Walt Disney World to Live Stream ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade’ This Weekend

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Disney’s exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at Walt Disney World Resort continues this weekend with another special surprise from Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney will be live streaming “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” on November 30, 2014 on the Disney Parks Blog.

At 8:30 p.m. EST, the Disney Parks Blog will be hosting coverage of “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” as it happens on Main Street, U.S.A. To see it, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 8:20 p.m. on November 30.

During the live stream, “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will join Disney Characters, gingerbread men, elves and others for a procession down Main Street, U.S.A. You can also see a special appearance from Santa, wishing guests a “Merry Christmas!” from his sleigh.

“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park. You can see the parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights on December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19, 2014.

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Disney Releases Full line-up and Schedule for 2014 Holidays Around the World at Epcot

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Walt Disney World has released the full line-up and schedule of the 2014 Holidays Around the World at Epcot entertainmentAll entertainment is included with regular park admission, park hours are extended to 9:30pm during Holidays Around the World.

Reflections of Earth

With Peace on Earth Finale 9:30pm, from November 28 to December 30 2014.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

A unique blend of the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music. 1:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm.

Candlelight Processional

A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm. More details.

Holiday Storytellers

Performances take place daily from November 28 to December 29 2014.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 11:20am, 12:10pm, 1:05pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4:30pm.

United Kingdom – Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 12:30pm, 1:25pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm.

France – Père Noël

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:05pm, 3:30pm, 4:20pm 5:05pm.

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment

Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:30pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 6:05pm, 7:20pm.

Japan – Daruma

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:35pm, 2:20pm, 2:55pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm.

Italy – La Befana

Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 12:35pm, 1:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:15pm, 5:50pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm.

Germany – Helga

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 3:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:05pm, 6:40pm, 7:15pm.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers

The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen

Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 2:!5pm, 3pm, 3:40pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:05pm, 7:45pm.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus

Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm.

American Adventure – Hanukkah

Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 11:!5am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty

Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

Disney Pairs Up With Turner to Promote TCM and The Great Movie Ride

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From the New York Times –

There is a saying in Hollywood, attributed to Katharine Hepburn, about why the pairing of Fred Astaire and Gingers Rogers worked so well: “He gave her class, and she gave him sex.” Two familiar names in entertainment that are teaming up for another pas de deux may not be Astaire and Rogers, but they are giving each other something each wants.

The Turner Classic Movies cable channel is joining with two divisions of the Walt Disney Company for an agreement, to be announced on Wednesday, that underlines how media giants are increasingly collaborating on content-marketing efforts.

TCM will help the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division make changes to the Great Movie Ride, a long-running attraction at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios section of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

In return, TCM will receive “Presented by” credits at the attraction on posters, banners, display windows, marquees and the like, which will also display the TCM logo.

In the other part of the deal, another Disney division, Walt Disney Studios, will provide TCM with vintage movies, cartoons, documentaries and episodes of TV series like “Disneyland” and “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” for a periodic programming block on the channel under the banner of “Treasures From the Disney Vault.”

The block will be offered by TCM “roughly four to five times a year,” said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president for programming and production of TCM.

“Disney films and other programming have been seen a little bit on TCM, but not much,” he added. “It will be exciting to dig into the vault and see classic Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney,’ ” he said.

The initial block of Disney programming by TCM is to run from 8 p.m., Eastern time, on Dec. 21 through 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 22. “It’s a Sunday night,” Mr. Tabesh said, “a perfect family night and getting close to Christmas.”

Among the nine scheduled items from the Disney archives are “Santa’s Workshop,” a 1932 cartoon; “The Disneyland Story,” in which Walt Disney himself describes in 1954 plans for the park named Disneyland that he opened in Anaheim, Calif., the next year; “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier,” edited from episodes of a “Disneyland” serial about the frontiersman; and “The Vanishing Prairie,” a nature documentary.

The changes for the Disney World ride are scheduled to be introduced in the first quarter of 2015, perhaps in the early spring. What visitors see as they wait for the ride and watch as part of the finale will receive a reboot under the aegis of TCM, playing on its reputation as an expert in classic film.

Among the new elements will be a video featuring Robert Osborne, the host who has been the face of TCM since the channel began operations in 1994; he will identify himself as “from Turner Classic Movies.”

The idea is to “inject TCM brand authority” into the ride, said Pola Changnon, vice president for brand creative and on-air promotions at TCM, and “pique the curiosity” of visitors, encouraging them to explore the world of classic film once they are home.

TCM is part of the Turner Entertainment Networks division of Turner Broadcasting System, which is owned by Time Warner. The agreement between TCM and the Disney divisions, for undisclosed terms, expands upon a relationship between TCM and various parts of Disney.

For instance, the fourth TCM Classic Cruise, held last month, was the second aboard the Disney Cruise Line ship called Disney Magic. And a highlight of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, held in April, was a 50th anniversary screening of the Disney Studios movie “Mary Poppins” at El Capitan Theater, which is owned by Disney.

“We’re looking at this as a strategic alliance that brings together two very strong brands, both with a core in the business of entertainment,” said Carlos Castro, vice president for corporate alliances of Disney, “and complements Disney’s commitment to great storytelling and delivering quality family entertainment.”

“Part of our process in vetting all our partners is making sure their brands align with the Disney brand,” Mr. Castro added, “and both brands are a natural fit.” The TV initiative “lets us share more classic Disney stories with TCM audiences,” he said, and “the refresh of the Great Movie Ride” will “enhance the guest experience by showcasing TCM content and talent.”

Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, echoed Mr. Castro in describing the “multifaceted creative collaboration” called for under the new agreement as “truly a natural fit.” That is important in content marketing, she said, lest TCM viewers and Disney World guests deem the partnership inauthentic.

