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#DisneyFamilia: Shop, Eat and Have Fun Todo El Día (All Day) at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


When mi familia comes to visit, we always set one day aside to spend at Downtown Disney. Why? Because it’s a great way to have fun juntos outside of the theme parks.

As you will see in this installment of “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” travel expert Sonia Gil always has a great time shopping, eating, and enjoying the many things you can do at Downtown Disney.

Did you notice that there are a few new things at Downtown Disney? More stores, restaurants, and entertainment are coming to the complex that is going through its biggest expansion ever, as it transitions into Disney Springs. So there will be plenty to experience and enjoy juntos!

So no matter where you and your familia choose to go each day while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, they are sure to have a wonderful time.

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Checking Out Latest Arrivals to Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Collection at Disney Parks

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


On July 22, 2015, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates another anniversary. To mark the occasion, I recently stopped by Tower Hotel Gifts to check out the latest arrivals from the Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic collection. You may recall that in February we released several new products inspired by this thrilling Disney Parks attraction. Here is a quick recap of some items I found.

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One of my favorite items now available is a luxurious bathrobe. This black robe contains an embroidered Hollywood Tower Hotel logo, and is an update to the previously offered white robe seen in this article from 2013. I love the feel of this robe so much that I’ve been known to wear it around my office.

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Other new items include a women’s shirt, a sweatshirt with an iconic front desk bell, and a Raglan T-shirt with a bellhop silhouette.

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You can also find a notepad and a nice packaged pen both of which are perfect for sending greetings from the beyond fifth dimension.

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The pin team gave me a first look at a new open edition pin coming later this year to Disney Parks. The pin includes an image that slides to reveal Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing this image of my son for this anniversary. He loves riding this attraction every time we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While exiting one time, he spotted this nod to an original television show episode and proceeded to try walking through it. Luckily, I pulled him back before he became lost in another dimension.

Happy anniversary, Hollywood Tower Hotel!

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Our Newest Desktop/Digital Wallpaper Celebrates The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


I’m a big fan of classic horror films as is our designer, Leo Cardoso. And today happens to be the day that The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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In honor of the anniversary, Leo took that love of old black & white spooky films and translated it into a cool new wallpaper featuring our favorite tower – the Tower of Terror!

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Top 5 Hot Dogs to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Tomorrow is National Hot Dog Day, but at Disney Parks we celebrate year-round! Did you know Walt Disney Parks and Resorts guests enjoy more than 6.4 million hot dogs annually? In honor of National Hot Dog Day, I’m sharing my Top 5 hot dogs from coast to coast:

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  1. Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog (Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom): This dog is topped with creamy macaroni and cheese and bacon bits, sure to satisfy your prehistoric hunger.

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  1. Vegetarian Portobello-Mushroom Philly (Award Wieners, Disney California Adventure park): Even carnivores will love this dish with grilled Portobello, onions and bell peppers sautéed in Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale and topped with pepper jack cheese.
  1. Frankfurter in a Pretzel Roll (Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, Disney’s Hollywood Studios): This dog is perfect when you’re on the go, the Dijon mustard inside the roll will help keep you mess-free for your silver screen debut.

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  1. Chili-Cheese Dog (Refreshment Corner, Disneyland park): Combining Walt Disney’s love for chili with an all-American hot dog, this classic might be the perfect Disneyland tribute.

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  1. Barbecued Pork and Coleslaw Gourmet Hot Dog (Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom Park): Topped with barbecued pulled pork and refreshing coleslaw, this hearty dog begs to be enjoyed picnic-style in the new Hub grass area.

How will you celebrate National Hot Dog Day?

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Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Wheels at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


In the past, I have shared with you many examples of the excellent care our team of professionals gives the animals you see at Walt Disney World Resort. We also help rehabilitate native wildlife, which includes birds, snakes, armadillos, manatees and more.

