Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

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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Original Cast of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Reunites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As Pam shared earlier, we’re celebrating the official 40th birthday of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. And to mark the occasion, we have a special video – the first-ever reunion of the original cast. The Pioneer Hall Players were college students to begin the show’s 40-year run and tonight, they’re back to share their favorite memories.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue presents three shows nightly, seven days a week, at 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. If you’ve experienced Hoop-Dee-Doo, please let us know about your favorite memories in the comments.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 31st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we announced reservations are open for a must-do last stop of the evening at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Villain’s Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle.
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Lady Tremaine takes over Cinderella’s Royal Table after everyone has gone to bed, and she’s invited some of the most evil friends and special guests for a decadent dessert party (maybe you’ll see the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil or Dr. Facilier?).

Pam included more details about the experience in her original story as well as what your ticket includes:

  • Preferred Viewing for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
    • Watch the Headless Horseman lead off the parade on a hair-raising ride, followed by a collection of frightful floats and some of your favorite Disney Characters in Halloween costumes.

  • Preferred Viewing for HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular
    • The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion and some of the most notorious Disney Villains light up the sky to wicked remixes of their favorite songs.

  • Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table
    • Lady Tremaine shares her musical talents while you enjoy themed desserts, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment and visits from some of your favorite Disney villains. Each guest gets an autograph card and souvenir Maleficent dragon cup.

You can make a reservation this weekend by calling 407-939-5262 – no online reservations.

We also shared an update that applications for the Disney Parks Mom Panel will open at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and will remain open until 12 p.m. ET on Friday, September 5, 2014.

If you know a mom, dad or grandparent who is your “go-to” person for advice about a Disney Parks vacation and loves to help others plan their trips, encourage them to check out Leanne’s story and apply for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. (Be sure to check the rules and regulations on the application to insure eligibility.)

More information about becoming a panelist can be found here.

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

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Atmosphere Entertainment at Disneyland Park – Take some top tips on how to enjoy the Dapper Dans, Royal Street Bachelors and the Pearly Band at Disneyland park!

‘Fjording’ Through Norway with Adventures by Disney – Disney Parks Blog author Amanda Adler shares more photos and stories from her “Frozen”-themed journey through Norway.

VIDEO: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hosts Villains Unleashed – Watch the highlights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from this special event!

New Disneyland Resort Mobile Site Makes the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More – Check out the new mobile Disneyland.com to see how purchase tickets, make dining reservations, find attraction information and more.

‘Legends of Frontierland’ Extended at Disneyland Park Yeehaw! “Legends of Frontierland” is sticking around at Disneyland park. Mosey on down to see what all the commotion is about.

Sneak Peek at Much-Anticipated Gingerbread Creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park – A year in the making, get an exclusive look at this unique creation before it debuts with Haunted Mansion Holiday on September 12.

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101 Dogs Walk the Green Carpet at First-Ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 30th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As the sun rose over the Walt Disney World Resort, 101 creatively costumed dogs and their owners walked the green carpet on Main Street, U.S.A., during our first-ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Pet dogs dressed as Disney princesses, pirates and even Cruella de Vil were featured at the tail-wagging event, which included a special doggie dance party in front of Cinderella Castle with your favorite Disney dogs like Pluto and Bolt.

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There was a special “Show Your Disney Side” costume contest before Disney character Goofy kicked off a first-of-it’s-kind dog walk around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park and through Cinderella Castle. The walk was led by Lily, a Labrador-Catahoula pup with a perfect Mickey Mouse-shaped spot on her lower back originally featured on the Disney Parks Blog, as well as members of the Disney Parks Blog team.

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Portions of the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom will be included in an Animal Planet Disney Side edition of “America’s Cutest Pet” scheduled to premiere in October. The TV special will be hosted by actor and pet lover John O’Hurley who also showed up for our event.

Be sure to check out our special gallery from the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park – we had a great time and the costumes were spectacular.

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Starbucks to Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Early 2015

posted on August 29th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today, we’ve got an update to share about a new Starbucks location coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to enjoy a new Starbucks location inside the park beginning in February of 2015. The new store, The Trolley Car Café, will be themed to a classic trolley car station along Hollywood Boulevard and offer a unique experience for coffee lovers visiting the park.

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There will also be Disney baked goods and Starbucks La Boulange™ pastry items at the store.

The store will be the third in-park location serving Starbucks products at Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll recall last year we opened locations at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, as well as at Downtown Disney.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for updates on this new location as well as a look inside the store when construction finishes in February.

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‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy’ Coming to Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Some of the most popular stories on the Disney Parks Blog this summer have been about the many offerings at our “Frozen Summer Fun” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the “Frozen” fun is continuing this winter at Tokyo Disney Resort with a new special event called “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy.”

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“Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy” will run from January 13 through March 20, 2015 at Tokyo Disney Resort. The event will be themed to the hit film “Frozen” and offer opportunities to experience the world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.

During the event, the nighttime entertainment “Once Upon a Time” will be presented in a special version that features new scenes based on Disney’s “Frozen.” And during the day, Anna and Elsa will make appearances and greet guests along the parade route to the music of “Let It Go,” the theme song from the film.

This special winter event will be presented only at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 24th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We’ve relaunched our popular “All in the Details” series on the Disney Parks Blog and this time we’re featuring Disney Springs. It’s a destination that’s being expanded to include more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. And to kick off the series, Walt Disney Imagineering introduced us to the project and their role in it.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more behind-the-scenes looks at the progress happening as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.

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Also, did you see that this is the last week to share your Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. You only have until midnight on Wednesday, August 27, to enter.

This week, in addition to your memories from the past 60 years, we’re looking for your memories from 2000 to the present. Check Erin’s story for more details and complete rules.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.

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

Disneyland Resort Summer Tips: Relaxing at the Disneyland Resort – The Disneyland Resort Summer Tips series continues with a few great locations to unwind during your visit.

Dateline Adventureland: Final Shipments Arrive at Adventure Trading Company at Disneyland Park – Venture into Indiana Jones Outpost to hunt for Juju before shipments run out!

Elsa & Anna’s Boutique and More Thrilling Transformations Coming to the Disneyland Resort – Learn about the newest location coming to the Downtown Disney District and some other exciting updates at Disneyland Resort.

Unforgettable Details of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Menehune Adventure Trail – The “Unforgettable Details of Aulani” series continues with a guide to Menehune statues hidden throughout Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Adventures in St. Lucia with Disney Cruise Line – Venture ashore this famous volcanic island, the second stop on Disney Cruise Line’s 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises.

Learn To Draw Ray the Firefly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Take some tips from Animation Academy’s Heather Worley on how to illustrate Ray the Firefly in this video tutorial.

Setting Off on a ‘Frozen’ Journey with Adventures by Disney – Read up on Disney Parks Blog author Amanda Adler’s visit to Norway with Adventures by Disney!

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#DisneyKids: First Photo at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, millions of photos are taken every year at Magic Kingdom Park but the first is almost always the most memorable. My first photo is in a family scrapbook and I still share first shots of my daughters visiting the park – just as many of you do. Today, we’re continuing our #DisneyKids series with a special look at first photos.

You can find more fun for the little ones – as well as special offers designed with your family in mind – on our preschool page.

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