The Sword in the Stone at Disneyland Park

VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for more than 30 years. I’ve spent more than half of that time working (or playing as I like to say) as a Disney cast member. I’m often asked by friends and family to help with planning vacations to Disney Parks. One topic that regularly comes up during conversations is around merchandise – What are the must-have items I should get during my visit? To help answer that question, I visited Magic Kingdom Park to highlight some of my favorite merchandise items in this short video.

The good news is that you can find many of the items I mentioned in the video on our Disney Parks online store in the “Vacation FUNdamentals” section.

Now it’s your turn. What are your must-have items when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Please share in the “Comments” below.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Walt Disney World Resort

#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 18th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Of all the firsts to experience at Disney Parks, rides on favorite attractions may be the most memorable. And for many guests, that special memory happens during a first spin in an oversized teacup at Mad Tea Party.

Today, we’re continuing our blog series of different firsts at Disney Parks at the attraction inspired by the Mad Hatter’s party sequence in Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.

We’re already working on the next story in this series. Let us know about what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.

For more #DisneyKids posts, check out the following links below:

Show Your ‘Disney Side’: Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s suggestion as to how you can show your “Disney Side” at our 24-hour “Rock Your Disney Side” all-night party – or anytime, really – is sure to please Minnie Mouse fans. It’s step-by-step directions on how you can give your nails a perfect Minnie makeover!

MMN907644

Will you join us for our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your “Disney Side”? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

‘Maleficent’ Sneak Peek Debuts in Disney Parks April 18

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning tomorrow, April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30.

mal839222

This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

The film stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the lead roles of Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, and tells the “untold” story of Maleficent and the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse upon the king’s newborn infant, Aurora. As she grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the conflict between a place she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.

To kick off this special opportunity, Walt Disney Studios just sent us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film to share with you. Enjoy!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Disney California Adventure Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Top Five: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Videos from Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening later this spring, this week we thought we’d review some of the best video content we’ve shared so far around this attraction.

Just to review, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – but unlike Magic Kingdom Park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction, this new experience tells the tale from the dwarfs’ perspective. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster with a ‘38-inch height requirement, and will be the final attraction to debut in New Fantasyland as a part of the park’s multi-year New Fantasyland expansion.

Over the past few months, we’ve released several videos that offer looks inside the making of the attraction. Check out some of our favorites below.

  1. Check out a ride-through video of the attraction, which is shown side-by-side with an early CGI rendering that Imagineers used to help design the attraction’s track.

  2. Take a peek inside the attraction for a first look at the Dwarfs and the technology used to bring them to life.

  3. Yellow Shoes Creative Group shared this CGI video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  4. Take a look behind the scenes to see how Walt Disney Imagineering created ride vehicles for the attraction.

  5. Head onto the construction site with Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins to learn more about how Mine Train was constructed.

Tagged: , , , ,

Filed: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Vintage Walt Disney World: Past Epcot International Flower & Garden Festivals

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Celebrating its 21st year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. My favorite part of the festival is all the topiaries throughout the Park. Here’s a look at a past topiary from the 1998 festival – Phil. (Hercules’s trainer)

VFF975474

There are almost 100 topiaries at Epcot this year with 79 character topiaries to enjoy. What’s your favorite topiary past or present from the festival? Tell me in the “Comments” section below!

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disney History, Epcot, Special Events, Walt Disney World Resort

A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is fast approaching on May 1, and in honor of the upcoming park milestone, Disney Parks Blog author Nate Rasmussen and I will be taking a look back at some of the park’s original attractions.
GMR986442

A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of my all-time favorites that you can still experience today is 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.” Other guest-favorite scenes include a spooky stop through some of the first horror films ever produced, a perilous scene for Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and the moment Dorothy and friends come into sight of the Emerald City.

Did you know that the Western scene, which features both Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, was designed to represent multiple films, instead of one film in particular? Fans of those ol’ Westerns may be interested to know that John Wayne’s horse isn’t one specific horse from a film, but was designed as a composite of horses from his different films.

Which film scene in The Great Movie Ride is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort

Finish that Disney Parks Sign: A Perfect Morning Treat

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you spotted this sign on the side of an oversized cereal box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? It describes everything you need in your cereal bowl for a perfect ___. What are the blurred words in the sign? You tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.

wwb788811
Read the rest of this entry »

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort

Wildlife Wednesdays: The Seas with Nemo & Friends Earns Praise for Conservation Efforts, Animal Care from Accrediting Association

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Earth Month is a time when we give extra thought to how we can protect our planet year-round, including our amazing oceans and marine wildlife. So it is with tremendous pride that I share the news that The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot was granted accreditation once again by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

AQU343434

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those aquariums and zoos that meet the highest standards,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “As a leader in wildlife conservation and animal care, inspiring millions of visitors each year, The Seas is ranked among the best aquariums in the world.”

To be accredited, The Seas underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care; veterinary programs; conservation, research and education; safety; guest services; and quality of staff.

The accreditation process, which must be repeated in its entirety every five years, includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observed all aspects of the operation at The Seas, and met with and interviewed Seas and other Disney leadership and Cast.

Some of the points of particular achievement noted by the inspection team included:

  • The Seas conservation programs, including its partnership with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and conservation efforts in the state of Florida and beyond.
  • Education programs that address both local and global conservation, including guests with special needs.
  • Excellence in animal care, including enrichment, a strong program of veterinary care and nutrition, and research projects that foster animal health and knowledge focused on animals at The Seas and in the wild.
  • Staff who are dedicated, knowledgeable and exhibit a spirit of teamwork.

Being accredited by the AZA is an important way the team at The Seas with Nemo & Friends shows how much they care about connecting people with animals, and inspiring families and children to protect wildlife and nature.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , ,

Filed: Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort

The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present

posted on April 15th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


The Mark VI Monorail made its debut at Walt Disney World Resort in June 1989. Below is a look at one of the first trains being loaded onto the monorail track.

DWM069532

The Mark VI trains had wider monorail doors, improved air conditioning (great for that warm, summer Florida weather) and communication systems and increased interior height for standees.

DWM069533

The first two Mark VI Monorails were operated and tested at night without guests until December 1989 when Monorail Blue started transporting guests. This new fleet of monorail trains, built by Bombardier, increased guest capacity by 30 percent.

DWM069535

Today, the Mark VI Monorail trains carry an average of 16 million passengers annually at the Walt Disney World Resort, and is still one of the coolest “non-attraction” attractions, in my opinion, at Walt Disney World Resort.

See the posts below for more on the history of Monorails at Disney Parks:

Tagged:

Filed: Disney History, Walt Disney World Resort