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New ‘Disney Vacation’ Magazine Launches on Flipboard

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


If you’re a reader who loves our daily stories and updates here on the Disney Parks Blog, then you’ll want to subscribe to our newly launched “Disney Vacations” magazine on Flipboard.

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The latest edition of the “Disney Vacations” magazine features an amazing robot that creates art in the sand at the Walt Disney World Resort, an update on reservations for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine and much more. Each day, the “Disney Vacations” magazine will feature the latest news from Disneyland, the Walt Disney World Resort and other Disney destinations.

Go subscribe now and let us know what you think.

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#DisneyKids: First Disney Treat at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Walt Disney World Resort is place where little ones can try all kinds of new foods including international fare at Epcot like kebabs from Morocco and sushi from Japan, to giant turkey legs and calamari at Magic Kingdom Park. And now thanks to The Mickey Check, parents can easily identify nutritious menu options at restaurants on property.

Once your kids take their last bite of a healthy meal, sometimes it’s fun to indulge in special treats that you can only find at Disney Parks! Mickey waffles, Dole Whip, character-themed candy apples and so much more can be a sweet surprise to top off an action-packed day.

Just check out the smiles on these little faces as they try some favorite Disney Parks goodies for the first time! Do your kids have any favorite Disney desserts?

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Enter the Walt Disney World’s Best Grandparent Contest Now

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


My fondest memory of my maternal grandfather is watching him whip-up a delicious dinner over a sizzling smoky wok along with dramatic exclamations of each step. It was like watching a cooking show. And my paternal grandmother – she taught me how to transform yarn, felt, and wiggly eyes into pom-pom animals.

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For these reasons and many more, I think they’re the best. And we bet you have some great reasons why your grandparents are the best, too. So, reward them with a chance at a family vacation here to Walt Disney World Resort.

We’ve launched the Walt Disney World’s Best Grandparent Contest. Share your funny, happy, or heartwarming story. They could win a Grand Adventure, an eight-day family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort for up to six people. Hopefully, you’ll be one of the lucky six.

You have until August 28th. The winner will be announced on Grandparent’s Day, September 15.

So let’s celebrate Grandmom and Granddad, Granny, Nana, Grampy, Gramps, Mom Mom and Pop Pop – whatever their moniker. If you call them the “best,” submit your story today.

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Robot Creates Giant Sand Portrait of Walt Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

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


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An autonomous “entertainment” robot that can create large scale sand art called Beachbot recently visited Walt Disney World Resort and amazed guests at Disney’s Contemporary Resort by drawing a giant portrait of Walt Disney.

Disney Research Zurich teamed up with a group of undergraduate students from a Swiss engineering school to build the Beachbot robot from scratch. The team wanted to do something nobody has ever done before and create a machine that could make spectacular art alongside beachgoers.

“This is a new kind of area really, which is entertainment robots – that’s what Beachbot is,” Paul Beardsley, principal research scientist at Disney Research Zurich said. “It could be that you go to your local beach and look over and you see – presto, there’s a drawing being made by a robot.”

The students considered different designs when creating Beachbot and ultimately decided to make it in the shape of a turtle and then added a rake mechanism to carve the designs into the sand. Smart software is used to transform images into the art and control Beachbot’s movement, according to the project’s site.

Beardsley said Beachbot can make many different types of drawings but one of the things it’s really good at is drawing face images. The robot created earlier images on the beaches of the North Sea before visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Research Zurich is part of a network of labs that make new technologies for the company.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Tour de Turtles 2015: The Race is On!

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Blair Witherington, Senior Sea Turtle Biologist


We celebrated our eighth annual Tour de Turtles last Saturday with lots of enthusiastic Disney Vacation Club Members and guests at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. It was a huge hit! Excitement rose as researchers from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy attached satellite transmitters to two loggerhead sea turtles, Tinker Bell and Marina. Cheers rang out later as the two conservation-marathon contestants crawled down the beach to begin their ocean journey.

The race is on!

