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Join Disney's Digital Easter Egg Hunt on April 20

Are you a fan of the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort on Facebook? If so, you can join in on a digital Easter egg hunt across a variety of Disney Parks Facebook pages this Sunday, April 20. Simply visit different pages to collect different Disney Parks-themed Easter graphics. Each "found" Easter egg will also offer you a hint as to where you can find another one.

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The "hunt" starts will begin on the Disneyland Facebook page. Happy hunting!

Join Disney's Digital Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Disney's Hollywood Studios History

This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we started our countdown to the 25th anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios by taking a look back at one of the park's opening day attractions -- The Great Movie Ride.

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I adore this attraction, which takes guests on a trip through movie history. Which scene featured in the attraction is your favorite?

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If you're excited for the park's May 1 milestone, you also have to take a look at the sneak peek Steven Miller shared of the park's special commemorative merchandise. Special pins, T-shirts and more will be available.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating Disney's Hollywood Studios History by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Earth Month Festivities at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

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Guests coming to Disneyland Resort tomorrow, April 19, and on Earth Day, April 22, can celebrate Earth Month at the Downtown Disney District! Be sure to check out the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, where guests can participate in a Clean Water Challenge and solve disturbances to the nation's water habitats via a 4D theater experience. DJ Wendy also will provide "atmosphere" music.

On April 19, learn about the environment with our friends from Inside the Outdoors Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Orange County Water District, and more. On April 22, guests can interact with an exhibit hosted by the Disneyland Resort about reducing, reusing and recycling, clean commuting and connecting with nature, paint an environmental mural with the Wyland Foundation and participate in interactive demonstrations with the Southern California Edison Mobile Energy Unit. MUZEO also will display art made completely out of recycled materials.

All offerings take place near the main stage by ESPN Zone from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on April 19 and 2 - 6 p.m. on April 22.

Earth Month Festivities at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort by Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park

It's been one month since the "wildest ride in the wilderness" reopened after an extended refurbishment here at Disneyland park. Since then, our guests have been telling us how impressed they are with the improved track and new effects at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Today we've got a special look at these improvements as they took shape over the last year.

Time-Lapse Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

I've been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for more than 30 years. I've spent more than half of that time working (or playing as I like to say) as a Disney cast member. I'm often asked by friends and family to help with planning vacations to Disney Parks. One topic that regularly comes up during conversations is around merchandise - What are the must-have items I should get during my visit? To help answer that question, I visited Magic Kingdom Park to highlight some of my favorite merchandise items in this short video.

The good news is that you can find many of the items I mentioned in the video on our Disney Parks online store in the "Vacation FUNdamentals" section.

Now it's your turn. What are your must-have items when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Please share in the "Comments" below.

VIDEO: Top Souvenirs for Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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#DisneyKids: First Teacup Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

Of all the firsts to experience at Disney Parks, rides on favorite attractions may be the most memorable. And for many guests, that special memory happens during a first spin in an oversized teacup at Mad Tea Party.

Today, we're continuing our blog series of different firsts at Disney Parks at the attraction inspired by the Mad Hatter's party sequence in Walt Disney's animated classic "Alice in Wonderland."

We're already working on the next story in this series. Let us know about what was special, memorable or even life changing about your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A 'Frozen' Royal Reception at Disneyland Park

The "Frozen" Royal Reception cottage in Fantasyland at Disneyland park takes on a different feeling in the early morning hours before sunrise. I love the light reflecting off the wet surface that makes the cottage enchanting.

In the "Disney Parks After Dark" series, one thing that stands out in the photos from the different parks is the beautiful lighting. The photo below is a good example of how Disney uses light to enhance the park after dark.
The Frozen Royal Reception Cottage in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park


See more of Disneyland park in out "Disney Parks After Dark" series:

Disney Parks After Dark: A 'Frozen' Royal Reception at Disneyland Park by Paul Hiffmeyer: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Milt Albright

With the passing of Disney Legend Milt Albright last week, I thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to him and highlight a few of the many successes of his 45-year career with Disney.

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Milt always said his luckiest day was June 19, 1947 - the day he achieved his goal to work for Walt Disney. It all started 10 years earlier, in December 1937, when he saw a Time magazine cover story featuring fellow Missourian, Walt Disney. He knew then and there that it was his destiny to work for The Walt Disney Company.

