Earlier this week, 300 Disney Parks Blog readers joined our team to celebrate the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the debut performance of the new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”
As a part of the Disney Parks Blog “Not-So-Scary” Party, our guests met up at Hall of Presidents to hear more about the making of the show, the details on the costumes and more from the team who worked to bring the show to life.
Our guests also had a chance to show off their costumes before heading out for VIP viewing of the show and “Mickey’s Boo To You Parade.”
Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities.
The Halloween season officially begins tonight at Walt Disney World Resort, when the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off at Magic Kingdom Park.
This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will feature the new stage show, “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” as well as returning favorites, like Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Parade and “Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks. Disney characters will be dressed in their Halloween best, and guests at the event can look for photo opps with all Seven Dwarfs, appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and Lotso from “Toy Story 3” in Tomorrowland. Guests are also welcome to dress in costume and go trick-or-treating throughout the park.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event, separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are still available for most event nights through November 1. Be sure to get yours early!
Halloween is fast approaching and over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you advice from the various experts we have here at Walt Disney World Resort on all things Halloween: creating creepy makeup looks, designing simple yet amazing Haunted Mansion costumes of your own, stirring up yummy holiday treats, and decorating your house with spooky decor.
This week, we’re kicking off the series with a behind-the-scenes look at how you can create two different Haunted Mansion looks for young kids. One look is based on the famous Haunted Mansion maid. The other was inspired by the new Attractionista’s Gracie doll. (Both looks are designed for young children, but the techniques can easily be adapted for teens and adults as well).
Head backstage with us now to a Walt Disney World Cosmetology area for a tutorial on how to create a scary Haunted Mansion Maid look.
And a look inspired by the new Disney Attractionista doll, Gracie.
Will you try any of these at home? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
This week we’re heading to the Confectionery at Main Street, U.S.A., where we can find Meeko and Flit peeking at some treats in the window. Such a cute #DisneySide!
Thanks to artist Brittany Ungvarsky for the doodle.
Who’s the first out of bed and revving to go when your family is on vacation? In this week’s “Caption This” image, which was snapped at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Sarge seems to be the early riser among the “Cars” friends.
What’s got his attention? “Caption This” image in the comments section below.
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day! In honor of this day – which is devoted to all of our special Grandmas, Grandpas, Nanas, Mimis, and Paps out there – we asked a few of our guests what they love about visiting Disney Parks with their grandchildren. Check out their responses (and vacation planning tips) below.
Do you visit the theme parks with your grandkids? Share your experience in the “Comments” section below!
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and experiencing this season at Walt Disney World Resort is simply amazing.
Here are just a handful of reasons you should consider planning a fall visit this year.
- Magic Kingdom Park Gets Dressed for Fall – Main Street, U.S.A. is already alive with fall colors and new decor.
- Night of Joy Returns September 11-12 – Disney’s Night of Joy 2015 will return to Magic Kingdom Park in September. This year’s lineup includes performances by TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon and many more. We just shared that you can watch a live feed of the sold-out shows. Check out Charles’ post for more details.
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 15 – Halloween fun will return to Magic Kingdom Park on September 15, and will run select nights through November 1. The Halloween party is a blast and this year will feature a brand-new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” Other party highlights include trick-or-treating, Mickey’s “Boo To You” Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Disney attractions and much more.
- Sweet Fall Treats – Our candy shops will soon be stocking fall-inspired treats that guests can only find this time of year, such as candy corn-shaped rice krispie treats, fall-themed candy apples, and more. (Although you can get it year-round, one of my all-time favorite fall treats is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Ghirardelli’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney. It’s a must try!).
- The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins September 25 – This fan-favorite event will run September 25-November 16, 2015 at Epcot. In honor of it’s 20th year, the festival will expand into Future World area of the park for the very first time and include new offerings, such as booths inspired by the cast members of “The Chew,” and a brand-new Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and much more.
- Eat to the Beat Concerts – This year’s concert lineup features a bevy of new acts Tiffany, Chaka Khan, Everclear and Maxi Priest. Returning favorites include Rick Springfield, Sugar Ray and many more. Check out the full list here. (Concerts are included in Epcot admission).
- Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open at Downtown Disney this fall – Themed around Jock Lindsey, a the pilot from the “Indiana Jones” films, the aviation-themed lounge will feature unique drinks and small plates. Check out Pam Brandon’s sneak peek at the menu here.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – This exciting race weekend will take place November 6-7. Guests are welcome to come out and cheer racers on – get more info on that here.
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Get an early dose of holiday cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which returns in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
In this week’s “After Dark” image, we’re taking a look at what the German pavilion at Epcot looks like after the park closes and all the guests head out.
So peaceful – and colorful! What international pavilion is your favorite to visit at night? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Have you ever noticed the Storyboard Chandelier that highlights the lobby of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? The chandelier features an arrangement of original storyboard drawings from favorite Disney films, including “The Lion King,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo.”
Since its opening in 2012, many artists, filmmakers and actors have stopped by to autograph panels on the Storyboard Chandelier, including Jodi Benson and Pat Carroll from “The Little Mermaid,” and John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios.
Earlier this month, artiest Josh Cooley (“Inside Out”) and writer Robert Baird (“Big Hero 6” and “Monsters University”) stopped by to leave their mark on this amazing piece of Disney film history – an experience they happily described as “surreal.”
Check out the clip above for a look inside their visit.
For more from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, visit the posts below:
Fall has officially arrived at Magic Kingdom Park here at Walt Disney World Resort. Over the past few nights, teams of cast members have readied the park for the season, dressing it up with fall foliage, wreaths, town scarecrows, pumpkins and more.
Check out the video above for guided tour with Art Director David Hartmann & Holiday Services Planner Doug Benedict.
Of course, this area really comes alive during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, which returns to the park less than a week from today! Click here to read our list of 13 reasons why you should add the party to your fall plans this year!