Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this weekend and we shared a few stories on the Disney Parks Blog to help during your visit, including Pam’s post featuring the top ten “must-try” new tastes at this year’s event.

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There are 35 new food offerings this year and Pam recommended 10 to look forward to tasting. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there’s the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled “Yard Bird” (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. The Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace also made the list. Go check out the complete list.

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And as you know, to get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re looking for the most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Erin has narrowed down the photo submissions for the 1960s and is now asking for your help to decide which will win. Visit Erin’s story this weekend and let us know your favorite.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week

Fodor’s Travel Names Aulani a Top Hotel – Read more about this distinguished award, and plan your “Beach Getaway” to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27 – Every great story must have a great ending – it’s time to bid farewell to ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ at Disneyland park. Be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge before September 27.

#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch some first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences at Magic Kingdom Park!

Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort – Take a first look at some of the delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort – Get a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort for Halloween.

Learn to Draw Grumpy from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Watch as Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives a quick tutorial on how to draw the perfect grump!

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#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Holidays are always special at Disney Parks – and as we’ve learned with our #DisneyKids series, they’re also a perfect time for a “first” memory. Right now, our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this week we’re at Magic Kingdom Park featuring first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences.

This year’s celebration features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment for children, like the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. You can purchase tickets right now on our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page.

And if you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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Shanghai Disney Resort Debuts ‘Happy Dream’ Float at Festival

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Today, we’re excited to bring you some news from China. On Saturday, Shanghai Disney Resort made its first appearance in the Annual Shanghai Tourism Festival parade.
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The colorful float, called “Happy Dream,” featured Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and many other popular Disney characters. And Disney dancers added to the fun by performing a Mandarin Chinese version of Disney’s classic “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from “Cinderella.”

“Our performance at this year’s Shanghai Tourism Festival is the result of an international collaboration between Disney experts and talented Chinese artists. We are excited to demonstrate our commitment to bringing the best of Disney experiences to the people of China, even before we officially open Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Laurie Jordan, Vice President, Shanghai Disney Resort Entertainment. “We are thrilled to support the Shanghai Tourism Festival for the first time and to help promote the city as an international tourism destination.”

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 14th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, Tom Staggs shared the exciting update that construction is starting at the Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take you to Arendelle and immerse you in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

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Tom also shared that “Frozen’s” popular characters will have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! will continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check our original blog story for all of the details.

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And Erin shared some important holiday news from Disneyland Resort. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.

At Disneyland Park, The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again with the following favorites:

Check our original story for more details from Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Help Make Cinderella’s Crystal Coach Accessible to Guests with Mobility Issues – Learn how Larry and Kelcie Ragsdale were able to have the wedding of their dreams, thanks to the help of Disneyland Resort cast members.

Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Offers Fun for Little Ones – Check out this new children’s activity center, a great place for little ones to play while their parents catch some alone time.

Olaf’s Adventures by Disney Vacation – Olaf from the hit Disney film “Frozen,” traveled around Norway with Adventures by Disney Guide Kira. Click through to see more!

Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1950s – We’re honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing memories from the past six decades. Vote now on the top submissions from the 1950s!

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway Grants Wish to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Watch the Genie and cast of Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway grant a wish to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa to an unsuspecting couple!

Halloween Carnival Returns to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Read up on what’s new at this Halloween favorite, including favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, Mickey’s Mask-Parade, amazing pumpkin carving demonstrations and more.

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Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 9th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: The Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree entry period has ended. Please continue to check the Disney Parks Blog for future events.

It’ll be tough to top the great time we had during last year’s Halloween event hosted by the Disney Parks Blog but we think that’ll happen at this year’s Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. On Sunday, September 14, we’re hosting another costumed event during one of the first nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 91 winners of the Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park Sweepstakes.

Disney Side ‘Not-So-Scary’ Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park

The Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park begins at 7 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 14 but we’re asking attendees to begin arriving at 4:00 p.m EDT. We’ll kick off the night with VIP parade viewing in front of Cinderella Castle and then VIP fireworks viewing before heading inside the Castle for a “witching hour” Villains Soiree that’ll include appearances by Disney Villains, music and fantastic desserts inspired by Disney Parks characters.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes (no masks) and it’d be great if it was a Disney Parks-inspired costume, subject to the costume guidelines below.

