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Your Favorite Part about Celebrating Halloween at Disney Parks Is…

posted on October 31st, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

For some Guests, just getting the chance to dress up in costumes is enough to make Halloween a favorite time of the year to visit Disney Parks. But as we learned while wandering around Magic Kingdom Park, there are many different reasons why Guests say visiting this weekend is magical. Here are a few of them on video:

Now, it’s your turn. Is Halloween your favorite time of the year to visit the parks? If not, when do you enjoy visiting? Let us know in the comments.

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Face-Painting Tips from The Pirates League at Walt Disney World

posted on October 30th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

In need of a last-minute Halloween costume idea? Our friends at The Pirates League can help — they’re offering an easy way to become a pirate.

The process starts with makeup to create a black eye. Highlights around black makeup near the eye make it appear as though it’s puffy and an ordinary red eyeliner pencil make the eye look “sore.”

Next, creating a scar to go with the black eye is done with a sponge and a pencil. To draw the scar, start at the corner of the eye and move down in a wave. And to make the scar look more realistic, add white to the top of the scar line and add black to the bottom. Then, a few lines across the scar make it appear as if there are stitches.

And finally, a few dabs of black makeup around the chin and cheeks create a pirate’s beard. Check out the video to see it all come together.

By the way, The Pirates League is accepting reservations when you call (407) 939-2739. Theme park admission is required. Also, we have more information at

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Your Favorite Attraction at Disneyland Park

posted on October 30th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Last week we asked the fans of the Disneyland Facebook fan page, “What is your favorite attraction at Disneyland Park?” And nearly 10,000 fans responded, producing more than 15,000 total votes.

In case you’re as curious as I was, here are the results:

  • 2,932 love the classic Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 2,350 prefer to zoom through space on Space Mountain
  • 1,399 like to be spooked at the Haunted Mansion
  • 1,131 responded “I love them all!”

We want to hear from you. We’ll be asking more questions on the Disneyland Facebook page. Make sure you’re heard!

Not on Facebook? Then tell us here on the blog. What is your favorite attraction at Disneyland Park?

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Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney Begins

posted on October 30th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney
In case you didn’t hear, Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World Resort begins tonight.

The event offers trick-or-treating at several locations at the West Side, Pleasure Island and Marketplace areas of Downtown Disney.  To help, we’ve posted the Treat Trail Guide map listing locations to visit.  Spots include Disney Quest Emporium, Cirque du Soleil store and Mickey’s Groove.  Also, T-Rex, Team Mickey and Rainforest Café are on the list.

Entertainment and activities for the family include storytelling, stilt walkers and live music.  And there are some great photo opportunities.

Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 30 and October 31.  Have fun.

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Halloween Costumes At Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 30th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

When we last talked Halloween costumes, Mickey and Minnie were featured. Now, it’s you. Your unique costumes at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party grabbed our attention and we’re sharing images.

Manager of creative photography for Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group, David Roark, and a producer, spotted Guests who dressed for the occasion at Walt Disney World and created a series of interesting photos. There was no method to selecting Guests – just those with incredible costumes. We’ve included some favorites in a quick video. Enjoy.

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Disney Cruise Line: Ride the AquaDuck

posted on October 30th, 2009 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Wow, what an evening. As many of you know, yesterday we hosted a media event to unveil details of our newest ship, the Disney Dream. The highlight was the introduction of the first water coaster aboard a cruise ship — the AquaDuck.

While we’ll have to wait until 2011 to actually experience the AquaDuck, here is a chance to go on a “virtual ride”… Enjoy!

Here are some fun facts about the AquaDuck:

  • The AquaDuck stretches 765 feet in length – more than two and a half times the length of a football field – and spans four decks in height.
  • Guests slide 13 feet over the side of the ship in a translucent “swing out” loop allowing them to look down on the ocean 150 feet below.
  • Guests experience coaster-like thrills as high-powered water jets push them upwards and forwards at 20 feet per second.

To find out more about the Disney Dream see our live webcast “on demand”.

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Presenting the Disney Dream!

posted on October 29th, 2009 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Hey Disney Parks Blog readers! The news is finally out, the Disney Dream is coming our way and it’s packed with amazing innovations and overflowing with Disney Magic … and Wonder.

The Disney Dream is full of cruise industry firsts, including the first-ever shipboard water coaster! Guests will have the opportunity to get swept away on a high-speed flume ride with twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids – all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.
Disney Dream Duck Slide

Another cool feature of the Disney Dream can be found in all inside staterooms – a Virtual Porthole! These provide a real-time view outside of the ship via a live, high-def feed. The best part is a special Disney touch. You may glimpse animated characters such as Mickey Mouse or Peach (the starfish from Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”) as they pop by your Virtual Porthole.
Disney Dream Virtual Porthole

The Disney Dream is also brimming with all the features that set Disney Cruise Line apart… enchanting areas for kids where Disney stories come to life, delightful dining experiences for the whole family, sophisticated and trendy adult nightlife and exclusive clubs for teens and tweens.

During the next few weeks we’ll be sharing various blog posts dedicated to specific areas and experiences aboard the ship so make sure to come back an check those out.

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Mickey and Minnie Halloween Costumes

posted on October 29th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Mickey & Minnie's Edwardian Inspired Halloween Costumes

One glance at Mickey and Minnie and you know it’s Halloween Season. But unless you take a closer look, you’ll miss the amazing attention to detail Disney Parks designers have put into the costumes.

For Halloween, the silhouettes of their costumes are Edwardian inspired. The scalloped edge on Minnie’s peplum and Mickey’s cape are reminiscent of the wing edges of friendly bats found in the belfries of Haunted Mansions around the globe. And all are accented with iridescent piping inspired by the welcoming candlelight glow of a front-porch pumpkin.

There’s also a mixture of rich eggplant hued velvets, satins and organzas, accented by vibrant pumpkin shade brocades, sheers and suedes, according to senior designer Diana Kuriyama.

To set off Mickey’s waistcoat, you’ll notice a dash of pumpkin-stem green with a vest that is tone-on-tone brocade with a hidden pumpkin leaf pattern.

On Minnie, sequin embroidery in a pumpkin vine pattern accents her puff sleeves and peplum along with Mickey’s lapels and cape lining. You may also notice the interesting velvet on Minnie’s hat and bodice.

The costumes can be seen in several parks, including Disneyland Resort Paris. Here’s the list:

Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Park Town Square during normal park operating hours during the Halloween season.

Walt Disney World Resort – Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Regular Park meet-and-greet in Town Square during the Halloween Season.

So, do you have a favorite Mickey and Minnie costume?

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Become your Inner Villain!

posted on October 29th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

So, the kids are really excited for Halloween, and they just can’t wait to go trick-or-treating, but it’s only 2 p.m. on Saturday. What can you do with them? Become your inner villain!

With a webcam and a little Disney magic courtesy of the Disney Villains and the Halloween Time tab on Disneyland Resort’s Facebook page, visit the Facebook page and you can download the software that will turn your munchkin into a Disney Villain. There are four villains to choose from. (I like the Evil Queen and Maleficent best.)

Here’s video that explains the game much better than I can:

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Hong Kong Disneyland’s Alien Invasion

posted on October 28th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If our recent video of Ghost Galaxy grabbed your attention, wait until you see this. Our friends at Hong Kong Disneyland are sharing a commercial from their Haunted Halloween — aliens have invaded. We thought it was pretty interesting and wanted to share. Check it out for yourself.

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