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Celebrating the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Independence Day is coming up, and the parks at Walt Disney World Resort are planning to celebrate our nation’s 239th birthday with some star-spangled salutes to America!

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If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort for the 4th of July, here are some highlights of the special entertainment planned for that day:

  • Magic Kingdom Park “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.
  • Epcot On July 4, enjoy a special concert of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at America Gardens Theater, where they’ll be performing at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. You can also meet Chip ‘n’ Dale in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and at 10 p.m. that evening “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.
  • Disney’s Hollywood StudiosThe “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration,” as the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios ignites in a shower of shimmering light for a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll road trip across America. The DJ kicks things off at 5:45 p.m. and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15 p.m.

Looks like the 4th of July is going to be a blast all across Walt Disney World Resort!

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – July 2015

posted on June 28th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort this July? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings!

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Now through July 20: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Patriotic Collection, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 1 – 5: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Le Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

July 2 – 3: Find the latest releases from artist David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 1 – 9 p.m. at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 2 – 5: Appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot throughout the month is artist Larry Dotson. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: July 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30 as well as August 1 and 2. Learn more.

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July 11 – 14: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

July 13 – 18: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings July 13 – 18 and July 27 – August 1 from 1 – 8p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

July 17 – 18: Meet artist Jeremiah Ketner who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8p.m., each day. Learn more.

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July 23 – 26: Meet artist William Silvers who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities July 30 – August 1 from 12 Noon – 8 p.m., each day, at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

Throughout the month look for other special appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Le Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are still available but are in limited supply. It’s not too late to register! Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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Behind the Scenes: Creating ‘Frozen’ Fireworks for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


For many families, a highlight of a Walt Disney World vacation is ending a day at a park by watching one of our amazing nighttime fireworks spectaculars. “Frozen Fireworks” just debuted this month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to feature characters from the film, fireworks, favorite “Frozen” songs and even a snow flurry.

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Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team designed this year’s “Frozen”-themed fireworks spectacular.

Frozen Summer Fun offerings, including fireworks, will run through September 7, 2015. For more details on Frozen Summer Fun offerings that you can’t miss, be sure to visit Shawn’s previous blog post.

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Actress Jessica Alba & Family Enjoy Frozen Summer Fun

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Actress Jessica Alba, along with Film Producer husband Cash Warren, kicked off summer this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with their daughters Honor and Haven.

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The family enjoyed a little Frozen Summer Fun by sharing warm hugs with Olaf, Anna and Elsa. Will you celebrate summer at Disney Parks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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#DisneyKids: It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Yo ho, let’s go! The sense of adventure of a pirate’s life can entertain little ones of all ages and we’ve got lots of exciting ways for kids to get in on the action. We rounded up some of the top ways at Walt Disney World Resort for kids to feel like a real pirate for the day in this handy graphic.

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In addition to these great experiences, there is even more swashbuckling fun to be had across the theme parks and resorts. For fans of Disney Jr., don’t miss character dining and meet & greet opportunities with Jake and the Neverland Pirates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The adventure continues at our resorts with special Pirates Adventure Cruises, where little scallywags can set sail to find hidden treasure. There are even pirate-themed rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

For even more pirates (and princesses), check out this page!

Click on the graphic above to see all our recommendations for pirate fun!

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Disney Parks Salutes U.S. Military by Continuing Special Ticket, Room Rates

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have great news to share – the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at our domestic sites will be extended now through mid-December.

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Click HERE to learn more about our special military pricing to Walt Disney World Resort and HERE to see details to Disneyland Resort.

Now’s the perfect time to start planning your next trip to a Disney park for later this year.

Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20.

As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition – so keep following us here on the Disney Parks Blog for the latest news on special military pricing.

We’ll have an update on 2016 soon!

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#CoolestSummer Ever: Magic Kingdom Park Cool

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Magic Kingdom Park is a wonderland of pleasant places and experiences waiting to be discovered, and then made into regular visit traditions. When the summer sun is beaming it brightest, every seasoned guest has favorite attractions that are refreshingly air-conditioned and/or cooled nicely with fans and are relatively moderate as to queues (of course, “subject to change without notice” and all that stuff).

Anyway, here are a few super summer “ahhh-tractions”:

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Mickey’s PhilharMagic – What a great attraction for fans of classic Disney and great music! Again, the queue is primarily inside, amid funny “concert posters”, and the show is breezy and thoroughly delightful. (Here’s a bit of trivia: Hollywood studio singer Gene Merlino sings in the chorus of “You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly”, just as he did in the original 1953 film!)

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Dumbo The Flying Elephant – Whoever came up with the idea of a circus tent waiting area, complete with benches and plenty of fun for kids, deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, or at least a smoked turkey leg. You’re given a handy device that glows when you can enter the queue, after waiting in air-conditioned bliss. And when it’s time to fly with Dumbo, he tries really hard to catch the breeze as you whirl through the air.

Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor – By midday, who couldn’t use a chuckle or two in a stylish night club setting where Mike Wazowski presents the all-time best of the wincingly worst in super silly jokes and riddles. (My favorite riddle: “How do you know when an elephant has been in your refrigerator?” “He leaves his footprints in the butter!”)

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Country Bear Jamboree – This is a cherished Audio-Animatronics classic, as laid back as an contented ol’ dog taking a break in some cool, shaded grass. Highly recommended if members of your group are starting to get as revved up as long-tailed cats in a room full of rockers. (In my family, moodiness can sometimes also be cured with a quick snack and cool beverage. Not that anyone is ever moody on a Walt Disney World Resort dream vacation. It’s probably just my relatives.)

What are your favorite Magic Kingdom Park attractions for midday cool-downs?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Bon Nuit from Epcot’s France Pavilion

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I adore tonight’s “After Dark” image, which was shot at Epcot‘s France Pavilion.

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The pavilion’s Belle Epoque architecture, the winding gardens and pink Florida sky make this really look like a perfect fairytale destination, don’t they?

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Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance Visit Walt Disney World

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Hollywood couple Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, along with their twin 10-year-old children, Bronwyn and Slater, recently took time at Magic Kingdom Park to pose for a photo with Goofy – Angela’s favorite Disney character.

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When asked why Goofy is her favorite character, Angela says she likes his swagger and besides that “Goofy is tall, dark and handsome – what’s not to like!” Ears to you Bassett/Vance family!

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No Reservation? No Problem! Unique Breakfasts at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Last year, I wrote about some of my favorite places to grab breakfast before a day in the parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I have a few unique breakfast picks to share with you — all available without a dining reservation.

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What is your favorite quick-service breakfast at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

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