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As we’ve shared, the Star Wars-themed lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.

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Wed, March 15, 2017

The Ultimate Fairy Tale- ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Inspired Wedding at Walt Disney World

Korri McFannby , Brand Steward, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons

This week, we are celebrating a love story that is truly a tale as old as time. This Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding couple chose an elegant, “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired event for their big day.

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Heather and Josh first met in college and instantly connected. There was something different this time, and they both knew it right away.

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Heather is a huge Disney fan and has timeless memories from her vacations to the parks. From holidays to birthdays, Disney has always played a special role. When it came time to propose, Josh knew it had to be at Walt Disney World. He dropped to one knee at Picture Point, behind Disney’s Wedding Pavilion with Cinderella Castle in the distance, and of course, she said “Yes!”

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The couple celebrated their modern day fairy tale with a lovely ceremony at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and an extravagant, stunning reception at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Ballrooms.

The day was filled with elements from “Beauty and the Beast” from Lumiere announcing the dinner service to a Beast inspired groom’s cake. Be our guest and check out all the details of their wonderful day.

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Thu, March 16, 2017

Celebrate Easter With Springtime Sweets and Eats at Disneyland Resort

Rachel Bsheroby , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way to Disneyland Resort! Egg-cellent sweets will be available beginning March 17 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. The Mickey and Minnie Easter Basket Gourmet Apples are as delicious as they are beautiful – perfect to include in an Easter basket or as an egg hunt reward.

Celebrate Easter With Springtime Sweets and Eats at Disneyland Resort

At Candy Palace, you’ll also find the famous handmade Disneyland Easter Eggs—while supplies last. Disneyland Candy Makers hand-shape each delicious egg, which is filled with house-made fudge then enrobed in milk chocolate. The eggs are offered in five flavors—Chocolate Cream, Chocolate-Nut, Vanilla-Nut, Black Walnut and my personal favorite, Peanut Butter.

If you’re looking for a special Easter Brunch, Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will have special offerings on April 16. PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel will also have Easter Brunch and Dinner April 14-16. Reservations can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dining or by calling 714-781-DINE.

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Fri, March 17, 2017

All-New ‘Disney Junior Dance Party’ Live Show Debuts This Summer at Disney California Adventure Park

Shawn Slaterby , Senior Communications Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

We’ve got big news today for you Disney Junior fans out there!

This summer, there’s an all-new Disney Junior show coming to Disneyland Resort that you won’t want to miss. You and your little ones will love “Disney Junior Dance Party,” a high-energy, live show experience that takes its inspiration from the most popular Disney Junior shows on TV, including the new series “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” as well as “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First” and “The Lion Guard.” The show is set to include live appearances from some of your favorite characters, fun music from Disney Junior and much more.

Since its debut in 2003 as “Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!” featuring “Bear in the Big Blue House,” the show has been updated regularly to include popular characters over the years such as the Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and more from an ever-changing line-up on what is today Disney Junior, the #1 preschooler-dedicated TV network for the past five years. The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party” opening this summer will introduce a musically infused, interactive concert format that involves guests directly in the experience.

The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party” show debuts in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park on May 26, 2017!

 

 

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Tue, March 7, 2017

All in the Details: ‘Placemaking’ Pandora – The World of Avatar

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

This week we’re happy to share another look inside Pandora – The World of Avatar, which is currently under construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared another video on the construction of this new land, which is set to open May 27, 2017. In this video, several members of the Pandora project team explain just how important research has been in bringing Pandora – The World of Avatar to life. Culture plays a huge part in the park’s other lands, like Asia and Africa. Therefore, researching a realistic culture that would exist on Pandora has been a priority.

In addition to culture, placemaking has also extended to designing what guests will hear when they enter the new land. What should guests hear in the natural environment of Pandora?

To learn more, check out the video below.

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Thu, March 9, 2017

Disney Cruise Line To Offer Exciting New Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

We just announced that exciting new experiences designed for every member of the family are coming to the Disney Fantasy in May. From exploring the universes of Star Wars and Marvel, to shopping at unique new onboard venues, here’s a look at what’s to come after the Disney Fantasy undergoes dry dock this spring.

