• Another Tempting Look at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

    The 15th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens in just hours, and we couldn’t resist giving you one more look at the delectable dishes (oh, that Korean Bo Ssam wrap, and those steamed mussels from Belgium!). We know it’s also about the wine and beer (whoever heard of Purple Haze beer?), so take one more peek to whet your appetite.

    I’ll be there this weekend – and again and again until they turn out the lights on Nov. 14.

  • Disney Launches Magic of Healthy Living

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney Channel Stars

    Exciting news to share today from The Walt Disney Company. We’ve just launched a new initiative to help parents raise healthy, happy children called Disney Magic of Healthy Living. It’s a program encouraging smart eating and exercise through a year-long series of inspiring public service announcements featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and some Disney Channel stars, including Nick Jonas and Brenda Song. Here’s a first look:

    One of the big highlights of the program will take place right here at the Walt Disney World Resort. Children will be able to compete in a national essay contest to write about their ideas for living a healthy life at home, at school or in their communities. The contest will be open to kids ages 8 to 14 on October 21, 2010, and entries can be submitted through December 1, 2010. Fifty winners will be invited to Disney Magic of Healthy Living – The Weekend event at the Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about the contest, visit Disney.com/healthyfun.

    Disney Magic of Healthy Living Online

    Disney Magic of Healthy Living is also online. We’ve launched two new dedicated websites:

    • Disney.com/healthyfun will engage children about healthy living. Disney stars will help children learn everything from the latest dance move to easy snacks they can make after school.
    • Family.com/healthymagic will offer ideas and resources for parents. You’ll have access to a number of resources to help make healthy living for the whole family – from meals to articles from leading experts.

    And the initiative will include a $1 million contribution from Disney to help build play spaces and gardens in 10 underserved communities nationwide. Disney will be working with KaBOOM!, a renowned non-profit organization with the vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child.

    Check out one of the new websites today and let us know what you think.

  • LASERMAN Coming Soon to ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park

    Hey, everyone! Robin here. By now you have heard that on October 8 Disney California Adventure Park will unveil its all-new nighttime interactive event, ElecTRONica. And, as promised, I am here to share with you another exciting offering that will come alive once you “step into the grid” and into the world of “TRON: LEGACY.”

    Each night, guests entering ElecTRONica will be captivated by the incredible talents of LASERMAN.

    LASERMAN at Disney California Adventure Park's ElecTRONica

    LASERMAN will demonstrate his unique talents and skill in a stunning performance that combines music, lights, and lasers. Check it out…

    LASERMAN at Disney California Adventure Park's ElecTRONica

    I can’t wait for everyone to see this exciting new entertainment offering, and LASERMAN is just a part of what you will experience when ElecTRONica powers up the fun.

    Keep your eyes and ears open. There’s more to come…

    Oh, by the way, what do aliens, gorillas, and bugs all have in common? Curious? I will reveal the answer in my next post and you’ll see how it all fits in with ElecTRONica.

  • A Train’s Life 2: The Disneyland Railroad

    I hope you enjoyed the daytime photos of Disneyland Railroad from my last post.

    This next photo was captured by using a technique called “panning.” I hand held the camera set at a slow shutter speed while moving (panning) it with the speed of the train. I like this technique because it makes the subject stand out by blurring the background.

    Image of Train Taken With a Technique Called ‘Panning’, By: Paul Hiffmeyer

    When I was scouting for this shot during the day, I liked the angle but decided that a photo at night would be much more interesting.

    New Orleans Square Train Station, By: Paul Hiffmeyer

    I really liked this photo when I first saw it, but what really made me want to share it was that Engineer Gary stood still for a full 4 seconds while I took the photo and the train’s headlight is lighting the tunnel so it gives this a picture a huge depth of field.

    Engineer Gary in His Train, By: Paul Hiffmeyer

    The main reason I wanted to photograph the trains at night was to get this next photo. I have photographed the trains at Main Street Station many times but always during the day. I just knew that a photo at night from this angle would make a very cool photo. What do you think?

