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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 24th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’ve relaunched our popular “All in the Details” series on the Disney Parks Blog and this time we’re featuring Disney Springs. It’s a destination that’s being expanded to include more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. And to kick off the series, Walt Disney Imagineering introduced us to the project and their role in it.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more behind-the-scenes looks at the progress happening as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.

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Also, did you see that this is the last week to share your Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. You only have until midnight on Wednesday, August 27, to enter.

This week, in addition to your memories from the past 60 years, we’re looking for your memories from 2000 to the present. Check Erin’s story for more details and complete rules.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disneyland Resort Summer Tips: Relaxing at the Disneyland Resort – The Disneyland Resort Summer Tips series continues with a few great locations to unwind during your visit.

Dateline Adventureland: Final Shipments Arrive at Adventure Trading Company at Disneyland Park – Venture into Indiana Jones Outpost to hunt for Juju before shipments run out!

Elsa & Anna’s Boutique and More Thrilling Transformations Coming to the Disneyland Resort – Learn about the newest location coming to the Downtown Disney District and some other exciting updates at Disneyland Resort.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Menehune Adventure Trail – The “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues with a guide to Menehune statues hidden throughout Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Adventures in St. Lucia with Disney Cruise Line – Venture ashore this famous volcanic island, the second stop on Disney Cruise Line’s 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises.

Learn To Draw Ray the Firefly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Take some tips from Animation Academy’s Heather Worley on how to illustrate Ray the Firefly in this video tutorial.

Setting Off on a ‘Frozen’ Journey with Adventures by Disney – Read up on Disney Parks Blog author Amanda Adler’s visit to Norway with Adventures by Disney!

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Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Building Trust

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


In the second of a series of videos designed to go backstage at Circle D Ranch at Disneyland park, you’ll see Lead Equine Trainer, Jennifer Gable, working on groundwork skills. Consistent groundwork is important to build trust between the horse and trainer, and it also allows for new concepts to be introduced to the horse in a safe way. Another important idea behind groundwork is acknowledging the horse’s instincts. As a herd animal, horses naturally look toward the herd leader for guidance and safety. As the horse’s trainer, the goal is to take on the role of the leader, resulting in a horse that’s respectful, responsive and relaxed.

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#DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, millions of photos are taken every year at Magic Kingdom Park but the first is almost always the most memorable. My first photo is in a family scrapbook and I still share first shots of my daughters visiting the park – just as many of you do. Today, we’re continuing our #DisneyKids series with a special look at first photos.

You can find more fun for the little ones – as well as special offers designed with your family in mind – on our preschool page.

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Learn To Draw Ray the Firefly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our “Learn to Draw” series is focusing on one of the characters from “Princess and the Frog” – it’s Ray the Firefly.

Grab a pencil and paper and let Heather Worley from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios give you a quick tutorial.


For more from our “Learn to Draw” series, visit the links tutorials below:

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All in the Details: Imagineers Unveil the Storyline of Disney Springs

posted on August 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How does Walt Disney Imagineering re-imagine an area of Walt Disney World Resort that guests have enjoyed for more than 40 years?

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That’s the creative challenge our Imagineering team, including Executive Creative Director Theron Skees, has been tasked with – to transform the area currently known as Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a destination that’s being expanded to include more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. From an Imagineering perspective, this means developing a storyline and creating a sense of time and place that influences everything from the architecture to the costumes.

We were also excited to share that our Imagineers will continue to share updates here in our “All in the Details” series in the coming months as their work progresses. Here’s the first piece, in which Theron introduces the Disney Springs project and Imagineering’s role in it.

The first “neighborhood” in Disney Springs – the opening of The Landing – is set for 2015. Construction on Disney Springs will continue into 2016, so be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more behind-the-scenes looks at the progress happening as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.


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What is Your Summertime Favorite at the Disneyland Resort?

posted on August 18th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Summer is slipping by, but there’s still time to experience all your summertime favorites here at the Disneyland Resort. We recently asked some of you, our Disney Parks Blog readers, to tell us about your favorite things to do at the Disneyland Resort during the summer … take a look!

What do you love the most about summertime at the Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments!

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I runDisney: Jeff Galloway

posted on August 18th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


When it comes to running, Jeff Galloway is a rock star. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, stop by the runDisney booth at a health and fitness expo and witness the line of people waiting to meet and get advice from this running legend.

runDisney fans know Galloway as the training consultant for runDisney. His Run-Walk-Run method is credited for getting thousands of people off the couch, running and crossing finish lines at Disney and races around the world. His warm southern charm combined with his passion to help every runner succeed, makes him adored by all who come in contact with him.

Galloway’s professional running career is historic and well documented. Running alongside Steve Prefontaine and Frank Shorter, he was a member of the 1972 Olympic Team in Munich, Germany. His extraordinary running resume includes winning the inaugural Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, winning the Atlanta and Honolulu Marathons, and a 7th place finish in the Boston Marathon.

