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Disney Doodles: Megara Dreams of Hercules at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


In the 1997 film “Hercules,” Megara “won’t say she’s in love” with hopeful hero Hercules, but it sure looks like the romance of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park has her dreaming of him now.

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See the posts below for more Disney Doodles:

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It’s a Beautiful Morning at Schoolyard Sprayground at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Off to school on this fine Monday? So are the finned friends you’ll find at Schoolyard Sprayground, the interactive water play area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. How much fun does this place look?

And here’s a fun fact – this water play area is adjacent to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool, the largest Disney resort pool we have here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 31st, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our popular “All in the Details” series with an exclusive story on how Walt Disney Imagineering is putting the “springs” into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. To recreate an authentic Florida spring, Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter and nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design. Check out Jennifer’s original story for more details.

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We also announced our next Disney Parks Blog hosted live stream will be Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 2.

The live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Here are some other stories we worked on this week.

Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – we are gearing up for an exciting year.

Look Back at the Making of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Rose Parade Float – Weeks before the finishing touches were added, we went to the warehouse and captured the 166-foot-long Rose Parade float just as it was taking shape.

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure – It’s been 35 years since audiences first became enthralled with Indiana Jones, the archaeologist turned adventurous hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and more than 25 years since audiences fell in love with “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals – Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow. – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/rundisney-tinker-bell-half-marathon-weekend-presented-by-pandora-jewelry-medals/#sthash.BspsmqHi.dpuf

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress? – Is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress one of your favorite classic Disney attractions? How well do you know it and its history? Put your knowledge to the test below! – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-walt-disneys-carousel-of-progress/#sthash.B5mdplOy.dpuf

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This Week In Disney Park Photos: Disney Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

posted on January 30th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Disneyland Resort is celebrating and Disney Springs is transforming; on both coasts, we have fun experiences beyond our theme parks.

This Week In Disney Park Photos, our image is actually a pin John McClintock shared with us highlighting the Downtown Disney District during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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And I know I’m stretching this a bit, but this series of images – ok, a video actually – comes to us from Jennifer Fickley-Baker who shared the Disney Springs transformation happening at Walt Disney World Resort.

What’s your favorite Disney experience beyond the theme parks?

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February 2016 Walt Disney World Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Make time on your calendar to meet the artists behind the magic! Find all the details on February merchandise special events taking place throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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February 19 – 21: Look for the release of Star Wars-themed art from ACME Artist Brian Rood, who will appear from 2 – 5 p.m. at Watto’s Grotto in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note: Not able to make it to the park? Brian will also be appearing at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Disney Springs

February 4 – 29: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Valentine inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Doll Designer Linda Rick will make a special appearance February 19 – 21. Learn more.

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February 12 – 13: Take part in an artist showcase at Art of Disney with Brian Blackmore and Mark Seppala who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of their latest works February 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. and February 13 from 4 – 6 p.m. Learn more.

February 19 – 21: ACME Artist Brian Rood will be appearing from 7 – 9 p.m., each day at Star Wars Galactic Outpost (previously D-Street) in Disney Springs West Side. Don’t miss the chance to see some of his latest Star Wars releases. Learn more.

February 20: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand showcasing some of her newest releases, among other favorites, from 4 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op. Learn more.

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February 24 – 28: Check out the latest releases from artist Greg McCullough appearing at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

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February 10 – 14: Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest works at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day. If you are unable to make it, don’t worry, look for additional appearances by Greg later this month at Disney Springs. Learn more.

February 10 – 15: Find ‘scent’sational releases from Givenchy at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

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February 12 – 14 and February 19 – 21: Stop in and check out the latest Yardley fragrance and beauty products and meet representative Isis Sio throughout the day, each day at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase.

February 14 – 17 and February 19 – 21: Be sure to stop by and check out the latest releases of handmade bath and body products from Rinse. Representatives will be on hand throughout the day, each day at Heritage Manor in The American Adventure Pavilion. Learn more.

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February 18 – 21: Geir Ness will be on hand for a special appearance as he showcases the latest from his Laila fragrance and beauty collection. Meet Geir at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

February 19 – 20: Meet Kit Heath representative Mary Finnegan from 2- 7 p.m. and learn more about the beautiful, classic and contemporary British Jewelry Designer and the stunning jewelry designs available at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase. Learn more.

Which special appearances are you most excited to attend?

