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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Feb. 27, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It was the week many of you were waiting for – “Captain EO” returned to Disneyland Park. More than 500 guests lined up to see the first official showing and many more followed that day. If you missed it, we posted highlights of the reopening on the blog.

We also celebrated the relaunching of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. Marquee pro athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, LPGA and the Olympics turned out Thursday night for the official re-launch.

Here are a few other of our most popular stories of the week.

Your Favorite Memory of ‘Captain EO’ is… — To find out why guests are so eager to see it, we went into the Park and asked them, “What is your favorite memory of Captain EO?”

Mickey Notes — We had some fun celebrating volunteerism with 25,000 pieces of colored paper and a 10-foot wall to create “Mickey Notes.” This video shows Walt Disney World Cast Members moving sticky notes around by hand – no video cameras were used. Also, there were no post-production “tricks” used to create the giant sticky note Mickey Mouse, the background or to “animate” the pieces of paper. See for yourself.

Every Role a Starring Role — We went behind the scenes with Disneyland’s window display designers.

Behind the Scenes: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival — Backstage at the Walt Disney World Nursery things are growing. We gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Festival. Now in its 17th year, this Festival will have more topiary, container gardens and flower beds filled with color than ever.

A Dooney & Bourke Special Event — Ian Ray, of Dooney & Bourke, was at Tren-D for a special event debuting some exciting new products.

Seasonal Gifts for St. Patrick’s Day & Easter — Check out this Irish-looking leprechaun from our Vinylmation Holiday Series. With a little luck you can add it to your very own collection. And don’t miss out on a pair of St. Patrick’s Day ears.