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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Dec. 9, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort

This week was the week we’ve been anticipating all year – New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park officially opened to the world. It was a royal celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort as “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs led a grand-opening ceremony that featured Disney characters, fireworks and more.

If you weren’t able to join us for the event, take a look at some of the highlights of the day and of the park brought to life by our Walt Disney Imagineers.

Also, after weeks of reports of strange sightings, a fire-breathing Disney Dragon finally appeared and Gary ended his search. If you missed it, see how the creature made his grand entrance in the night skies over Magic Kingdom Park.

Sources told Gary that the Dragon made the special appearance because he was drawn to the New Fantasyland Grand Opening Celebration. You can learn more about what led up to the big night by visiting Gary’s Disney Dragon Tumblr site.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Moms Panel Monday: Disney Parks After Dark – Walt Disney World Resort Moms Panelist Krista Curtis shares some of her family’s favorite “after dark” traditions at Disney Parks.

Tamales: A Holiday Tradition at the Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort Chef Martha Sigala shares her secret for making the perfect vegetable tamale at home this holiday season.

Download New ‘Finding Fantasyland’ Wallpapers – The wait is finally over and New Fantasyland is officially open. To celebrate, Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group shared some amazing new wallpaper images to decorate your desktop and mobile devices.

The Halls are Decked for the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park – Watch as David Caranci, Manager of Resort Enhancement at the Disneyland Resort, shares a special look at Buena Vista Street as we celebrate its first holiday season.

Photo Tour: Visiting Epcot for the Holidays – Take a tour through the World Showcase at Epcot, with each of the park’s 11 pavilions dressed up for the holidays. Which one is your favorite?

Park Icon Artist Sketch Collection to Debut New Walt Disney Inspired Pieces at Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author Michelle Harker shares a first look at some of the newest Park Icon Sketches debuting in the coming weeks at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park.

Cars Land Gets Gussied Up for the Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park – The residents of Radiator Springs have gone all-out for the holidays this year. Take a look!