The Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 27th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first to learn this week that Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park will receive first-ever holiday makeovers.

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Beginning in early November, Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for the holiday season.

In the new storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours.

Check Jennifer’s original blog post for more details and let us know if you’ll be boarding the Jingle Cruise this holiday season.

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Also this week, we gave readers a look at some of the extra magic they’ll experience when visiting Magician Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park.

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

First Look: Thor Appearing in Thor: Treasures of Asgard at Disneyland Park – Don’t miss the very first look at the Mighty Avenger, Thor.

Download Our Epcot Fountain of Nations Desktop Wallpaper – Love Epcot? Our latest wallpaper is just for you!

Last-Minute Costume Ideas for a Disney Side-Inspired Halloween at Disney Parks – Still trying to figure out your Halloween costume? Steven Miller has a few ideas for you.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Hideo Amemiya – Learn more about the most distinguished and beloved senior leaders at Disneyland Resort.

Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line – See how Mickey, Minnie and friends are celebrating Halloween at sea with special activities.

Pumpkin Beignets Are Back in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park – Looking for a special treat for your Halloween party guests? Try making our pumpkin beignets!

Comfy, Cozy and Fashionable Winter Sweaters at Disney Parks – Check out how to stay warm and trendy with this winter apparel at Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort Helps Build Fifth KaBOOM! Playground in Orange County – Learn more about the good work of Disney VoluntEARS

PIXAR Brings ‘Toy Story Nutcracker’ to Life for ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park – See your favorite “Toy Story” characters perform Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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This week, “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios became the first Walt Disney World Resort Entertainment offering to debut the addition of “Glow With the Show” ear technology. And we shared a glimpse of the night with Disney Parks Blog readers.

“Glow With the Show” ears also debuted last night at Magic Kingdom Park (October 19), during the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show and “Wishes” fireworks.

Are you using Glow Ears during your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know.

2014 Calendar Featuring Attraction Posters from Disney Parks 2014 Calendar Featuring Attraction Posters from Disney Parks

And author Steven Miller shared a first look the new 2014 calendars coming to Disney Parks this month. There are two different calendars – one for Disneyland Resort and one for Walt Disney World Resort, and the souvenirs team selected complementary attractions for most months with a few exceptions. Check Steven’s original story for more images and tell us which attraction poster is your favorite.

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

New Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Disney Gift Card is Convenient and Colorful – Learn the convenience of using Disney Gift Cards at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Sharing the Magic of Transformations at Disneyland Park – Take a peek at magical moments and transformations at The Pirates League, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365.

Whistlin’ a New Tune with Festival of the Masters Signature Artist Joe Kaminski at Downtown Disney – Author Darcy Clark sat down with Joe Kaminski to find out how he transitions from an advertising copywriter by day to a respected Disney artist in his after-hour time.

Disney Villains Take Over the Disneyland Resort During Halloween Time – Check out your favorite devious divas and horrible henchmen who have run amok at the Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time!

VIDEO: Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park – Learn what’s new at the special Disneyland park Halloween offering.

Phineas & Ferb Join The Creepa Crew At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Phineas & Ferb lead the Creepa Crew at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 13th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Tom Staggs shared an early glimpse of the plans for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park that included some breathtaking images of what to expect when Pandora becomes a real place for you to see, hear and touch.
Artist Rendering of AVATAR-Themed Land During the Day, Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

In the world of AVATAR, you will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound. And there will be an opportunity to discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
Live Performers on Discovery Island Will be Part of New Entertainment Experiences Available to Guests as Part of Expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

We’re also adding all-new entertainment experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery all combine to bring a show to Discovery River. The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Check out Tom’s original story to see additional images and learn more about the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Anna and Else from 'Frozen'

We also announced this week that the story and characters from “Frozen,” Disney’s latest animated comedy adventure from the creators of “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” will be brought to life with new experiences coming to Disney Parks.

At Disneyland park, Olaf is preparing a special, snow-capped spot in Fantasyland, where you can spend time visiting with Anna and Elsa. And when the royal sisters travel east to Walt Disney World Resort, they’ll be appearing at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, where you’ll also find a new gallery exhibit exploring how the culture and beauty of Norway-inspired the filmmakers in the creation of “Frozen.” You can find out more in Shawn’s original post.

