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When Pixar Fest begins April 13, the sky above Disneyland park will light up with an all-new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”! Dazzling pyrotechnics will combine with memorable music to celebrate the theme of friendship which is central to many favorite Pixar films. In the video below, learn how the team behind “Together Forever” worked to create a score that celebrates the everlasting friendships forged by beloved Pixar pals.

See it all come together when “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” debuts April 13 at Disneyland park with the launch of Pixar Fest throughout the Disneyland Resort!...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:59

Celebrity Spotlight: Joan Lunden

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Last weekend, legendary journalist and TV personality Joan Lunden shared that she would be reliving memories with her husband and the two sets of twins at Walt Disney World Resort – a familiar place, very dear to her heart!

Joan Lunden and Family at Magic Kingdom Park, then and now

Lunden is a huge Disney Parks fan! The love affair began in California when she, as a child, first visited Disneyland in its opening year. Since then, she enjoyed regular trips to Disney Parks and always told her parents that working alongside the famous Mouse would be a dream.

Well, she fulfilled her childhood dream while hosting Good Morning America when she was assigned to cover the opening of Epcot back in 1982. Soon after, she was assigned to host the Disney Parks Christmas and Easter parade broadcasts for nearly two decades!

Lunden has kept very busy over the years since then. Apart from being an award-winning journalist and TV personality, Lunden is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur and of course, a mom of seven. Today, she feels very fortunate to continue experiencing the magic of Disney with her family, reliving the nostalgia as often as possible.

Joan Lunden and Family pose in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, then and now

What are some of your most nostalgic memories at Disney Parks?...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:00

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Expedition Everest?

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Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a must-do for many families visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

How well do you know this daring “Disney Mountain”? Put your knowledge to the test below!

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Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

What section of Disney's Animal Kingdom will you find Expedition Everest?
What is the name of the tour group you pass by while in the queue for Expedition Everest?
According the legend, who would ship goods by train through the Forbidden Mountain pass?
Expedition Everest is the tallest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. How tall is it?

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What an epic weekend with the movie release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” in theaters – on land and onboard Disney ships!

Meet Black Panther during Marvel Day at Sea aboard the Disney Magic

Your chance to meet Black Panther as part of a Disney vacation experience debuted with Marvel Day at Sea aboard the Disney Magic. Guests of all ages are being inspired by their encounter with the legendary heir to the Wakandan throne, learning from this powerful master of unarmed combat and enjoying an exclusive opportunity to meet a legend.

Guests meet Black Panther during Marvel Day at Sea aboard the Disney Magic Guests meet Black Panther during Marvel Day at Sea aboard the Disney Magic

Marvel Day at Sea takes place on one epic day aboard select 5-night Disney Magic sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas through April. And just announced, the event will return from January to early March, 2019!...

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (February 15, 2018) – Tickets are now on sale for the May 27 return of Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The one-night event celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with exclusive, out-of-this-world entertainment, encounters with Star Wars characters, a panel discussion with creators of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – a new land coming to the theme park in 2019, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise, specialty food & beverage and much more.

“Star Wars: Galactic Nights is an incredibly special event, and this is only the third time it’s been offered,” said Phil Holmes, vice president of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Combine all of the one-night-only experiences with the limited number of tickets available, and it’s easy to see why this night is wildly popular with casual Star Wars fans, super fans and Jedi Masters alike.”

Other treats in store for guests at this exclusive after-hours event include:

  • Stunning Projections transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Jaw-dropping projection technology will bathe the theme-park icon with stunning images of locations from across the Star Wars Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting and, of course, the stellar Star Wars cinematic score support each celestial scene all night long. These projections will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights.
  • New enhancements to Star Wars  The popular Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will glow with new show elements that debut at the May 27 event.
  • Select theme park attractions will be open for event guests to enjoy. There may even be a special Star Wars surprise on an attraction or two.

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on May 27 will be 7 p.m.-midnight.

Tickets will be available at all Walt Disney World ticket locations beginning today, February 15, and are priced at $129 for adults and $114 for children ages 3-9 (discounts available for annual passholders and DVC members.) Call 407-WDISNEY (407 934-7639) for event details and to make reservations.









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Heads up Star Wars fans – tickets are now on sale for Star Wars: Galactic Nights, the one-night special event will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.

In case you aren’t familiar, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a thrilling Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, and encounters with rarely seen characters that guests can only experience during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

Here’s a look at other event offerings:

  • Star Wars: Galactic Destinations Projections Transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel – Visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will transform via stunning projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long. Star Wars Galactic Destinations is currently an event exclusive.

