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Get To Know 7 Disney Parks Dinosaurs

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

In honor of today’s release of the film “The Good Dinosaur,” we wanted to give shout outs to seven of our other Disney Parks dinosaurs.

Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios
1. Dino Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A landmark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989, Gertie is both a nod to Gertie the Trained Dinosaur, one of the first popular animated characters in film. Although the character was not developed by Walt Disney, she’s a symbol of animation history – and at the park, serves up mighty good ice cream.

2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot – The original version of this attraction introduced me to some of Disney Parks’ first-ever dinosaur Audio-Animatronics figures back in the mid-1980s – and I was mystified!

DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

3. DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – A quick trip on a Time Rover takes us back 65 million years ago to visit Alioramus, Velociraptors and more. Better make it a real quick trip if you don’t want to get caught by that treacherous Carnotaurus!

4. TriceraTop Spin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Okay, this dino draw is more my speed, with it’s colorful herbivores ready to take to the skies.

5. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park – This guy is perhaps the oldest resident of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, preserved for all to see.

6. The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – What trip to DinoLand, U.S.A., at Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be complete for little ones without a trip through the Boneyard? Here, kiddos can help excavate the bones of a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, explore rope bridges and more.

7. T-REX Restaurant at Disney Springs – For the ultimate dinosaur experience, head to T-Rex at Disney Springs. The food is terrific and every few minutes diners get to experience a meteor shower. Ultimate dino fans can also create their own dinosaur at the Build-A-Dino station in the adjacent merchandise shop.

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Check Out ‘Why To Stay At A Disney Resort Hotel: The Musical’

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

With more than 25 themed Walt Disney World Resort hotels on property offering an abundance of amenities and services, you may be wondering what is the best way is to learn about them before you book your next Walt Disney World vacation. How about a reimagined musical score written with some of the Disney classics in mind (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step In Time,” “I Wanna Be Like You,” “it’s a small world” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”)?

Add a touch of Nicolas Dromard, who played the role of Bert in the Broadway version of “Mary Poppins,” and also appearing in the “Jersey Boys” as Tommy. You then add a splash of Steven Antin, (director of this wonderful 3 ½ minute musical video) who has appeared in “21 Jump Street,” “The Goonies” and directed various feature films. And top all that off with various dance numbers choreographed by Joey Pizzi, who has worked on such films as “Chicago,” “Hairspray” and “The Terminal” and this is what you get.

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Walt Disney World Resort & ‘Good Morning America’ Create Unforgettable Experiences for Hometown Heroes

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

What better time to celebrate thankfulness than during Thanksgiving Week. With that in mind, Walt Disney World Resort and ABC’s “Good Morning America” worked together to create unforgettable experiences for two hometown hero families who went above and beyond to help others serving our country overseas.

Tune in to see how we created a dramatic twist on two surprise reunions this week on “Good Morning America.” On Thanksgiving morning a United State Postal worker from Virginia will be recognized for helping a Naval wife get care packages delivered to her husband. That will be followed up on Saturday morning when an Air Force Lt. Colonel gets the chance to thank neighbors who helped his family though difficult times, including an accident that seriously injured his 10-year-old daughter.

Walt Disney World Resort & ‘Good Morning America’ Create Unforgettable Experiences for Hometown Heroes Walt Disney World Resort & ‘Good Morning America’ Create Unforgettable Experiences for Hometown Heroes

These unforgettable Thanksgiving stories will air on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” this Thursday 7|8c and Saturday 7|8c.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Family Volunteer Day

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Our parks and resorts around the world give families and loved ones opportunities to make lasting memories together, and that vision continues to drive our citizenship efforts. We are committed to nurture, inspire, and empower kids and families by bringing them together to make lasting change in the world. Last weekend, our VoluntEARS around the world celebrated Family Volunteer Day. Now in its 25th year, this coordinated effort is a national day of service organized by generationOn and sponsored by Disney Friends for Change.

At Disneyland Resort, guests and Disney VoluntEARS made more than 5,000 snack packs for the Orange County Food Bank, wrote postcards to service men and women and built butterfly garden kits for after-school programs. VoluntEARS also spent time assembling food boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.


Walt Disney World guests, cast and their families created 500 Clean the World toiletry kits for Families in Transition in Osceola County. Participants also wrote postcards for Operation Uplift and greeting cards for local children’s hospitals to bring extra smiles for the holiday season. The Disney Kids and Family Zone also stopped by to provide some healthy snacks, fun games and a photo area for even more lasting memories.


VoluntEARS and families from Hong Kong Disneyland refreshed a local campsite for the Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (PHAB). This is the first campsite in Hong Kong to promote inclusiveness and socialization among visitors, and the work of the VoluntEARS will help even more people to enjoy the space.


