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Disney Parks and Resorts Receive National Awards

FamilyFun magazine, a trusted, go-to source for travel recommendations and family activities for more than 20 years, has recognized Disney Parks and Resorts on both sides of the United States as the very best in family travel for 2013.

Disney Parks Receive National Awards

 Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Park has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Overall Favorite Family Destinations” in the U.S. Magic Kingdom Park, EpcotDisney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park were also recognized as part of “Top 10 Amusement Parks” is the country. And, in the same survey, Walt Disney World Resort hotels were named “Number One” in the category of “Top Family Resorts” in the country.

FamilyFun magazine’s 2013 survey recognized vacation destinations, attractions and resorts in six unique categories: Tourist Attractions; Tourist Towns; Nature Escapes; Museums, Zoos & Aquariums; Amusement Parks; and Family Resorts.

In California, the Disneyland Resort was also recognized. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks were also named among the “Top 10 Amusement Parks” in the U.S. FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 3 to 12, asking them to rate 360 popular destinations on a scale of 1-100. For voting purposes, the country was divided into four geographic regions – West, Midwest, South and Northeast – and respondents provided feedback solely on their regions. High marks were awarded for affordability, accessibility and fun factor.

In addition to the FamilyFun magazine awards, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge created the first ever tie in the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Favorite Disney Resort Hotel.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Which Disney Parks or Resorts do you think deserved special honors this year?

Hop Around Disneyland for Some Egg-stra Special Easter Celebrations

Disneyland  and Disney’s California Adventure parks have some egg-citing events happening all week to celebrate Easter. With the Main Street Bunny Hop (taking place daily on Main Street, U.S.A.) and the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt (all week at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail). Be sure to keep an eye out for some rarely seen long-eared Disney friends!

Getting the Day Started at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks

I’m not much of an early bird, but some things are worth setting the alarm for, and a Disney Parks morning open moment is definitely one of them. In Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, you can feel the energy as guests anxiously wait for the opening announcements from Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon – the husband-and-wife team we previously featured on the Disney Parks Blog. There is a common bond you feel with fellow guests, knowing you’ll be among the first to walk (not run!) to your favorite attraction.

If you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times, check out the video below to see what you have been missing.


Have you ever experienced a Disney Parks morning open moment, and if so, what attraction did you go to first?

VIDEO: ‘Glow with the Show’ Now Glowing at Disneyland Park

You probably noticed that Disney California Adventure park has a certain “glow” this summer. As Erin Glover showed you in July, special Mickey Ear hats that light up the night can be seen throughout the park at various spots in Cars Land, Mad T Party and “World of Color.” They’re called “Glow with the Show” ears and they use the latest, infrared trigger technology that allows guests to become part of the “Disney magic,” as their hats sync up to the colors in the shows and beat of the music.

Now these special ears glow at Disneyland park. More than 3,000 Annual Passholders recently gathered to glow with the classic guest favorite, “Fantasmic!” The sea of colorful ears was a spectacular sight. Check it out for yourself and then come to the Disneyland Resort and get your glow on!

You can get your own pair of “Glow with the Show” ears at select merchandise locations in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks or at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

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