Winter at Disneyland Resort

Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals From Disney Parks, Films Come to Life in New Free Disneynature Explore App

posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Environment and Conservation


We want you to be among the first to experience our new free app, Disneynature Explore made possible by Disney Citizenship. Kids and families can now explore the outdoors like never before through the world of animals.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals From Disney Parks, Films Come to Life in New Free Disneynature Explore App Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals From Disney Parks, Films Come to Life in New Free Disneynature Explore App

Launching to coincide with Earth Month and the theatrical release of Disneynature “Bears”, Disneynature Explore combines an augmented reality experience with fun animal-behavior game play that encourages children and families to discover and play in nature. Now available for free on the Apple App Store, the app features five animal adventures— brown bear, monarch butterfly, chimpanzee, African lion and loggerhead sea turtle—each with four unique challenges. Families can search their own backyards with the lion to hunt for a warthog, view their surroundings through a butterfly’s eyes, follow tracks along with the bear to find its cub, crack a nut like a chimpanzee and more. Take a look at the fun video.

At Disney we are passionate about inspiring kids to connect with nature and encouraging them to spend more time outdoors. This app can be one of many ways to help kids develop lifelong conservation values through nature discovery and exploration. Play along with your children and be sure to take a moment to visit the parents’ page that includes suggestions for outdoor play. Kids can earn virtual Disneynature pins throughout the experience and consider going on “photo missions” found in the Disneynature Journal that will extend your family’s engagement with nature beyond the app.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals From Disney Parks, Films Come to Life in New Free Disneynature Explore App Wildlife Wednesdays: Animals From Disney Parks, Films Come to Life in New Free Disneynature Explore App

I hope you and your family will take some time to discover the wonders of nature during Earth Month and year-round.

Click here to download Disneynature Explore free on the App Store.

Did you know:

  • You can see African lions on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and loggerhead sea turtles at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot.
  • The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has collaborated with Disneynature and nonprofit organizations to protect wildlife and wild places, including:
    • Planting three million trees with The Nature Conservancy (Disneynature “Earth”)
    • Protecting more than 40,000 acres of coral with The Nature Conservancy (Disneynature “Oceans”).
    • Protecting 65,000 acres of savanna with African Wildlife Foundation (Disneynature “African Cats”).
    • Protecting nearly 130,000 acres of chimpanzee habitat, educating more than 60,000 children, and caring for orphaned chimpanzees with the Jane Goodall Institute (Disneynature “Chimpanzee”)

  • If you see Disneynature “Bears” during its opening week (April 18-24, 2014), Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation through the DWCF to protect wildlife and wild places across the National Park system.
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    Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Environmental Integration Representative

    posted on April 1st, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


    Happy Earth Month! This green installment of “Every Role a Starring Role” spotlights cast member Helen Jaco, an Environmental Integration Representative at the Disneyland Resort. Helen helps reduce waste at the Disneyland Resort by working with various departments to increase environmental awareness and help them find creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

    From donating at least 50 pairs of shoes per day to Goodwill to recycling seven tons of food scraps per day into animal feed, the Disneyland Resort continues to minimize waste thanks in part to Helen, who tells us more about her role and the programs she supports in this video!

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    Hear a Gospel Rendition of Disney’s ‘it’s a small world (after all)’

    posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    This week’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction continues with a gospel performance of the attraction’s famous song. Be sure to check it out below!

    You can join the attraction’s celebration by creating your own sing-along video. Learn more at SmallWorld50.com.

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    A Look Back: Behind the Scenes of the Re-imagined “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park

    posted on March 31st, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


    It’s hard to believe it has been five years since the new dolls were added to “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park. I had the privilege to sit down with Imagineer Kim Irvine and several of the attraction’s magic-makers before “the happiest cruise that ever sailed ‘round the world” re-opened to guests back in 2009. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” I thought it would be fun to revisit this video and share it with you.

    I have to say, the North America scene with the Woody, Jessie and Bullseye toys is still my favorite addition. What’s yours?

    Join in the 50th anniversary celebration of “it’s a small world” at SmallWorld50.com.

