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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

This week, we shared more information on what to expect at next month's "Villains Unleashed" at Disney's Hollywood Studios -- a night when a record number of Disney villains will run wild at the park.

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While some of the surprises being planned for this one-night-only party remain hidden under a cloak of mystery, Shawn shared new details about the August 23rd event, including the Villainy in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular. Check out our original story for more.

You can also purchase tickets this weekend at disneyworld.com.

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And we shared new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. We have more details for both locations in our original blog story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Remembering James Garner at the Disneyland Resort -- Take a look back at a special memory with Oscar-nominated actor James Garner at the Disneyland Resort.

The All-American College Band Returns for the Summer at Disneyland Resort -- Check out this video of the All-American College Band in action, now playing at Disneyland Resort Tuesdays through Saturdays until August 15.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Top 5 Locations to Watch 'Magical' Fireworks Spectacular -- Disney Parks Blog author Tyler Slater gives us some top tips for watching fireworks at Disneyland Resort.

'The Music of: Nashville' Gets Toes Tappin' at Disneyland Park -- Treat yourself to some of the best tunes from the show "Nashville," along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more!

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s -- Do you have a photo of yourself at Disneyland Resort during the 1960s? Share with us for a chance to win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

Download our Disney Parks Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Wallpaper -- In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, try out this spooky wallpaper on your desktop or mobile device.

Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake -- Click through for this special Disney Cruise Line recipe, perfect for a light, summer meal!

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios

This week, one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year's Villains Unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check out Shawn Slater's original post for details on the fiendish fun!
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And speaking of Disney's Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Oaken's Frozen Funland, which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration.
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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Dole Whip Swirls Up Excitement at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Great news, Dole Whip fans! I am very pleased to announce that the iconic Disney Parks treat is now available at the Lava Shack at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

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You and your 'ohana can visit the Lava Shack in the Waikolohe Valley from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and order a pineapple, vanilla or swirl Dole Whip. My favorite part -- it's self-serve!

The Lava Shack also offers pool and beach gear, in case you need to pick up any before your daily adventures.

What is your favorite treat to enjoy at Aulani? Leave your answer in the comments below!

Dole Whip Swirls Up Excitement at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa by Tyler Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

I know the excitement is building as fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller continues to share the latest news on Haunted Mansion merchandise materializing in Disney Parks. I can hardly believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction, one of the crown jewels of Disneyland park. There is so much history behind the attraction itself, its famous and infamous residents, and the storytellers and artists that brought it to life.

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Over the years, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Disney Legends and artists behind this attraction and the inception of Disneyland, and it's something that will live in my heart forever. I know many of you feel the same way. Senior Merchandiser, David Whitaker was no different. "The Haunted Mansion attraction has served as a source of inspiration to many of our artists over the years," said David. "For the anniversary, I wanted to really focus on the "Art of the Haunted Mansion" therefore allowing each artist to interpret what the attraction means to them, and allowing them to create that in their own signature medium, style and technique. The result is a unique and eclectic collection of characters and artists."

Here's your first look at some of the original and limited edition pieces of art, sculptures, figurines and more that will materialize August 16 at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park.

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort

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Special Tip: Meet some of the artists behind these amazing new pieces, August 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Scheduled to appear are artists: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, David Bird, Britni Brault, Brian Crosby, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mike Peraza, Javier Soto and Yakovetic. For a complete list of artists who have contributed to this 45th Anniversary collection visit DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

Also debuting as part of the event from our talented team of Ink & Paint artists is the next in the series from our hand-painted cel collection, featuring none other than the Hatbox Ghost. This piece is an edition size of 300 and will be available framed only. Tip: You will surely go 'batty' for the framing on this particular piece. Continue to watch DisneyParksMerchandise.com as we release more information on this piece.

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What else do the spirited inhabitants of Disney Theme Park Merchandise and the Haunted Mansion have in store for you? You'll see.

Have you decided which pieces you're simply dying for?

The Art of Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Collectibles at the Disneyland Resort by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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First Look at New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall at Disney Parks

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At the beginning of June, I shared with you a first look at artwork created for a whole new line of Haunted Mansion authentic merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks. Today, I'm beyond excited to give you a look at actual items we've created using that artwork. The toughest part for me was selecting which of the more than 100 new items to showcase in this story. Here is a look at some of my favorite things.

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I'll start with apparel which will include both long and short-sleeved options for women, men and children. I think my favorite new shirts are the ones that resemble the Cast Member costumes from the attraction. Some of the shirts will also include a glow-in-the-dark element.

