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January 30, 2015

Disney News This Week: Details Announced for Diamond Celebration at Disneyland Resort, MagicBand Reaches New Distribution Milestone, Disney Junior Announces 'Elena of Avalor'

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
On Wednesday, Disneyland Resort announced three sensational new nighttime spectaculars that will dazzle guests and help celebrate 60 years of magic at Disneyland Park. Nighttime will glitter like never before when the latest technology and immersive special effects light up the sky with the "Paint the Night" parade and "Disneyland Forever" fireworks spectacular in Disneyland Park.
January 28, 2015

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Takes Steps Towards an Eco-Friendly Future

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last week, the Disneyland Resort was honored with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California’s highest environmental honor, for waste-reduction efforts. The program distinguishes organizations that are leaders in environmental stewardship and that make notable efforts to conserve California’s natural resources. Over the last 10 years, the Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills, and is working toward the long-term goal of achieving Zero Waste—a distinction already awarded to Circle D Corral at Disneyland park. In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and metal, Circle D Corral composts all animal waste, hand towels, laundry lint and coffee grounds from Disneyland Resort restaurants.
January 21, 2015

Disney Employees Help Sea Turtles Return to Their Natural Habitat

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Recently, Disney Animal Programs cast members from Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends helped with the rescue of several cold-stunned Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles from Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. The turtles were just some of many that were rescued from the Northeastern cold snap this past fall, which left hundreds of the cold-blooded animals lethargic and immobilized. Since the turtles’ arrival last month, they have been sharing the backstage space at The Seas with Nemo & Friends where cast members conducted daily checks to keep an eye on the turtles’ progression and rehabilitation. The process to warm, rehabilitate and help the turtles regain their strength took several weeks, but success was achieved.
November 20, 2014

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Honored with Prestigious Industry Awards

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
This week, the Themed Entertainment Associated (TEA) announced the recipients for their 21st annual Thea Awards. These awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding achievements in the themed entertainment industry in addition to the creative talent behind each attraction or experience. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was honored to receive three awards, including the Thea Classic award for Disneyland’s "it’s a small world" attraction in Anaheim, California. Incoming TEA president Steve Birket deemed it’s a small world a “timeless classic,” calling the attraction “a metaphor for our increasingly global industry.”
October 23, 2014

Technology—Bringing Innovation to Disney Parks

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Our Parks and Resorts have always exemplified the spirit of innovation. Much of that innovation is driven by technology to create new and exciting experiences. As technology enables greater levels of customization in our daily lives, our guests’ expectations evolve as well. Our talented Imagineers have taken beloved Disney stories and experiences and used technology to make them more social, more interactive, and even more fun. Take a look at some recent developments we’ve made with interactivity in mind.
October 17, 2014

Disney News This Week: Disney's MyMagic+ Honored with 'Innovation by Design' Award, New Animated 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy' Television Series, 'Aladdin' Breaks New Amsterdam Theatre Record for Second Time, 'Big Hero 6' Sizzle

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
MyMagic+—the collection of tools taking the guest experience to the next level at the Walt Disney World Resort—was recently honored with an “Innovation by Design” award by the popular magazine and website, "Fast Company." MyMagic+ received the top spot in the “Experience Design” category when "Fast Company" revealed the 10 best designs of the year at their annual “Innovation by Design” Awards and Conference in New York City.
October 16, 2014

Back to School with Disney Parks

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. This year, many of our sites teamed up with schools and teachers in local communities to make a difference as students zipped up their backpacks in anticipation of the back-to-school season.
September 29, 2014

Get Fit with Disney Parks

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
This weekend, Disney Sports hosted the first-ever Disney Fit Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. This three-day event was the ultimate test of speed, strength, endurance, and power for athletes from more than 30 states and four countries. Contestants were divided into competitive divisions to effectively test their fitness abilities against peers of similar ages and skill level. Workouts included strength tests and cardio-respiratory endurance, as well as traditional push-ups, squats, and sit-ups. The weekend wrapped up with several high-fives and sweaty hugs as athletes returned home to prepare for the next Disney Sports event. Looking for more fit-spiration? There are plenty of other ways to stay active with Disney Parks and Resorts.
September 24, 2014

Something for Everyone—Dining at Disney Parks

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last Friday marked the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. This year’s expo offers guests the opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure that explores global cuisines and the finest wine country offerings. We’ve assembled exquisite domestic and international delicacies from more than 25 global locations to bring guests unique flavors and cultural experiences from all over the world.
September 19, 2014

Disney News This Week: 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Epcot, 'Into the Woods' One-Sheet Released, 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins, New 'Star Wars'-Themed College Apparel Launches

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs recently announced that construction is starting at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand-new "Frozen" attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction replaces "Maelstrom" and will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. In addition, the pavilion will include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests. For more on this story, visit the Disney Parks Blog.

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