Announces Halloween cavalcade

Disney announces the Mickey’s Costume Party cavalcade, a small processional celebration added to Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate ticketed nighttime event at Disneyland. The cavalcade features characters in costume, a themed float and more. I’ve also heard that the upbeat, spooky music will have you dancing, jumping, shaking and maybe even howling along as we […]

Winnie the Pooh attraction reopens

The Winnie the Pooh ride and gift shop reopen at Walt Disney World. Both the loading area of the ride and the shop, which sells apparel and toys, include redesigned features and theming. And beginning Thanksgiving week, young guests will start their adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood by jumping with Tigger, crawling through Eeyore’s […]

Disney Dream departs on maiden voyage

The Disney Dream, one of the Disney Cruise Line’s ships, departs on its maiden voyage to the Bahamas. Guests on board are treated to exclusive parties and a fireworks show at sea. Whether you’re a toddler, teenager or grownup, there’s something for everyone on the Disney Dream. From fun clubs for kids and teens to nightclubs […]

Music added to Space Mountain

Disney adds a themed soundtrack to the Space Mountain attraction in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Whereas the ride was silent before, it now features music and space-like sound effects as guests experience the roller coaster. “Starry-O-Phonic Sound” compliments a slew of enhancements that debuted on Space Mountain last year, including new lighting, storyline elements and updated […]

Celebrates World Turtle Day

Disney’s Animal Kingdom park hosts a Turtle Day party and celebration, in addition to the company’s other wildlife conservation efforts. From the morning to the afternoon, guests catch a train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch to learn about turtles and tortoises and even get an up-close look at some live turtles. Turtle Day activities include games […]

Donates money to protect forests

Disney donates $7 million to support forest conservation efforts, including protection against deforestation in the Amazon, the Congo and throughout the United States. The company partners with Conservation International and The Conservation Fund to support a variety of related causes. These efforts supplement what we are already doing across the company to cut down on […]

D23 celebrates first anniversary

D23, Disney’s official fan club, celebrates its first anniversary at Disneyland. D23 members from around the world attend the after-hours party to eat treats, enjoy the attractions, and hear announcements about the future of D23. After Disneyland theme park closed to guests on Wednesday night, D23 Members were welcomed into the happiest land of all with […]

Offers knight makeover

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a salon for girls and boys at Walt Disney World, offers the Knight Package for boys ages three and up. The fairy-godmothers-in-training apply colorful gel and confetti to guests’ hair and give them a toy sword and shield. Your transformation will prepare you for far off adventures filled with slaying dragons […]

Cruise line voted #1

Disney Cruise Line is rated the #1 large-ship cruise line for families by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. This is the fourth consecutive win for the cruise line. Disney Cruise Line has been honored as one of the top five cruise lines for eight years in a row. Our cast and crew members […]

Celebrates Elephant Appreciation Day

Disney celebrates Elephant Appreciation Day at Animal Kingdom. During this day at the park, guests can learn about elephant dietary habits, create elephant-themed crafts, play games with a pretend elephant trunk and more. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day with a host of activities for children and families at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Big Top Souvenirs opens

Big Top Souvenirs opens at Magic Kingdom in Florida. The shop sells treats like caramel corn and cotton candy, in addition to storybook-themed clothing and toys. The store is decorated with a circus theme. Big Top Souvenirs is incredibly detailed with beautifully ornate designs that capture the golden age of the circus perfectly.

Annual pass payment plan

Disney announces a monthly payment plan for annual passes. Florida residents can buy an annual pass to Walt Disney World with a down payment equal to the cost of a one-day ticket. The rest of the cost is split up among 12 monthly payments. What are the benefits of being a Passholder? The list is […]

Duffy debuts at parks

Duffy the Disney bear debuts at EPCOT and California Adventure. Duffy is Mickey Mouse’s teddy bear, and he can be seen in the parks for meet and greet experiences. A line of Duffy-themed merchandise, including teddy bears, doll clothes and keychains, also debuts in the parks. Duffy is not just your typical stuffed bear – he’s […]

Donates bobsled to museum

Disneyland donates an old ride vehicle to the National Roller Coaster Museum. The ride vehicle comes from the Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster, which received new vehicles along with its refurbishment. We’re delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry. The Matterhorn bobsled […]

Karamell Küche opens

The Karamell Küche bakery and store opens at EPCOT in Florida. The bakery is sponsored by the Werther’s candy company, and it sells treats made with Werther’s caramel. Guests can watch cast members as they make the caramel treats. A fun fact about this unique shop is that it is the only freestanding retail location for […]

