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Step In Time: The Fun Return of ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ to Magic Kingdom Park in 1999

posted on April 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’re a fan of the “Main Street Electrical Parade,” then this is a video from our archives that you absolutely must see.

In May 1999, a few weeks before “Main Street Electrical Parade” made its return to Magic Kingdom Park, the parade floats were taken out of the park for a rare overnight road test. See this amazing sight below.

Can you imagine passing some of these sights on your way to your Disney resort?

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on April 13th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney theme parks around the world joined in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “it’s a small world” attraction.

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As you know, we’ve been sharing wonderful renditions of the attraction’s unforgettable song from around the world during the last few weeks. Part of this week’s celebration was featured live on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”

The broadcast began with a chorus of kids singing live in Times Square, cast members and children singing in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, a children’s chorus and dancing dragons at Hong Kong Disneyland, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris), and ended with Disney cast members singing in front of the first “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland park, punctuated with a finale of fireworks.

And this week, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction will feature some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

In our “All in the Details” series, we also released a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction, too. Check it out in Jennifer’s series.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Traditional Leis – Learn about the warm Hawaiian greeting guests receive upon arriving at Aulani.

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Celebrate ‘it’s a small world’ – Watch this wonderful rendition of “it’s a small world,” sung in a variety of languages.

Remembering Mickey Rooney at the Disneyland Resort – Remember legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned 10 decades and included work for Disney in “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Fox and the Hound,” and most recently, “The Muppets.”

Disneyland Wins First-Ever March Magic Challenge – Thanks to all your votes on Facebook, the Caribbean Pirates claimed the first-ever March Magic victory!

Moving ‘it’s a small world’ Across the Country and Back Again – Get a little bit of Disney Parks history … and mystery in this behind-the-scenes post on the famous attraction at Disneyland park.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; More Earth Day Fun at The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Disney’s Animal Kingdom is hosting a party this Earth Day, Aprill 22! Find out more after the jump.

Favorite ‘it’s a small world’ Sing-Along Videos on SmallWorld50.com – Thousands have participated in celebrating 50 years of this classic Disney Parks attraction by posting their own sing-along videos. Click through to see some of our favorites!

A New Way to End Your Walt Disney World Resort Day: ‘Epcot After-Hours Wind Down’ – Check out this excellent way to unwind in the after-hours at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks Launches Smart TV App On Samsung, Plans for LG

posted on April 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney Parks fans who happen to own a smart TV now may have a whole new way to gain access to Disney Parks news and travel planning information – the Disney Parks Smart TV App.

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Viewers can visit the app to gain access to

  • Disney Parks videos, including information on special events, behind-the-scenes content, first looks and more.
  • Interactive theme park maps.
  • Photo galleries.
  • Trivia and fun facts about Disney Parks.
  • View highlights from Disney Parks-related official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

The Disney Parks Smart TV App is currently available for Samsung Smart TVs, and will soon be available for LG Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more on this.

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Do You Have Disney’s Million Dollar Arm?

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Anyone want $1 million?

Well, Walt Disney Studios is prepared to give that much money away as part of the world premiere of its new movie “Million Dollar Arm,” in which a sports agent (played by Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star.

Walt Disney Studios is staging a contest on April 25th and 26th to find a real-life “million dollar arm” by offering guests (you have to be age 18 and over with no prior professional baseball experience) the chance to throw the fastest strike. Here’s how it works: Participants at three locations;­ Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and New York City, get three chances to throw a baseball as fast as possible. Participants who throw the three fastest strikes at each location will be flown to the finals in Hollywood, Calif., where they will attend the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” on May 6 and get a chance to compete for the grand prize. Any of the nine finalists who throws a 100-mph strike during their three attempts could potentially win the $1 million.

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Click here for official rules.

Even if no one wins the $1 million, everyone who steps up to the mound will be a winner in some way. All contestants will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest to an advance screening of the movie at a nearby AMC Theatre location. In addition, the nine finalists and their guests will be flown to Hollywood for the movie premiere and the final competition, plus treated like VIPs along with other movie stars, Major League players and Hollywood celebrities.

If you want your shot at the million-dollar prize, just show up at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., or the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City on April 25 or 26 (New York location available only on April 25) between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time. You’ll need a valid U.S. identification card to complete and sign a registration form and release. Oh, and don’t forget your baseball glove and anything else you need to warm up.

You only have a couple of weeks to go, so start getting your arm ready. It could be worth $1 million!

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‘Diaper Dans’ Show Their ‘Disney Side’ On Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


No matter what age, everyone seems to have a “Disney Side.” That concept led us to a question: how early in their lives did the famed Dapper Dans begin honing their skills as a barber shop quartet? For years, The Dapper Dans have been favorites among Disney Parks guests for their blend of harmonies and hijinks. Whether they’re in the Harmony Barber Shop or riding aboard the Main Street Trolley, the Dapper Dans provide a soundtrack like no other on Main Street U.S.A.

