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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Feb. 17, 2013

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Sure, we were packed with stories of love this Valentine’s Day week but we also had a few big announcements to share with you, including some great news from Disney Cruise Line.


Disney Cruise Line is returning to Europe and Alaska in 2014 – with brand new destinations – and offering Southern Caribbean cruises from Puerto Rico for the first time ever.

From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic will sail four-, five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night cruises in the Mediterranean, including new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time.

Also new for the 2014 European season, Disney Cruise Line will use Venice, Italy, as a homeport for select sailings. Check Jonathan’s stories for more details.

1956 Photo: Walt Disney at Opening of Skyway to Fantasyland at Disneyland Park

And did you see the rare photo of Walt Disney we shared this week? It was taken at the opening of the Skyway attraction on June 23, 1956 at Disneyland park. And as George shared, he looked pretty happy on the steps of the chalet-like setting in Fantasyland that served as its home for nearly 30 years. I love this photo.

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

The Land of Oz Garden Magically Appears at Epcot – The Land of Oz Garden is now open and is the largest garden ever created for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Walt Disney World Resort Brings the Magic of New Fantasyland to Times Square February 14 – Check out some of the fun from the Enchanted Moments on February 14 at the Disney Store in Times Square.

D23’s Fanniversary Celebration Brings Disney Magic to Guests Across the Country – D23 is taking the show on the road once again, bringing an all-new Disney Fanniversary Celebration to 10 cities across the country!

The Voices of Liberty Honor Presidents Day at Disney Parks for ‘Limited Time Magic’ – Voices of Liberty will honor Presidents Day with special musical celebrations for you to enjoy at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

The New Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Opens Today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – A new update to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Get a Sneak Peek at ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ at Disney California Adventure Park During ‘Limited Time Magic’ – Come out to Disney California Adventure park from February 16 to March 31 for an exclusive sneak peak of “Oz The Great and Powerful” at Muppet*Vision 3D Theater.