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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Aug. 28, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Baby Elephant Receives Warm Welcome at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Adorable, huh? This week, we introduced the newest member of our elephant herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The African male elephant (no name yet) was photographed by Gene Duncan standing with his mom and big sister and it’s one of my favorite shots of the month. The 311-pound calf is the sixth elephant born at the park. Be sure and check the blog early next week for an update and possibly a name.

Add ‘the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness’ to Your Desktop

And just for Disney Parks Blog readers, we launched the second in our series of attraction-inspired wallpapers. This time we’re featuring the popular Frontierland attraction, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. To get it, simply click on the image above and check the list of resolutions that fit your desktop, iPad or smart phone. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Is there an attraction you’d like to see next?

Now, here’s a list of other stories we covered this week.

Disney Gives Students Back-to-School Support – Disney VoluntEARS teamed up with S.T.A.R.S. (Supplies to Assist Our Students) to help start the school year off right for thousands of Central Florida students.

Bake Me a Cake – Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet at the Disneyland Resort – Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look as Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet whips up one of Disneyland Resort’s most popular cakes, the delectable Sweet Memories Cake.

Seatbelt Bags That Are Sure to ‘Drive’ You Crazy at Downtown Disney District – We give readers an exclusive sneak peek at some of the artwork that will appear on the newest line of Harveys Seatbeltbags.

Point of View: Omnibus at Disneyland Park – Take a trip aboard the Omnibus, traveling from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.

Go Behind the Scenes at The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Celebrating the anniversary of this famed Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction, we go backstage with the talented stunt performers of The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.

Time Lapse: Creating a Disney Wedding Cake – Watch as the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Bakery team puts the finishing touches on a wedding cake in this behind-the-scenes time lapse video.


  • I would like to see wallpapers on Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight. Also, is it possible to make some wallpapers on extinct attractions such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

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