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February 26, 2015

Bringing the World of AVATAR to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Today, we shared some exciting news about the progress of the AVATAR-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Here is Imagineer and Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn with a sneak peek at some of the iconic elements inside the world of Pandora:

February 25, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Honored with 12 First-Place Cruisers’ Choice Awards

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

We already know guests who sail on Disney Cruise Line love their experience, and we’re proud to continue to be recognized by industry leaders and guests alike. On Monday, Cruise Critic announced that Disney Cruise Line has been acknowledged once again in the Cruisers’ Choice Awards. All four ships were awarded with top honors—12 first-place awards in all.

February 19, 2015

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Lunar New Year

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last week, just in time for Chinese New Year, we shared some exciting news from Shanghai Disney Resort and its Garden of the Twelve Friends—a whimsical area of the theme park that recasts twelve favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar characters as members of the Chinese zodiac. “Jolly Holiday” lambs from Disney’s "Mary Poppins" were selected in honor of the Year of the Sheep. The Garden of the Twelve Friends will feature a garden wall decorated with flowering vines and colorful mosaic vignettes created in collaboration with local Chinese artists and craftsmen, and will resemble a classic Chinese garden where families can gather and relax together.
February 16, 2015

University Students Honored for Innovation and Creativity in Disney Imagineering's Imaginations Competition

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Recently, we introduced the finalist teams and their creative projects for the Walt Disney Imagineering 2015 Imaginations design competition. We’re pleased to share with you the winners from Ringling College of Art & Design (pictured). Their project, “The New Orleans Double Rail,” is a symbol of hope for a city whose greatest challenge is its location below sea level. The lower train uses modern-day projection technology to tell the story New Orleans by creating a magical and unforgettable sightseeing experience as guests soar over the city aboard the suspended Double-Rail train.
February 10, 2015

Hong Kong Disneyland Delivers Another Record-Breaking Year

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Hong Kong Disneyland announced their fifth consecutive record-breaking year as the resort reported its Annual Business Review.
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 24, 2015

Disney News This Week: Land of 'Frozen' Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer, Villains and Outlaws Join 'Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition),' Disney Interactive Launches New 'Disney Inquizitive' App

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
On Thursday, Disney Cruise Line announced that beginning in summer 2015, guests can immerse themselves in the animated hit "Frozen" with brand-new experiences inspired by the film including a spectacular deck party, a three-song stage show production number, new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and more. On select "Disney Magic" and "Disney Wonder" sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests will be transported to the land of "Frozen" when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland. On one special morning, guests will awake to discover a magical freeze has overtaken the atrium lobby with sparkling icicles adorning the grand staircase, resembling the majestic mountain-top ice palace of Queen Elsa. The frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle.
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.

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