You can enter for a chance to win by clicking here and following the entry instructions to complete an official entry form. Your Entry must state your valid email address (“Address”) and full name.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older and a resident of Florida as of September 9, 2014, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per winner in the promotion.
  • We will send a notice to the winning entrants.
  • It will be necessary for the winner and guest to check in at the front of Magic Kingdom Park for access to the event. The notice will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Masks will not be permitted.
  • Winning prizes are non-transferrable and have no cash value.

I hope to see you in your best costume on September 14.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open only to persons who are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida, and who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Starts 12:00:01 P.M. on September 9, 2014, and ends 3:00:00 P.M. on September 9, 2014. To enter online, follow the instructions at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/disney-side-no-so-scary-soiree-at-magic-kingdom-park-official-rules/. Limit one (1) Entry per person per Address. Click here for Official Rules.

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Family Creates Giant Olaf at the Beach to Celebrate Disney Side

posted on September 8th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you know it’s been a summer of Frozen Fun for us. So, before the season officially comes to an end, we wanted to share a spectacular Frozen-inspired sand creation a family made to show their Disney Side at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

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Each summer vacation, the Dorf family chooses a Disney character to design and build in the sand and everyone pitches in to make it happen. This year, Olaf from the film “Frozen” was the obvious choice since he wanted to experience summer, according to the family.

The Dorf family used a grid to trace the Olaf character in the sand and then filled it in with collected seaweed and a some food coloring. The final product is a fantastic beach Olaf in the sun we just had to share.

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‘Disney Recreate the Magic’ Contest Winner will Relive 80s Visit

posted on September 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


What better day than National Grandparents Day to share an update on our contest asking grandparents and parents to submit a favorite Disney Parks memory and photo from the 70s or 80s. Grandmother Rebecca Ackley has won our “Recreate the Magic” contest with an image she calls “Goofy looking hair for grandma.”

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Recreating the Magic” for Rebecca will be traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with her husband of 31 years, her children and grandchildren. Rebecca, who has recently been undergoing chemotherapy treatments, said another family photo with Goofy, Chip and Dale would make life “grand” for this grandmother.

Be sure to check back here on the Blog to see how the Ackley family recreates their special memory during their visit to Disney Parks.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared an exciting update that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Walt Disney’s earliest cartoon stars, is heading to Disney California Adventure Park in September.

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Beginning September 14, you’ll be able to meet Oswald on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. Just look for the lucky little rabbit strolling along the sunny side of the street. Shawn has some more details about Oswald in his original story.

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And we also celebrated the season’s first of 26 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties to kick off the week. This year’s event offers a new character dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland and many more experiences you can read about in Jennifer’s original story.

This year’s party dates are: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28 and October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 & 31. Advance purchase (prior to event day) savings are available for select dates.

Visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween to get your tickets.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Celebrates 35 Years at Disneyland Park – Watch footage from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s debut on on September 2, 1979!

Teens Can Hang Loose at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – See some of the daily activities planned exclusively for teens at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Disneyland Resort Wraps Up #GetHappier Summer – Take a look back at some of the happiness spread this summer at Disneyland Resort!

Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour Returns to Disneyland Resort with New Stories and Experiences – Halloween traditions through history and trick-or-treating along Main Street, U.S.A. are among the eerie experiences during this popular tour.

Show Off Your Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort with Retail MagicBands and Accessories – Get the latest details on how you can personalize your MagicBands and show off your Disney Side!

Enjoying Barbados with Disney Cruise Line – See images and activities from Bardados, sure to be one of your favorite stops on our weeklong Southern Caribbean cruises!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Cinderella Castle, More Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you look back at this week’s stories, you’ll see some great photos shared on the Disney Parks Blog. But the image featuring Cinderella Castle as the sun set at Magic Kingdom Park was probably the week’s favorite.

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And earlier in the week, we shared some wonderful images from our first-ever Disney Side Dogs Day at Magic Kingdom Park.

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For this week’s photo recap, I had to share about 80 new images that were added to our coverage of the day.

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Be sure to keep an eye out for some new images from the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom in the future. To read more, check out our original Disney Parks Blog story.

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Experience The Grand Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, Sunday is National Grandparents Day but we’ve been celebrating the endearing relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren all summer. It’s a club of two generations that parents don’t have a membership to. And at Walt Disney World Resort, there are amazing family adventures to experience, especially if you have the word “grand” in your title.

A Grand Adventure between grandparents and grandchildren at Disney Parks is like no other outing. Whether it’s flying on elephants, meeting characters or just exploring the parks, it can be an experience of a lifetime. Take a look at some of our most popular “grand” adventures.

What’s your favorite Grand Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments and then keep exploring on our special Grand Adventure page.

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