More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Dec. 11, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It was Walt Disney’s birthday this week and in honor of the big day, we shared some rare images of Walt in the header space at the top of the Disney Parks Blog. The images (some we’ve never seen before) showed Walt at work, at home and play (courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneyland Public Relations). And here are a few favorites from the batch.

Walt Disney Shown Filming an Intro With Monkeys Walt Disney Tours Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park Walt Disney at the Disneyland Stagecoach at The Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Park Walt Disney at Disneyland Park, circa 1957 Walt Disney at his Working Way Home, circa 1935

We also had a fun announcement from Disney Cruise Line this week. “Wishes” is Disney Cruise Line’s newest original show and it will be presented exclusively on the Disney Fantasy.

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy

Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy, Featuring 'I’ve Got No Strings' from 'Pinocchio' Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy, Featuring 'Hakuna Matata' from 'The Lion King' with Timon and Pumbaa Concept Art for New Show ‘Wishes’ Debuting on Disney Fantasy, Featuring 'Reflection' from 'Mulan'

We shared a first look at some of the concept art for the production in our original post. And there’s more to come. Disney Parks Blog author Jonathan Frontado is visiting Disney Cruise Line’s rehearsal facility and will soon share a “behind-the-curtain” video.

Here are a few of the other stories we covered this week.

If You Love the Pumpkin Beignets at Disneyland Park, How About Gingerbread? – Café Orleans at Disneyland park may be back to making plain ol’ beignets in January but with this recipe, you can make these gingerbread treats year-round!

Walt Disney Imagineers Install Nemo Icons at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Take a look behind-the-scenes with Walt Disney Imagineer Ryan Parrish as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort gets one step closer to completion.

Holiday Photos From Around Walt Disney World Resort – See why Disney Parks are “the merriest place on earth” in December with a look at the holiday celebrations around Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks.

400 Tons of Ice Sculpted into Disney ‘Ice Wonderland’ – More than 30 artists from around the world came together to create a unique interpretation of Disneyland Paris Enchanted Christmas, featuring the Partners Statue, princesses like Rapunzel and Cinderella, Pinnochio and more.

Cars Land Update at Disney California Adventure Park – Leaning Tower of Tires Installed at Luigi’s Casa della Tires – Watch as one of the biggest show pieces in the new Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure park is installed in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Hotels – See how hotels all over the Disneyland Resort are celebrating the holidays this year, including visits from Santa and larger-than-life Christmas trees.


  • Thank you for posting these! I missed the Walt headers on Walt’s birthday.

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