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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 24, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Mickey Hits the Beach at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

How about that? Mickey, Minnie and pals hit the beach this week to celebrate the completion of the major structural work on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Our Disney team will now begin to “add the magic” to the resort. But first, Disney cast members and construction crew members had some fun in the sand and formed the distinctive Aulani arch and Mickey’s silhouette.

Also this week, Walt Disney Imagineering gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how they make the hitchhiking ghosts interact and play with you at the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. You’re placed at the center of the story right in your “Doom Buggy.”

Now, here’s a list of other blog posts we worked on this week:

Exclusive: Johnny Depp and Patti Smith in Latest Disney Dream Portraits By Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks – Take a look at the newest Disney Dream portraits from Annie Leibovitz, featuring none other than Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Patti Smith as the Second Pirate in Command.

RunDisney Announces Newest Race: Tinker Bell Half Marathon – RunDisney’s newest race, the Tinker Bell Half Marathony, will be coming to Disneyland Resort in January 2012 and we’re offering an exclusive look at the official announcement.

Disney Parks Extends Special Offers for Military Families – Through our participation in the “Joining Forces” initiative and extended special offers at our parks and hotels, Disney is proud to support the brave men and women who serve our country.

Mickey Mouse in Your Walt Disney World Resort Room – You asked, Disney Floral & Gifts listened! Mickey Mouse is ready to greet guests in their Walt Disney World resort rooms – find out how.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Honors Pixar May 13-15 – Pixar is taking over at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival during it’s 25th Anniversary Weekend, May 13-15. We’re giving you a sneak peek of what you can expect.


  • Awe shucks! As a resident of KoOlina Resort, I have been lucky enough to watch the Aulani being built from start to finish. Wish we would have been out on a walk when the cast & crew were on the beach forming the Aulani arch & Mickey’s ears. My 2 young girls would have been thrilled! Looking forward to the opening of Aulani!!

  • Are the names the same of the updated Hitch hiking ghosts, Ezra, Phineas, and Gus?

  • Please bring the new hitchhiking ghost effect to Disneyland. Its just the thing to breath some new life (no pun intended) into the mansion.

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