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June 17, 2018

Largest Ever Tokyo Disney Sea Expansion

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In addition to the ongoing Tokyo Disneyland development, including a “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired area and a “Big Hero 6” attraction, the resort will also expand Tokyo DisneySea in 2022 with an eighth port to include the Disney films “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Peter Pan.” A new deluxe hotel with a one-of-a-kind luxury wing will also be connected to the port.

Tokyo DisneySea is the only Disney theme park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea and is known to guests for its seven themed ports: Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island. This newest port will be themed to magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy and will include four new attractions.

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Guests will discover the kingdom of Arendelle after the events in “Frozen,” once the kingdom has opened its gates to visitors. A heartwarming new attraction will take guests by boat to experience the story of Elsa and Anna while enjoying iconic songs from the hit film, and a new restaurant will be located inside Arendelle Castle.

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Another new area will invite guests into the charming forest where Rapunzel’s tower awaits. Guests can board gondolas for a romantic tour of Rapunzel’s “best day ever” as she journeys with Flynn to the lantern festival for an unforgettable finale. Also on the menu is a restaurant inspired by the hideout of the humorous band of thugs in the movie.

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Neverland will come to life for guests, including Captain Hook’s pirate ship and Skull Rock. The area will feature two new attractions and a restaurant inspired by the Lost Boys hideout. In the first attraction, guests will fly over the jungles of Neverland with Peter Pan to rescue Wendy’s younger brother, John, in a battle with Captain Hook. The second attraction will immerse guests in the world of Pixie Hollow where Tinker Bell and her fairy friends live.

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A new deluxe resort hotel will also open inside Tokyo DisneySea as part of this latest expansion plan. Themed to Disney fantasy, the hotel will rise above and around the magical springs of the new themed port, featuring 475 deluxe and luxury guest rooms, two restaurants and a merchandise shop.

This new project marks another major step in the evolution of Tokyo Disney Resort, on the heels of the 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration!” and the ongoing Tokyo Disneyland development.

June 12, 2018

Special Offers for Florida Residents

If you’re a Florida Resident, there are two special deals going on now at Walt Disney World.

First, there are the special Florida Resident Discover Disney tickets. For a limited time, enjoy three days at a Walt Disney World theme park for $159 per person, plus tax. You can also add a fourth day for just $20 more per person, plus tax. Tickets and options are nontransferable and nonrefundable, and exclude activities/events separately priced. Three- and four-day Discover Disney Tickets expire on June 24, 2018.

You can also take advantage of Florida resident status with a “Fun & Sun” discounted resort hotel room and Discovery Disney Tickets.

For example, a family of four can enjoy a three-night stay at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with four-day Discover Disney tickets for $1,246 -- that’s just $78 per person, per day.

Check availability among all valid Resort hotels and then add the Discover Disney ticket to make it a package. Sample package price is valid for stays most Monday through Wednesday nights through June 20, 2018 for 2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10 to 17) and 1 child (ages 3 to 9) when you book by June 20, 2018. Or, as a Florida resident, you can take advantage of special rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels now through June 24, 2018.

Sneak Peek of the All-New Play Disney Parks App

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The Disney Parks Blog has shared a sneak peek of the all-new Play Disney Parks mobile app that is coming to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts this summer.

Play Disney Parks will allow guests to play with family and friends while waiting in line for some favorite attractions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from activities that interact with select attraction queues to games that bring favorite Disney stories to life in immersive new ways.

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Guests can also earn and share digital collectibles when they receive themed achievements, earned for experiences both in the app and across the Disney parks. And with the Disney trivia feature, family and friends can band together to see if they have what it takes to become Disney trivia masters as they discover fun facts about their favorite theme parks.

While the My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland App at Disneyland Resort will continue serving guests in their vacation planning before and during their visit, the all-new Play Disney Parks app will soon allow guests to discover even more ways to enhance their in-park experience.

The Play Disney Parks app is available now for preorder on the App Store and Google Play.





