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Disney Publishing Shares the Love of Reading By Sending One Million Books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Debuting the First-Ever Summer Reading List on shopDisney.com

Pick up a book (or a few) this summer, as Disney is encouraging kids and families to come together and share their love of reading, with its first-ever Summer Reading List. To help ensure that more readers have access to books this summer and beyond, and as part of Disney’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of storytellers, Disney Publishing is donating one million books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America across the country, including Clubs in Central Fla.

Comprised of 15 recommendations for ages 0-16, the list features new books from fan-favorite authors including New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia, Pixar animator Mike Wu, Serena Valentino and more, alongside National Geographic titles and classic Disney stories to keep everyone in the family engaged.

Curious explorers can see how technology is inspired by the natural world in Beastly Bionics , discover new worlds in Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, or get lost in Neverland with Wendy as she learns about Captain Hook’s evil plans for Peter Pan in Straight on Til Morning

Explore additional books from Disney Publishing and expand the stories with activity sheets from Anna, Elsa and The Secret River Zeus the MightyExplorer Academy and much, much more!

Many of the books on the list are available in eBook, audio book and print formats, and more book titles are available on shopDisney.com. Imagination starts today!

Disney Publishing Shares the Love of Reading By Sending One Million Books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Debuting the First-Ever Summer Reading List on shopDisney.com Disney Summer Reading List - Books

Disney Summer Reading List:

Ages 0-3:

100 First Words Lift-the-Flap Book 

Frozen 2 – Anna, Elsa and The Secret River  by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Little Kids First Board Book: Dinosaurs

Ages 4 – 8:

Ellie Book by Mike Wu

What About Worms? by Ryan Higgins

Ages 7 – 10:

Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas by Crispin Boyer 

Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature by Jennifer Swanson

Peter & Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal 

Ages 8 – 12:

Disney Chills: Part of Your Nightmare by Vera Strange

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Young Adult (Age 12 and up):

Star Wars: Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Straight on Til Morning: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch Book by Serena Valentino

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Magic Is Here at Walt Disney World Resort as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Reopen Today

This morning marks another milestone in the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park welcome guests for the first time in several months. Our cast members have been eagerly anticipating this moment and are looking forward to making magic today as only they can. 

Magic Is Here at Walt Disney World Resort as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Reopen Today

We’ll have photos from around the parks throughout the day, so keep refreshing this post for updates. You can also follow @WaltDisneyWorld on social channels for even more fun. And be sure to check back with us on Wednesday for the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Welcome Back to Downtown Disney District, Phased Reopening Begins Today at Disneyland Resort

Today, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort begins its phased reopening with a variety of specialty shopping and dining experiences.

The health and safety of guests, operating participant employees and Disney cast members are at the forefront of our planning. Several operational changes have been implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and enhanced cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District. To learn more about what you can expect on your next visit, check out Disneyland.com/DTD.

To help guide you through these new measures, cast members from our Guest Experience Team are walking throughout the Downtown Disney District to help explain our new health and safety measures and answer any questions you may have. They, along with other Downtown Disney cast members, are on hand to encourage everyone to follow these measures for the health and safety of us all.

Welcome Back to Downtown Disney District, Phased Reopening Begins Today at Disneyland Resort Cast member in World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

This one-of-a-kind Disney experience has reopened with a mix of family-friendly restaurants, favorite snacking stops and shopping boutiques you all know and love. The flagship World of Disney store reopens, offering the largest selection of Disney toys, souvenirs, accessories, collectibles and more at the Disneyland Resort.

Down the way, The Disney Dress Shop has vintage-style apparel perfect for summer, and Disney Home can give you a touch of Disney for every room in your house. Other shops to find great items include Sugarboo & Co., Curl Surf, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Rinse Bath & Body Co. and WonderGround Gallery, to name a few.

Welcome Back to Downtown Disney District, Phased Reopening Begins Today at Disneyland Resort Salt & Straw scoop shop in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

After shopping, relax and dine at one of the Downtown Disney District’s lovely patios and outdoor seating areas, such as Naples Ristorante e Bar or UVA Bar & Cafe. Enjoy a hearty meal or a gourmet treat! Savor something sweet at Salt & Straw scoop shop, or try the signature Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes outdoor order window.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Cinderella Castle is Ready to Welcome You Back to Magic Kingdom Park

Just as we’ve missed you, I know many of you have missed visiting our parks and on your next visit there will be a lot of new things to notice. We have introduced new health and safety measures throughout our parks, like physical distancing and modified restaurant menus, and at Magic Kingdom Park we’ve also continued the royal makeover of our beloved castle.

As I shared earlier this year, Cinderella Castle is currently in the process of receiving a royal makeover and the work is nearly complete! The treasured icon at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort is being made over with bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth.

Walt Disney Imagineering helped select the new royal color scheme to give Cinderella Castle its glistening new look. Special elements, such as a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim, were added to make the iconic spires sparkle in the sun. Here is a sneak peek at the regal new look, which you might see our painters applying the final coats of paint and adding the finishing touches to if you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom Park over the next several weeks:

Cinderella Castle is Ready to Welcome You Back to Magic Kingdom Park Newly painted Cinderella Castle  at Magic Kingdom Par

Cinderella Castle looks more stunning than ever and I can’t wait for you to see the progress we’ve made when we reopen Magic Kingdom Park on July 11.

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First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection

Can you believe that it’s been almost 65 years since Walt Disney welcomed the first guests to Disneyland with the famous words, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome!”? Today, I’m excited to give you all a first look at the dazzling new merchandise honoring the 65th anniversary of Disneyland.

But before we begin, I wanted to let you all know of a new, convenient way to purchase some of these new products with the Disneyland Park 65th anniversary online merchandise event.