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

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 6th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


In upcoming months, you’ll be hearing more about the idea of showing your Disney side – the side of you that says “yes” more often, laughs louder, and lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that embraces fun and comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks.

First Look: Show Your Disney Side

Everyone has a Disney side. And this week, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first to see our premiere television spot featuring one family’s galactic Disney side.

You can share your Disney side at DisneySide.com with the hashtag #DisneySide across our social channels, including Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook.

And this week, we shared a look at what’s new in this year’s Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This year, guests waiting for the parade to start on Main Street, U.S.A., can join Phineas and Ferb (and the Creepa Crew) in a special dance prior to the parade’s arrival. Check Jennifer’s original blog post for more images.

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

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 29th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase opened with more than 300 national and international wines and more than 220 tastes and sips around World Showcase Lagoon.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Launches Today

To kick things off, we shared some tips on where to begin when you visit this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as well as an update that one of our favorites – Party for the Sensesgrand tasting events are back this year on October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2. The festival runs through November 11.

Check Pam’s post for more details or call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations this weekend.

‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Floats ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Floats

And we also shared a sneak peek of “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” the new daytime parade that’s set to debut at Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014. There will be several different floats featured in the parade, including one celebrating Disney Princesses in a Royal Court Garden and another featuring Peter Pan and Wendy soaring high above on a pirate galleon ship, joined by Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tinker Bell.

You can find more details about the parade and renderings in Jennifer’s original parade story.

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

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Tips For Beginners – Will you be visiting Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for the first time this year? Check out our tips for having an extra-magical experience.

Make Your Disneyland Resort Dining Reservations Online Beginning October 3 – Beginning October 3, you can make dining reservations online! This new service will make it easier than ever to book a meal at your favorite restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Behind the Scenes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Car Completes Drop Test at Magic Kingdom Park – See photos from Monday, when Imagineers and Design & Engineering marked a milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland.

Lend Your Voice to ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out how you can virtually lend your voice to an original composition that will be part of the new holiday spectacular coming to Disney California Adventure park.

A Day In the Life of Disney Ducks at Magic Kingdom Park – Have you ever noticed the ducks that reside within our parks at the Walt Disney World Resort? Watch this video to follow one lucky duck family through an average day.

Market House, Serving Starbucks, Opens Today at Disneyland Park – Market House is now open on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park, serving Starbucks drinks along with house-made Disney treats.

A Taste of South America at Carioca’s on the Re-imagined Disney Magic – Peek inside Carioca’s, a fun and festive dining room named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros.”

Mmmmm! Lobster Roll a Big Hit at Harbour Galley at Disneyland Park – One of the most popular new tastes at Disneyland park is a warm, buttery lobster roll now on the menu at Harbour Galley in Critter Country. Now, with this recipe, you can make it at home!

Chris Colfer Book Signing in Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort – On October 12, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Golden Globe winner, and huge Disney fan Chris Colfer will join us as the World of Disney as we celebrate the release of his second book, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 22nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we officially opened Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Meet Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

At Princess Fairytale Hall, you can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and a visiting princess. (The easiest way to tell which princesses will appear at the hall on the day of your vacation is to check the My Disney Experience app or pick up a Times Guide on the way into the park.) Check Jennifer’s original story for more details.

And if you missed it, we also talked Princess Fairytale Hall during our exclusive Disney Parks Blog live chat. You can still read what was discussed with Imagineers Jason Grandt and Dave Minichiello during the chat.

Encounter Thor from ‘Thor: The Dark World’ This Fall at Disneyland Park

And this week, we shared an update that Thor: Treasures of Asgard will be coming to Disneyland Park on November 1, in honor of the upcoming movie, “Thor: The Dark World.” Blog author Shawn Slater offered more information about the Innoventions experience that’ll transport you to Asgard for an audience with Thor himself after you view the exhibit.

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

Additional Details about the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley Release Party at Walt Disney World Resort on September 21, 2013 – Are you excited about the new Disney Collection by Vera Bradley coming to Walt Disney World Resort? Learn more about the release party on September 21, 2013.

