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April 24, 2018

Disneyland After Dark Announces Second Star Wars-Themed Celebration on May 9

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Exciting news Star Wars fans! Due to unprecedented demand for the Disneyland After Dark – Star Wars Nite event, I’m pleased to share that we have added a second celebration of Star Wars on May 9!

Guests at this after-hours event will once again have special access to Disneyland park to celebrate a galaxy far, far away. You’re also encouraged to come dressed in favorite Star Wars attire!

This next Star Wars-themed celebration will give you a chance to experience many of the same offerings from our first Star Wars Nite event, including:

After-hours access to Disneyland park, with mix-in access beginning at 6 p.m.

Special entertainment, including a galactic dance party and character encounters!

Themed décor and immersive Star Wars-themed photo opportunities.

Specialty food and beverage offerings.

Commemorative lanyard, event credential and unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.

Additionally, we will be adding new experiences for this second celebration of Star Wars, which will include:

Opportunity to be among the first to purchase Solo: A Star Wars Story pins (quantities are limited).

An additional Star Wars-themed photo opportunity.

Acme Archives Limited artist showcase and signing.

Book signing for “It’s Your Universe” (quantities are limited).

A limited quantity of tickets will be available starting May 1, so be sure to visit Disneyland.com for pricing and details.

As a reminder, beginning May 4, all Disneyland park guests will be able to enjoy these new and returning Star Wars experiences:

March of First Order” – Captain Phasma guides a squad of First Order stormtroopers through Tomorrowland in a dramatic show of force.

Encounter Rey – Meet the Resistance’s newest hero at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Hyperspace Mountain – This popular transformation of Space Mountain returns!

Lastly, don’t’ miss Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters May 25.

Event elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, experiences, entertainment, characters, menu items, merchandise, souvenirs, special offerings and services are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions. Online registration required.

The Disney Conservation Fund Names Conservation Grant Recipients

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by Kim Sams, Director, Disney Corporate Social Responsibility at The Walt Disney Company

As Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates its 20th birthday, we reflect what an incredible 20 years it has truly been. I recall our opening day and could not be more proud of what has been accomplished in the past two decades. Not only have millions of families connected with the magic of nature through immersive experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but together through the Disney Conservation Fund we have contributed more than $70 million to support nonprofit organizations working to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet in 115 countries.

This year alone, Guests like you helped the DCF provide grants totaling more than $8 million dollars to support the work of 80 nonprofit organizations. These grants are part of Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative, which pairs the company’s philanthropic dollars with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team and other employees to maximize the impact of conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.

DCF actively supports the world’s leading conservation organizations with funds and professional resources to save wildlife and habitats, inspire action, and protect the planet. This commitment is reflected through the fund’s comprehensive focus on stabilizing and increasing the populations of 10 different at-risk animals including apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers. DCF also provides grants to support conservation programs that engage communities in comprehensive solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats.

This year’s grantees are working in 34 countries to lead incredible conservation programs, including:

California Condor Nest Guarding Program- Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation: In 1986 only nine condors remained in the wild. Santa Barbara Zoo and partners are working to increase California condor populations through captive breeding, careful management, education programs with local communities and research to encourage self-sustaining populations through the California Condor Nest Guarding Program.

Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils- Global Wildlife Conservation: Non-native species threaten the survival of many native Australian wildlife species and as a result, impact ecosystems and human livelihoods. Global Wildlife Conservation is working to reverse the decline of the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland and re-establish it as an apex predator, while raising public awareness about challenges faced by Australia’s wildlife.

Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation- Marine Resources Development Foundation: Seagrass beds are diminishing worldwide, but serve a critical role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing sediments and providing food and habitat for marine wildlife. The Marine Resources Development Foundation is leading seagrass surveys in the Florida Keys to monitor and understand ecosystem health, and engaging students and teachers from around the country in hands-on field work, data analysis and classroom curriculum to raise awareness about seagrass habitat conservation.

In addition to financial support, more than 180 Disney cast members and employees are lending their time to these efforts and have participated directly in projects to save wildlife around the world.

Since 1995, the DCF has:

Helped to conserve more than 400 species around the world.

Supported more than 2,000 conservation projects, helping more than 600 nonprofit organizations working hand-in-hand with communities to protect wildlife worldwide.

Recognized 150 Disney Conservation Heroes for their efforts to protect wildlife living alongside their communities in 47 countries.

The majority of funding is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by Guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and select Walt Disney World Resort locations.

For a complete list of the most recent DCF grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

2020 Olympic Trial Qualifier Wins Female Division of 3rd Annual Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort

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Brazilian runner wins Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon; Olympic hopeful Brittany Charboneau of Colorado wins women’s division; More than 17,000 registered runners compete in the 13.1-mile Star Wars-themed race

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — (April 22, 2018) – 2020 Olympic Trial qualifier Brittany Charboneau of Denver, Colo., won the women’s division of the 2018 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon presented by OtterBox on Sunday morning at Walt Disney World Resort. The overall winner of the race was Vanilson Neves of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Charboneau, 29, won the women’s division of the half marathon with a time of 1:21:39 and was followed by fellow runners Katherine Burkowski of Windermere, Fla. (1:26:09) and Jennifer Barron of Paradise, Canada (1:26:09).