With this online event you can purchase your favorites (along with some special items for Annual Passholders as well) on July 14 beginning at 10 a.m. PT, while supplies last, to pick up at the Downtown Disney District from July 23 through 27 or have shipped directly to your home.* Click here for more information on how you can participate in this online event from the comfort of your own home!**

Now without further ado, check out a first look at the all-new commemorative merchandise:

Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Collection:

First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection Spirit jersey with “The Happiest Place on Earth” and button-up shirt with some of the beloved icons of Disneyland park

Commemorate 65 years of magic in the newest spirit jersey with “The Happiest Place on Earth” or this button-up shirt with some of the beloved icons of Disneyland park.

First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection Mini backpack by Loungefly featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle, iconic ear hat and sparkling headband

Accessorize your looks with this adorable mini backpack by Loungefly featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle then top it off with an iconic ear hat or sparkling headband to ring in this momentous anniversary in style!

Disney Parks Pin Trading Pins:

First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection Limited edition pins featuring the Hat Box Ghost, the iconic Disneyland marquee and even a map of the park as seen in 1955

Pin traders, unite! You won’t want to miss out on the chance to purchase limited edition pins featuring the infamous Hat Box Ghost, the iconic Disneyland marquee and even a map of the park as seen in 1955!

Disneyland Park 65th Annual Passholder Collection:

First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection assortment of items available only for our Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders through the Disneyland Park 65th anniversary online merchandise event

Calling all APs! Check out an assortment of items available only for our Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders through the Disneyland Park 65th anniversary online merchandise event. From trading pins and apparel to a special Disney Parks Wishables plush of the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction, get ready to celebrate the Happiest Place on Earth!***

First Look: Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise Collection Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Merchandise

Stay tuned for even more ways to get some of the latest merchandise on shopDisney.com to honor the 65th anniversary with exclusive commemorative lithographs launching on July 17 at 7 a.m. PST! What’s your favorite Disneyland memory from the past 65 years?

*Shipping and handling fees will apply. **Merchandise is limited and not guaranteed, and purchase limits apply. ***Annual Passport discounts apply.

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Disney Parks Commitment to Health & Safety Measures

As we continue the phased reopenings of our parks and resorts across the world, promoting health and safety for our guests, cast members, and the larger community is a responsibility we take very seriously.

On Saturday, we will continue the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, marking the first of our domestic theme parks to welcome guests back to the magic. While we await California guidelines for reopening Disneyland Resort, and will adjust as necessary, we wanted to share more information on our approach to health and safety in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks.   

We remain deeply committed to focusing on your well-being when you visit or work at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. From increased cleaning and disinfecting across our parks and resorts, to updated health and safety policies, we have reimagined the Disney experience so we can all enjoy the magic responsibly. We implemented our health and safety measures after considering the guidance of government and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to the U.S. Travel Association and Disney’s team of health experts.

Together, we are a Disney family, and while COVID-19, and the risk of contracting it, is present in public places, there are many important ways that we can all help promote each other’s safety.  As we implement our guidelines at our parks and resorts, we want to thank our guests and cast members for all they do to care for one another by doing their part.

1.  Health & Wellness

At Disney, our approach emphasizes a combination of measures to help reduce risk in the carefully managed environment of our parks and resorts. 

  • Limited and carefully managed attendance: All guests will be required to make advanced ticket purchases and reservations.
  • Reduced capacity and physical distancing: We’re reducing capacity by letting fewer people enter our parks and are adjusting experiences to allow for physical distancing, a key measure reinforced by the CDC. This includes physical distancing in dining experiences, attractions, queues and other locations. Additionally, physical barriers have been installed in areas where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain, like cash registers.
  • Temperature checks: Quick temperature checks are required for all guests at entry to our theme parks.
  • Face coverings: We will be requiring both cast members and guests ages two and older to wear a face covering – unless swimming or when eating or drinking – and enforcing this policy across our parks and resorts.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer: We have increased the number of hand sanitizer locations and handwashing stations throughout our parks and resorts.
  • First Aid locations: Our first aid locations are staffed by experienced nursing staff and have updated their protocols for responding to symptoms of illness.

2. Cleaning & Disinfecting

We’ve updated our already high standards for cleanliness across our parks and resorts, with a special emphasis on areas such as attractions, queues, dining, lobbies, transportation and other common spaces.

  • Increased cleaning & disinfecting: We’re increasing the frequency of cleaning, especially for frequently-touched surfaces and high-traffic areas. Following park close, each park will receive an enhanced cleaning before guests arrive the next day.
  • New procedures for resort stays: In addition to increasing cleaning in areas such as elevators and escalators, handrails, tables, handles, and restrooms, we’ve updated our procedures for guest rooms at our owned-and-operated Walt Disney World hotels. Before arrival, every room will be given an enhanced cleaning and a light cleaning service (including removal of trash and replenishment of towels and amenities) will be offered every other day during the stay.

3. Technology Solutions

We are tapping into Disney innovation to help promote health and safety for our guests and cast members.

  • Disney apps: With the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps our guests already know and love, guests can view hand sanitizer and handwashing locations, explore digital menus, and more.
  • Limited-contact options: From Mobile Order and cashless payments, to Walt Disney World’s MagicBands and online check-in at select locations, we’re offering technology solutions that can make it easier for our guests to minimize contact and maintain physical distancing.

4. Cast Member Training & Workplace Safety

Safety starts with our cast, and we’ve adopted a number of new policies and practices for cast members at work. 

  • Training: Cast members are receiving additional training on both new measures and the continued importance of personal health and hygiene, such as handwashing and of course, staying home when ill. For some, this includes training on how to help everyone who visits to follow new health and safety measures, including wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Workplace health and safety: We’ve increased the frequency of cleaning in work areas, adjusted our work practices to promote physical distancing, and introduced new protocols for temperature checks and face coverings. 
  • Health screenings: Cast members will self-screen for temperature and symptoms of illness before each shift and will stay home if they are not feeling well.