Imaginative New Spaces for Kids

In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, the new Star Wars: Command Post takes kids on a journey where they will train with heroes of the Star War saga and help with missions against the First Order. Here you will interact with holographic models at a one of-a-kind Star Wars holotable that projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, Death Star and other famous Star Wars ships, meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.

Disney Cruise Line To Offer Exciting New Experiences on the Disney Fantasy

In addition, at the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will learn from real-life Super Heroes the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty. In this innovative space you can learn the ways of the mystic arts with Doctor Strange, who is making first-ever appearances onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. Children will also interact with and open portals to different locales around the Marvel Universe, and immerse themselves in an exclusive gaming experience.

Tasty Treats to Delight the Entire Family

Families can enjoy the new Sweet on You ice cream shop, themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, and designed with charming art details. Sweet on You will feature hand-crafted gelato and ice-cream, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles and a large selection of candy for purchase, all just steps away from the family pool.

Luxury Shopping for Adults

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will welcome the world’s premier jewelry and iconic American luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., with an exclusive store aboard the Disney Fantasy. Here you can indulge in timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the effortlessly elegant Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Fantasy sailings starting May 17, 2017 from Port Canaveral.

Which Disney Fantasy enhancement are you most excited to experience?

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, February 23, 2017

New Personalized Storybook Available at the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs

Emily Southardby , Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Walt Disney World Resort is known for being the place where fantasy becomes reality, and Disney PhotoPass Service is helping your child’s fairytale come to life long after your visit with our newest product, the Personalized Storybook.

The Personalized Storybook features your young princess in a favorite Disney story, told over 24 pages!*

Through a customized photo session at the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs (and a little post-production pixie dust!) your child will be the star of the story. Your little one can go to the ball like Cinderella, explore the world under the sea like Ariel, learn to let go in the mountains of Arendelle like Elsa, or choose from other magical adventures.

New Personalized Storybook Available at the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs

The following Personalized Storybook themes are currently available: Anna, Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Elsa, Mulan, Rapunzel and Snow White.

Visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs today to learn more and to purchase your child’s Personalized Storybook!

New Personalized Storybook Available at the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs

*The Personalized Storybook photo session is only for guests age 14 and younger. This product is only available at the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs, and a specialized, same-day photo session is required. Photos taken during the Personalized Storybook photo session can only be purchased as a complete storybook and cannot be reproduced individually. Personalized Story photos will also not be associated to your PhotoPass account and are not included in any Memory Maker products.

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Tue, February 21, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Offers Families a Chance to See the World and Explore New Destinations in 2018

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Ahoy, Disney Cruise Line fans! Today, we unveiled where our ships will be sailing in the summer of 2018. Disney Cruise Line will take a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, explorations continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Here’s a closer look at the adventures in store…

Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele at Night, Italy

First-time visits to Fashionable Milan, Italy
We will visit Milan, Italy – a global capital of fashion and design – for the first time, as part of special sailings from Barcelona and Rome. The Disney Magic will stop at Genoa, Italy, which is the gateway to Milan and the picturesque locale of Portofino. The beautiful metropolis of Milan is perfect for shopping and home to top-name designer stores, boutiques, open-air markets and art galleries.

New sailings from Rome and Barcelona

New sailings from Rome and Barcelona
In June 2018, we will sail between Barcelona and Rome, giving you the chance to experience the rich culture and inspiring history of these two cities as bookend experiences in a single cruise.

In Rome, you can explore the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, and sample authentic local cuisine. Barcelona offers beautiful beaches, the market streets of Las Ramblas, the artistic architecture of Gaudi and the famed Sagrada Família church.

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

First-time visit to Cork, Ireland
We will take you to Cork, Ireland on our first-ever seven-night British Isles cruise. Cork is home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes. You can connect with Ireland’s ancient past and visit historic sites like Blarney Castle. Don’t miss your chance to gain the gift of gab and kiss the famed Blarney Stone!

