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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 15, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We celebrated several milestone moments for Disney Parks here on the blog this week. One moment that will surely go down in Disney history was the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris, which was celebrated in amazing style with a flash mob and special entertainment. Check out the original blog post for a recap of the festivities.


Here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom played host to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards, which honored five organizations for their efforts to get kids interested in conservation.

Here are a few other highlights from this week.

Tandoor Ovens, Mongolian Grill, and Real Gelato at Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – We got a chance to talk with Michelle Clegg, food & beverage operations manager for the soon-to-open Landscape of Flavors food court at the new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort debuting next month at Walt Disney World Resort.

‘Good Morning America’ Spreads Disney Parks Magic – Did you catch “Good Morning America” earlier this week? In case you missed it, GMA’s Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos (as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) surprised the winners of GMA’s Disney Memory Makers contest live in Times Square. Here’s our recap!

New Disney Dining Email System to Serve Disneyland Resort Guests – Earlier this week, we shared details on the new way guests can request a dining reservation at the resort.

Inside the Disney Fantasy: First Impressions – Check out this video to find out what some of the guests are saying after sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy for the first time.

Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland Park to Begin Transformation to New Fantasy Faire Experience on April 30 – We shared details on Carnation Plaza Gardens’ transformation into the new Fantasy Faire, with changes set to begin at Disneyland park on April 30.

Thirteen Can Actually Be a Lucky Number at Disney Parks – To celebrate Friday the 13th, we took a look at 13 ways this prime number relates to Disney Parks.


  • Is that Clarice from “Two Chips and a Miss” in that first picture between Pinocchio and Pluto?

  • Please please, can you give me an idea of when the “Be our Guest” is going to open for reservations? We are coming in November and to miss this attraction would be horrible!! 🙂

  • Jason: yes, that is Clarice! I’ve met her before in Walt Disney World; she was in Hollywood Studios, near the Sorcerer’s Hat. I was so thrilled to meet her, because “Two Chips and a Miss” was one of my all-time favorite cartoons when I was little!

    I can’t wait to find out the opening date for “Be Our Guest” either! I’m going to WDW in October, and then again in January… hopefully, I’ll be able to eat there during one of the trips!

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