Category Archives: Disney

New Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Experiences Honored by Themed Entertainment Association

The Themed Entertainment Association has awarded Walt Disney Parks and Resorts four Thea Awards, honoring recent achievements at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. “Our teams continue to raise the bar offering new experiences and adventures leaving guests wondering, ‘how did Disney do that?’” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We do all of this for our guests, and we’re thrilled with what they’re telling us about our new lands and attractions. These awards are one more well-deserved recognition for our cast and Imagineers.”

Pandora – The World of Avatar, which opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in May, was recognized for excellence as a “Theme Park Area Development.” The innovative Avatar Flight of Passage was individually recognized with its own award as an outstanding attraction. Also at Walt Disney World Resort, Frozen Ever After, the first ride-through attraction at Disney Parks inspired by Frozen, received recognition in the “Attraction Reimagining” category. Top-rated attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park was honored in the same category.

“Disney Parks have a long legacy of innovation and storytelling, and our teams continue to push the boundaries from blue sky concept through opening day and beyond,” said Bob Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering. “I’m so proud of the Imagineers and Live Entertainment teams who are constantly working to redefine excellence and bring those next level experiences to our guests. It’s an enormous team effort.”

The 24th Annual Thea Awards were dedicated to the late Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and 1995 Thea Lifetime Achievement honoree.

Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman Inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame

Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman has been inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Hall of Fame. Mr. Sherman received the honor for his many memorable contributions to Disney parks around the world.

Here’s the IAAPA write-up which shares some of his accomplishments:

Richard M. Sherman’s contributions to the industry span more than 50 years, and he has written and composed countless beloved songs for Disney theme parks, resorts, and attractions around the world. His work represents the industry’s most iconic and memorable achievements, combining the physical ride experience with music that elevates the impact and emotional connection of an attraction — for children and adults alike. Along with his brother Robert, he wrote the timeless lyrics for “It’s a Small World,” celebrating global peace and our shared humanity. In addition, he wrote other classic songs such as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “The Winnie the Pooh Song,” to name a few. Throughout his career, Sherman has served as an influential mentor to many designers and creators at schools, universities, and workshops. His legendary work and talent for telling stories through lyrics and melodies has connected the globe, inspiring millions through the gift of music.”

Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss and Allison Holker to Preside Over ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ Series and Holiday Special

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, today announced that “The Ellen Show”’s Stephen “tWitch” Boss and “Dancing with the Stars” pro Allison Holker will host the forthcoming unscripted series, “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings,” as well as the hour-long holiday special, “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic.” From executive producers Ann Lewis Roberts, Simon Lythgoe and Jenny Daly, in partnership with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, the winter special will premiere on December 11 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The series will launch summer 2018.

In the festive special edition hosted by “So You Think You Can Dance” all-star couple tWitch and Allison, the audience will go behind the scenes of some of the most spectacular weddings and engagements at Disney destinations around the globe during the holiday season. From a “Frozen”-inspired winter wonderland wedding fit for royalty at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida celebrating Dominique and Joseph, to an intimate exchange of vows between Greg and Melanie at Disneyland Resort in California, viewers will be guests to the most talked about nuptials of the year!

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic” will premiere during Freeform’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” event. The holiday programming extravaganza will be the home of all your favorite Christmas films with a robust library of holiday favorites including “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “The Santa Clause,” “The Polar Express” and many more.

#FaveFive – Our Favorite Disney Happenings this Week

Welcome to our #FaveFive where we bring you our top 5 favorite Disney happenings this week.

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1.   Looks good enough to eat!

 

 

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2.  Yule love these festive treats.

 

 

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3.  Flower & Garden returns to Epcot for 90 days this spring.

 

 

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4.  Disney honors our very special Veterans.

 

 

5.  There’s more to come!

See you next week!


#ICYMI: The DisWorld’s News Round Up for the Week of November 10, 2017

This week,  dates are announced for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, full menus are released for Festival of Holidays and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort, and  Star Wars and LucasFilm announce an all-new Star Wars Trilogy. Let’s take a look!

 

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WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Houston Astros World Series Celebration at Walt Disney World

Gingerbread and Holiday Displays Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Reveals Hot Dog of the Month for November

Cookies and Cream Churros are now available at Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom –  mini chocolate churros with a cream center and a package of chocolate sauce.

Tomorrowland Terrace at Magic Kingdom Currently Testing Mobile Order Only

A new Warm Salted Caramel Stuffed Pretzel is at the Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom for $4.49

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Revealed for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Sneak Peek of Festive Treats Coming to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

First Look at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

#DisneyParksLive Streamed ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ from Magic Kingdom

Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom Reopens for Seasonal Operation December 23

Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom Closing for Refurbishment February 2018

Choza de Margarita Opening November 10 at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

The SpectacuLAB to Debut November 13 at Innoventions East at Epcot

Dates Announced for 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Minnie’s Holiday Dine Begins at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Ever After Jewelry Co. Now Open at Disney Springs

 

 

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DISNEYLAND RESORT

Full Menus for Festival of Holidays and Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

 

 

OTHER NEWS

The Walt Disney Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Earnings For Fiscal 2017

Disney and LucasFilm Announce All-New Star Wars Trilogy

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thunders to $122.7 Million Domestic Debut

ABC Announces Schedule for Thanksgiving Themed Programs

ABC’s ‘American Idol’ to Premiere in March 2018

#DisneyParksLIVE  Streamed a Special Sneak Peek of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from the Disney Dream

VIDEO: Vietnam Veteran Honored at Walt Disney World Resort

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at New Holiday Decorations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

VIDEO: Coco Official Final Trailer