Disney World, Disneyland and El Capitan are examples of what is known as experiential marketing, which gives consumers a chance to experience brands in tangible form. TCM has been delving into experiential marketing with steps that include, in addition to the cruises and film festivals, guided tours with classic-movies themes in Los Angeles and New York; auctions of film memorabilia by Bonhams that are “presented by TCM”; and annual screenings of “Miracle on 34th Street” outside the Macy’s Herald Square store that is key to the movie’s plot.

According to TCM executives, the agreement began with an administrative assistant, Amanda Tymeson, who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested “that TCM and Disney would be great partners” in revamping the Great Movie Ride, Ms. Dorian said. Ms. Tymeson has since been promoted.

Additional Magic Kingdom Dining Options to be Open During Thanksgiving Week

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The Magic Kingdom will have additional dining options during the extremely busy Thanksgiving week 2014.

  • Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland will be open daily now from 11am to 3pm through to December 6 2014.
  • The Tomorrowland Terrace will be open 11am to 9pm from November 23 to November 29 2014.
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will be offering quick service dining 11am to 3pm, from November 23 to November 26, and November 28 to November 29 2014.
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will offer table service dining 3pm to 8:30pm, from November 23 to November 26, and November 28 to November 29 2014.
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will host a Thanksgiving family style buffet from 11:30am to 8:30pm on Thursday November 27.
  • Many kiosks will offer breakfast muffins and coffee.

Disney Cruise Line Premieres Messaging Through Onboard Mobile App

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Disney Cruise Line’s mobile Navigator app is now premiering messaging capabilities so you can stay connected with your family and friends onboard. This new chat function joins a long list of great features in the app, including maps of the ship and Castaway Cay and information about dining, entertainment, ports of call, shopping, youth clubs, character experiences and more.

Any Disney cruiser will tell you that the daily Personal Navigator, a quick glance at all of the fun things you can do onboard, is the key to planning your perfect cruise agenda. The mobile app is the electronic version of the Navigator, and it allows you to see activities for the whole cruise all at once. Plus, you can save your favorites to one convenient list and get notifications when the activity is about to begin. The app is available for Apple and Andriod smartphones and is free to download and use.

To find out more details about the app and see some of its coolest features, go to this page on disneycruise.comand check out the video.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Children’s Activity Center Being Renamed

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The name current name of the children’s activity center at the Polynesian apparently never caught on with Disney guests.  The ‘Club Disney’ children’s activity center at Disney’s Polynesian Resort will be renamed to ‘Lilo’s Playhouse’ on November 26.

The activity center was originally known as ‘The Never Land Club,’ and was renamed to ‘Club Disney’ when it was refurbished and reopened in June 2014.

The activity center is inspired by classic Disney Little Golden Books where children are able to take part in crafts, dress-up and story time.

Downtown Disney at WDW Introducing Designated Smoking Areas

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Downtown Disney will be introducing designated smoking areas later this week. This move will  mean that the shopping and dining area will be following a similar smoking policy to the theme parks.

There will be four designated smoking areas that will permit smoking of both normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes:

  • On the West Side behind Cirque du Soleil
  • By the water between Wolfgang Puck Grand Café and Bongos Cuban Café
  • Near T-REX
  • By the Marketplace restrooms by stroller rentals.
  • Some restaurants with outdoor seating may offer additional smoking locations.

The smoking locations will be marked on new Downtown Disney guide maps later this week, with the new policy set to begin on November 27 2014.

D23 Eliminates Silver Membership but adds Gold Family Membership

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In an announcement by D23 –

Much of D23’s growth over the past five years—a complimentary General Membership level, additional events around the country, exclusive website content—is a direct result of feedback we have received from you, Disney’s best fans. Many of you have told us you’d like to bring your entire family to our events. And so today, we announced that in 2015 we will add a D23 Gold Family Membership, allowing members to bring three guests to our events. 2015 will also bring special D23 Gold Member event pricing and early ticketing, as well as Gold Member-exclusive opportunities and other enhancements that we’re excited to share with you in the coming months.

As we focus on bringing even greater value to the D23 Gold Membership experience, we’ll be phasing out D23 Silver Membership. Beginning today, new D23 Silver Membership and renewal will no longer be available; however, current D23 Silver Memberships will still be honored, and during renewal those members will have the opportunity to upgrade to D23 Gold, D23 Gold Family, or to become General Members. If you have questions about how to renew your membership, please contact our guest services team at GuestRelations@D23.com or at (855) 323-5973 (Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT).

There is much more excitement in store for D23 in 2015, not the least of which is D23 Expo 2015. It is, without a doubt, going to be the biggest Expo ever, and we hope to see you there. (And remember, Early Bird pricing ends December 31!)

New Table Service Restaurant Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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A new table service restaurant will be coming to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2015.

Work is now underway on expanding and converting parts of the existing Pizzafari quick service location into what is believed to be the new restaurant. No word yet on a name, or the type of food to be offered.

It is expected that both the existing Pizzafari and the new table service restaurant will share parts of the dining area space, and both will operate as part of the finished project.

Walt Disney Family Museum – The Lost Notebook: Secrets of Disney’s Movie Magic

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Go behind the lens with one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters of early animation: Herman Schultheis. On view from November 26 through January 12, 2015, The Lost Notebook: Secrets of Disney’s Movie Magic shares the special-effects wizardry behind Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi, which was found in covert scrapbooks from this technician who worked at The Walt Disney Studios in the late 1930s. Additionally, this notebook has been turned into a 292-paged book with annotations, background information, and a biography on Schultheis. The Lost Notebook is written by John Canemaker and is now available at the Museum Store or online here.

See more at: http://www.waltdisney.org/lost-notebook#sthash.wqfPutjq.dpuf