2019 Disneyland Grad Nite Dates Announced

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Grad Nite will return to Disney California Adventure park on select dates in May and June 2019.

2019 Disneyland Resort Grad Nite Dates:

-- May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31
-- June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14

Each event night, Disney California Adventure will be transformed into an end-of-year party for graduation high school seniors. A variety of ticket packages allow students to make the most of the party, including options to give them the opportunity to choose a Grad Nite visit that includes the Grad Nite experience at Disney California Adventure in the evening, a full day Disney California Adventure experience or a full day to experience both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure.

Registration for 2019 Grad Nites open early this fall. For more information, visit DisneylandGradNite.com.

Grevy's Zebra Foals Join Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

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Youka and Zalika, two Grevy’s zebra foals born last month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, are now visible on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.

The zebra animal care team has noticed that Youka, whose mother is Laylee, is more curious and independent, while Zalika, whose mother is Zuri, is a little more shy. Zebras learn by watching, so the foals are learning a lot by mimicking their moms. For example, the foals watch their moms chew hay, so they try to do it, too. The pair also try to copy their moms when they bathe themselves in dust. Zebra keepers Collin Beatty and Lori Kurdziel, say that both Laylee and Zuri are excellent mothers.

Grevy’s zebras are the most endangered of all zebra species, and these births were a result of Disney's ongoing commitment to the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, which helps ensure healthy, genetically diverse populations of animals for years to come.

source: Disney Parks Blog






June 11, 2018

D-Camp Contest Gives Away Ultimate Glamping Experience at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World Resort has announced a contest in which the grand prize includes the "Ultimate Glamping Experience."

The grand prize winner of the Walt Disney World "D-Camp" will, with one guest, enjoy a 4-day/3-night WDW experience package that includes round-trip airfare and accommodations, a $250 gift card, two 4-day park-hoppers, access to Disney VIP tour guides, and the chance to go "glamping" (that's glamorous camping) for one night under the floating mountains of Pandora - the World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The winners will glamp in a special tent with all the comforts of the modern world. In addition to having VIP access to the attractions in Pandora - The World of Avatar, they will also have a number of other special experiences, including a bioluminescent night hike, special drum ceremonies, unique catered dishes and surprise guests.

To enter the contest, submit a video telling why you want to win the ultimate “glamping” experience in Pandora. Check out disney.com/dcamp for prize details and information on how to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter Contest from now through 6/21/18 at 12:00 PM PDT. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., who are 18+ at time of entry. Limit 1 entry per person. Finalists must participate in a phone/Skype interview with designated representatives of Sponsor and Walt Disney.

June 10, 2018

Pirates of the Caribbean Refreshed at Disneyland

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Guests Discover Swashbuckling Fun and Adventure on this Beloved Attraction

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 8, 2018) – The original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which debuted at Disneyland Park in California in 1967, inspired a global phenomenon and launched a highly popular film franchise. The attraction has added new magic in 2018 as guests discover a swashbuckler caught in a booby-trap. Fans of the attraction’s early days may also recognize a familiar voice as a pirate shares the cautionary tale of a cursed treasure. And the familiar redheaded figure among the townspeople has switched sides to become a pirate known as Redd, who pillages the town’s rum supply.

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The character Redd, as pictured above, began making appearances around New Orleans Square on June 8, 2018.

Since its debut at Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean adventure has thrilled hundreds of millions of guests from around the world. An immersive and engaging entertainment experience, it’s steeped in detail and rollicking pirate fun. It debuted as a technological marvel and storytelling masterpiece and, for decades, this award-winning attraction has been considered one of the pinnacles of theme park experiences worldwide.

Today, guests enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at five Disney theme parks around the world: Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort; Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disneyland Park at Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disneyland at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Here are some of the fun facts, trivia and milestones associated with one of Walt Disney’s greatest entertainment achievements.