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#DisneyKids: First Zebra Outside My Window at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Let’s face it, most little kids love animals. Whether it’s a puppy dog or a bunny rabbit, preschoolers are fascinated by living creatures. So imagine their first encounter with an exotic animal like a wildebeest, giraffe or zebra. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests get that rare opportunity to get up close with wildlife they might not otherwise get the chance to see – all in one place. Little ones delight as they watch the animals roaming in the wild throughout lush savannas – a place where more than 200 mammals and birds call home.

Besides the animal encounters, there’s lot of reasons preschoolers will love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Resort guests can enjoy shaded playgrounds, kiddie pools, movies under the stars, Simba’s Cubhouse, and organized poolside activities. My favorite is the storytelling around the fire pit paired with a delicious marshmallow roast. A nice way to end your Disney day.

So next time you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, celebrate the colorful world of this African wildlife reserve through the eyes of your child. Remember these first experiences with animals are an invaluable way to teach your little ones to love and respect nature and the wild. To learn more about planning a trip to Disney with preschoolers, visit Disneyworld.com/littleones.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the Dark Side (temporarily) takes over for the brand new “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show.

The show is a fireworks spectacular that’s set to memorable music from throughout the Star Wars saga, including two tracks from the latest film: “Rey’s Theme” and “March of the Resistance.” Specific characters from the Star Wars galaxy are also represented in the show, with lines of dialogue from characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Rey, highlighting key moments in the spectacular.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you’re adding “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” to your plans for an upcoming trip, learn more about the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party,” which will be offered nightly through March 19. Star Wars-themed treats, including Darth Vader and droid cupcakes, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more are on the menu. Learn how to make reservations here.

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – Disney TAG (Travel – Accessories – Gear)

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


For the latest Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I visited Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. This full-service spa and health club offers massages, body treatments and more. I had never visited the spa so I was looking forward to a day of relaxation. My plans, however, were slightly delayed with the arrival of a mysterious yet colorful suitcase.

Disney TAG items will be arriving at their final destination this spring at Disney Parks. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at the collection in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, I invite you to check out Senses spa. My brief visit was wonderful and I’m looking forward to my next visit. To schedule treatments at the spa, please call (407) WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) as far in advance as possible. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live on the Disney Parks Blog Feb. 2 at 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


A few weeks ago we asked our fans to choose what we feature next in our series of Disney Parks Blog live streams. The top choice? Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, we’re happy to share that we’ll live stream “Fantasmic!” from the park on Tuesday, February 2, starting at 6:50 p.m. EST.

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In case you aren’t familiar, Fantasmic! is a 30-minute nighttime extravaganza that features 50 Disney characters and costumed performers, water effects, pyrotechnics and one heck of a finale. The show takes us on a journey into Mickey’s imagination where he envisions wonderful moments from beloved Disney films – but, the dream doesn’t go as planned when Disney villains show up to turn Mickey’s dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic!”

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Our live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. A fresh blog post containing the live stream feed will be ready and waiting. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Interested in seeing “Fantasmic!” in person? You can catch the show nightly at the park, and even purchase dining packages that include a meal and reserved seating at the show (learn more about that here).

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#DisneyTweens: Disney Channel Star’s Perfect Disney Day

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


As a parent of an older child, perhaps you wonder if a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort is still as special and magical as when they were younger. I can honestly tell you that my tween daughter would LIVE at Walt Disney World Resort if there wasn’t school or gymnastics practice getting in the way. But don’t just take it from me!

Tween favorite Peyton List, star of “Bunk’d” on the Disney Channel, adores Walt Disney World Resort! Just a few weeks ago, she came to visit with her mom, dad and brothers and she shared some of her favorite things to do while at Walt Disney World Resort. First on the list … go shopping at a Disney retail shop to find Minnie Mouse ears to match her outfit. A girl can’t be too coordinated!

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Then, it’s time for an encounter at the new Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where she shares a smooch with Chewbacca on the Light Side. She also found some First Order Storm Troopers for a photo opp.

Peyton claims she’s a “daredevil” and tries to ride all of the roller coasters and wild rides in all four theme parks. There’s certainly many to choose from … including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Test Track at Epcot.

When hunger strikes, it’s time to snack on a soft serve pineapple Dole Whip from Adventureland in Magic Kingdom Park. It hits the spot for her every time and she says she can’t visit Walt Disney World Resort without indulging in the creamy, sweet treat!

After all the thrills and adventures, Peyton ends her Disney day with “Wishes” nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. With all those dazzling and brilliant fireworks bursting above and around Cinderella Castle, it’s just the perfect kiss goodnight!

I bet your older child would agree … Walt Disney World Resort is still the place to be!

For more information on planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your tween, check out www.disneyworld.com/Tweens.

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