While we were waiting for the sea turtles to start their migration marathon, guests took part in activities that helped them understand the many threats sea turtles face. Each turtle competitor in the Tour de Turtles is swimming to raise awareness for a specific threat that affects sea turtle populations. This year, Tinker Bell is raising awareness about light pollution on sea turtle nesting beaches. Little sea turtle hatchlings require starlight and moonlight to navigate to the ocean after hatching and can become disoriented in the presence of artificial light. Who would know better about using natural starlight to navigate than Tinker Bell, right? Our second turtle, Marina, is swimming to raise awareness about plastic debris in the world’s oceans. As a water fairy, she knows firsthand the benefits of keeping our oceans clean for all the creatures that live there!

The Tour de Turtles event is a favorite among guests and cast members alike because it allows them to connect with nature and learn how they can make a difference in sea turtle conservation efforts! And, the best part about Tour de Turtles is that the fun continues long after the turtles return to the sea! Because Tinker Bell and Marina, along with the other turtles in the race, were equipped with satellite transmitters, we can all follow them on their long trip back to their foraging waters. The satellite data also allow scientists from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy to learn where our turtles are spending most of their time so that we can protect them long into the future.

Check out the slideshow and video for more sights and sounds, and don’t forget to track Tinker Bell and Marina on tourdeturtles.org!

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


From staying in larger accommodations to enjoying Membership-exclusive activities, there’s so much to love about being a Disney Vacation Club member.

Watch as Disney Parks Moms Panelist Kate shares her reasons for becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member, and see how you can enjoy vacations you never outgrow.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

This promotional material is a timeshare solicitation and is not an offer in any jurisdiction where the timeshare is not registered. See important timeshare disclosures here.

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Actress & Singer Idina Menzel Talks ‘Frozen’ at Disney Parks

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Come check out the video of Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel as she visits the set of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Idina shares her thoughts on the pop-culture phenomenon “Frozen,” her “special” relationship with a Queen named Elsa and how excited she is to be a part of something so unique and special, especially for young girls.

Menzel recalled with us some of her favorite Disney Parks memories, from walking down Main Street U.S.A., to this trip where she learned her son shares her passion for thrill rides!

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Video Rewind: Point-of-View Videos from Disneyland Resort Attractions

posted on August 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Need to fill that time between your last ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the next? Miss that view from the front of the Disneyland Resort Monorail? Good news – Shannon, one of our fabulous video pros, has you covered! Take a rewind back to some of the “Point of View” videos she has shared with us over the years here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We captured memorable moments from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, and mashed them into one video.

A camera was mounted on the driver’s side of a Radiator Springs Racers car during a test run prior to the 2012 opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park for this special sneak peek of the attraction.

A round-trip ride on the Disneyland Monorail lasts about 15 minutes, but if you’re short on time, this video highlights the highway in the sky with a point of view only visible by a few.

Five cameras traveled aboard the Omnibus to tape the entire trip from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Operations Host

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


Disneyland Resort cast member Adam Rieders helps create a smooth experience for guests watching the “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. You may have met Adam already if you have been to Disneyland park recently to watch these new nighttime shows for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, especially if you showed up early to choose your spot.

Adam says while his role can be challenging, he is lucky enough to experience these shows nearly every night, and one of his favorite parts is watching the reactions of guests. Now it’s your turn to watch Adam in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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VIDEO – Visiting Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Frozen Summer Fun

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few weeks ago I shared details about the recently opened Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a wintry salon where guests ages 3-12 can undergo a magical transformation, as they prepare for Coronation day during Frozen Summer Fun. In honor of National Sister’s Day yesterday, August 2, I thought it would be a perfect time to check out the “Frozen” fun with fellow teammate Katie Thompson.

Here are a few additional images I captured during our visit. The cupcakes in the Ice Palace Café were delicious!

The Ice Palace Boutique will only be offered during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which continues through September 7, 2015.

Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommended. To book your appointment, please call 407-827-7400. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. The location may be able to accommodate guests without reservations on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis each day.

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