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Magic Kingdom Park Kicks off The ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ & 24 Hours of Fun

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

Our “Coolest Summer Ever” at Disney Parks just kicked off moments ago here at Magic Kingdom Park.

Magic Kingdom Park Kicks of The ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ & 24 Hours of Fun

Thousands of guests were ready and waiting to celebrate with 24 hours of theme park fun, arriving at the park entrance before sunrise. They were treated with a special welcome by the Mayor of Main Street, U.S.A., and Disney characters dressed in their pajamas.

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Our team couldn’t be more excited to share the highlights of the day with you, plus the fun we aim to have in the park today. Disney Parks Blog author Nate Rasmussen is ready to taste as many park treats as he can in 24 hours, while Steven Miller is taking on the challenge of riding all four Disney “mountains” today. And very shortly, our entire team will celebrate today’s release of “Tomorrowland” with 500 Disney Parks Blog readers.

Don’t forget that you can watch all the fun at both Magic Kingdom Park or the entire 24-hours via our live stream here.

If you were spending 24 hours at Magic Kingdom Park, which attraction would you head to first? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Watch the Coolest Summer Ever – Live on the Disney Parks Blog

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


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The Coolest Summer Ever live stream has concluded.

Good morning from Walt Disney World! Are you ready for the Coolest Summer Ever?

Well here at Walt Disney World we are just minutes away from kicking off the fun. This year, you can catch the sights and sounds “live” from your computer or mobile device on our live stream from the Train Station on Main Street, U.S.A. We’ll be streaming from Magic Kingdom Park for a full 24 hours.

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Highlights you don’t want to miss are performances of the daytime parade, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3 p.m., and our nighttime entertainment lineup of the “Celebrate the Magic” castle show at 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m., “Wishes” fireworks at 9 p.m. and the Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Click here to access our full-screen version now!

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Summer Returns to Disney Parks with 24-Hour Kick-Off Parties

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Coolest Summer Ever Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

On May 22, we’re celebrating for a full 24 hours at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. We’re beginning the party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World with the kick off of the “Coolest Summer Ever” before continuing with the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

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For the next 24-hours, our team of Disney Parks Blog authors will be sharing photos, videos and stories from both coasts. Keep refreshing this Disney Parks Blog page for updates or click here for all the #Disney24 posts.

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Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite!

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Have you ever wondered what it’s like INSIDE the Cinderella Castle Suite? Well – take it from me – it’s fabulous. But wait! You don’t just have to take it from me. Starting today – in conjunction with the 24 Hour Event and the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort – you can enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover! CSEC5974941 We want you to Show Your Disney Side, by creating your MOST ORIGINAL and CREATIVE Walt Disney World Resort-inspired summer wear or summer treat. Is it an Expedition Everest Attraction Yeti ice cream sundae? A “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade“-inspired Raven costume? Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Attraction Toast? I don’t know, but the more creative the tie to your favorite Walt Disney World Resort attraction or story the better. So How Do I Enter? Once you’ve gotten your masterpiece just right, take a photo of it and upload it to the Twitter or Instagram platforms using #DisneySummerContest We will pick one grand, one first and one second winning entry on Twitter and one grand, one first and one second winning entry on Instagram. That’s SIX chances to win altogether.

  • The Grand prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a five-day, four-night Walt Disney World Resort vacation with flights, accommodation and more, plus the ultimate slumber party – a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park! And a special Frozen Summer Fun VIP experience.
  • The First prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a five-day, four-night Walt Disney World Resort vacation with flights, accommodation and more, plus the ultimate slumber party – a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park!
  • The Second prize winning entry for each social media platform will win a Coolest Summer Ever gift basket.

You can enter through June 14, 2015. Don’t forget to include #DisneySummerContest in your post. We can’t wait to see your creations. For official rules, check out http://coolestdisneysummer.com/

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Set a Course for Star Wars Weekends This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Our Star Wars Weekends event for 2015 is well under way and better than ever! And this week, the incomparable Warwick Davis is among the celebrity guests visiting from that galaxy far, far away.

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Warwick portrayed lovable Ewok Wicket from the forest moon of Endor and has brought to vivid life several beloved characters beyond the worlds of Star Wars. In fact, one of my favorite shows during Star Wars Weekends is “An Ewok’s Tale: My Short Story,” Warwick Davis’s hysterical one-man show through which he shares his adventures as only he can. It’s definitely not to be missed!

Of course, Warwick is just one of the stars of the saga joining us May 22 – 24. You can also see and hear from actors whose characters have inhabited the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, the Theed Royal Palace of Naboo and the grasslands of Lothal:

  • Event Host James Arnold Taylor: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket the Ewok (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

No matter what part of the galaxy you hail from, you’ll want to make Star Wars Weekends your destination. With all the celebrities, Star Wars characters, special shows, fireworks and more, it is as close to the Force as you can get!

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First Look: Cinderella Castle Adds Regal Turrets at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Throughout the year, we’ve been bringing you updates on the enhancements that are being made in the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle, which include new pathways, gardens, and fireworks viewing areas.

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Today we’re happy to share a first look at another milestone for the area – the addition of new turrets that flank Cinderella Castle. The turrets extend the castle’s royal look across the new expanded area.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

For more about the updates to Magic Kingdom Park, visit the posts below:

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‘World of Color – Celebrate!’ Premieres at Disney California Adventure Park, Opens for Guests May 22

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Last night, we welcomed fans and media to the premiere performance of “World of Color – Celebrate!” New for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, this nighttime spectacular is a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland, hosted by Mickey Mouse and award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Just before the performance began, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, joined Neil and Mickey Mouse on stage to introduce the new show.

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“We’re thrilled to commemorate 60 years of Disneyland with three new nighttime spectaculars, including a special ‘World of Color’ show,” Chapek said. “Our new show salutes Walt Disney, a visionary who dreamed big and then made those dreams come true.”

Take a look back at this special night!

“World of Color – Celebrate!” opens for Disney California Adventure park guests on May 22. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to bring you coverage from the launch of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration this week.

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Disney Days of Past: Celebrating DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 21st, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week in 2000 the film “Dinosaur” was released. “Dinosaur” stars an iguanodon, Aladar, who should be familiar to fans of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the attraction DINOSAUR in DinoLand, U.S.A.

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When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, this attraction went by the name Countdown to Extinction. In fact, on the Time Rovers you can still see CTX written on the vehicles.

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Another attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened before the movie debuted. Know what attraction I’m referring to? Share your expertise knowledge in the comments section below!

How well do you know DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Take our quiz now!

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#DisneySide Sports Style: Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


With the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout presented by Danimals coming up at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex athletes have the opportunity to show their #DisneySide during competition.

This Minnie Mouse hair bow is a great look for on the field and celebrating off as well!

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One of the best things about playing at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the fact that it is located right in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort. Athletes can walk off the field and celebrate in their favorite theme park.

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Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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


Harambe Market, a new area that will serve-up African-inspired street food, is set to open May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we’re excited to share with you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at just how the team is currently working together to bring this new area to life.

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Check out the video below to hear how members of the project team traveled to Lamu, Kenya to study architecture, learn how African foods and spices inspired parts of the area’s storyline, and much more.

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