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Summer is the Best Time to Stay 'Frozen' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Coolest Summer Ever just wouldn't be complete without your favorite Disney "Frozen" friends and their enchanting entertainment offerings.

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"Frozen" Summer Fun makes its majestic return to Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 17. You can once again enjoy the huge, frosty fun entertainment--with all-new offerings! This year, you can cool off with Olaf as he appears in his own show, Olaf's Summer Cool Down, on the event stage. Everyone's favorite snowman will also be joining the "Frozen" Royal Welcome on Hollywood Blvd. A new float--inspired by Elsa's ice palace--has been added to the procession. Plus, it will now run twice daily, doubling your chances to catch Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and their Arendelle friends.

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Of course, For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration will also return. Reed Jones, Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment, told us one of his favorite sights "is going to the sing-along and watching the audience. The kids know all the words. They stand up and do the arm movements, just like Elsa. They really get into it. I've even seen a few dads singing along!"

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For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration moves to a new home during the Coolest Summer Ever in the Hyperion Theater in the park's Center Stage area. Also look for some new special effects that just might surprise you!

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And when the sun dips behind the horizon? Enjoy the high-energy DJ Dance Party and the sky-high "Frozen" fireworks spectacle that lights up the night.

"'Frozen' was such a phenomenal hit. People really connected with the story, the characters and the music," Reed says. "And they love immersing themselves in that world when they come here to Walt Disney World Resort."

As tremendous as the guest response to all this magic has been, Reed--who's responsible for the overall creative direction for "Frozen" Summer Fun and other entertainment experiences in the parks--and his team are not about to rest on their laurels. "We're constantly looking for ways to enhance our entertainment and give guests better and better experiences."

Chilling, thrilling and fulfilling, there's snow doubt about it. You'll smile. You'll sing. You'll Let It Go and share all these cherished memories with your loved ones. It may be the Coolest Summer Ever with "Frozen" Summer Fun, but it's sure to warm your heart.

Summer is the Best Time to Stay 'Frozen' at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Russ J. Stacey: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

This week, we celebrated the anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios with some great content, a gallery of images and a special wallpaper created especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

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The Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney's Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. We thought it'd be a great addition to your desktop or mobile device.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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And Erin continued our count down until the beginning of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, with the latest in her series of stories looking back at some of the innovations that the Happiest Place on Earth has seen throughout its first 60 years.

This week, we jumped to the 1960s and the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics technology featuring more than 200 singing birds, flowers and tikis. Check out Erin's original story for more.

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

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration HARVEYS Collection -- Disney fans, buckle up! We decided to take a different route when it came to showing you the HARVEYS attraction poster totes that are headed to the Disneyland Resort this May.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park? -- How well do you know this shady corner of Disneyland park? Take our quiz and find out!

New Themes Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort Development -- Learn about an exciting announcement from our partners at Oriental Land Company with new details on the largest expansion in Tokyo Disney Resort's history.

Top 5 Ways the Disneyland Resort Inspired Kids to be Champions of the Environment this Earth Month -- With Earth Month now over, here are the top five ways the Disneyland Resort connected children in Orange County, Calif., to nature and inspired them to be champions of the environment this Earth Month!

May 2015 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort -- Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this May prior to the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration? If so, here are a few quick tips on merchandise events you don't want to miss!

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar's 'Inside Out' Coming to Epcot This Summer -- Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what's going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar's original new film "Inside Out" takes us inside the mind to find out, and this summer at Epcot, you can go inside "Inside Out" for a special preview of the movie.

Wildlife Wednesday: Celebrating World Veterinary Day at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts -- World Veterinary Day promotes animal health, animal welfare and public health globally. Since its initiation in 2000, this day has been recognized on the last Saturday of April and provides a great opportunity to raise awareness about the amazing work veterinarians around the world do to protect and care for animals and people.

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: Experience Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared the first photos of the new Harambe Market, which will debut to guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom in late May.

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This area, which was themed around a Colonial-era train depot design recreates a bustling marketplace where guests visit from around the world. Here, guests can choose to taste food from a variety of different "vendors," including Kitamu Grill for skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwiches, Famous Sausages for corn dogs inspired by a South African sausage, and Chef Mwanga's, which serves a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw. Check out Pam's post for more information on the other menu items you'll be able to find at Harambe Market.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Experience Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

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Special Cinco de Mayo menus will celebrate Mexican-American heritage at Tortilla Jo's and House of Blues this week in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. From Friday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 5, Crossroads at House of Blues will feature its "Menu Especial," with your choice of street tacos - blackened chicken or fish - or a chorizo burger topped with shredded lettuce, avocado and a fried egg. Dessert is strawberry empanadas with cinnamon cream and powdered sugar and, of course, there will be margaritas, including a Don Julio Margarita for the celebration.

