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Disney VoluntEARS Put Their ‘Can’ Do Spirit to Work Helping Central Florida Food Bank

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Anyone who has attempted to build anything knows how challenging and time-consuming the task can be. But with a can-do attitude and a giving spirit, it was an easy venture for a group of Walt Disney World Resort cast members who built larger-than-life sculptures using nothing but cans of food!

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During the recent CANstruction Orlando food drive and design competition, it was impressive to see two teams of Disney VoluntEARS in action as they stacked more than 11,000 canned and packaged food items to create an iconic pair of mouse ears and a tribute to Disney’s beloved attraction “it’s a small world.” Their desire to give back to the community was in full display as they carefully and strategically stacked one can at a time.

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Following the annual CANstruction event, everything used in the sculptures was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a nonprofit that Disney has supported for more than 20 years donating several million pounds of food through its “Disney Harvest Program.”

Take a minute and see for yourself how these Disney VoluntEARS got everything to stack up!

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Disney PhotoPass Service Simplifies Access to Walt Disney World Photos, Videos

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Sandi Wallace, Walt Disney World Communications


With attraction photos, you can capture some amazing Disney moments. And now, Disney PhotoPass Service is making it even easier for you to collect those memories.

Beginning today, if you’re wearing an active MagicBand on select Walt Disney World Resort attractions, your photos will be automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account. You don’t have to do anything. In fact, if you’ve worn your MagicBand on one of the participating attractions in the last 45 days, you should be able to find that photo in your account now.

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Don’t have a MagicBand? Don’t worry. We’re making it easier for you, too. Today we turned on new touch points at Magic Kingdom Park (Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain). So after you ride, simply find your photo on the preview wall and touch your park ticket or Memory Maker card to the touch point to associate your photo. We expect to have photo touch points installed at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks by mid-November.

Beginning soon, guests wearing active MagicBands will have attraction videos automatically associated to their accounts. Videos are currently available for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Just like attraction photos, if you’ve worn your MagicBand on one of the participating attractions in the last 45 days, you should be able to find that attraction video in your account soon. Guests will be able to view these videos in their accounts, but a Memory Maker entitlement is required to download and share them.

Just remember that all Disney PhotoPass photos and videos expire 45 days after they are taken. So be sure to log in to your account to secure your memories before they expire.

And watch for more exciting news coming from Disney PhotoPass Service soon!

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‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It’ Street Party Livens Up Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party stepped off at Magic Kingdom Park on Friday, offering a traveling celebration that encourages guests to party right along.

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The party features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and other favorite Disney friends. Guests get to vote on songs for the Street Party’s playlist (see Shawn Slater’s original blog post for more details on that). Our cameras were out for the inaugural Street Party – here’s what guests had to say.

Want to catch a Street Party for yourself? Check the Times Guide at the park on the day of your visit for more information.

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Morimoto Asia, BOATHOUSE Dining Experiences Coming to Disney Springs in 2015

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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It was just announced that Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who many of you know from his appearances on Iron Chef America, is opening a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. This Disney Springs dining destination will include unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum.

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

The two-story restaurant is scheduled to open in the Summer 2015 at The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island) in Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia will feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge.

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Also today, another new concept dining experience, The BOATHOUSE, was announced for The Landing in Disney Springs.

The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience that’ll immerse guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water, and take guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.

“We are very excited that the BOATHOUSE is joining the Walt Disney World family at Disney Springs,” says creator Steven Schussler. “Walt Disney Imagineering has created a wonderful, interactive, culinary and entertainment experience at Disney Springs. We are proud to be part of this magical experience.”

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The BOATHOUSE will open in the Spring of 2015 in Disney Springs. The restaurant’s gourmet menu (served daily until 2 a.m.) will feature steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar. The BOATHOUSE is the latest project of Schussler Creative, the creators of Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex and Yak & Yeti at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE as well as other new experiences coming to Disney Springs.

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Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 4 (Costumes)

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Only a few more days until Halloween! You have your costume ready?

If not, that’s ok!

You still have plenty of time left to show off your Halloween Disney Side by uploading family photos of Halloween home decor, food and drinks, carved pumpkins and costumes themed to Disney Parks attractions at DisneySideContest.com. Each photo uploaded enters you for a chance to win that grand prize of a private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

This week’s post is all about costumes.

We sent Disney Parks Blog author, Steven Miller over to the Creative Costuming “lab” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get some tips from Disney Costuming’s Glen Howard. (Steven showed his Disney Side this year with a magnificent costume inspired by the Epcot Millennium Celebration’s Tapestry of Nations parade.

Let’s take a look at what Steven and Glen cooked up.

Wow. I should get going on my costume.

And you should check out DisneySideContest.com to enter for a chance to win some eerie, scary prizes, including that private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

You can “Haunt Your Disney Side” all the way through Nov. 4!

NO PURCH NEC. Ends 11/4/14 at 11:59:59 PM ET. 50 US/DC/Canada (excl. QC), 18/age of majority +. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.


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‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ for Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This holiday season, the wintry wonder and magic of Disney’s “Frozen” is coming to Magic Kingdom Park with “A Frozen Holiday Wish.”