5. Working Together

Because each of us shares a responsibility for the health of our community, we’re making resources available to make guests aware of our new policies, so they too can do their part.

  • Guest communication: We’re proactively sharing information with guests about what to expect ahead of their visit to support their planning. In our parks and resorts, we have added signage about personal health and hygiene measures, physical distancing, and more. 
  • Following our guidelines: A special group of cast members will also be present in the parks to explain our new procedures, answer questions guests may have, and encourage everyone to follow these measures to promote the well-being of us all.
  • “Together We Can Make Today Incredible” campaign: In June, we introduced “Together We Can Make Today Incredible,” a health and safety campaign that spotlights healthy behaviors featuring fan-favorite characters from the Incredibles animated movies. The campaign emphasizes that everyone has an important role to play in health and safety while engaging guests in a uniquely Disney way.

We’re looking forward to upholding this plan each day, and to the return of our guests and cast members to our parks and resorts. 

If you have additional questions about a specific experience, we hope that you’ll explore the resources below:

When you’re ready to join us at your favorite Disney destinations, we’re excited to welcome you back. Until then, be well – see you soon!

Disney Parks Commitment to Health & Safety Measures signature of Dr. Pamela Hymel

Dr. Pamela Hymel
Chief Medical Officer
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

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Select Walt Disney World Dining and Experience Reservations Open for Bookings July 7

As part of our phased reopening, guests can now book additional dining and experience reservations at Walt Disney World Resort.  

From dining inside Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park and the culinary adventures of World Showcase at EPCOT to select table-service restaurants in our Disney Resort hotels, guests can take advantage of a 60-day booking window (beginning July 7) to plan meals and other experiences.

To help you plan, here are important updates to our food and beverage experience:

  • In-Park Dining: Theme park guests will need valid park admission and a reservation for park entry through the new Disney Park Pass system, as well as a dining reservation for in-park, table-service restaurants for the same park on the same date.  Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.
  • Disney Resort Hotel Dining: A confirmed dining reservation is required for day guests and reservations are highly recommended for guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel. 
  • Disney Springs Dining: Select dining locations at Disney Springs are currently accepting reservations. Please visit https://DisneySprings.com/dining for schedules and availability.
Select Walt Disney World Dining and Experience Reservations Open for Bookings July 7 Select Walt Disney World Dining and Experience Reservations Open for Bookings July 7

Guests can also take advantage of the new My Disney Experience mobile check-in feature, which allows guests to bypass the line at the podium and check in for dining reservations at select Walt Disney World Resort table-service restaurants on their own mobile devices.

For reservations, booking windows and other offerings, visit our “Know Before You Go” page at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/experience-updates/dine/

Be sure to also check out  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ for the latest menus and offerings as we implement wellness, physical distancing and minimized contact for guests at our restaurants. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to dine in our Walt Disney World Resort restaurants! Be sure to stay connected with Disney Parks Blog for more Disney dining updates.

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate 4th of July with the Apple Pie Recipe from Whispering Canyon Café

Apple pie is iconic. For many of us, it represents comfort and a feeling of home so it is no wonder this popular dessert is truly a slice of Americana – perfect for a 4th of July celebration!  

How popular?  According to the American Pie Council, pie is the preferred dessert for holidays and apple pie gets the top nod with 1 out of 5 Americans naming it as their favorite.  

In honor of 4th of July, we are serving up America’s favorite pie with our recipe from Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Their version is layered with tart Granny Smith apples and has a cake-like top crust that is simply delicious.  

And you know what else 1 out of 5 Americans confess to, according to the American Pie Council? Eating an entire pie by themselves. Hey – no judgement here! 

#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate 4th of July with the Apple Pie Recipe from Whispering Canyon Café #DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate 4th of July with the Apple Pie Recipe from Whispering Canyon Café

Apple Pie from Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 
Makes one 9-inch pie 

PIE CRUST 

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 
  • 1/4 cup shortening 
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 4 teaspoons sugar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt 
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk 

APPLES 

  • 1 cup water 
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice 

APPLE PIE BATTER 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 2/3 cup sugar 
  • 2 egg 
  • 1 1/2 cups flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 

FOR PIE CRUST: 

  1. Combine butter, shortening, flour, sugar, and salt in bowl of electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix at medium speed until crumbly.  
  2. Add milk and mix until incorporated.  
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.  
  4. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and place in 9-inch pie plate.  
  5. Set aside. 

FOR APPLES: 

  1. Bring water to simmer in large pot.  
  2. Place apples in a steamer basket and add to pot. Steam for 10 minutes. Remove from water. 
  3. Cool to room temperature and toss with apple pie spice.  

FOR APPLE PIE BATTER: 

  1. Cream butter and sugar in bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add eggs and mix until just incorporated.  
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Slowly add to mixer and beat on medium speed until combined.  
  3. Add cream and mix until smooth.  
  4. Set aside until ready to bake.  

FOR APPLE PIE: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 1/2 cup apple pie batter on top of pie crust, spread until smooth. Top with apples and remaining apple pie batter.  
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake 20 more minutes, until golden brown.  
  3. Cool to room temperature before serving. If desired, top pie with sliced almonds and dust with confectioners’ sugar once cooled. 

NoteThis recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby. 

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe

Ava, a 13-year-old junior chef and daughter of Disney photographer Matt Stroshane, made this recipe in her home kitchen with the help of her personal sous chefs (mom and dad) and official taste tester (her 11-year-old brother, Adam). Check out Ava’s video below. 

Stay connected with Disney Parks Blog for more delicious Disney recipes and be sure to share the magic with other Disney fans using the hashtag #DisneyMagicMoments. Happy cooking! 

