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Watch a Disney cruise ship crash into a dock, and get some great narration as a free gift


The Disney Dream cruise ship had a collision with a pier last week while attempting to dock in Nassau, Bahamas.

Scott Lewitt uploaded a video of the Disney Dream cruise ship slowly scraping the side of the pier, and gives narration which is just better than the video itself.

Most of the damaged occurred by the ship’s stern, which was described as minor, and no injuries were reported according to Disney.

“I knew that was going to happen,” said Lewitt as the ship slowly crept towards the pier. “Apparently Goofy’s driving the boat today.”

Take a Walk in the Park This Summer with New Dooney & Bourke Handbags and More at Disney Parks

Handbags by Dooney & Bourke have been a favorite stylish accessory for guests visiting Disney Parks for years.

Recently, one of the most popular collections received a colorful and creative update thanks to Paola Gutierrez, Senior Graphic Design with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group. I spoke with Paola about her work on the new design that connects directly to Disney Parks.

Take a Walk in the Park This Summer with New Dooney & Bourke Handbags and More at Disney Parks

“We wanted to update the ‘Disney Sketch’ collection, which was originally introduced more than eight years ago,” explained Paola. “The new collection called ‘A Walk in the Park’ was drawn in a coloring book style, and has a nice nods to memories from Disney Parks. Guests will still find beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. They will also find characters and icons from Disney Parks such as Big Al’s guitar from the Country Bear Jamboree or a Hitchhiking Ghost from the Haunted Mansion.”

Look for three silhouettes in this collection including a Tote, a Zip Satchel, and a Crossbody Wallet.

'Walk in the Park' MagicBand

The “Walk in the Park” design is also found on a limited release, retail MagicBand that is presented in a specially designed box. Containing the innovation of MagicBand 2, guests can use it to unlock the magic of a Disney vacation – from effortless theme-park entry, FastPass+ redemption and Disney PhotoPass association, to skipping the front desk and going directly to your resort room.

Pirates of the Caribbean-Inspired Dooney & Bourke Handbag Collection

Fans of Dooney & Bourke handbags will notice several new silhouettes being offered at Disney Parks this year. Some of these silhouettes were included with the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction collection such as the Crossbody Bag with oversized leather tassel.

“Our guests shared they wanted more options, so this year we are introducing a mixture of classic and new silhouettes,” said Angelique Vu, Merchandise Product Developer for Accessories.

Take a Walk in the Park This Summer with New Dooney & Bourke Handbags and More at Disney Parks

Angelique gave me a sneak preview of two new collections being released in July.

The first is a continuation of the “Dream Big, Princess” collection with handbags inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” The handbag shown above contains a gorgeous image of Princess Tiana, and will include a specially designed leather hangtag.

The second handbag will be part of a Madame Leota-themed collection inspired by the Haunted Mansion attraction.

These handbags will be released on July 22 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs. Guests attending this launch party will also have the opportunity to meet Ian Ray, Creative Director for Dooney & Bourke from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These collections will also be released at Disneyland Resort on the same day.

Guests may find Dooney & Bourke handbags in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks, on DisneyStore.com, or via the Shop Disney Parks app.

11 THOUGHTS DISNEY FANS HAVE WHEN OTHER PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DISNEY

Being a Disney diehard means accepting three things: that about 85% of your time is spent singing, that you’re consistently Rafiki-ing your pets, and that no one but other Disney fans will ever truly, fully get you. But that’s okay, because we Disney fans can all console and congratulate each other… and your pets secretly like being Rafiki’d anyways. To remind us that we’re not alone, here are eleven thoughts you probably find yourselves thinking on a daily basis (right?):

1. When some random scrub claims to “loooove” Disney, and then asks you if there’s a difference between Disney World and Disneyland:

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“You don’t even know what it MEANS to love Disney, much less “loooove with four O’s” Disney, guy.”

2. When someone tries to tell you that Marilyn Monroe was the model for Tinker Bell, or some similar myth:

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“I would educate you, but I literally cannot even begin to summon the energy.”

3. When you casually mention Disney to someone you just met, and their eyes light up with the brilliant gleam of a thousand dying suns:

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“At last, I have found a kindred soul.”

4. When one of your non-Disney-fanatic friends agrees to watch a Disney movie with you and it’s not even your birthday:

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“Best day ever! I know I say that a lot but I really, actually mean it this time.”

5. When someone tells you Disney is for kids:

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“You’re right, it’s totally for kids—both the human kind and the goat kind! It’s also for, including but not limited to: adults, tweenagers, octogenarians, artists, witches and wizards, cat people, dog people, single-celled organism people, spelunkers, mailmen, aspiring welders…”

6. When people assume literally any animated film is Disney:

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“Tell us, what’s it like to be so completely, utterly, overwhelmingly wrong?”

7. When a baby you know displays the telltale signs of an early affinity for all things Disney:

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“Look at you being an adorable little mini-human with wonderful taste. You’re my favorite niece/nephew. Don’t tell the others.”

8. When your teachers mention Disney and everyone in your class immediately turns and looks at you:

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“My time to shine.”

9. When someone says you talk about Disney too much:

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“I don’t care.”

10. When someone asks what you love about Disney:

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“How do I even begin to count the ways?”

11. When someone says they don’t like Disney:

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“BYE.”

We’d ask you if you relate to any of these, but that’s a silly question with a predetermined answer, so how about for the comments section you share any other thoughts you’d like to add to this list instead? Go.

Disney Will Delist Its Paris Theme Park

Walt Disney Co. will delist its first and only outlet in Europe, ending a 27-year run as an independent company for the Paris theme park that has struggled to match the popularity of its U.S. counterparts and had to be bailed out by its parent at least three times.

Disney now holds more than 97 percent of the capital of Euro Disney S.C.A. after it started a public tender offer for the European unit last year, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Disney raised its stake in February by buying 9 percent from Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Co. for 2 euros ($2.24) a share in stock and offered other investors the same terms.

Under French stock market regulations, Disney can now force a mandatory buyout of the remaining shares it doesn’t own and delist the company as of June 19. Euronext Paris had suspended the trading of Euro Disney shares Tuesday before the market opening.

Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger is doubling down on the troubled Paris resort as part of a deeper commitment by Burbank, California-based Disney to its global theme-parks business. Hurt by sputtering European economies in recent years, the park’s finances were further damaged by the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and challenging business conditions that continued through last year.

The Paris resort’s history includes several financing maneuvers over the years. In 2012, Euro Disney consolidated debt from a number of banks into a loan from its parent. Prince Alwaleed bought a 10 percent stake in Euro Disney in a refinancing in 1994, two years after its opening. Disney said in February it will support Euro Disney’s recapitalization of as much as 1.5 billion euros. That followed a 2014 rescue package, when the resort was pledged at least 1 billion euros over 10 years to add attractions and spruce up grounds.

Last year, Disney opened the $5.5 billion Disney Shanghai Resort, the largest foreign investment ever from the world’s biggest theme-park operator.

Shares of Burbank, California-based Disney were down 0.5 percent to $106.48 at 1:22 p.m. in New York. The stock has advanced 2.2 percent this year.