Additional ports visited on this sailing include Dublin, Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; and Liverpool, England. Throughout the summer, the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe continues with engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Disney Wonder Visits Alaska

Return to Alaska
If breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife are what you are seeking, the newly re-imagined Disney Wonder is returning to Alaska for the 2018 summer season. A variety of itineraries departing from Vancouver, Canada, include stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Families on Castaway Cay

More Opportunities to Visit Castaway Cay
When we say “double dip,” we’re not just talking about complimentary ice cream on the pool deck. In 2018, we are giving you a series of cruises that include two stops at our private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay!

In June and July, the Disney Dream will sail four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, each with two stops at Castaway Cay

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Thu, February 23, 2017

New Character Dining Experience, Bon Voyage Breakfast to Debut April 2 at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

Rachel Bsheroby , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, I shared that an all-new character dining experience will be coming to Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk. Today, I’m excited to share guests who choose to enjoy the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno will have the opportunity to meet beloved Disney characters including Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric.

Breakfast will begin with your choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

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Bon Voyage Breakfast to Debut April 2 at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Bon Voyage Breakfast to Debut April 2 at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

“Shipwreck al Forno”
Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage,
Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy“Golden Frittata”
Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion,
Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes

“Tangled Eggs”
Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs,
Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes

“Two Eggs Poached Under Water”
House-made Fennel sausage, Parmesan, and Sunday Gravy
over Golden Polenta and Toasted Ciabatta

“Tower of Pancakes”
Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage

“Royal Breakfast”
Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus,
Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes

“Swimmers di ‘light’”
Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms,
Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes

Kids will enjoy their choice of a Mickey Pancake, Mickey Waffle or a “Little Royal Breakfast,” which will feature an egg, bacon and toast. Breakfast will also include your choice of non-alcoholic beverage such as coffee, tea juice, milk and soft drinks. Mimosas, a Peach Bellini, cappuccino, press pot coffee and more will be available as an additional charge.

The character dining experience will cost $34 for adults, $20 for children. Please note: Disney Characters join guests for breakfast only. Character appearances are subject to change.

Reservations are now open for dates beginning April 2, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

ay Cay, so you can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of the sparkling turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees!

Bon voyage! Bookings open to the public on Feb. 23, 2017 and more details on 2018 itineraries can be found here and booked by your Dream Designer! Just email info@dreamsbydesigntravel.com!

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Tue, February 21, 2017

‘Beauty and the Beast’-Inspired Red Rose Taverne Opens February 24 at Disneyland Park

Rachel Bsheroby , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Last week, Erin Glover shared exciting details about the limited-time experiences inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” coming to Disneyland park. Over the next few days, guests will see Village Haus Restaurant magically transforming into Red Rose Taverne, a lively tavern with décor inspired by the beloved film, in preparation for its official opening February 24. Today, I’m excited to share the menu—trust me it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!

Beast’s Burger – A 1/3 pound Angus beef patty, slow-cooked beef, Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and horseradish aioli on a toasted roll.

Classic Angus Cheeseburger – A 1/3 pound Angus beef patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato and signature sauce on a toasted roll.

'Beauty and the Beast'-Inspired Red Rose Taverne Opens February 24 at Disneyland Park

Enchanted Cauliflower Sandwich – A grilled cauliflower steak, spicy lime aioli, tempura-battered green beans, lettuce and tomato on a toasted roll.

Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine – Slow-cooked beef and gravy over seasoned waffle-cut fries, pickled onions and cheese curds.

Chicken Sandwich à la Lumière – Grilled chicken breast, apple slaw, onion-bacon jam and fried cherry peppers on a toasted roll.

Chef’s Chopped Salad – Cabbage, Romaine and iceberg lettuce, smoked bacon, apple, hard-cooked eggs, blue cheese crumbles, garlic croutons and apple vinaigrette.

