Al Lowe Wins Final Disneyland runDisney Event Before Hiatus

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In the final runDisney event at Disneyland before the race series goes on hiatus, Al Lowe of Montrose, CA, won the 2017 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon with a time of 1:15:33. Jennifer Berry of Denver, CO, was the top female finisher at 1:24:19.

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The SpectacuLAB Brings Fun Science and Science Fun to Epcot Innoventions

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The SpectacuLAB, a brand-new exciting show that opened at Innoventions at Epcot this week, is bringing out the scientist in guests of all ages.

Presented by worldwide technology company Murata, The SpectacuLAB features interactive experiments and fun ways to get guests intrigued about the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Two actual scientists run each show, with commentary and fun provided by our “intern” Frankie who is learning about science on his first day of training.

Young guests can volunteer to participate in different experiments which showcase the connection between science and technology – along with other STEM concepts. They learn about force while watching the scientists lay on a bed of nails, and about sound wave technology by testing the latest in ultrasonic drums – which can tell how far away Frankie is from them through ultrasonic sound waves.

The real, live scientists are provided by Science from Scientists, a non-profit organization dedicated to exciting kids about the STEM fields through thrilling, informative and engaging training by practicing scientists.

I got to watch a preview of the show this week and it was really fun!

Frankie and team will be conducting their experiments multiple times throughout the day at Epcot Innoventions. Check your times guide for showtimes!


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Celebrating Mickey Mouse’s Birthday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts

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This weekend marked the birthday of the one it all started with – Mickey Mouse! Fans turned out to join the #HappyBirthdayMickey fun with special celebrations at all of our Disney Parks around the world. Take a look at the festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the video below!

Leading up to the big day, Mickey Mouse visited exciting destinations such as Japan, Chile, Canada, China, England and the United States, sharing magical moments on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook and Instagram pages. Join us in celebrating the one and only Mickey Mouse and share your favorite moments using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMickey!


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New Experiences Coming to Disney Magic in 2018

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New spaces and experiences designed for guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018. They include a new Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh new space for teens and a redesigned cafe for adults.

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‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Actor Jonathan Groff Visits Walt Disney World Resort

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Earlier this month, actor Jonathan Groff stopped by Walt Disney World Resort to share a visit – and a warm hug – with his pal, Olaf.

Jonathan and the lovable snowman star in “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” a featurette that’s set to screen before Disney Pixar’s “Coco,” in theaters starting November 22. In this latest tale from Arendelle, royal sisters Anna and Elsa realize that unlike other families, they don’t have any holiday traditions. Olaf and Sven then embark on a hilarious journey throughout the town to find the perfect holiday traditions Anna and Elsa will love.

Here at the Walt Disney World Resort, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” has already inspired the addition of a new finale for the existing “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new finale, which will run throughout the holiday season, features Olaf and three songs from the new featurette.


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Moms Panel Monday: Making Memories with your Preschooler

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Take a stroll down memory lane with Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Lindsey P., as she reminisces about some of her favorite times spent at Magic Kingdom Park as a child. From spinning in the tea cups with her dad at the Mad Tea Party to taking flight on Peter Pan’s Flight, she can still remember the smiles and giggles.

And now as a mom herself, Lindsey is making those same magical memories with her children:

For more tips on planning a magical vacation with your preschooler, or to ask questions about planning your next Disney vacation, be sure to visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com for a personalized response from our knowledgeable panel.


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Play Ball! Atlanta Braves’ Spring Training Announced

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Spring is still a ways off, but if you like to plan ahead for Major League Baseball spring training, I’ve got the Atlanta Braves 2018 spring training schedule that is being announced today and there are some marquee games you definitely don’t want to miss.

Play Ball! Atlanta Braves’ Spring Training Announced

For starters, the World Series champion Houston Astros will play the Braves this spring at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort on March 8. For some of the players it will be a return visit after celebrating their first-ever World Series title here with a parade at Magic Kingdom Park earlier this month.

Other can’t-miss games include clashes with the New York Yankees (March 9 and 24), Washington Nationals (February 26 and March 1), which both reached the postseason this past season. In all, the Braves will play 18 home games at Disney, its spring training home since 1997.

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are just some of the many in-game entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a grand slam.

Spring training game tickets go on sale Dec. 11 at http://ift.tt/2lKGHxY, through Ticketmaster outlets 800-745-3000 and at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office.

For more information, please visit espnwwos.com/braves.


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Holiday Kitchens: Menus with Pricing

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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays features festive kiosks scattered around World Showcase, with holiday-themed foods and beverages. These are the menus of the “Holiday Kitchens” with prices.

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Disney Salutes the ‘Kinnick Wave’ with the 2017 Disney Sports Spirit Award

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Raising your hand and waving at someone seems like such a simple gesture but it is having an immense impact on a group of young people in need in Iowa. The waving is part of a new tradition at the University of Iowa’s home football games that is inspiring the patients at a nearby hospital.

Because of this simple but moving gesture, Disney Sports is proud to announce it is presenting the Iowa football program with its coveted Disney Sports Spirit Award, which annually goes to the sport’s most inspirational figure.

Here’s how the Iowa football program is lifting the spirits of sick children every week this season. At the end of the first quarter of every home game, their Kinnick Stadium announcer urges all of the fans inside the stadium to turn and wave to the young patients at the children’s hospital that’s next door to the stadium. Even the visiting team and the referees join in on the wave.

As a result of that simple gesture, the young patients, their little noses often pressed again the windows of the hospital overlooking the stadium, are reportedly more optimistic, more hopeful.

Check out this ESPN feature story on the “Kinnick Wave” and how it is changing lives every Saturday afternoon this season.

Be sure to watch The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 7 on ESPN when the Disney Sports Spirit Award gets presented to the Iowa football program.


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Costume Inspiration for Star Wars Day at Sea

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Light side or dark side? Jedi or Sith Lord? Wookiee or droid? These may be some of the important questions you’re asking yourself as you get ready for Star Wars Day at Sea.

Dressing up like a Star Wars character, and seeing the costumes of other guests, is one of my favorite parts of the day’s galactic adventures. Young and young-at-heart get in on the fun! As you make your decision on which iconic character you’ll be, take a look at this video to get inspiration from other Disney cruisers.

For even more costume inspiration, check out the gallery in Jonathan’s past post.

Star Wars Day at Sea returns to the Disney Fantasy from January to April 2018. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog as we share more about the incredible experiences you’ll have during this epic day on your family’s Caribbean cruise vacation!


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