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YouTube Stars Show Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort

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


Recently, some of the most popular creators on YouTube, including Stampylongnose, ShayCarl, Charisma Star TV, Alphacat (Iman Crosson) and Bratayley joined us at Walt Disney World Resort to show their Disney Side in the parks. Take a look at what they created.

We’ll be sharing more Disney Side videos from some of your favorite YouTube stars throughout the year on the Disney Parks YouTube channel.

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New Video Series: Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just a few months away from our first-ever cruises in Norway! Our team has been busy developing some pretty awesome shore excursions so that you can have the adventure of a lifetime on your trip to the land of “Frozen.” I’ll be telling you all about our Port Adventures in Norway, starting today, but first I want to share with you a video from a really fun series we created, “Helpful Norwegian Phrases for Your Disney Cruise.”

While we were exploring all there is to see and do in the ports we’re visiting in Norway, we spoke with some of the locals about what phrases will be helpful for Disney cruisers to learn. In this first video, we caught up with Arne during our Viking Village Experience from the port of Alesund, Norway. Check out his video, and then keep reading for details about this Port Adventure.

This video was filmed on the island of Giske, an area known for its rich Viking history. One of our Port Adventures, designed exclusively for our guests, includes a quest there to a Viking village where you’ll meet the chieftan and his family. On this unique and interactive adventure, you’ll head back in time to experience the Viking world and be a part of their daily life, mingling with members of the Norse families and experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Check out this photo gallery of some of the fun your entire family will have while being immersed in this intriguing culture!

Next week, stay tuned for another Norway video and Port Adventure sneak peek. Farvell!

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Learn to Draw Buzz Lightyear from ‘Toy Story’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s animation tutorial will take you “to infinity and beyond!” Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is prepped and ready to show you how to draw the perfect Buzz Lightyear.



For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney characters, check out the list below:

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Day 4 – Experience ‘My Storybook Moment’ at Meet and Greets

posted on February 4th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


If “A dream is a wish your heart makes” then do I have a surprise for you!

Many little girls dream of being a princess. How do we know? If you have “royalty” living in your “castle” it’s pretty obvious. Lol. They love playing dress up with gowns and tiaras, and many times, they create their very own “live-action” fairy tale, perhaps involving you in part of their epic adventure? There may also be a few requests for a pony that can live in the garage, or their bedroom? You’re smiling, you’re remembering a moment in particular huh? That’s great. This gift was designed with you in mind then.

If your sweetheart has princess character traits, you can now provide her with a new magical moment like none other. If you’re wondering what all the excitement is about, take a peek at Sundays post, Show your Disney Side, and take the quiz so you can learn how to create a “Disney magical moment” for the little princess in your life as part of our 14 Days of Love series.

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So I have a question: What if your little sweetheart could be proclaimed a princess at the Disney World or Disneyland parks, by their favorite fairy tale princess. Would you do it?

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Of course you would. And truth be told, if no one was looking, you might slip in as her stand-in if need be? To meet a Disney Princess is so magical, but to be proclaimed a princess, now that’s a moment fit for a storybook right? Perhaps her storybook? Well, due to the interest of our WDW Mickey and Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, and DLR Mickey and Minnie’s Valentine Surprise we’re expanding our experiences and releasing the first in a series of “storybook moments” for little ones.

What’s included? Inside a pink “Storybook Moment” bag is a royal invitation to any Princess meet and greet, a princess sash, fairy tale tiara and personalized storybook proclamation, but it’s missing a signature to make it official. She needs to go to a Princess meet and greet to get a Princess signature for her proclamation. And so the fairy tale begins. You help prepare her for this royal moment by draping the sash on her, placing the tiara on her head, then take her to a Princess meet and greet. Once at the meet and greet, her princess will sign her declaration and recognize her as part of the royal court.

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Want to see one take place?

Now, imagine your little ones reaction getting prepared for this moment, then experiencing it. The stories she’ll tell later and the keepsakes to place in her room will remind her that she’s loved and accepted for the essence of her.

To check it out, click on to this WDW “My Storybook Moment” link or DLR “My Storybook Moment” link to look at the keepsakes included. The price is $128.95, not including tax and delivery. The gift is available to pre-order as part of our 14 Days of Love series, with delivery on property starting May 15. You can also call a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker at WDW (407)WDW-GIFT or DLR (714-781-GIFT). Your surprise can be delivered to a resort room in preparation for the next day’s visit to the parks, or you could send it to a WDW character dining location too. As her fairy godmother or godfather you have so many magical possibilities.

And, if you’re looking for an outlet to create more magical moments for those you care about, tune in tomorrow. For those who enjoy “building” a magical moment as well as experiencing one, this post will be for you. Sound “cool”? I can’t wait to share, I just hope I don’t get “frozen” in the moment. (Wink).

In the meanwhile, I think there’s a little one somewhere who’s waiting for a fairy tale moment. #Disney14DaysofLove.