In honor of the famed foursome, we asked them to lend a hand in helping to train a troupe of newcomers. Today, we are pleased to present the world premiere of … The Diaper Dans.

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A New Way to End Your Walt Disney World Resort Day: ‘Epcot After-Hours Wind Down’

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just imagine, after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show at Epcot, instead of heading to your car or back to the resort, you could head to one of four spots in World Showcase for end-of-day relaxation with appetizers and beverages.

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You can do just that beginning April 17 through September 15. Choose either La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavilion; Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion; Tutto Gusto in the Italy Pavilion, or Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each location will have small bites paired with a beverage flight (additional beverages can be purchased) from 9:20 – 11 p.m. It’s a magical time as the park quiets down.

Cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, go to www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations to see if space is available.

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Running for Honor, Running for Hope at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Linda Ambard from Boston is no stranger to running, she has been logging miles since high school. After college she focused on distance running, and with the support of her husband and family set a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states. But sometimes life is like running. You are traveling down the road, perfect stride, when all of the sudden you hit “the wall.” That moment when you feel you just can’t go any further. It is when you pull yourself together, perhaps change your goals, but continue to push through and move forward. That is exactly what happened in Linda’s life.

For several weeks I have shared amazing inspirational stories of runDisney runners from all four corners of the United States. Today’s story has left me without words. I have tried to find perfect lines to accompany Linda’s video but I can’t. The only person who can tell her story is Linda herself. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch Linda’s profile as we honor her husband, celebrate her new found happiness and learn from her message of hope.

#WhyIrunDisney is dedicated to sharing compelling and motivational human-interest stories. To view submissions and to learn how to upload and your story, visit irundisney.com.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Characters

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. During the presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

See for yourself in the video below.

For more about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, visit the posts below:

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Beautifully Disney Gets ‘Curiouser & Curiouser’ at Disney Parks

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Curiouser & Curiouser, the latest collection from Beautifully Disney takes a cue from the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, and Alice herself, with colors ranging from light, neutral tones to richly pigmented and shimmery shades. This new collection will debut May 3 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts!

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As soon as I found out about this collection, I immediately sought out the advice of Rachel Brent, whom I introduced to you with the Pop of Minnie collection, and whom I consider my go-to girl for all things beauty. Since I’m late for a very important date, I’m handing it over to Rachel for a quick overview of the new collection and some of her top picks:

I invite you to fall down the rabbit hole and escape with me to a Wonderland of whimsy, as you disappear into a daydream and discover pristine pastels with a peculiar twist — perfect for spring.

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A-E-I-O-You need to check out the eye shadow palette, which has quickly become a staple in my own beauty bag for spring and summer. The six ultra-flattering shades are perfect for a golden afternoon.

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Are you thinking of painting the roses red? Forget the roses, and paint your lips one of the gorgeous mini-lipstick hues. My pick is Dum De Dum, which is a cool coral shade. Another thing I positively lost my head over, are the two newest lip gloss shades – Miss Priss and Literally Nonsense! Always lightweight, these emollient rich formulas moisturize and condition your lips, never leaving them gummy. I guarantee these glosses will leave you smiling like the Cheshire Cat.

As you know, no tea party or un-birthday is complete without the new decadent macaroon sponges, shown above. Perfectly sized and luxuriously smooth, these make-up blending sponges will become your go-to treat.

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Did I find my cup of tea? I think so. As you can see, I went a little mad using all of the nail colors. What colors will you choose to create a look fit for the Queen of Hearts? Here are my recommendations: Tis’ Brillig is a nice twist on neutral with an iridescent textured finish. Or if you’re feeling ‘blue’, This Way, That Way is pedicure perfect.

Tip: Here is a recent nail design tutorial.

Before you leave Wonderland, one last thing: Purchase a mini lip gloss palette for $19.95, when you spend $50.00 (before tax and after discount) on Beautifully Disney products.

Those of you at the Disneyland Resort are in for a special treat. There will be a special signing on May 3 with Jeff Granito, the designer behind the Beautifully Disney artwork at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

As you can see we’re all a little ‘mad’ here. I know that both Rachel and I are ‘curious’ to see what all of you will do with the colors in this new collection, so share your stories with us here on the Disney Parks Blog or hashtag your images #DisneySide on our social channels.

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Returns to Epcot June 8

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Planning a trip to Epcot this summer? Definitely add a Sounds Like Summer Concert Series performance to your itinerary. Our 2014 concert schedule has just been released, with many new favorites – such as Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute – returning to the stage.

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This year’s concert line up includes:

  • June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6-12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13-19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

All performances take place at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 (when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.). Concerts are included with park admission and entertainment is subject to change.

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