Vidia character greeting

Vidia, a friend of Tinker Bell’s and a fellow fairy, begins participating in meet and greet interactions with guests at Walt Disney World. Vidia can be found in Pixie Hollow at Magic Kingdom, along with Tinker Bell and the other fairy characters from the franchise. Vidia is one of the stars of the upcoming movie Tinker […]

Elephant born at Animal Kingdom

A female baby elephant is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. This is the fifth elephant born at Animal Kingdom and the second baby born to elephant mother Donna. The calf’s name is Luna, and she weighs 288 pounds at birth. Including Luna, thirteen elephants in total live at Animal Kingdom. Elephant births are among […]

International sales center

Disney announces the opening of the first international sales center. The center is located at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, and it informs guests about the benefits of the Disney Vacation Club and allows them to purchase membership to the club. The 15,000-square-foot interactive center will give guests a peek at Disney Vacation Club resort […]

Announces trekking adventure

Disney announces a unique experience for quests at Animal Kingdom. The trek allows guests to hike across the Harambe Reserve, home to many African-native animals, as well as the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride. The hikes will be guided by a cast member. During the excursions, you’ll be able to spend more time observing the wildlife on […]

Wins entertainment award

Disney’s Toy Story Mania attraction wins an award from the Themed Entertainment Association for Outstanding Achievement for an Attraction. The ride appears in both California Adventure and Hollywood Studios. This is the 34th TEA award for Disney overall and the ninth award for Disney in the attraction category. In case you haven’t had a chance to experience the […]

Hosts World Oceans Day event

Disney hosts a World Oceans Day party at EPCOT. The event takes place during the day inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion. Several booths are set up at which guests can learn information about ocean conservation, and the booths have different activities to keep guests engaged. In one of several special activities, families […]

Via Napoli opens

The Via Napoli restaurant opens at EPCOT in the Italy Pavilion. It is the second Italian restaurant in the park. Via Napoli serves wood-fired pizza along with appetizers, salads, pasta dishes and Italian desserts. The restaurant is a table-service establishment with a 300-seat capacity. Created by the Patina Restaurant Group’s CEO Nick Valenti, the menu […]

Unveils autonomatronics technology

Disney introduces a new type of animated puppet for use in their live shows. The figure is named “Otto,” and the technology is called autoanimatronics. Otto can hear and see guests interacting with him, so he can respond to the audience appropriately. The figure can also sense the mood of the guests and tell how […]

Debuts R2-MK character

In honor of the Star Wars Weekends events at Hollywood Studios, Disney announces a new character: a droid named R2-MK. R2-MK is the same class of droid as R2-D2, but he has red details and wears a Mickey Mouse hat. R2-MK appears for meet and greets during Star Wars Weekends, and he serves as the […]

World of Color premieres

The World of Color show premieres at Disney’s California Adventure park. The show integrates 1,200 water fountains, video projections, pyrotechnics and other light and water effects. The show is set to a backdrop of classic Disney music. The event takes place after dark over the water. You will get to experience some of your favorite Disney […]

Walt Disney World pet resort opens

The Best Friends Pet Resort, an animal boarding facility, opens at Walt Disney World. The luxury resort has VIP suites, play yards and other amenities for dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and more. Guests can drop off their pets at the resort while spending a day in the parks. Different kinds of animals are kept in […]

Glow Fest opens

Glow Fest, a nighttime light show, opens at California Adventure park at Disneyland in California. The show starts in Sun Plaza at 6 p.m. and continues in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park, and it lasts until the park closes. Glow Fest is part of the Summer Nightastic celebration, and it’s meant to complement […]

Sign language interpretation

Sign language interpretation services are offered at select attractions, shows and other locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Interpreters are present at Disneyland park on Mondays and Saturdays and at California Adventure on Sundays and Fridays. Guests do not have to make arrangements in advance, but it is suggested that they call or text Guest Relations […]

Harlem Globetrotters perform

The Harlem Globetrotters perform at the relaunch event of ESPN Wide World of Sports. The complex, which spreads over 220 acres, is rethemed to match the famous sports network. Guests at the show receive free T-shirts to commemorate the event. Pro athletes and other TV personalities are also present. Darrell Fry, Disney sports media director: […]

Mobile Magic app

Disney announces the release of the Mobile Magic app, which guests use for information while in the parks and on Disney resort property. The app gives guests details on wait times, FastPass availability, character locations and more. The app is GPS enabled, so it tells you exactly where you are in the park and how […]

Joins La Nouba show

Gatto joins the cast of Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba. The show is 90 minutes long and features many different artists and acrobats used to tell a story along with music and visual effects. La Nouba takes place in a big white tent at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World in Florida. Anthony, who holds […]

