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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Nov. 20, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we’re not only shared some special moments from inside the parks but also a few from New York City. In case you missed it, hundreds of people joined in the fun on Times Square as we launched our first ever augmented reality event. Take a look.

Yes, it all took place on the huge 60-foot tall digital board towering high above the Disney Store on Broadway at 45th Street. Did you recognize anyone?

And did you see how we officially kicked off Holidays at the Disneyland Resort this week? Gunnery Sgt. Derrick Poteat, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s S-6 communication platoon, and his family “flipped the switch” on more than 300,000 lights blanketing “it’s a small world” Holiday. You can read more about this special moment in our original post.

Here’s a list of other stories we worked on this week.

A Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival for Thanksgiving – Are you in need of the perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea? Well, you’re in luck! We’re sharing the recipe for one of our favorite sweet tastes from this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Video Recap: Veterans Day Flag Retreat Ceremony at Disneyland Park – Take a look at the special flag retreat ceremony at Disneyland park celebrating veterans, reservists and active duty members of the armed forces.

New Muppets Merchandise Coming To Disney Parks – The Muppets are on their way to Disney Parks, arriving in Spring 2012 with exclusive pin sets, an Animal-inspired Disney Parks Racer and more.

A Conversation with Disneyland Resort Cast Member Nate Lord – Grandson of Disney Legend Ward Kimball – Meet Nate Lord, one of our steam train engineers on the Disneyland Railroad and grandson of one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Ward Kimball.

The First Tree is Planted in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – We shared a peek behind the walls as the Walt Disney Imagineering team brought a little life into the New Fantasyland area at Magic Kingdom Park.

Things You Might Not Know About Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – You might know your favorite sweet treat or holiday-themed attraction, but can you name how many lights are used in the finale of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle?


  • Merry Christmas everyone !!

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