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Home Decor Experts Sabrina Soto, Michael Moloney Help ‘Haunt’ Your Disney Side For New Disney Parks Contest

posted on October 6th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


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As Halloween approaches, we at Disney Parks thought it was a great time to have you show us your Halloween Disney Side. And what better way to do that, than with a contest!

Starting today and running through November 4, you will be able to upload your favorite Disney Parks-themed Halloween photos to enter for a chance to win a private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle. All of the details and information on how to enter can be found at DisneySideContest.com.

Photos can be themed to four categories: Home décor, food and beverage, pumpkin carving and costumes.

And each Monday this month, the Disney Parks Blog will feature tips for your photos from some spook-tastic Disney and celebrity experts.

This week, it’s home décor.

We caught up with decorating and design gurus Sabrina Soto and Michael Moloney at Disneyland park recently, getting some great “haunted” home décor tips from Disneyland Resort Enhancement Manager Chris Barnhill. Now, Sabrina and Michael are not just superstars of design. They also have amped-up their Halloween cred as the hosts of “The Great Halloween Fright Fight,” airing on ABC Tuesday, October 28, which spotlights Halloween-embracing homeowners who have turned their properties into macabre masterpieces.

Chris shared with Sabrina and Michael some simple tips for haunted home décor, based on the creepy creations he and his team conjure up for Halloween Time at Disneyland. They include some eerie eyes (a la the wallpaper in the traditional version of the Haunted Mansion) and two sinister treasures based on decorations seen inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday which is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Those are great tips. I’m going to my craft store right now! Oh wait! I can’t win!

Oh well, YOU can; and that’s what counts!

Don’t forget, we want to see your most frightfully-fun Disney Parks-themed Halloween photos. Check out DisneySideContest.com to enter for a chance to win some eerie, scary prizes, including that private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

And check back this month to the Disney Parks Blog for more tips on how to “Haunt Your Disney Side.”

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‘Frozen’ actor Jonathan Groff, ‘Scandal’s’ Joe Morton confirmed for Epcot Candlelight Processional

posted on October 1st, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Just when you thought we couldn’t work Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” into ONE MORE blog post, we are excited to announce the addition of Jonathan Groff to the lineup of celebrity narrators for the 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

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Groff, who voices the character of Kristoff in Disney’s “Frozen,” is also a Tony-nominated veteran of the Broadway stage (“Spring Awakening”) and TV (“Glee”).

This year’s event will also have a little “Scandal” with everyone’s favorite Gladiator Papa Pope Joe Morton, who plays Kerry Washington’s secret-agent-father on Scandal. Morton’s career has spanned more than 40 years with hits on Broadway, TV and in film.

Groff and Morton join an illustrious list of celebrity narrators for this year’s event including newcomers Ana Gasteyer and returning favorites like Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris. They will be just part of the Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 11/30 – 12/2
  • Jonathan Groff – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • LeVar Burton – 12/7 – 12/9
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/10 – 12/14
  • Chita Rivera – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 –12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • Isabella Rossellini – 12/24 – 12/25
  • Blair Underwood – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

The Candlelight Processional is presented three times per night at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (Narrators are subject to change without notice.)

For more information on Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the Candlelight Processional or to make reservations for a Candlelight Processional dinner package, check out http://www.disneyworld.com/holidays. And check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on who fills those last coveted slots in our narrator lineup.

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2014 Update: Event ‘Sold Out’, To Be Webcast Live

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


This Just In!

We’re excited to let you know that Disney’s Night of Joy 2014 is officially “Sold Out” for both nights, Friday night (September 5) and Saturday (September 6). But if you didn’t get a ticket, you can still be a part of the action.

Blue Scout Media will be webcasting the event live from Magic Kingdom Park both nights.

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The link is http://stagehop.com/nightofjoy. Check out artist performances including acts like Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Skillet and Matthew West who are performing under the glow of Cinderella Castle.

To see the entire artists lineup and event schedule, check out my last post on the Disney Parks Blog.

Feel free to let your friends know, using #DisneyNOJ

Have a great weekend and enjoy the show – whether you’re here at Magic Kingdom Park with us or watching us online.

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The 2014 Disney’s Night Of Joy Entertainment Lineup Rocks

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


UPDATE: Friday’s event is now sold out. There are a limited number of tickets on sale for Saturday’s event. You can purchase tickets for Saturday’s event at http://www.nightofjoy.com.

Well, we’re a little less than one month away from Disney’s Night of Joy 2014. I can’t believe another year has flown by so fast.

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To help plan your night, we wanted to give you an update on the entertainment schedule for the event. (Entertainment schedules are subject to change).

