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Spaceship Earth in Blue

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Playing Tonight: Wishes

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The Princesses Magazines

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2012

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Happy New Year from Walt Disney World

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A Christmas Castle

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Christmas on Main Street U.S.A.

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Christmas Night - Disneyland Paris

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Happy Holidays from Disneyland Paris

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Happy Holidays at the Magic Kingdom

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Pecos Bill Entrance

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Considered by many as the meanest, toughest, roughest cowboy of them all, Pecos Bill has been credited for inventing all things Western from rodeos to cowboy dancing to spurs, hats, and lassoes. He can draw faster shoot straighter and ride a horse harder than any man alive.

Unfortunately, we don't know when and where he was born, just that he was raised by coyotes and that his name comes from the river in Texas. Over the years, Pecos Bill along with his trusty horse, Widowmaker, have made quite a name for themselves forging new trails and taming others.

Legend tells us several tall tales, like the time Pecos Bill jumped on a powerful twister and rode it like a bucking bronco. Then there was the time when Pecos Bill dug out a path to create the Rio Grande river during a severe drought that hit his beloved Texas. And then there was the day Pecos Bill was so bored that he took his handy six-shooter and shot out all of the stars in the sky except for one. That's why they call Texas the 'Lone Star State.'

In 1878, with the encouragement of his friends, Pecos Bill decided to open his own watering hole, a restaurant, whose motto very much reflects its one-of-a-kind owner, 'The Tastiest Eats and Treats This side of the Rio Grande.' Pecos Bill called it the Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and it quickly became a popular hang-out for some of his legendary friends.

As time went by, it became a tradition when each friend paid a visit they would leave something behind for Pecos Bill to remember them by. As you can see from the articles and artifacts that don the walls, many of which carry inscriptions, Pecos Bill had some mighty impressive friends.

Seems that every trail eventually led to the Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.



Mickey’s On Top of the World - The Construction of Disney's Hollywood Studios

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This is Mickey Mouse walking on top of the world. You know which world I’m referring to, right? The Crossroads of the World landmark found at the entrance.



Based on the original structure from Sunset Boulevard, The Crossroads of the World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has one noticeable difference, Mickey Mouse. While Mickey looks itty bitty from the ground below, you can get a better sense of his size from the photograph below taken on Dec. 21, 1988.


Mickey is 5’3” tall while the spinning globe he stands on is 6 feet in diameter. His right ear is made out of copper in order to serve as a lightning rod. Both Mickey and the globe were created by former Disney master sculptor Perry Russ.


Sitting on top of the world, Mickey has been walking and waving to every guest entering the park since opening day.






Giant Christmas Ornament at Disney's Contemporary Resort

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Pictures by Marcio Disney






Christmas Tree and Spaceship Earth

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IllumiNations in HDR - Fireworks at Epcot

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This picture was not taken by me! If you own the rights for this pic, just let me know!






ARTISTIC PAINTING - The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Everyday! Starting at dusk :-D



Haunted Mansion Holiday

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Disneyland Christmas Castle

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Earliest Official Candlelight Photo from 1959

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This past weekend we celebrated Candlelight at Disneyland park. As we were getting ready for the event, we came across this photo from our archives.


Candlelight started in 1958 at Disneyland park, but the first photo we have of the ceremony is from 1959. 

The colors are so vivid, and Main Street, U.S.A. looks much like it does today. It seems as if the photo was just taken yesterday. However, if you look a little more closely, you’ll notice that the members of the choir are sporting various looks from the ’50s.

Look at the people in the crowd along Main Street and see how well-dressed they are.



Christmas Tree on Main Street

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Happy Birthday, Walt!

