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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 30, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week on the Disney Parks Blog, our readers were treated to a bevvy of “it’s a small world” content in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the attraction. Many Disney Parks Blog authors shared stories, historic images and videos created especially for this celebration – be sure to check out Erin’s post for some fun trivia and history that surrounds this attraction.


Here at the Walt Disney World Resort, our coverage of the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train kicked into high gear with two updates in our “All in the Details” series. Jennifer shared a look at changing terrain of the attraction, which features rocky cliffs, lush trees, and fields of flowers. Another update focused solely on the “big drop” in the attraction.

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

This Week in Disney History: ‘Love Bug’ Day at Disneyland Park, 1969 – 45 years ago, 101 decorated Volkswagen Beetles made their way down Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park to celebrate the release of the film “The Love Bug.”

Chef Marcel St. Pierre New at Helm of Steakhouse 55 in Disneyland Hotel – Meet Chef Marcel St. Pierre and some of the delectable dishes available at Steakhouse 55 in Disneyland Hotel.

Xin Yin Children’s Choir Celebrates Disney’s ‘it’s a small world’ – Watch this special performance of “it’s a small world” by the Shanghai-based Xin Yin Children’s choir.

Caryl Stern, President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Visits ‘it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park – Caryl Stern shares her memories of riding “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and describes the long-standing relationship between UNICEF and Disney.

Video: ‘Let it Go’ Sing-Along from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Performed at Walt Disney World Resort – Did you catch “Good Morning America’s” “Frozen”-themed sing-along event? Watch a group of talented children perform a portion of the song “Let it Go!” at Walt Disney World Resort.

Marvelous New Merchandise Debuts at Disney Parks – If you like the Avengers, then you’ll love this new merchandise, including apparel, iPhone cases and more!

Bringing Maleficent to Life for ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park – Parade Designer Richard Improta and Tony Award-winning Production Designer Michael Curry discuss the origins of the fire-breathing Maleficent Dragon.

Date Night on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line – Ever consider a date night on the open ocean? Click through to learn more about how Disney Cruise Line can give you that quality time.


  • In terms of New Fantasyland will Snow White continue to make appearances at Princess Fairytale Hall or will she be moved closer to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for meet-and-greets since Ariel and Belle have their own areas

  • Good morning, Thomas,

    This is a stunning photograph! I’ve been happily collecting all the replica dolls from my local Disney Store and am patiently waiting for the United Kingdom doll, seems like he’s taking his time arriving. 🙂

    This 50th Anniversary commemoration has made me very happy and I love reading all the Disney Parks Blog posts about it. Best of all the partnership between Disney and Unicef and how the entire proceeds from ‘it’s a small world’ merchandise during a certain time frame in April will benefit Unicef. That’s incredible, congratulations Disney!

    Thank you,

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