More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 20, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Art Rendering of Shanghai Disney Resort

What a great sight to end the week, right? We officially broke ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort and shared some amazing new artwork showing what it’ll look like when construction is finished in approximately five years. Check out that castle. There are more details in our original posts, including new video and images from the celebration.

Also this week, we took you on a train trip that no one has ever taken before at Disney Parks. It was a ride aboard the miniature garden railroad at the Germany Pavilion in Epcot with an up-close view of tiny topiaries featuring our “Toy Story” pals.

Here’s a list of some of the other stories we worked on this week:

Photo Locations: Favorite Spots to Capture Your Memories at Disneyland Resort – We share some of our top photo locations at Disneyland Resort and ask you for your favorites.

An Update on Duffy the Disney Bear at Disney Parks – Take a sneak peek at some of the newest Duffy the Disney Bear merchandise coming to Disney Parks.

New 2012 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries and Ports Unveiled – Disney Cruise Line announced its new itinerary lineup for 2012, including three new homeports – New York, Seattle and Galveston.

Disneyland Park to Host World Premiere of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ May 7 – Pirates will be invading Disneyland Resort in May as Disneyland park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Don’t miss the video exclusive as Barbossa takes you on a journey from Pirates’ beginnings at the park, to behind the scenes “on stranger tides.”

Characters Take Center Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Several new meet-and-greet experiences are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Winnie the Pooh and Lightning McQueen.

Walt Disney Imagineers Get Creative With Ariel’s Hair at Disney California Adventure Park – Find out how Walt Disney Imagineers are working hard to transport you into Ariel’s world. They aren’t skipping a single detail – not even her hair!


  • I am really excited about the Little Mermaid ride. In case anyone hasn’t heard, it opens June 3rd. Star Tours at Disneyland opens June 3rd as well.

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