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The Santa Mickey Crispy

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Mickey and Minnie - Christmas Day Parade

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Magic Kingdom Utilidor

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According to modern legend, Walt Disney was bothered by the sight of a cowboy walking through Disneyland's Tomorrowland enroute to his post in Frontierland.[1] He felt that such a sight was jarring, and detracted from the guest experience. When the Florida park was being planned, engineers designed utilidors to keep park operations out of guests' sight.The utilidors are beneath the Magic Kingdom, but they are not a basement. Because Florida has such an elevated water table, most of these tunnels were actually built at ground level. That means the Magic Kingdom was built above that. All the guests of the park are one storey high. Parts of Fantasyland, including Cinderella's Castle, are at third-story-level (this is why the castle seems to loom so large as guests approach it via Main Street, USA). The ground's incline is so gradual that guests do not realize they are ascending to the second and third stories. The Magic Kingdom is built upon soil which was removed from what is now the Seven Seas Lagoon.The utilidors are built on 9 acres (36,000 m2), and the floor plan is a circle with a path down the middle. The tunnel walls are color-coded to make it simple for users to determine their location. The utilidors can be accessed from a main tunnel entrance located behind Fantasyland, or through unmarked doors throughout the Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom cast members park about one mile (1.6 km) away and are transported via a Disney bus to the tunnel. Some shops, restaurants and attractions have direct access to the utilidors.[...]



Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

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Happy 176th Birthday to Mark Twain

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 Born November 30, 1835Writer & humorist Mark Twain is born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the small town of Florida, Missouri. (He will be raised in Hannibal, Missouri.) Walt Disney admired Twain's writing and so the famous author's name and image can be found scattered throughout Disney theme parks all over the world. Tom Sawyer Island - based on Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - is the only Disneyland attraction that Walt personally designed!Disneyland also features the Mark Twain Riverboat, which takes guests on a 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America.Both Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland have versions of the Mark Twain Riverboat as well.In Florida, Mr. Twain appears in Epcot's Audio-Animatronic stage show The American Adventure, and the Magic Kingdom features a version of Tom Sawyer Island (located in Frontierland).Disney's 1990 animated The Prince and the Pauper is loosely based on Twain's classic novel The Prince and the Pauper, first published in 1881.In 1991 The Disney Channel aired the Disney Channel Premiere Film Mark Twain and Me, about a young girl who befriends the famous writer.[...]






The Walt Disney World Dream

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Cinderella Castle Balloon

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Enjoy the Original Coca-Cola Taste at the Magic Kingdom

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Delicious, Refreshing and Uplifting!

Coca-Cola sponsored the first Disney television show, One Hour in Wonderland, which aired as a special on December 25, 1950. When Disneyland opened in 1955, Coke became a participant with the Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., and remains a participant there today. Coca-Cola is now the global beverage provider for all of Disney's 11 parks in the U.S., Hong Kong, France and Japan.





Walt Disney Dances The Night Away at Disneyland

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In this 1958 photo, Walt is having so much fun dancing at Carnation Plaza Gardens.



Mickey Pretzel

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"You can only find them one place: in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom at Frontierland Pretzel Wagon between the Diamond Horseshoe and Pecos Bill Cafe (next to the turkey leg cart). Pair the twist with cheese and chocolate dipping sauces. Insiders tell us it’s still in “testing phase” at Walt Disney World Resort, but we bet it’s here to stay.

You also can find it at Disneyland park at Refreshment Corner, Bengal Barbecue, Frontierland Pretzel, Small World Pretzel and Tomorrowland Pretzel. At Disney California Adventure Park, they are sold at Bayside Brews, the Beer Truck and Hollywood Pretzel."

- Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer





Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

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Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He was voiced by Walt Disney from 1928–1946 theatrically, and again from 1955–1959 for the original ABC TV The Mickey Mouse Club television series. The Walt Disney Company celebrates his birth as November 18, 1928, upon the release of Steamboat Willie which was released at the Colony Theater in New York on Nov. 18, 1928, although Mickey had already appeared six months earlier in an unfinished test screening of Plane Crazy (Steamboat Willie being the first Mickey Mouse Cartoon to be released).




Mickey in Vintage Guest Room at Disney's Contemporary Resort in 1972

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This photo was taken in 1972 in one of the resort rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.



Partners - Disneyland

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A Haunted Mansion is Built [Vintage Picture]

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Here is a look at The Haunted Mansion while it was still under construction on February 24, 1971.



Happy Halloween 2011

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From Disney Parks all over the world![...]



