Monthly Archives: April 2014

Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary With Our ‘disney Stars’ Wallpaper

You never know what you may find along the treacherous waters of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland park. Looks like this solo skipper has come across a pair of locals … what do you think this encounter might sound like? Show us your stripes and “Caption This!”
Caption This: Jungle Cruise Encounter at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Batter will be thin. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
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Can you believe that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will mark 25 years on May 1?
We’ll celebrate the park’s milestone on the Disney Parks Blog this Thursday. In the meantime, check out this park-inspired wallpaper to your computer desktop or mobile device. The design depicts Disney characters back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Simply click on the image below to find the size you need.
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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary With Our ‘Disney Stars’ Wallpaper by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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From Theme Parks To Clear Beaches, Florida Has It All

Still wondering why Florida is among the finest holiday destinations for the whole family? Simply go through all that America’s ‘Sunshine State’ needs to offer and you’ll understand.

Starting with its climate so warm and continuing with its clear blue water and tropical coral islands, going with the nature reserves, world-famous beaches to amusement park and the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida provides amuse to the entire family.

Orlando turned into one of the leading vacation locations in all of the United States since 1971 when Disney Land opened its gates. This entertainment mecca is world-famous as the house of Disney World ®, however even without Disney, Orlando would be a wonderful kingdom. SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens, and Universal Studios are just a few of the attractions. Orlando, normally blessed with a climate that is matched just by the temperate conditions of southern California is happy of the Walt Disney Resort that spans more than 47 miles and is house not just to one, but to a number of Disney Resorts.

The family of Disney Resorts that jointly comprise Orlando’s Walt Disney World consist of the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center, the Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. At the Magic Kingdom Resort, it’s the popular members of the Disney movie household that are center phase. This park’s famous attractions are “It’s a Small World”, “Peter Pan’s Flight”, the “Cinderella Castle”, the most recognizable of Disney’s icons, the Jungle Cruise” and “the Magic Carpets of Aladdin”. Universal Studios is a restaurant where you can live out your dreams of being a movie star, is a mix of working motion picture studio and style park. Sea World’s Wild Artic will lead you with the world of polar bears and beluga whales. Disney-Hollywood Studios’ Twilight Zone includes a 13-story plunge in the Tower of Terror.

Science and the spirit of expedition are the name of the game at Disney’s Epcot Center. Popular tourist attractions below consist of: “Mission Space”, “Test Track”, and “Turtle Talk with Crush”. This is a terrific place to take the children in order to sustain their interest and childlike interest for the secrets of science.

A holiday in Orlando is something special for a range of reasons not just the surrounding amusement park. Orlando is controlled by Lake Eola and is an outstanding center for shopping and eating. The stylish shops of Thorton Park, antique shops on Orange Avenue, 150 challenging golf courses within a 45-minute drive, and plenty of night life verify Orlando caters to adults, too. The most famous downtown icon is Church Street Station, a collection of dining establishments, bars and stores which actually comes alive at night as the air cools and the music bars start. The Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Museum of Art will supply you findings about Mayan civilization.

If you wish to uncover the ‘Real Florida’ go to Ocala National Forest, a wonderful nature reserve with a number of natural springs and lakes, and wonderful hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming or check out the Blue Spring State Park which, for hundreds of years, was home to the Timucuan Indians. You shouldn’t miss the manatee’s home at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge where migrating birds stop on their way to and from South America.

Palm Beach and Miami Beach are most likely the most well-known coastlines on the Atlantic ‘Gold’ Coast. The golden coastlines, warm and clear sea, the great sand sea is are making this area of coastline ideal for youngsters. The environment on the streets, the food, the music and the spirit in Miami are vivid due to the Hispanic populace. The Art Deco Historic District, a collection of intense pink, lavender and turquoise buildings dating from the 1920s, is one of the most spectacular parts of town.

Scientists Find Experimental Support For Killer Whales’ Ability To Learn New Dialects

The study found that juvenile male killer whales are capable of learning new call types when they undergo a change in social association. Killer whales have vocal repertoires that scientists call ‘dialects’ because they’re composed of calls unique to particular social groups. Discovering how whales develop these dialects hasn’t been possible in the wild because of the inherent challenges in tracking an individual whale’s vocalizations and behavior regularly and for extended periods of time. The HSWRI study took advantage of the unique habitat at SeaWorld that was outfitted with multichannel video and eight hydrophones. This environment allowed the researchers to record and analyze the calls made by individual whales over a five-year period. Learning whether social association affects the calls of killer whales sheds important light on how wild populations of whales interact.
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“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” are New This Weekend!