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Adventures at Home – Rhône River Cruise

Our “Adventures at Home” have taken you on a safari expedition to South Africa and a western-style journey to Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Today’s virtual trip by Adventures by Disney invites you to embark on a luxurious river cruise and sail through the south of France and the beautiful region of Provence. So, gather the famille, grab your boarding passes and get ready for an “Adventure at Home: Rhône River Cruise.”

#DisneyMagicMoments: Adventures at Home – Rhône River Cruise  Rhône River Cruise with Adventures by Disney
1. Bienvenue à Bord (Welcome Aboard)

Prepare to set sail along the Rhône river with Adventures by Disney to discovery the rich history, charming culture, inspired art and delectable cuisine of the south of France.  Just play this virtual tour on your computer or smart device to experience the architectural landmarks of Lyon, the vineyards of Tournon, the medieval monuments of Avignon and more.

2. Adventures by Disney Presents: Qui est le Personnage? (Who is the Character?)

On select nights, our river cruises feature a series of special activities hosted by the ever-entertaining Adventure Guides. To keep this tradition going, here is a fun family game that will put your Disney knowledge to the test… in French! The rules of the game are simple, we are going to show you the French names of various Disney characters and you have to guess them in English. Every correct guess gets you a point and the person with the most points wins!

TIP: Many streaming devices and smart TVs allow you to mirror your smart device/computer and play videos directly on the big screen.

3. Prêt à Manger (Ready to Eat)
#DisneyMagicMoments: Adventures at Home – Rhône River Cruise Mickey Macaroons

Today’s “Adventure at Home” invites you to prepare a treat that has become the ambassador of French confections, the macaron. These sweet, meringue-based pastries are available in a rainbow of colors and a symphony of flavors. Our friends at Disney Family shared the recipe to create Mickey Mouse French Macarons

4. Vues Impressionnantes (Impressive Views)

If you want to add some French flair to your next video conference, here is a downloadable background to showcase your worldly side when chatting with co-workers, classmates, friends and family. This picture-perfect sunset features Gordes, one of the most beautiful hilltop villages in France.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Adventures at Home – Rhône River Cruise

To use the background, just right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Be sure to check out the  terms of use  about using the background before you download it. Then, follow the conferencing platform’s instructions to add some Adventures by Disney magic to your video conferencing.  

If you are looking for additional ways to experience Adventures by Disney at home, make sure to check out our safari to South Africa or join our expedition to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for even more #DisneyMagicMoments and experience the magic of Disney wherever you may be.

See ya next time, adventurers! 

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Behind the Camera – Spaceship Earth Lights Up the Night at EPCOT for the First Time

Prior to the grand opening of EPCOT back in 1982, I was patiently waiting to see Spaceship Earth at night. We all knew even then what an iconic symbol that massive geosphere would be for Walt Disney World Resort, but I wanted to see it for myself. 

It did not disappoint. I took this photo the very first time Spaceship Earth lit up at night, and the way the light bounced off the geodesic panels was amazing (then and now). And then to top it off, we had a fantastic full moon that night, as well – a bit of Disney magic! So to capture both those icons in all their glory in one image, I decided to try using a multiple exposure technique. 

#DisneyMagicMoments: Behind the Camera – Spaceship Earth Lights Up the Night at EPCOT for the First Time Spaceship Earth lights up the night at EPCOT for the first time in 1982

Back then, we didn’t have digital imaging software (or digital cameras, for that matter). If I wanted a multiple exposure, I had to create it in the camera itself on a single frame of film – the definition of “old school.” Working on a tripod, I attached a super-telephoto 400mm lens to the camera to capture the moon. Then, I pressed a button on the camera that would not advance the film when I clicked the shutter. I then switched back to a wide-angle lens to capture Spaceship Earth on that same frame. 

Because it was all on film, I had no idea if it worked until I returned to my darkroom the next day and developed the shot. Wow, how times have changed! Lucky for me, this experiment turned out pretty well, and proved to me just how fantastic Disney icons look under celestial bodies – a motif I’ve played with over the course of my nearly four decades as a Disney photographer. 

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Magical Sunrise Marks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Reopening

Today marks the reopening of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and cast members were honored to once again welcome back guests.

The health and safety of guests and cast members is a top priority.  Tokyo Disney Resort is taking deliberate steps which include implementing new and enhanced health and safety measures in alignment with the guidance of local government. 

Now, let’s take a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort to check out this special sunrise from Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. 

Stay tuned for more Disney Parks news as the rest of the Disney family around the world prepares for additional park reopenings. You can experience the magic of Disney on DisneyMagicMoments.com and share your stories on social media with #DisneyMagicMoments. From all of us at Tokyo Disney Resort, welcome back!

* Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea are owned and operated by Oriental Land Co, Ltd.

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#DisneyCruiseLife at Home: A Pirate Life for You!

Ahoy, Mateys! Without a doubt, Pirate Night is one of the most popular events aboard a Disney cruise. This swashbuckling celebration is filled with exciting activities for the entire family, including a buccaneer-style feast, family game shows and special entertainment.

In today’s “#DisneyCruiseLife at Home” we are going to share tips and tricks to turn your “homeport” into a fun-filled pirate ship. So, assemble your crew and get ready to chart course towards adventure with your very own “Pirates IN the Caribbean” party.  

