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Disney launches its own adult coloring book app

Adult coloring book apps are all the rage, and now Disney’s getting in on that action, too. The company has today released its own take on the genre with the launch of the Color by Disney mobile application, and app that lets wannabe artists practice their skills…

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4 Reasons to Prefer Disney Over Netflix

Netflix (NFLX) stock has been on a tear since 2012. Over the past five years, the stock has returned roughly 892% to investors.

Its returns almost seem too good to be true, but that is what happens when a company disrupts its industry like Netflix has.

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Will Disney World Start Charging for FastPass?

Disney has a new way to milk a little more spending money out of some of its guests at its original California resort. The theme-park giant unveiled Disney MaxPass on Wednesday, a new option that will allow guests at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure the ability to use mobile devices to make reservations for expedited FastPass queues.

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Recently at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney introduced MagicBand 2. This new form of the original MagicBand is more versatile and customizable for Guests to unlock the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

When guests book a Walt Disney World Resort vacation and elect to receive their MagicBands at home prior to arrival, they will receive a complimentary MagicBand 2. Guests will continue to have the option to choose from the current eight colors: pink, blue, red, green, orange, gray, yellow and purple. Guests who pick up their MagicBands at the front desk upon check-in will continue to receive the original MagicBand until early February.

The interior design of the MagicBand shipping box, as well as the cover of the “I’m Going to Walt Disney World” booklet now feature a new Cinderella Castle design.

10th Annual Disney Parks Moms Panel Welcomes 12 New Members

Today, Disney Parks officially announced 12 new members to the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Selected from thousands of applicants, the 12 will join 19 returning panelists to be part of the tenth annual Panel of dedicated and diverse Disney-loving parents who help guests plan and get the most out of their next Disney vacation.

Over the past decade, more than 150 moms, dads, and grandparents have served on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. This year’s Panel promises to deliver an impressive roster of trusted Disney advisors from all walks of life and experiences. With parents of twins and those with special needs children to single working moms, bilingual mavens and members of the LGBT community, the 2017 Panel is inclusive of every type of parent or guardian looking to plan a magical Disney getaway.

Originating in 2008 as a simple question-and-answer forum with only 12 members focused on the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has evolved into a global multilingual resource used by millions and backed by a passionate and varied group of frequent Disney travelers eager to share their expertise with likeminded families. Today, these everyday moms and dads possess exemplary knowledge of not only the Walt Disney World Resort, but also other memorable Disney vacation escapes and offerings, including the Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, runDisney, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

As a planning tool, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is available in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Portuguese; and compatible with laptop computers and handheld touch screen devices alike. The award-winning digital resource is teeming with information to satisfy any Disney trip-planning need, offering personalized answers to more than 300,000 guest questions over the years. Whether a family is looking to surprise their daughter with a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration, find the best restaurants to accommodate a peanut-allergy child, or learn how to make traveling with a preschooler hassle-free, a friendly and knowledgeable parent is there to offer sound, personalized recommendations rooted in real experience.

“The success of the Disney Parks Moms Panel is wholly measured by the satisfaction of our guests and their families, which is what makes the annual selection process so important for us,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Content Relations for Disney Parks. “We are so grateful to the thousands of inspiring Disney advocates who apply each year, including our dynamic new group for 2017. With their continued support, we can deliver on our promise to help visitors around the world tailor unforgettable Disney vacations for years to come.”

In September 2016, thousands of parents around the world vied for a spot on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and the chance to share their Disney travel experiences with others. Following the selection process, an impressive group of 12 dedicated and thoughtful moms and dads – composed of a litigation lawyer, high school English teacher, engineer, registered nurse, and more – were chosen to usher in the tenth year of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panelists joins 19 other Disney-savvy travelers ready to help families plan and create magical vacation memories.

The new 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel members are as follows:

  • Trish A.; Halifax, N.S., Canada (Disney Vacation Club)
  • Jennifer C.; Ottawa, Ont., Canada (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in French)
  • Emille C.; Orlando, Fla. (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in Spanish)
  • Todd D.; Pickering, Ont., Canada (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Jan K.; Maplewood, N.J. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Anabel M.; North Hills, Calif. (Disneyland Resort; Fluent in Spanish)
  • Linda M.; Denver, Colo. (Disneyland Resort)
  • Lindsey M.; Houston, TX (runDisney)
  • Lindsey P.; Kennesaw, Ga. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Donyell L. R.; Wilmington, N.C. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Thiana S.; Novo Hamburgo, Brazil (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in Portuguese)
  • Beth S.; Vernon Hills, Ill. (Disney Cruise Line)

To learn more about the Disney Parks Moms Panel and meet the panelists, please visit For those interested in applying for next year’s Panel, application details will be posted on the website in the fall of 2017.

Laying the groundwork for Disney in schools

Tickets to see Disney’s Broadway show “The Lion King” can cost a pretty penny. And buying the rights to stage your own Disney production? Out of reach for many theater groups.

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Disney shows are coming to Snapchat

Mickey Mouse has quite a story to tell. The Mouse House, or Walt Disney Co., and Snap, Inc., parent company for communications app Snapchat, have agreed to a new deal to have Disney create programming for Snapchat.

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Disney Gift Card eGift is Now Available

Did you know … Disney Gift Cards are now available as an eGift. They can be redeemed anywhere Disney Gift Cards are accepted and are scanned directly from your mobile device or a printed copy of the eGift.

eGifts are delivered to any valid email address the same day they’re ordered! It’s all the magic of sending someone a Disney Gift Card, now made even more convenient. And just like any Disney Gift Card, an eGift can be used for practically all things Disney: whether it’s in Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise LineAdventures by Disney®Disney PhotoPass®, or Disney Store locations in the U.S.

With the holidays coming up, Disney Gift Card is ready to make shopping simple!

Why you should honeymoon at Disney

For some newlyweds, the honeymoon is all about some serious just-the-two-of-us quality time. Other couples, however, want to spend every day of their honeymoon with each other — and about 50,000 other people. But not just any 50,000 people. They want to share their honeymoons with about 50,000 fellow Disney fanatics:

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The keeper of Disney’s legacy, archivist Dave Smith spent 40 years preserving the history of an American icon

Dave Smith couldn’t believe his luck. He was visiting Disneyland with his family about a year after its opening and spied Walt Disney strolling down the park’s Main Street.

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