Today feels different. There is a certain energy in the runDisney offices that has everyone on the edge of their seats. It is the kind of energy you feel at the start line of a race … an anticipatory energy that something big is about to happen. Little do we know that we are onto something huge, and today is a landmark day in our runDisney history. We finally received that long awaited call, and it is time for our runners to assemble.
posted on February 25th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
Earlier this month, Disneyland Resort cast members cheered the arrival of dozens of military heroes — accompanied by film star Gary Sinise — to the Disneyland Resort as part of a week of surprises arranged by the actor’s foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, “Forrest Gump.”
The servicemen and women, who arrived from Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir and Naval Medical Center San Diego, visited several Southern California landmarks. They were honored at the Disneyland Resort during a special flag retreat ceremony, which you can see footage of in this video.
Parts of their trip will be aired on ABC during a “Countdown to the Oscars” special Feb. 27. The special will offer viewers a backstage pass to this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards celebrating movie heroes and include interviews with this year’s nominees. Tune in to see what other surprises were in store for this group of heroic Americans!
Walt Disney Imagineering Shares First Onboard Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
In the video, we compare onboard footage of the attraction side-by-side with an original CGI onboard that was created early on in the attraction’s development.
Stay tuned for more updates on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
What’s the best way to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for a trip? Talk to someone who has been of course! Most likely they can share insights and bring up considerations you may have never even thought about.
Those of you planning on joining us in the Mediterranean this summer got great advice last week from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy about how to make the most of your time in European ports. And today, her next “Mom’s Take” video gives even more helpful preparation tips and addresses one of the most common topics – what to pack!
If you know someone else sailing the Mediterranean with us this summer, you’ll definitely want to share this video with them. Take a look, and then pass it along!
For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Time in European Ports
- A Mom’s Take: Sailing the Mediterranean Without Kids
- A Mom’s Take: Navigating Europe with Kids
- A Mom’s Take: Choosing the Right European Itinerary for Your Family
- A Mom’s Take: Soaking up the Sun and Sights of the Greek Isles
- A Mom’s Take: Exploring the Wonders of Dubrovnik with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Experiencing the Magic of Venice with Disney Cruise Line
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.
posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
It’s almost parade time!
All the enormous, colorful floats have been constructed. Costumes have been designed and created. The original musical score has been recorded, and now the Cast of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” is busy rehearsing for the premiere performance!
Before rehearsals could begin, Show Director Randy Wojcik and Choreographer Stephen Di Schiavi held a choreography workshop to further develop their initial ideas about staging and movement. They recently gave us a peek into that workshop, for a taste of what we can expect to see when the performers bring the stories of “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” to life on the parade route.
So who else is ready to join the celebration, once the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” debuts March 9?
For more on the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” visit the links below:
- Laying Down Tracks for the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park
- Style Snapshots: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Costumes
- ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Floats Arrive at Magic Kingdom Park
- First Look: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Floats From ‘Little Mermaid’ & ‘Brave’ at Magic Kingdom Park
- Building the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ for Magic Kingdom Park
- First Look: Maleficent Joins the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” Coming to Magic Kingdom Park
- Sneak Peek: Mysterious New Float Coming to “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park
- “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014
posted on February 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Whenever I plan a new trip, I always ask others who have already taken the same journey for tips and suggestions. Most of you probably do the same thing, which is why the Disney Parks Moms Panel is such a popular resource for guests.
The video I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorites in our “Mom’s Take” Alaska series since Disney Parks Moms Panelist Nancy gives super helpful tips that she developed not only from her own experience but also from the insights of other guests and crew members. Narrowing down tips to the top five wasn’t an easy feat, but I think you’ll be pleased with the advice Nancy shares. Take a look!
- A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney to Alaska
Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Alaska. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLAlaska.
posted on February 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Every Disney parade has it’s own unique sound, and the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” opening at Magic Kingdom Park next month is no different. This daytime spectacular will feature an original theme song and score by Composer Mark Hammond, who previously worked on “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park and the “Flights of Fantasy” parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.
During a recent orchestra recording session, Mark and Senior Music Producer Dan Stamper shared some thoughts about the parade’s soundtrack.
Wildlife Wednesdays: New Release of “Disney The Jungle Book,” with Disney’s Animal Kingdom Bonus Features, Showcases Legacy of Great Storytelling Featuring Animals
posted on February 19th, 2014 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
Walt Disney’s fascination with animals—both real and imagined—and the role that animals play in Disney storytelling is the basis for an inspiring legacy that continues today. A fantastic example is the release of the Diamond Edition of “Disney The Jungle Book”, the last animated feature personally produced by Walt.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, the film features unforgettable characters and thrilling adventures with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Included in the all-new Blu-ray bonus features are the real-life animals that were so often a source of inspiration for Walt.
Here’s a look at one of the bonus features—a fun visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Blake Michael and G. Hannelius, stars of “Dog With a Blog,” to learn how Disney’s Animal Programs cast members care for our elephants.
Did you know?
- Asian elephants are featured in “Disney The Jungle Book;” you can find their African cousins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- Disney Movie Rewards members can enter for a chance to win a wild vacation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Movie Rewards membership is free. To enter the Jumpin’ Jungle Sweepstakes, visit http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/
posted on February 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Almost (almost) too pretty to eat, the dainty macarons at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie at the France Pavilion at Epcot are lined up like beautiful jewels in the pastry case – edible art, a sophisticated, light-as-a-feather French classic. Fans will fly to Paris for the perfect macaron, but now Epcot World Showcase guests can savor the tiny treats.
Thought to have originated centuries ago – macarons are a delicate, crisp-chewy balance of almond meringue cookies sandwiched with silky centers. They come in various flavors: right now you can find chocolate, raspberry, mixed berries, pistachio and white chocolate, and banana passion, packaged in a pretty box of five for $10.33 plus tax. (For the ultimate macaron decadence, try the rich, creamy chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich next door at L’Artisan Des Glaces.)
Macarons are a complicated sweet to create – take a look at Chef Olivier Saintemarie’s ballet of sweet ingredients.
posted on February 18th, 2014 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports
At ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, soccer athletes of all ages and abilities can get their kicks during open registration tournaments, soccer camps, seasonal showcases and more. Even our own kicking correspondent, Gary, was recently able to put his “unique” skillset to the test with the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic beginning this week.
Gary always wanted to live out his dream as a professional goalie. Lucky for him, Orlando City Soccer Club greats Rob Valentino, Austin Da Luz and Dennis Chin were on hand to make his wish come true. So how did he measure up? Well, see for yourself:
The fifth edition of Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic runs February 19 – March 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Orlando City SC will compete against top-flight foes including Sporting KC, the New York Red Bulls and one of Brazil’s most adored clubs, Fluminense FC.
Visit espnwwos.com for the full schedule, dates and match times.