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Watch Mickey Mouse Take On Maleficent in 8-Bit Style

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If “Fantasmic!,” the popular nighttime spectacular from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park, were a video game, it might just look like this.

Check out this fun video our digital team created and shared earlier today.

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New Retail MagicBands Arriving in December at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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You may recall that my top gift items this year from Disney Parks are retail MagicBands. We recently introduced the “link-it later” option for all retail MagicBands, making them great gifts for guests who may want to show off their Disney Side while visiting Walt Disney World Resort. This month, we are introducing some new open edition, graphic MagicBands on the dates listed below.

  • December 12 – Sorcerer Mickey
  • December 14 – Minnie Mouse’s iconic polka dots
  • December 17 – Stitch
  • December 22 – Disney Princesses

These graphic MagicBands will retail at $19.95 each.

Guests should look for these items in select locations at the four theme parks and Downtown Disney.

You can also find solid color MagicBands and select accessories on our Disney Parks online store by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/MagicBands

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find …

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the years, our holiday mystery puzzlers have been reader favorites. And I think today’s will be too – but it’s our toughest yet. Scrooge McDuck can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks if you’re looking in the right place. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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Disney Artist Will Gay Shares Childhood-Inspired Holiday Wallpaper

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we’re happy to share a very special Disney Parks Blog exclusive desktop/mobile wallpaper, this time created by one of our own authors, Will Gay.

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According to Will, he drew on his childhood memories of Christmas time for inspiration for this design.

“I was inspired by the scenes of classic holiday specials I watched every year growing up,” he said. “They had these simple, soft colors that just gave it an overall peaceful feel. The holidays can get a little busy and sometimes it’s nice to slow down for a second and remember all that is good – like enjoying little moments with friends and family.”

Lovely.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. For more Disney Parks holiday designs, check out our complete gallery of wallpapers here.

For more holiday-inspired wallpapers, visit the links below:

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Listen As Epcot’s Mariachi Cobre Play ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this month, we shared a musical performance by Mariachi Cobre, the band you can find at Mexico Pavilion in Epcot that plays the folk music of Jalisco, Mexico, for guests. This week we’re happy to share another holiday carol the band is currently sharing with the audience as a part of the park’s Holidays Around the World celebration. Enjoy!


For more holiday performances from around our “World” check out the videos below.

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Taste of Hollywood Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holiday Season

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


With the hustle and bustle of the holidays approaching, check a delicious meal-to-go and a reserved seat for Fantasmic! off your list with Taste of Hollywood to Go at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From December 24 to 31, the popular Taste of Hollywood To Go option will be returning with a few new entrees, all of which include a reserved seat for Fantasmic!.

Cold-Cut Roast Beef Sandwich Option from the Taste of Hollywood To Go Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 24 to 31 Vegetable Sandwich Option from the Taste of Hollywood To Go Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 24 to 31

Adults can choose from a vegetable sandwich served with ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, quinoa salad and chocolate cake; shrimp salad served with pita, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and mandarin orange cheesecake; golden fried chicken served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn and carrots and warm apple crisp; cold-cut roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish served with classic potato salad, grilled asparagus and chocolate cake; California sushi tuna roll served with avocado, orange and tomato salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and spicy pecan-chocolate cluster.

Shrimp Salad Option from the Taste of Hollywood To Go Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 24 to 31 Kids Meal Option from the Taste of Hollywood To Go Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 24 to 31

Kids’ choices include a power pack with strawberry yogurt, apple wedges, carrot sticks with ranch dip, fish crackers, an organic apple cinnamon and oatmeal snack-size sandwich bar or a turkey and American cheese wrap with strawberry yogurt, apple wedges, carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar.

Reservations are now open, and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE up to 24 hours in advance. If you do not have a reservation, you can always check the day you are in the park for availability. Meals can be picked up from Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Choice of Fantasmic! showtime is based on availability, with the number of seats based on the number of meals purchased.

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Caption This: Enjoying the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It sure looks like this toy soldier is planning on enjoying the lights for awhile.

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What’s on the menu? Would you join his party? Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the comments section below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on December 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were excited to share a new rendering of the amazing Disney Vacation Club Bungalows coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. The re-imagining of the resort includes a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

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The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015. You can learn more by visiting Rebecca’s original story.