    Train at Main Street Station, By: Paul Hiffmeyer

  • Dive! Dive! Dive!

    Hey there Disney Parks Bloggers! We just received a new batch of photos showing the progress of the Disney Dream and we are excited to share them with you.

    Check out this cool image! This giant submarine will be the centerpiece of Explorer Pod, one of four themed areas at Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream is a child-friendly oasis that transports kids to the magical lands of Disney fairies, friendly monsters, adventuresome toys and undersea exploration. Disney’s Oceaneer Club is open to 3-to-10-year-old children.

    Construction of Explorer Pod

    Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” Explorer Pod features 16 interactive computer stations. Outside of the sub, eight computer stations provide gaming fun as the familiar flock of seagulls from “Finding Nemo” looks on.

    Rendering of Explorer Pod

    We’ll continue sharing updates every week so make sure to keep visiting the blog.

  • Someday Your Prince Will Come…A Royal Engagement at Cinderella’s Royal Table

    A Proposal at Cinderella’s Royal Table
    And let’s hope he knows about “The Glass Slipper, A Royal Engagement at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park.” Because where better to stage a marriage proposal than Cinderella Castle?

    Though you may be too nervous to eat, you can propose over a lunch or dinner that includes appetizers, entrées and two non-alcoholic drinks in Champagne flutes (alas, no Champagne in the Magic Kingdom). You bring the ring, they provide a glass slipper etched with rose petals. Disney photographers will be there to capture your darling’s delight. If you’re not the jealous type, Cinderella will join you for a photo.
    The Happy Couple
    End the sweet experience with a Chocolate Slipper Royal Dessert, a white chocolate slipper filled with chocolate mousse on a “pillow” of angel food cake with fresh berries.

    Reservations are limited and Magic Kingdom admission is required. For reservations, call 407-824-4477. Cost is $300 plus tax and gratuity.

  • Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

    Via Napoli Ovens

    Up until this week, our coverage of Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion at Epcot only included descriptions and a rendering. But authors Pam and Gene changed that by taking us inside the new Walt Disney World restaurant – and it’s even better than I’d hoped. The three wood-burning pizza ovens that represent Italy’s active volcanoes (Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli) also have a Disney touch.

    Via Napoli Pizza

    As for the pies, Via Napoli Executive Chef Charlie Restivo shared the secret combo: the oven, the mixer and the ingredients. The mozzarella is flown in from Italy, the water from a source in the U.S. that is similar to the alkaline of the water in Naples and San Marzano tomatoes. The official opening is September 10 and you can start making reservations today – (407-WDW-DINE).

    Now, here’s the weekly list of other stories we posted on The Disney Parks Blog:

    ‘PeopleMover’ is Coming Back at Walt Disney World – Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the “super skyway” that allows guests a glimpse of a variety of attractions in Tomorrowland of Magic Kingdom, has been renamed Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

    Injured Sea Turtles from the Gulf Arrive for Care at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Eight turtles injured by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have begun their rehabilitation at Walt Disney World Resort today under the care of Disney animal experts.

    A Special Treat: Espresso with Walt Disney – Walt Disney is pictured with the same espresso machine that is still in place at Café Orleans at Disneyland park today.

    Having A Laugh – Go behind the scenes of the new Vinylmation Have-A-Laugh series with designer Eric Caszatt.

    Quiet Cove Pool Taking Shape on the Disney Dream – Check out this construction photo of the Quiet Cove adult pool is taking shape on the 11th deck of the Disney Dream.

    We Asked, You Told Us: The Attraction That Makes You Feel Most Like a Kid Again – Last week, we asked fans of the Disneyland Facebook page, “What attraction at the Disneyland Resort makes you feel most like a kid again?” We received a lot of responses – more than 4,300 – but the number one response was “Peter Pan” for Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland park.