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Higitus, Figitus, Zomba, Kazee – Halloween Wedding at Walt Disney World

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


A Halloween Wedding at Walt Disney World

Happy Halloween, ghouls and boys! I love the holidays and especially love when our couples get into the festivities. Today, we have a very special wedding happening at Walt Disney World- a wedding inspired by Halloween itself. Adam & Wendy wanted their family and friends to have as much fun as possible at their wedding- they are traveling far and wide to attend after all. So they encouraged guests (and Cast Members) to don their favorite costume for the All Hallows’ Eve nuptials. Till death do us part…

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A Halloween Wedding at Walt Disney World

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Mickey Tests Some Magic Words at Walt Disney World

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park tonight are in for a real Halloween treat. For the first time in the park’s history, Mickey will be talking with guests and testing some new tricks backstage at Town Square Theater.

Because tonight’s test is open to a very limited number of guests – Mickey and his pals at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, and Walt Disney Imagineering helped us create this video to share with all of you.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the “Comments” section below.

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Happy Halloween from Disneyland Park!

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween is here, and we’ve got a special Disneyland message from some of our vile Disney Villains and some of your favorite Disney friends – in their Halloween costumes. Which costume is your favorite? My vote goes to Donald Duck’s pumpkin get-up – it’s a look that’s not so easy to pull off!

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Adventures by Disney Introduces Tasmanian Devils…and Ghosts

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Bruce Austin, Trip Operations Manager for Adventures by Disney


I went to Tasmania for the first time earlier this year with the idea of grafting a whole new element to Adventures by Disney’s remarkable Australia trip. The itinerary was already comprised of wonderful activities and sights such as the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback at Uluru, and vibrant, cosmopolitan Sydney with its stunning harbor. With such a grand itinerary already established, why add Tasmania?

Adventures by Disney Introduces Tasmanian Devils…and Ghosts

Well, the first intriguing thing we heard about the island state was of its reputation as one of the last wildernesses left unspoiled. The Tasmanian Tourism Bureau touts the island as having one of the most pristine environments on the planet because of its remote location − off the southern coast of Australia, surrounded by oceans for thousands of miles. “Freshest air you’ll ever breathe anywhere on the planet, mate” the locals like to say, proudly filling their lungs as they do so. About 38% of the island is protected in wildlife reserves, national parks and World Heritage sites. You’ll hear mention of the great indigenous forests that still cover many parts of the island, the indomitable cliffs that plunge into the sea, the zany wildlife – Tasmanian Devils anyone? – the wonderful seafood, organic produce, well-marbled beef, handcrafted cheeses and boutique wineries that make your mouth water at the very mention.

The Island’s early settlers were convicts and their guards, unfortunate souls sent away from the British Isles to the Empire’s most remote colony. Those who survived the perilous sea journey faced a hard life in penal colonies in a spectacular setting, the earliest of which was called Port Arthur. Port Arthur’s setting is outwardly idyllic, set on a small scenic bay with rolling, forested hillsides cascading off in various directions. On Discovery Down Under, Guests get to explore the grounds and museum of this historic former prison by day but, as the sun disappears, the 19th century ruins of Port Arthur can seem an entirely different place; the air fills with mystery, of silence and what once was. After sunset is when the “ghost walking” begins. It was on my first Ghost Tour, in search of spirits, that I really got a feel for Port Arthur. Wandering through the deserted structures led by the flicking glow of lantern light, intrigue and stories of long ago, the past crept up and those “long gone” felt close. Restless. Are those who were detained still imprisoned? Is it myth or truth? How far away is long ago? Are there ghosts?

Adventures by Disney Introduces Tasmanian Devils…and Ghosts

Goosebumps.

Happy Halloween!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wildlife Treated to Pumpkins for Halloween

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


As part of our focus on excellence in animal care, our animal experts provide Disney’s Animal Kingdom wildlife with a variety of enrichment items. These special treats, such as foods, toys or fragrance, prompt animals to explore, make choices and maintain a level of activity in their habitat similar to their natural behavior in the wild.

