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Journey to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Tips from Disney Parks Mom Panelist

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Straight from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, here’s the second of the four-part series Fun With Little Ones, featuring insider tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Crystal B. She takes you on an adventure thru Disney’s Animal Kingdom and highlights don’t miss experiences like The Boneyard and Wildlife Express Train, just right for wee ones.

For more from the “fun with Little Ones” series, visit the post below:

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Mickey Mouse

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you’ve enjoyed our Disney-inspired bento box series here on the blog, then you’ll want check out today’s special how-to video from inside Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. We’re sharing the secret to making a beautiful Mickey Mouse bento box using sushi rice, radishes and Nori.

Disney fan and Disney Parks Blog reader Mike Kravanis uses cookie cutters to help make the face and ears of Mickey Mouse and Nori, or a paper-like roasted seaweed sheets, to make the fine facial details. Give it a try and let us know how your bento box turns out.

As we continue this series, let us know which character you’d like to see featured. Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Making the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Christmas Tree Dazzle

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 13, and preparations have been underway since the beginning of the month to bring extra dazzle to this year’s celebration. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the incredibly talented Resort Enhancement Team at our warehouse just a few miles down the road. For this team, Christmas is year-round and they don’t seem to get tired of it! Just like Santa’s elves, they work hard to make the holidays magical. So, follow me behind the scenes and watch as they put the finishing touches on our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Christmas tree.

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Holiday Minnie Transformation Adds Magic to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This November, our Fairy Godmothers-in-Training are adding a touch of holiday magic to transformations at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks. Beginning November 8 through January 3, 2016 (or while supplies last), with the wave of a magic wand and some holiday cheer, your children ages 3–12 will delight in what we consider one of the merriest looks yet! Take a look!

The Holiday Minnie transformation package includes your choice of boutique hairstyling, shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, a Princess sash and cinch sack, plus a festive Holiday Minnie Mouse costume and holly-themed headband. Reminder: Transformations are only available for children ages 3–12. Disney PhotoPass package sold separately, based on availability.

Guests visiting California, this package will be offered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (Note: Separate Theme Park admission required).

Guests visiting Florida can find this package at the World of Disney Store in Disney Springs Marketplace or inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (Note: Separate Theme Park admission required for the latter).

This holiday package is $149.95, plus tax and available for a limited time only or while supplies last. Appointments will book quickly so make your reservation today! Call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

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VIDEO: Watch A Sneak Peek Of ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

UPDATE: This live event has concluded, but feel free to enjoy the replay below. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live event opportunities.

"Tangled: The Musical" Aboard the Disney Magic

It’s nearly time for the exclusive sneak peek of “Tangled: The Musical!”. We’re live streaming an original number from the show right here at 11:50 a.m. EST from the Disney Magic.

Tune in to be among the first to experience this incredible show, which features brand-new music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, storybook set designs and more. You’ll even get to hear one of three songs developed exclusively for this show, “When She Returns.”

Join us at 11:50 a.m. EST, then tell us about your favorite part in the comments section!

Want more? Check out the series below:

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’80s Music Star Tiffany Talks About Unforgettable Disney Memories

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

She was one of the biggest musical artists in the ’80s. With hits like “I think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been”, Tiffany left an unforgettable mark on the music scene.

Recently Tiffany returned to Walt Disney World Resort and performed at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Over two nights she had guests dancing in the aisles and creating unforgettable memories. We caught up with Tiffany in the Magic Kingdom as she was reliving an unforgettable moment of her own. At the age of 17 she performed in front of Cinderella Castle for a Grad Night celebration. A performance that would lead to one of her top rated music videos of a Beatles remix, “I Saw Him Standing There”.

Reliving the past but keeping an eye to the future, Tiffany talked about sharing time in the parks with her son. Unforgettable memories both past and present.

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Win a Vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Aloha, Disney Parks Blog readers! I’m pleased to share that I’ll now be covering Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, here on the blog. The resort is special to me because it combines two of my favorite things — Hawai‘i and Disney! It’s truly a Hawaiian paradise with a perfect dose of Disney magic and I look forward to sharing news, updates, vacation tips and more!

Speaking of vacation … ever had one that was a little too much on-the-go, with nonstop tourist sightseeing? Or perhaps it was the longest road trip of your life? Ever come home exhausted and feel you need another vacation, just to recover from the vacation you were on? You’re not alone. There’s certainly an art to experiencing a restful and rejuvenating vacation, and luckily, our Pacific paradise has all the right ingredients. The only thing missing, is you!

That’s why we are running a contest called “The Vacation You Won’t Need a Vacation After.” From now until November 30, 2015, follow the link here to enter and you and your ‘ohana could soon be relaxing at Aulani, enjoying the pools in the Waikolohe Valley, swimming in the Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, or taking a blissful treatment in the Laniwai Spa.

Do you need an Aulani vacation from your last vacation?

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Aulani Vacation You Won’t Need a Vacation After Contest begins 12:00:00 PM ET on November 2, 2015 and ends 11:59:59 PM ET on November 30, 2015. Open to eligible legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at time of entry. One and only one unique entry per each calendar day during the Contest. The prize is a seven (7) day/six (6) night vacation package for four (4) people at Aulani, a Disney® Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. Void in Puerto Rico, Quebec, and where prohibited. Click on Official Rules for details on entry instructions, judging criteria, prize details, restrictions, etc. Total ARV of all prizes is: USD $9,060.00 / CAD $12,015.51. Sponsor: Disney Destinations, LLC, P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA.

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Disney Familia Celebrate the Fall at Walt Disney World

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Even though Halloween has ended, Walt Disney World Resort has plenty festive fall fun for all in the familia.

You can enjoy the delicious Epcot International Food and Wine Festival until November 16th, a culinary adventure for everyone that loves comida!

And the holiday season has already begun with The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

Watch this animated video to see all the experiencias that make this time of year an unforgettable season of magia!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: November 2010

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Let’s travel back five years for this Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule – to November 2010 – for a look at the stories we shared from the Disneyland Resort.

The Zip-A-Dee-Lady Scene Inside Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Crocumentation at Disneyland Park

Paul kicked off the month with a trivia challenge. Do you know which classic Disneyland park attraction these critters appeared in before Splash Mountain? Take a look at Paul’s post for the answer!

Fairy Tale Suite Bedroom

Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

Heather took us for a look inside the beautiful Fairy Tale Suite at the Disneyland Hotel. Check out more photos in her post!

Partners in the Morning Fog, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

Partners in the Morning Fog

November brought fog to the Disneyland Resort, and with it one of my favorite photos from Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

A Look Back: November 24, 1955, Mickey Mouse Club Circus Debuts

Valarie took us back in time to 1955 and the opening of Mickey Mouse Club Circus in Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Debut New Star Wars Experiences in December

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

You heard about it first during the 2015 D23 EXPO, and now we’re excited to share more details. Very soon, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.


Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force. Here’s a sneak peek of where the Starspeeder 1000 will be taking us.

We also have new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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