Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – now in its second year at Disney California Adventure park – is set to conclude once again with a celebration of Three Kings Day, taking place January 2-6. Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos, is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or “wise men”) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Take a look at what guests can expect during our celebration.
posted on December 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on December 28th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
This week our holiday content hit a high point, with two new videos that showed the wonder of a child’s first Christmas spent at Walt Disney World Resort.
In one, we take a look at child’s first visit with his grandparents, and learn just how special and memorable that moment can be for everyone.
And in another, we see that Disney characters can make a special memory for our youngest guests during the holiday season.
Here are some of the other holiday stories we worked on this week.
Video Rewind: Holidays at Disneyland Park, 2009 – Look back at some of the holiday videos we shared here on the Disney Parks Blog way back in December 2009.
Every Role a Starring Role – Dapper Dans of Disneyland Park – The Dapper Dans are an iconic part of the Main Street, U.S.A., experience at the Disneyland Resort. In this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role,” hear from Jim Campbell about what it is like to bring magic to our guests through song.
Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World – We thought Christmas Day would be the perfect day to continue our ongoing series featuring beautifully decorated trees from around Disney Parks.
It’s a Holiday Hoedown at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Where can you see Santa Claus, play holiday games, enjoy holiday treats and meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best? At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland park! Check out all the fun we’ve been having this year.
Learn to Draw Scrooge McDuck from ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ – This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a character from a classic Disney holiday film, Scrooge McDuck from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”
Jingle Cruise All the Way at Disneyland Park – Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river with the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland park.
posted on December 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
As excitement builds for the inaugural College Football Playoff on ESPN, Disney Parks is launching a series of fun TV spots on ESPN and ABC-TV created in the same vein as our iconic “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.
If you haven’t seen the spot yet, mascots from the University of Alabama, Florida State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Oregon are passing the time at an airport, hoping their team wins the National Championship so one of them will get to fly off to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to represent their school for a celebratory parade similar to how countless marquee sports heroes have celebrated after the big game. Check it out – it’ll make you smile.
Watch for new versions of the TV spot after the College Football Playoff semifinals. Until then, we’d love to hear what Disney Parks Blog readers think. Who wins and gets to go to Walt Disney World Resort?
Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog after the College Football Playoff semifinal games on ESPN on January 1, 2015 for more.
posted on December 25th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
Cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, wish you and your ‘ohana a happy holiday! Enjoy the video below, and if you look closely, notice some of your favorite Disney characters are wearing their holiday outfits while vacationing in Hawai’i.
From all of us at Aulani to all of you, a very merry Christmas.
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
It’s tradition around here to light up the Disney Parks Yule Log on Christmas week. With our updated HD version, created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers, you can enjoy the crackling fire along with some great music and a surprise guest. Check it out on your computer, TV, tablet or mobile device.
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Mark Beatty, Worldwide Ranch Animal Operations Manager
Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is one of the best-kept secrets at Walt Disney World Resort (until now!). At the Draft Horse Barn, one of four stable areas and just a short walk from Pioneer Hall, guests can see a variety of horse breeds and learn more about the many horses in Disney history. While the Draft Horse Barn houses up to 30 horses, ranch cast members care for 80-90 horses at any one time! These horses can be seen in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and the local community. Did you know horses from Tri-Circle-D Ranch are featured in Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park? In addition, local parades like the Citrus Bowl and the Christmas parade in the city of Winter Park, Fla. also feature Tri-Circle-D Ranch horses.
Just like we would prepare for a special event or outing, a great deal of time is spent preparing the horses for these fun events. The horse below, Khan, is getting a morning bath and then had his mane hair braided to give it a nice fluffy look.
Most recently, the horses from Tri-Circle-D co-starred in the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration!
Don’t forget to visit Tri-Circle-D Ranch during your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort. All guests are welcome to enjoy the outdoor activities including pony rides for the younger travelers and trail rides for the older kids and “kids at heart”! Old-fashioned, horse-drawn wagon, carriage and sleigh rides also allow relaxing time spent in the great outdoors. Call 407-WDW-PLAY to schedule advanced reservations. If you’re feeling spontaneous, call 407-824-2832 for same day reservations.
Happy Holidays and we hope to see you soon!
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a character from a classic Disney holiday film, Scrooge McDuck from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Get ready for step-by-step instructions from Heather Worley of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney friends, check out the list below:
- Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′
- Learn to Draw Baymax From ‘Big Hero 6’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Rapunzel’s Buddy, Pascal, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Stitch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Winnie the Pooh at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Jack Skellington at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Learn How to Draw ‘Frozen’s’ Anna at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Learn to Draw Disney Characters at Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Do You Want to Draw a Snowman? Learn How at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Having sailed on several Disney cruises, one comes to expect a certain sense of style – and the Jingle Cruise in Disneyland park doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re into ugly sweaters or you’re more of a fruit cake, you’ll be “sleighed” by the hilarious, holiday highlights during this yuletide ride along the river.
Don’t miss the boat! The Jingle Cruise is sailing now through January 6.
posted on December 24th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
It may be a small world but the Santa Monica College cheer squad is big when showing their Disney Side and love for one of the most beloved attractions at Disney. Celebrating team and campus diversity, the cheer squad used their memories of “it’s a small world” to choreograph a routine for the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit.
The video follows four young park guests through the attraction as they experience everything from the famous boat ride, to beautiful costumes and a cultural celebration.
Santa Monica College is one of four finalists in the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition, alongside Auburn, Louisiana State University and Rutgers University. Dozens of universities from across the country submitted videos choreographed to one of four Disney Parks-inspired songs. The winning squad will earn a $100,000 grant for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
How will the best cheer be selected? By your vote!
Guests are asked to go to Espn.com/CheerMagic to view and vote for their favorite video from the final four. The school with the most votes wins. Fans who vote are entered into an ESPN sweepstakes to win a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Rules may be found at Espn.com/CheerMagic. On-line voting ends on January 6 and the winning squad will be announced on ESPN before the College Football National Championship Game on January 12 in Dallas.
Before casting your vote take a look at the inspiration and Santa Monica College spirit that went into the making of the cheer.
This year, Disney Parks is encouraging people to show their “Disney Side”– their fun-loving adventurous side that laughs more, says “yes” more and just plain lives life to the fullest.
ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort has been the home of Varsity Spirit’s College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, the premier athletic competition for these teams, for over 20 years. Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today. Focused on safety, entertainment and school leadership, Varsity Spirit conducts educational camps, administrates competitions and provides apparel for more than 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers.
Cheer Your Disney Side Promotion By ESPN.
No purchase necessary. Ends 11:59 PM ET on 1/6/15. Must be a legal resident of the (50) U.S. or DC, 18 years or older, or the age of majority. Limit 1 entry/vote per person & per email per day. For prize details, odds of winning & complete Official Rules, go to www.espn.com/CheerMagic. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, New York, NY.