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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Merriest Parade Pics From Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.


This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.

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Seasonal Craft Beers at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

I’m a huge fan of craft beers, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out several seasonal craft brews are offered at Walt Disney World Resort.


“When the weather turns cold, it’s time to seek out some of the most popular seasonal beers, including winter ales and Indian Pale Ales (IPAs),” says Jason Cha-Kim, Beverage Manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “These beers are brewed stronger, richer and more full-bodied with wonderful holiday flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel.”

A few of the craft beers you can enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort include Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal Ale, Bell’s Winter White Ale, Harpoon Winter Warmer Spiced Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA and Shock Top Shockolate Wheat.

Another brew perfect for this time of the year is the Einstok White Ale available at the beer cart in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot—the only place you’ll find this ale on tap outside of Iceland!

Keep an eye out for these limited-time brews throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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Magic Kingdom Park Welcomes the Golden Coach from ‘Cinderella’

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.” A team of white horses will pull the dreamlike carriage in special pre-parade appearances through the park and down Main Street, U.S.A.

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The stunning, golden coach from the film will be gracing the parade route at Magic Kingdom Park through the holidays, and can also be seen as part of the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration,” airing Christmas Day on ABC.

“Cinderella” opens in theaters March 13, 2015.

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These Are the Gifts You’re Looking For At Disney Parks This Holiday Season

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I know where I will be almost one year from now – sitting in a movie theater with my son as the opening credits roll for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being a long-time fan of all things Star Wars, it will be the perfect holiday gift to myself next year. I remember receiving many Star Wars-themed gifts growing up in the late 1970s (the Death Star Space Station playset was one of my favorites!). If you are looking for Star Wars holiday gifts this season, I have a few suggestions of items created especially for Disney Parks.


I love this fun holiday sweater T-shirt featuring Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and other icons (it’s perfect for winter in Florida).

The Disney Pin team released some new holiday pins including a 9-pin mystery set with Star Wars gingerbread characters.


If you are looking for toys, there are a few different options including the Starspeeder 1000 vehicle playset inspired by Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; a giant Clone Trooper found only at Disney Parks; and Disney Racers die-cast cars which make for great stocking stuffers.

I also like the Star Wars Droid Factory where you can design and build your own Astromech droid action figure. This experience is offered at Tatooine Traders in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, and The Star Trader in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park in California.

You can also find other Star Wars items online at

May the Holidays Be With You!

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How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Did you ever wonder what happens to the coins that get tossed into the wishing wells and fountains around Walt Disney World Resort? I’ve asked this question myself and found out that it really does help make wishes come true.

How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community How Guest ‘Wishes’ Benefit The Local Community

For more than 30 years, Walt Disney World Resort has been collecting the tossed coins and donating the money to local nonprofit organizations that help children in need. Recently, Disney donated $18,000 to Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida to help provide services to children in foster care. This year, cast members chose CBC’s Over-18 Support program to receive the funds. This program helps youngsters in foster care obtain their driver’s licenses, find jobs, secure housing and apply for other health and human services.

So the next time you visit Walt Disney World, remember that when you toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, you are helping make somebody else’s wish come true!

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LSU Tigers Show Their ‘Spirit’ In Cheer On Your Disney Side Contest

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

Inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort and the folk lore that Tiger Stadium, Death Valley, is haunted, the Louisiana State University cheer and dance teams showed their ‘spirit” for both in a routine for the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit.


LSU joins Auburn University, Rutgers University and Santa Monica College as the four finalists in the competition. These schools were among dozens of squads from across the country who choreographed routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs.

Incorporating several elements from the popular Magic Kingdom Park attraction with additional Disney characters and some LSU flavor, the following video was created.

The LSU Tigers cheer and dance teams did their part, now it’s your turn to get into the game. Guests are asked to go to 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

On-line voting ends on January 6 and the winning squad will be announced on ESPN before the College Football National Championship Game on Jan. 12 in Dallas. The winning cheer or dance squad will earn a $100,000 grant for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

Now before you cast your vote, you may want to go behind the scenes and see what went into the “making of” their video. Profiles of all four schools will be featured this week and next on the Disney Parks Blog.

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 Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, New York, NY.

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Get Your ‘Princess’ On with New Perfectly Prepared Princess Package

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

We recently shared on the Disney Parks Blog an enchanting new dining offering fit for a princess at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. So now modern day princesses can be prepped and ready for this regal celebration with a royal makeover – conveniently located at the Ivy Trellis Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Beginning January 8, 2015, there’s a new Perfectly Prepared Princess Package featuring shimmery make-up, glittery nails, and hair styling crowned with a fancy tiara. Sounds divine!

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Prices start at $50 for princess hairdo, glitter and a tiara; add a little princess glow make-up for $25 more. Option three includes hair, make-up and a fancy manicure for $90. Kids ages 4-12 can get their princess on with The Perfectly Prepared Princess Package that’s also available at the Coronado Springs Casa de Belleza Beauty Salon and at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort Ship Shape Salon. Reservations will open on December 22, 407-WDW-SPAS.

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Behind the Scenes at Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration

posted on December 18th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Robin Roberts and Tim Tebow Tape the 2014 Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Christmas Day is still a week away, but today you’re going behind the scenes with some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” as they share their holiday wishes and talk about what it means to be a part of this Disney holiday tradition. This year our star-studded annual Christmas Day telecast on ABC originates from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii.

The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. in most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney’s BoardWalk

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s opening day for the newest Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, and we’ve got Vinnie Tai, area manager, to walk us through Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk.

With four distinct dining areas, authentic Italian cuisine and top-notch Italian wines, the Trattoria al Forno story was inspired by the authentic Italian menu and the rich storytelling of the turn-of-the-century boardwalk setting.

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalk

Trattoria al Forno will be open 7:30 – 11 a.m. for breakfast, 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Ana Gasteyer Narrates the Candlelight Processional December 18-20

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Comedian Ana Gasteyer will take the stage at Epcot tonight in her debut appearance as the narrator for the Candlelight Processional.


In case you haven’t seen the show, the processional is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator plus seasonal songs performed by a live orchestra and choir. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Remaining narrators this season are:

  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

As a reminder, all entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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