Charboneau’s half marathon win Sunday is the victory lap for an already successful year, as she recently qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials during the LA Marathon in March and won the female division for both the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K in February and Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January.

"It’s pretty surreal to be honest … I’ve been running for seventeen years and, up until a couple years ago, I had never won a race, ever, not even a 100-meter dash," said Charboneau. "So, it’s just really cool, because I’ve been working so hard and it’s paying off, so it’s amazing."

In the men’s division, Neves, 30, flew past the competition, building a five-minute lead before winning the 13.1-mile race in 1:09:55. He was followed by Dicson Peixoto Falcao of Fortaleza, Brazil (1:14:38) and Zane Grabau of Gainesville, Fla. (1:15:27).

Neves recently placed second at the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. "The race was very difficult because it was very windy and I was alone for the first kilometer," said Neves. "… But it was very exciting to win because I took second place in the marathon in January."

More than 17,000 runners participated in the 13.1-mile race during the third-annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side presented by OtterBox. The weekend of galactic family-friendly events included the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and the runDisney Kids Races, in addition to the Star Wars Dark Side 5K, Star Wars Dark Side 10K and Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon. The weekend also included the 19.3-mile Star Wars First Order Challenge, where runners completed both the Star Wars Dark Side 10K and Half Marathon in back-to-back days.

The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is the fourth race weekend in the runDisney series that encompasses Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris. This fall, runners can join their favorite Star Wars, Marvel and Disney villains at the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, September 20-23, as well as dine-and-dash during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT, November 1-4.

Dig into a Delicious FREE DINING Offer for Walt Disney World!

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Savor the chance to experience an unforgettable stay in the middle of the magic! Enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper® Option.

Note: Packages for other lengths of stay may be available.

Book a Value & Moderate resort - Get Quick Service Dining Plan
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April 21, 2018

Live Stream Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

The Disney Parks Blog is LIVE Streaming the Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Celebration beginning at 10:15, Sunday April 22nd.
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A Journey Through Twenty Years of Major Milestones At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – From creatures wild and whimsical to Broadway-caliber shows, from unparalleled adventures and experiences to award-winning conservation efforts, from exotic lands to cuisine that celebrates a global park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is marking an anniversary of 20 unforgettable years. And the best is yet to come!

Here’s a look back at a few of the milestone dates in the evolution of Disney’s adventure park at Walt Disney World Resort:

June 20, 1995 Plans for “Wild Animal Kingdom” announced

August 4, 1995
Groundbreaking for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

December 5, 1995
The first tree, an authentic African acacia xanthophloea, is planted

June 12, 1996
Miles the giraffe is the first animal to arrive

October 5, 1996
A baby kudu is the first animal to be born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

November 4, 1997 Hope, a 14-year-old gorilla, gives birth to a male named Jabari

April 22, 1998 (Earth Day) Grand Opening for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

January 1999
Accreditation from Association of Zoos and Aquariums (formerly American Zoo and Aquarium Association)

March 1, 1999 Grand Opening of Asia, which includes Kali River Rapids and Maharajah Jungle Trek

July 1999
Tarzan Rocks! debuts

May 2000 Reproduction of Dino-Sue, the rare 65 million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex, on display in DinoLand U.S.A.

October 2000 Rafiki’s Planet Watch premieres

December 2000
Safari Village renamed Discovery Island

June 4, 2001 Colobus Monkey Habitat Opens on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (formerly Pangani Forest Trail)

October 2001
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade premieres

November 2001
First phase of Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama opens with TriceraTop Spin attraction and midway games

April 18, 2002
Primeval Whirl opens at Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama

April 22, 2003
Plans announced for Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

May, 2005 Lucky the Dinosaur, the first Audio-Animatronics figure capable of walking and moving independently, makes special appearances

April 7, 2006 Expedition Everest opens

April 2006
Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund achieves $10 million milestone since its 1995 creation

January 2007
Grand opening for “Finding Nemo – the Musical”

April 22, 2007 Inaugural “Party for the Planet” event takes place on Earth Day

February 16, 2008
Paws in the Park event. Disney’s Animal Kingdom/Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives raises more than $13,000 for SPCA of Central Florida

April 22, 2008
Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit visits the park on Earth Day

January 16, 2011 Wild Africa Trek opens

June 1, 2013 Wilderness Explorers program debuts to guests

June 1, 2014
Festival of the Lion King debuts in its new home, the brand new Harambe Theatre.

May 2015 Harambe Market opens.

