• 20Jun

    During Disney’s first-ever Global Week of Service , Disney VoluntEARS worldwide transformed moments of kindness into an international movement with a lasting impact. Throughout the week, over 3,300 Disney VoluntEARS participated in dozens of events benefiting a wide variety of causes. Here are some of the amazing ways our incredible Cast Members brought the Global Week of Service to life.

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    Turning a Moment into a Movement: Disney VoluntEARS Make a Difference During the Global Week of Service

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  • 06Jul

    Mountain climbers have returned to the icy slopes of the majestic Matterhorn at Disneyland park this summer, continuing a tradition begun in the earliest days of the attraction. Our experienced team of climbers makes safety a top priority, and they’re able to have a little fun up there, too. In this video, Technical Director Mike Layman and the climbers themselves give us a unique perspective on this only-in-Disneyland experience. The video also offers a glimpse of Alpine musician Happy Hans and his son, who were on hand for the grand reopening of the Matterhorn Bobsleds on June 15.

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  • 12May

    Toy importer G.A. Gertmenian and Sons is recalling a Pixar Toy Story 3 Bowling Game licensed by Disney due to violation of the lead paint standard. The U.S.

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    Disney/Pixar Toy Recall Alert | The Disney Blog

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  • 10May

    If you’re building a “dream playground” then who better to go to for design advice than the experts – the children who’ll be using it. Drawings from the imaginations of kids in the community were incorporated into the newest Disney VoluntEARS-built playground at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. The play area was constructed in hours by more than 250 volunteers but here’s a look at the effort condensed into seconds: During the playground’s construction, volunteers moved more than 48,600 square feet of safety surfacing and mixed 22,480 pounds of concrete…by hand. Volunteers from Disney, the Pine Hills community, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the non-profit organization KaBOOM! finished the playground in less than six hours.

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    Time-Lapse Video: Disney VoluntEARS Build Playground Children Helped Dream Up

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  • 16Apr

    Disneyland Resort, which sponsors an annual volunteer day and routinely sends out armies of “VoluntEARS” to help with charitable causes across Orange County, was honored with the Giving is Living Award at a luncheon Thursday. The award was the top honor given by the Volunteer Center of Orange County during its 34th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards at the Disneyland Hotel. The luncheon also honored more than 350 people who dedicated hours and hours in the past year – from volunteering to help abused women find safety and independence to finding homes for lost and injured pets. Click here to keep reading. Disneyland Jungle Cruise is now a real jungle … Disneyland’s oldest entertainment – Disneyland Band … Disneyland opens new kiosks to buy park passes … Laid-off drivers hired for new Disneyland lot …

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  • 12Apr

    If you’re a parent of young twins or even if you have  two children who are very close together in age, you know that  just  going to Target can be something of a logistical nightmare that entails dragging lots of gear, hoping for a cart with two seats and straps that actually work, and doing everything you can to avoid meltdowns in the process, but that’s nothing compared to going someplace like Disney World. The truth is, taking two two-year olds on vacation is not the same as taking a one-year old (who probably can’t walk) and a three-year old (who is probably out of diapers and starting to listen better).  You’ll face additional challenges.   The extra work required  can run the gamut from mere annoyances to real safety issues.  But is it worth it?  I think so, and with a little planning, you can definitely make the experience  easier. The Stroller Issue: Probably the biggest challenge you’ll face.   Buses are especially difficult, so much so that I just avoid them completely because it’s just about impossible to get two small children (and your other kids, if you have them) on the bus and all while taking everything out of the basket of the stroller, collapsing  it, and then loading it on the bus.  While it can be done, expect annoyed stares from fellow passengers.  If you’re going to use the bus, carry a backpack that you can put everything into  from the stroller basket ahead of time.  This will make getting the stroller folded after  you take the kids out a lot easier.  Definitely don’t try to use the buses if you’re alone. This is a two-person job.  Once the kids are out of their stroller, keep in mind that Disney bus stops are very busy, so you’ll want to keep a close eye on them.  You can easily avoid Disney buses if you have your own car.  In fact, this is the one time I would absolutely insist on having a car at Disney World.  If having a car is not an option, consider staying at a monorail or Boardwalk resort.  You can also minimize the number of times you’ll need to take the bus by using the monorail and boats to park hop.   You can park hop between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom using the monorail and you can also park hop between Epcot and Hollywood Studios using the Friendship Boats. Both of these options allow you to keep your children in the stroller. You shouldn’t have too much difficulty maneuvering your stroller around the parks.  Most double side-by-side strollers are only slightly wider than a wheel chair and just about everything in Disney World is wheelchair accessible.  Keep in mind that you’ll have to take the kids out of their stroller at sit-down restaurants and while waiting in line for attractions and character meet-and-greets.  The biggest issue is the bottlenecks that happen in some parks.  On a crowded day, it can be nearly impossible to maneuver your stroller around Frontierland and in Tomorrowland, so if possible, try to visit the World during a slower time of year.  If that’s not possible, go to the parks early in the day when they are less crowded.  Some twin parents use two single strollers rather than a double stroller. Not only is it easier to maneuver and to get on the buses, it allows you to split up if one twin needs to go back to the resort, for example.  Even better, and I’m sure all twin moms know about this, it helps avoid what I call twin fight club:  Bored with being in the stroller, they start smacking each other.   Come on, you know  you’ve been there.   It’s a well-known fact that if one twin falls asleep in the stroller the other twin is obsessively compelled to poke and annoy his sibling.  The only downside of this is that one parent can’t push both strollers while the other parent does something on her own. Feeding them: If your kids are still using a highchair, consider getting portable booster seats.  They’re small and easy to pack.  Most  rental houses off site will have one highchair. Ask your agent if your home comes with a highchair; they may possibly be able to give you a second one as well.  I’ve never  had any trouble finding highchairs in Disney restaurants. Where are they going to sleep? Sleep is a big one.  My twins sleep in separate rooms at home and the first couple of times we travelled to Disney World with them and they stayed in the same room, it took some getting used to.   If your kids are still in cribs, you’ll get a Pack and Play if you’re staying at a Disney resort. …