Poutine Flatbread – Topped with slow-cooked beef, pomme frites, roasted garlic aioli, cheese curds, gravy and herb oil.

Garden Mozzarella Flatbread – Topped with marinated tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce.

Pulled Pork Flatbread – Topped with pulled pork, roasted corn, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, pickled onions and cilantro.

Grey Stuff Gateau – A white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a sweet raspberry center.

Lemon Rose Cake – A lemon mousse cake with strawberry-rose filling.

Gaston’s Famous Brew – Apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam.

Red Rose Taverne is a limited-time offering, so be sure to be our guest soon!

 

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Thu, February 16, 2017

BB-8 To Greet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Spring

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars Launch Bay is just one experience that has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the delight of Star Wars fans over the past two years: “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show features characters from around the Star Wars galaxy; while the guest-favorite “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nighttime spectacular lights up the park each night. Guests age 4-12 can also become Jedi recruits and put their skills to the test in an unforgettable battle against villains like Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. And just a few months ago, the park’s Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction began offering guests randomized destinations, making different planetary destinations possible for every galactic journey.

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Thu, February 16, 2017

More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

Geoffrey Pointonby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Whenever it’s time to share exciting news about a new expansion project, I remember one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes. “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Today, we are thrilled to share with you that changes are on the horizon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort over the next two years and let me tell you, there is a lot to be excited about!

The expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.

The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow guests to experience something truly unique, rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.

Also during this exciting time, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.

At Walt Disney World Resort, many of our guest’s magical memories start at one of our 27-themed resorts each and every day, which is why we will always continue to “move forward” and “create new experiences” that are integral to the overall resort experience!

We can’t wait to share more with you as these projects come to life!

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New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Tue, February 14, 2017

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Steven Millerby , Merchandise Communications Manager

The start of the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is only a few weeks away. Today, I have a sneak preview of new products created this annual springtime celebration that returns to Walt Disney World Resort from March 1 to May 29.

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year, guests will find new artwork from Disney Design Group including stylized images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and pastel-colored, geometric patterns featuring Figment.

New merchandise will include apparel, headware (the Mouse ear headband is fun!), home décor, and souvenirs. We’ll release five Dooney & Bourke handbags including, by popular demand, a larger sized Weekender bag. A ShellieMay plush bear dressed in gardening attire and three Figment-inspired garden decorations will also be offered.

New Pins Coming to the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For Disney pin collectors, look for a limited release logo pin along with several limited edition pins. The four-pin, limited edition pin set features Disney characters such as Orange Bird or Judy Hopps from Disney’s “Zootopia.”

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Annual Passholders will find several unique products such as apparel for women and men; a TERVIS wine goblet; a collectible coin; and a limited edition pin. For the first time, we are introducing a limited release logo pin created only for Passholders. In order to purchase these items, Passholders must present a valid Annual Pass at time of purchase.

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce the return of the Egg-stravaganza to Epcot. From March 1 to May 29 (or while supplies last), search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters and record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed map to represent that location.

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax. To participate, visit Pin Central – Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

For guests at Disneyland Resort, stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for details about the Egg-stravaganza returning later this spring.

Look for these items and more at the Festival Center located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy. The location will have expanded operating hours during opening week, Wednesday, March 1 to Sunday, March 5. During the remaining weeks of the Festival, the center will be open Friday through Sunday. Guests may also find additional products in select merchandise locations throughout Epcot.

 

 

 

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Thu, February 9, 2017

‘Happily Ever After’ Nighttime Spectacular Will Debut at Magic Kingdom Park May 12

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime spectacular that will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more, will debut at Magic Kingdom Park on May 12.

The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others.

The Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace will continue to offer up a scrumptious way to view the nighttime fun as “Happily Ever After” makes its debut.

Thu, February 9, 2017

‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Become a Brand-New Stage Spectacular Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Just announced today, we’re bringing a tale as old as time to the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream! We’ve assembled an all-star creative team who is currently developing a brand-new musical production, “Beauty and the Beast,” inspired by Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic.