Milt was born in Kearney, Mo., on June 7, 1916. He was the oldest of three boys and grew up on the family farm north of Kansas City. When Milt was a young man, a friend of his father paid him to deliver a car to Los Angeles. He fell in love with the area and decided to make Southern California his home.

Milt joined the Walt Disney Studios in 1947 as a junior accountant. Working in the Payroll Department, he was entrusted with the job of preparing and delivering paychecks for top executives, which brought him into direct contact with both Walt and Roy Disney.

By 1953, the self-described "poor accountant" had another goal - he wanted to be involved with the development of Walt's new "amusement" park in Anaheim. In an attempt to gain attention from Walt, Milt, an automobile buff, designed a miniature car using a 1954 Corvette as his model for what would eventually become the Autopia attraction. Walt was intrigued by the fiberglass auto and took it for a drive before Milt could explain that it was not finished - it had no brakes.

"Well, Walt crashed into a wall to stop it and the body of the car split in half like a walnut," Milt recalled in a 1987 interview with the Anaheim Bulletin. While Walt was not impressed with the car, he did take note of Milt.

In the spring of 1954, Milt was hired as manager of accounting for Disneyland. "I got to come down here because they wanted somebody they could trust," said Milt. "Didn't have to be very smart -- just honest." Milt hung a framed organizational chart in his office that was the first such chart for the park. It was dated July 1, 1954, and had 17 "employees" on it including Milt, Walt and Ron Miller, who eventually became president of Walt Disney Productions.

In 1957, Milt became manager of Holidayland, a private party and picnic area (near the area that is now Critter Country) designed for group events. In 1958, he transferred to Group Sales where he founded one of the most innovative and successful in-house marketing programs ever conceived. It was called the Magic Kingdom Club, and it offered discounts and special admission tickets to card holders. At its peak, the Magic Kingdom Club boasted nearly 6 million members associated with more than 30,000 companies worldwide. Milt also extended the private party concept to Grad Nite. The first Grad Nite, held on June 15, 1961, was one night only with about 8,000 graduates from 30 local high schools in attendance. The Grad Nite program continues to be successful today and remains a popular tradition for many Southern California graduates.

In the late 1970s, Milt became manager of special projects for Marketing. He was later promoted to manager of Guest Communications, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.

Upon his retirement on July 17, 1992, Milt said, "I had the enormous good fortune to be hired by the finest entertainment company in the world. I believed it then, and I believe it still. Based on a lifetime with Disney, I would say with great conviction to any young person that you'll never find a better place to start. Tough out the lean early years, learn Disney teamwork and don't be afraid to innovate ... to come up with new ideas. I've had 45 years of challenge and some success in Marketing because I took a chance and built an Autopia prototype car for Walt."

Milt was honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., in 1992. The window, located above The Mad Hatter, highlights Milt's innovative business sense and his ambition to take on any project: Milt Albright, Entrepreneur, "No Job Too Big - No Job Too Small."

Milt was named a Disney Legend in 2005 for his significant contributions to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He passed away on April 7, at the age of 97.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Milt Albright by Jon Storbeck: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Show Your 'Disney Side': Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial

This week's suggestion as to how you can show your "Disney Side" at our 24-hour "Rock Your Disney Side" all-night party -- or anytime, really -- is sure to please Minnie Mouse fans. It's step-by-step directions on how you can give your nails a perfect Minnie makeover!

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Will you join us for our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your "Disney Side"? Tell us in the "Comments" section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

Show Your 'Disney Side': Minnie Mouse Nail Tutorial by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'Maleficent' Sneak Peek Debuts in Disney Parks April 18

Beginning tomorrow, April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios' "Maleficent," which opens in theaters May 30.

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This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

The film stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the lead roles of Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, and tells the "untold" story of Maleficent and the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse upon the king's newborn infant, Aurora. As she grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the conflict between a place she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.

To kick off this special opportunity, Walt Disney Studios just sent us this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film to share with you. Enjoy!

'Maleficent' Sneak Peek Debuts in Disney Parks April 18 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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