May 27, 2016 Tiffins restaurant and Nomad Lounge open, nighttime experiences debut – Harambe Wildlife Parti, Discovery Island Carnivale, Tree of Life Awakenings and nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris

May 28, 2016 The Jungle Book – Alive with Magic live show debuts

December 2016
Lion-tailed Macaques debut

February 17, 2017 Rivers of Light debuts

May 27, 2017
Pandora – the World of Avatar opens

August 2017 Sumatran tiger cubs, Jeda and Anala, are born,

January 2017 Augustus, a baby hippo, is born

March, 2018
Contributions to Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund total $70 million since 1995

April 22, 2018 20th Anniversary milestone marked with Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration, premiere of UP! A Great Bird Adventure and debut of the Pandora Utility Suit

Gods of the Vikings Exhibit Opens in Norway

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‘Gods of the Vikings’ Exhibit Debuts April 20th at Epcot

The Stave Church Gallery in the Norway Pavilion now showcases a brand-new exhibit called “Gods of the Vikings.”

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Celebrating the legendary Norse gods and goddesses that inspired the ancient Vikings of Scandinavia in their daily lives, guests can stop in to learn more about the popular Viking gods Thor, Odin, Freyja, and Loki through displays of authentic Viking artifacts.

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Historically, Norse gods and goddesses were as real and as important to the Vikings as the air they breathed. Through this exhibit, guests will discover how Norse mythology helped the Vikings live their lives and understand the world around them.

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April 18, 2018

All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland This Summer

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All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort This Summer


Guests can soon explore Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in a whole new way using the all-new Play Disney Parks app! Coming this summer on iOS and Android, guests can play in the parks like never before using this soon-to-launch mobile app to access exclusive experiences at both locations through activities that interact with the surrounding environment. The app will be free to download.

With the touch of a button, wait time turns into play time with family and friends at certain locations. And the more you explore in Disney parks, the more there is to discover on the app.

Since the launch of My Disney Experience at Walt Disney World Resort in 2013, Disney continues to reinvent digital offerings at its parks around the world. The My Disney Experience app, guests’ go-to vacation companion, has continued to evolve – including the Get Directions feature, Online Check-In and the recently launched Digital Key. Guests are also loving the Disneyland App, Disney MaxPass and soon mobile order at Disneyland Resort – currently available at Walt Disney World.

Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Apple, the Apple logo and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

April 17, 2018

Special Experiences for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests During Pixar Fest

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(Disney Parks Blog - April 16, 2017) - The playful spirit and fun of Disney•Pixar films come to life at the Disneyland Resort, with the first-ever Pixar Fest going on now through September 3, 2018. Not only will guests enjoy limited-time Pixar experiences in the theme parks, but those who stay at one of the three on-property Disneyland Resort Hotels can also continue the celebration.

As a guest of one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, celebrate friendship and beyond at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel:

  • Pixar-themed Movie Nights: When night falls over the Disneyland Resort, watch some favorite Disney•Pixar movies under the stars, such as “Toy Story” and “Inside Out.” Before each movie starts, there will be Pixar-themed trivia with special prizes.
  • Pixar Fest Room Packages: Surprise friends and family with a Pixar-themed in-room amenity gift basket or Pixar-themed room package to make their stay even more memorable. All of the items can be taken home as souvenirs. Call (866) 858-1865 and speak with a vacation planning expert for more information.
  • Pixar-themed Summer Pool Parties: Starting Memorial Day weekend, head down to the pools for daily Pixar-themed summer pool parties. Be immersed in the Pixar fun with special games, activities and an all-new energetic playlist featuring upbeat Pixar-inspired music. Adults can enjoy specialty poolside cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages themed to Pixar, including the “Forget Me Not” and “Lucky Fin” inspired by “Finding Nemo.”
  • Pixar Shorts in Kids Areas: For younger guests (and the young at heart), beloved Pixar short films will be featured on the televisions in the kids area of each hotel.
  • Pixar Fest Photo Frames: Snap a photo with these larger-than-life, jumbo-sized Pixar-themed photo frames. These colorful photo props can be found at each hotel.

Special Spring Booking Offer: Guests can save up to 20 percent on Premium rooms at Disneyland Hotel, and 10 percent on select rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on most Sunday through Thursday nights between April 15 and June 14, 2018.* Book now through May 31, 2018.

FastPass+ Open Now for Toy Story Land Attractions!

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FastPass+ reservations are now open for Toy Story Land attractions for guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels!

Guests who are up to 60 days from their Walt Disney World Resort hotel check-in can choose one FastPass+ reservation for one of the Toy Story Land attractions, plus two other attractions in the park such as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and more, depending on availability.

Also, beginning July 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will operate from 8 a.m-10:30 p.m. for a limited time. In addition, even more Extra Magic Hour opportunities will be available including daily morning Extra Magic Hours, plus evening Extra Magic Hours offered once per week.

When Toy Story Land debuts on June 30, guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can ride Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, grab a tasty snack at Woody’s Lunchbox – and even meet some of the characters from “Toy Story” films!

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