Mickey’s Super-Stretch LiMOUSEine

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“Make it a stretch; in fact make it a super stretch.” You may not know but Rock 'n' Roller Coaster's limo wasn’t the first super-stretch limo to hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mickey Mouse also had a limo of his own? Take a look at this beauty.That’s a 40-foot LiMOUSEine that Mickey Mouse rode while on a 37-city tour promoting the opening of the Disney-MGM Studios in 1989.LiMOUSEine’s features: Four cellular phones, a radio remote DJ booth, two Sony TVs with VCRs, and four sunroofs. But, the crown gem has to be that hood ornament: a 24-karat gold-plated Tinker Bell and a lot of pixie dust!The LiMOUSEine was also equipped with a Sony RDSS Wayfarer Mobile Communication System, which allowed Minnie to pinpoint Mickey’s whereabouts on a personal computer back at home. And just in time for the Walt Disney World Resort 25th Anniversary, the LiMOUSEine got a paint job.* All pictures by Disney [...]



Amazing Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

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Pictures by Cory Disbrow



Giant Disney Sleeping Beauty Sand Castle Created in Paris

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For the first time, Disneyland Paris is participating in Paris Plages. This is a 16-foot sand sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle.Paris Plages is a yearly summer event held in the heart of Paris where the Seine riverbanks are transformed into a giant beach.Seven expert sculptors worked for nearly 300 hours to transform 60 tons of natural sand into our famous castle along the Seine River. Take a look at their finished work [Click to Enlarge]:*All Pictures by Disney [...]



Parasol Parade at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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Early rising guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort can enjoy a parade of over fifty parasol-toting housekeepers on Mondays and Fridays. The tradition began when the Resort first opened in 1988. The Housekeeping Team members gather at 8 a.m. at the marina and stroll through the Victorian courtyard around the pool. "This morning (October 3rd, 2011), 5-year-old cousins and resort guests Eva Brackmann and Rachel Pinne had the honor of leading the colorful procession. Joseph Brackmann, 7, captures the special moment, sure to be a special one that will not soon be forgotten."- Gene Duncan Pictures by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort[...]



The Freaky Gingerbread House in Haunted Mansion Holiday

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Here’s a shot of the fabulous gingerbread confection that’s the centerpiece of the table in the ballroom in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. It may look fancy, but there’s a dark side to all that sweetness and 500 pounds of gingerbread.The six-foot-tall house is on display through Christmas, thus the “Jack Skellington Meets Santa Claus” theme.   Brian D. Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development, shared a quick color sketch that was used to inspire pastry chef Jean-Marc Viallet to create the edible overlays.The foundation is wood and wired for animation, then the house goes to the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery for a 3-week layover to apply more than 500 lbs of gingerbread, ten yards of fondant and miles of frosting and oversized candies. Because the six-foot house stays on display through Christmas, the design is a blend of the holidays, inspired by Jack Skellington and the animated film, “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.”“Imagine if Jack Skellington had landed on the Haunted Mansion and decorated it with his vision of Halloween and Christmas,” says Brian. “The two holidays collide with pumpkins, freaky presents, a dead Christmas tree and more.”This year’s house is more pastel, done with light orange and purple. But the cuteness gives way to a “freaky twist” when the house opens to reveal evil teeth, red eyes that light up, a “happy cookie” that revolves to a “mean cookie.”There is so much to see in the ballroom scene, says Brian, including that dead, 25-foot-tall Christmas tree. It takes several trips through the attraction to take it all in.Work on the gingerbread house started at the end of 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2011. Opening day was September 16! [...]



Golden Oak Homes at Walt Disney World Resort

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Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort is a luxury residential resort community within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and will be owned and operated by a newly formed Disney subsidiary, Golden Oak Realty. The development will be located southeast of the Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake. The area was named to pay homage to Walt Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in California. One of the first community members will be a grandfather who has been visiting the theme parks with his extended family for years. His home is amazing. It includes a bedroom and play area for his seven grandchildren filled with special touches. Another special Disney touch on the exterior of every Golden Oak home will be a customized medallion.This is the first released artist rendering of a Tuscan village courtyard home from June 2010 Golden Oak celebrates the timelessness of Old World and Old Florida architecture while being attuned to contemporary resort living. Expressing this enduring statement of design will be four lovely neighborhoods, with homes starting at $1.4 million.Once existing only in dreams, this magnificent resort community can now be your family's destiny. Golden Oak offers first-ever whole ownership of custom single-family homes at Walt Disney World® Resort—a glorious place to share time together, where the recognizable whistle of the Walt Disney World® Railroad can be heard from the Magic Kingdom® Park.The story of Golden Oak begins in true once-upon-a time fashion. As a youth in Missouri, Walt Disney would lie beneath the spreading branches of his "dreaming tree" and let his imagination run free. It was here that Walt's talents for storytelling and fantasy began to take shape into some of the world's most beloved characters.Years later, a scenic ranch in California's Placerita Canyon proved an equally inspiring location for filmingsegments of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show. Walt Disney Productions purchased portions of the property in 1959 and, over the years, acquired more than 900 acres to reserve its quiet vistas for TV and movie productions and protect its harmony with nature. In fact, Walt and his family spent time relaxing and playing on the ranch. The name of this ranch? Golden Oak, in honor of a storied tree there, under which some say gold nuggets had been found in 1842. From these illustrious origins, the legacy continues with Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort.[...]