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The Latest ‘Newsies’ from Disney Performing Arts

posted on February 4th, 2015 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Last week, our Disney Performing Arts team “seized the day” to create a magical moment for the Cape Coral High School Dance Team from Cape Coral, FL. The group was at the Walt Disney World Resort to participate in a two-hour “Disney Dancin’” workshop where they learned techniques to help maximize rehearsal time and deliver a focused performance. What the students didn’t expect was a surprise visit from the touring cast of “NEWSIES”. The students had the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight from these professional performers.

The five “NEWSIES” cast members included Dan DeLuca and Stephanie Styles, who play the lead roles Jack and Katherine, dance captain Andrew Wilson and ensemble dancers Evan Autio and Chaz Wolcott. Disney Performing Arts alumni Andrew and Evan also reminisced about their experiences with the program and how what they learned has helped them throughout their careers.

It was a pleasure to have Evan and Andrew return to their Disney Performing Arts roots and to have them and the other talented “NEWSIES” cast members be part of an unforgettable surprise for the students from Cape Coral!

Take a look at the exciting moment here:

Each year thousands of students participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. It’s a chance for them to entertain guests, practice and improve their skills, and learn from our professional teaching artists.

Check out Newsiesthemusical.com to find out when this talented cast will be in a city near you!

For more information about Disney Performing Arts, please visit www.disneyperformingarts.com or www.facebook.com/DisneyPerformingArts.

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Video: Step Inside the Story of ‘Peter Pan’ in the Attraction’s New Interactive Queue

posted on February 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What fan of the film “Peter Pan” hasn’t dreamed of being one of the Darling children, who get swept off to Never Land for a great adventure with Tinker Bell and Peter Pan?

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At Magic Kingdom Park, the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight is doing just that. The queue, which just opened at the park, immediately puts you right in the storyline of “Peter Pan” by allowing you to enter the English home of the Darling family. You then head into the children’s nursery, passing the beds of Wendy, John and Michael, which are surrounded by their belongings and personal treasures. Tinker Bell has already arrived and is busy exploring – and causing a bit of mischief – all around the room. Tink also pulls some friendly tricks on you when your shadow hits the wall. I don’t want to give it all away, but don’t be surprised if your arm’s shadow gets “hooked,” among other fun.

A lot of innovative thinking and work went into creating this magic. We recently went behind the scenes with a couple of Disney insiders! Check out the video below.



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New England Patriots Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler Celebrate Super Bowl Win at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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New England Patriots fans lined Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park today to celebrate with Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, stars of yesterday’s Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Amid a cloud of confetti and accompanied by Mickey Mouse himself, Edelman and Butler made good on their exclamation, “We’re Going to Disneyland!” following the game. Check them out in the latest in a series of the iconic Disney Parks advertisements here.

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Wide receiver Edelman and cornerback Butler enjoyed a well-deserved, sunny day of celebration at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their visit below!

Congratulations to Edelman, Butler and the New England Patriots!

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin May 22 with New Nighttime Spectaculars and More

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, during a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color.”

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park Will Receive a Diamond Medallion Featuring the Letter 'D' for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Carthay Circle Theatre in Disneyland California Adventure Park Will Receive a Diamond Medallion Featuring the Letter 'D' for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue.

Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show. In “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park.

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At Disneyland park, the new “Paint the Night” parade will bring some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at the Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.

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Also at Disneyland park, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. The new show will feature two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Event Guests Get Sneek Peek at Projections for New 'Disneyland Forever' Fireworks Spectacular Coming to Disneyland Park for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Guests at the special presentation last night got a sneak peek at the projections now in development for this all-new nighttime spectacular. Take a look at the video below to see what else happened!

We’ve got even more to share, including dazzling and delicious food and merchandise offerings especially for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, so keep following the Disney Parks Blog and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Topiary Engineer

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


When we set out to film an “Every Role a Starring Role” about the talented team who cares for the topiaries of the Disneyland Resort, the words “topiary engineer” did not come to mind right away – at least for me! Turns out, that is the job title of Sarah Day and a nod to her skill of maintaining the resort’s “living” topiaries.

The first topiaries inside Disneyland park debuted in the 1960s, and the sea serpent outside of “it’s a small world” has been there since the 1980s. Most of the topiaries there have been a part of the Disneyland Resort for more than fifteen years! What’s your favorite topiary at the Disneyland Resort?

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


A visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has so many unforgettable experiences. With this in mind, we are starting the “Tastes of Aulani” series so you can bring some of the memorable flavors of Hawai`i back with you. Today you can try your bartending skills at one of the signature cocktails featured at The `Olelo Room, Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar! Watch Aulani cast member Keola share the magic behind creating the Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room in the video below. The recipe follows so you can enjoy a little taste of this Aulani favorite in your own home.

Tropical Mai Tai:

  • 1/2 ounce Odwalla Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Monin Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 ounce Old Lahaina Silver Rum
  • 1/2 ounce BOLS Orange Curaçao
  • 1 ounce Myer’s Original Dark Rum (float)
  • Thin pineapple half-moon and a layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam, for garnish
  1. Pour lime juice, pineapple juice, Old Lahaina Silver Rum, Orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup in mixing glass; fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice and add float of Myer’s Original Dark Rum and layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam; garnish with a thin pineapple half-moon.
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