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Caption This: Disney Characters Take Flight at Walt Disney World Resort

Back in 1988, two hot air balloons named Ear Force One (Mickey) and Zippity Doo Duck (Donald) took flight here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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This photo just begs for a caption. They look pretty excited for their journey. What's on their minds? You tell us. Go ahead and "Caption This" in the comments section below.

Caption This: Disney Characters Take Flight at Walt Disney World Resort by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

This week, we featured several popular "Frozen" stories on the Disney Parks Blog, including a special announcement that Olaf is coming to all four Disney Cruise Line ships along with information about brand-new Disney Cruise experiences being planned for the entire family beginning this summer.

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Jonathan included highlights of some of the new experiences in his original story. And he'll be sharing more right here on the Disney Parks Blog over the next several weeks.

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We also continued our "Learn to Draw" series with a special guest this week -- actor Josh Gad. Josh, who voiced Olaf in the "Frozen." film, stopped by The Magic of Disney Animation to test his own skills at drawing his animated friend.

Check out Jenn's original post to see more tutorials on drawing your favorite Disney characters.

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

Disneyland Resort Circle D Corral Now Zero Waste Certified -- Thanks to efforts begun four years ago by cast member Andrea Raney, Circle D Corral is now gold-level Zero Waste certified by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, with 99 percent of its waste repurposed, composted or recycled!

Splitsville Hits a High Note with New Saturday Night Bands at Downtown Disney West Side -- Have you heard the live music on Saturday Nights at Splitsville? Disney Parks Blog author Darcy Clark shares her impression, and details a number of improvements coming to Splitsville in 2015.

Vote to Name Our New Baby Goats at the Disneyland Resort -- See some pictures of the new kids at Circle D Corral, and don't forget to vote for their names!

Video Rewind: Caring for Classic Disneyland Park Attractions -- Take a look back at some behind-the-scenes videos we showed you in years past here on the Disney Parks Blog to see how we care for our classic Disneyland park attractions.

Tweens Make New Friends at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa -- Learn all about the ways tweens can hang loose during a vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Nick Arciniaga Wins First-Ever Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort -- Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon, and to the more than 23,000 runners who participated!

A Unique Point of View: Mad Tea Party at Disneyland Park -- Get a look at these unique images from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

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: Things Big and Small at Disneyland Park

This week, we shared special looks at very small things and very big things at Disneyland park. First, a look at something big that appeared small ...

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Through the lens of Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, the oversized tea cups at the Mad Tea Party could be just regular-sized cups sitting on a table.

Vote to Name Our New Baby Boy Goat at the Disneyland Resort Vote to Name Our New Baby Girl Goat at the Disneyland Resort

And on to very small things, we gave Disney Parks Blog readers a peek at the newest residents of Circle D Corral ... our new baby goats! We also gave you a chance to help us decide their names -- vote here now through Monday.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Things Big and Small at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disneyland Band Opens 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California

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The Disneyland Band officially opened the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show being held at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. The NAMM Show is the world's largest trade-only event for the music products industry.

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Yamaha, the official sponsor of musical instruments to the Disneyland Resort, helped make the appearance possible. Guest conductor Mickey Mouse also joined the performance, which included musical numbers ranging from jazz to classic Disney tunes.

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In addition to sharing their commitment to music education at the NAMM Show, the Disneyland Band is performing a dozen community concerts for second-grade students in Orange County, Calif., which they have done for more than 30 years!

Disneyland Band Opens 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California by Kevin Rafferty, Jr.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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February 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

If you are planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February, here are a few quick tips on some of the merchandise events you don't want to miss!

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February 6-8: Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick will be on hand from noon to 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the release of her Valentine's collection, among other fan favorites! Learn more here.

February 7-8: Join us as we welcome Nidhi Chanani from 1-4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Look for additional appearances by Nidhi, February 28 and March 1. Learn more here.

February 14: Join us for a special artist showcase as we celebrate the release of some of the newest pieces by artists Nidhi Chanani, Liana Hee, Jerrod Maruyama and Miss Mindy. Meet the artists from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

February 14-15: Meet ACME Archives artist Guy Vasilovich who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest pieces from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., each day, at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Learn more here.

February 28: World renowned Mouseketeer, entertainer and author, Bobby Burgess, will be on hand for a special appearance from 9-11 a.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland park, as we celebrate the recent release of Ears & Bubbles: Dancing My Way from The Mickey Mouse Club to The Lawrence Welk Show. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Liana Hee. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

February 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'Cool' New Treats Have Arrived with 'Frozen Fun' at Disneyland Resort

"Frozen Fun" has arrived at Disney California Adventure park, and with it some "cool" new treats!

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth with Olaf's Just Chillin' Cupcake Try a Royal Sisters Cookie at Olaf's Snow Fest

Cozy up to Warm Hugs White Hot Cocoa while you're enjoying the Olaf Snowflake Crisped Rice Treat at "Olaf's Snow Fest." Let it go and indulge your sweet tooth with the Royal Sisters Cookie or Olaf's Just Chillin' Cupcake.

For a True Taste of Arendelle, Try the Scandinavian-Style Meatballs The Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup is Great for a Light Bite

If you're a fan of the famous Disneyland corn dog, you'll love the bite-sized version available at "Olaf's Snow Fest." For a true taste of Arendelle, try the Scandinavian-style meatballs. If you're looking for a light bite or healthful snack, try the Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup or Duke of "Cheeselton" Cheese Platter.