FUN FACTS ABOUT PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN ATTRACTION

Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction personally supervised by Walt Disney. It was designed by WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering).
The attraction originally was envisioned as a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart featuring a Pirate Wax Museum, housed in a 70-foot deep basement. The basement now serves as the grotto section of the attraction.
Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely inspired by such Hollywood films as “Captain Blood,”
“The Sea Hawk” and “The Buccaneer,” plus Disney’s “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
It cost $15 million to build New Orleans Square, the home for Pirates of the Caribbean. This is equal to the amount the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
The attraction façade was partly inspired by the Cabildo building in Jackson Square in New Orleans that served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government in 1799. It is also noted for being the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
Guests ride through the attraction in a 1,838-foot canal.
Approximately 120 animated characters (human characters plus nine different types of animated animals) appear in the Audio-Animatronics cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Several original designers and Imagineers for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction have since become Disney Legends, an honorary title bestowed on individuals by The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Imagineer X Atencio, who wrote the attraction’s memorable tune, “Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” is the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones, seen just before guests plunge down the waterfalls.
In the lyrics of the song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” the phrase “Yo Ho” is uttered 18 times.
Guests ride through the attraction for approximately 15 minutes, on one of the longest rides at Disneyland Resort.
Approximately 400 million guests have ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park since its opening in 1967.
In 1997, Pirates of the Caribbean won the Thea Classic Award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The Thea Classic Award is given to an outstanding “compelling place and experience” which has been in operation for a minimum of 20 years.
The Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square allows diners to observe passing boats traveling through a bayou, which is the first scene of the attraction. This table service restaurant continues to be the only dining establishment that looks into a dark ride attraction at Disneyland Resort.
The concept of Pirates of the Caribbean has come full circle with the attraction initially inspiring the successful film franchise and then the films (starting with the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003) inspiring exciting additions to the attraction.
Both Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the blockbuster films appear in the attraction.
Guests can spot Captain Jack Sparrow at three different points during their journey.
Approximately 400,000 pieces of gold coins and set pieces were added to the attraction during a lengthy refurbishment in 2006 when some of the film characters were added to the story.
The Aztec pirate chest used in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” appears in the Treasure Room as the last thing guests see in that scene.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE
January 3, 1965 Walt Disney talks about models for the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” called “Disneyland 10th Anniversary.”
March 18, 1967 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has a soft opening for guests of Disneyland.
April 19, 1967 Official Grand Opening ceremony of Pirates of the Caribbean attraction takes place at Disneyland.
December 15, 1973 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Magic Kingdom Park, Florida.
April 15, 1983 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park.
April 12, 1992 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Disneyland Paris.
June 28, 2003 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” the first in a series of highly popular films inspired by the attraction.
July 9, 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” opens in theaters.
June 24, 2006 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Additionally, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park re-opens after a lengthy refurbishment in which characters from the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were added into the attraction.
July 7, 2006 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theaters.
Also, “Pirates of the Caribbean” film characters added to the Magic Kingdom Park attraction.
May 19, 2007 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the third film in the series.
May 25, 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” opens in theaters.
Additionally, Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island re-opened as Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island with the addition of themed elements related to the film franchise.
May 7, 2011 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth film in the series.
May 20, 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens in theaters.
June 16, 2016 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure attraction and Treasure Cove themed land open at Shanghai Disney Resort.
May 26, 2017 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the series, opens in theaters.
June 8, 2018 Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park returns with new storytelling magic in two new scenes.

ENDURING LEGACY

In addition to four Pirates of the Caribbean films, with the fifth – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” releasing in May 2017 – the legacy of Pirates of the Caribbean continues to expand across the globe.

Characters from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise continue to be celebrated throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – in Entertainment shows, interactive experiences, character greetings, themed hotel rooms, and activities and events aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

In 2016, Treasure Cove opened at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking the first land at any Disney theme park inspired by the adventure and swashbuckling fun of pirates. The anchor of that land is the latest iteration of the classic attraction, known there by the name Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. It has won industry awards including Outstanding Achievement – Attraction from the Themed Entertainment Association and a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. Additionally, an original story about Captain Jack Sparrow opened as “Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” also in Treasure Cove.