One might think an athlete with those credentials is unapproachable and incapable of relating to the average runner, however with Jeff Galloway, those preconceived notions are far from the truth. With his competitive juices evaporated like the sweat from the thousands of miles he has logged, Galloway is committed to helping all of us become better runners and achieve our goals.

“What I have discovered is I get a whole lot more back in helping another person than I ever got in doing this for myself,” said Galloway. “I’m one runner trying to help another runner and that gives me tremendous joy.”

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Practicing what he preaches, Galloway uses the Run-Walk-Run method in all of his races. At most events you will find him running alongside his wife of 37 years, Barbara. He credits his parents, both educators, for giving him the ability to teach. His professional running career provides the credentials and platform to be heard.

The accompanying video provides a small glimpse into Galloway’s spirit. He talks about what jump started his running career at the age of 13, his motivation for running today and his passion for runDisney.

I invite you to come out to a runDisney event to meet him in person and run with him during a race. One tip, when you meet Galloway ask about his unexpected path to the 1972 Olympic Team and the unselfish act of friendship and sportsmanship he demonstrated during the Olympic Trials. It is a story that will leave you in awe; it is a story that makes Jeff Galloway a legend on and off the course.

Jeff, thank you for what you do for runDisney and for runners around the world. You are changing lives, and in the end that is bigger than any medal and raises you higher than any winner’s podium.

As the official training consultant for runDisney, Galloway provides training plans for runDisney events. His plans and videos on how to get off the coach and use the Run-Walk-Run method to jump-start a healthy active lifestyle can be found at runDisney.com.

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


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The Citizens Take Over ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 18th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


The rootin’ tootin’ town of Frontierland has been taken over and the citizens are speaking out during this limited-time experience in Frontierland at Disneyland park. “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” has created some real characters and the feud between the folks of Rainbow Ridge and Frontierland is heating up. Who will end up owning the wild western town is up to you! Come on down and discover the old west now until September 1.

Sharp Shootin’ Shannon wants to know: Have you experienced “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!”? If so, what is your name and are you for Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge?


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Experience the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party During “Villains Unleashed” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Guardians of the Galaxy” has become a blockbuster hit with audiences all over the world enthralled by the thrilling cosmic adventure’s cast of characters and chart-topping soundtrack. “Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” a mix tape of retro-1970s gems given to Peter Quill by his mother, plays a key role in the story of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Now a mysterious gang of villains has stolen that prized cassette, and Peter Quill – you may know him as the legendary Star-Lord – is on his way back to Earth on a mission to retrieve it.

Meanwhile, we’ve learned that a “Guardians of the Galaxy” Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party is being planned as part of the “Villains Unleashed” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

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For those of you attending the event, be sure to duck into Stage 5 in the Animation Courtyard with your fellow Terrans, where the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party promises to be the hottest spot this side of Knowhere with an out-of-this-world DJ and other surprises. Plus, you never know when Star-Lord and his infamous teammate, Gamora, might crash the party to retrieve his prized cassette!

“Villains Unleashed” is a separately ticketed special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, happening after regular theme park operating hours on August 23, 2014. Tickets are $67 plus tax ($62 plus tax for children 3-9). Quantities are limited, so get yours before they’re gone!

In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” actor Djimon Hounsou portrays the feared intergalactic hunter, Korath. Hounsou visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently and spoke with us about what it was like to play a villain in the film.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll definitely want to catch “Guardians of the Galaxy,” now playing in theaters in 3D. I’ve seen it twice myself and can’t wait to watch it again! How many times have you seen the movie? What’s your favorite song from the soundtrack? Let us know in the Comments.

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MyMagic+: Video Captures Your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Why is it that the things that scare us the most are often the experiences we are drawn to again and again? I hate creepy crawlies, but when asked if I want to hold something like a giant tarantula … I always say yes! Or, when presented with the opportunity to drop 13 stories when you are really afraid of heights … you buckle up, close your eyes, and hope that you don’t embarrass yourself in front of a group of fellow thrill seekers.

Better yet, how many times have you wished to have those scary (but exhilarating) moments captured on video? The look, the screams, the panic and ultimately the relief on our faces when the moment is over – what if you could relive that experience over and over again with video? How cool would that be?

Well, guess what? Disney PhotoPass Service has introduced some awesome new technology, which will enable guests with a MagicBand and an active Memory Maker entitlement who ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to receive a video memento of their 13-story drop! The video is automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account, and any linked Family & Friends and Managed guests on your account will also be able to view and share the video. Check it out!

So, get ready for a whole new level of memorable thrills if you have a MagicBand and Memory Maker! And if you are that guy, or that girl, who screams like a banshee on this attraction, we’ll let you relive that magical memory again, and again, and again.

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