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For accessories, Guests will soon find several new jewelry items including awesome bat stanchion earrings. I particularly like the women's shoes that use the infamous purple wallpaper pattern from the attraction. That wallpaper pattern will also be used on three new Dooney & Bourke items. You may recall the first Dooney & Bourke handbag we released last fall as seen in this story. That original handbag will return with the three new items this fall. All the new items will have a purple colored liner not red like the first incarnation.

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The home décor team will add to their assortment of amazing things I first shared in February 2013. The original nine items were incredibly detailed and these new items follow in that tradition. This fall, Guests will find new drinkware, dinnerware (plates, bowls, wine glasses), figurines, bookends, cloth napkins, tablemats, and much more. I love the beautiful urn, and the bat stanchion ice cube tray will soon be making ice cubes in my freezer at home.

Look for these items in select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming months. Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store.

Which items do you want to follow you home? Please share in the comments below.

First Look at New Haunted Mansion Merchandise Appearing This Fall at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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MyMagic+: 3-D Flyovers of Resorts Added to My Disney Experience

If you've been following our MyMagic+ updates, then you know My Disney Experience is the key to personalizing your visit. It's one of several MyMagic+ benefits and tools now available to guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

Recently, the team working on My Disney Experience added some new features, including amazing flyovers of our resorts that we wanted to share with readers.

The 3-D modeling and a "camera view" from inside the animation gives you a great perspective - from birds eye to 360-degrees -- at resort features (pools, recreation, monorail, amenities) and proximity to our parks.

Ken Oelerich, a design director on the project, was able to layer creative over Walt Disney World Resort maps and create a 3-D environment with the unique "camera" view. Ken says the team was not limited by where a helicopter could fly to bring the resorts to life for My Disney Experience.

Currently, the new flyovers are for Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa with Disney's Polynesian Resort coming soon. Go see the flyovers and other new features at My Disney Experience.

MyMagic+: 3-D Flyovers of Resorts Added to My Disney Experience by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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WonderGround Gallery Joins Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace

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One of my favorite places to shop at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in California is the WonderGround Gallery. Opened in June 2012, the distinctive and eclectic contemporary art location showcases unique art collections by some incredibly talented artists. I have great news for fans who love this location like I do. A small assortment of WonderGround Gallery items was recently added to the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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Located just inside the main entrance of the shop, this new addition contains a handful of prints, mugs, magnets, postcards and more from various artists originally featured in the California location.

You may recall that the Marketplace Co-Op was designed to be a testing space for new retail products, store concepts and guest experiences. This small addition is a great example of the flexible space inside the location.

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During my recent visit, I saw a new "Welcome" sign inside the shop (just look at those letters!). I love the "The Village Marketplace Co-Operative" label found on the side of the orange crates. Benches were also added to the center area between the boutiques.

If you are unable to visit the Marketplace Co-Op in Florida or the WonderGround Gallery in California, you can find select items from the location on our Disney Parks online store.

WonderGround Gallery Joins Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Peaceful Night at Tom Sawyer Island

In my opinion, tonight's "After Dark" image is one of the best we've ever shared. It's a snap of Tom Sawyer Island right at sunset. It's so calm and serene that it just makes me want to visit again very soon.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Peaceful Night at Tom Sawyer Island by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'The Music of: Nashville' Gets Toes Tappin' at Disneyland Park

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Last weekend, we kicked off an all-new entertainment experience at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park. "The Music of: Nashville" is bringing the music from the ABC hit show to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer.

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With the help of popular headliner The Kelly Rae Band and others, this concert experience treats fans of "Nashville" to some of their favorite tunes from the show along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more. So check out "The Music of: Nashville" for yourself every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and don't miss "Nashville," Wednesdays this fall 10|9c on ABC!

'The Music of: Nashville' Gets Toes Tappin' at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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A Journey Through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Have you had a chance to experience the "Frozen" Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios yet?

Earlier this month, we shared a look at the new "Frozen Fireworks" show that light up each night. This week we're taking a look inside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post, a location set up adjacent to Toy Story Mania! that offers "Frozen" merchandise, ice skating, a snow play area for kids, themed treats, and fun photo ops.

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Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun inside.

What's your favorite "Frozen" summer offering? Tell us in the "Comments" section below.


For more on "Frozen" Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios, visit the posts below:

A Journey Through Wandering Oaken's Trading Post at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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