Wine & Dine half marathon

As part of EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival, Disney debuts the Wine & Dine half marathon. Guests run 13.1 miles, starting at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and ending inside EPCOT. Unlike other half marathons, this race is run at night. At the end of the race, runners attend an exclusive party where they […]

Baby white-cheeked gibbon born

A baby white-cheeked gibbon is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The baby’s mother, Melaka, has two other children, named Suki and Tuyen. The gibbon family lives in a habitat near the Kali River Rapids attraction. The birth coincides with a gibbon Species Survival Program run by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. White-cheeked gibbons, an […]

Baby goats born at Disneyland

Five baby goats are born within days of each other at Circle D Corral at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California. Three of the kids—named Squishy, Dory and Pearl—are born to mother Gadget, and the other two kids—named Stitch and Lilo—are born to mother Mulan. You can see several animals, including two more expectant goats in […]

D Street opens at Disneyland

D Street, a new Disney merchandise location, opens at Downtown Disney at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This shop sells edgier merchandise tailored for tweens, teens and young adults. This new location seems to push the envelope. The walls are tagged in a graffiti-like style with familiar Disney characters, and the artwork, apparel and accessories that […]

Central stroller rental

A stroller and wheelchair rental area opens at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The shop is located in the courtyard in between Disneyland park and Disney’s California Adventure park, so guests can save time by renting a stroller or wheelchair in one central location. This means you can rent what you need BEFORE you enter […]

Happy Haunting

The Downtown Disney shopping and dining district at Walt Disney World hosts the Happy Haunting event to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 30 and 31. Children can come dressed up in costumes to trick or treat at some of the different stores and restaurants. A map indicates which locations are participating in the celebration. Entertainment and […]

Announces premium annual pass

Disney announces the sale of the Disney Premier Passport, which allows guests year-long entry to all Disney parks in the United States. In addition to admission to the parks, other passport privileges include free parking at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, subscriptions to Disney magazines and publications and admission to the Disney water parks. Thomas Smith, […]

Announces Fantasyland groundbreaking

Construction begins on the expansion of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom, and it includes four differently themed areas where guests can be immersed in their favorite Disney stories. Thomas Smith, Disney Parks social media director: Dumbo the […]

Gorilla born at Animal Kingdom

An endangered gorilla is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. This is the third gorilla born at the park, the first in 1997 and the second in 1999. Guests can see the baby gorilla as they walk the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail attraction. Thomas Smith, Disney Parks social media director: The newborn gorilla is doing […]

Electrical parade returns to Walt Disney World

The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Walt Disney World Resort as part of the Summer Nightastic celebration. The parade, which has performed back and forth between Disneyland and Walt Disney World for decades, receives a makeover with new floats, updated audio technology, and new LED lights. Disney Parks Social Media Director Thomas Smith: Tinker Bell […]

Sleigh rides at Fort Wilderness

As a new holiday event, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort begins offering holiday-themed sleigh rides. The sleighs, which are decked out in garlands and other holiday decorations, are equipped with tires and driven through the campgrounds. A sleigh ride for groups of up to five people costs $60. You’ll depart from the Blacksmith’s Shop near the Settlement area inside […]

‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon

Disney VoluntEARS, including Walt Disney World cast members, receive calls and donations during the “Hope for Haiti” telethon, operating out of the Disney Reservations Center in Orlando. The telethon lasts for two hours and allows viewers to donate online and on the phone to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Thousands of Disney Cast […]

Roy Disney dies age 79

After fighting stomach cancer for a year, Disney passes away in Newport Beach, California. Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company: Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future. After a private funeral, he […]

Adds attraction audio descriptions

Disney parks adds a device that offers audio descriptions, closed captioning and amplified audio for guests with impaired hearing. The audio description describes the visual effects of some of Disney’s most popular attractions. Audio Description, now available at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, provides narrated audio for guests with visual disabilities by describing visual attraction elements, […]

Sum of all Thrills ride

Sum of all Thrills, a thrill ride simulator located in the Innoventions building, opens at EPCOT at Walt Disney World. Guests use a computer to design their own custom roller coaster, jet or bobsled ride. After designing it, guests sit aboard a motion simulator, which allows them to experience the ride they just created. Thomas Smith, […]

Volunteer reward program

The Disney Parks blog announces the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” program. Guests search the Disney Parks website for qualified projects and organizations. After completing their volunteer service, they receive an e-mail with a voucher for free admission to one park in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Thomas Smith, the Disney Parks social […]