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Recently, we began caring for a native gopher tortoise. While we don’t know how he was injured, we believe he might have been hit by an automobile. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, hospital keepers, and wildlife interns have been working closely with this gopher tortoise during the past month.

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The tortoise sustained an injury to the back of his shell that also affected his back legs. After brainstorming different ideas to help him maneuver better, a suggestion was made about giving him wheels. But how?

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One of our veterinarians attached LEGO blocks with an animal-friendly epoxy resin reinforced with tape to the bottom of his shell. Within minutes, the tortoise we are now calling Wheels began walking across the hospital floor. It was a success!

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Hospital keepers Jennifer Holmes and Jen Hershey act as mentors to our Wildlife Hospital professional interns, Tori D’Amico and Brandon Waldron. They all continue to monitor Wheels to make sure he is comfortable and able to move around. The team expects Wheels to stay with them for a while as his health improves. Wheels’ wheels will be modified throughout his healing process to ensure the best fit. When the team feels confident that he is fully healed and able to be released into the wild, they will remove his wheels.

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The gopher tortoise is a protected species, native to the southeastern United States. These tortoises dig deep burrows that are sometimes filled in by land developments and construction. The gopher tortoise is also a keystone species because other animals, such as snakes and eastern indigos, also live in their burrows.

The next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you might be able to catch a glimpse of Wheels at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in the on-stage procedure room!

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Sneak Peek: ABC’s ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ to Feature ‘La Nouba’ by Cirque du Soleil July 28

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


If you’ve seen “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney (the only place in the world to experience this mesmerizing show!), you’ve probably dreamed about gracefully flying through the air on red silks, or at least meeting a performer who does. In an upcoming episode of “Extreme Weight Loss”, Tiffany “Pearls” Humpert gets to do both! Check out this sneak peek:

Tune in to “Extreme Weight Loss” tonight, July 21st 9|8c on ABC to see Pearls’ story.

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Video: Coolest Summer Ever Shopping Spree in the Marketplace Co-Op at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace has been open for a little over a year now. This flexible space location is home to several unique boutiques including Cherry Tree Lane, which offers fashion accessories created especially for Disney Parks. Recently, Downtown Disney’s fashionista Isabella went on a Coolest Summer Ever shopping spree in this location to check out some of our most popular co-branded items.

In the video, Isabella mentioned that additional laser cut bags by Vera Bradley were coming to Disney Parks. I spoke with the accessories team who shared these images of the two new bags. They are the reverse colors of the current white bags with black trim featured in the video. Look for them at the Marketplace Co-Op in the coming weeks.

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You can also find select items from Cherry Tree Lane online by visiting DisneyParks.com/Store.

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Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.

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The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the “Flame of Hope” represents the culmination of similar events around the world on its journey to the Special Olympics World Games. In May, the torch made its way to the Walt Disney World Resort during a Unified Relay Across America, going through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.

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Moms Panel Monday: Traveling With Multiple Generation Families to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Traveling to Disney Parks with multiple generations is a magical experience for everyone in the family. One of our resident grandparents on the Disney Parks Moms Panel regularly visits with her large family including her children, grandchild and her mother, so we asked for her recommendations on how to make the most of a trip with extended family. She offers some great tips like booking bigger resort villas and suites that allow everyone to sleep in the same room, memorable experiences like character dining that everyone can enjoy as a group, and even taking some time to split up into smaller groups (hello, date night for mom and dad)! Check out Anne’s video below for all six tips for having a grand adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Ariel Enjoys the Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How do Disney characters show their #DisneySide at Walt Disney World Resort? That’s what this weekly series is all about and this week, we’re showing an artist’s depiction of how our favorite mermaid, Ariel, would show her Disney Side.

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This week’s doodle was created by artist Ashley Taylor, and depicts Ariel getting the best seat in the house for a nighttime performance of the “Electrical Water Pageant” on Seven Seas Lagoon.


For more from our #DisneySide Doodles series visit the posts below:

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