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7 Pieces of Life Advice From Gramma Tala

There are so many inspiring moments in Moana, many of which are centered around one of our favorite characters, Gramma Tala. Gramma Tala encourages Moana to follow her own path, and also inspires us all to be true to ourselves. She’s basically everything we want to be when we grow up. Here’s some life advice from Gramma Tala that we absolutely love: Legends can be true. The very beginning of Moana opens with Gramma Tala retelling the story of how the heart of Te Fiti was stolen. She says that…
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Meet ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Super Heroes on Marvel Day at Sea with Disney Cruise Line

Anyone else been listening nonstop to Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtape after seeing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?” I must say, it’s worthy of the name! Today we’re revealing that Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot will be joining the fun during this day-long celebration aboard the Disney Magic. Meeting this group of spacefaring misfits is just one of the many reasons I’m so excited about our Marvel Day at Sea cruises kicking off this fall. What’s more, I’m thrilled to unveil an adult-exclusive Marvel Day at Sea experience inspired by the Guardian’s…
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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Moana

By now you’ve most likely seen and been inspired by Disney’s Moana. You’ve probably listened to and have sung along to “How Far I’ll Go” on repeat, cried happy tears at all the emotional and beautiful moments in the film, and have become smitten with the cuteness of Pua and Heihei. Well, if you love this film like we do, keep reading because we know the way to some fun facts that will put wind in your sails! And with Moana available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Disney Movies…
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Adventures by Disney and Turner Classic Movies Team Up to Offer a Special Italian Movie Vacation

Are you a classic movie buff? Have you ever dreamed of living la dolce vita in Italy? This summer, Adventures by Disney is offering a special departure of its Italy vacation, visiting Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Venice, that highlights many of your favorite classic films shot in this remarkable country. Built in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), this unique adult-exclusive 8-day, 7-night trip will run Aug. 11-18, 2017. Join fellow movie lovers for a unique and unforgettable journey through one of the most cinematic locations on earth. Here you’ll…
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Recipe: Tuna Poke with Avocado Mousse at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Chefs at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai‘i are always creating delicious island-inspired dishes. Always a menu favorite, poke, which means “cut piece” or “small piece” in Hawaiian, is the perfect seafood starter to share. To bring a bit of the Hawaiian Islands into your kitchen, check out the fun video and full recipe below for Tuna Poke with Avocado Mousse! Tuna Poke with Avocado Mousse Serves 6 as an appetizer TUNA POKE 1 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons…
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Seven Ways To Have Fun In Pandora – The World of Avatar (Aside From Attractions)

Pandora – The World of Avatar is now open to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The land itself serves as an amazing attraction for guests to explore and interact with, and the area’s two experiences – the thrilling Avatar Flight of Passage and the family friendly Na’vi River Journey – are already wowing guests. But did you know there are actually many other ways you can have fun throughout Pandora – The World of Avatar? Here are seven must-do suggestions on how you can have the most immersive experience possible…
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Summer is Here at Disney Parks

Summer has finally arrived! Whether you want to unleash your inner Super Hero, explore new worlds or enjoy spectacular entertainment, we have something for everyone at all of our Disney parks. Here’s a look at what we’ve got in store for a truly blockbuster summer. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is now open at Disney California Adventure park, kicking off our Summer of Heroes with daring missions, heroic encounters, and even a dance-off to Star-Lord’s old-school rock ‘n’ roll mixtape. Starting June 14, you can also suit up…
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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Grand Opening Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park

Tomorrow, the rocking new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! officially opens for guests at Disney California Adventure park. Last night, stars and filmmakers from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films joined us for an epic grand opening celebration! This new adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time ever, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and…
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Windtraders Treats Guests to an Immersive Shopping Experience at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Nestled under a thatched roof and covered in Na’vi totems, Windtraders is a one-of-a-kind retail shop located in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This merchandise destination contains more than 200 uniquely developed products that will immerse guests in their in-park experience like never before and connect them to this exotic new land. I recently caught up with Chris Edward, Area Manager for Merchandise Presentation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to get the inside scoop about this exciting new location. “[Windtraders] is located in an abandoned building…
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A Walk Through Culinary Story at Pandora—The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Pandora — The World of Avatar is a new story that’s easiest to tell with photos from Disney’s talented team of photographers. From healthful create-your-own bowls and bao bun “pods” at Satu’li Canteen to a crisp, warm lumpia and frozen specialty beverages such as the Night Blossom at adjacent Pongu Pongu, the food and beverages are creative and fun. And the beautiful architecture in the restaurant takes you to a planet far away. Enjoy this gallery that tells the story in pictures….
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Pandora – The World of Avatar Marks A Historic Opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today the highly anticipated land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, officially opens to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar transports guests to the moon of Pandora, where they can explore floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests. They can also enjoy unforgettable experiences, like sailing down a mystical river to encounter a Na’vi shaman at Na’vi River Journey, or experiencing what it’s like to soar over Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee at Avatar…
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Disney Parks Blog Readers Share Their Most Thrilling Moments from Pandora

Earlier this month, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers got chosen for a first look at Pandora – The World of Avatar, the amazing new land that will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in just a few days. The land – and the experiences in it – were inspired by filmmaker James Cameron’s AVATAR, and will allow guests to visit the Valley of Mo’ara, where they can wonder at the beauty of floating mountains. Deeper into their journey they can experience what it’s like riding on the back of a banshee,…
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Disney Dedicates Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As you may have seen during our #DisneyParksLIVE coverage, Disney’s Animal Kingdom hosted a special dedication ceremony for Pandora – The World of Avatar to celebrate this new spectacular world opening to the public on May 27. At today’s ceremony, held under the magnificent floating mountains of Pandora – The World of Avatar, drummers performed traditional Pandoran rhythms and colorfully-dressed performers led a procession full of pageantry and artful banners to celebrate the occasion. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined by AVATAR Creator/Director James (Jim) Cameron and members…
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#DisneyParksLIVE: Pandora – The World of Avatar Dedication | Walt Disney World

Pandora – The World of Avatar will officially open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, but today, celebrities and VIPs are gathering to celebrate a very special dedication moment for this new park expansion. The live stream of the dedication will begin at 8:10 a.m. ET in the video display above. Be sure to tune in as we give you a front-row look at the festivities, and maybe a few surprises as well. To join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #VisitPandora. In the meantime, tell us where…
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Celebrate Summer at D-Living in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Summer has arrived early at D-Living in Town Center at Disney Springs. This dynamic home décor store for Disney fans and kids of every age recently introduced an outdoor summer theme. I caught up with Patrick Scanlan, Manager of Product Design and Development for Disney Parks Merchandise, to get the inside scoop about what guests will find during their next visit. “[D-Living] is celebrating the summer with a bright new theme,” explained Patrick. “The shop features a mix of home décor products from Disney Parks and beyond, vibrant summer colors,…
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