Lots of Sweet, Savory Delights for Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort – Pam amazed us with a sampling of sweet and savory delights for Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort. Which one do you want to try first?

Test Bus Route Goes Direct from Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Downtown DisneyWalt Disney World Resort is now testing and experimental bus route between Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney.

Adventures by Disney Journeys to Norway in 2014 – Adventures by Disney announced the newest trip offering, inspired by the soon-to-be released Walt Disney Pictures animated movie, “Frozen.”

Entertainment for the Whole Family on the Reimagined Disney Magic – Jonathan Frontado gave us a look at the cool new experiences coming to the Disney Magic.

Creating the Magic of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park – Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 15th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-imagined California Grill

This week, the re-imagined California Grill debuted at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. And if you joined us for our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up or visited on opening day or during the week, then you’ve seen the beautiful detail featured inside the restaurant. Today, we’re sharing a special time-lapse video showing how the expansive onstage kitchen, lighting and other parts of California Grill came together after months of work.

If you missed it, Pam Brandon also shared a special look at Chef Brian Piasecki’s flatbread making talents. You can book reservations now by visiting www.disneyworld.com/dine or calling 407-WDW-DINE (3463).

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap: Glow with the Show

We also announced on the Disney Parks Blog that the interactive, color-changing “Glow with the Show” Ears introduced at Disneyland Resort last summer are coming to the Walt Disney World Resort – beginning on October 15.

The magical Mickey Ear Hats will make their debut with Fantasmic! on October 15, a date that also happens to mark the 15th anniversary of the nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Also, beginning on October 19, “Glow with the Show” Ears will become part of “Wishes” fireworks and the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park. Check our original post for more details.

Here’s a look at some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Sound Activated Light-Up T-Shirt Illuminates the Night at Disney Parks – Here’s a peek at the new sound activated, light-up shirt arriving to Disney Parks just in time for the festive Halloween season.

New Food Trucks Set to Roll into Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – From Grass-Fed Beef Sliders to Tandori Spiced Shrimp, take a look at the food trucks rolling into Downtown Disney later this fall.

Behind the Scenes: New Custom Animation for ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure Park – Go behind the scenes of the all-new ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams,’ coming to Disney California Adventure park this holiday season.

Jack Skellington & Sally Debut at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – See how you can meet Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and his love Sally at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park.

Sassy and Spooky Looks for Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – With Halloween Time just around the corner, “witch” transformation will you choose to get you in the “spirit” of the Halloween season at the Disneyland Resort?

Peek Inside Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park – Take a tongue-in-cheek look at the rush to make everything picture perfect when a certain Disney Princess decides to drop by Princess Fairytale Hall, opening September 18 in New Fantasyland.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 8th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we announced that Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom Park will officially open its doors on September 18. The detailed Disney Princess character greeting location is the next to debut as a part of the New Fantasyland expansion. And in honor of the announcement, we shared a new sneak peek video.

Princess Fairytale Hall will offer two separate character greeting experiences, which means there will be two queues to choose from. You can choose to meet either Cinderella or Rapunzel, each of whom will be joined by one fellow Disney princess. Check Jennifer’s original post for more details.
Fountain View Reopens, Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot

Also this week, we officially reopened Fountain View at Epcot. And now, the Future World favorite is serving Starbucks drinks and menu items as well as your favorite house-made Disney treats.
Fountain View Reopens, Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot

Fountain View is the second location serving Starbucks at the Walt Disney World Resort. More locations are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and, as we at the Disney Parks Blog learned, Downtown Disney so be sure and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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

Circle D Ranch Furry and Feathered Friends Spend Quality Time with Their Fellow Disneyland Resort Cast Members – See how the furry and feathered friends of the Disneyland Resort “take a meeting” with cast members in this behind the scenes video.

Disney Cruise Line Alaska Voyage Report: A Look Back – Will you be heading to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line next year? Then you won’t want to miss these top five picks.

New on Menu at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland Park – Take a look at the new South of the Border classics now on the menu at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland at Disneyland park.

Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park Adds a Dash of Halloween to the Mix – This fall, wander down the rabbit hole and see how the Mad T Party is stirring in just the right amount of Halloween spice for a devilishly delicious All Hallows Eve.

Disney Villains Unleash Some Fiendish ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disney Parks – Friday the 13th will be extra special this year as Disney’s dastardly villains unleash some “Limited Time Magic” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Treats, Not Tricks, for Friday the 13th ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disney Parks – Here’s a look at the tempting treats that will be offered at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts for Friday the 13th.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 1st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared a sneak peek at the next seasonal update for “Celebrate the Magic” – the amazing nighttime projection show at Magic Kingdom Park. If you haven’t seen it, the show transforms Cinderella Castle with memorable moments of Disney imagination and storytelling.

Ursula from 'The Little Mermaid' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park Chernabog from Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' in 'Celebrate the Magic' at Magic Kingdom Park

The new segment of “Celebrate the Magic” places the Disney Villains center stage. The Disney villains sequence makes its debut tonight, September 1, during performances of “Celebrate the Magic,” and will be part of the show for a limited time, through November 1, 2013. Check Shawn’s post for more details.

Pumpkin Antenna Topper

And Steven traveled around the World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida to get a first look at popular Halloween merchandise returning to Disney Parks. If you are headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park starting September 10, be sure to look for new pins created especially for this annual event. Check out our original blog post to see what other Halloween items will be available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

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

Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer with Bolt, Dug, Pluto & Stitch at Magic Kingdom Park – Tomorrow is your last chance to come celebrate man’s best friend and the “dog days” of summer with a fun “Limited Time Magic” dance party at Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney Cruise Line Alaska Voyage Report – The Disney Cruise Line’s summer in Alaska is coming to an end, but not without first taking you for a special look inside their exciting itinerary!

Harbour Galley Streamlines Menu, Adds New Tastes at Disneyland Park – Visit the Harbour Galley at Disneyland park to try some of the new and delicious menu items. Which one are you most excited to try?

Dress Like a Dowager Countess in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot – Stop by the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot to pick up merchandise based on “Downton Abbey,” “Doctor Who” and more British television favorites.

Disneyland Half Marathon Kicks Off New Season For Runners – Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of a new season of runDisney events, kicking off with the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

Disneyland Resort Honors Medal of Honor Recipient Jay R. Vargas – The Disneyland Resort honored Medal of Honor recipient Jay R. Vargas this week during the flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland park.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 25th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney Parks Blog readers enjoyed a first look at the newest addition to Disney Parks’ Disney Dream Portrait Series.

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Created by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz and featuring Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Tiana, our latest portrait is entitled, “Where you always follow your heart.” It’ll be seen in upcoming issues of Vanity Fair, O – The Oprah Magazine, and People. Check out the portrait in George’s post!

George also shared an amazing behind the scenes look at the portrait. If you missed it, check it out this weekend. And here’s the collection.

Encounter Thor from ‘Thor: The Dark World’ This Fall at Disneyland Park

And did you see? We also announced that guests at Disneyland park will be able to visit Asgard this fall and come face-to-face with the Mighty Avenger, Thor. The experience is in celebration of “Thor: The Dark World” coming to theaters November 8. Be sure to check back here on the Disney Parks Blog next month to learn more details about how you’ll be able to visit with Thor at Disneyland park.

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

Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure Park Gives a Peek Inside Market House and Aulani Expansions – Check out this first look at what the new Market House will look like after it expands!

Main Street Style: Trendy in Black – Don’t miss the latest fashion trends being sported at Disney Parks this summer!

Wildlife Wednesdays: A Tour de Turtles First! Sea Turtle Returns to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort to Nest Again in the Same Year – Keep track of Disney-sponsored sea turtles in the 2013 Tour de Turtles online.

Bright New Tastes at Germany Pavilion Biergarten Restaurant, Sommerfest at Epcot – Take a trip to Germany by trying these delicious, traditional, and healthy inspired dishes being served now.

Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney’s Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – Watch to learn new fun facts about this tropical Disney destination.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at New Merchandise – Did you miss the new merchandise that’s coming soon to Disney Parks? Take a look now!

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