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Take 5: Halloween at Disney Parks

posted on October 27th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Halloween is an exciting time of year for thousands of guests at both our national and international theme parks. It is a tradition that is celebrated in unique ways, thanks to our Imagineers and creative teams, with events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mickey’s Halloween Party, and more. From Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to Disney Cruise Line, to the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, guests come to Disney Parks for some frightfully family-friendly fun! With Halloween creeping up on us, read the posts below to find out how to have a spooky Halloween with Disney Parks.

Take 5: Halloween at Disney Parks

  1. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – Watch the pumpkin carvers, get a pirate makeover and more when you celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
  2. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Returns Tonight at Magic Kingdom Park – Experience the fun of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park.
  3. Halloween in Hawai`i! Aulani Offers Spooky Fun for All Ages – Guests of all ages can enjoy the Halloween season at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai`i.
  4. Spooky Treats Onboard a Disney Cruise – Sail with Disney Cruise Line this month for a spooktacular time filled with haunted parties, spooky movies and ghoulish delights.
  5. Take a Peek Inside Disney’s Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – Take a look at these photos to see how Halloween fun is celebrated at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
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Creating Edible Art with Disneyland Park Chef Mark Doi

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We love the beautiful fruit and veggie displays at the Plaza Inn at Disneyland park, where Chef Mark Doi works his artful magic for enticing displays for the popular character breakfast buffet with Minnie Mouse and her Disney character pals.

Check out this video where Chef Mark shows how to make a watermelon basket – easier than you might think. You just need a sharp knife and patience. It’s watermelon season a little longer, so try your hand at this fancy and delicious way to serve fresh fruit.

Want to see more from the Disneyland Resort chefs? Take a look at the posts below:

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Tim Burton Visits Disneyland Paris to Celebrate ‘Frankenweenie’

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Look who dropped by Disneyland Paris today. Acclaimed director Tim Burton and his family visited the park to celebrate the release of the new movie, “Frankenweenie.”

Tim Burton Visits Disneyland Paris to Celebrate ‘Frankenweenie’

Burton, actress Helena Bonham-Carter and their children, Billy Ray (9) and Indiana Rose (5), posed with Jack and Sally, characters from “The Nightmare before Christmas” (released in 1993), in front of the famous Phantom Manor attraction.

During the visit, Burton was also greeted by Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Paris will celebrate Halloween with these characters and more through November 4.

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2012 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony Narrators Announced

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


We’ve got big news to share with you today regarding the expanded schedule for the 2012 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. As we first told you in August, Candlelight is being extended to a total of 20 nights at Disneyland park this year, for the first time in its history, with two performances each night. Below is the list of currently scheduled narrators for shows from December 1-20:

Dec. 1-2: Dennis Haysbert (actor)*
Dec. 3-5: Kurt Russell (actor and Disney Legend)
Dec. 6-8: Edward James Olmos (actor)
Dec. 9-11: Lou Diamond Phillips (actor)
Dec. 12-13: Dick Van Dyke (actor and Disney Legend)
Dec. 14: Dennis Haysbert (actor)
Dec. 15-16: Patricia Heaton (actress)
Dec. 17-19: Molly Ringwald (actress)
Dec. 20: John Stamos (actor)

Please note that narrators are subject to change without notice.

*December 1-2 performances are by invitation only, as they have been since 1958, when Walt Disney first held these private celebrations to thank partners in the community for their support throughout the year.

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What’s Your Favorite Dish? Trying All 29 Marketplaces in One Day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

The fun is on the griddle at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and there’s still time to enjoy the culinary adventures throughout the park before the event comes to a close November 12.

Half the fun of the festival is discovering new dishes in the 29 marketplaces. But what’s your favorite?

That’s the assignment I had on my recent trip around the Epcot culinary world. Whether it’s the subtle seasoning of the Kefta Pocket at the Morocco Marketplace; the volcano sauce on the Spicy Hand Roll at Japan; a smooth, fine Merlot from France; Griddled Greek Cheese at Greece or the wonderful selection of ales and beers at the Hops and Barley Marketplace, there’s a lot to please every palate. Rob, our Concerned Bystander, also makes a cameo in this video, but it seems his tune has changed just a tiny bit.

So, after experiencing all 29 marketplaces in one day, what was my favorite dish?

The Kalua Pork Slider (the chutney and spicy mayo are an unbeatable blend) from the Hawai’i Marketplace takes the top spot in my (very) unscientific sampling. Although the White Corn Arepa (AREPA!) from the Florida Local Marketplace was a close second. With the famous sweet corn from nearby Zellwood, Fla., it’s a tasty treat. (And if you order it, please shout “Arepa!” and you might get a reaction just like I did in the video.)