#DisneyCruiseLife at Home: A Pirate Life for You! Daisy, Mickey Minnie and Goofy during Pirate Night on Disney Cruise Line

1. What be ye Goin’ to Wear?  Head to your closet and grab your boots, pants and your favorite striped shirt (preferably one with black, red or navy stripes) for a rugged swashbuckler look. You can also step it up a notch with a flowy white top, dark vest and pirate hat. If you would like to add a cool accessory to your pirate-inspired wardrobe, here are the instructions to create your very own pirate bandana, courtesy of our crafty friends at Disney Family

#DisneyCruiseLife at Home: A Pirate Life for You! Kids on pirate night and a pirate bandana

2. To the Galley! Our Pirates IN the Caribbean event celebrates “a pirate’s life” in our restaurants with a special menu featuring Caribbean-inspired specialties. You can get into the buccaneer spirit and bring a taste of the islands to your house with these mouthwatering Guava Glazed Barbecue Ribs. Just click here to download the recipe

#DisneyCruiseLife at Home: A Pirate Life for You! Guava Glazed Barbecue Ribs from Disney Cruise Line

3. Mermaids Tales! You best be wary of the summoning tune of a mermaid song! Here is a way to pay tribute to these alluring mythical creatures with a batch of yummy and whimsical mermaid tail cookies from our swashbuckling friends at Disney Family. 

#DisneyCruiseLife at Home: A Pirate Life for You! mermaid tail cookies

4. All Hands Hoay! Here is a fun activity for the little adventurers in your crew. This 3D paper craft will add a few more tiny buccaneers to your pirate band. Just click here to download the template and instructions

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

On May 6, the animal care team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed a new female Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal to the herd. I’m so happy to share with you photos of little Phoenix as she recently made her first appearance on the resort’s Sunset Savanna.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The name Phoenix was chosen by our team as a symbol of strength and renewal. Phoenix was born to mom Peebles, and she’s already quite active and enjoying bonding time with her mother. This is the second Hartmann’s foal born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge this year.

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Phoenix was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program, overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The program ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of animal species. As part of this program, Phoenix is the fourth zebra born at Walt Disney World this year, and 13th overall since we began participating in the breeding program.

Please join me in welcoming Phoenix to our Disney family, and follow along on Instagram for more on #DisneyAnimals and our animal care team. We look forward to you seeing her real soon!

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If You Haven’t Tried This Chocolate Soufflé, You’re Missing Out!

Now more than ever, we’re looking for ways to bring the magic of Disney into your home. We recently brought you a virtual viewing of one of our most popular Broadway-style shows, and in today’s installment of #DisneyMagicMoments, we are showcasing one of my personal favorites – Palo!

If You Haven’t Tried This Chocolate Soufflé, You’re Missing Out! Chocolate Soufflé at Palo

The Italian-inspired  Palo restaurant  aboard each  Disney ship offers a superlative dining experience reserved exclusively for adults. Guests are invited to indulge in a menu of delectable modern Italian cuisine, coupled with a sophisticated atmosphere and superior service. But while Palo may be reserved for adults, here is a way to bring a taste of this experience to the entire family – make your own chocolate soufflé at home!

Palo Chocolate Soufflé
Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the soufflé cups
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting the soufflé cups
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2 ounces (2/3 cup) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • Vanilla Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Set a full kettle of water on to boil.
  3. Butter six 4-ounce soufflé cups and coat with sugar; set aside.
  4. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk to a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.
  6. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  7. Pour the batter into prepared soufflé cups. Place cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway the sides of the soufflé cups.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, with warm vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 small egg yolks

Directions

  1. Bring cream and vanilla bean to a low boil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine sugar and egg yolks.
  3. Add 2 spoonfuls of boiling cream to egg mixture and stir well, then pour back into the remaining cream and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes.

Of course, the dining experience at Palo doesn’t end with the fine cuisine. Palo is also home to a robust menu of adult beverages, including inventive cocktails and classic reserve wines. The restaurant’s wine list, with 99 percent Italian wines, includes about 90 labels from all regions of Italy, including a sparkling Prosecco, a lush red Barolo made just for Palo, and some of the best Super Tuscans.

One of my favorite beverages at Palo, especially paired with brunch, is the restaurant’s signature Balsamic Grande cocktail. This refreshing drink features vodka, a splash of 5-year-old balsamic vinegar and fresh muddled strawberries. Check out this video to see how you can make it at home.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes stories, recipes and other #DisneyMagicMoments coming your way from Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Parks Blog!

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Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni Make a Difference During Pandemic

Each year 100 high school students from across the country are selected to come to Walt Disney World Resort and participate in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE. Every student comes with an inspiring story, and throughout the four-day mentoring program they are encouraged to make a difference in the lives of others. So, during these challenging times, it is no surprise, that Disney Dreamers are out doing their part to help. Two of those making a difference include Ashlyn Pinkins of Gretna, Louisiana and Kaylin Garnett of Augusta, Georgia. Here are their inspiring stories.

Tracking the Virus

Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni Make a Difference During Pandemic Disney Dreamers Academy alumni Ashlyn Pinkins of Gretna, Louisiana
Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni Make a Difference During Pandemic Disney Dreamers Academy alumni Ashlyn Pinkins of Gretna, Louisiana

Ashlyn attended the 2011 Disney Dreamers Academy with a love for science.  Now she has fulfilled one of her dreams and is a public health epidemiologist for her home state of Louisiana.  Ashlyn has the critical role of documenting and tracking cases of the virus using information gathered from hospitals and other medical organizations.

“It’s just been so informative and inspirational to see how much people push forward and how much work they actually do,” said Ashlyn. “To get a firsthand account of the work people are doing in the background is just amazing.”

Ashlyn reflected on her time at Disney Dreamers Academy, saying, the experience showed her that no dream is out of reach as long as you keep working hard.

Caring for the Sick

Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni Make a Difference During Pandemic Disney Dreamers Academy alumni Kaylin Garnett of Augusta, Georgia
Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni Make a Difference During Pandemic Disney Dreamers Academy alumni Kaylin Garnett of Augusta, Georgia

2016 Disney Dreamers Academy alumna Kaylin always had a passion for helping others. She has continued to chase her dreams earning her Bachelor of Science in nursing, while also working as a certified nursing assistant and unit manager at a local nursing home.

