Unique Cultural Activities Abound on Adventures by Disney Vacations

Unique Cultural Activities Abound on Adventures by Disney Vacations

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the Sistine Chapel? How about seeing it without the crowds during an exclusive after-hours experience? Are you yearning to spend the night in a castle? Wanting to go in search of the Loch Ness Monster? Looking to learn about the people, history and culture of destinations halfway around the world? With Adventures by Disney you can do all this and more.

Adventures by Disney vacations offer unique experiences that are designed to surprise and delight every member of the family. You’ll see “can’t miss” destinations in top-notch style and also travel to off-the-beaten-path hidden gems you likely would have never discovered on your own.

There’s so much to explore. Check out the special ways an Adventures by Disney vacation gives you an in-depth understanding of the culture of locations around the globe in this video!

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Here’s What ‘Frozen’ Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Thought of Their Family’s Disney Cruise to Alaska

Over the summer, the award-winning, husband-and-wife songwriting team, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, took their daughters on an adventure they won’t soon forget – a Disney cruise to Alaska.

'Frozen' Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and their family on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Not only did they get to see the story of “Frozen” come to life aboard the Disney Wonder with unique character experiences, a Broadway-style stage show, an extravagant deck party and more, they had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trek across a magnificent glacier as if in their own storybook adventure.

So what did the “Frozen” songwriters have to say about it all? Check out this video to get a glimpse of their experience and hear from the couple what they enjoyed most about their family vacation aboard the Disney Wonder in America’s Last Frontier.

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We Interviewed Seven Kids About Their Disney Cruise and Here’s What They Had to Say

Seven kids. Seven different answers. That’s what we found when we asked some of our young guests what they loved most about their Disney cruise.

There’s a ton to love about being on a Disney ship and visiting our private island, Castaway Cay, so it’s no surprise that no two answers were the same. But what these kids did have in common is that they like to have FUN! Fun with Disney, fun at sea and fun on the sand!

Take a look at this video to hear what they had to say about their vacation. If you’ve been on a Disney cruise with your kids, ask them to chime in with their favorite things and tell us in the comments.

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#DisneyParksLIVE to Stream the First Castle Lighting During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on November 8

We’re happy to share with all of you that the Disney Parks Blog will officially kick off the holiday season by streaming this year’s first “A Frozen Holiday Wish” castle lighting during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, live from Magic Kingdom Park, right here on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:10 p.m. EST.

In the park’s nightly castle lighting show, “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” royal sisters Anna and Elsa join their friends Olaf and Kristoff for some holiday fun. Queen Elsa decides to use her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom by transforming Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace, perfect for the holiday season. Trust me, this must-see show will give you chills!

To tune in, simply bookmark this page or visit the Disney Parks Blog at 6:10 p.m. EST, on Nov. 8. The live stream will be at the top of the site.

During our broadcast, we’d love to share some of your best Disney holiday vacation photos. Share them with us now on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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‘Inside Disney Parks’ Holiday Show – Toy Story Land Decorations, Roller Skiers of Arendelle, World of Disney and More

The one-and-only Mickey Mouse is helping us kick off the holidays with a special episode of “Inside Disney Parks” featuring favorites of the season at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. This time, we go backstage at Magic Kingdom Park with the skilled Roller Skiers of Arendelle before dropping by the newly decorated Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Also, we take a closer look at the reimagined World of Disney stores in Downtown Disney District in California and Disney Springs in Florida and even share some new gift ideas for the holidays.

Here’s a look at some of the topics covered during the show:

  • Holidays at Toy Story Land What would Andy do to spruce up his backyard for the holidays? Walt Disney Imagineering Assistant Producer Hannah Brennan takes us on a tour of the land decorated for the holidays with cranberry-and-popcorn garland, an oversized Hamm cookie and more.
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Disney Parks Live Entertainment Show Director Tara Anderson shares the inspiration behind the Roller Skiers at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • World of Disney Reimagined for Holidays Disney Parks Blog author Michael Ramirez visits the World of Disney at the Disneyland Resort and shows us how magic can be found throughout the store and Disney Springs Marketing and Sales Strategy Manager Darcy Clark highlights the new Mickey Mouse Club Collection and other great gifts at the Walt Disney World Resort location.
  • Mickey’s 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse co-hosts our holiday show in his new celebration outfit. Mickey’s birthday celebration will span across the globe with special in-park activations at all six Disney resorts around the world, bringing the party well into the New Year for all things Mickey Mouse. Stay tuned for more!

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Celebrate Mickey’s Birthday and #ShareYourEars Around the World to Support Make-A-Wish

Oh boy! It’s time to celebrate the True Original himself, Mickey Mouse! As part of the festivities to commemorate 90 years of Mickey, we’re inviting you to #ShareYourEars for the third year of this fantastically fun campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish!

From now until November 17, 2018, take a photo showing off your “Mickey Mouse ears” – or any creative “ears” – and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For every public post with the hashtag #ShareYourEars, Disney will donate US $5 to Make-A-Wish, up to US $2 million to grant even more wishes.

Robin Roberts kicked off this year’s campaign during the “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” last night on ABC, where the stars turned out to celebrate Mickey with song and dance, and even took their own #ShareYourEars photos!

