More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap May 15, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We love to share special Disney moments here on the Disney Parks Blog and our latest came this week from the Disneyland Resort. It was a pre-opening visit to The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure where animators got a chance to see their work come to life in a Disney Parks attraction.

The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opens at Disney California Adventure park on June 3.

Dine with Your Favorite Characters at Disney Parks

Also, most Disney Parks Blog readers know that dining with characters is a fun way to get up close and snag some great photos. But this week, we shared a few insider tips you may not have heard of before. Check out our original post for details and let us know if you have any of your own tips to share?

Here are a few other stories we worked on this week:

Have You Seen Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? – You’ve probably seen her around the parks, but do you know the real story behind Gertie the Dinosaur?

Update on the Spa at Aulani – Immerse yourself in the magical Laniwai spa experience with an exclusive look from Lucia Rodriguez, Spa Director of Aulani.

Guests at “Little Mermaid Meet-Up” Enjoy Rare Opportunity to Meet Imagineers, Animators – Weren’t able to attend The Little Mermaid Meet-Up at Disneyland Resort? We’ve provided a full recap here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Insider Tips for Dining with Disney Characters at Walt Disney World – Dining with your favorite Disney characters is a fun way to get up close and snag some fantastic vacation photos, so we’re offering some of our best insider tips to help you get the most of your character dining experience.

My Other Disney Parks Car is… – The Disney Monorail, the PeopleMover or the Omnimover ride system from Horizons; if you could drive any Disney Parks vehicle, what would it be?

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Nurses – To celebrate National Nurses Week, we celebrate our very own team of registered nurses who respond to guest needs throughout the Disneyland Resort and around the clock.


  • Will there be any opportunities for non pass holders to ride Star Tours during the week of May 22-27? We have been planning first time visit for a really long time and my pre-teen boys are so hopeful…Thanks!

  • I’m so excited! The Little Mermaid ride and Star Tours are almost open at Disneyland resort.

    Yesterday, I read a spoiler-free review from a fan site from someone who got to experience Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and its really getting me excited!

  • I have really enjoyed this blog! I am curious to know when Snow White’s Scary Adventure will take her last ride. This is my youngest daughters absolute favorite rude. We rode it seven times our last trip. I am trying to plan our next trip and do not want to miss this ride before it leaves us, sadly, forever.
    Thanks for spreading the magic!

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