While you're here, fuel your fun at "Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party" with one of the refreshing new drinks available at Ice House and Ice Bar. Be sure to try Troll Juice, apple juice with a sour twist and Sprite, served in a souvenir light-up cup. They'll also be pouring a few new icy adult beverages: Rum Flurry, Summertime Pina Colada and Blue Snowberry Margarita.

And over in Disneyland park, look for a special Blueberry Twist from Maurice's Treats in Fantasy Faire while you enjoy the new "Frozen"-inspired show at the Royal Theatre.

Select "Frozen"-inspired items will be available throughout the Disneyland Resort at "Olaf's Snow Fest," Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Village Haus Restaurant, Schmoozies, Fairfax Market and select outdoor vending locations.

Which new "Frozen" treat makes you long for summer?

'Cool' New Treats Have Arrived with 'Frozen Fun' at Disneyland Resort by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Vote to Name Our New Baby Goats at the Disneyland Resort

True, it's not quite spring yet, but there are new arrivals at Circle D Corral at the Disneyland Resort. Take a look at these sweet little cuddlers, 11 weeks old today. The spotted brown goat is a boy, and the spotted black goat is a girl.

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These two Nigerian Dwarf goats came to the Disneyland Resort from Amber Waves Farm in Norco, Calif. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets due to their gentle, friendly nature. We're sure they'll be happy to see you when they make their debut at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm in early February.

In the meantime, you can help us name the new babies, or "kids," as baby goats are called. Choose between one of the four pairs of names below and rally your friends to make sure your favorite names win!

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Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, and we'll reveal the winning names soon!

Vote to Name Our New Baby Goats at the Disneyland Resort by Donna Fisk: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Best Places to Find Disney Tsum Tsum at Disney Parks

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Last summer, my son (and the rest of the world) discovered Disney Tsum Tsum. I recall we were on vacation in Ohio when he asked to download the fun puzzle matching and stacking game. Upon returning to Florida, he found the adorable stacking plush offered both at Disney Stores and in select locations at Disney Parks. Our friends at Oh My Disney even celebrated their arrival with a visit to Disneyland park (as seen in this article). I recently asked Victoria Hamilton, merchandiser for dolls and plush at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about the best places to find Tsum Tsum when visiting Disney Parks.

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"There are currently two different locations that offer Tsum Tsum," explained Victoria. "Guests in California should stop by the plush room inside World of Disney at Downtown Disney District. For guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort, they should visit Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace. These two locations carry an assortment of four-inch plush and a handful of the larger sized plush."

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She also told me that they will continue carrying select Tsum Tsum after they are released at Disney Stores. For example, guests will find the "101 Dalmatians" mini Tsum Tsum plush collection in early February at Disney Parks. This collection was first released at Disney Stores and online in early January.

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In related news, the Disney Pin Team will release a collectible pin pack featuring Tsum Tsum later this year. Each pack will contain five randomly selected pins. I grabbed a handful of pins to photograph for this story including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit!

In addition to the two different locations at Disney Parks, you can find select Tsum Tsum products online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/TsumTsum.

Happy stacking!

Best Places to Find Disney Tsum Tsum at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom Park

Tonight's "After Dark" image was shot in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It's a shot of one of the park's original attractions -- Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Is Adventureland one of your favorite stops at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom Park by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Land of 'Frozen' Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

Anna and Elsa's royal tour of our ships is soon to be filled with even more excitement! Not only is Olaf joining them on all four ships, we're adding brand-new experiences for the whole family, starting this summer.

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Highlights include a spectacular deck party, a new production number in "Disney Dreams," new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and another way to cool down on Castaway Cay. I'll share some details on these exciting offerings today, and over the next several weeks, tell you more about what you can expect in summer.

A Day of Frozen Fun, Including New Deck Party

Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests are transported to the land of "Frozen" when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland and a day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle. The deck party, "Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends," is a family-friendly interactive celebration featuring the famous royal sisters and their fun-loving Nordic companions.

New Production Number in "Disney Dreams"

Our friends from "Frozen" are making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In our original production, "Disney Dreams ... An Enchanted Classic," Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring "Frozen" characters include renditions of three popular songs: "Let it Go," "For the First Time in Forever" and "In Summer."

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Magical Meet and Greets

In addition to warm hugs, Olaf will be giving autographs and taking photographs with children and families while he is cruising with us. He is joining Anna and Elsa on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic for some fun in the sun!

Adventures Ashore in Norway

This summer in Norway, the land that inspired Arendelle from "Frozen," Disney Magic cruisers will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring this fairytale setting to life. One signature adventure ashore in Ĺlesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

Olaf's Summertime Freeze on Castaway Cay

We're cooling down Castaway Cay with the addition of Olaf's Summertime Freeze bar! Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks in souvenir cups, the creative menu features refreshing beverages such as "Olaf's Flurry Freeze," "Sven's Carrot Delight" and "Warm Hugs." Olaf's Summertime Freeze will be near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

With this news, I have a feeling some of you are saying, "Hands down, this is the best day of my life!" Am I right?

Land of 'Frozen' Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer by Jonathan Frontado: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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