The best thing is that I received a special stamp at the Festival Center for visiting all 29 countries. (Although I might suggest visiting Epcot a few times before the event ends to collect all of the marketplace stamps!)

Let us know in the comments if you have visited all 29 marketplaces, or if you have discovered your favorite from this year’s festival. Arepa!

See what’s happening at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the posts below:

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Get Halloween Costume, Cosmetology, Decor Advice from Disney Pros

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

I don’t know about you, but Halloween is serious business in my house. Deciding which costume to wear each year requires brainstorming and planning – and in the end is a whole lot of fun.


We have many cast members here at Walt Disney World Resort that pride themselves on being some of the best in the business when it comes to makeup, costumes and getting into character. That said, here’s a roundup of previous blog posts we’ve shared that may help you take your Halloween costume to the next level this year.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Celebrity Signatures, Prints at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you happen to glance down outside of our facade of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll see some fantastic hand and footprints of celebrities immortalized in cement. And tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” post features a few of my favorites.


Look and you’ll see Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson signatures and prints in a wonderful green square. Do you have favorites?

Also, check out some of our favorite Disney Parks images after the sun goes down.

Look below for more posts from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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‘Tis The Season for Special Annual Passholder Offers at Disney Parks

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Okay, Annual Passholders! Here is the official scoop on a special offer taking place, just for you! A must for any Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort Passholder – and of course, Disney fan – is a special Commemorative Collection of glasses bearing images of some of Disney’s most beloved characters including Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.


So how does it work?
It’s pretty easy. With the purchase of $40 or more at select Disney Theme Park Merchandise locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, you can purchase a 2-glass Commemorative Collection Double Old-Fashioned Glass Set for just $13.95, plus tax.

Here’s a look ahead at the release schedule, so you can plan on collecting your favorite characters.

October: Minnie Mouse (Tip: Last chance to pick these up. They’re going fast, so don’t miss out!)
November 1: Pluto
December 1: Goofy
January 1: Donald Duck
February 1: Mickey Mouse

Not a Passholder? That’s okay! Here are a couple of other special offers also taking place starting October 30:

  • For a limited time only, you can purchase a special Jiminy Cricket plush for only $12.95 with the purchase of $25 or more.
  • If you are looking for something a little bit more cozy, check out our themed throw blanket, only $18.95 with the purchase of $40 or more.

For information on this offer, details, restrictions and a list of participating locations visit the Park Treasures section of

These items make great holiday gifts, so get started on your list now!

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Just Two More Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

There’s still time to enjoy one of the real treats of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – the Saturday night Party for the Senses, a feast of food, wine, beverages and entertainment that’s a true delight. And while the reserved seating is sold out, our favorite way to experience the party is to stroll and nosh (we never sit, but instead enjoy conversation with the chefs and wine experts, and compare notes with fellow party-goers). The final two parties for this year are on October 27 and November 3.

And while the cuisine changes each week, we always find something delicious at the tasting stations. A recent party featured everything from Peking-style braised duck (Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort) to Chef Paula Da Silva’s (1500˚, Miami Beach) buttery lamb belly and spicy tuna tartare cleverly wrapped in a crisp shell from Wolfgang Puck Café at Downtown Disney. All in all, there are nearly two dozen tasting stations with wine, beer and cocktails to pair. You won’t know until you arrive what you’ll be having, but the discovery is part of the fun.
Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The only thing that stops our noshing is the extraordinary spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, on stage throughout the evening with live music and thrilling acrobatics.

You can start the evening at the Eat to the Beat concert at America Gardens Theatre and end with a stroll around World Showcase and the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks and laser show – it’s a special evening you won’t want to miss. Just come hungry (and leave satisfied).

Price is $145 per person, plus tax. Epcot admission is required. Call 407-WDW-FEST for reservations.

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The Art of Pumpkin Sculpting at Disneyland Park

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

It takes great effort for me to cut out the eyes – or triangles – on a pumpkin, let alone a gaping mouth with a missing tooth or two. Even then, it’s usually a crooked face at best. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate. That’s probably why the pumpkins at the Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree fascinate me. They are works of art created by our pumpkin sculptors. Yes – they are pumpkin sculptors, not pumpkin carvers. This video shows their considerable talent as they transform pumpkins into popular Disney characters. Enjoy!

Read these posts to learn more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort:

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