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Disney Parks After Dark: Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Throughout the month of October, we’ve presented a look at the spooky side of Disney Parks around the world. This week, we’re celebrating Halloween at Magic Kingdom Park with a chilling look at three residents of the Haunted Mansion – the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

In this photo, shot by Disney Photographer Gene Duncan, ghosts Ezra, Gus and Phineas (their unofficial names) appear to hitchhike down the parade route during Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.


To see how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks, including at some of our international parks, check out the list of posts below.

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Boo-tiful Merchandise Materializes at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

I don’t want to appear completely transparent when I tell you this, but I love the merchandise that has recently materialized at Hong Kong Disneyland. I channeled my counterpart Fion Lai, and she told me she had special treats in store for you, and she was right! Take a look at the frightfully fun Halloween-inspired t-shirts, plush, frames, headwear, D-Tech, keepsake boxes, pens and keychains.


Looking for something else to get you in the spirit? Check out the collection of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise including a t-shirt, headwear, plush, pillows, frames, totes, drinkware, a watch, D-Tech, pins and Vinylmation.


Because we are literally window shopping, I must remind you there isn’t a ghost of a chance of actually being able to purchase this product, unless you and/or someone you know is visiting Hong Kong Disneyland. But I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into the crystal ball to see what is happening at Disney Parks around the world.

For more window shopping posts, click the links below:

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A Look at Recent and Future Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


This past year has been an exciting time for Haunted Mansion collectors. In February, we released nine amazing decorative items inspired by the attraction. These items and more are currently found on the Disney Parks online store. In August, we had an online release of a Hatbox Ghost shirt (it’s nice seeing fellow Haunted Mansion fans in the Parks wearing that shirt.) Finally, in September, we released an incredible Dooney & Bourke wallpaper bag. Good news – additional orders of this bag are arriving in November at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. As your humble servant of Disney Parks merchandise information, I wanted to share with you a look at some other recent and future Haunted Mansion items.


I recently visited the Yankee Trader shop located near the Haunted Mansion attraction in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. The shop had a nice small display of items including those aforementioned decorative goods and four recently released T-shirts.

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The D-Tech team also recently released two new phone cases. The limited release wallpaper case was made for the iPhone 4/4S (item number – 400007864818) and iPhone 5/5S (item number – 400007863538), and it can be found in multiple locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The limited edition, iPhone 5/5S portrait case (item number – 400007703476) has an edition size of 999, and can only be found at Walt Disney World Resort. The case has a lenticular feature that is similar to the portrait from the attraction.

On December 20, we are releasing a Vinylmation set with figures inspired by the stretch room portraits (as seen in the first image of this article). This limited edition set will have an edition size of 2,000 and was designed by Disney Design Group artist Ron Cohee. The set will be released at the D Street locations on each coast and on the Disney Parks online store.


Finally, the Haunted Mansion will celebrate 45 years at Disneyland park in August 2014. The Disney pin team is currently planning an awesome pin collection for this milestone anniversary at the Disneyland Resort next summer. Look for more details in the coming months about the new collection.


The Vinylmation team will also be releasing some new three-inch figures for the 45th Anniversary. These figures, also designed by Ron Cohee, will feature Mickey Mouse and friends playing roles from the Haunted Mansion. Look for this new “Reveal/Conceal” concept late next summer.

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Disney Parks Attractions Around the World: Haunted Mansion

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Haunted Mansion is a favorite attraction for many Disney Parks guests. Here at Disneyland park, the 999 happy haunts have been frightening guests since 1969 in New Orleans Square. But did you know the Haunted Mansion is the only Disney Parks attraction to be located within different lands at other Disney Parks around the world? At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square; look for the grim, grinning ghosts in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland. At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion is known as Phantom Manor, and it is located in Frontierland.

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

Not only are these manors and mansions located in different lands, but each has a different theme and design. At Disneyland park, many people believe that the Haunted Mansion bears a striking resemblance to a Baltimore mansion. However, the truth is that a variety of designers and architects worked on its design, resulting in a mansion that embodies an architectural style and interior that was popular in the South in the mid-1850s.

The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park The Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland

Over at Walt Disney World Resort, the design required a little something different since the Haunted Mansion would be located in Liberty Square rather than New Orleans Square. Therefore, instead of looking like a Southern estate, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park was designed to look like a gothic manor from the Eastern seaboard. At Tokyo Disneyland, a similar gothic style – with dark bricks, stone finishes and ominous turrets – creates the same ominous effect, even though it is located in Fantasyland.


The most recent version of this beloved attraction opened in 1992 in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris. Set in an aged, rundown wooden home from the Old West, this attraction took on a new name: Phantom Manor. Phantom Manor features some of the classic Haunted Mansion scenes with an Old West twist.

Yesterday on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page, we asked which all of the different versions of this classic Disney Parks attraction is the spookiest. Fans voted Magic Kingdom number 1 with Disneyland park second. Which is your favorite?

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Caption This: A Halloween Surprise at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Happy Halloween week!

