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Discover With Me: Kula Wai at the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on February 10th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


This Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a blissful day at Laniwai Spa at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Walt Disney Imagineering designed this “freshwater heaven” to pamper guests in ways that enhance connections to nature and encourage personal enlightenment.

Today, the “Discover with Me” series continues with a tour of the Kula Wai – the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O‘ahu! Every guest that books one of the nearly 150 treatments at the Laniwai Spa receives complimentary access to this 5,000-square-foot garden. Paul, a Laniwai Spa cast member, shows what spa guests can discover at this tropical oasis in the video below!

Learn more about the treatments available–including therapies specially designed for couples–available at the Laniwai Spa here.

How will you celebrate your loved one this Valentine’s Day at Aulani? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Neil Patrick Harris Shares Disney Park Memories, Excitement for Academy Awards

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been a fan of Disney Parks since he was a child. Over the years, he has lent his voice to the California Screamin’ attraction at Disney California Adventure, and has served as narrator for “The Candlelight Processional” at Epcot for several years.

Check out this video, in which Neil shares some of his favorite Disney memories and his excitement over his fulfilling his latest “Disney dream” – the chance to host “The 2015 Oscars,” which will air LIVE on Sunday, February 22nd at 7e|4p on ABC!

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Disneyland Park Sheep Gets a Haircut

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Although Disney Parks Blog readers may be most familiar with my posts focusing on our horses at the Disneyland Resort, we have other types of animals here as well. Specifically, I’m talking sheep! In today’s video you’ll meet Jacquie Keane, a Circle D Barn Lead, who’s been working with animals, and shearing sheep, since she was nine years old. Please take a look as Jacquie demonstrates the art of the clippers – sheep style!

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Monkeying Out’ with the Tumble Monkeys at ‘Festival of the Lion King’

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of my job with the Disney Parks Blog is that I occasionally get to go behind the scenes and try out something that is really amazing, like stunt car driving at “Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show,” or learning stage combat at the “Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.”

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My most recent adventure took me to “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where I was lucky enough to spend some time with a few stars from the show – the fan-favorite Tumble Monkeys.

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In case you haven’t seen “Festival of the Lion King,” the show celebrates the story of Simba the lion cub through live music, dance, puppetry, fireknife, and more. The Tumble Monkey scene adds humor into the story when a group of monkeys bounce, climb, flip, jump and swing in a hilarious gymnastics routine.

In reality, the Tumble Monkeys are a group of highly trained gymnasts who studied the sport up through their college years. In reality, I have not done a cartwheel since about age 7. This made it a pretty interesting challenge to go backstage and learn some of their (beginner) stunts. They also shared with me a team secret, which they call “Monkeying Out.” Check it all out below.

You can see “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom several times each day. Check your My Disney Experience app for showtimes during your visit.


For more behind-the-scenes looks, check out the videos below:

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on February 8th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we went behind the scenes at Magic Kingdom Park and shared an exclusive view of the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight.

The queue, which just opened at the park, puts you right in the storyline of “Peter Pan” by allowing you to enter the English home of the Darling family. You then head into the children’s nursery, passing the beds of Wendy, John and Michael, which are surrounded by their belongings and personal treasures. Visit Jenn’s original story for more details and photos from the attraction.

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And to kick off the week, New England Patriots fans lined Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park to celebrate Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, stars of the Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Erin shared a special behind-the-scenes look at their visit in her original story.

Here are some of the other stories we shared this week.

Luigi’s Flying Tires to Become All-New Experience at Disney California Adventure Park – Luigi’s Casa della Tires will reopen as a completely new attraction in early 2016. We are excited to tell you more about this ride technology, so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates as work progresses!

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Pu‘u Kilo – Learn about Pu‘u Kilo, the large volcanic remnant that serves as the Waikolohe Valley’s visual centerpiece.

Learn to Draw Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios shows us how to draw the perfect Buzz Lightyear.

Golden Carriage from ‘Cinderella’ Arrives at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The exquisite golden carriage used in the production of Disney’s all-new, live-action “Cinderella” is on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns March 4 – Learn about the theme of this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, “Fresh Epcot”!

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Take a Tour of ‘Frozen Fun’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Frozen Fun” has become a huge hit with Disney California Adventure park guests, because there’s so much to do! Join me on a tour through it all in the video below.

What is your favorite part of “Frozen Fun”?

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YouTube Stars Show Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Recently, some of the most popular creators on YouTube, including Stampylongnose, ShayCarl, Charisma Star TV, Alphacat (Iman Crosson) and Bratayley joined us at Walt Disney World Resort to show their Disney Side in the parks. Take a look at what they created.