At Tortilla Jo's -- Tuesday, May 5, only - the special menu starts with Ensalada Bandera with baby iceberg lettuce wedges, diced tomato, green onion, crispy bacon, hardboiled egg whites and ranch dressing, or Camarones Agua Chile: shrimp cooked in fresh lime juice and served with a mix of red onion, cilantro, red peppers and avocado slice. Entrees include Tricolor Dorado Filete - pan-seared Mahi-Mahi cooked with white onions, capers, olives, fresh oregano and white wine broth served on a bed of red and green bell peppers -- or Pollo Adobado - grilled chicken thigh meat marinated in dried chiles, oregano and vinegar served with Mexican red rice and frijoles churros. Dessert is Gelatina de Tres Leche - Mexican-style custard featuring the colors of the Mexican flag - and the drink menu will include three special Margaritas: Blanco Traditional made with Don Weber Blanco tequila and lime juice, Margarita de Raspberry Rojo made with Patron Reposado tequila, lime juice, raspberries and a float of Cointreau, and Green Melon Margarita made with Cuervo Tradicional Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and a float of Melon Liqueur.

Enjoy, and have a happy Cinco de Mayo with your friends and family.

Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort by John McClintock: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar's 'Inside Out' Coming to Epcot This Summer

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what's going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar's original new film "Inside Out" takes us inside the mind to find out, and this summer at Epcot, you can go inside "Inside Out" for a special preview of the movie. This sneak peek will offer guests an advance look at a sequence from the film, complete with special in-theater effects and an exclusive introduction from the filmmakers.

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"Inside Out" ventures inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. "Inside Out" is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up") and produced by Jonas Rivera ("Up") with an original score by Michael Giacchino ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Up").

This sneak peek opportunity begins May 30, following our special preview of Disney's "Tomorrowland," playing at the Imagination Pavilion theater at Epcot now through May 24. When visiting Epcot, you can also enjoy the "Inside Out" Emotion Garden as part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out" opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

Exclusive Sneak Peek of Disney•Pixar's 'Inside Out' Coming to Epcot This Summer by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks

Are you planning a Disney Parks vacation this summer? Jeanette Kaplun, editor and founder of Hispana Global, recently stopped by Walt Disney World Resort to share her favorite tips on summer vacation planning. Check out some of what Jeanette had to say below.

For more of Jeanette's travel advice, be sure to check out her Top-Ten Summer Vacation Planning Tips here.

Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Avengers Assemble at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

To celebrate the release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" today, Redd Rockett's Pizza Port in Disneyland park will be adding a few "super" items to their menu.

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Look for a trio of treats inspired by your favorite Avengers characters--like the Black Widow Parfait, with layers of chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, white and dark chocolate mousse, strawberry filling, and topped with dark chocolate crunchy candies and Black Widow's emblem. Take a bite out of crime with a Captain America shield cookie. Or perhaps your "super" sweet tooth is craving a Mark V Dessert Waffle--a red velvet waffle shaped like Iron Man's mask, topped with edible glitter.

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Since I love collecting souvenir Food and Beverage items, I'm most excited about the new Iron Man mug, available with soft drinks.

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There will also be an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" keepsake comic book style print, which was designed exclusively for Disneyland Park Food and Beverage. This print is available for $10, after spending $20 (before tax, after discount) at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port. Quantities are limited.

Avengers lovers, assemble at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port before these limited-time offerings are gone!

Avengers Assemble at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port in Disneyland Park by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Celebrate Disney's Hollywood Studios With Our 'Earffel Tower' Wallpaper

Towering at 130-feet-tall, the Earffel Tower has been a symbol of Disney's Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. To celebrate the park's anniversary, we have a brand-new downloadable wallpaper to share with you today. Click on the image below to choose the correct size for your desktop or mobile device.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

Celebrate Disney's Hollywood Studios With Our 'Earffel Tower' Wallpaper by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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American Music Machine Arrives at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

There's new music in the air this week at the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot! A five-member, contemporary a cappella group has made its debut at the America Gardens Theatre.

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American Music Machine brings a vibrant musical energy to the stage, with performances that convey the global influence of American popular music. The group's repertoire includes a diverse range of contemporary and classic American pop hits, all presented in a unique style created by ground-breaking vocal arranger Tim Davis, whose previous credits include the hit TV series "Glee."

Look for American Music Machine at the America Gardens Theatre, Wednesday through Sunday each week, beginning April 29.

American Music Machine Arrives at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Today in Disney History: Disney's Hollywood Studios Opens Its Doors at Walt Disney World Resort

On this very day back in 1989, Disney's Hollywood Studios opened its doors to give guests a taste of the fascinating world of entertainment. I remember visiting the park that summer and was captivated by its attractions that offered a peek inside television production and the making of animated films, as well as the history of the silver screen inside The Great Movie Ride.

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Many attractions have been added to the park over the years, including The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror in 1994, Rockin' Rollercoaster -- Starring Aerosmith in 1999, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show in 2005, and Toy Story Mania! in 2008, among others. Entertainment, of course, has played a huge part at the park, with "Beauty and The Beast -- Live on Stage" being the first theme park show to debut the same day the film was released in theaters in 1991. "Fantasmic!", the park's nighttime spectacular that combines Disney characters and songs with amazing special effects opened at the park in 1998.

Click through the gallery below for a look at how the park has changed over the years.

Which attraction or show at Disney's Hollywood Studios is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

Today in Disney History: Disney's Hollywood Studios Opens Its Doors at Walt Disney World Resort by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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