You’ll once again fall in love with the enchanting fairytale as this new production of “Beauty and the Beast” celebrates the romance, adventure and magic of the live-action film, weaving in the charm and nostalgia of the award-winning animated feature.

“Beauty and the Beast” aboard the Disney Dream will bring the timeless fable to life like never before, featuring a style of theater that interlaces classic storytelling elements with cutting-edge technology, to create a unique, theatrical experience in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. An innovative take on the story will transform renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers, and lavish costumes and puppetry will bring a fresh perspective to beloved characters.

“Beauty and the Beast” will debut during the Disney Dream voyage departing Nov. 6, 2017, joining an incredible lineup of Broadway-style stage productions aboard the ship, including “The Golden Mickeys” and “Disney’s Believe.”

Over the next several months, we’ll be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the development of this show. Keep following along on the Disney Parks Blog to go behind the curtain as we expand upon the most imaginative elements of this beloved story.

Tue, February 14, 2017

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Steven Millerby , Merchandise Communications Manager

The start of the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is only a few weeks away. Today, I have a sneak preview of new products created this annual springtime celebration that returns to Walt Disney World Resort from March 1 to May 29.

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year, guests will find new artwork from Disney Design Group including stylized images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and pastel-colored, geometric patterns featuring Figment.

New merchandise will include apparel, headware (the Mouse ear headband is fun!), home décor, and souvenirs. We’ll release five Dooney & Bourke handbags including, by popular demand, a larger sized Weekender bag. A ShellieMay plush bear dressed in gardening attire and three Figment-inspired garden decorations will also be offered.

New Pins Coming to the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For Disney pin collectors, look for a limited release logo pin along with several limited edition pins. The four-pin, limited edition pin set features Disney characters such as Orange Bird or Judy Hopps from Disney’s “Zootopia.”

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Annual Passholders will find several unique products such as apparel for women and men; a TERVIS wine goblet; a collectible coin; and a limited edition pin. For the first time, we are introducing a limited release logo pin created only for Passholders. In order to purchase these items, Passholders must present a valid Annual Pass at time of purchase.

New Products Ready to Bloom at 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce the return of the Egg-stravaganza to Epcot. From March 1 to May 29 (or while supplies last), search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters and record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed map to represent that location.

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax. To participate, visit Pin Central – Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

For guests at Disneyland Resort, stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for details about the Egg-stravaganza returning later this spring.

Look for these items and more at the Festival Center located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy. The location will have expanded operating hours during opening week, Wednesday, March 1 to Sunday, March 5. During the remaining weeks of the Festival, the center will be open Friday through Sunday. Guests may also find additional products in select merchandise locations throughout Epcot.

Wed, February 15, 2017

Step into Blockbuster Super Hero Stories at Disney California Adventure Park! Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Opens May 27 with Summer of Heroes and All-New Epic Experiences

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Disney California Adventure park will soon be the destination for adventure, intrigue and triumph as recruits from around the world – like you – join forces with legendary Super Heroes in an ever-expanding universe of stories that will grow even bigger over time. This summer, we are kicking off the action with the May 27 grand opening of the thrilling, rocking attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

This new adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time ever, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. You never know which adventure you will get!

There will be even more ways to step into Super Hero stories with Summer of Heroes, May 27 through September 10. Answer the call for this limited-time celebration as you join the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy for all-new epic experiences.

Summer of Heroes will launch these new, year-round experiences:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! – Don’t be surprised if you run into the Guardians of the Galaxy on their way to the Milano, with Star-Lord firing up his old-school boom box to get the party started. Gamora may prefer to stand back and observe, but everyone else is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash!
  • Super Hero Encounters – For the first time, citizens of Earth will come face-to-face with Groot, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! You can also step up to meet the First Avenger, Captain America, along with everyone’s favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

And for a limited time, step up to the challenge with new adventures during Summer of Heroes:

  • Avengers Training Initiative – Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow – Black Widow will arrive on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action – All that heroism making you hungry? Want a token as proof of your adventures when you get home? Special themed merchandise and food will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

The summer brings even more to get excited about over at Disneyland park as classic favorites return with the reopening of the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions, with the “Fantasmic!” nighttime spectacular returning later in the summer. We’ll have opening dates to share soon for these attractions. And don’t miss your chance to see the classic Main Street Electrical Parade during its limited-time run at Disneyland park through June 18.

