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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 22, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

What a surprise this week! The historic Orange Bird character returned to Disney Parks. Orange Bird is back on Sunshine Tree Terrace signage and drink cups, as well as a new line of Orange Bird merchandise. Also, an Orange Bird statue that was on display at Sunshine Tree Terrace in the 1970s was retrieved from the WDI Sculpture Studio in California, and is now on display.

Desktop Wallpaper Featuring Orange Bird, Returning Today to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

To celebrate the occasion, we shared a new desktop wallpaper for Disney Parks Blog readers as well as some fun images from the day. Check Jennifer’s original story to learn more.


Also, did you see what’s coming when Cars Land opens on June 15? The tiny town of Radiator Springs will be teeming with atmosphere entertainment inspired by the Disney•Pixar film, “Cars.” And Shawn shared more details on what to expect when you visit this summer. Let us know what you’re looking forward to.

Here’s a look at some of the other stories we worked on this week.

The Voices of Liberty Will Soon Ring Out at Disneyland Park – Today, I’m pleased to tell you Disneyland park is getting its very own Voices of Liberty, bringing one of the great traditions of Walt Disney World Resort to the Disneyland Resort for the first time. Here’s a post with all the details!

A Reimagined Basin Reopens at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – Basin, the bath and beauty shop at Downtown Disney, recently reopened after a few refreshing additions!

Two More Disneyland Resort Chefs Achieve Notable Culinary Ranking – Earning the distinction of Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Disneyland Resort Chefs Chris Faulkner and Marcel St. Pierre recently joined Chefs Bill Orton and Chris Justesen, who also have been awarded this prestigious ranking.

Mystery Photo: Minotaurs Added to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park – Check out this new photo from Walt Disney Imagineering of a mythological figure that was recently installed at one of the areas under construction in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

The New Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park is a Blast to the Past – Imagineers have been busy transforming Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park into a scene from the 1920s.

New Virtual Vinylmation Store Launched on Facebook – Now, Vinylmation fans can connect with others for the launch of the Vinylmation Store on Facebook!


  • Can you say anything regarding the Fantasyland progress? Has some of it opened as scheduled? Are Belle’s castle and the Little Mermaid still scheduled for late 2012? Thanks for any information.

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