Mickey Welcomes a New DVC Member

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"When this little one stood in the doorway, he gave us the reaction we live for as parents that tells us we just made a dream come true – his jaw dropped, he gasped and said, “Wow!”


See the sash on the door? It reads “Welcome Home” on one side and “Member Since” (and the year you became a DVC member) on the other. You can even bring it back to your Disney resort each time you visit to let everyone know you’re a member. And those magical footprints on the floor? They can also serve as computer mouse pads."
 - Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making

For more details, visit http://www.disneyflorist.com/



Two Princesses Meet at the Magic Kingdom

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"On this special morning, I photographed a darling little girl as she met Rapunzel for the very first time. Ava was nearing her fifth birthday (which she spent having breakfast with the princesses inside Cinderella Castle) and her autograph book lacked only one princess – Rapunzel. As a surprise, Ava’s parents took her to the Magic Kingdom early one morning and walked directly to Fantasyland to make sure she was first in line to greet Rapunzel. I hope these photographs speak for themselves."- Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort [...]






Fishin’ with Friends at Walt Disney World

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posted 1 year ago, on August 27th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort



As I strolled through Camp Minnie-Mickey this week, I happened upon three of our favorite Disney personalities quietly waiting for “the big one.” I’m glad they brought a lunch box along, as I reckon it is going to be a long day. Goofy, wake up! I think you’re getting a nibble.
-Gene Duncan



Disneyland Paris - Entrance Gate

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Disneyland Paris - Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

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The Castle features two parts, a dungeon type area in the base featuring a Audio-Animatronic dragon, and above, a concrete balcony walkthrough area with Sleeping Beauty stained glass windows and tapestries. There are also several shops selling glass figures, ornaments and gifts.







Disneyland Paris - Main Street at Night

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Restaurantosaurus - Eat Here

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Disney's Animal Kingdom - Dinoland U.S.A





Owl Statue inside the Tower of Terror

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Official Picture by Disney



Main Street USA bustle

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Walt Disney World Picture of the Day for 08.18.11 by Knell StudioWorks -

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Water Fountain at Hong Kong Disneyland

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by Dallas Goh



Hit the Brakes... Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama!

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Disney's Animal Kingdom
D i n o l a n d   U . S . A .

Hit the Brakes... Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama!



Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management Entrance Sign [2 pics]

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Magic Kingdom
Adventureland






Boat in the Discovery River at Disney's Animal Kingdom [2 pics]

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Disney's Animal Kingdom
Discovery River 






Sheet Music inside the Tower of Terror

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Official Picture by Disney

If you look closely, the sheet music under this trumpet is actually a copy of “What! No Mickey Mouse? (What Kind of Party Is This?),” which was composed by Irving Caesar in 1932.



Cinderella Wishing Well at the Magic Kingdom [6 Pictures]

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Cinderella's Wishing Well at Walt Disney World rests in a small side area high on the path that leads from the castle toward Tomorrowland. Like its Disneyland cousin, it is a wonderful place to take a short break in the afternoon or to enjoy a romantic moment late in the evening.  "If you look closely at the sides of the well, you can see the mice and birds, trying to make a dress for Cinderella while eluding the evil Lucifer. These characters were sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson." -AllEars.NetThis is a great photo spot for romantic couples. Come on! Make a Wish!Since this area is rarely crowded this is the perfect place to relax!And let's finish with a 360º picture! Enjoy :-D[...]



Happy Birthday, Haunted Mansion!