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    Taking Twin Toddlers to Disney World.

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  • 05Apr

    Collection of articles talking about the Earthquake at Disneyland this evening. Earthquake at Disneyland: What happens after the ground shakes at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ from the Examiner : Whenever there is an earthquake at the Happiest Place on Earth there is anything but chaos. Even after the 7.1 today that was felt all the way at the Mouse House, precautions are put in place. The Walt Disney Corporation takes the safety of the guests very seriously and without a doubt has a plan in place to help their guests be safe and get home safely. One of the few places to be concerned, there is plenty of cast member training to make sure every kid is safe. What happens after an earthquake shakes the Disneyland Resort? First, there is the immediate concern of getting the guests out of the rides safely. Bringing in security along with the help of cast members, people on the rides are removed and moved to a safe location. Any immediate injuries are addressed (thankfully there were none to report today.) Also anyone waiting for a ride will be asked to return at a later time as the ride will be closed to the public immediately. As safety is important, the ride must be inspected to make sure the attraction is safe for everyone to continue. An inspector then must look over the ride for any issues and make sure it is safe for use. One by one the attraction rides will be checked and made sure they are safe and once the inspection passes, the guests are allowed to return and will reopen. This process is done fairly quickly as the inspectors know what they are looking for and the designs of the attractions cater to earthquakes movements. Source Disneyland feels Baja California earthquake of 7.2 from The Disney Blog : A 6.9 7.2 (just revised) strength earthquake hit just south of the US border in Baja California. At least five after-shocks have been recorded in the following minutes including one ranking 5.1. Meanwhile a 4.1 earthquake struck in the Sacramento area. I’m happy my wife and kid returned from SoCal last night, hopefully there are no injuries and property damage is light from this quake. Twin 6.9 quakes struck Northridge, CA in 1994 causing severe damage to a number of properties, 72 deaths, and thousands of injuries. That was the largest quake I ever experienced and the one that caused the most damage to Disneyland. After the Northridge earthquake Disneyland revised their policies regarding quakes. They now conduct mandatory evacuations of every attraction until they can be inspected for damage. That’s precisely what happened today after this quake. There have been conflicting reports of guests caught in elevators at the Disneyland hotel. Some are reporting that Disneyland Security called it in and others say that Disney denies reporting that. Click here to keep reading BREAKING NEWS: 6.9 earthquake hits Baja California, felt in Los Angeles from Gather.com: A 6.9 Richter Scale earthquake erupted, its epicenter about 108 miles east/southeast of Tijuana, Mexico, in Baja California. The quake shook about half an hour ago on this Sunday afternoon and could be felt in Southern California, in both Los Angeles and San Diego. Skyscrapers in both cities gyrated as the shaker took aim, while its aftershocks did even more rocking. The original earthquake lasted a full minute. No injuries have been reported as of this report, but KABC in Los Angeles did broadcast that the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim was affected because guests were stuck in one of their elevators that had stopped when the quake struck. Disneyland has been closed for security purposes. The LA Fire Department is on alert. Earthquake magnitude 7.2 hits Mexico and southern California from the Guardian.co.uk A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck last night just south of the US-Mexico border, rattling buildings as far away as Los Angeles and closing rides at Disneyland. The earthquake struck at 3.40pm (10.40pm GMT) in Baja California , Mexico, about 19 miles (30km) south-east of Mexicali, according to the US Geological Survey. The area has been hit by magnitude 3.0 quakes all week. It was felt for about 40 seconds in Tijuana, Mexico, causing buildings to sway and knocking out power in parts of the city. Tremors were felt across Southern California and Arizona, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage. Strong tremors were reported in the Coachella Valley and Riverside, California. The earthquake shook buildings on the west side of Los Angeles and in the San Fernando valley. The LA fire department began checking buildings and bridges for possible structural damage and checking reports of people stuck in lifts, but no damage has been reported. Rides were temporarily closed at Disneyland in Anaheim, Orange County. Across the western US, dozens of people reported feeling the quake on the US Geological Survey Did you feel it? website . It was felt as far north as Santa Barbara, USGS seismologist Susan Potter said. “I’m shaking like a leaf … the pool water was going everywhere,” Jean Nelson in Indio, near Palm Springs, told Reuters. Click here to keep reading. Photo credit http://twitpic.com/1daagw Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 3rd, 2010 … The Inaugural Blog Carnival is now

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