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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jun. 3, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. & France, officially dedicated Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. And as you can see, Meg was surrounded by a cast of characters from the films that inspired the resort’s animation theme.

If you missed it, here’s a quick video tour of the resort and highlights from opening day.

And did you see? We set a date for our next live chat with an Imagineer – June 7 at 1:15 p.m. Orlando time. During the chat, you’ll be able to talk with senior project producer and creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering Jonathan Ackley.

This weekend, get to know Jonathan and take a look at what he shared earlier this year.

Here are some of the stories we worked on this week:

Disney Wonder Calls on Seattle for the First Time – The Disney Wonder starts off Disney Cruise Line’s summer Alaska season by sailing out of Seattle for the first time.

Vanessa Williams Meets Merida at Disneyland Park – Recently, actress Vanessa Williams met up with our newest heroine, Merida from the upcoming Disney•Pixar film, “Brave.”

Crashing the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a sneak peek through the looking-glass at the new Mad T Party. The fun begins when Mad T Party officially opens June 15 at Disney California Adventure park.

Cars Land Concept Team Gets Its Kicks on Route 66 Research Trip – Check out how the Walt Disney Imagineering concept team for Cars Land traveled fabled Route 66 during the early design stages.

New Disney•Pixar Stamps Celebrated at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The newest “Mail a Smile” stamps from the U.S. Postal Service feature familiar faces of popular Disney•Pixar characters.

Moms Panel: Meet Military Mom Ashley Forster – Are you a military family? Check out these special tips on planning a Disney vacation for your family.

Disneyland Resort Donates Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters – The “CALIFORNIA” letters previously located in the esplanade of the Disney California Adventure park entrance have found a new home! Check out where they’re headed.

Sixty-Six Readers Take a Spin at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-Up – Take a look at the Disney Parks Blog Cars Land Meet-up and the 66 lucky readers who got to look “behind the wall.”