the Disneyland Monorail for a trip to the after party in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park.

“Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

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Feel the Magic of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in New ‘Forever Young’ Television Spot

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re just weeks away from the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, and now the magic of the celebration is being shared with our new “Forever Young” television spot. Featuring a heartstring-tugging rendition of the classic song, “Forever Young,” performed by talented singer/songwriter Christina Perri, it tells the story of generations who have traveled to “a place that is always growing but never grows old.” Take a look!

Come see what’s in store for our celebration of sixty years when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22.

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Behind the Scenes: Hatbox Ghost Reappears in Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This weekend, one of the 999 happy haunts in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park reappeared after decades in hiding. Take a look!

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Today, I’m excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at this mysterious resident from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering. Watch as they take us inside the reappearance of the Hatbox Ghost.

Come see the Hatbox Ghost for yourself now at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 10th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our countdown until the Walt Disney World Resort 24-hour Summer Kickoff on May 22 with a look at some of our favorite sights and sounds from past all-nighters.

During this year’s 24-hour celebration and kick off to the “Coolest Summer Ever,” we shared an update that some Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Radio Disney stars will be dropping by the party at Magic Kingdom Park. For a complete list, check out Jamie’s original story.

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And Erin continued our countdown until the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22 with the latest in her series of stories looking back at some of the innovations that the Happiest Place on Earth has seen throughout its first 60 years.

This week, we jumped ahead to the 1970s and the introduction of what would become one of the most beloved parades in the history of Disney Parks. Check Erin’s story for more more details.

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Our popular newsletter also returned this week – offering a daily rundown of official information about Disney destinations as well as behind-the-scenes looks at what makes Disney Parks the most magical places on earth.

If you haven’t signed up for the Disney Parks Blog email newsletter, just visit our sign-up page and you’ll be set.

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

It’s Almost Time for the Diamond Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park – Experience the Diamond Mad T Party starting May 22, a splendiferous new version of the popular nighttime entertainment experience at Disney California Adventure park.

Rum and Amari Tastings on a Disney Cruise – This week in our series about the beverage seminars available for adults on a Disney cruise, two more of our fun liquor tastings – rum and amari.

Learn to Draw Mickey’s Pal, Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This week’s Learn to Draw animation tutorial series continues with a lesson on a classic Disney character – Goofy!

New Main Street Enchanted Windows to Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – If you’ve wandered down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park recently, you may have noticed some of the windows along the front of the Emporium are covered. What is going on behind those blue curtains, you ask? Click through to find out!

Disney Parks After Dark: The Universe of Energy – See this week’s Disney Parks After Dark image, snapped by photographer Mark Willard, of The Universe of Energy attraction at Epcot.

Race to Download Our New Tinker Bell Wallpaper Inspired by Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort – Bring the magic of our favorite fairy right to your desktop with our newest wallpaper.

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Race to Download Our New Tinker Bell Wallpaper Inspired by Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re gearing up for a big weekend here at the Disneyland Resort! The runDisney 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, begins today and runs through Sunday, May 10. Whether you’re lacing up for one of the races, supporting one of the many athletes flying through the course or following along at home, you can bring the magic of our favorite fairy right to your desktop with our newest wallpaper. Click on the image below to choose the correct size for your desktop or mobile device.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it, and check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Video: 24-Hour Summer Kick-off Celebration at Walt Disney World Begins May 22

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It’s almost time to kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” here at Walt Disney World Resort with this year’s 24-hour celebration. And as we watch the clock and count the days until the party begins on May 22, we’re sharing some of our favorite sights and sounds from past all-nighters.

Time flies during the 24-hour celebration but we have 24 things to squeeze into your 24 hours at Magic Kingdom Park. So, what’s your favorite part about our all-night celebrations? Let us know in the comments section below.

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