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Learn to Draw Joy from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


While the new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” doesn’t hit theaters until June 19, guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can already learn to draw a handful of the characters from the film at the park’s Animation Academy.

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The film takes a look at the life of Riley, a young girl who moves from her life in the Midwest when her father gets a job in San Francisco. Riley’s emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends. “Inside Out” is rated PG.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Joy, the happy optimist of the team.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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Today in Disney History: ‘World of Color’ and Silly Symphony Swings Open at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Five years ago today, “World of Color” opened for Disney California Adventure park guests, after dazzling media at a special premiere the night before. Take a look back at the star-studded event:

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Also on June 11, 2010, Silly Symphony Swings opened – take a look back at the construction of this attraction in the video below.

Have you seen the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” yet? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Behind the Scenes: Creating Our @DisneyParks Stop-Motion Film

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What do you get when you take 1,000 photos, 60 lbs of confetti, seven Disney characters and one photographer with a big imagination? Something magical, of course!

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When we thought about how we wanted to celebrate our @DisneyParks Twitter account hitting the milestone of 1 million followers, we called on the talent of Yellow Shoes Photographer Chloe Rice to come up with something special. Check out the video below to learn how what started as a simple Twitter graphic turned into a very detailed and intricate stop-motion film clip – and how the team pulled it all together.

Want to follow @DisneyParks on Twitter? Click here.

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Behind the Scenes: This Year’s Star Wars Weekends Creative Campaign

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Will Gay, Creative Director, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


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Ready are you? We sure were. All of a sudden I look around and I am in the middle of the TV commercial shoot for the upcoming launch of this year’s Star Wars Weekends. This is one of those moments that I just think, “Are you kidding me? How did I get here in the middle of all this awesomeness and where did all these troopers come from?” It is a little surreal to say the least. Maybe it really did all start “A long time ago in a galaxy” … well you know. You see, my Jedi Master creative teammates and myself are huge Star Wars fans ourselves. We grew up watching the original trilogy and playing with everything Star Wars. So working on the creative for the latest campaign here at Yellow Shoes really was a dream come true for us.

After editing this great footage we shot right here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then adding in all the cool special effects, it was finally complete. And we are very excited to share with you today the finished spot we call, “Lit”.

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Oh, and did you notice some very familiar footage in the beginning of the spot? How cool is that? Not to mention that iconic soundtrack that comes up at the end that can make a grown man get a little misty-eyed.

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The idea behind this year’s campaign is simple: it’s as close to the Force as you can get. Everything plays out around the notion of going to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you are literally surrounded by the Force and all things Star Wars.

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A Mom’s Take on the Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Disney Vacation Club accommodations offer special features perfect for families of all sizes. The Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, are the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort. They sleep up to five guests each, and offer lots of other cool features that are perfect for families.

In this video, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette shows off some of her favorite features of these new accommodations, and offers insights from a mom’s point of view. Take a look!

What’s your favorite part of the new Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows?

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Celebrating 1 Million @DisneyParks Twitter Followers

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


One of the popular Twitter accounts for many Disney Parks Blog readers – @DisneyParks – just reached a big milestone – 1 million followers. And to help celebrate the occasion and thank all of our fans, we’ve gathered some of your favorite Disney characters for a special stop-motion surprise.

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Peyton List and Her Grandma Share a Special Day at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was a day to celebrate old memories and create new ones as Peyton List, known to most of us as “Emma” on Disney Channel’sJessie,” and her grandmother, Charlene List, spent time together at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What better way to start the day than to do something that bridges both generations, a meet and greet with Mickey himself at Town Square Theater. Excited to see Mickey, Peyton recalled the first time she saw him as a child, “The first time I met Mickey I was with you grandma.”

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Walking down Main Street U.S.A., eating Mickey Ice Cream Bars in front of Cinderella Castle, riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Peyton and her grandmother shared stories from the past and used the time to learn more about each other. Peyton was surprised to learn she and her grandmother share a common bond, a love of thrill rides. A fact quickly supported with a ride together on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Beaming with pride and love for her granddaughter, Charlene shared this advice to all grandparents, “They will remember this the rest of their lives, spending time with you, and you will remember, so everybody wins. Life’s too short and you got to make a lot of happy memories.”

Here is a look at Peyton and grandma’s day as they kicked off their Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort.

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VIDEO: Disneyland Day at California State Capitol

posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


You may have seen our recent post about “Disneyland Day” being proclaimed by the California State Senate and Assembly on June 1, 2015, in celebration of our 60th anniversary. Check out this fun video that shows our trip to Sacramento!

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Behind the Scenes of Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Matterhorn Bobsleds recently reopened at Disneyland park, following a refurbishment that brought many new creative elements to this classic attraction – including a whole new look for its most famous resident, the Abominable Snowman. In the video below, Walt Disney Imagineering takes us for a behind-the-scenes look at how this new look was created.

Have you seen the Abominable Snowman’s new look for yourself? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Walt Disney Imagineering Graphic Designer at the Disneyland Resort

posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As a graphic designer, Imagineer Kirstin Makela visually communicates Disney stories throughout the Disneyland Resort, even designing many of the graphics for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Appropriately enough, we are featuring her in our 60th episode of Every Role a Starring Role!

Which graphic design in this video is your favorite?

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