Tokyo Disney Resort cast members and their family joined hands with other community volunteers to clean the shoreline of their local Kasai Rinkai Park. VoluntEARS spent the day helping to preserve the park’s pristine nature for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you to all the resort guests and Disney VoluntEARS who joined together for Family Volunteer Day. This is just one of many ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS donate hundreds of thousands of hours every single year. Read more about how The Walt Disney Company participated in Family Volunteer Day on the Disney Post.

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International Treats at Holidays Around the World at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World. While each country celebrates through special music, storytelling and dance, you’ll also find extraordinary holiday treats—most sweet, but a few savories. These goodies only last through the holidays!

Find Peppermint Bark on the Promenade at American Adventure Enjoy Traditional Rice Cream in Norway Try Some Stollen in Germany at Epcot

Clockwise around World Showcase:

  • Mexico – Sweet tamales.
  • Norway – Frozen Peppermint Trifle; Traditional Rice Cream.
  • China – Kaikouxiao (Happy Face Fried Cake).
  • Germany – Stollen, the classic holiday fruit bread; Glühwein, a hot spiced wine; Werther’s Original specialty drinks and treats, and a German artisanal cheese plate.
  • Italy – Prosecco sparkling wine and Panettone (Italian Christmas bread).
  • American Adventure – Start with a peek at the edible United States Capitol Building and Washington Monument (starting December 1) made out of 50 pounds of gingerbread.
  • On the promenade at American Adventure, The Sugar and Spice shop (open November 27) is the place for treats for the Candlelight Processional. You’ll find peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, holiday tree sugar cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, and eggnog with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon.
  • Japan – A savory grilled Kurobuto pork sausage with pineapple and onions and Hitachino Ginger Beer.
  • Morocco – honey chocolate baklava.
  • France – A classic Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log) and a special glace à la cannelle et noix de pecan caramélisées (cinnamon ice cream and caramelized pecans).
  • United Kingdom – Hot applejack cider.
  • Canada – Pecan maple bark.
  • Promenade Refreshments – A little savory, a little sweet: a warm turkey sandwich on cranberry bread with mashed potatoes and gravy; peppermint sundae, chocolate grasshopper, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with Godiva Coffee Liqueur and Red Hook Winterhook Ale.
  • Fountainview in Future World — Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake.
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Find Magical Deals on Shop Disney Parks Mobile App During Thanksgiving Week

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app this week through Monday, November 30, 2015 will find magical deals on merchandise. If you are unfamiliar with this new mobile app, check out this video article which shows you how easy it is to find and purchase merchandise from Disney Parks.


During Thanksgiving week, Shop Disney Parks will have deals each day on items such as stocking stuffers, home décor, accessories, toys, plush and more. Deals may change each day so you’ll want to check back often.

We are also extending our “Free Shipping” offer I previously discussed through January 2, 2016.

To download the app, please visit

Happy Shopping!

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Download Two Disney Parks Thanksgiving Wallpapers

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

My Thanksgiving usually consists of a huge feast. I’m talking at least four types of meat dishes, lots of yummy side dishes and at least five desserts! Variety is definitely the spice of life.


With that in mind, we wanted to add some spice to your lives with two different Thanksgiving Day wallpapers. Jeff Maurer, on our team, got his “Fall” on and created these fun designs to give thanks – one featuring pioneer Mickey and another exploding with cornucopia of color.


Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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PHOTO GALLERY: Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This week in Disney history, “Tangled” debuted in theaters, introducing us to a daring and adventure loving princess named Rapunzel.



In the film, Rapunzel disobeys her mother’s orders (and mother knows best!) and leaves her tower to fulfill her dream of seeing the floating lights for her birthday. Along the way, she meets the roguish Flynn Ryder who pulls her into his adventurous escape from his fellow thieves. The two fall in love and in the end, Rapunzel makes a sacrifice that saves Flynn’s life.

Thanks to photographer Ryan Wendler for the images.

To check out more photo from this series, see the list below.

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Disney by Land and Sea: The Perfect Balance of Adventure and Magic

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Over the summer I gave you my top five reasons why you should add a Disney cruise to your next Walt Disney World Resort stay. Based on your response, it seems you agree Disney by land and sea is the ultimate family vacation!

Now, check out this video to see how a Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida, combined with a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, is the perfect balance of adventure at sea and theme park magic.

What would you add to the list from your last land and sea experience?

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450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Over the weekend, 450 Disney fans joined us at Disney Springs for our latest event, the Disney Parks BlogThe Good Dinosaur” Meet-Up. Our morning of fun included an early screening of the film, a good ol’fashioned “roar-off” among our younger guests, surprises that included Disney Parks Blog hats, and more.


450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up 450 Disney Parks Blog Readers Attend ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Meet-Up

In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey into the dinosaur world, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend named Spot. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo must learn to confront his fear and discover what he is truly capable of. To hear what our guests thought of the film, check out the video below.

Don’t forget to see “The Good Dinosaur” when it opens on Wednesday, November 25.

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