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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jun. 1, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is officially open – and for this week’s grand opening at New Fantasyland, we were joined by some special guests — seven “Littles” and their “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida along with Orlando Magic stars Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris.

If you missed it, we also shared a new version of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train poster, created by Disney artist Mike Britton. Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.


And mark your calendars, “Festival of the Lion King,” the popular musical stage show that originated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998, will debut at the brand-new Harambe Theatre in the Africa section of the park on June 1.

The show is a daily park offering and is performed multiple times a day (check your My Disney Experience App or the park’s Times Guide for showtimes. Entertainment is subject to change). Let us know what you love most about the show in Jennifer’s original story.

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

Time Lapse: Olaf Sand Sculpture Takes Shape at the Disneyland Resort – Watch a giant sand sculpture of summer’s biggest fan – Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” take form in this special video!

Journey Through Cast Member Mike Larson’s 50 Years at Disneyland Resort Meet Mike Larson, Disneyland Resort cast member for 50 years.

Tangaroa Terrace Menu Gets Makeover, Plus Three New Drinks at Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Hotel – Get a taste of the new food items offered at Tangaroa Terrace, and the special cocktails available at Trader Sams.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Kapa Name Tags – Get an inside look at how the special name tags at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa are made.

A Family Affair on the Re-imagined Disney Magic – Contemplating a cruise? Check out the family fun offered on the Re-imagined Disney Magic in this special video.

runDisney Joins the Force for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort – Run, don’t walk to Disneyland Resort for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. First-time rookies (and Wookies) are welcome.

More Details to Make You Hungry for Fun at 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Click through to learn what’s new at the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year at Walt Disney World Resort!


  • I got to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on opening day. It was a blast. The 3D audio animatronics were the best I have ever seen.

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