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    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

    posted on March 31st, 2014 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


    In its second year of operation, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort continues to surprise and delight guests with its animation-inspired design, whimsical amenities and spacious suites ideal for families. As part of our ongoing resort series, here’s the inside scoop on this highly popular Walt Disney World Resort hotel that immerses guests into classic Disney and Disney•Pixar films, in a big way! John Graham will share 10 things you might not know about this magical Disney resort.

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    Running For Her Life at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

    posted on March 28th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


    What started as a bucket-list goal turned into Kimberly Markey’s run for life. This wife and mother of two from Connecticut started running in 2008, setting her sights on completing the 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. Her one-and-done adventure turned into a love and passion for running. Little did she know running would help her through one of the most difficult fights of her life.

    In July 2013 Kimberly was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the support of her family and doctors she continued to run. Family time and training was now shared with surgery and chemotherapy. Although some days it was tough to even get out of bed, running made her feel normal, gave her strength and happiness. Kimberly’s oncologist believes running is helping in her battle against cancer and is keeping her on the road to recovery.

    But this isn’t a story of sadness, this is a story of inspiration and celebration. On January 2nd Kimberly received her 6th and final chemotherapy treatment. Just five days later on January 8th she and her family came to Walt Disney World to play together, run together and celebrate life. To mark the occasion of her last treatment Kimberly took on the inaugural Dopey Challenge, running a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, 48.6 miles over four days! This runDisney challenge was important to Kimberly because it reinforced her belief that she can do anything and crossing the finish line on the last day made a statement, “Look at me world, I’m here and I’m not going anywhere.”

    Kimberly’s message to anyone thinking about running, “You can do anything you want to do – all you have to do is believe in yourself, make a goal and just do it.”

    I invite you to take a few minutes to watch Kimberly’s story and join all of us as we celebrate her run for life.

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    #WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload and your story, visit irundisney.com.

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    A Steelpan Performance Of Disney’s ‘it’s a small world’

    posted on March 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    Today’s performance of “it’s a small world” comes to us from musician Michael Antoine. Michael was born in Trinidad, where his father taught him how to play the instrument, and now resides in Florida. Enjoy!

    Is this your favorite performance of “it’s a small world (after all)” yet? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

    Check back next week for more videos celebrating “it’s a small world.” Join the celebration by creating your own “it’s a small world” doll at SmallWorld50.com.

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    Goofy Gets Even More Animated at Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on March 28th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


    In a company built on animation, it’s always fun to try different ways of showcasing our famous animated characters. A technique of animation involves persistence of vision, a phenomenon where you retain a visual for a small amount of time, even after the visual is removed from view. (An example would be the flipbooks we played with when we were kids.)

    Another way of animating repetitive motion is by printing a series of images on a flat surface and then sliding an overlay with vertical stripes over it. This type of animation, which also utilizes persistence of vision, is featured in a popular series of books. These books feature a variety of animated objects including horses, soccer players, penguins and even Star Wars characters.

    When our pal Goofy heard about this, he wanted to get in on the fun. And of course, everything Goofy does has to be a big production. So, with a dash of Disney magic, a giant “Goofymation” shoot took place inside one of the stages at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here’s a 30-second look at the results.

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    Date Night on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

    posted on March 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


    What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a night out with your significant other? Here’s one date night destination you may have never considered: out on the open ocean!

    We all know that a Disney cruise is the perfect place for families to spend quality time together. And it’s no secret the kids will have a blast! But something you may not have thought about before is that sailing with us also gives you plenty of opportunities to reconnect with your spouse.

    Curious to see what I mean? Check out this video for inspiration on ways you can get quality “we” time on your next Disney cruise!

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    Xin Yin Children’s Choir Celebrates Disney’s ‘it’s a small world’

    posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” continues today with a video performance from the children’s choir, Xin Yin, which is based in Shanghai.

    The performance, which took place in the Shanghai Cultural Center, included the group singing the song “it’s a small world (after all)” in English and Mandarin Chinese.

    You can join the attraction’s celebration by singing along and creating your own “it’s a small world” doll. Learn more at SmallWorld50.com.

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