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One-Stop Searching: First Year on the Disney Parks Blog

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

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It has been an incredible first year for the Disney Parks Blog. We’ve enjoyed sharing all the news, history and behind-the-scenes action from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line and more. Here’s a look back at some of our biggest stories.

September 2009

Disney Parks Blog Launches – To paraphrase Walt Disney, it all started with a post.

October 2009

A Model Day at Disney Parks – Exclusive Tilt-Shift Video Featuring Magic Kingdom – The first in our tilt-shift series is still our most popular Disney Parks Blog video ever.

Exclusive Video Interview with George Kalogridis, New President of the Disneyland Resort – In October, we welcomed George Kalogridis, then the new president of the Disneyland Resort.

Presenting the Disney Dream! – Also in October, we introduced you to the Disney Dream, the newest ship coming to the Disney Cruise Line.

November 2009

Walt Disney World’s Classic Space Mountain Attraction to Reopen with a Few Surprises – We announced on the Disney Parks Blog that Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom park would be reopening with brand-new features.

Mobile Magic – First Disney Parks Mobile App Now Available – Mobile Magic made its debut in November.

Blog Exclusive: First Video of the Most Sophisticated Audio-Animatronics Technology Yet – We took you behind the scenes of our most sophisticate audio-animatronics.

December 2009

Roy E. Disney, Key Figure in Revitalizing The Walt Disney Company, Disney’s Animation Legacy, Dies at Age 79 – In December, we observed the passing of Roy E. Disney, a vital figure in the development of the Walt Disney Company.

Remembering Roy E. Disney

A Model Day at Epcot — Exclusive Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video – The second in our popular tilt-shift series made its debut in December.

January 2010

Disney Parks Launches ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ – We kicked off the new year with a brand new celebration. “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” offered one million Guests admission to the park of their choice in return for one day’s volunteer service.

Aloha Aulani! Disney’s New Destination Resort in Hawai`i – Also in January, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, was announced.

Update: New @Disneyland, @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter Accounts – New year, new Twitter handles!

February 2010

First Guests See ‘Captain EO’ – The Captain returned to Disneyland park in February.

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World Resort this Summer – Also in February, we announce that Main Street Electrical Parade would be returning to Walt Disney World Resort later in the year.

First Disney Parks Blog Pins – In February, the exclusive Disney Parks Blog pins made their first appearance.
First Disney Parks Blog Pins
Celebrity Athletes, Governor Crist Help Kickoff ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Event – Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex officially became the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at a star-studded event in February.

March 2010

Fantasyland Expansion Begins with Groundbreaking at Magic Kingdom Park – In March, we officially broke ground for the new Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom park.

‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Reaches Goal – 1M Inspired to Volunteer – Disney Parks Guests certainly have the spirit of volunteerism. After just three months, we reached our goal of one million volunteers for the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” celebration.

Disney Legend Fess Parker Remembered – We observed the passing of Disney legend Fess Parker.

Fess Parker, as Davy Crockett, receives a tribute window

Disney Monorail Trains to Feature ‘TRON: LEGACY’ Art – What’s that speeding overhead at Walt Disney World Resort? Disney monorail trains featuring ‘TRON: LEGACY’ art made their debut in March.

‘Disney Premier Passport’ Unveiled – Also in March, we announced the new Disney Premier Passport.

April 2010

Space Shuttle Discovery Soars Over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World – In April, Disney Parks Blog shared astonishing photos of Space Shuttle Discovery as it passed over Cinderella Castle.
Space Shuttle Discovery Soars Over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World

A Model Vacation on Disney Cruise Line – Exclusive Tilt-Shift Video – Joining our other wildly popular tilt-shift videos, “A Model Vacation on Disney Cruise Line” debuted in April.

May 2010

Mickey Mouse: ‘Testing … One, Two, Three … Testing.’ – Mickey Mouse broke his silence here on the Disney Parks Blog with this video, in which he chats with Guests at Disneyland park.

First Look: Cars Land Welcomes the First Test Vehicle for Radiator Springs Racers – In May, readers got a first look at Radiator Springs Racers vehicles for the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park.

First Meet-Up at Disneyland Resort – We held our first-ever meet-up at the Disneyland Resort in May, giving lucky attendees a behind-the-scenes look at Toy Story Mania! and treating them to an after-hours ride on the attraction.

June 2010

Video from Blue Carpet and World Premiere of ‘World of Color’ – In June, “World of Color” made its grand premiere at Disney California Adventure park.

A Spectacular Opening Night – Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, gave his recollections of opening night for “World of Color.”

‘What’s Next’ at the Disneyland Resort – Disney Parks Blog readers got a sneak peek at the new attractions coming to Disneyland Resort.

Update: Monthly Payments Program at Walt Disney World – In June, we announced that Florida residents wishing to purchase annual passes for Walt Disney World would have the option to pay in monthly installments.

Couple Knows it Really is A Small (Disney) World After All – After their chance Walt Disney World photo made news, Alex and Donna Voutsinas returned to recreate it for Disney Parks Blog.
Alex and Donna Voutsinas

July 2010

Celebrating Walt’s Dream 55 Years Later – In July, we celebrated 55 years of magic at Disneyland park.

Happy Anniversary, Disneyland! – George Kalogridis, President, Disneyland Resort, shared his memories of Disneyland park to mark the 55th anniversary.
Mark Twain Riverboat
‘Captain EO’ Returns to Walt Disney World – Following a successful return to Disneyland Resort, “Captain EO” opened in July at Walt Disney World.

Aloha from Aulani – Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, gave us an update on construction at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, and shared his insights on the new resort.

August 2010

‘World of Color’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park – Our second meet-up at Disneyland Resort was a resounding success, with more than 250 people attending this special “World of Color” event.

Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris – Philippe Gas, CEO, Euro Disney S.A.S., stopped by the blog to tell us about the new Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris.

New Star Tours Video Makes Us Ask: Where Will the New Star Tours Attraction Take Us? – In August, we gave you a look at a video that will be included in the new Star Tours attraction coming to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

September 2010

Walt Disney World Moms Panel Search – In September, we opened up a search for new Walt Disney World Moms panelists to overwhelming excitement from moms and dads around the world.

Hong Kong Disneyland 5th Year Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.


  • I have enjoyed reading this blog. It is thoroughly enjoyable. Here’s to what’ll hopefully be many more years of online magic.

  • Hello. A gorgeous picture of what looks like a sea themed restaurant pops up sporadically at the top of the screen. What is this a picture of? If it’s a restaurant where is it?

    Thank you,


  • An amazing year – thank you for setting up the Official Disney Parks Blog to keep us informed! 🙂

  • Congrats from Brazil… to everyone!!!

    Thanks for make our last 365 days, much, much better 😀

  • Congratulations to all the Blog’s Team of Cast members. Sure it has been a great year with a lot of information and lovely amazing surprises. Thanks to all of you!

  • this is the greatest blog post of all time

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