Kaylin was assigned to care for and manage administrative duties specifically for COVID-19-positive patients. There she saw firsthand the impact healthcare professionals made.

“This experience has confirmed that being on the frontlines to help others is what I want to do in life,” Kaylin said. Her efforts over the last few months have helped contain the spread of cases at her facility.

Although her work has been as challenging as ever, Kaylin’s desire to help others inspired her to pursue her goal of becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT), having recently passed the exam while still working.

Kaylin credits Disney Dreamers Academy for teaching her the value of teamwork and inspiring her to never give up on her dreams.

Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE is a four-day, transformational mentoring program for teens that has taken place at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida annually since 2008.  Each class of 100 teens is encouraged to “Be100,” to be positive and “all in,” and to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

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Follow Along With Our Cast Members for an Inside Look at Disneyland Paris and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Last month, during a special Twitter takeover, we gave you an inside peek at the magic that’s still taking place at Disney California Adventure park, Magic Kingdom Park and Aulani Resort while we’re temporarily closed.

This week, the takeover went international – with cast members taking us on two spectacular journeys: a trip around Disneyland Paris with the ambassador team, and a safari through Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Dr. Mark Penning. If you missed any of the fun on Twitter, here’s a look back at this very special day.

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FIRST® Global Innovation Award Presented by Disney Culminates This Week in Virtual Competition

The Walt Disney Company has been a proud supporter of FIRST, the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education, for over 25 years. Disney has a long history of innovating with technology to bring beloved characters and stories to life in more imaginative and immersive ways and we are committed to leveraging our expertise to provide inspiration and opportunity to the next generation of innovators. 

This week, FIRST’s annual Global Innovation Award will feature 20 semi-finalist teams (out of 40,000 possible teams representing 100 countries), who have worked together all year during the FIRST RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season in hands-on, team-based robotics challenges, embodying the spirit of Disney innovation and developing the skills they need to create the futures they imagine. Students will explore what it means to be an innovator, and find solutions for today’s societal problems to impact the world for generations to come. 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (students ages 9-16) teams have been tasked with developing an Innovation Project — identifying unique solutions in their community and reimagining how to make their city or town a better place for everyone. Drawing inspiration from the community of Black Spire Outpost found at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Walt Disney Imagineering will be presenting unique educational opportunities during the event featuring behind the scenes looks at the development of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance given by Walt Disney Imagineers. 

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Disney’s work with FIRST is rooted in one simple commonality: a shared mission to inspire big dreams. FIRST is at the forefront of inspiring kids to dream big and reach their potential through science and technology. See where these students’ paths to change the future begin during the Global Innovation Award broadcast on Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT on FIRSTtv

To learn more about how Disney is supporting the next generation of innovators and storytellers click HERE

To learn more about FIRST and how to get involved, click HERE!

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Behind-The-Scenes: Cast Members Celebrated International Yoga Day Around the World

Last weekend marked International Yoga Day! To celebrate, we hosted hundreds of cast members for a cast-exclusive yoga event at Shanghai Disney Resort and provided thousands more all over the world with digital event offerings. Today you’re invited to join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the #DisneyMagicMoment that took place!  

At Disney we’re focused on providing our cast members with resources and offerings to promote self-care and wellness all year long. These International Yoga Day offerings are just one of the many ways that we support our cast in their wellness journeys.  

Now, let’s take a trip to Shanghai Disney Resort to see an incredible look into of how our cast celebrated International Yoga Day! 

More than 200 cast members joined Mickey Mouse and the Shanghai Disney Resort Ambassadors, Eleven and Fiona, in rolling out their yoga mats in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle. While following local health and safety measures in Shanghai, cast enjoyed the relaxing yoga session paired with a tranquil view of the sun rising over the castle.  

Behind-The-Scenes: Cast Members Celebrated International Yoga Day Around the World

“It’s a day to slow down, take a deep breath and focus your mind,” said Cici Li, Vice President of Human Resources at Shanghai Disney Resort. “I’m so happy to be able to celebrate International Yoga Day here in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle. I hope that today’s cast can learn a couple of poses that they can practice at home to stay fit and healthy.” 

Behind-The-Scenes: Cast Members Celebrated International Yoga Day Around the World Cast members celebrate International Yoga Day at Shanghai Disney Resort

The rest of our parks around the world celebrated digitally – from a virtual yoga instruction led by prominent instructor Tara Stiles for Disneyland Paris to weeklong digital yoga classes available for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort to a virtual yoga class led by cast member Mandy at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, our cast members united for wellness celebrations across the globe.  

Especially during these times, we’re proud to host experiences like these for our cast members. Stay tuned for more stories from Disney Parks and until then – Namaste and be well! 

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Disney Bounding at Home: Celebrate Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+ with New Spellbinding Looks

Based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” is now streaming on Disney+ and I’m calling on all you Disney fashionistas for a spellbinding adventure of our own. 

In celebration of the release and the search for that perfect, comfy-meets-fashion Disney look while you’re at home, I’ve partnered up with Leslie Kay, author of the new book, “DisneyBound: Dress Disney and Make It Fashion” to take your loungewear look to the next level using items you already have in your closets.

In the film, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl sets out to save his father and save the world, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Prepare to face your destiny and unlock some powerful secrets with some inspiration on how to bound as your favorite characters from the film:

Disney Bounding at Home: Celebrate Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+ with New Spellbinding Looks Artemis Fowl Bounding

Channel your inner genius with a black and white ensemble. Virtually any combination of black and white would work here so, go ahead and get creative! Complete the Artemis Fowl-inspired look with a pair of black shades to show you’re ready to take on anything that comes your way!

Disney Bounding at Home: Celebrate Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ on Disney+ with New Spellbinding Looks Artemis Fowl Bounding

Embrace your fairy green best as Holly Short with a lime green jumpsuit, slick shades, fantastical earrings and a forest green belt with matching heeled boots to let everyone know you mean business!

