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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we celebrated Walt Disney’s birthday on the Disney Parks Blog with special headers, images and stories.

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A reader favorite was Paul’s post featuring one of the images he captured while photographing Walt’s apartment above the Main Street Fire Station for the Disneyland archive. It shows the view as Walt would have seen it, looking out of his apartment window.

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And Walt Disney Imagineering recently reached another milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with the addition of a few scenic elements guests will encounter at the top of the mine train’s first lift. Check out Jennifer’s original post for more photos.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014 in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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

First Look: ‘Garden of the Twelve Friends’ to Feature Mosaic Murals at Shanghai Disneyland – Each of the 12 Chines Zodiac characters will be celebrated at this newly planned attraction, featuring stunning views of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Latin-Inspired Tastes for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! At Disney California Adventure Park – As part of the holidays at Disneyland Resort, try these 10 new tastes, including Homemade Pozole and Torta al Pastor!

Top Ten Things to Do at Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line – Swim with stingrays, splash down water slides at Pelican Plunge, and explore everything else Castaway Cay has to offer.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Record Number of Sea Turtle Nests This Year at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Read about the successful nesting season of green sea turtles, loggerheads and leatherbacks at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Main Street Style: A Retro Day at Disneyland – See 50′s era styles on display at Disneyland, in honor of Walt Disney’s 112th birthday.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Brings Holiday Cheer to Magic Kingdom Park – Our largest photo gallery yet of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, courtesy of Disney photographer Kent Phillips.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Herb Ryman – Learn about artist Herb Ryman and the initial designs of Disneyland park.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


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This week, we shared another behind-the-scenes peek at Disney Parks. The creative team at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group gave Disney Parks Blog readers a first-of-its-kind look at creating a “Very Merry” ad campaign at Magic Kingdom Park.

Check Will’s original story to learn more about the idea behind this year’s holiday campaign.

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And Will unveiled some very merry wallpapers just for Disney Parks Blog readers. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download it.

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Also, we shared the latest story in a special blog series featuring the history of the Disneyland Monorail. We continued our look back at this iconic Disneyland park attraction with the next model, the Mark II. Check Erin’s original post for the full history and a chance to share some of your favorite Disneyland Monorail memories.

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

Vintage Walt Disney World: Happy Thanksgiving! – Gobble! Gobble! Take a look at this giant turkey strutting down Main Street, U.S.A., during “America on Parade” in 1975.

December Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort – Learn about December appearances from some of our favorite artists at Disneyland Resort!

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar Gets in the Spirit of Holiday Season at the Disneyland Hotel – Three new specialty drinks have arrived this season at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Every Role a Starring Role – “World of Color” Stage Manager at the Disneyland Resort – Watch “World of Color” Stage Manager Adeena Welle in action!

Mickey Mouse Creates a Magical Reunion For a Military Family at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch as Lt. Colonel Jason Liddell is reunited with his family at Magic Kingdom Park, after 14 months in Afghanistan.

Holiday Treats Delight at the Disneyland Resort – Our Disney Candy Makers have been preparing for December, with over 25 different offerings available this season. Sweet right?

Step In Time: “Mickey’s Birthday Parade” Marks 50 Years For the Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park – Step back to November 18, 1978 with photos of “Mickey’s Birthday Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller passed away at the age of 79.

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Upon learning the sad news, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller. She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and one who graciously shared her family history and personal memories of her father.”

“Diane was a fierce guardian of her father’s legacy who never hesitated to set the record straight, opening The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to bring her father’s fascinating story to life. In our many conversations over the years, Diane’s unique and special perspective about her father only deepened my considerable appreciation for him. Diane was incredibly generous in that regard, freely sharing her personal insights and providing details that deepened our knowledge, and we remain grateful for her many valuable contributions to our efforts to preserve Disney history. She and her sister, Sharon, have long been recognized as Walt’s inspiration for Disneyland, a place he created for families to have fun together. For that reason and many others, Diane will always have a special place in our company’s legacy and in the hearts of fans.”

“She was also known for her philanthropic efforts, including playing an integral role in the development of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to ensure the creation of a unique venue bearing her father’s name that she believed would be “a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul.”

“Diane was the wife of former Disney CEO Ron Miller, as well as mother to their seven children, Christopher, Joanna, Tamara, Jennifer, Walter, Ronald and Patrick. She also had 13 grandchildren and had the great joy of recently welcoming her first great-grandchild into the world. We send our sincere condolences to the entire family and our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.”

