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Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

This week's "Caption This" photo is a shot of Donald Duck and Goofy that was snapped during our 100 Years of Magic Celebration several years ago. It sure looks like they are the best of friends, doesn't it?

A nice photo like this deserves a good caption. Share your best in our "comments" section below!
Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

Caption This: Donald & Goofy, Best Friends at Magic Kingdom Park by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Tammar Wallaby Baby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Bids Guests "G'day"

Guests visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom may get a special treat during a visit to the Oasis. Our Tammar wallaby is carrying a baby (called a "joey") in her pouch, and the joey (the team doesn't know yet whether it's a girl or a boy) often pops its head out to take a look around. The new baby, mom Adelaide and dad Tucker, share their habitat in the Oasis with Australian wood ducks.

The tammar wallaby is the smallest species of wallaby, and is native to the southern and southwest coastal areas of Australia. These wallabies grow to about two feet tall, with males weighing about 16 pounds and females about 12 pounds. Just like kangaroos, the Tammar wallaby will use its hind legs to kick in defense when threatened.
The gestation period is 128 days, and the newborn weighs less than one gram when it makes its way into the pouch unassisted. It will remain in its mom's pouch for eight or nine months.
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Tammar wallabies are herbivores that feed on grasses. Although they are not threatened in the wild, increases in domestic livestock have reduced the natural grassland vegetation available for wallabies. Introduced non-native species also can cause problems for native wildlife, like the wallaby, by creating competition for already scarce food and resources. This can be a problem for native wildlife in all parts of the world. We can do our part by preventing pets from bothering wildlife, and never releasing unwanted pets into the wild.

To find out more about Disney's conservation efforts, please visit www.disney.com/conservation

Wildlife Wednesdays: Tammar Wallaby Baby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Bids Guests "G'day" by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a Great Place to be Green

Malama means to care for, to protect and to maintain. April is Earth Month, and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, has many ways to practice malama. Last week, Aulani was recognized for those efforts by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).

At its annual awards banquet, ARDA presented Aulani with four awards, including the Green Sustainable Program within a Resort and the ACE Project of Excellence Award for being the "best of the best."

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During Earth Month, we celebrate these awards and touch on the green, sustainable programs at Aulani. As we announced last year, Aulani became the first Hawaii resort to be LEED certified, achieving Silver Certification. The effort began from day one, as much of today's success started with the planning of Aulani back in 2007. As we continue into our third year of providing a deep Hawaiian cultural experience to our guests and Disney Vacation Club Owners, our efforts continue around energy savings, recycling and being good stewards of the aina - the land.

A few final notes on being green at Aulani:

  • Our Aulani VolutEARS will spend Earth Day, April 22, at Ka?ala Learning Center in the native Hawaiian lo?i kalo - taro field - and helping to grow a native Hawaiian dry forest.
  • Our favorite green character, Kermit, and his friends are hoping for an Aulani vacation as well. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Muppet's Most Wanted Aulani Vacation.
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is a Great Place to be Green by Todd Apo: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

When you think of spring at Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is likely the first thing that comes to mind. I agree, but lately, as I've been walking around Downtown Disney, I can't help but notice that we've got a lot of colorful blooms sprouting up here, too.

My favorite, a Mickey and Minnie topiary that makes me smile every time I see it, is located near the Marketplace Fun Fountains and Earl of Sandwich. It's the perfect photo backdrop to mark the season.

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I recently had the chance to connect with Horticulture Manager Patrick Zusack to learn more about what it takes to keep the magic growing. Patrick's dedicated team of seven cast members starts at early at 5 a.m. each morning - which makes sense, given their task of maintaining over 21 acres of irrigated landscaping. I've learned that there are over 25,000 bedding plants, more than 350 containers and 75 hanging baskets currently on display daily at Downtown Disney, all adding abundant seasonal color for our guests to enjoy while visiting the property. Patrick, a 25-year cast member, shares that the most rewarding part of his job is "wowing our guests and then seeing them take pictures of one another and utilizing our colorful garden as their backdrops."

From flower beds in front of World of Disney to potted plants lining the new pedestrian walkway that connects Pleasure Island and West Side, floral fun abounds in all three Downtown Disney districts.

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Be sure to keep an eye out for pretty petals during your next visit. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for a few of my favorite buds, then let me know which floral display at Walt Disney World Resort tops your list!

Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort by Darcy Clark: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Download Our Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper

As Jennifer shared earlier this morning, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair. And one of the attractions designed for the fair that made its way into Disney Parks is a reader favorite -- the Carousel of Progress.

Today, we're featuring the attraction in our newest desktop/smartphone wallpaper created by artist Jason "Tiki" Tackett.
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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the and wallpaper before you download it.

And don't miss our growing gallery of wallpapers created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.


Read more about Disney attractions at the World's Fair in the posts below:

Download Our Exclusive Carousel of Progress Wallpaper by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disneyland Resort Circle D Ranch Cast Members Commit to Composting

Aside from caring for our four-legged cast members at the Disneyland Resort, the team at Circle D Ranch also takes personal interest in caring for the environment, and what better occasion to spotlight this than Earth Day!
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"Our cast members are passionate people who love to care for our animals and environment," said Andrea Raney, a Circle D Ranch stable attendant who initiated their composting program. "We are always looking for new ways to reuse our equipment and reduce our waste."
Disneyland Resort Circle D Ranch Cast Members Commit to Composting

Now, more than 90 percent of waste collected at Circle D Ranch is composted or recycled. In fact, the entire facility collects only one 50-gallon trash can of waste every two days! Animal waste and bedding, coffee grounds and filters from food and beverage locations and laundry lint from Disneyland Resort hotels are part of the composting mix. Each of these help Circle D Ranch reach its goal of becoming a zero-waste facility.
Disneyland Resort Circle D Ranch Cast Members Commit to Composting

Programs such as these have helped contribute to a 50 percent decrease in waste sent to landfills by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. For more information on this and other environmental accomplishments of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, check out the recently released 2013 Citizenship Performance Summary.

Disneyland Resort Circle D Ranch Cast Members Commit to Composting by Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World's Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today

You may have noticed the beautiful artwork that's appearing above on the blog today -- and it's all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the April 22 opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

It was for this World's Fair that Walt Disney and his team designed several attractions that would eventually make their way into Disney theme parks, including "it's a small world," Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Ford Magic Skyway (part of which would become the Primeval World along Disneyland Railroad).

Walt's involvement with the World's Fair gave his team new opportunities to develop innovative technology and Audio-Animatronics that would take Disney attractions to a new level. It also gave us Disney Parks fans a few Sherman Brothers songs that we've come to cherish over the years: "it's a small world (after all)" for the "it's a small world" attraction and "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for Carousel of Progress.

Be sure to check out original World's Fair attraction sketches and artwork from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library in our header section above.


Read more about Disney attractions at the World's Fair in the posts below:

Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World's Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

This week, we've received some of our most exciting "sneak peek" photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As we previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.

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Buckets of glittering gems also highlight the area -- simply gorgeous props!

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For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train read the posts below:

All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013

One year ago this month, we were looking back with fondness on a Disney Legend and looking ahead with excitement to new experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Let's take a look at what we were working on April 2013 here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park
As we looked back on the life of Mousketeer and Disney Legend Annette Funicello, George shared these wonderful photos of her many visits to Disneyland.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Creating Some 'Limited Time Magic' at Disneyland Park
Last April, we welcomed some long-lost Disney friends to Disneyland park as part of "Limited Time Magic."
Can You Identify the Pink Character on the Far Right of this Tokyo Disneyland Photo?

Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?
One year ago this month, we were celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland and Jennifer shared the image above -- which included a certain mystery character.
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park

Through a Photographer's Lens: Waterfalls of Disneyland Resort
Last April, Paul shared these beautiful photos of Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure park.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014
Just one year ago this month, we announced the new Festival of Fantasy Parade coming to Magic Kingdom Park. Now, a year later, it is already amazing our park guests. Have you seen it yet?

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Pirates of the Caribbean
One year ago this month, we launched a new series -- The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling -- taking readers into the stories of some of their favorite Disney Parks attractions.

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: April 2013 by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Tokyo Disney Resort Welcomes 600 Millionth Guest

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort celebrated an amazing milestone earlier this month, welcoming their 600 millionth guest on April 12.
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So who was the 600 millionth guest? Yumi Sakai, who was visiting the park with her husband and two children. To celebrate, Yumi was given flowers and asked to help lead a special ceremony alongside Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. She also received a certificate, three years of park admission, Mickey Mouse and Duffy plushes, and more.

Tokyo Disney Resort Welcomes 600 Millionth Guest by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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