But with round-the-clock care from the SeaWorld team, Turner the dolphin ends up fulfilling a vital role in the U.S Navy. On The Wildlife Docs the Busch Gardens animal team closely monitors Harry, a two-toed sloth, to determine whether he is healthy enough to continue his work on the park’s Animal Ambassador Team. Then, the vets head to Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain for a house call on a gazelle. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during “Litton’s Weekend Adventure” and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows.
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“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” are New This Weekend!

by Staff Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend! On Sea Rescue when a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale washes up in bad shape on the New Jersey coast, rescuers are shocked to discover how much ocean trash this unfortunate animal has swallowed. Then, a monsoon blows a flock of pelicans off course, causing them to land in the scorching Arizona desert and even a crowded public swimming pool. On The Wildlife Docs when a baby kangaroo’s mother is no longer able to care for him, Busch Gardens’ dedicated animal care team steps in to raise him by hand. Then, see what happens a little over a year after Rukyah, the youngest of three Malayan tigers, is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
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Disney World In The Summertime Is Better With These Tips

Orlando FL is a hot part of the earth and come summer season the humidity and temperature level can reach triple digits. Even worse still, weeks of heat take place exactly when school is out and families visit Walt Disney World. No person in her right state of mind considers heat, humidity and crowd a terrific combo, but with some planning, your household’s summer vacation to Disney World can still be thrill.

Remaining at an on-property Disney hotel is a good start. You can commute to the parks in air-conditioned convenience utilizing Disney bus, monorail or water transport. This is certainly a better choice than driving a car that has actually been baking in the sun for hours.

Another reward for staying on a Disney property is that you can take benefit of the Extra Magic Hour. On designated days, a Walt Disney World theme park will open an hour early for Disney Resort visitors just. With that additional hour, you have time to take a break during the afternoon for a swim or a nap. Some resorts even have water activities, such as water skiing and surfing lessons, which are ideal for a hot day.

Pack a couple of water-mister fans. These little gadget’s are life-savers. It’s thrill to get the Mickey version in the park, however why pay $15 a pop if you can get them at Wal-Mart for $4.95 each? Children will be contesting them, so getting a few of them cheaply and packing additional batteries to go is a smart option.

If you have a Park-Hopper Pass, cool off by going to the theme park. Both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon offer lots of fun for the entire household in the type of slides or raft trips. The water parks get crowded in a hot day pretty quick, so if you reach 11 am or after, anticipate a lot of queuing in the hot sun.

This is apparent, but crucial to point out nonetheless: gown light and wear shoes. Many theme-park guidebooks encourage proper shoes and socks, but with the heat and humidity, wrapping your feet in socks isn’t really in fact going to assist.

Bear in mind to consume a lot of water. If someone in your group does get dehydrated, get to the First Aid Station. Each Disney style park has one.

This is the best pointer, which is why I’m waiting for the last. If you have tots, let them set the pace. Children get grouchy quickly in the heat. This is more so thinking about that while you are looking at castles, they are in a hot stroller with absolutely nothing fascinating at eye level. So if the kids are tired, go to somewhere with air-conditioning, have a break in a dining establishment, or do anything that allows everyone to cool off.

Disney Parks After Dark: Big Sky Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

If you liked Paul’s “Big Moon” over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Disneyland Resort , then chances are you’ll enjoy tonight’s new “Disney Parks After Dark” image. It’s a beautiful look at a mysterious big sky over the entrance to one of my favorite attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The image is another example of how we use light to enhance the park after the sun sets.

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MyMagic+ Adding Even More Magic to FastPass+

So starting Monday, after guests have used their first three FastPass+ selections, they will be able to select another one at one of the kiosks located in each of our WDW parks. When they’ve used that one, they’ll be able to select another, and so on, ultimately providing guests with even more ways to customize their Walt Disney World Vacation. Guests will also be able to select and use their additional FastPass+ entitlements when they hop from park to park. As we’ve said from the beginning, MyMagic+ will continue to evolve over time with the aim of continuing to improve our guests’ experience with us and in response to feedback from our guests. Today’s news is another chapter of that story and we look forward to sharing more with you as we continue to roll out and refine MyMagic+. Continue checking the Disney Parks Blog for more details.
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May 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

Learn more. Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of May is artist Gregg Visintainer. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 6 – 10 p.m. Learn more.
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Coming To Disney World? Verify The Weather Condition First.

Are you planning a Walt Disney World vacation however have to get an idea of exactly what the weather condition will be like when you go? Be ready for what Mother Nature could toss at you. In this short article, you’ll have handy the typical daily low and heats (Fahrenheit), ordinary daily humidity percentage, and the typical number of rainy days for each month of the year.

In January, the typical low is 50 degrees and the typical high is 72. The humidity ordinary falls at 72.5 %, and the number of rainy days this month generally gets is 6.