Our post, “Remembering Diane Disney Miller,” included a few favorite photos of Diane, including a special moment captured during Walt and Lillian’s wedding anniversary celebration in The Golden Horseshoe, just four days before the grand opening of Disneyland park.

Here are some of the other stories shared this week on the Disney Parks Blog.

Candlelight Processional Returns To Epcot November 29 at Walt Disney World Resort – 2013 narrators of this holiday offering include Gary Sinise, Neil Patrick Harris, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver and more!

Mandy Moore Celebrates Disney Junior’s ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’ at Disneyland Park – Read about Mandy Moore’s visit to Frontierland in Disneyland park last week.

Disney Parks Attractions Honored with Thea Awards – The Themed Entertainment Association announced awards for attractions at Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland park.

ABC’s ‘The View’ Visits the Disneyland Resort – Watch a special video of ABC’s “The View,” being hosted in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and Disneyland park!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Merchandise Debuts at Disney California Adventure Park - Take a look at some of the new ¡Viva Navidad! merchandise coming to Disneyland Resort just in time for the holidays.

Step In Time: Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in 1977 – See Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mary Poppins, Dumbo and friends take part in the 1977 Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park.

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park – Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Mickey Mouse by taking a look at the history of his home at Disneyland Park, Mickey’s Toontown!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The holiday season has arrived at Disney Parks and as regular Disney Parks Blog readers know, the Jungle Cruise attractions at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park have transformed into the Jingle Cruise for the holidays. This week, Shannon shared a fun tour of the attraction in Disneyland park.

Tour the Jingle Cruise for yourself this holiday season at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park.

Also this week, we shared seven great tips for beginners preparing to experience this season’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. You can get the biggest bang for your buck by using your party ticket to enter the park as early as 4 p.m. The holiday festivities don’t start until 7 p.m., so you could use this time to get through a few more attractions.

Check Jennifer’s original post for more tips on how you can make Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party magical.

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

New Indulgences at Senses Spa & Salon on the Re-imagined Disney Magic – See pictures of the new and improved Senses Spa & Salon aboard the Disney Magic Cruise Ship.

Tokyo Disney Resort Launches ‘Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess’ – Learn about this new Disney Princess event, part of “Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year.”

First Look: Nick Cannon, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Cast and More at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC – See the stars on parade in this sneak-preview of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, scheduled for Wednesday, December 25 at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT/PT on ABC

VIDEO: Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park – This festive holiday celebration brings music, dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family to Paradise Gardens!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Serves Up a Special Night at the Walt Disney World Resort – Congratulations to the overall winners Justin Scheid from Sparta, NJ, and Kristin Teneglia of Seminole, Fla. Both had record-setting times!

Disney California Adventure Park Guests Control the Action with the Fun Wheel Challenge – Find out how you can have the opportunity to interact with other guests and your surroundings while you wait for “World of Color” to begin.

‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Opening Today at Disney California Adventure Park – Watch this video to get a behind the scenes look at “World of Color – Winter Dreams” now open at Disneyland Resort!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During Halloween week, we shared more than the spooky side of Disney Parks here on the blog. Among our other stories, there were a few exciting announcements, including the upcoming return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

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This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to get tickets.

So, what’s new this year? Visit Jennifer’s original story and find out.

New Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon Medals

Also this week, we unveiled some of the new runDisney medals for race weekends in 2014.

The new Princess Half Marathon medal is inspired by our classic and most enduring princess, Cinderella. And the Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal has a few new enhancements from last year. Check Darrell’s blog post for more details as well as a photo gallery of the medals.

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

Social Media All-Stars to Show Their Disney Side at Disneyland Park November 5 - The Grumpy Cat, Tiffany Alvord, and more social media all-stars will be showing their Disney Side this November at Disneyland Resort! Will you be there to see it?

Step In Time: A ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Parade Marches On at Magic Kingdom Park - Check out these classic black and white photos from the Mickey Mouse Club parade in 1976.

A Special Treat: Walt Disney World Wins Sustainability Award for “Making the Switch” to Save Electricity - Read about why Walt Disney World Resort was honored with a sustainability award this week for environmental efforts!

A Look at Recent and Future Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Disney Parks – Not ready for the spookiest month of the year to be over? Check out this Haunted Mansion merchandise available at Disney Parks to continue the fun!

New Surprises in Store for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park - Did you hear the news about “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort this holiday season? Get the update here!

A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956 - Travel back in time and see what Elsa Lanchester looked like on her visit to Disneyland park in 1956.

Minnie Mouse and Disneyland Resort Horses Participate in Anaheim Halloween Parade - Watch this video to see how the Disneyland Resort Horses strutted their stuff in the Anaheim Halloween Parade this week!

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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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