Today’s Caption This photo was snapped during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park last year. Any guesses as to what caused this little boy’s reaction? A funny costume? A really great trick-or-treat station?


You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the “Comments” section below!

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Social Media All-Stars Show Their Disney Side at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Today, we invited well-known Internet personalities to “Show Your Disney Side” at the Social Media All-Stars #DisneySide World Premiere at Disneyland park. From YouTube stars to Vine virtuosos, we’ve got lots of amazing content to share. Here we go!

Social Media All-Star Grumpy Cat Shows Her Disney Side at Disneyland Park

Grumpy Cat has been an Internet celebrity ever since her iconic frown first appeared online.

Grumpy meets Grumpy – a match only possible at the Happiest Place on Earth. Or does that make it the grumpiest place on Earth?

Comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff has lived in an IKEA store and stayed on an airplane for an entire month to get over his fear of flying.

Social Media All-Star Ridiculously Photogenic Guy Shows His Disney Side at Disneyland Resort

The handsome runner, later identified as Zeddie Little, ran off the Internet and into our hearts when Ridiculously Photogenic Guy became a meme after posting on Reddit.

Producer and artist Mike Tompkins redefines acapella music in his infectious and innovative YouTube videos. He has collaborated with top artists such as Timbaland and Bonnie McKee, joined musical tours with the Jonas Brothers and Karmin, and was the headlining performer at Playlist Live 2013.

At just 20 years old, Tiffany Alvord already has more than 1.6 million YouTube subscribers and more than 340 million video views. She has even performed on New Year’s Eve in Times Square for 2 million people.

And there are even more amazing “Show Your Disney Side” YouTube videos to see at, including:

We also invited some popular Instagram photographers to “Show Your Disney Side” – check out their images here:

Pinterest is another site where users are showing their Disney Side, and the following Pinterest all-stars are showing theirs today:

And not to be missed are these amazing 6-second creations by the following Vine all-stars. Check them out on your Vine app:

  • Brittlestar
  • Rob Johnston
  • Ian Padgham
  • Josh Darnit
  • Evancredible

And check out these well-known bloggers showing their Disney Sides:

Wow! That’s a lot of Disney Sides! Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Haunted Mansion, Delightfully Unlivable

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Spirits. Happy Haunts. Hitchhiking Ghosts. It’s the perfect day to take a look back at the Haunted Mansion before it became delightfully unlivable for its 999 inhabitants. Below is a peek at this ghostly retreat when it was still under construction in January 1971. Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals!


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Celebrate Halloween on the Disney Parks Blog with a Set of Haunted Mansion Attraction Posters

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE: We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive Villains poster.

UPDATE: Click here for a list of recipients.

Happy Halloween! We’re celebrating throughout the day and night on the Disney Parks Blog with a first-ever Haunted Mansion takeover of the site and some unique Halloween-related stories. But to kick things off, we’re offering a chance to win a set of four posters inspired by the stretching portraits from The Haunted Mansion Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. If you are one of the first 100 people to send us a “Happy Halloween” greeting, you may be eligible to win a set of these posters.


To enter for a chance to win all four Haunted Mansion Attraction posters, email us a “Happy Halloween” message of no more than 50 characters in length to and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 10/31 /13.

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999 Happy Haunts Take Over the Disney Parks Blog

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Attention foolish mortals – Halloween day has arrived and this year, the Disney Parks Blog is haunted by 999 ghosts from The Haunted Mansion attraction. During this day (and night) your favorite authors are no more – they’ve been replaced by some eerie characters dead set on haunting the blog with their stories.

We not only have a full day of Haunted Mansion-related stories, but there will also be a chance to win a special Haunted Mansion attraction treat this morning. Check here later for details.

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A Special Treat: Walt Disney World Wins Sustainability Award for “Making the Switch” to Save Electricity

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Saving electricity is no trick—like many efforts to protect our planet, it can be hard work. That makes receiving the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award in the large business category even more of a special treat.

Yesterday, I had the honor of accepting this award on behalf of the Walt Disney World Resort for our “Make the Switch” electricity conservation program, along with two of my partners in this important work, Mark Todd, Vice President, Engineering Services and Manufacturing, and Dan Cockerell, Vice President, Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The award was announced at the “Working on the Green Sustainability Summit” here in Orlando, Florida.


We are especially proud to receive this award because it is recognition of Disney’s long-standing commitment to the environment, conservation and the natural world. This legacy started with Walt Disney himself and, thanks to our cast members, it has continued to grow. As Disney cast members, each and every one of us has the privilege—and the responsibility—to champion this important part of Walt’s legacy by leading the way in environmental stewardship.

To save electricity, cast members have been doing small things that make a big difference like switching off lights and equipment when not in use. We’ve also been implementing major programs like using energy-efficient lighting in innovative ways, and enhancing energy management and air-conditioning systems throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Our guests are joining us in conserving electricity to help protect our planet by switching off lights, TVs and ceiling fans, and adjusting thermostats when they leave their resort rooms.

Of course, there’s a lot more we want to accomplish! We’re always looking for new ways to conserve resources, including electricity. To find out more about all of our environmental goals, please visit

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