Celebrating Collaboration: An Inside Look at Some of the Brands that Help Create Magical Guest Experiences

Disney Parks Blog Author Chelsea Burnett

by , Alliance Manager, Disney Corporate Alliances

“Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.” 

– Walt Disney
'Partners' statue
The importance of strong relationships is central to the legacy of The Walt Disney Company – just look to the ‘Partners’ statue that stands in the center of our Parks, paying homage to the partnership between Walt and the Mouse who started it all – Mickey Mouse.

Have you ever visited a Disney Park and noticed how some of your favorite brands show up in fun and unexpected ways, such as Chevrolet at Test Track? Or, did you know that other brands help create some of your favorite souvenirs (I love my Pandora charms!), snacks (Nestlé Mickey’s premium ice cream bar or DOLE® Whip, anyone?), beverages (Joffrey’s is my go-to caffeine fix for a long day in the parks!) and more?

We call those relationships our alliances, and these brands help us bring the magic to life in exciting and different ways across our parks and resorts, with our guests in mind. We love finding new ways to surprise and delight guests with unique collaborations not seen anywhere else. 

Test Track presented by Chevrolet

This idea of working with brands is not new, and in fact is rooted in Walt Disney’s legacy. Walt recognized the importance of building trust with guests, and by bringing in brands that were experts in their areas, he fostered a culture of collaboration that helped enhance some of our most well-known stories, beloved attractions and experiences.

Our friends at Coca-Cola, for example, were at Disneyland on opening day in 1955, and they continue to evolve their brand and products just as Disney expands its experiences. Coca-Cola started offering its drinks to guests in a Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A. and has since expanded their presence across our Parks and Resorts, including an immersive guest experience for travelers visiting Black Spire Outpost on the remote Planet Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Over the next several months, I’ll share how our collaboration with these brands unlocks curiosity and imagination to create magical memories for our guests! Be sure to check back next month the next installment in our “Celebrating Collaboration” series! Which brands are you hoping to learn more about? Tell me in the comments below or on social!


  • Branding with Disney Parks is good for both parties. Disney is a wonderful brand in which to be affiliated and some brands bring high value to Disney. Great concept to “Celebrate Collaborations.”

  • I was hired at my current job specifically because I used to be a Disneyland cast member, and have had a small “Mickey Ears” graphic as part of my email signature for years. Today I added “Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort. — Walt Disney” before the Mickey Ears graphic because it is one of the most important Walt Disney quotes I’ve ever seen in many decades of reading up on the man behind the magic that has outlived him, but is still based on Walt’s way of doing things.

    I think my boss will like it (maybe not my direct boss, but the owner of our business, while he’s definitely no Walt, I think this quote is right up his alley). I’ve seen shorter versions of it (“Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort”) in other Disney publications, this version feels more complete and correct. I hope it’s accurate.

  • Doritos were first created at the restaurant in Disneyland!

  • Really looking forward to this series, Chelsea! Personally, I’d love to see a historical spotlight on some of the brands Walt welcomed as partners during the first years that Disneyland opened.

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