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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jan. 15, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We began the week with the biggest milestone yet for the Disney Fantasy – the special maritime event known as “float out.” Thousands of people joined Captain Mickey Mouse and Disney Cruise Line for the big day in Germany. Here’s a quick video from the event.

As we continue to countdown the days before the ship welcomes guests for her maiden voyage, be sure and keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

The Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel Welcomes 15 New Members

And did you see? We officially welcomed 15 new panelists to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel this week. They now join our seasoned alums to form an elite crew of magic makers. We’ve posted the complete list in Laura’s original post.

Check out some of the other stories we worked on this week.

25 Years Ago Today: Star Tours Debuts at Disneyland Park – Earlier this week, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Star Tours at Disneyland park.

Casting Call: ‘My Yard Goes Disney’ Season Two! – Casting is now open for the show’s second season! If you would like to apply for the chance to have your backyard made over Disney Parks-style, check out the video in this post!

Sticking to Healthful Eating at Walt Disney World Resort – To help any dieters during the New Year, we shared some options for healthy eating at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Cruise Line Top Five: Exploring Juneau, Alaska – Check out this video explaining the adventurous and amazing activities you can experience in the wonderful port of Juneau with Disney Cruise Line.

A Dream (Suite) Come True in Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author John McClintock shared his experience when he and his family got to stay overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite.

Miss America Contestants Share Their Disney Memories at Walt Disney World Resort – This past fall, the reigning Miss America Teresa Scanlan, along with all 53 Miss America contestants, visited the Walt Disney World Resort. Check out this video clip in which Miss New York, Miss Hawaii and others share their fondest Disney memories.


  • I just visted Disney in October for Halloween. I took my son for his first visit. He had a blast however, he did not believe we were really at Mickey’s house since that part of fantasy land was under construction. I have recently book a trip for us to re visit Disney to check out the new part of the park. I just hope it will be open. Does anyone have any updates on the when the expansion of fantasy land will be opening?

  • I can’t wait until the NEW FANTASYLAND EXPANSION IS opened! Even though the website states..”Early 2012″, can anyone post the tenative opening of the initial phase? Decided that I will wait and book my annual visit to catch the “NEW”…My granddaughters are already asking!! LOL Thanks! Cathy

  • Disney is so exciting always changing and adding more magic. However I have never been disappointed in Disney until now, I promised a 2 and a 3 year old for her birthday a ride on dumbo, and the closing dates for the ride have been changed!!!! Im not sure Ill be able to explain this one…..

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