Some of our friends on Instagram joined in on the fun already, check out their marvelous looks and share yours with us by using #DisneyMagicMoments:

Looking for even more Disney-inspired looks to rock while streaming your favorite movies, shows and shorts? You’re in luck! Check out our other at home guides to Disney bounding as Ian & Barley from “Onward” and Anna, Elsa & Kristoff from “Frozen 2” or check out Leslie’s new book, “DisneyBound: Dress Disney and Make It Fashion.”

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New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”

For Imagineers, change is rooted in a tradition set by Walt Disney who encouraged new innovations, new ideas, new scenes and current storytelling. And the experiences they create can be enjoyed by guests who visit our parks from all over the world.

As part of the creative development process, conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape.

Stay tuned for more!

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

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Step Into California Sole, Opening this Summer in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

Stride into something comfy and cool! Your feet are going to love the distinctive styles from California Sole, the new footwear store coming later this summer to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort! Formerly known as Sanuk, this one-of-a-kind store is fresh, modern and features some of California’s most iconic shoe and sandal brands.

We had a chance to chat with the owner, Wayne Heck, who walked us through the concept behind California Sole:

What is California Sole and what will guests enjoy?

California Sole is a California-inspired, full-service footwear store. Most of the brands we carry were born here in beautiful, sunny California and each one has an amazing story to tell. Our staff is very knowledgeable and can share with guests the stories, passion and heart—or “sole”—behind each line of footwear while providing personalized service.

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What lines will California Sole carry?

At California Sole, we look for iconic craftsmanship and timeless style that inspires wearers to get out and get active. All the brands we carry are easy on the eyes and easy on the feet! We will be featuring Vans, Sanuk, OluKai, Reef and Havaianas, along with Stance socks, Pura Vida bracelets and other accessories.

We look forward to providing our guests with plenty of options in comfort, style and price points!

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Tell us about the store’s new look!

The minute guests step through our doors, we want them to feel the carefree, California lifestyle. Much like our logo is as bright as a California sunset, our new store will be light, bright and modern with iconic California artwork. In addition, our doors will stay open to appreciate the perfect weather.

As we’ve previously announced, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences (California Sole will not be open on July 9, but will open soon after that date). With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District. Please check Disneyland.com/DTD for more information.

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Buzzing About Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

It’s National Pollinator Week! Did you know that pollinators, including bees and butterflies, make one in every three bites of food possible? Or that pollinators add $15 billion of value to US crops every year? Pollinators provide a perfect example of how a little hard work and cooperation can make a big difference in the world, which is why we want to take the time to thank our hard working pollinators this National Pollinator Week. 

What is a Pollinator?

So what exactly is a pollinator? A pollinator is an animal that helps flowering plants reproduce by moving pollen from one flower to another. We can’t have fruit and veggies without pollen! Some of the best pollinators in the world are bees, and there are more than 20,000 kinds of bees in the world! You can probably recognize a honey bee or a bumble bee, but bees range from as small as a fruit fly to as big as a ping-pong ball, and can be yellow and fuzzy, metallic green, iridescent purple, and everything in between. 

Other common pollinators include butterflies, flies, hummingbirds, and bats. About 90 percent of flowering plants need pollinating insects to help them reproduce, including about 75 percent of the plants that we eat. That means without pollinators our diet would be very different! Our natural areas would be radically different as well, with no wildflower meadows or trees full of blooms each spring.     

Making a Difference

Unfortunately, pollinators are declining around the world, mostly due to habitat loss. That’s why we work hard to make Walt Disney World Resort as pollinator friendly as possible, and our team has observed more than 70 pollinator species around the resort to date! To provide even more habitat for pollinators, we even created pollinator-friendly gardens near the new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility, which provides renewable clean energy to Walt Disney World Resort.

(University of Florida is raising federally endangered Miami blue butterflies and releasing them in the Florida Keys in an effort to restore wild populations. Credit: Credit: Geena Hill)

The Disney Conservation Fund has also supported nonprofit organizations that protect more than 70 species of pollinators around the world from bay checkerspot butterflies in California and Hawaiian yellow-faced bees in Hawaii, to golden-capped fruit bats in the Philippines. Among these organizations is the University of Florida, whose team has been leading important efforts to protect more than 42 species of at-risk butterflies in Florida and California through species research and reintroductions, habitat restoration, and outreach. Together, Disney Conservation and University of Florida have raised and released into the wild more than 3,400 Atala butterflies, 10,500 endangered Miami blue butterflies and nearly 1,000 endangered Schaus’ swallowtails!

How You Can Help

You can make a difference for pollinators at your home, too, by creating a pollinator garden. Reach out to a local nursery and ask what types of native pollinator plants might be a good fit for your home garden – many are open and offer delivery or curbside pick-up. At Walt Disney World Resort, we design pollinator habitats using the mantra “diversity begets diversity.” The more different types of flowers we have – short, tall, big, small, from ground cover to towering trees – the more different types of pollinators we can attract and support. It is also helpful to have at least three of any type of plant to make sure you are providing enough flowers for any pollinator that might visit. 

Don’t have a lot of garden space? Don’t fret! You can make a meaningful difference by planting even a few flowering plants on a windowsill or in a patio container garden. See our tips on making a successful patio pollinator garden here!  

Once you have the flowering plants, watch closely to see which pollinators use the garden. Before long, you will likely see butterflies, bees, and more foraging on the nectar and pollen you provided. You can find out more about these amazing pollinators at DisneyAnimals.com and learn more about honeybees from our friends at NatGeo here

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Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures

Calling all Super Heroes big and small!

To celebrate the new season of Marvel Super Hero Adventures – the first five episodes available now on Marvel HQ – kids can customize their favorite Marvel heroes with an action-packed coloring collection inspired by the series. Free coloring sheets are available for download below.

