In 1934 Mickey Debuts in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The ad read, “See gigantic balloons designed by none other than Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse himself!”It was New York City, 1934, and Mickey Mouse was about to make his grand debut in the Macy’s Santa Claus Parade (now Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).The first Mickey Mouse balloon was a collaborative effort between Walt Disney and Macy’s Tony Sarg, who years earlier applied the principles of marionette puppetry to invent the type of parade balloons we know today. This Mickey was … [Read more...]

D23 Events Go Coast to Coast and Park to Park

From Walt’s boyhood hometown to an animation celebration, D23—Disney’s official fan club—is making 2012 a fan-tastic year with more unique immersive experiences than ever before – events we know passionate Disney enthusiasts will enjoy.We’re sure many of you have seen the famed “Partners” statue with Walt and Mickey at one of the Disney parks. If you look closely at Walt’s tie you will see the letters “STR”—that stands for Smoke Tree Ranch, an exclusive Palm Springs resort Walt called … [Read more...]

Is Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Right For You?

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa takes you back to the late-1800s upstate New York resort of the same name with its equestrian theme and Victorian style. Walking onto this sprawling resort and being greeted in the lobby by friendly cast members dressed in their finest as if they're about to attend the horse races provides instant relaxation. Being a Disney Vacation Club resort, Saratoga Springs offers a wide variety of villas - anything from a studio villa to a three bedroom villa in a … [Read more...]

First Tree Planted in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland Expansion

Check out this fun photo from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering. The team recently brought a little life into the New Fantasyland area at Magic Kingdom Park by planting the first tree.To give you some reference, the building at the far left with the red and blue roof is actually the second floor of Pinocchio’s Village Haus, which peeks over the construction wall into New Fantasyland. The tree is being placed near what will become the entrance to New Fantasyland. The building at the … [Read more...]

Engage in Goofy’s Gift Exchange on Facebook

Today Disney announced an early holiday treat for Facebook users – it’s Goofy’s Gift Exchange, a truly one-of-a-kind holiday game inspired by their parks and characters.The game, accessible at, allows you to become a Disney character, add holiday decorations to your virtual door and exchange Disney Parks-themed gifts (such as Thunder Mountain train sets and Tinker Bell’s wands) with your fellow Facebook friends.Users can also find special codes on the … [Read more...]

Downtown Disney Cupcake Showdown: Candy Cauldron vs. BabyCakes NYC

On my latest trip to Walt Disney World, I decided to put two very different types of cupcakes to the taste test while at Downtown Disney (DTD).Call it a cupcake challenge. Or even the Downtown Disney Cupcake Showdown, if you will. I ate, side by side, one Candy Cauldron seasonal cupcake and one DTD BabyCakes NYC cupcake, the vegan and gluten-, dairy-, egg-free baked goods store.To give each cupcake a fair taste test, I chose two different flavors. That way, I could evaluate each cupcake … [Read more...]

International Dragon Boat Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

The International Dragon Boat Festival is today at Walt Disney World Resort, but don’t let the name fool you. There aren’t any fire-breathing dragons involved. Just some really long and funky-looking boats with dragon heads and tails being rowed feverishly by 20, plus a drummer and a guide.It sounds like a quirky sport, but race organizers say Dragon Boat racing is actually the fastest-growing water sport in the country. Saturday’s race at Downtown Disney is certainly growing in popularity. … [Read more...]

Downtown Disney: 5 Snacks Worth a Visit

When I'm visiting Walt Disney World (WDW) one of my hobbies is snacking. (It's my trip – I can call eating a hobby, right?) And WDW offers plenty of tasty Disney snacks to satisfy the rumbly in my tumbly.Now, many guests think of the theme parks when the Disney snack attack hits. But Downtown Disney (DTD) has its own special treats, things that aren't found anywhere else at WDW (although they may be found other places).So, to avoid appearing like too much of a glutton, here are 5 snacks … [Read more...]

First Look inside the Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

You’ve already seen the great themes coming to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort when it opens throughout 2012. But check out what we have today – a first look at some of our Disney Story Room family suites.Related articlesTopping Out Ceremony Held at the New Disney Art of Animation Resort ( … [Read more...]

Top 5 places in Disney World to get Character Autographs

Disney Trip is just NOT a trip without a few celebrity autographs! Today I’ll tell you some of my favorite places to get Disney Autographs with shorter lines.1. Chef Mickeys (Contemporary Resort) - The best place to get Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto’s (also referred to as the “Fab 5”) autograph with no line, no waiting, is at Chef Mickeys. There is, quite honestly, not another place at WDW (except Tusker house which I don’t really care for honestly), to grab these famous John … [Read more...]