For February, the average low and high is 51 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. The day-to-day humidity averages at 70.5 % and February gets around 7 days of rain.

In March, the typical daily low will strike 56 degrees and the high will strike 79. The daily humidity average is fairly low for Disney World/Orlando: 69.5 %. The variety of rainy March days is 8.

When it comes to April, you’ll be asleep in 60 degree temperature level, and you’ll discover yourself participating in activities with 79 degree weather outside. This month also has the most affordable ordinary everyday humidity of the year at 67.5 %, and the rainy days average out at 6.

In May, expect to take pleasure in a daily low average of 66, but this month things begin to really heat up– the average everyday high jumps to 83 degrees. You’ll experience the daily humidity average at 68.5 %, and it typically rains 9 days out of the month.

For June, you’ll oversleep 71 degree weather typically but wake up to temperatures attempting to reach 91 degrees. The ordinary everyday humidity is 73.5 %, and the rainy days jump up to 14.

As for July, the typical low and high everyday temperature levels are 73 and 92, respectively. Humidity averages out at 75 %, and 17 days out of the month rain may impede your plans.

The scenario doesn’t enhance in August. The typical high and low is still stuck at 92 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit, the humidity ticks up a little bit at 76.5 % usually, and it rains 16 days from the month.

For the month of September, the average low and high falls at 90 and 72 degrees, the average daily humidity reads 76 %, and it’ll moisten your parade around 14 days out of the month.

The month of October finally sees some enhancement. The ordinary high and low fall to 85 and 65 degrees, and the humidity percentage falls a couple of portion points to 73.5 %. In addition, the variety of rainy days re-enters the single digits at 9.

As for November, you’ll sleep to a 59 degree typical temperature, and enjoy your vacation experience in a balmy 79 degrees. The high humidity remains at 73 %, and the rainy days fall even further to 6.

Finally, in the month of December, you can check out the park at a comfy 73 degrees and call it a night with temperatures dropping down to 53. The humidity level and the number of rainy days stay rather steady at 73.5 % and 6, respectively.

Similar to you wouldn’t enter your automobile to go to work without looking at (or hearing) the traffic or weather report, you shouldn’t be ignorant about the common weather at Disney World, or any vacation location. Now that you understand what to anticipate, you can prepare accordingly. Great luck and have a good time!

Disneyland Paris Has More To Offer To The Experienced Vacationer

If you have ever delighted in Walt Disney World or have actually found out about it, you will enjoy a low-cost holiday vacation at Disneyland Paris. Found just twenty miles from Paris the extraordinary creation is also called Euro Disney. You will find stores, hotels and restaurants. You will find the 2 parks much like Magic Kingdom and the Disney Hollywood Studios. The one park much like Magic Kingdom has forty-two destinations while the Disney Studio has delighting flights in a motion picture like setting. You will discover you remain at Disneyland Paris a journey of a different kind.

The Main Street USA is a walk you will not forget. The stream train is a trip that you will not forget. Disneyland Paris has some newer things than you will find in Disney World. The fireworks at sunset and the thrilling rides are just one part of Euro Disney. You can enjoy the fantasy parades and if you check out at Christmas, you are going to see a parade that you will keep in mind permanently. You will see the live programs and see all the vacation decorations that make Disneyland Paris a winter season wonderland without the actual snow. The beauty of the location can be seen from everywhere you look.

If you enjoy shopping, you will discover the little stores are really good to shop in for the passionate shopper. The close-by shopping mall is among the biggest in Europe. You will have to take the train or a taxi to the shopping center. You are going to discover outlet stores and designer shops catering to the latest fashions. If you find yourself used out after a day of shopping, you might wish to attempt a restaurant for a little bit of leisure. There are many stylish dining establishments in addition to laid-back dining facilities.

Your cheap holiday vacation is going to be exciting in Paris, but with the alternative restaurants with some fine cuisine, you will taste some foods such as French, American and Italian foods. There are likewise has lots of junk food restaurants with a household environment. If you desire to delight in a genuine down home cowboy cookout, the Cowboy Cookout in Frontierland will supply you with something just experienced in this part of Paris. Since you are delighting in the amusement park in Paris, you might want to see some other attractions in the location.

The hotels in the location are simply as nice as you can find someplace else. You will discover numerous different theme hotels near Disneyland Paris and the surrounding location. You will find some luxury hotels along with many household oriented hotels. You will discover that many of the hotels are located near the theme parks and the other tourist attractions. When you prepare your inexpensive holiday vacation to Disneyland in Paris, you will wan to have a package deal that includes airfare, hotel and some passes for the amusement park. If you stay at a hotel that provides shuttle bus services from the airport to the hotel and back, you will also eliminate the requirement for transportation expenses.