#HeroUp at Disney California Adventure park with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Summer of Heroes, beginning May 27!

Entertainment and attractions are subject to change and cancellation without notice. Please check the show guide for days and times.

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Tue, February 7, 2017

Just Announced: Pandora – The World of Avatar Will Open May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Just moments ago on The Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call, CEO Bob Iger shared the exciting news that Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27.

Pandora - The World of Avatar Pandora - The World of Avatar

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.

Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.

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Tue, January 31, 2017

What’s New and What’s Next at Disneyland Resort in 2017

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

This year is already shaping up to be a big one at the Disneyland Resort with the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland park and the popular Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure park. And there’s so much more ahead! Take a look …

What are you most excited for at the Disneyland Resort in 2017?

Walt Disney World Resort

Fri, February 3, 2017

Book Your Spot on the New Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour at Magic Kingdom Park

Allison Montgomeryby , Editorial Content Coordinator, Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re introducing a brand new tour designed to provide you with maximum fun while enjoying the quintessential Magic Kingdom Park experiences and attractions–the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour!

The four-hour tour is led by Disney VIP Tour Guides, who make navigating the park a breeze by providing you with the highest level of Disney’s world-renowned guest service while you enjoy many of the most beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions carefree.

During the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour, you’ll be able to experience up to 10 of the most beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions, including everything from Adventureland must-dos Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise to Fantasyland favorites such as Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, and more attractions throughout the park.

And what visit to Magic Kingdom Park would be complete without saying hello to the mouse that started it all? As part of your tour, you will also get to meet Mickey Mouse! Tell him ‘hi’ for me!

This tour is especially great for kids of all ages since all of the attractions you will visit do not have any height restrictions. If you’re looking for the perfect introduction to the most Magical Place on Earth, or want to experience the classic Magic Kingdom attractions, this is the tour for you.

The Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour ($199 plus tax)* is offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and is subject to availability.

*Magic Kingdom Park admission is required and is not included with the cost of the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour.

Walt Disney World Resort

Thu, February 2, 2017

Get Your Groove On With Garden Rocks at the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Charles Stovallby , Public Relations Manager

Once again the America Gardens Theatre will come alive with some of the best music from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s as the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presents the “Garden Rocks” concert series. And, for the first time this year performances are scheduled not just Friday through Sunday, but every Monday, too!

Get Your Groove On With Garden Rocks at the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

One of the hallmarks of the Festival, “Garden Rocks,” brings your favorite stars from the rock and pop history to Epcot. Returning favorites like Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Spinners join brand new artists like Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. Being a child of the ‘80s, I’ve put them on the top of my “hit list” for this year’s festival.

Poised to be one of the best ever, this year’s line-up shakes out like this:

  • March 3-4 – Jon Secada – “Just Another Day
  • March 5-6 – Dennis DeYoung – The Music of STYX – “Grand Illusion
  • March 10-13 – The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited
  • March 17-18 – Simple Plan – “Welcome to My Life” – NEW
  • March 19-20 – Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah
  • March 24-27 – Night Ranger – “Sister Christian
  • March 31-April 3 – Little River Band – “Reminiscing
  • April 7-10 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice – “Spinning Wheel
  • April 14-17 – Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy
  • April 21-24 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – “Evil Woman
  • April 28-29 – Exposé – “Point of No Return” – NEW
  • April 30-May 1 – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn – “Take My Breath Away” – NEW
  • May 5-8 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – “We Built This City
  • May 12-15 – The Guess Who – “American Woman
  • May 19-22 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – “I’m Henry VIII, I Am
  • May 26-29 – The Spinners – “Working My Way Back To You

“Garden Rocks” concert performances are held each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Festival. Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. each night. Concerts are included with regular park admission to Epcot.

