New York World's Fair 50th Anniversary

Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


When you think of spring at Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is likely the first thing that comes to mind. I agree, but lately, as I’ve been walking around Downtown Disney, I can’t help but notice that we’ve got a lot of colorful blooms sprouting up here, too.

My favorite, a Mickey and Minnie topiary that makes me smile every time I see it, is located near the Marketplace Fun Fountains and Earl of Sandwich. It’s the perfect photo backdrop to mark the season.

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I recently had the chance to connect with Horticulture Manager Patrick Zusack to learn more about what it takes to keep the magic growing. Patrick’s dedicated team of seven cast members starts at early at 5 a.m. each morning – which makes sense, given their task of maintaining over 21 acres of irrigated landscaping. I’ve learned that there are over 25,000 bedding plants, more than 350 containers and 75 hanging baskets currently on display daily at Downtown Disney, all adding abundant seasonal color for our guests to enjoy while visiting the property. Patrick, a 25-year cast member, shares that the most rewarding part of his job is “wowing our guests and then seeing them take pictures of one another and utilizing our colorful garden as their backdrops.”

From flower beds in front of World of Disney to potted plants lining the new pedestrian walkway that connects Pleasure Island and West Side, floral fun abounds in all three Downtown Disney districts.

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Be sure to keep an eye out for pretty petals during your next visit. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for a few of my favorite buds, then let me know which floral display at Walt Disney World Resort tops your list!

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Download Our Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper

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


As Jennifer shared earlier this morning, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. And one of the attractions designed for the fair that made its way into Disney Parks is a reader favorite – the Carousel of Progress.

Today, we’re featuring the attraction in our newest desktop/smartphone wallpaper created by artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett.
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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the and wallpaper before you download it.

And don’t miss our growing gallery of wallpapers created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.


Read more about Disney attractions at the World’s Fair in the posts below:

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Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World’s Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today

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


You may have noticed the beautiful artwork that’s appearing above on the blog today – and it’s all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the April 22 opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

It was for this World’s Fair that Walt Disney and his team designed several attractions that would eventually make their way into Disney theme parks, including “it’s a small world,” Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Ford Magic Skyway (part of which would become the Primeval World along Disneyland Railroad).

Walt’s involvement with the World’s Fair gave his team new opportunities to develop innovative technology and Audio-Animatronics that would take Disney attractions to a new level. It also gave us Disney Parks fans a few Sherman Brothers songs that we’ve come to cherish over the years: “it’s a small world (after all)” for the “it’s a small world” attraction and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” for Carousel of Progress.

Be sure to check out original World’s Fair attraction sketches and artwork from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library in our header section above.


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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

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


This week, we’ve received some of our most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As we previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.

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Buckets of glittering gems also highlight the area – simply gorgeous props!

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For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train read the posts below:

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One year ago this month, we were looking back with fondness on a Disney Legend and looking ahead with excitement to new experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Let’s take a look at what we were working on April 2013 here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park
As we looked back on the life of Mousketeer and Disney Legend Annette Funicello, George shared these wonderful photos of her many visits to Disneyland.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Creating Some ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disneyland Park
Last April, we welcomed some long-lost Disney friends to Disneyland park as part of “Limited Time Magic.”
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Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?
One year ago this month, we were celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland and Jennifer shared the image above – which included a certain mystery character.
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park

Through a Photographer’s Lens: Waterfalls of Disneyland Resort
Last April, Paul shared these beautiful photos of Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure park.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014
Just one year ago this month, we announced the new Festival of Fantasy Parade coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Now, a year later, it is already amazing our park guests. Have you seen it yet?

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Pirates of the Caribbean
One year ago this month, we launched a new series – The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling – taking readers into the stories of some of their favorite Disney Parks attractions.

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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: SuperStar Television

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today, we’re continuing to celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening-day attractions with a look into SuperStar Television, an attraction that let learn about and even participate in “live” television broadcasts.

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At SuperStar Television, guests were cast in roles in popular TV shows like “General Hospital,” “Bonanza,” “Gilligan’s Island,” and “Cheers”, among others. The guests, paired up with the SuperStar Television cast, would act out their assigned roles on sets or in front of a screens, while the live studio audience could watch the finished product air on screens above.

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One of my favorite scenes that guests got to take part in was the famous scene from “I Love Lucy,” in which Lucy and Ethel take on a speeding conveyer belt of chocolates. The guest would take on the role of Ethel.

