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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Jun. 15, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This weekend, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King” here on the Disney Parks Blog with special header images and logo. Also, during the week, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of a favorite Disney character, Donald Duck.

Disney Character Artist Brian James Fitchner shared a video tutorial on how draw Donald Duck, created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers. If you missed it, check out Nate’s special “vintage” story featuring Donald Duck.

New Merchandise Coming to Fifth Weekend at Star Wars Weekends From June 13-15, 2014 at Disney's Hollywood Studios

And today (Sunday) is the final day to help decide the next Star Wars-themed Disney Racer to be released in spring 2015.

When the winning Disney Racer is released, the packaging for the die-cast metal car will have a “fan choice” call-out. So, let us know which design should be made and then check back here on the Disney Parks Blog on Monday – Steven will reveal the winning entry.

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

World’s First Production of Disney’s THE LION KING in Mandarin to be Presented at Shanghai Disney Resort – this showstopping production will be put on in a new 1,200-seat Broadway-style theater currently under construction adjacent to Shanghai Disneyland park.

A Look Back at June 14, 1959: Grand Opening of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas details the one of the biggest events at Disneyland park, complete with a visit from then Vice President Richard Nixon.

Learning at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Educational Activities for the Whole ‘Ohana – You might just pick up some new skills while visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Take a look at some of the fun learning activities for the whole family.

‘Trucks on the Town at Downtown Disney West Side’ June 21 at Walt Disney World Resort – Bring all your foodie friends to the first-ever food truck festival at Downtown Disney. Click through for more details.

A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Taste of Alaska Menu – Get a taste of the delectable dishes available on Disney Cruise Line’s Alaskan Cruises.

Seven Dwarfs Continue Down Mine Train with the Launch of New App, TV Show – Check out these new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train-inspired opportunities!


  • Aww I missed out on the Donald Duck T-Shirts :(. At least I got The Lion King ones but Donald’s my favorite character, I wished I found out about that.

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