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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.


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!”


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!


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

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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Grand 80th Birthday Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel

Thank you all very much for your excitement and support for our first #DisneyGrandAdventure blog post last week. I enjoyed reading all of your stories and look forward to continuing the conversation!

This week I would like to share a video of a special family birthday celebration hosted at Walt Disney World Resort! Paula Faris, co-host of “The View” and co-anchor of “Good Morning America Weekend,” traveled with her family to Walt Disney World Resort in honor of her father’s 80th birthday. Check out this heartwarming video of Paula and her family celebrating together during their multigenerational Disney vacation!

For more from the #DisneyGrandAdventure series, visit the post below:

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Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

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.


For those of you who aren’t familiar, “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” is a daily stunt show that takes guests on a breathless journey to watch stunts from the film franchise performed before their very eyes – including fight scenes, whip tricks, sword fights, high falls, fiery explosions and much more.

'The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular' at Disney's Hollywood Studios 'The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The storyline of the stunt show was inspired by “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the first Oscar-winning film in the Indiana Jones franchise. And here’s an interesting bit of history: the stunt show opened in 1989, the same year “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was released, making the stunt show an instant smash hit with park guests.

Over the years, the stunt show has been a park favorite with adventure-seeking guests regularly packing the 2,000-seat theater, multiple times each day.

I recently headed backstage at “Epic” to meet stunt performers Kevin (who has been with the cast since opening day), as well as Robert and Michele, to get their thoughts on what keeps audiences coming back again and again. And maybe, learn a thing or two myself.

Will you add “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to your must-do list? Learn more about the show here.

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#DisneyFamilia: Nos Vamos to Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

We are very excited to share with you a new video series with blogger and Hispana Global co-founder, Jeannette Kaplun, as she shares everything (and more!) you need to know to planificar and enjoy an unforgettable Walt Disney World Resort vacation with the familia.

In the first video, Jeannette gives you consejos on how to start planning your trip from the comfort of your own home! As you will see, you only need your computer to start off an incredible vacation.

After watching this, don’t you think that planning a vacation is easier than you thought it would be? Now it’s time for you to plan your own!

If you have other tips that you use when planning your vacaciones, please share them with us. We would love to hear what they are, and maybe use them as well.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Here’s an Update on Native Gopher Tortoise ‘Wheels’

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Wheels face

Remember Wheels, the native gopher tortoise who found himself at our veterinary hospital? A car-strike injury to his shell made it difficult for him to move around, and our team attached LEGO blocks with wheels to the bottom of his shell to help him walk. Of course, his nickname “Wheels” soon followed.

Wheels healed well, and I am proud to report that he is now back in the wild. We attached a telemetry device to his shell so we can track his whereabouts and make sure that he is coping out there. This kind of data is very valuable to our conservation team and helps us learn much more about this protected species.

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Video Rewind: Audio-Animatronics Magic at Disney Parks

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

One of the most iconic innovations to come out of Disney Parks is audio-animatronics technology. Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland, and on June 23, 1963, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened. The first attraction to feature audio-animatronics figures was home to more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Let’s take a look back on some of the audio-animatronics advancements we’ve shown you here on the Disney Parks Blog.

All the way back in 2009, we took you behind the scenes as Walt Disney Imagineering programmed the most advanced audio-animatronics figure at the time, Abraham Lincoln, at Disneyland park.

Jump ahead five years, and imagineers continued to develop amazing audio-animatronics innovations, this time working with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park.

And of course, the story of audio-animatronics technology begins with Walt Disney himself. Take a look back at this video, which we shared last year for the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park.

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‘Goofy Sport’ Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuting at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Those of you who have been following the releases of our hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint Cels at Disney Parks over the year are in store for more great pieces this year! Debuting March 12 at Stage 1 Company Store located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a new piece titled “Goofy Sport.” It’s such a “kick,” see for yourself!


This new piece, available now, is limited to an edition size of 300. The cel will be available in a variety of formats including Unframed ($125), Black Framed Cel ($215), Black Framed Cel with mounted Pin ($245) and Black Framed Cel with mounted Postcard and Pin ($255), Gold Frame ($285).

Tip: A specially designed limited-edition pin is available with the purchase of each cel, while supplies last. Here’s a peek at what it will look like!


Finally, for those of you who will make your way to the event on March 12, 2016, look for special appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. on the day of release. If you’re not able to make it, a special pre-purchase opportunity is taking place now through March 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Order yours today!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress?

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

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!


Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park

What's the name of your host through the 20th century on Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
What is the reoccurring name of the dog in each scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
How many pounds of ice can the ice box hold in the Turn of the 20th Century scene?
What's the name of the contraption Old Uncle Orville created in the 1920's summer scene?
What temperature does the oven reach in the final scene of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress?
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All in the Details: Putting the ‘Springs’ Into Disney Springs

posted on January 26th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Since the re-imagining of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort began back in 2013, we’ve shared the amazing transformation this area has gone through, including insights into the many new restaurants and shops that have debuted.

Today we wanted to share the story Walt Disney Imagineering created that immerses guests into the rich heritage and natural beauty of Florida through unique architecture, color schemes, horticulture and more. 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. More than a century ago, this spring attracted the first settlers and over time, the town of “Disney Springs” grew around the spring, eventually creating three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm.

But how do you build a representation of an authentic Florida spring? The answer: research, technology and artistry. In this video, you can see the level of detail the project team went to in recreating a natural Florida spring like the ones they visited on their many research trips. In it, you’ll see how Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter; how nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design of the spring’s bank; and how sculpting added even more depth to the area. Simply amazing.

For the latest Disney Springs Food & Beverage or Merchandise news, see the list of stories below.

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