Aladdin and Genie playing Chess

Obsess Over Chess Throughout the Worlds of Disney

By Jocelyn Buhlman

No pastime challenges the mind more than the strategy game of chess. Created in sixth-century India, chess soon spread all over the world, testing the intellects of players everywhere. Would you believe that the game spread so far that it even reached the wonderful worlds of Disney? You can watch knights and rooks move across the board in Queen of…

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Disney Legend Bill Sullivan

5 Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Bill Sullivan

By Steven Vagnini

As we near the 45th anniversary of “The Vacation Kingdom of the World”—Walt Disney World Resort—D23 pays tribute to one of its many celebrated founders: Disney Legend Bill “Sully” Sullivan. Here are five fascinating facts about Bill’s career at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

1. Tuning in to ABC on a Sunday afternoon changed…

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Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Make Waves with 9 Spectacular Disney Water Attractions

By Courtney Potter

Ah, July. The warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the States, temperatures are rising, the kids are out of school, and the whole family is looking for a totally tubular way to cool off. What better way to beat the heat than a Disney water attraction?

Disney Parks around the world are known for some of the most…

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New Disney Movies A-Plenty—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Are You Ready? Tons of Disney Live Action Movies Announced!

With the mega-success of Disney’s The Jungle Book, our friends over at The Walt Disney Studios have just announced a veritable smorgasbord of Disney Live-Action films! While exact release dates are still being decided, we can give you a rundown of some of the projects you can look…

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Mickey Mouse and Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill Loves Disney, Animation, and Twilight Zone

Mark Hamill loves Disney. And not just a little. He really loves Disney. While we’re introducing ourselves, we mention that we’re from D23, and he immediately jumps in with, “That’s the year that Walt Disney came to California.” Yes, that’s right. (And the reason behind the name D23.)

Mark Hamill plays the iconic character Luke Skywalker in the…

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A Jolly Birthday for Dick Van Dyke—Plus More in News Briefs

Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 90th Birthday at Disneyland Park

Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke turned 90 years young on Sunday, December 13—and he celebrated at the Happiest Place on Earth, of course! Thousands of guests lined up on Disneyland Park’s Main Street, U.S.A., and sang “Happy Birthday” to Van Dyke as he rode by in a special cavalcade held in his…

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New Star Wars Half Marathon—And More in News Briefs

Join the Dark Side with New Star Wars Half Marathon at Walt Disney World
Break out those Lightsabers and lace up those sneakers: After the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend delighted runners at Disneyland Resort this past January, runDisney is bringing the intergalactic fun to the East Coast for the first time! Star Wars Half Marathon—The Dark Side will…

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Thirteen Disney Park Sounds That Will Make You Scream

We’ve compiled 13 sounds from Disney parks that will have you going . . .
eek!!!, yeow!!!, and aghhhhhhh!!!
1. We think you’ll agree that the Haunted Mansion‘s bride, voiced by Disney Legend Leota Toombs, is the creepiest thing you’ll hear at a Disney park.

2. Haunted Mansion is chock full of eerie sounds… like this raven.

3. An eerie pirate,…

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Tokyo Disneyland Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions Casts Off at Tokyo Disneyland

Since 1955, guests of Disney Parks around the globe have journeyed through some of the world’s most “dangerous” rivers on Jungle Cruise, guided by a trusty skipper with a brave heart and a clever sense of humor. Tokyo Disneyland has just unveiled what might be the attraction’s biggest refurbishment to date with the debut of Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions, which…

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Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

The Tiki Room Celebrates 50 Years

By Jim Fanning

Welcome to Our Tropical Hideaway, You Lucky People, You
For 50 years of pleasure and glee, Disneyland guests have been singing (and whistling) along with the fantastic flora and fabulous fauna of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Starring 225 of some of the most singular Disney characters ever created in the form of trilling birds, warbling…

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