  • Special Photo Ops – Throughout the park, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations. These special photo ops will only be available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars: Galactic Nights

  • Character Encounters – Expect to encounter Star Wars characters from throughout the galaxy. Guests will also be able to view an Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader.
  • Exclusive Food & Beverage offerings – Taste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. Inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars, these tasting-sized sips and bites bring a delectable addition to this event.
  • Enjoy park attractions – Select attractions will be open to all guests – and some may even offer a special Star Wars twist on May 27 only.

Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. In addition, intergalactic foodies attending Star Wars: Galactic Nights can now purchase the Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package, featuring Star Wars-inspired food and beverage and reserved seating to a panel providing an inside look of the making of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package is now available for $30 per person, including tax, and can be purchased online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463....

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What’s your favorite winter sport? Mine is curling. While it lacks the gracefulness of ice skating or the speed of skiing, it’s a competition that takes precision, strategy and teamwork. So, imagine my delight when I got to try my hand at a unique version of this sport, known as Bavarian curling, on the Adventures by Disney Rhine River Cruise!

On the Rhine sailings, you have the chance to team up for fun at an indoor winter park just outside Cologne, Germany. Here you can go sledding, tubing, tackle a ropes course, or even try your hand at the Bavarian version of the best winter sport of all (in my opinion anyway) – curling.

Check it out in this video!

This is just one of my favorite active adventures on the Adventures by Disney Rhine River Cruise. From canoeing to biking, tobogganing, zip lining and more, there’s so much fun to be had on this unforgettable vacation.

Best of all – if you book by March 23 you can save up to $500 per person on select 2019 river cruise departures!*

*Early Booking Rate offer valid for select Adventures by Disney river cruise departures with travel start dates between June 17, 2019 and October 14, 2019, inclusive. Qualifying river cruise departures have an Early Booking Rate designation on the applicable Rates and Dates page on AdventuresbyDisney.com; provided that the Early Booking Rate designation may not reflect real time offer availability; accordingly, availability of Early Booking Rate is subject to confirmation at time of booking reservation with Adventures by Disney. Availability of the Early Booking Rate for select departures will be determined at the time standard trip deposit is paid. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard trip deposit, will not guarantee availability of the Early Booking Rate for selected departure date. Early Booking Rate offer terminates on March 23, 2018 or when the limited spaces on the applicable departure date have been booked, whichever is earlier. The Early Booking Rate offer is not valid for Adventures by Disney land packages, Adventures by Disney Long Weekend land packages and Disney Cruise Line related packages. The Early Booking Rate is $500 less than the rate applicable to the same departure date and river cruise after the termination of the Early Booking Rate offer for Danube river cruises and $400 less than the rate applicable to the same departure date and river cruise after the termination of the Early Booking Rate offer for Seine and Rhine river cruises. A limited number of staterooms of certain categories are available on each applicable departure date at the Early Booking Rate. Excludes suites and category E staterooms. Spaces on the river cruises at the Early Booking Rate are subject to availability. Valid on new bookings only. Discount not applicable towards deposit. Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part and cannot be sold or transferred for commercial use. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Lead Guest of the booking party must travel on the river cruise booked. Void where prohibited. Not valid for group bookings. Offer is subject to change without notice. Bookings subject to restrictions and Adventures by Disney’s standard Terms & Conditions....

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In our Disney Doodles series, our Disney artists take turns imaging what different Disney characters would do or see first if they had the chance to visit a Disney Park.

In today’s Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagines what Georgette from the 1988 film “Oliver & Company” would do if she had the chance to visit the Walt Disney World Resort.

According to Ashley, this pampered pup would likely seek out a dose of luxury.

“Georgette loves pampering herself,” Ashley said. “It’s easy to imagine her having a relaxing day at the Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.”...

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Now at Disney California Adventure park, guests can welcome the king of Wakanda! For this limited-time experience, Black Panther will arrive in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park flanked by his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje.

Black Panther and Dora Milaje at Disney California Adventure Park

Marvel Studios’ record-breaking hit, “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Black Panther and Dora Milaje at Disney California Adventure Park

Come encounter Black Panther now, only at Disney California Adventure park, along with more epic Super Hero experiences, including Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!” and Heroic Encounter: Spider-Man and Captain America....

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This month, our Disney Doodles series continues to take on a “couples” theme, with today’s doodle looking at what Bernard and Bianca from the 1977 film “The Rescuers” would do if they had a chance to visit Magic Kingdom Park.

According to her, they’d be up for a guest-favorite nighttime offering.

“The Electric Water Pageant Parade is one of my favorite nightly attractions at Walt Disney World,” Ashley said. “It’s easy to imagine lovebirds like Bernard and Bianca having a picnic and enjoying the parade!”...

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Every Disney Parks Announcement That Happened at D23 Expo Japan

Every Disney Parks Announcement That Happened at D23 Expo Japan

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We are really excited right now! Today at D23 Expo Japan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek updated…