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It’s Heating Up Outside But Walt Disney World Pools are Always Cool

We all know that Walt Disney World has some of the most incredible theme parks in the world.  And we love the resorts and all the amazing places to eat.  But one of our favorite things to do after a long morning in the parks, is to go back to our Disney resort and spend some time relaxing at the pool.

Big Blue at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system

Disney resorts feature some of the most unique and creative, not to mention cool and refreshing, pools in the world.  From the new Big Blue at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system, to the Nanea Volcano Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which features a volcano and 142 foot long water slide, they are all awe-inspiring.  And on a hot Summer day in Orlando, there is no better place to spend a few hours.

Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area

We hear from clients that as much fun as the parks are, their kids love spending time in the many themed pools at Walt Disney World Resort.  And who can blame them?  At Disney’s Grand Floridian, they have the new Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area offering the perfect blend of  ‘tea party’ and ‘pool party’, it makes me want to be a kid again!

Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike, but my favorite is the Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It features 1,000-square-foot pool with an exciting water slide and gently sloping, zero-depth entry point, a children’s wading pool, and 2 whirlpool spas.  It’s the perfect way to relax and get a whole new perspective on what a Disney World vacation is.

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s Andrew and Rick from TravelwithRick.com to show us around some of the incredible pools of Walt Disney World Resort!  Stay cool everyone!

Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun at a Disney Pool

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“Happiness Year” Begins as Tokyo Disneyland Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

 

In a spectacular ceremony at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shared the stage with Toshio Kagami, Chairman and CEO of Oriental Land Company, Kyoichiro Uenishi, President and COO of Oriental Land Company, as well as Master of Ceremonies Ayaka Nagai, the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador to celebrate the major milestone. Afterward, Mickey and Minnie, along with 300 characters and cast, took the stage officially launching the anniversary celebration.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

“Since opening day, the Tokyo Disney Resort has inspired the imaginations of hundreds of millions of guests, becoming the most beloved leisure destination in Japan,” said Tom. “The special relationship and collaboration we have with our partner, Oriental Land Company, has continued to grow and flourish over the last three decades, and this can directly be seen in the many incredible attractions, entertainment and experiences we’ve added to the Resort throughout the years.”

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

The anniversary event also featured a one-of-a-kind fireworks show called “Happiness on High” that was accompanied by the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Theme Song.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

A new daytime parade called “Happiness is Here” also began during the celebration. The parade features 13 floats and includes Disney characters from throughout the years, including Goofy, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh, along with characters from “Toy Story” and “Alice in Wonderland.” It’ll continue to run daily during “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

Also, throughout the year, guests will be able to see themed decorations around the parks, including Happiness Balloons that’ll adorn Cinderella Castle. There will be special menus at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, “Happiness Sharing Spots” located at Tokyo Disneyland Park and other surprises.

Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend D23’s Destination D at the Disneyland Hotel. I listened to a fascinating presentation, “Animating the Disney Parks,” featuring Eddie Sotto and Imagineers Tony Baxter and Tom Morris. Each Imagineer shared the story of how legendary Disney animators and artists became the first Imagineers during the early development of Disneyland and then the Walt Disney World Resort.

Animating the Disney Parks: Claude Coats

Tony Baxter, Walt Disney Imagineering senior vice president of creative development, got the discussion started with the story of his mentor, Claude Coats. Originally in 1935 as a background painter, Coats created the worlds of “Pinocchio,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Lady and the Tramp.” His backgrounds created a sense of place, Baxter said, much like WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) would do in theme parks.

When Walt Disney was creating Disneyland, the talents of his animators were needed for this new medium. As Baxter recalled, Coats’ experience working on “Lady and the Tramp,” especially, gave him the inspiration to look at the world from an altered perspective – inspiration that would later lead to real-life experiences like Storybook Land Canal Boats and Adventure Thru Inner Space.

“Disneyland defined the ability to take you out of the world you live in,” Baxter said.

scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean

Coats was trained in architecture, Baxter said, which gave credibility to the environments he created. When the scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean were being developed, it was Coats who had the idea to paint the ceiling black, creating the illusion of a night sky and making the ceiling disappear – giving guests the sense of being outside at night.

Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad

You can see Coats’ background painting talents for yourself today in the Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad.

Check back for more from “Animating the Disney Parks” – next time, we’ll focus on another master of creating a sense of place, Herb Ryman.

Way-Out & Mad T-Cups at Mad T Party in Disney California Adventure Park

We recently journeyed down the Rabbit Hole to the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure park, an energetic wonderland where we danced (most of) the night away, with the Mad Hatter and Alice on vocals. Eye candy abounds in this outdoor entertainment zone, with crazy costumes, dancing flamingos, hot-pink plastic chairs and lots of neon.

But we must admit, we thoroughly enjoyed just watching the crowd, especially the Hottest Deck in Town dancers, while we sipped a Croquetini (their version of a lemon drop martini) and a Long Island Iced T Party in the adjacent House of Cards Lounge.

 light-up souvenir cups

The light-up souvenir cups for non-alcoholic drinks are a blast – from a 16-ounce Mad Hatter Hat ($7.19) to a 32-ounce Wiggly Yard ($7.59) and a 32-ounce Mad T Party Sipper ($7.59). And the flavors are as vibrant as the backdrop, like Hatter’s Mandarin Fury (mandarin orange), Tweedle Blue (cotton candy), Jabberwocky Juice (Granny Smith apple) and Cheshire Chiller (desert pear).

The Mad T Party begins about sunset and continues until the park closes each evening. Check the park entertainment schedule for the latest schedule information.

Do you have a favorite drink at the Mad T Party?

Pop singer “Ke$ha” at the Magic Kingdom

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KEEPING TIME: Pop singer “Ke$ha” poses April 21, 2011 with The White Rabbit from Disney’s animated film “Alice in Wonderland,” at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ke$ha’s debut single, entitled “Tik Tok,” was a number one hit around the world. The Magic Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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