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Limited-Edition Prints to Celebrate the Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary at Disneyland Park – It’s a Meal ‘To Die For’

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Starting Saturday, August 9, through October 31, Disneyland Food & Beverage gets in on the fun of the Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary at Disneyland park with some really fun collectibles. Start with these four charming prints on canvas: Minnie Mouse at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante; Mickey Mouse and pals at River Belle Terrace; Daisy Duck at Plaza Inn; and Goofy at French Market Restaurant.

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The Disney characters are in their finest Haunted Mansion attire in an ode to the stretching room at the beginning of the attraction.

The prints are just $5 with each single purchase of $30 or more (before tax). Supplies are super limited and available during regular operating hours.

Our favorite eats at each spot? Give us the enchiladas, tacos or the classic Caesar salad at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, featuring authentic Mexican food. At River Belle Terrace, it’s Huck’s slow-roasted beef with horseradish or the Messy Mississippi barbecued pork sandwich. We head to Plaza Inn for that perfectly fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit. At French Market Restaurant, give us the Boudin Bakery sourdough boule with chowder or the Na Awlins Salad with yams, apples, caramelized pecans, lentils and tart cherries with a citrus vinaigrette.

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More Haunted Mansion fun is the souvenir popcorn bucket with all four prints, available at the New Orleans Square popcorn cart. And the souvenir travel mug, available at all New Orleans Square locations – this one shows Mickey Mouse as the famous Hatbox Ghost and Minnie Mouse as Constance the bride, while “grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.”

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Download the Winning Disney Parks Blog Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Wallpaper

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Incantations were said, séances were had and with the help of all of you spirited guys and ghouls, the newest wallpaper to be added to the Disney Parks Blog is Mickey Mouse in the Stretching Room from artist Joy Lynch – celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park!

Download a Special Disney Parks Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Wallpaper

To download for your computer or mobile device, simply click on the image above. Remember to check out the terms of use for using wallpaper before you download it.

A huge thank you to all who took the time to vote on these fantastic creations! If you are looking to make any of the images you voted on part of your own haunted mansion, then be sure to stop by Disneyana in Disneyland park to check out these Haunted Mansion Park Icon sketches and others in the collection.

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Celebrating 45 Years of Ghoulish Delight at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 8th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


“When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls … Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight. Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion.”

As a six-year-old boy, hearing those words spoken by Disney Legend Paul Frees as the “ghost host” became an indelible Disney memory for me – and don’t get me started on the stretching room, Madame Leota or the ghost that was sitting next to me on the way home! For me, there was no turning back then – or now – from one of the most uniquely entertaining Disney Parks attractions ever created.

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The 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion have been throwing a swinging wake for 45 delightfully frightful years, and they’ve received the sympathetic vibrations of millions of Disneyland park guests who have come out to socialize.

The disquieting tale of the Haunted Mansion actually began more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney approved the creation of a riverfront mansion even while he hadn’t yet decided exactly what would go inside. Walt insisted, however, that the house appear well kept on the outside and not look dilapidated.

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This rare concept drawing from Ken Anderson, courtesy of our friends at the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library, was made in 1957.

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The library also provided this color artwork created by Sam McKim in 1958.

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In 1962, construction began on the beautiful southern plantation-inspired home, and in the years that followed, as Imagineers developed (sometimes competing) themes and stories of a Haunted Mansion attraction, a sign was placed in front of its closed gates to tease what was (possibly) to come.

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The idea for the sign was reportedly sparked by a comment Walt made upon returning from a trip to London when he remarked that he had been searching castles and old English countryside estates for ghosts looking for a new place to haunt. The sign would remain in place until the Haunted Mansion opened its gates more than six years later, in August of 1969.

During those years, with their combined talents, Imagineers, including Marc Davis, Claude Coats, X Atencio, Rolly Crump, Bill Justice, and Yale Gracey, Disney Legends all, developed the attraction we know today.

Near the time of its completion, some publicity photos were taken to help illustrate the attraction’s unique blend of macabre humor and to celebrate the artistry of those responsible for bringing it to … life.

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Here, special effects designer Yale Gracey tries to keep the lid on one of his latest creations.

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In this photo, Bill Justice tries to celebrate some of his technological accomplishments with a grim grinning ghost.