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Aug 09, 1969 Haunted Mansion Opens at Disneyland It was on this day in 1969 that Haunted Mansion, one of the most beloved attractions at Disneyland, finally opened its creaking doors. Construction on the Mansion had begun seven years before, but work ceased on the project when Walt and his Imagineers were forced to turn their attentions to the 1964 World’s Fair. After that, years were spent devising exactly what would go inside the creepy house on the edge of New Orleans Square. Originally, it was conceived that Haunted Mansion would be a walk-through attraction, but with the arrival of the Omnimover transportation system, Imagineers settled on “doom buggies” as a solution. Disney Legend Paul Frees, who provides narration as guests are whisked through the spooky attraction, also voiced narration for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and was the voice of Ludwig Von Drake.[...]



Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

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Picture by Disney


The castle, which was finished in August 1991 (20 years ago last week), is a bit different than the first Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California. The French version features pink-tinted turrets, stained-glass windows and a basement cavern that is home to a dragon (La Tanière du Dragon), who awakens if you wait long enough.




Sorcerer's Hat With Sky

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A Grand Opening for Via Napoli

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posted at the Official Disney Parks blog on August 6th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food WriterCue a horse-drawn carriage with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in festive Italian attire … a comical Italian grape-stomping … a fanciful ribbon cutting … Thursday’s celebration made for fun to officially open the doors of Via Napoli, the newest Epcot restaurant located in the Italy Pavilion.On hand were Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot; Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group (PRG), which operates Via Napoli; and Chef Joachim Splichal, founder of PRG and one of the most talented chefs on the American culinary scene. Among guests we sighted Paul Bocuse, the legendary French chef who opened Les Chefs de France at the Epcot France Pavilion. Architects, designers and others who created the light-filled restaurant were celebrating en masse. You can make reservations calling (407-WDW-DINE). Pizzas were flying as news cameras roamed the restaurant to record the happy occasion. Here are some photos shot by our own Disney crew: Via Napoli at Epcot – Now Thazza Pizza posted on August 3rd, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer The lively, 300-seat restaurant that is operated by Patina Restaurant Group is full of energy with an open kitchen and three wood-burning pizza ovens that represent Italy’s three active volcanoes (Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli). Those ovens were cranked up to 700°F with oak wood, and we got a kick out of the Disney touch: each of the ovens is ornamented with an open-mouthed face, waiting to “swallow” the mouth-watering pizzas. Elizabetta, our young server from Terni, Italy, walked us through the menu while we sipped Acqua Frescas, the house-made seasonal fruit juice coolers (the blood orange trumped the limonata). If you’re hungry or have at least four gathered for lunch or dinner, try the fritto misto, an enormous platter of fried mozzarella, calamari, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini, artichoke hearts and arancini (rice balls) – [...]



Frog From Rainforest Cafe [3 pictures - Menu & Photo Spot]

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Disney's Animal Kingdom - Rainforest Cafe - EntranceRainforest Cafe in Disney's Animal Kingdom brings adventure to the lunch and dinner table with outstanding American cuisine that includes luscious salads, pasta, sandwiches, seafood, burgers and poultry dishes, as well as a variety of vegetarian selections.  Top off your dining safari with a signature dessert such as the Journey's End Sparkling Volcano, a chocolate brownie tower topped with ice cream, whipped cream and caramel and chocolate sauces—it's erupting with sweet goodness! The Rainforest Cafe also serves breakfast with traditional favorites that include cinnamon toast lathered in fresh fruit and warm maple syrup, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs and omelettes.Sample MenusAll Day[...]



Tower of Terror - Lobby

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Official Picture by Disney



Yak & Yeti Restaurant - Anandapur [6 pictures]