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Kids can channel their inner art powers by coloring character favorites including Iron Man, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America, Ant-Man, Rocket and Groot, Hulk, Falcon and Doctor Strange!

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Your little Super Heroes will love the new season of Marvel Super Hero Adventures where our favorite web-slinging, wall-crawling Super Hero, is never short on adventure! Whether visiting Wakanda, capturing cosmic criminals, or finding fantastic new friends, Spidey is swinging into the action webs-first!

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Get a sneak preview of the episodes available on Marvel HQ.

Marvel Super Hero Adventures Episodes

Marvel Super Hero Adventures “Charge Ahead”

Spidey swings into his arc-powered pal, Ironheart, as the entire city loses electricity! With Ironheart’s suit shorting out too, these amazing friends will need to find a creative solution together.

Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spidey swings into his arc-powered pal, Ironheart, as the entire city loses electricity!

Marvel Super Hero Adventures “Aww… Do I Have To?”

When Hulk has his super-strength stolen by the maniacally magical Morgan Le Fay, he and Spidey are forced to think outside-the-box and remember that an open mind is a great tool for saving the day!

Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures The maniacally magical Morgan Le Fay

Marvel Super Hero Adventures “It’s On Me”

Spidey and Captain America learn a thing or two about responsibility when Cap decides to leave his new Victory Bike unlocked, only for it to get hijacked by the belligerent cyborg-space-bunny Blackjack!

Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spidey and Captain America

Marvel Super Hero Adventures “Promises Promises”

Mr. Fantastic and Spidey are building a brand-new Web-Jet when they’re visited by Mittens the cat. Spidey promises Mr. Fantastic that he’ll put Mittens outside but doesn’t keep his promise, leading to catastrophic kitten chaos!

Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spidey building a brand-new Web-Jet

Marvel Super Hero Adventures “Outside the Box”

Diamonds are being stolen one-by-one from the jewelry store, so Spidey partners up with The Invisible Woman, aka Sue Storm, to solve the mystery! Who could it BEE?

Coloring Fun With Marvel Super Hero Adventures Spidey partnering up with The Invisible Woman, aka Sue Storm, to solve a mystery.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Phased Reopening of Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, Beginning July 9

As we previously shared, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines. We are pleased to welcome back a variety of our shopping and dining experiences during this initial phase, including the flagship World of Disney store.

We are following guidelines from health authorities and government agencies, as well as applying learnings from the phased reopening at Disney Springs in Florida to guide our reopening plans. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

During the initial reopening phase, Downtown Disney District will have capacity measures in place, as well as limitations on parking and operating hours. Guests will be directed to self-park at Simba lot (at Disneyland Drive and Katella Ave). Please follow signs for clearly defined entrances and exits. In addition, Downtown Disney District hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Individual location hours may vary.

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Additional measures and information will be shared closer to the reopening date. Please check Disneyland.com/DTD for the most current information.

Pending state and local government approvals, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park plan to reopen on July 17. In addition, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will begin to reopen on July 23.

We look forward to welcoming you back next month to the Downtown Disney District!

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Disneyland Paris to Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 15

At Disneyland Paris, we have been celebrating our Disney Parks family from around the world. From our colleagues at Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland who have reopened their gates, to Walt Disney World and Disneyland who announced their plans to reopen next month – we are inspired by their resilience and proud of what they’ve accomplished to once again welcome guests back to experience the magic of our resorts.

As President of Disneyland Paris, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside our team of dedicated cast members who have demonstrated tremendous commitment to preserving the magic for our guests and fans during our unprecedented closure. The last several months have tested us and our community – both personally and professionally – but together we have persevered with optimism and determination. We are grateful for the resilience of our cast members and local community, the enthusiasm of our guests and fans, and the positive momentum of the many reopenings in the tourism industry throughout Europe. We’ve been so touched by our guests around the world who’ve found creative ways to maintain their connection to Disneyland Paris from home.

Disneyland Paris to Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 15

Now, as our community begins to recover, I’m thrilled to share that our iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle will once again welcome guests to its towering spires and sprawling vistas when the resort begins its phased reopening on July 15. Since its temporary closure in March of this year, guests of all ages have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of our premiere European destination. Come July 15, Disneyland Paris will begin a phased reopening with visitors able to return to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel, and Disney Village. We look forward to the return of our cast members and reopening our gates so that our guests may once again enjoy our resort.

Disneyland Paris to Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 15

As we approach this day, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our cast members and guests. In line with French government and health authorities’ recommendations, the phased reopening of Disneyland Paris will present a deliberate approach with enhanced health and safety measures tailored to our specific environment. This will include limits on attendance and require advanced ticketing and reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that aligns with government guidance on physical distancing.

We’ve been looking forward to the day we are all able to return to Disneyland Paris, and upon reopening, guests will be able to experience the guest service we are known for, our iconic attractions and entertainment, heart-warming new character moments, and even a few surprises along the way. As we are taking a phased approach, some experiences will change and others will return at a later date, but the magic that our cast is world renowned for will remain. We know it will take all of us working together, both cast members and guests, in this shared responsibility to promote a healthy and safe environment. More information on the enhanced health and safety measures are available on www.disneylandparis.com

Disneyland Paris to Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 15

Over the next few weeks, our teams will be taking steps to prepare Disneyland Paris for a successful reopening, from visible changes to accommodate physical distancing, to new training for all of our cast members. We know that reopening is just the beginning, and we will continually adjust our plans as appropriate in this evolving situation with input from safety and health authorities.

As we reflect on the last several months, the magic of being able to enjoy a Disney experience means so much more. I’m very much looking forward to the day when our guests and cast members can celebrate being together again. Until then, stay safe, keep dreaming, and see you soon at Disneyland Paris! After all, there is no magic without YOU!

From our friends at disneyparks.disney.go.com
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