Were you ever chosen to participate in SuperStar Television? Tell us about it in the “Comments” section below!

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Step in Time: ‘Share A Dream Come True’ Parade Marks 100 Years of Magic

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Share A Dream Come True” parade made its debut at Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 2001, just in time for Walt Disney World Resort’s 100 Years of Magic Celebration, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth.

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The parade kicked off with a mini float, upon which a performer dressed as an animator sketched Mickey Mouse at his desk and was followed by a string of floats that each showcased a different Disney film. Each float, designed as a life-sized snowglobe, contained a scene from a Disney film that was being recreated right before your eyes, such as the magic carpet scene from “Aladdin.” The procession also featured a Villains float, in which the Chernabog held the giant snowglobe, which was occupied by other Disney villains, including Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille and Jafar, among others.


For more from the “Step in Time” series, read the posts below:

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – May 2014

posted on April 21st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here are the merchandise events headed your way this May at Walt Disney World Resort!

Before we jump in, here’s one last event taking place at the end of April that you should definitely check out!

Stop by Art of Disney, Downtown Disney Marketplace April 26 -27 for a special Disney Design Group Artist Showcase! Not only do you get the opportunity to add beautiful masterpieces to your own Disney collection, but you also get the chance to meet Disney artists Costa Alavezos, Brian Blackmore, Alex Maher, Randy Noble and Darren Wilson. Check the website for artist appearance times. Learn more.

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Now on to May!

May 1 – 4: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the day at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? Look for Larry later in the month from May 21 – 24 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

May 2: Ahoy there! Meet Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones, who will be on hand to sign the new “Pirates of the CaribbeanVinylmation Series 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side.

May 2 – 3: Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day during the Chamilia Trunk Show taking place throughout the day at Tren-D in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

May 4: Put some spring in your step with A Perfect Petals Brunch, featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to World ShowPlace at Epcot on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Register now! Learn more.

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May 7 – 11: Artist Greg McCullough returns May 7 – 11 to Art of Disney in Epcot and will appear later in the month from May 21 – 25 at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace and May 28 – June 1 at Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to stop in and say hello! Learn more.

May 8 – 12: Meet Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace, May 8 – 11, as we debut her collection inspired by Cinderella. Learn more.

May 10 – 20: Artist David E. Doss will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

May 17 – 18: Dana and Melanie Harvey from HARVEYS seatbeltbags are headed to Walt Disney World Resort! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pick up some of the newest silhouettes inspired by their Pop Art Mickey collection and meet Dana and Melanie, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tren-D in the Downtown Disney Marketplace; May 18 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park; and May 18 from 5 -7 p.m. at Summer Lace at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Learn more.

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Here are a few other things you don’t want to miss!

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‘Frozen’ Anna & Elsa Arrive at Princess Fairytale Hall Today

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


Let’s have a royal welcome for Anna and Elsa, the sisters from “Frozen” who make their official debut appearance at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park starting today.

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Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening, after which guests can meet other visiting Disney Princesses. Cinderella and Rapunzel will also continue making appearances at Princess Fairytale Hall, and you can see all these characters (and more) during the afternoon performance of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This weekend, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30. It’s playing daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

And to kick off this special opportunity, we shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

And did you see our new Disney Parks Blog series? In coming days, we’ll be sharing stories featuring some of the original attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary.

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We began the series with a look at The Great Movie Ride. Housed inside a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s iconic Chinese Theater, the attraction offers a trip through movie history, starting with early black-and-white “talkies” and musicals to all-time classics like “Casablanca.” Check out Jennifer’s original story to learn more.

Here are some of the other stories we shared this week.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Milt Albright – Read this tribute to Disney Legend Milt Albright and his incredible 45 year career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Eggs-traordinary Art at the Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park – Take a look at some of the special art created by Ray Brown and his team, who paint and sculpt ordinary eggs into extraordinary Disney characters.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Features Local Ingredients in Luscious New Desserts at ‘AMA ‘AMA – Chef Ron Viloria details some of the enticing desserts featured on his menu, and the native elements he brings to each dish.

Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Big at Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards – Eight restaurants at Disneyland Resort won a dozen awards! Click through to learn more.

Rave Reviews for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park – The “wildest ride in the wilderness” reopened on March 17, after extensive refurbishment. Watch some of our guest reactions here!

The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present – Take another look back at the history of the monorail in our regular series, this time with the Mark VI!

#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park – We’re continuing our regular series of firsts at Disney Parks, this time at the attraction inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

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