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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Aug. 22, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Flying Dutchman Ship by Kent Phillips

Talk about a great start – this week, we welcomed new author Kent Phillips to the blog and for a first post he showed us how some unfriendly skies and unique lighting can be magical at Castaway Cay. There are details about how the image came to be in Kent’s original story.

Another new Disney Parks Blog author, Charles Stovall, gave us a Night of Joy schedule update that you can also find below along with some of the other stories we worked on during the week. Enjoy.

Darth Vader vs. Indiana Jones at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? – Fans attending last week’s Star Wars Celebration V saw something they’d never seen before and may never see again – a lightsaber battle Indiana Jones and Darth Vader at the “The Last Tour to Endor” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Neil Patrick Harris is a “World of Color” Fan – Neil Patrick Harris took a trip to Disney California Adventure park last weekend and stopped to meet Mickey Mouse at Paradise Pier.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Celebrates 55th Anniversary – Dumbo the Flying Elephant debuted at Disneyland park on August 16, 1955.

Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris – Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S., joined the Disney Parks Blog this week to give us a peek at the new Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris.

Moms Panel: Top 5 Unique Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort – Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Diane L shared her top five unique ways to have fun on property.

Disney Dream Construction Update – It’s (Almost) Showtime – We’re fewer than 160 days away from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream – here’s an update on the ship’s construction.

Disney’s Night of Joy Concert Schedule Released – We shared a first look at the 2010 Night of Joy Concert Schedule.

“World of Color” Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park – We’re planning our next Disneyland meet-up. The “World of Color” Meet-Up next Thursday will give 300 guests the opportunity to hear from some of the show’s creators, including two Imagineers.


  • Hi Thomas,

    As we approach the holiday season, it would be great if you could get us some info on how EPCOT will replace Lights of Winter this year. After last year’s fiasco I’m sure the Orlando team has been putting together something spectacular to replace it, and I can’t wait to hear the details.

  • Morning Tom,
    I trust all is well, just gor back from Disney and miss it already. I am very new to this site. I thought I just came across free Disney dining for 2011, but can’t seem to find ir. If you could point me in the right direction on this site I would greatly apprieciate it. Have a fantastic day and thanks

  • Hi Thomas,

    Love reading your posts and the whole blog in general. Who do I contact about applying for positions within Disney that are social media related like this blog?



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