At Disney Parks, even our playgrounds are driven by story. Whether it’s a whimsical playscape inside the Dumbo attraction in New Fantasyland or the larger than life Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a first visit to a Disney Parks playground is a memorable experience during a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.
We’re continuing our exclusive #DisneyKids series this week with special peek at some first visits to The Boneyard, an open-air playground modeled to resemble a dinosaur dig site specifically for younger children (10 and under) in Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as some offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.
Looking for a creepy cocktail to serve at your Halloween celebrations this weekend? Try our “Spooky Juice” and “Franken Fusion Colada,” two of the to-die-for drinks Disney cruisers are enjoying on our Halloween on the High Seas cruises.
- 1 1/2 oz Flor De Cana White Rum
- 1 oz Elderflower St. Germaine
- 1/2 oz Grenadine
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
- 1 oz Agave Nectar
- 3 Lime Wedges
- 2 Lychees
- 2 Maraschino Cherries
Franken Fusion Colada
- 1 1/2 oz Pina Colada Mix
- 1 oz Orange Passion Juice
- 1 1/2 oz Pumpkin Spiced Puree
- 1/2 oz Chocolate Sauce
- 1 oz Whipped Cream
- 1/2 oz Raspberry Puree
This week our Happy Haunts series is taking a look at the true lady of the house – The Bride. (This character’s storyline varies a bit at Haunted Mansion attractions around the world, so we’ll focus mainly on her appearance at Magic Kingdom Park).
(Art by Morgan Davidson)
Imagineer Ken Anderson developed one of the first storylines for the Bride, who was a young woman named Priscilla set to be wed to a sea captain named Captain Gore. Throughout this version of the attraction – which at first was being developed as a walk-through experience – guests would follow Priscilla as she found evidence that her love was actually a wicked pirate. Priscilla then vanished and was never seen again, although her spirit presence in the mansion was said to have driven the Captain mad. In another version of the Bride’s storyline, Walt Disney himself was set to narrate the attraction (think of Walt as the “Ghost Host”), and was to reference a bride character who had “lost her head” before the big day.
The Bride’s storyline was finally solidified when Imagineers Marc Davis, Claude Coats and X. Atencio were handed the project in the mid-1960s. Set in a creepy, cluttered attic full of shadows and surprises, the Bride waited for guests at the end of the room with a red pulsing heart and a flowing dress. Over the years, her storyline became more prominent, with wedding mementos placed throughout the attic, a louder thumping heartbeat, and the tune of the Wedding March plunked on a harpischord in the background. Later changes indicate that it was the groom that really lost his head inside the mansion: the Bride currently holds an ax, and nearby portraits of the happy couple reveal a headless groom when the lightning flashes.
In the artwork above, artist Morgan Davidson gave the Bride a Halloween twist. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below!
For more Happy Haunts, check out the posts below:
I love Paris … at World Showcase. And tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photo only makes me want to visit it again. What a lovely sunset (captured by Photographer Tom Bricker).
The time has finally arrived to choose the top Disneyland Resort memory from the past 60 years! For the last few months, you have submitted your memories and voted on the top selections from each of the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present – all to decide who will win the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Well, today is the day to choose, and we’re putting the power in your hands!
If given the chance, how would a tween express their Disney Side on film? This was the question that our Yellow Shoes Creative Group (partnered with Adolescent Films) posed to tween filmmakers in our “Direct Your Disney Side” project.
Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this November at the Disneyland Resort!
The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party is ready to make its debut at Magic Kingdom Park! This new version of the park’s popular Disney character street party brings with it new music and characters and new ways for you to become part of the show.
Of all the Disney Parks attractions with catchy theme songs, I sure don’t mind when this one gets stuck in my head. “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” the theme of The Haunted Mansion, is both merry and spooky at the same time, and is perfectly fitting for one of our guest-favorite attractions.
If you walk through Frontierland during Halloween Time at Disneyland park, you can’t miss the beautifully decorated oak tree near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, with glowing orange lights and hand-painted jack-o’-lanterns hanging from its branches. The tree, which is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel “The Halloween Tree,” was dedicated to the author on Halloween night in 2007.