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You can really keep cool with a Frozen blue raspberry slush as well. Make sure you time your visit to the winter wonderland for the live skating show as well. And, both inside the sound stage, and at the entrance is some fun for the technically-minded. By downloading the free Aurasma application to your phone or tablet, you can be in a photo with characters from the movie. It is a bit complicated, you need to stand in the correct space to get it to work, but your photo subject will suddenly have a reindeer or Olaf, the snow man in your photo, thanks to a little app magic. If you cant get it to work, that isnt company website a problem either. Disney cast members are nearby, providing some expertise for perfect photos. Back outside, the reality of summer in July may come as a sudden jolt, but the heat is worthwhile for Frozen fans at Annas & Elsas Royal Welcome parade. Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is there well, joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best. And yes, it even snows in July during the parade. You can cool off again though at For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Inside the parks Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle a retelling of the history of their kingdom, and all of just under 30-minutes.
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Eight Delectable Disney Parks Treats For National Ice Cream Day

eddpt123456Why do we love ice cream so much? Sunday, July 20, is National sites Ice Cream Day, declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and we’re happy for the pure joy of a dripping ice cream cone on a hot summer day.
Disney Parks fans know the gooey Kitchen Sink Sundae, the irresistible Dole Whip and ice-cold Mickey Mouse bar. And we’ve all picked a favorite flavor for a double scoop from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort . But for National Ice Cream Day, we’re stepping out with some ice cream creations you may not have tried.
Here are eight favorites that are a little more creative than a double dip of vanilla or chocolate:


If you’re lucky enough to find yourself dining at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on National Ice Cream Day, order the Sundae Sampler, a mini-trio with Frangelico toffee mousse, a float with root-beer flavored ice cream and homemade vanilla soda and a “banana split” (mousse, fresh roasted pineapple, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, candied peanuts, chocolate sauce and a cherry). You won’t want to share.
Run, don’t walk, to try the chocolate macaron sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces at the France pavilion at Epcot . A crunchy chocolate cookie sandwich with dark chocolate ice cream made right there, it’s simply divine. There are 16 flavors, but, seriously, that chocolate-chocolate sensation is a must. Another favorite? The hand-pressed brioche ice cream sandwich.
Try something different at the new Morocco Juice Bar at Epcot World Showcase, where the chef is making bold ice cream flavors like chocolate and cinnamon, green tea, pistachio with orange blossom water (our favorite), strawberry and red bean, and toasted almond with rosewater.
For a Magic Kingdom pick-me-up, grab the latte iced coffee float at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland. (The kids can get a caramel or hot fudge sundae.)
At Disneyland Resort , we always make a stop at Clarabelle’s at Disney California Adventure park for the hand-dipped ice-cream bar. Choose vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry sorbet, ask for it dipped in milk or dark chocolate, then add a flourish of toppings like chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles. Made on the spot while you watch.
Get fancy at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with a single, double or triple scoop of artisanal ice creams: Scharffen Berger chocolate chunk, Tahitian vanilla bean or creamy California strawberry. The Napa Rose pastry chefs churn it out fresh.
If you’re strolling Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, stop at Uva Bar for a homemade ice-cream milkshake. We recommend the s’mores flavor. Or if a root beer float is more to your liking, they make theirs with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and craft root beer.
We’ve got a soft spot for cobbler a la mode, and some of the best is at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue – fresh fruit (whatever’s in season) baked in a skillet with a crunchy topping and vanilla ice cream. Grab at least two spoons and share.
Eight Delectable Disney Parks Treats for National Ice Cream Day by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando Rocked By Employee Sex Sting Arrests, Cnn Reports | Pennlive.com

(AP) View/Post Comments This is not the family friendly face that Orlando theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orland and SeaWorld Orlando want to show to the world. Instead, the theme parks are being rocked today by a CNN investigation that reveals some 42 staffers across the three parks have been arrested in sex stings or for child porn charges since 2006. According to the report , the arrest breakdown is as follows: 35 staffers from Walt Disney World, along with five from Universal Studios Orlando and two more from SeaWorld Orlando. Of that total, http://disneydarkside.weebly.com 32 have been found guilty, eight have been found not guilty and two have not entered a plea, CNN reported. The report revealed a diversity of suspects — some married with children, a pastor, others working with children for years, USAToday wrote. However, most of those featured in the CNN report appeared to reach their potential targets through the Internet and child pornography websites, the newspaper said. Many of the suspects were nabbed as they traveled to meet someone who they thought was an underage child, but in actuality was a detective working with law enforcement, USAToday noted. However, Disney defended its employee pre-screening process to CNN: “We have extensive measures in place, including pre-employment and ongoing criminal background checks and computer monitoring and firewalls,” Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said in a statement “The numbers reported by CNN represent one one-hundredth of one percent of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period.” Does this report shake your confidence in the family friendly nature of theme parks? Why or why not?
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Five Things You Might Have Missed In Critter Country At Disneyland Park

Making the MagicTomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Splash Mountain at Disneyland park. When the attraction opened on July 17, 1989, the surrounding area transformed into Critter Country , the woodland home of many favorite critters. Today, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of this land with five fun details you may have missed while exploring this shaded corner of Disneyland park.
1. Fowler’s Harbor –
Near the entrance of Critter Country, you’ll find Fowler’s Harbor – named for Admiral Joe Fowler, who oversaw the construction of Disneyland park in the 1950s. This small harbor is home to the Sailing Ship Columbia or the Mark Twain Riverboat when they are not cruising the Rivers of America .