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“A Frozen Holiday Wish” features Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.

“A Frozen Holiday Wish” begins November 5 and will be presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

Will you see a performance of “A Frozen Holiday Wish” this season? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Celebrate Halloween with our New Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’re kicking off Halloween week on the Disney Parks Blog with a special ghost that’d look great on your desktop or mobile device. Our newest wallpaper was created by Disney artist Mike Britton, especially for our readers. To download the art, simply click on the image below.

Celebrate Halloween with our New Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 26th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared an update many of you were thrilled to read – Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, one of the most popular parts of last summer’s “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is back and staying through the holidays.

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The new Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Snowground! can now be found on Streets of America just steps away from Studio Catering Co. and “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.” It features a larger-than-ever play area with real snow, plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, and those yummy “Frozen”-inspired cupcakes and other treats.

To find out what else you can experience, go check out Shawn’s original Disney Parks Blog story.

@RizzosCookies: 1955 Disneyland Opening Week. Cousins w/ Mr. Walt Disney @Disneyland Fire Station @KrazyKevinWolff: My Dad, Uncles, & Grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late '60s @eilonwey28: 1970's Disneyland. Me and Pluto on Main St. - taken by my Dad in Mar. 1977, on my 2nd birthday
@kerinjmb: Throwback Thursday to Disneyland circa 1988 @mssmith702: This was in 1999 and was Dominic's first visit to Disney. I always thought this pic should be a postcard. I miss these days! This pic makes me #happy @carlajh: <3 Thank you Walt <3 And to think, it all started because of a mouse! 2014

We also posted the finalists from each of the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – for you to decide who has the top Disneyland Resort memory and will win the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Take a look at each memory and then go to Erin’s post to vote for your favorite.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29. We will announce the grand prize winner soon after, so stay tuned!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. 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.

#GetHappierContest Winner Shares Happy Memories from Disneyland Park – See the adorable winning photo from our #GetHappier Instagram contest. Congratulations to Mary Powell from Nevada!

The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park – Read the story behind this Disneyland landmark, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel “The Halloween Tree,” and dedicated to the author on Halloween night in 2007.

The New Anna & Elsa’s Boutique in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort Will Give You ‘Chills’ – Get the details on an array of “Frozen”-inspired merchandise worth melting for at this new shop.

Glow With the Show Evolves Into Made With Magic This Fall at Disney Parks – New Made With Magic items will include a new Minnie Mouse-inspired headband, a Mickey Mouse glove and a magical wand, all designed to light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disney Parks.

Pumpkin Carvers Show Their Disney Side During Halloween Time at Disneyland Park – Bridget McCarty, creative pumpkin carver at the Halloween Carnival in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, discusses her colorful creations.

Another Look at PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in November 2014 – See the new sterling silver Disney Parks “Wonderful World” bracelet from PANDORA Jewelry, styled with Disney-inspired charms.

‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!’ Street Party Starts Tomorrow at Magic Kingdom Park – The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party is ready to make its debut at Magic Kingdom Park! Click through for more details.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween at Disney Parks

posted on October 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With Halloween less than one week away, celebrations are now in full swing at Disney Parks.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Transforms Magic Kingdom After Dark

Here at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests are enjoying Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party fun at Magic Kingdom Park. At the Disneyland Resort, families are having a blast at Mickey’s Halloween Party and Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park, and Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure.

Be sure to click through the gallery above for a look inside all of the fun.

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Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side With Never-Before-Seen Moves

posted on October 24th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


With some never before seen fancy footwork, unique dance moves and a cheer lift, Minnie Mouse and her spirit team recently stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to cheer on her Disney Side.

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Performing never before seen moves, Minnie is looking to inspire college cheer and dance squads to show their Disney Side and compete in the nationwide Cheer Your Disney Side campaign.

College cheer and dance squads have until November 10 to create and submit a 30-second Disney Parks-inspired routine using remixed Disney Parks attraction music to show off their Disney Side. Video submissions are being accepted at Espn.com/CheerMagic. Four teams will be selected as finalists and announced December 11 on ESPN around the telecast of the Home Depot College Football Awards show at Walt Disney World Resort. The winning squad will be announced January 12 on ESPN before the college football National Championship. The winning team of Cheer On Your Disney Side sponsored by ESPN working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit, wins a $100,000 grant for their college spirit program and a group trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The excitement is not limited to just cheer and dance squads. Fans can get into the action by voting for their favorite Disney Side cheer and dance routine from the four finalists.

For more information, rules and to submit a video, visit Espn.com/CheerMagic.

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. Open to legal residents of 50 US States and DC, at least 18+ who are a School Administrator, Teacher, Coach or Administrative Director, representing a public or private, 2 or 4 year college/university located in the 50 US States or DC. Starts 9/3/14 12:00 PM EST. Ends 11/10/14 11:59 PM EST. To enter visit www.espn.com/CheerMagic and follow the directions provided to complete the Online entry form, and upload your Spirit Squad’s 30 sec videos. For prize details odds of winning and complete Official Rules go to www.espn.com/CheerMagic. Subject to Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158.

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