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013

This week, we’ve received some of our most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train . As we previously shared , the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to. One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.
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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

One year ago this month, we were looking back with fondness on a Disney Legend and looking ahead with excitement to new experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park . Let’s take a look at what we were working on April 2013 here on the Disney Parks Blog .

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Tokyo Disney Resort Welcomes 600 Millionth Guest

So who was the 600 millionth guest? Yumi Sakai, who was visiting the park with her husband and two children. To celebrate, Yumi was given flowers and asked to help lead a special ceremony alongside Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. She also received a certificate, three years of park admission, Mickey Mouse and Duffy plushes, and more.
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Think About Where To Stay On Your Next Orlando Florida Vacation

Opting for a family Getaway? Orlando is a fine selection if you’re thinking of going to Disney, perhaps having a little sightseeing, and going to the major locations and tourist attractions in the Orlando, Florida location. The best locations to go to are a few of the most popular as well, ranking amongst a few of the greatest in the world. Disney, for example, is one of the biggest in regards to size and variety of visitors. However trips are not just about going areas, you likewise need to consider where to stay, and an Orlando vacation hotel is best for your family vacation.

Luxurious Resorts instead of hotels

Amongst the popular resort areas in Orlando, there are hotels that you and your family can remain in while you’re on vacation. That indicates that you won’t have to go far when time comes to turn your vacation enjoyable up a few notches. Simply a short walk’s range from vacationer destinations, hotels located in resorts are best if you wish to enjoy while being near the hotel. This is better suited for those who have to have instantaneous access to their hotel rooms, be it for unique needs or exactly what. Fun in or near the water is wonderful for those who have a love for the coastline.

Hotels near the amusement park

As well as having complete service resorts, there are also standalone hotels in the city of Orlando, and these variety from 2 to three-star accommodations. Perfect for everyone with every type of spending plan. These hotels are likewise purposefully located in the heart of the city or near existing traveler destinations so you understand they truly have convenience as their trump cards. Numerous of these hotel will offer complimentary transport to the Theme parks and/or morning meal, to tempt friends and families to their property.

Hotels inside the amusement park

If ever you want to have a vacation wherein you start having a good time right from the moment that you step out of your hotel, then you’ll want to stay in hotels located within the Theme parks you’re preparing to see. Disney and Universal provide hotel lodgings right within their parks so that you’ll never have to be far away from their thrill entertainment for everyone in the family. These are luxury accommodations, but with the right plan or offer from travel bureau that you’ve reserved with, then these rates could be sensible enough for you to take. SeaWorld does not have any hotels inside the park home, however there are many hotels found within strolling distance.

Villas and luxury accommodations

Of course, there’s constantly a presence of super-luxurious accommodations in the vicinity of Orlando, so that any person who wishes to remain in full pampering in their hotels can book a booking in luxury hotels while on vacation. Renowned names in the hotel industry such as the Peabody or Sheraton have a presence below. There is no shortage in Orlando when it pertains to luxury. Of course, there are villas and 3 to 5 bed room condominiums for rent too, so if you’re taking a trip in a little or moderate group you can lease your own location while on vacation.

Themed hotels inside the parks

Theme hotels appear like a trademark of Disney, and they deliver on their guarantee. With entire hotels having a theme of their own, these hotels guarantee to deliver a special experience in their own right. If you’ve ever wanted to remain in a hotel that provides visitors a touch of Africa, Disney has one simply for you. Universal Studios as well have just opened their “Cabana” hotel, a 3 star found within the resort that looks like the hotels in 1960’s to match their more expensive and glamorous 5 star resorts.

But anywhere you go and whatever spending plan you may have, there will always be an Orlando Vacation Hotel that’s right for your budget and offer ideal lodgings for everybody in the household.

Disney World Proposes Raising Starting Wages To $10/hour – Consumerist

argue over whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage, Walt Disney Co. has made an offer to the unions representing thousands of employees at its Disney World park in Florida that would raise employees starting pay from $8.03 to $10 over the course of the next two years. Bloomberg reports that Disney made the offer earlier this week to the Service Trades Council, a consortium of six labor groups representing more than 30,000 Disney World workers. New full-time hourly employees at the park currently earn a wage starting at $8.03/hour, about 75 cents more per hour than the federal minimum wage. The offer from Disney to the unions would gradually increase that amount to $10/hour by July 2016, which is just shy of the $10.10/hour being proposed by President Obama and some legislators. At the same time, these new employees would no longer be offered a standard pension, but would instead receive a 3% company match in a 401 (k) retirement plan. The Council says it is very pleased with the pay increase offer but plans to oppose the change to the pension policy for new workers. More From Consumerist
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