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First Look: It’s a Small World Animated Series

12 Nov Its-a-Small-World-kids-in-a-balloon

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Get your first look at Disney’s all new animated series, It’s a Small World! The series is described as, “six international friends embark on an unforgettable adventure traveling the globe in a hot air balloon.”

It's a Small World Animated Series Teaser

It’s a Small World Animated Series Teaser

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Avatar-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

22 Oct

Attendees at the first D23 Expo Japan got a first glimpse at the Avatar-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

While at the first D23 Expo Japan, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs shared some exciting news on projects in development for Disney parks around the globe. He entertained Disney fans with never-before-seen videos and imagery of Shanghai Disney Resort and the recently announced Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. They also got an inside look at the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky process and participated in a dazzling presentation finale, donning Glow with the Show ears that illuminated to colorful images on the big screen.

But the most exciting reveal of Tom’s presentation was a first look at the Avatar experiences in development for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

WDI’s Joe Rohde (right) shares highlights of the project model with Cameron (left) and Walt Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Avatar-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

WDI’s Joe Rohde (right) shares highlights of the project model with Cameron (left) and Walt Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Avatar-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound.

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch.

The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch.

The new Avatar-themed land will be located between Africa and the Oasis and will encompass and expand beyond the area currently known as Camp Minnie-Mickey. The Festival of the Lion King is moving its tribal celebration to an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park.

Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

And the new Avatar-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, Disney Parks is adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and swirling animal imagery that all combine to bring a show to Discovery River.

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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What’s Your Disney Side?

30 Sep ShowYourDisneySide

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This morning Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks, shared a first look at Disney Side. Disney’s newest online destination, DisneySide.com, allows you to share your own Disney side and see what is being shared and talked about online by others.

Beginning today, you’ll be hearing a lot more about the idea of showing your Disney side – the side of you that says “yes” more often, laughs louder and lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that embraces fun and comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks.

Everyone has a Disney side. And this morning, Disney Parks Blog readers are among the first to see our premiere television spot featuring one family’s galactic Disney side.

Our family definitely has a Disney side, and this new marketing campaign is spot on! Our children take imaginary trips to Walt Disney World and listen to music from Disney Parks and movies almost every time we are in the car. My own Disney side is no secret either. My coworkers often remark on my “Disney office,” with Mickey Mouse everywhere from my coffee mug to artwork, to Vinylmation figures and other toys strewn about my desk and bookshelves.

This little obsession all started with a Mouse

This little obsession all started with a Mouse

What’s your Disney side? Let me know in the comments.

Have a magical day!

Guest Assistance Card Letter from Meg Crofton‏

29 Sep WaltDisneyCompany

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In a follow up email sent out from Leanne Jakubowski, Director, Social Media for Disney Parks, regarding the upcoming changes to the Guest Assistance Card (GAC), I was given a copy of a letter “of reassurance and continuing commitment that Meg Crofton, President Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Operations, U.S. and France, sent to organizations that represent the interests of the autism and disabled communities. “

The letter from Meg Crofton is attached below.

GAC Letter from Meg Crofton

 

News from Disney – Guest Assistance Card Information

22 Sep

With so many rumors being posted and shared online regarding upcoming changes to Disney’s Guest Assistance Card program, I wanted to share this update directly from Disney Director of Social Media Leanne Jakubowski.

Dear Disney Social Media Mom,

In our continued efforts to keep you in the loop of Disney experiences that touch families, we would like to share an upcoming change in the Guest Assistance Card. Disney has an unwavering commitment to making our experiences accessible to all Guests. After careful consideration, we will be replacing the Guest Assistance Card with the new Disability Access Service Card on Oct. 9 to create a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities. Until Oct. 9, we will continue to use Guest Assistance Cards. We look forward to sharing more information about the Disability Access Service Card as we get closer to implementation. We know that you often share news from Disney with other moms so we have prepared the following questions and answers.

We appreciate your support and look forward to sending you more details as we get closer to October 9th.

Sincerely,
Leanne Jakubowski

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the new Disney program work?
The Disability Access Service Card will offer Guests a return time for an attraction based on the current wait time. Guest Assistance Cards will continue to be in effect until Oct. 9. We look forward to sharing more information as we get closer to implementation.

Did Disney receive assistance in developing the Disability Access Service Card?
Yes, Disney is engaging disability groups, and Autism Speaks was instrumental in providing feedback as we developed this new process.

Why is Disney making these changes?
Given the increasing volume of requests Disney receives for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process beginning Oct. 9 so that it creates a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities.

Who will be eligible for a Disability Access Service Card?
Our goal is to accommodate Guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities).

Will Guests on wish trips also use Disability Access Service Cards?
No. Guests who are visiting through wish-granting organizations will have access through a separate program.

What should Guests do if they have concerns?
Guests should contact Guest Relations to discuss their assistance needs.

I hope this information helps some of you who have questions about the new Disability Access Service Card. I will pass on any updates as Disney shares them with us. For more information on Guests with disabilities, please visit the Walt Disney World Resort Help Center.

Have a magical day and enjoy this first day of fall!

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