June 7, 2018

Disney-Designed Children's Play Area Opens at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital

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The Disney Reef, a colorful, underwater-themed outdoor play area, has officially opened at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, England, where on June 6 it was revealed for the first time to patients and their families. The Disney Reef, positioned in the heart of the hospital, was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, in collaboration with the hospital’s dedicated Play Team and patients. It brings together special lights and sensory elements, as well as Disney favorites Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Hank from Finding Dory -- all sculpted specifically for the Disney Reef. Every day, 618 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive at GOSH, and for those patients who spend weeks or even months on end at the hospital, the Disney Reef will be a vital outdoor space where they can spend time with siblings and family members, making treasured memories.

Matthew Grossman, Vice President of Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, “The Disney Reef will provide a comforting and inspirational space for the children GOSH cares for. In difficult times, such as serious illness, enabling children and families to spend quality time together helps build emotional resilience, giving them the strength and ability to cope. The Disney Reef will create moments that matter, and we’re excited to see the benefit and enjoyment it will bring.”

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Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Assistant Chief Nurse, Herdip Sidhu-Bevan, said of the space, “Thank you so much to Disney for bringing the amazing Disney Reef to Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a very special space where children can take some much-needed time outside, away from the busy ward environment, and where they can relax and enjoy themselves together with their families. The Reef’s design will accommodate patients with a wide range of conditions, and of all ages, so it’s truly inclusive and will be a fantastic addition to the hospital.”

Disney’s relationship with GOSH dates back to 1951, when Walt Disney first visited the hospital. Since then, the two organizations have frequently worked together to create moments that matter for young patients. In 2008, Disney committed to raise £10 million through the Disney Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity which concluded in 2014. The Company has an ongoing commitment to continue to deliver magical experiences for patients and their families from mini-premieres, to character and talent visits, to bedside screenings of Disney’s films and television shows. The opening of the Disney Reef celebrates one of the future experiences patients will enjoy, and demonstrates how the money raised enriches the lives of many seriously ill children and those closest to them—including the Disney Interactive Play Area located in the Hospital’s Lagoon Restaurant.

The Disney Reef is part of The Walt Disney Company’s innovative plan to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals around the globe. In March, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced a five-year plan to commit more than $100 million in company resources to reimagine children’s patient journeys both in and out of hospitals. In addition to remodeling hospital playrooms and lobbies, Disney partners with children’s wish-granting organizations, such as Make-A-Wish®, and nonprofits around the world that include GOSH Children’s Charity, MediCinema and Together for Short Lives in the UK to bring comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children and their families.

June 5, 2018

Free Aulani Resort Vacation Planning Brochure

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Explore the enchantment that awaits you at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

Guests from the United States and Canada are invited to order the free e-brochure -- a helpful resource for planning an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation. (Please note: This download is available in English only.)

You can look forward to an array of exhilarating experiences at Aulani Resort, including:

Activities for all ages -- with many included with your stay
Laniwai - A Disney Spa, offering soothing therapies and amenities
Sparkling swimming pools
Breathtaking beaches
Excursions that showcase the splendor of O‘ahu


June 4, 2018

Blueberry Grass Band from Canada Arrives at Epcot June 13

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Starting June 13, the Mill Stage at the Canada Pavilion will feature the music of Blueberry Grass Band, who transform French and English Canadian hits into their own festive sound.

Blueberry Grass Band takes its name from the nickname "blueberries," which is given to the people of its home region, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean in Quebec.

Every member of this six-person band has a different musical background, resulting in a group that uses a variety of instruments -- string bass, guitar, violin, drums, banjo and voice.

Blueberry Grass Band has performed in 20 countries as well as on “Britain’s Got Talent” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Their limited time run ends August 26.







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