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Finally, cameras captured a sighting of the elusive Hatbox Ghost with Yale Gracey.

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“There’s a little matter I forgot to mention. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!”

Whether your first “doom buggy” ride was today, or 45 years ago, the Haunted Mansion is what it has always been: a true original that’s pure Disney magic.

Hurry baaaaaack…

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Dateline Adventureland: Tasty Treats and Tonics Part of the Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Greetings, adventurers! Local Adventureland businesses are getting into the fun with Adventure Trading Company at Disneyland park, offering treats created for visiting traders. And these delicious delights even come with adventures of their own.

Traders collecting artifacts known as Juju may want to indulge with these delectable delights. My favorite is the Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait, a mix of fresh and crushed pineapple layered with pineapple yogurt mousse and pound cake with a cherry on top.

But this parfait is more than a tasty treat … it’s the start of a very important ritual. Everybody knows that the pineapple is a symbol of goodwill and hospitality; therefore, those who eat this treat will become Goodwill Ambassadors of Adventureland. When you receive your Pineapple Juju, you also receive a pair of cards to help you spread the goodwill of Adventureland among other guests. The cards hold a sticker that recognizes the wearer for possessing certain adventurer traits. The cards I received recognized The Adventurous Spirit of Friendship, which I gave to my fellow explorer, Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tyler, who purchased the Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait for me to enjoy.

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There’s also Venomade at Bengal Barbecue, a cool concoction of snake venom and snake eggs. The venom has a real bite, and there’s nothing tastier than when a snake egg pops in your mouth! Anybody brave enough to finish the cup will receive the Snake Juju, a true sign of courage.

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The last Juju isn’t available in Disneyland park, but at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. Unfortunately, the skippers at the bar have lost the recipe for Trader Sam’s JujuJuice! Pick up your free telegram in Adventureland and find the ingredients. You won’t be able to order the drink and acquire the Tiki Mask Juju without it.

I’d also like to remind you that supplies are limited for each item, so make like a rhino and charge on over to Adventureland soon!

For more from the Dateline Adventureland series, visit the stories below:

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Find the Perfect Look for Halloween at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know summer isn’t quite over yet and I don’t want to be the one to rush things, but Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your costume! It’s never too early.

Not sure where to start? Consider me your “Costume Consultant.”

I personally think our Disney Princess costumes are quite dazzling. Each gown has been replicated in fine detail, appearing almost identical to those worn by some of Disney’s finest royalty. Don’t be afraid to add a tiara, wand, gloves or other accessories to complete the look.

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Find something that puts you ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ above the rest. There’s certainly no shortage of ear hats or novelty headwear at Disney Parks. Find the one that suits you the best, and show your true ‘character.’ Kids and kids-at-heart, keep an eye out for one of this year’s hottest costume accessories, Disney Tails. Keep an eye out for ‘tails’ inspired by the Cheshire Cat, Marie, Tigger and Sulley in the coming weeks. As you can see on a recent visit to our Disney Theme Parks Merchandise east coast office, I found fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, having a ‘monster’ous good time lurking about in search of new information to share with all of you.

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If your little crewmates ‘arrggh’ ready to find their costumes and it’s adventure that they seek, some additional choices include Jack Sparrow and the Boney Pirate. For your Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

Quick Tip: If you are planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the Halloween season or specifically for Mickey’s Halloween Party, be sure to book an appointment for a royal transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or aboard the returning Pirates League.

Are you looking for something a little bit more subtle? This year, I think I’m going to take my inspiration from a recent post about DisneyBounding that my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog Author, Erin Glover shared as part of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event. Create a costume and express your love for Disney through fashion. Not only will you create a trendy, new outfit with clothes you can find in your closet of favorites, but you can also subtly resemble your favorite Disney character.

So where are the best places to find the perfect kids costumes, accoutrements and accessories at the Disneyland Resort?

Halloween Costume stops include:

Those of you located nearer to the Walt Disney World Resort, don’t despair. Here are a few locations for you to check out as well.

Are you ready to trick or treat?

