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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Dec. 18, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, 45 years ago, the world mourned the loss of Walt Disney. Just a few months earlier, in the fall of 1966, former Disneyland Chief Photographer Renie Bardeau took what would be the last photo of Walt at Disneyland park. There’s a wonderful story behind the iconic image you’re looking at and Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas shared it in his original post this week.

Mickey Joy Riding in Santa's Sleigh, Pulled by Dumbo the Flying Elephant, an Astro Orbitor Rocket and a Pirate Ship from Peter Pan’s Flight

And of course, we had another holiday surprise for Disney Parks Blog readers – our latest wallpaper. Look close and you’ll see Mickey is joy riding in Santa’s sleigh being pulled by some of our parks’ most beloved attraction vehicles: a flying elephant from Dumbo the Flying Elephant, an Astro Orbiter rocket and a pirate ship from Peter Pan’s Flight.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Here are some other stories from the week.

Name Tags for Our Four-Legged Disneyland Resort Cast Members – Take a look behind the scenes of Circle D Corral at Disneyland Resort, where the four-legged residents are just as much cast members as their bipedal colleagues.

Goofy Dreams of Snow at Disney Parks – Watch as Santa Goofy gets into the holiday spirit and starts his own snowfall in this slow motion video.

Take a Peek Inside Disney Story Rooms at Walt Disney World Resort – Step inside the Disney Story Rooms offered at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

Make Your Own Wild Holiday Cocktails with Recipes from Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel – The holiday-themed decor and drinks at Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar disappear in January but with these drink recipes, you can enjoy the fun year-round!

Disneyland Paris Celebrates the Holiday Season – From amazing seasonal décor, meet-and-greets with Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and more, take a look at the holiday celebrations at Disneyland Paris.

Disney D-Tech For the Holidays and Beyond – Product Developer Kevin-Michael Lezotte shares some of the latest D-Tech items to be released, including limited edition iPhone 4 cases and more.