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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Nov. 13, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we tested out something new on the Disney Parks Blog. Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty joined us for our first-ever live chat and wow, your great questions were fast and furious. If you missed it, you can click “Replay” below to review all the questions and answers.

I appreciate the feedback on the chat and we’ll certainly use it as we plan our next one. We’re hoping this is the first of many live chat experiences. And check the blog later this week for some more answers from Chris.

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And while we tested new tech on the blog, Walt Disney Imagineering was busy testing a new interactive experience at Magic Kingdom Park – Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Next year, Disney guests become the heroes in this role-playing trading-card game as they try to defeat the Disney Villains. You can find more information in our original post.

Now, here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

First Look: Nick Cannon, Christina Aguilera, OneRepublic and More at the Disneyland Resort for the 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC – Are you looking forward to this year’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade? With performances from OneRepublic, Christina Aguilera and more, we provided a sneak peek at just some of what you can expect to see.

Sneak Peek: Holiday Surprises Coming to ‘The Magic, The Memories and You!’ at Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park – Take a look at what the Creative Entertainment team has in store for Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park guests during the 2011 Holiday season.

Behind the Scenes: ‘Mickey’s Ice Cream Dream’ at The Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney – Will Gay, creative director at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group, shares a behind-the-scenes look at a one-of-a-kind hand painted Vinylmation called, “Mickey’s Ice Cream Dream” for this year’s Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney.

Drive ‘Supercars’ on New Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway – Have you always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche? With Walt Disney World Speedway’s newest driving experience coming early next year, you’ll soon be able to!

Deck the Halls – and the Disneyland Resort – with Lots of Holly! – David Caranci, manager of resort enhancement for the Disneyland Resort, and his amazing team are back this week with a special look at how Disneyland Resort creates holiday magic for its guests.

‘Never Land Pirate’ Jake is Coming to Disney Parks – We shared some great news for fans of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” – Jake, from the popular Disney Junior show, will begin greeting guests at Disney Parks later this month.