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Actors Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery, known to millions as feuding sisters Lady Edith Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley on the award-winning television series “Downton Abbey,” visited the Disneyland Resort during a recent trip to Los Angeles.

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Reunite at the Disneyland Resort

They were greeted by none other than Goofy, who showed up de rigueur to Sleeping Beauty Castle in his formal finest. This was the first Disneyland visit for both of them, and when I asked if they were here to celebrate something special, Michelle exclaimed, “Life!”

‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Reunite at the Disneyland Resort

In addition to the sisters Crawley, this fun group also included actors Jessica de Gouw, Kelly Paterniti and another Downton alumnus, Michael Fox. Following our mild morning tomfoolery, they set out for their first attraction — Hyperspace Mountain!

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Guests will join Disney Princesses for a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs when the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 23-26, 2017. Today, I have a first look commemorative merchandise created especially for this annual runDisney event.

Commemorative Merchandise Celebrates Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2017 at Walt Disney World Commemorative Merchandise Celebrates Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2017 at Walt Disney World

Runners participating in the Disney Princess Half Marathon will find apparel including short and long-sleeved shirts, jackets, tank tops, and running shorts. This year, elements from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be seen throughout the weekend through entertainment, race medals, and on select products (the roses found on race apparel is a nice nod to the Disney animated classic).

Similar products were also created for guests running the 19.3-mile Disney Glass Slipper Challenge. You’ll find a race jacket, a tank top, logo shirts and running pants.

Commemorative Merchandise Celebrates Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2017 at Walt Disney World Commemorative Merchandise Celebrates Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2017 at Walt Disney World

Look for apparel and accessories for other races being held during the weekend including the Disney Princess 5K, Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, and runDisney Kids Races.

Other products include drinkware, a new commemorative shoe ornament inspired by the race weekend, and three Disney Princess-inspired handbags by Dooney & Bourke (a specially designed leather hangtag will be found on select silhouettes).

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Finally, guests will find car magnets, Bondi Bands, and Sweaty Bands. The limited release Disney pins will include pins shaped like miniature replicas of the “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired race medals.

Look for these commemorative items and more during runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All guests are invited to attend the Expo during the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, February 23 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Actress Nicole Kidman Meets Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort

February 22, 2017

Academy Award winning actress, Nicole Kidman, took her family on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation this week. While it was the first visit for Nicole’s family, she reminisced about her last visit to the resort over 20 years ago! Nicole was excited to introduce her girls to magic of Disney. First stop … meeting Mickey Mouse, of course!

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#DisneyKids: Last Chance To Enter To Win a Dream Vacation to Walt Disney World Resort

February 21, 2017

Is your preschooler dreaming of a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? We all know that a child’s first visit to a Disney theme park is magical. It’s pure wonder and awe. That’s why Disney Junior wants to send your family on an unforgettable vacation to Walt Disney World Resort! From first safaris and first waterpark splashes to Star Wars adventures or seeing their favorite Disney Junior pals come to life, Disney firsts provide unforgettable memories.

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QUIZ: ‘Rivers of Light’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

February 21, 2017

The newest show to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Rivers of Light,” just celebrated its debut to Walt Disney World Resort guests this past weekend, bringing to life an awe-inspiring nighttime show on Discovery River. If you’ve seen the show or have been following the updates about “Rivers of Light” here on the Disney Parks […]

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Celebration at the Top – Sip, Savor, Sparkle Debuts February 26 at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

February 21, 2017

Imagine being able to delight in the sparkle of the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular from an intimate and private observation deck. A Celebration at the Top, new dining event coming to California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, can be perfectly summed up in three words: savor, sip, sparkle.

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All in the Details: How Pandora – The World of Avatar Will Continue the Values of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

February 21, 2017

Pandora -­ The World of Avatar, which is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in summer 2017, will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains, bioluminescent plants and all kinds of immersive adventure. Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared the first in a series of videos with us […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’-Inspired Red Rose Taverne Opens February 24 at Disneyland Park

February 21, 2017

Last week, Erin Glover shared exciting details about the limited-time experiences inspired by ‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Disneyland park. Over the next few days, guests will see Village Haus Restaurant magically transforming into Red Rose Taverne, a lively tavern with décor inspired by the beloved film, in preparation for its official opening February 24. Today, I’m excited to share the menu—trust me it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!

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2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Theme Revealed

February 21, 2017

To Infinity, and Beyond! The 2017 runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will be celebrating a few of Pixar’s most beloved films – and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Disney Cruise Line Offers Families a Chance to See the World and Explore New Destinations in 2018

February 21, 2017

Ahoy, Disney Cruise Line fans! Today, we unveiled where our ships will be sailing in the summer of 2018. Disney Cruise Line will take a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, explorations continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

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