Friday, September 5:

Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – Matthew West
  • 9:20 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
  • 11:30 p.m. – Hillsong United

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Building 429
  • 8:50 p.m. – Building 429
  • 10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
  • 12:10 a.m. – for KING & COUNTRY

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:05 p.m. – Matt Maher
  • 9:40 p.m. – The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6:

Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – MercyMe
  • 9:30 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry
  • 9:50 p.m. – Casting Crowns
  • 11:55 p.m. – Skillet

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 8:50 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 10:25 p.m. – Britt Nicole
  • 12:10 a.m. – Israel Houghton and New Breed

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – 1 Girl Nation
  • 9:40 p.m. – We As Human
  • 11:20 p.m. – Rhett Walker Band

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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Packages for 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot On Sale Today

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I know. I know … talking about the holidays in July is a little early, but I love the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort.

And one of my favorite events of the entire year is the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

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Today, guests can start booking their Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. This is great for you early planners since the event starts the night after Thanksgiving (November 28) and runs through December 30.

We also have a partial list of celebrity narrators including Candlelight veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson, and two fabulous new narrators – Academy-Award-winning actress Sharon Stone and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s a gorgeous re-telling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator each night and seasonal music from a massed choir and huge orchestra. The event started at Disneyland park in the 1958 with Walt Disney himself. At Walt Disney World Resort, it’s presented at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot, a beautiful venue, especially when all decked out for the holidays.

I’ve had the honor of being in the cast choir – you know the folks in the green Christmas tree robes – for six years. I thought it was a magical experience watching this program. Little did I know that being on stage, a part of it, would be even more. I’ve had a chance to sing along side actors like Neil Patrick Harris and Gary Sinise, and gospel legends like Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, who is back again this year.

Here is a partial list of celebrity narrators:

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 11/30 – 12/2
  • TBD – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • LeVar Burton – 12/7* – 12/9
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/10 – 12/14
  • Sharon Stone (New) – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 – 12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • Isabella Rossellini – 12/24 – 12/25
  • Blair Underwood – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

Narrators are subject to change without notice. – Show Times are at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. each night. *Show Times on December 7 are 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. only

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, available on select days, start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Note: Availability is limited. Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or book online at www.disneyworld.com/holidays.

Keep checking back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on the Celebrity Narrator list and other fun holidays stuff.

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2014 Tickets – On Sale Tomorrow

posted on March 30th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Wow! I can’t believe it’s almost April. As we go into spring, it’s a great time for a Night of Joy update.

Tickets for this year’s event will go on sale tomorrow (March 31)! As usual, we’re very excited about this year’s event.
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Single-night tickets are $59 plus tax in advance and $69 plus tax on the days of the show. There is also a two-night ticket option, which is $108 for both nights and includes a 1-day admission to one of Disney’s two water parks or DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park if you purchase them through August 5.

Fans can purchase tickets at NightofJoy.com or by calling 407-W-DISNEY starting tomorrow morning.

Disney’s Night of Joy is a special ticket event at Magic Kingdom Park featuring the top names in Christian music. This year’s lineup showcases a stage-load of talent on each night.

Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • Hillsong United
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Matthew West
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Mandisa
  • Building 429
  • Matt Maher
  • The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

  • Skillet
  • Casting Crowns
  • MercyMe
  • Israel Houghton & New Breed
  • Britt Nicole
  • Colton Dixon
  • Rhett Walker
  • We As Human
  • 1 Girl Nation

As always, tickets are subject to availability and entertainment is subject to change without notice. Night of Joy admission is a special ticket event and is not included in any other form of ticket media. Tickets are valid during specific event hours only.

Group tickets will go on sale April 8. For more information about the event and the benefits of coming as a group, check out NightofJoy.com.

And don’t forget to check back to the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the event.

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Hank Azaria Explores ‘Fatherhood’ in New Disney Parks-Sponsored AOL-Mom.me Original Video Series

posted on January 18th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Disney Parks is sponsoring a new, original AOL-mom.me web series starring Emmy-winning Actor/Director/Comedian/Voice Artist Hank Azaria called “Fatherhood.”

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An exploration of the realities and hilarities of being a father in the new millennium, Hank started the series by interviewing some of his funniest friends about their experiences as fathers and what “fatherhood” really means to them. And, as fate would have it, part of the way through filming, Hank found out that he was going to become a father himself!

We caught up with Hank while filming the last segment in the series at Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays. He told us about his own experiences as a new father and some of the fun he and his family have had at Disney Parks.

Hank’s AOL Original Video Series ‘Fatherhood,’ sponsored by Disney Parks, will launch exclusively on AOL and mom.me on January 15, 2014. “Fatherhood” is part of AOL’s continuing investment in premium original content, which includes a new slate of original web series that have been premiering on the AOL On Network, AOL’s premium video platform and across their 1,700 partner sites throughout the fall and winter. As one of the leading online destinations for parents, mom.me provides real-world advice and lifestyle content across all life stages – from pregnancy to empty nest – and everything in between.