2. Max, Buff & Melvin from Country Bear Jamboree – Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, you can find a tribute to former Disneyland park attraction, Country Bear Jamboree. I don’t want to give it away completely, but Max, Buff & Melvin, the three talking trophy heads from the show, have taken up residence inside The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh . Look for these beloved characters in the scene where Winnie the Pooh enjoys his favorite treat, honey.
3. Pooh Corner – As you exit The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, follow the pathway straight into Pooh Corner. Here you’ll see the story of the attraction continues into the shops of Critter Country! Banners celebrating Pooh’s birthday are hung from the ceiling, and other elements from his fantasy decorate the location. Don’t forget a Tigger Tail on your way out!
4. Rufus the bear in Bear Country – Before Critter Country image source opened, this area of Disneyland park was known as Bear Country (and before that, it was part of Frontierland). Near the entrance, you could hear Rufus the bear snoring inside a cliffside cave just past the Haunted Mansion . When Splash Mountain opened in 1989, there was a small nod to this sleeping bear inside the attraction, right before the first waterfall. Today, listen for Brer Bear snoring in the same spot and it might sound vaguely familiar …
5. America Sings cast at Splash Mountain –
Some of the characters from the former America Sings attraction have been re-cast to play supporting roles in Splash Mountain! Look for some of the characters welcoming Brer Rabbit home and singing about a “zip-a-dee-do-dah” day.
What is your favorite detail in Critter Country? Leave you answer in the comments below!
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This Week In Disney Parks Photos: Harambe Nights Heats Up Disney’s Animal Kingdom



Earlier this week, Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater reminded us that there are only a few more weeks to enjoy Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom .
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Harambe Nights includes “ The Lion King Concert in the Wild,” a retelling of “ The Lion King ” that features a celebrity narrator, live orchestra, choir and more. The evening event also features a welcome reception and the post-show street party that features Afro-pop music, performers, a buffet and more. Check out the gallery above for some additional photos we’ve orlando vacation never shared from the event.
Have you enjoyed Harambe Nights this year? If so, tell us what you liked about it in the “Comments” section below!
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Man Loses Fingertips On Disney World’s ‘pirates Of The Caribbean’ Ride – Yahoo Celebrity

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#disneykids: Remembering Favorite Attractions At Disney Parks

Recently, we shared our first #DisneyKids roundtable interview featuring preschoolers showing just how passionate they are about their favorite characters. Today, we’re asking them about rides at Walt Disney World Resort .


Many children visiting Disney Parks not only have their favorite attractions but they also remember every little detail about the experience. It’s fun to see company website that even at a young age, they’ve created great memories about being immersed in their beloved stories.
Do your little ones have a favorite Disney Parks attraction? Let us know in the comments.
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This Weekend: New Episodes Of “sea Rescue” And “the Wildlife Docs”

This Weekend: New Episodes of “Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs”
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Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend!
On Sea Rescue, two harbor seals come into SeaWorld San Diego with terrible injuries and the team must work hard to nurse Sharky and Roxy orlando vacation back to health. Then, a little known phenomenon called natural seepage affects hundreds of seabirds and other marine life but fortunately, help is at hand.
On The Wildlife Docs, Samantha, an older female chimp at Busch Gardens Tampa, must undergo medical treatment before she can celebrate her birthday. Then, the park’s animal experts are called to help with a mother bear and her two cubs. See how the team helps the bears and gives them a new start in life.
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.
They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers.
Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. For more information about Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit http://www.seaworldkids.com .
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Disney Junior Live Coming To Cfsb Center July 27 – Murray Ledger & Times: News

Grundy County dancers succeed at competition | Morris Daily Herald

For tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com . The show is produced webblog by Feld Entertainment, Inc., producers of Disney On Ice and Disney Live! The 2014-2015 tour of this production, which features characters from the smash hits Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, launched a 100-city national tour earlier this month. The Feld Entertainment mission of providing quality live entertainment experiences that the entire family enjoys starts with Disney Live! because it is often a young fans first theatrical experience, said producer Alana Feld. Children everywhere have fallen in love with Sofia and Jake, and we are thrilled to bring these popular Disney Junior characters back to the stage. In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate, Jake, and Disney’s first little girl princess, Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable six-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins.
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Jacie Punke, Ashlyns 14-year-old sister, placed second in her individual solo and second in a duet with 17-year-old Karys Olsen of Morris. In addition, she was seventh runner-up in the national competition. She said the most difficult part of the competition is the group dance learned at the event. Having the experience dancing with others is important, she said. When I get to the professional dance world, Ill have this experience. Karys, who was the third runner-up in the senior division nationals, said the competition helps increase her confidence. I sometimes feel like I cant do what other dancers do, Karys said. But to finish in the top three, shows me I can. Another Punke sister, 12-year-old Mara, said combining a family trip with a dance trip was what she favored most. Nine-year-old Michaela Harlan of Marseilles competed for the first time at the national level and said there was nothing better than getting on stage and performing her solo. This is my first time, and I want to compete more, she said.
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Disney Performing Arts Makes A Very ‘happy’ Dream Come True


Every vocal and instrumental group that participates in the Disney Performing Arts program is experiencing a dream come true when they perform on a Disney stage. But there was a little extra Disney magic for the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir by arranging for them to perform on the stage of Cinderella Castle .
The talented kids – ranging in age from 8 to 13 – had long dreamed of participating in Disney Performing Arts. Their fortunes went off the charts when their performance of Pharrell’s hit single, Happy, went viral, amassing more than 1.5 million views. The video also company website captured the attention of national media and led to an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Check out the photos from this exciting moment. The morning capped a magical weekend for the young dreamers who saw their performance dream come true, learned about the business of show business and did what kids do best – play in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.
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