Disney fans already know how special a wish can be, and now you can help wish kids make magical memories. Get creative! Show us your unique “ear” style. And go global! This year, we’re excited to bring you #ShareYourEars opportunities around the world.

#ShareYourEars Around the World to Support Make-A-Wish

Throughout the campaign, guests at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris can strike a pose in front of uniquely themed “ear walls” created exclusively for #ShareYourEars by Walt Disney Imagineering.

At Hong Kong Disneyland Resort find photo frames along Main Street USA!

Sailing away? You can also #ShareYourEars on Disney Cruise Line, with special photo ops that you can only find on Disney cruise ships!

You can also stop by your local Disney store* through November 17 to decorate your own pair of paper Mickey Mouse ears. Show them off in the #ShareYourEars frame and post your pictures! Find your local Disney store here.

“It is a tremendous honor to support children whose wish is to come to Disney. Wish granting exemplifies the magic our 160,000 cast members and Imagineers create for guests all over the world every day,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “With this third #Share Your Ears campaign, we’ll get to make a difference in the lives of even more children and families.”

Since 1980, Disney has helped Make-A-Wish grant more than 130,000 wishes. This extraordinary relationship has helped wish kids around the world replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. Currently, more than 10,000 Disney wishes are granted every year and we are so excited to help this number continue to grow!

So grab your favorite ears or surprise us with a new creation, and #ShareYourEars to celebrate Mickey’s birthday. We can’t wait to see what ears you’ll share to make wishes come true!

#ShareYourEars is part of the Disney Team of Heroes philanthropic initiative, which launched in March 2018 with a $100 million commitment to transform the children’s hospital experience and provide comfort and inspiration for kids and families.

Learn more at ShareYourEars.org.

*Disney stores in U.S. and Canada only; excluding outlets.

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Better Hurry…Last Chance for Sips and Bites at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

If you have not yet attended Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year or have been thinking of returning to explore the over 30 global marketplaces, you better hurry and make plans because the festival ends Nov. 12.

This fall Florida weather is perfect for strolling through the Festival, so get out there and ENJOY! Here’s a quick video to remind you of all the Festival has to offer.

Thanks to photographer David Roark, producer Mark Drennen, and the Yellow Shoes Team for creating this fun and fast-paced video … and Bryan Smoker for his clever editing!

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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Star Mackenzie Foy Celebrates the Start of the Holiday Season with a Visit to Walt Disney World Resort

I shared earlier this week Mackenzie Foy, star of Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” visited the Walt Disney World Resort for the first time this week to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Highlights included a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land and a flight on a banshee at Pandora- The World of Avatar.

Check out her visit and a look behind the new film in the video below.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opens today.

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Staying in a Real-Life Castle on the Adventures by Disney Ireland Vacation

On a guided group vacation to Ireland with Adventures by Disney, you can enjoy more than a few “pinch me” style moments. But, perhaps the most epic is staying three nights in an actual Irish castle!

This unforgettable experience is made even more special by the wealth of opportunities available on the castle grounds (some at an additional cost). From fishing to golfing to having an owl or hawk land straight on your arm, you won’t want to wake up from this dreamlike wonderland.

Watch as Adventures by Disney guest Keaton shows what it’s like to stay in a real-life castle in this video.

And don’t forget to watch Keaton have fun down on the Irish farm in my previous post!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Halloween with Pumpkins

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we know the importance of taking a break from the every day for some fun. For animals in our care, this fun comes in the form of enrichment, and it plays an important part in their day-to-day routine with mental and physical activities that appeal to the animals’ behaviors. With Halloween and fall in full swing, we’re celebrating the spirit of the season in our enrichment by crafting some pumpkin treats.

Our animal care team looks forward to decorating the pumpkins each year and coming up with new, novel ways to excite and encourage play and foraging behaviors among the animals. Some of the keepers even add bugs, worms and other tasty treats inside the pumpkins, which prompts the animals to do a little exploring, too.

When the animals discover the pumpkins in their habitats, some start to paw and pounce, others dig into snacks, and others shred and smash the gourds within minutes.

Here’s a peek at our pumpkin palooza with mandrills, gorillas, tigers, meerkats, hippos and more.

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ – A Surprising, and Slightly Scary, Source of Inspiration

Here’s a scary thought on this Halloween. Did you know that all Internet communications in North America run through a single building … and that they let filmmakers in that place?!

In part three of my six-part conversation with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” producer Clark Spencer (“Lilo & Stich,” “Bolt,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia”), the Oscar winner recalls his team’s research trip to a Los Angeles office tower that helped shape the filmmakers’ vision for the physical world of the Internet.

Look for a new clip from our conversation here on the Disney Parks Blog each Wednesday until “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in theaters on Nov. 21.

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Moms Panel Monday: Minnie Van Service is as Easy as One Click

Travel throughout the Walt Disney World Resort has never been easier, thanks to Minnie Van Service! With one click on your phone, your Minnie Van can take you from a Walt Disney World Resort hotel to any theme park location, other resorts and even Disney Springs! Of course, once you have enjoyed your time at your desired destination, just click on the app and your Minnie Van will arrive to take you back to where you started! To learn more, join Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Emillie, as she shows us just how magical Minnie Van Service can be on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

For more information on Minnie Van Service or questions about planning your next Disney vacation, visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com for a personalized answer from one of our knowledgeable panelists.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0