Walt Disney World Resort

Wed, February 1, 2017

New Character Breakfast to Debut at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

Rachel Bsheroby , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

An all-new character dining experience will debut this spring at Disney’s BoardWalk, with appearances by adventurous royal couples from beloved Disney films! A delicious breakfast awaits you at Trattoria al Forno, as you get ready to set out for a day of endless magic at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a hearty “bon voyage” celebration, featuring popular characters from favorite Disney stories like “Tangled” or “The Little Mermaid.” During your visit, be sure to share the tales of your own hopes and dreams, the adventures you’ve had… and those still to come with our favorite princess or prince!

This unique, new character breakfast is slated to begin in late spring. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog – we’ll be sharing more details, including the opening date, when you can make reservations, and menu offerings!

Walt Disney World Resort

Wed, February 1, 2017

Welcome to Our World! What is Disney Youth Programs?

Tim Hillby , Director of Disney Youth Programs

Did you know that The Happiest Place on Earth and the Most Magical Place on Earth are also popular field trip destinations for students? Imagine bringing students to a Disney park to experience the real-life application of their classroom lessons. Disney Youth Programs engages young minds and celebrates their achievements using lessons and insights from The Walt Disney Company as the inspiration.

Disney Youth Programs offers student groups performance, education, field-trip and celebration opportunities at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Programs are available to schools and student groups ranging from kindergarten to college.

Welcome to Our World… What is Disney Youth Programs?

Since 1955, Disney Performing Arts has provided performance opportunities to give students a chance to play, sing and dance in the spotlight. In our workshops, students can hone their skills under the guidance of an entertainment professional. Festival Disney offers band, orchestra, and choral ensembles the chance to compete in a Disney-produced music festival. Areas of interest include instrumental, vocal, dance, theatre, special events and competitions and festivals.

Welcome to Our World… What is Disney Youth Programs?

In addition to the many Arts opportunities available to groups, Disney Youth Education Series allows students to see how the concepts they are learning in the classroom create the magic at Disney Parks. From physics to cultural studies to leadership, each unique program emphasizes the importance of teamwork and critical thinking skills while giving students a one-of-a-kind learning experience that blends the magic of Disney with key educational content.

Welcome to Our World… What is Disney Youth Programs?

What do you get when you combine dance parties and your favorite Disney attractions? Disneyland Grad Nite at Disneyland Resort in California and Disney Grad Nite H2O at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! These unique events are exclusive high school graduation celebrations offered on both coasts to give students a once-in-a-lifetime party experience in a Disney Park.

Welcome to Our World… What is Disney Youth Programs?

With so many exceptional experiences to offer, there’s something for every student to discover. Learn more about Disney Youth Programs and keep an eye on our website for a new Disney Youth Programs blog, coming soon!

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Walt Disney World Resort

Tue, January 17, 2017

Characters in Flight Flies High with New Design

Darcy Clarkby , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Look toward the friendly skies of Disney Springs and you just might spy something new in the air: the familiar Characters in Flight balloon outfitted with a fresh design that complements the recently transformed property.

Characters in Flight Flies High with New Design

The balloon is updated every four years or so, giving the team the opportunity for a new look. I had the chance to connect with Matthieu Gobbi, General Manager for Aerophile (the group responsible for operating the balloon), who shed some light on the update, sharing “the new balloon envelope was inspired by the springs and the element of water – it’s very coherent, as the balloon floats in the air, then lands on the water of Lake Buena Vista.” Indeed, the color palette, with soothing blues and a scrolling pattern that makes me think of gentle ripples in the water, fits seamlessly with the overall aesthetic of Disney Springs.

Characters in Flight Flies High with New Design

Though the balloon exterior may have gotten a makeover, the experience of taking a flight up to 400 feet in the air remains unchanged. (Having taken a few flights myself, I know how exhilarating it is – and how incredible the views are … if you haven’t done it yet, I’d highly recommend it!)