We’ll be sharing more Disney Side videos from some of your favorite YouTube stars throughout the year on the Disney Parks YouTube channel.

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New Video Series: Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just a few months away from our first-ever cruises in Norway! Our team has been busy developing some pretty awesome shore excursions so that you can have the adventure of a lifetime on your trip to the land of “Frozen.” I’ll be telling you all about our Port Adventures in Norway, starting today, but first I want to share with you a video from a really fun series we created, “Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise.”

While we were exploring all there is to see and do in the ports we’re visiting in Norway, we spoke with some of the locals about what phrases will be helpful for Disney cruisers to learn. In this first video, we caught up with Arne during our Viking Village Experience from the port of Alesund, Norway. Check out his video, and then keep reading for details about this Port Adventure.

This video was filmed on the island of Giske, an area known for its rich Viking history. One of our Port Adventures, designed exclusively for our guests, includes a quest there to a Viking village where you’ll meet the chieftan and his family. On this unique and interactive adventure, you’ll head back in time to experience the Viking world and be a part of their daily life, mingling with members of the Norse families and experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Check out this photo gallery of some of the fun your entire family will have while being immersed in this intriguing culture!

Next week, stay tuned for another Norway video and Port Adventure sneak peek. Farvell!

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Learn to Draw Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s animation tutorial will take you “to infinity and beyond!” Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is prepped and ready to show you how to draw the perfect Buzz Lightyear.



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

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Day 4 – Experience ‘My Storybook Moment’ at Meet and Greets

posted on February 4th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If “A dream is a wish your heart makes” then do I have a surprise for you!

Many little girls dream of being a princess. How do we know? If you have “royalty” living in your “castle” it’s pretty obvious. Lol. They love playing dress up with gowns and tiaras, and many times, they create their very own “live-action” fairy tale, perhaps involving you in part of their epic adventure? There may also be a few requests for a pony that can live in the garage, or their bedroom? You’re smiling, you’re remembering a moment in particular huh? That’s great. This gift was designed with you in mind then.

If your sweetheart has princess character traits, you can now provide her with a new magical moment like none other. If you’re wondering what all the excitement is about, take a peek at Sundays post, Show your Disney Side, and take the quiz so you can learn how to create a “Disney magical moment” for the little princess in your life as part of our 14 Days of Love series.

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So I have a question: What if your little sweetheart could be proclaimed a princess at the Disney World or Disneyland parks, by their favorite fairy tale princess. Would you do it?

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Of course you would. And truth be told, if no one was looking, you might slip in as her stand-in if need be? To meet a Disney Princess is so magical, but to be proclaimed a princess, now that’s a moment fit for a storybook right? Perhaps her storybook? Well, due to the interest of our WDW Mickey and Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, and DLR Mickey and Minnie’s Valentine Surprise we’re expanding our experiences and releasing the first in a series of “storybook moments” for little ones.

What’s included? Inside a pink “Storybook Moment” bag is a royal invitation to any Princess meet and greet, a princess sash, fairy tale tiara and personalized storybook proclamation, but it’s missing a signature to make it official. She needs to go to a Princess meet and greet to get a Princess signature for her proclamation. And so the fairy tale begins. You help prepare her for this royal moment by draping the sash on her, placing the tiara on her head, then take her to a Princess meet and greet. Once at the meet and greet, her princess will sign her declaration and recognize her as part of the royal court.

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Want to see one take place?

Now, imagine your little ones reaction getting prepared for this moment, then experiencing it. The stories she’ll tell later and the keepsakes to place in her room will remind her that she’s loved and accepted for the essence of her.

To check it out, click on to this WDW “My Storybook Moment” link or DLR “My Storybook Moment” link to look at the keepsakes included. The price is $128.95, not including tax and delivery. The gift is available to pre-order as part of our 14 Days of Love series, with delivery on property starting May 15. You can also call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at WDW (407)WDW-GIFT or DLR (714-781-GIFT). Your surprise can be delivered to a resort room in preparation for the next day’s visit to the parks, or you could send it to a WDW character dining location too. As her fairy godmother or godfather you have so many magical possibilities.

And, if you’re looking for an outlet to create more magical moments for those you care about, tune in tomorrow. For those who enjoy “building” a magical moment as well as experiencing one, this post will be for you. Sound “cool”? I can’t wait to share, I just hope I don’t get “frozen” in the moment. (Wink).

In the meanwhile, I think there’s a little one somewhere who’s waiting for a fairy tale moment. #Disney14DaysofLove.

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