Watch the series at: http://on.aol.com/fatherhood or http://mom.me/fatherhood

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HGTV and DIY Network Stars ‘Crash’ The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


You could say that this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be a “crash”-ing good time.

Sponsored once again by our friends at HGTV, they have filled the festival with tons of HGTV and DIY Network experts – including most of the stars we HGTV/DIY insiders call “The Crashers.”

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The Crashers, for those uninitiated into HGTV/DIY fandom, are HGTV/DIY expert designers and contractors who comb home improvement stores for people who need renovation help. Then – in just three days, mind you – they (with an expert crew of helpers) make over the family’s yard, bathroom, kitchen or whatever. Crashers making their very first appearance at this year’s festival are Matt Blashaw from “Yard Crashers,” Matt Meunster from “Bath Crashers” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers.” Very exciting!

HGTV/DIY favorites at this year’s festival include Vern Yip, one of the judges of “Design Star,” Florida’s own David “Color Splash” Bromstad and John Gidding from “Curb Appeal.” Also new to this year’s festival are “Renovation Raiders” star Amy Matthews and Chip Wade, who started with Gidding on “Curb Appeal” and now has his own hit show called “Elbow Room.”

Here’s the list (everything subject to change, of course):

  • March 7-9 – Vern Yip, “Design Star”
  • March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
  • March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
  • March 28-30 – Matt Meunster, “Bath Crashers”
  • April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, “House Hunters on Vacation”
  • April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
  • April 18-20 – John Gidding, “Curb Appeal”
  • April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
  • May 2-4 – Chip Wade, “Elbow Room”
  • May 9-11 – Genevieve Gorder, “Design Star”
  • May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, “Kitchen Crashers”

For more information on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, check out disneyworld.com/flower and don’t forget to check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for updates throughout the coming months – both before and during the festival.

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(Night of) Joy to the World: Disney’s Night of Joy Finds Much Cheer in 2014

posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I know it’s still 2013, but I wanted to give you a heads up on the exciting plans we have for Disney’s Night of Joy 2014.

The 32nd annual event will be held Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6.

We’ve already told you about some of the headliners, including the first ever Night of Joy performance from Hillsong United and Night of Joy stalwarts MercyMe.
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But today we have the entire line-up which includes favorite artists like Chris Tomlin and Matthew West – plus hot newcomers like The Neverclaim and Rhett Walker Band and 1 Girl Nation.

Here are the deets:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West
For King & Country
Mandisa
Building 429
Matt Maher
The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Skillet
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Rhett Walker
We As Human
1 Girl Nation

Have a great holiday and don’t forget to check back to the Disney Parks Blog and NightOfJoy.com in the Spring for information for on sale dates, special group offers, ticket packages and more.

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Hillsong United, MercyMe, Matthew West Set for Disney’s Night of Joy 2014

posted on September 12th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well another Night of Joy event has come and gone. It was such a whirlwind!

Thank you to all our guests who attended; and, to those who couldn’t, we hope to see you next year.

During the weekend, we also let a few things slip about next year’s event.

Disney’s Night of Joy 2014 will be held Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. Some of our favorite performers – like MercyMe and Matthew West – announced their return to Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park for next year.

And, I’m very excited to announce the addition of Hillsong United to our lineup for the very first time.

Hillsong United is a musical ministry powerhouse that started from a church in Australia, Hillsong Church has created outlets for their work around the world – even starting their first ministry in the United States in New York City a couple of years ago. Hillsong United, in their words, are “called to create a musical expression that is almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness,” with their mission to “write songs that awaken churches and individuals to the fact that we are redeemed and called into the story of God.”

Their latest record “Zion” debuted at Number Five on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and Number One on the Top Christian Album charts back in February 2013.

We caught up with Joel Huston, one of the worship leaders of Hillsong in New York City, where he and his wife recently had their first child, also named Zion. Joel talked with us about Hillsong’s history, his first visit to Walt Disney World Resort and what he hopes fans will see when Hillsong United hits the stage for Disney’s Night of Joy 2014.

2014 will mark the 32nd year for Disney’s Night of Joy, two nights where the best in Contemporary Christian music meets the fun and fantasy of the Magic Kingdom Park. In addition to their favorite Christian artists, guests can enjoy beloved Magic Kingdom Park attractions like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain – along with New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.

Keep checking back on the Disney Parks Blog for more information about Disney’s Night of Joy, where we will be announcing more exciting performers and will let you know when tickets go on sale.

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