Ready to fly? Adult pricing is $20 per person and children (ages 3-8) are $15 each. Tip: visit before 10:00 a.m. and tickets are only $10 per person, regardless of age. The location opens daily at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting, and wait times are typically shorter earlier in the day.

If you’ve had the chance to experience a flight, please tell me in the comments below – I’d love to know what you enjoyed most!

Disneyland Resort

Wed, January 18, 2017

Foodie Guide to Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Rachel Bsheroby , Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, Erin Glover shared some of the exciting new experiences coming to the Lunar New Year Celebration, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5 at Disney California Adventure park, including expanded food and beverage offerings. Today, I’m excited to share a foodie’s guide to the celebration – with a full listing of all the delicious, authentic eats from Marketplaces inspired by three Asian countries!

Kimchi Bokkeumbap from the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Korea

  • Kimchi Bokkeumbap – Kimchi-vegetable fried rice
  • Yachae Mandu – Steamed vegetable dumplings with sesame-garlic soy sauce
  • Yasik – Sweet rice and dried fruit cake
  • Banana Milk (non-alcoholic)
  • Black Beer Stout
  • Hite Pale Lager

Xiao Long Bao from the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

China

  • Xiao Long Bao – Pork soup dumplings with black vinegar and ginger
  • Luo Bo Gao – Turnip cake with sausage and oyster sauce
  • Egg Tart
  • Passion Fruit Green Iced Tea with Lychee Popping Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Tsingtao Lager

Macaroon from the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Vietnam

  • Banh Chung – Sticky rice cake with pork
  • Chao Tom Voi Nuoc Cham Chua Ngot – Sugar cane shrimp skewer with sweet and sour sauce
  • Purple Sweet Potato Macaron
  • Ca Phe Da – Vietnamese iced coffee
Mango Pudding from the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park Banh Khoai Mi Nuong from the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Paradise Garden Grill

  • Japchae – Stir-fried vegetables and noodles with tofu
  • Galbi – Grilled beef short rib with steamed rice and kimchi
  • Cach Chien Ca Gion Ngon – Whole crispy tilapia with chili-lime vinaigrette and steamed rice
  • Pho – Beef Noodle Soup
  • Mango Pudding
  • Banh Khoai Mi Nuong – Cassava-coconut cake
  • Almond Milk Tea with Fruit Jellies (non-alcoholic)
  • Max Beer Lager

Lunar New Year Celebration runs from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5 at Disney California Adventure park.

Walt Disney World Resort

Thu, January 19, 2017

New #ArtfulEpcot Series Showcases Artists From the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Allison Montgomeryby , Editorial Content Coordinator, Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re starting a brand new series highlighting some of the talented artists that are participating in the new Epcot International Festival of the Arts, giving you a special glimpse inside the creative process and magic that brings art to life!

#ArtfulEpcot: Joe Kaminski

You’ll most likely recognize the playful, color-filled works from our first featured artist, Joe Kaminski. His paintings of Disney characters have been featured at multiple Disney art festivals, onboard Disney Cruise Line ships, and here on the Disney Parks Blog, and now he is creating new pieces live as a visiting artist at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Joe is a self-taught artist whose love of Disney characters inspired him to pick up a paintbrush in his free time, after he puts down his pen from his job as an advertising copywriter for Disney Parks and Resorts. His favorite Disney character to draw? Mickey Mouse, of course!

#ArtfulEpcot: Joe Kaminski #ArtfulEpcot: Joe Kaminski

Joe told me that his favorite part of starting a new piece of art is the fun and spontaneity that comes with creating it. “There are no rules, it’s just fun, and that’s the magic of the whole thing” Joe said.

Here’s a look at how Joe creates new pieces:

See Joe in action every Saturday during the festival from 7-9pm, and be sure to check the festival schedule here and plan to see your other favorite artists in the weekends ahead!

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts takes place each weekend now through February 20, 2017.

 

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