How Disney Makes a Splash Celebrating Donald Duck’s Birthday


Disney cast members around the globe recently celebrated Donald Duck’s 90th birthday with a flurry of fun and creativity. From Disneyland Resort to Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, cast members transformed rubber ducks into iconic Disney characters and attractions, bringing a touch of magic and competition to the festivities.

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At Disneyland Resort, the duck decorating contest saw categories like “Most Disney Themed” and “Most Like Donald Duck,” culminating in a quacky race through the “it’s a small world” attraction. This playful tradition highlighted the cast’s artistic talents and united them in a joyful celebration.


Over at Hong Kong Disneyland, the celebrations took on a unique twist with a duck scavenger hunt and rubber duck fashion contest. Cast members like Winnie Lo and Rita Lee showcased their creativity, crafting one-of-a-kind designs such as a hand-knit Snow White duck and a recycled material scene featuring Donald Duck and his nephews. These events not only sparked creativity but also brought cast members together, creating cherished memories and a strong sense of community.

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Disneyland Paris cast members dazzled with their own duck decorating contest, featuring incredible tributes to Disney shows and characters. Quentin Sempol’s tribute to “The Jungle Book Jive” street show was a standout, inspired by Donald’s diverse costumes. The global celebration didn’t just end with fun; proceeds from the rubber duck sales at Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris were donated to local nonprofit organizations.

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Chris is a Pennsylvania native who escaped the cold and relocated to the Orlando area. Our resident Universal expert, Chris has been visiting the Universal Orlando Resort since the 1990s. Chris is a Universal and Walt Disney World Passholder, and can often be found exploring the parks taking in the sites (and finding new things to write about!).
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