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And we continued our “Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park” series this week with a few very rare photos of Main Street Station, the popular starting point of your “grand circle tour” aboard the vintage trains of the Disneyland Railroad. The image above was taken as the framing of the building was far enough along to recognize the train station we know today.

Check George’s original post for another rare photo of Main Street Station.

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

Announcing the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the Past Sixty Years – Click through for a video recap of all our photo finalists from each Disneyland Decade and at the end you will see which photo won!

Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort – Take a look at some photos to see what went into this gargantuan gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out what captivates guests during Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, now in its second year at Disney California Adventure Park.

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members – Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs cast members. Click through to learn more about the rescue effort.

Learn to Draw Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6′ – Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Hiro from the new Disney film, ‘Big Hero 6′.

‘Tis the Season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Plan your vacation to this Hawaiian winter wonderland, with temperatures averaging 78 degrees.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Scenes from Our Parks

posted on December 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared many great photos of the different holiday celebrations that are taking place now at our parks around the globe.

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Holiday Wishes’ at Magic Kingdom Park

For example, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” is underway during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado gave us a look at the holiday fun guests are having aboard Disney Cruise Line this month during their Very Merrytime Cruises.

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Erin Glover also shared a look at the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! celebration that’s taking place at Disney California Adventure park, which features live music, appearances by the Three Caballeros, the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party,” folk dancing, food and fun.

Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort

And who can take their eyes off of this gingerbread masterpiece at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa? Read all the details about this 7 ½ feet-tall sweet structure in Erin’s original post.

Which holiday celebration interests you the most? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for By Disney Animal Programs Cast Members

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Blair Witherington, Senior Sea Turtle Biologist


Eight cold-stressed Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were treated in recent weeks by Disney Animal Programs cast members. These were among hundreds of cold-stunned turtles that washed ashore at Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, following a sudden cold spell. The turtles were collected by volunteers from Massachusetts Audubon, and then taken to the New England Aquarium’s Rehabilitation Center in Quincy, Massachusetts, to be stabilized and warmed. When the turtles were ready for travel, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, with support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), transported and loaded 193 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles into a US Coast Guard plane for the trip south!

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Kemp’s ridleys are the rarest sea turtles in the world. The turtles being treated and warmed at Disney each weigh about five pounds and are two to three years old. This is an age at which little Kemp’s ridleys have just moved into coastal waters from the open sea. Most Kemp’s ridleys grow up in the Gulf of Mexico, but some are carried out of the Gulf and up the Atlantic coast by strong currents. These little turtles move into bays and estuaries from Massachusetts to Florida. During warmer months, there are lots of blue crabs and other crustaceans for ridleys to eat in these waters. When winter arrives, the turtles typically swim south to avoid cold water. However, if there is a sudden cold snap, the turtles can become trapped in the bays.

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Sea turtles enjoy warm water and have a body temperature about the same as the water that surrounds them. When the water temperature dips below 45 degrees, turtles get chilled, lose their ability to swim, and immobile turtles begin to wash ashore.

Normally, ridleys and other sea turtles anticipate cold weather and move south in the fall. But the sandy spit of Cape Cod makes this seasonal migration a special challenge. The cape hooks out into the Atlantic and catches southbound turtles, which collect within Cape Cod Bay. Turtles caught in the bay can find their way back out, except when the onset of frigid weather is rapid, like it was in recent weeks. Under these conditions, turtles in the bay are literally caught out in the cold, and a sea turtle cold-stunning event occurs.

Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for by Disney Animal Programs Cast Members! Special Edition Wildlife Friday: Cold Sea Turtles Cared for by Disney Animal Programs Cast Members!

Emergencies such as this cold-stunning event often require a fast response. Through the DWCF Rapid Response Fund, we are able to provide emergency support to help animals when they need it most, like we did for these young endangered turtles.

The young Kemp’s ridleys taken in by Disney are now swimming in a backstage location at The Seas with Nemo & Friends to regain their strength. Plans are to release these rare turtles into warm Florida waters as soon as they are well.

Here at Disney, we hope to make an impact that will ensure that future generations will continue to be inspired and delighted by sea turtles. To that end, we have worked to protect endangered sea turtles by providing grants to conservation nonprofits through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Disney has helped support 115 projects protecting sea turtles and their habitat, with more than $1.8 million in funds since 1998.

Check out this video for behind-the-scenes footage of this rescue effort!

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