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May 13

Cinderella’s Sand Castle Returns This Summer

Cinderella Sand Castle Summer Disney Magic Kingdom“Celebrate the Magic” commemorates the start of a Monstrous Summer at Walt Disney World Resort, beginning May 24, at Magic Kingdom. The nighttime spectacular, which uses projections to transform Cinderella Castle into a kaleidoscope of Disney characters and stories, introduces a new summer segment including Lilo and Stitch, Ariel and Sebastian and more. Part of Limited Time Magic, the special show addition will last all summer long.


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May 13

Scenes From the Opening of 24 Hours at Disney This Morning {Monsterous Summer}

Monsterous Summer Mike Sulley All Nighter Disney Magic Kingdom Train Station

This morning Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts kicked off a Monstrous Summer by giving guests the chance to spend 24 magical hours inside three Disney theme parks.

From 6 a.m. May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, on each coast, guests will experience unprecedented monster madness inside Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort – heading into Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.

Monsterous Summer Mike Wozowski Disney Splash Mountain

Monsterous Summer Mike Wozowski Disney Splash Mountain

The event features special entertainment, Monsters-themed merchandise and frightening food and boo-verages – one scary good time!

In Florida, the festivities at the Magic Kingdom started at 6 a.m. ET with characters Mike Wazowski and best pal James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”) from the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University joining other beloved Disney characters to help open the park with a Monstrous momentMike and Sulley also took their turn as Grand Marshals of the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.

In California, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park guests were treated to fireworks and live entertainment signaling the 6 a.m. PT opening.  Fans hit up the dance floor at Disneyland Park. Disney California Adventure weighed in with the freshly-built Monsters University “dorms” in Hollywoodland and a new Monsters University-themed float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

Monsterous Summer Mike Sulley All Nighter Disney Magic Kingdom

How long do you think you would last if you attempted 24 hours at Disney?


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May 13

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Pictures {Day 1}

For the past three years Disney PR has put on a highly coveted event called Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  The event offers influencers in the social media space, namely bloggers, an opportunity to learn and connect with other influencers while simultaneously vacationing with their family at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It’s quite the opportunity and invitations are dreamt about throughout the year leading up to the event. Attendees arrived at Walt Disney World yesterday and started feverishly tweeting with the hashtag #DisneySMMoms. Here are some of the highlights.

Be sure and give these ladies and gents a follow to stay abreast of all the #DisneySMMoms happeneings over the next couple days!

In advance of the conference, attendees were mailed an American Tourister suitcase and were told to #PackMoreFun. We think (@LoveDisneyRun) nailed it!

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms American TouristerI also can’t help but share the customizations @VelveteenMind made to her green bag!

Monsters Inc Mike Wazowski Suitcase Green University Disney Social media MomsSome flew and some drove but the final destination was the same! (source @theqfamily)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Welcome ArchThis year accommodations were provided at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (source @mommy_gaga)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Contemporary ResortWinnie the Pooh swag (@LoveDisneyRun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Winnie the Pooh SwagThe ladies checked into the conference (source @nicolebrady)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Check InSnow White Social Media Swag Shirt (source @theposhparent)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration snow white swag shirtand picked up their credentials (source @theqfamily)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms CredentialRegistration Photo Opp! (source @lovedisneyrun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMomsEarly arrivals enjoyed #PoohStoryTeller Time (source @jendisjournal)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Pooh Storytimeand Winnie the Pooh cupcakes! (source @nicolebrady)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Pooh CupcakesThen it was time for the attendees to have some free time fun!

@cluelessmama tried her first ever Dole Whip at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival while sporting her 1st Visit Button #LikeaBoss

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Dole Whip Epcot@aboutamom and her crew survived the perils of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Splash Mountain@jessicamcfadd and her family did some Jungle Cruisin’

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms jungle cruiseThen it was time for all of the Disney Social Media Moms to head on over to Epcot‘s World Showplace for a Welcome Reception (source @lovedisneyrun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms world showplace gates epcotMeg Crofton (President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, US and France) was on hand (source @amybarseghian)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception Meg Croftonas the champagne flowed (source @disneygotogirl)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception champagneAttendees learned about the Magic of Healthy Living from Chris Powell of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (source @glitterfulfelt)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception chris powellThen it was time to dine on Disney #TryIt Items (source @glitterfulfelt)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception chris powell dinnerwhile being entertained with fetes of strength (source @kellywhalen)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception entertainment and Breakdancing Mickey! (source @suburbancouponmom)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception breakdancing mickeya good time was had by all (source @kpugs)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome receptionThe night was capped off with a dessert party (source @bobaycock)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms dessert partyand Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza! (source @kristenhowerton)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Epcot Illuminations Stay tuned for a photo recap of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration {Day 2} and keep those images coming #DisneySMMoms!!!


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May 13

More Disney Imagineer Concept Art from the Magic Kingdom

Princess Fairytale Hall Concept Art

The new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom, Princess Fairytale Hall will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows, a spacious gallery adorned with portraits of Disney princesses and elegantly finished rooms where guests can meet Aurora, Cinderella and other princesses. Set to open in fall 2013, Princess Fairytale Hall will be located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort.

Which additional Princesses do you want to see appear at Princess Fairytale Hall?


30
Apr 13

Disney Theme Parks to Stay Open 24 Hours Again Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Epcot Spaceship Earth Sulley Monsters University Summer

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.

The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.

Mike and Sulley will take a break from collegiate life and their Scare studies at Monsters University to host the All-Nighter, dropping in to scare up some school spirit. Guests will scream and giggle with delight at the lineup of thrills and entertainment that promises to make this a day and night to be remembered for a lifetime.

Epcot Spaceship Earth Mike Wazowski Monsters University Summer

In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade – complete with pomp and circumstance – and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a Monsters University “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing, and guests of Disney California Adventure will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.