Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

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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Enter Now for an Opportunity to Attend A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

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


We’re looking for 101 pet dogs to celebrate their Disney Side at one of the most unique events the Disney Parks Blog has ever hosted. A Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on August 30, 2014, (before the park opens) at the Walt Disney World Resort – and we’d love for you and your costumed dog to participate if you are eligible and if a photo of your dog showing his or her Disney Side is selected in our contest.

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The event officially begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 30, but we’re asking for attendees and their pet dogs to arrive at 5:45 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort parking area. Inside the park, dogs and owners will walk the “green carpet” (with fire hydrants) on Main Street U.S.A., enjoy a “Doggie Dance Party” and experience a special walk in the park around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park. A light breakfast will also be served.

During the event, a crew from Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Pet” will be filming pet dogs for a special Disney Side edition of the TV show that’ll air in October. Attendees will have the option to be filmed for the TV show but participation is not mandatory.

Please read the official rules before you enter the contest, and please pay special attention to the following “Do’s and Don’ts” when preparing your entry.

Do’s

  • Showing your dog’s Disney Side means your dog should be costumed in a fun way, a way that also ties into what Disney Parks represents through its Disney characters and attractions.
  • Be sure your dog’s costume and photo of you and your dog comply with the official rules and contest criteria.
  • Be creative with the costume and the photo.
  • Make sure your photo is not larger than 2MB. Color and black and white images are acceptable.
  • Include all paperwork required in the Official Rules.
  • By entering the contest you agree to Disney’s Terms of Use.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show any prominent brands or logos other than those on/in your Dog’s costume.
  • Don’t include anyone besides yourself and your dog in the photo.
  • Don’t show anything that might be objectionable, vulgar or obscene. Avoid rude gestures, and other inappropriate stuff and for your and your dog’s safety, don’t try any risky moves.

Now, to enter, send us an email titled “A Disney Side Dog’s Day in the Park” with a photo of your Disney Side-costumed dog, your name, your pet’s medical documents and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few more things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the winners do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest and one dog per winner in the contest.
  • We will send a confirmation email to the winning contest entrants to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Winning confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the winner of the contest submission, winner’s dog and winner’s guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming our selection of your contest submission, then your contest submission was not selected.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.

Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to persons who are 18 years of age or older, as of entry, and are legal residents of, and physically located within, Florida and currently own a dog in good health under 70 pounds that has been spayed or neutered with required paperwork. Entries must be received between 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/22/14 and 11:00 AM (ET) on 8/24/14. Limit one (1) entry per person. Prize does not include accommodations or transportation between winner’s home and Magic Kingdom Park Event. For full details including eligibility and entry requirements, judging criteria, prize descriptions & limitations, see Official Rules.

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Festival of the Masters Update

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve been to Downtown Disney or read our Blog lately, you know changes are coming. The area is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. As we prepare for Disney Springs, much of the area that traditionally houses the Festival of the Masters is unavailable due to expansion work and unfortunately we will not be able to host the event.

We appreciate the enthusiastic support we’ve received from the arts community, both locally and nationally, which has contributed to the long-running success of the Festival. Walt Disney World Resort is a strong supporter of the arts and we remain committed to nurturing the arts.

We ask for your patience and understanding during this time of growth and look forward to building new memories with you at Disney Springs.

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Double Rainbow Fills Sky at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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


This week, we introduced the newest member of the gorilla family troop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and shared the first images of the little one with Disney Parks Blog readers.

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The new baby, which is yet to be named, is the fourth gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan, which manages genetic diversity among species through detailed records of individual animals.

Check our original story for more details about our newest baby gorilla.

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And Gary shared a new group of fun Disney Park “light painting” images that included the galaxy’s most famous villain, Darth Vader. Just like our July post, the designs were made in midair (without a guide or template) and the art was captured using long camera exposures that captured every move of the penlights. There were no chances to “erase” a mistake.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more “light painting” later this year.

(*Note: cast members were in a very controlled environment with proper personnel on-site. If you attempt an artful creation like this, please insure proper safety measures are taken.)

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

D23 Expo 2015 — Tickets Now Available! – Read more about the Ultimate Disney Fan Event and find out where you can buy your tickets.

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1990s – Show us your 1990s memories on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest for a chance to win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015!

Meet the Townsfolk of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park – Get familiar with some of the Townsfolk that are part of this special experience, and don’t forget to mosey on down to Frontierland at Disneyland park for ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’

New Alex and Ani Disney Bracelets Make Two Seasons Collide at Disney Parks – See some of the new Alex and Ani designs celebrating Halloweeen and Winter this year at Disney Parks!

Remembering Lauren Bacall at Disney Parks – Take a look back at legendary actress Lauren Bacall’s visits to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Check Out These Free Vacation-Planning Tools – Click through for the best resources on Walt Disney World Resort, including maps, dining reservations, theme park tickets and more.

MyMagic+: Video Captures Your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop at Walt Disney World Resort – Read up on how MyMagic+ can save your drop into another dimension at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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