In celebration of Halloween, several animal species were treated to pumpkins as enrichment. Click on the video, and watch the fun!

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Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House – A Disney Halloween Tradition

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


One of my earliest memories of Halloween was listening to the “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” on vinyl. Every year my mother played this album (both sides) while we were getting ready for trick-or-treating. It was such a thrill to hear narrator Laura Olsher telling me I was a “bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing.”

The audio clip below is a compilation of some of my favorite sound effects from the iconic Disneyland album – listen if you dare.

As Greg posted last week, the entire album is available for download on iTunes. I’m so excited to share this tradition with my kids this Halloween, no record-flipping required!

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Which Walt Disney World Resort Attraction is the Scariest?

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Halloween!

In honor of this day of tricks and treats, we headed out to the parks to ask our guests which attraction they think offers the most spine-tingling thrills at Walt Disney World ResortThe Haunted Mansion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. One attraction offers a ride through a spooky “swinging wake,” while the other takes guests on a heart-pumping plunge into the fifth dimension.

Which do you think they chose? See for yourself.

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Caption This: One Spooked Raven at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The star of this week’s “Caption This” photo is one of the only “living” creatures that resides within The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World Resort – it’s the mansion’s resident raven.

Caption This: One Spooked Raven at Walt Disney World Resort

There’s no doubt that he’s seen quite a few unusual sights in his 40 years at The Haunted Mansion. In this shot, he’s overlooking the shaking casket. What’s he thinking? Go ahead and “Caption This!”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 30th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The Haunted Mansion While it was Still Under Construction on February 24, 1971

This week we shared a few early Halloween surprises before the big day tomorrow but one of our favorites was a unique look at The Haunted Mansion while it was still under construction on February 24, 1971. That’s cool. Is this attraction a “must-do” for you? If it is, we’ve got a video for you.

As a Halloween treat, we shared video featuring our not-so-scary specters and a little optical illusion fun. By building the trio out of cardstock-style paper and adding a few well-placed folds, cuts and pieces of transparent tape, the Hitchhiking Ghosts’ heads seem to turn with their eyes following the camera as it moves left and right. Create your own from the original post.

Now, here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Three Tips for Making the Most of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – As we approach the final two weeks of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Chef Gregg Hannon from the Epcot culinary team shares his top three tips for making the most of your festival experience.

From the Galley: A Look at Remy’s Newest Gourmet Dish Aboard the Disney Dream – The savory Tomato Ratatouille appetizer is just one of the many new menu items at Remy on the Disney Dream; watch as Chef Scott Hunnell gives you a closer look at this gourmet dish.

Finding Your Zen: Favorite Quiet Spots at the Disneyland Resort – We shared a few of our favorite places to relax at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks – what spots would you add to the list?

Muppets Mayhem on D Street at the Downtown Disney District – In celebration of Disney “The Muppets” release on November 23, artists Noah, Dez Einswell and Jon Chase are bringing some of your favorite characters to life in an array of clothing, original and limited edition artwork, skate decks and Vinylmation figures.

Walt Disney World Resort Cosmetology Shares Halloween Makeup Tips – Bring your Halloween costume to life this year with exclusive makeup tips from the Walt Disney World Resort Cosmetology team.

Behind the Scenes: Mickey Pumpkin Magic at Disneyland Paris – There’s a new addition to the Halloween season at Disneyland Paris – take a look at how these specially-designed Mickey Mouse silhouette pumpkins were created in this behind-the-scenes video.

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Kids Become Junior Bellhops at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

posted on October 30th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Each day at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a few lucky youngsters are randomly chosen to be junior bellhops, and become part of the spooky atmosphere of the attraction.

Watch as the Jelen family from Washington enjoys the experience.

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