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Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Event To Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’ at Walt Disney World Resort

11 Mar

Inspired by the summer-loving snowman Olaf, Disney brought to life a warm summer scene complete with a Cinderella Castle made of sand in the middle of winter-weary Boston, Mass. on March 11, 2015 to announce the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort – starting with a 24-hour kickoff event at the Magic Kingdom. 

Sand Castle in the Snow Announces 24-Hour Event to Kick Off ÔCoolest Summer EverÕ at Walt Disney World Resort

Olaf’s ‘Frozen’ Summer Dream Comes True

BOSTON, Mass. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 11, 2015) – Walt Disney World Resort will kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” with 24 hours of nonstop fun during a special event May 22-23 at the Magic Kingdom, hosted by Olaf, the summer-loving snowman from Disney’s blockbuster animated hit “Frozen.”

To announce the 24-hour event and the cool summer season, Disney today brought to life a warm summer scene inspired by Olaf’s dream, creating a 20-foot-wide beach complete with a Cinderella Castle made of sand in the middle of winter-weary Boston.

Surprised pedestrians near historic Faneuil Hall were greeted by Olaf and joined by playful beach-goers in summer attire with beach chairs and beach balls – all reminders of an exciting season of fun ahead at Walt Disney World Resort and a welcome relief from the city’s near-record snowfall approaching nine feet.

24-Hour Kickoff to Summer Travel

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of family vacation time, and Walt Disney World Resort will launch into the season full force. The Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours to guests from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m., Friday May 22 to Saturday, May 23*. Guests will be invited to come in costume** to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, special event merchandise, plus food and beverage are on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

The around-the-clock celebration features Disney character greetings, dance parties and surprises into the wee hours of the night.

‘Coolest Summer Ever’ Brings Excitement Throughout Walt Disney World Resort

During the “Coolest Summer Ever,” with Olaf as the official host, Walt Disney World guests can get their cool on all summer long at four theme parks and two water parks.

Among the highlights:

Frozen Fun – “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE will bring together Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf with citizens of Arendelle, all appearing daily in shows and experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, June 17-Sept. 7. Guests will find cool thrills this summer including a royal processional, a sing-along show, Frozen-themed treats and merchandise, plus a Frozen fireworks display above Hollywood Blvd.

Cool Thrill Rides – Guests will find thrills from mild to wild to out of this world in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Don’t-miss attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom; Test Track presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’ at Epcot; Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Weekends – Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will find stars from another galaxy during Star Wars Weekends May 15-June 14.

New Restaurants and Shopping – Throughout the summer, new waterfront dining and boutique shops flow into the Downtown Disney shopping/dining/entertainment district as its transformation into Disney Springs continues.

Epcot Entertainment – New entertainment acts will appear throughout Epcot World Showcase, which also brings a fresh summery twist on a fan favorite, Voices of Liberty.

A Splash at Water Parks – A cool new deal doubles the fun at Disney’s two iconic water parks – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Purchase a one-day water park ticket and park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.

For more information, visit Disneyworld.com/CoolestSummerEver.

24 Hours of Fun as Disneyland Resort in California Kicks Off Diamond Celebration of the 60th Anniversary

On the West Coast, Disneyland Resort will kick off the summer with a dynamic 24-hour event of its own, May 22-23, to launch the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Marking the 60th anniversary of the resort, the Diamond Celebration includes the premieres of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color – Celebrate!”

The all-day/all-night revelry of the 24-hour party will include dancing and special character encounters at locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, along with enchanting Diamond décor throughout the resort and the exciting shows and attractions that bring guests back year after year. The Disneyland Resort invites guests of all ages to kick off the summer travel season in Southern California, celebrating 60 years of magic at a resort that remains forever young.

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*Hours of operation: 6 a.m. on 5/22/15 to 6 a.m. on 5/23/15, subject to capacity restrictions. Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**Disney characters will be in the parks throughout the day and all night, inviting guests to dress up for the occasion, too. Guests may join the party dressed in costume. Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.

– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2015/03/11/sand-castle-in-the-snow-announces-24-hour-event-to-kick-off-coolest-summer-ever-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.JhGUVyUq.dpuf

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BREAKING NEWS: Walt Disney World Resort’s Soarin’ at Epcot and Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Both Expanding

5 Mar
Walt Disney World attractions lifestyle shoot. April 2013 © Disney (Photographer: Cynthia Perez)

Walt Disney World attractions lifestyle shoot. April 2013 © Disney (Photographer: Cynthia Perez)

Rumors of an expanded Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have now been confirmed by the Disney Parks Blog. Soarin’ at Epcot will also be expanding with a new theater.

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Enter Soarin’ at Epcot—and get ready for a thrilling hang-gliding ride over California. Photo © Disney.

Read the following excerpt from the Disney Parks Blog:

One of the things we’ve heard from our guests is that a visit to Walt Disney World Resort just isn’t complete without enjoying the spectacular views at Soarin’ in Epcot or a spin through Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Well, I’m excited to share that we are expanding both attractions by adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania! We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience.

These expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016, offering even more opportunities for you to enjoy these beloved attractions during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

I am excited about this news. These two attractions are favorites of our family, and it is well known how popular they are with Guests of all ages when you look at the wait times. These expansions should help alleviate some of the pains.

A Look at What’s Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

2 May

The Disney Parks Blog has shared quite a few announcements regarding Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park today. Here is a quick look at the exciting news!

 

‘Festival of The Lion King’ To Return To Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June

“Festival of the Lion King” will return in a new location in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this June.

Here's a first look at what the new theater, which will be located in the left side of the Africa section, will look like.

Here’s a first look at what the new theater, which will be located in the left side of the Africa section, will look like.

 

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is prepared to stage a special celebration event like no other.

It all begins with a Welcome Reception in the park’s Harambe Village, including mouth-watering appetizers and African-inspired wine and beer. Then it’s time for the ‘mane’ event! Take your seat inside the newly built Harambe Theatre for an unforgettable performance of “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild.” This all-new, never-before-seen theatrical experience features a live orchestra and choir, dancers, digitally projected movie moments, and dramatic lighting and scenic elements – all hosted by a celebrity guest narrator. The show brings to life the humor, heart, and stirring emotional power of Simba’s journey to find his place as the Lion King.

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Read the full story on the Disney Parks Blog for the lineup of celebrity narrators and more details.

 

“Rivers of Light” Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

"Rivers of Light" nighttime spectacular

“Rivers of Light” nighttime spectacular

“Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

There’s a quick look at what’s to coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning this June. Remember to follow the Disney Parks Blog for the most up-to-date information on Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Have a magical day!

 

Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

8 Nov

Although we are just one full week in to November, the Christmas spirit has hit me and I cannot deny its warmth. That being said, enjoy these fun facts from the Walt Disney World Resort. 🙂

Photo ©Disney

Miles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:

  • 1,300 decorated trees throughout property
  • A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side
  • 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations
  • 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property
  • 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • 98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED, 2 percent is compact florescent
  • 11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase
  • More than 800 performers each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot
  • More than 200 guest choirs during the entire run of Candlelight Processional
  • A Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom with a base 26 feet wide
  • One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights
  • 6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:
    • One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating
    • One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters
  • 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom
  • 365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace

See more at: http://wdwnews.com/fact-sheets/2012/10/22/christmas-by-the-numbers-at-walt-disney-world/

Guest Assistance Card Letter from Meg Crofton‏

29 Sep

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In a follow up email sent out from Leanne Jakubowski, Director, Social Media for Disney Parks, regarding the upcoming changes to the Guest Assistance Card (GAC), I was given a copy of a letter “of reassurance and continuing commitment that Meg Crofton, President Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Operations, U.S. and France, sent to organizations that represent the interests of the autism and disabled communities. “

The letter from Meg Crofton is attached below.

GAC Letter from Meg Crofton

 

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