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Yak & Yeti Restaurant provides fine table-service dining during lunch and dinner. Situated at the base of Mt. Everest in the small town of Anandapur in the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, this grand old house turned restaurant sets out adventurous meals of Asian cuisine that combines flavors from China, India and Nepal.The menu at Yak & Yeti Restaurant is comprised of delicacies such as roasted half duckling with an orange wasabi glaze and—a signature dish—tempura-battered shrimp dipped in chili plum sauce with coconut-ginger rice.Hot teas, chilled sake, Asian beers and wine are available as a beverage accompaniment to your meal at Yak & Yeti Restaurant. The daring might indulge in one of the exotic specialty drinks from the full-service bar like the Yak Attack, Shanghai Express and Bonsai Blast.The children's menu at Yak & Yeti Restaurant offers egg rolls, burgers and a veggie lo mein—sure to satisfy young adventurers as well as picky eaters.This restaurant offers a feast to pique your yearning to find the yeti.Beautifully decorated with Nepalese artistic touches and sand-washed hues, Yak & Yeti Restaurant features an array of artifacts from the collection "the proprietor" and his family amassed from their travels across Southeast Asia. Some of these souvenirs include statues, fine tapestries and 900-pound, gold inlaid silk puppets.Collect a few trinkets of your own from the Yak & Yeti Restaurant gift shop, which carries an assortment of regional wares, from incense, sushi plates and fine teapots, to silk purses and saris.On June 8, 1924, George Mallory disappeared on Mount Everest during his third summit attempt. He was almost 38 years old. He was carrying rudimentary equipment, including a few heavy oxygen tanks, and reaching the "third pole" would be as challenging as going to the moon. At over 29,000 feet, Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain. Early explorers considered it the “third pole,” sinc[...]



Walt Disney at Café Orleans and Plaza Inn [1966]

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Walt Disney at Café Orleans and Plaza Inn [1966]Shortly after New Orleans Square opened in 1966, Walt posed for this photo with Cast Members at the Creole Café. Later renamed Café Orleans, you can still find delicious desserts, and of course, espresso there.Nowadays, you can go to Café Orleans to see the very same espresso machine pictured with Walt after all these years.These little connections to Walt Disney are always a special treat to discover at Disneyland park. Do you have a favorite place or item in the parks that especially reminds you of Walt? And we have one more picture! This one was taken at the Plaza Inn, in 1966, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share a cup of coffee with.[...]






Friendship Boat [Epcot]

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Lampshade inside the Tower of Terror

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Casey's Corner Facade

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A Pirate's Life for Me

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Walt Disney World / Magic Kingdom / Adventureland / Pirates of the Caribbean Entrance



Historical Chairs inside the Tower of Terror

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These chairs are actually authentic antiques that date back to the Renaissance. (Similar sets can be found at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London).



Fantasyland Forever

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Gene Duncan (photographer) had the privilege of experiencing the magic and beauty of Walt Disney World Resort for 36 years, usually with camera in hand. Granted, he has also had extraordinary access to areas not usually visited by Disney guests.Five years ago, He spent an afternoon at the Walt Disney World Horticulture compound, commonly referred to as the “tree farm”, wandering through the topiary construction area. Millions of guests have admired the finished pieces inside our parks, but few have seen them before or after their days “onstage”. I love “getting lost” there when I can …This image is one of a series noting the ultimate whimsy in truly inanimate objects. The original transparency was made using a Fuji 680 medium format camera, and then converted to black and white.Picture posted at the official Disney Parks blog on September 30th, 2009 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort[...]






Mouse Gear Entrance at Night

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Click Here to read: Mouse Gear – Camera Bag Review (Sling Shot 200, Fastpack 250 and Think Tank Airport TakeOff) by Doug Norris



Tiger at Maharajah Jungle Trek

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Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the place to be for all who loves Tigers!







World Showcase Base's Torch at Epcot

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The King of Disneyland

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This photo shows Walt Disney standing on the Mark Twain in Disneyland park in July 1955, just days before the park officially opened to the public.






IllumiNations Fireworks as seen from the Swan & Dolphin hotel

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Signage in front of Spaceship Earth [Epcot]

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Click Here to see the original post with amazing signage of Epcot






Thank You for Visiting Dinoland, U.S.A.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom



Spaceship Earth and the Lake at Night

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This one was shot yesterday night by Matt Roseboom - Orlando Attractions Magazine Editor / Publisher - while he was waiting for IllumiNations (Fireworks) at Epcot, Walt Disney World.Thanks Matt! I really love this one :-DClick Here to see a quick video with part of tonight's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Orlando Attractions Magazinehttp://attractionsmagazine.com/Twitter@attractionshttp://twitter.com/attractionsSubscribe now! Only $19.99/year and they ship the magazine worldwide!http://attractionsmagazine.com/subscribe.php[...]