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Dateline Adventureland: Hunting for Laughs with Skip and Birdwatching with Tiki Kiki

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Kungaloosh, adventurers! Tallahassee Glover, back again. Some of you intrepid explorers have already discovered the wonders of Adventure Trading Company, now open at Disneyland park. We’ve met quite a few brave souls over the past few days, and I’ve just emerged from the jungles of Adventureland with these exclusive interviews with two of them: Skip and Tiki Kiki.

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“It wasn’t my fault,” Skip insists when asked about the infamous incident on the Jungle Cruise dock, “but it is a funny story. I regret nothing … sometimes you have to pay the price for a really funny story.” And losing his Jungle Cruise Skipper license seems to be a price he was willing to pay. Now Skip roams the edges of the river looking for more hilarity to distract him from his lack of employment.

“They’re offering a crash course – get it? – for new Jungle Cruise Skippers …” [Here is where we lost him in a fit of laughter. Seems Skip is pretty good at cracking himself up.] “… I’m going to pass it this time, get my Piranhahaha Juju and my job back!” Best of luck to you, Skip. Those looking to become Jungle Cruise Skippers can inquire at Adventure Trading Company, where they will can pick up The Jungle Handbook for River Navigation.

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Anyone who is anyone in the Adventureland entertainment business knows Rita Serbano, especially after her big interview in The Bird Call (now available at Adventure Trading Company). But it’s her sister, Tiki Kiki, who is working hard to make a name for herself and rise out of her sister’s shadow.

“It takes a real eye for talent, you know,” she told me. “Not just any bird can make it in the Enchanted Tiki Room. You have to be more than a pretty face – or beak.” When asked about her sister’s interview, Tiki Kiki was evasive. “Weren’t we talking about me?” she demanded. We at Dateline Adventureland wish her much success … and recognition.

Which of your fellow Adventureland explorers have you met in your expeditions? Tell us your stories in the comments!

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Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Pin Releases at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 4th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Foolish mortals, I have good news for you. I have been digging up as much information as I could on commemorative merchandise that has been created in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. As the gatekeeper to your pin collection, it’s up to you to determine if there is room for one more. Here’s a look at what I was able to unearth in regards to limited edition pin releases taking place on August 7.

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The pins shown above will be available at the following Disneyland Resort locations:

This next collection is sure to send you packing. A limited edition of 300, this boxed set featuring Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the Hatbox Ghost in the mirrors, comes complete in a suitcase inspired box. Also available will be a Jumbo Poster Pin and a Framed Pin Set featuring Haunted Mansion inspired keys. Tip: These items will only be available to purchase at Disney Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District. Wristband distribution guidelines will apply.

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Now, I always like an air of mystery, especially when it comes in the form of a limited release Mystery Pin Set which features iconic characters throughout the attraction, including the Hitchhiking Ghosts, the Bride, Dueling Portraits, Hatbox Ghost, and Madame Leota.

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Before I go, I couldn’t resist sharing this next group of pins featuring some of our most dastardly Disney Villains in their own interpretations of the Haunted Mansion stretching portraits. As you can see Cruella DeVil, Horace and Jasper, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts and Cheshire Cat, as well as the one and only Maleficent, are positively haunting in these famed portraits.

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Look for these pins at select pin purchasing locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, later in the month on August 21.

Which ones are you ‘dying’ to get?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: New Ways Guests (And Dogs) Show Their #DisneySide

posted on August 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


There are always new ways to showcase your #DisneySide at our parks – and guests showing their love for Disney Parks is exactly what inspired some of my favorite photos on the Disney Parks Blog this week.

Some of the best were the shots in Tom Smith’s Animal Planet post.

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As he shared in the original post, a national search is under way for the cutest video that shows a pet celebrating it’s Disney Side (more details here). In addition, Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest” TV show will also produce a special Disney Side edition for a Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular that’s set to air later this year. Seriously how cute is that bulldog?

Guests over at the Disneyland Resort are already having fun showing their Disney Side in the ol’ west, thanks to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” in Frontierland at Disneyland park through September 1.

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Be sure to check out these photos of guests enjoying the experience. Will you test it out next time you’re at the park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Now Open at Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Tallahassee Glover here, back with another dispatch from Adventureland at Disneyland park. We have been receiving reports that the Adventure Trading Company has been spotted in Adventureland, bringing with them a variety of provisions and publications from around the area.

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Explorers in Adventureland can now visit the Indiana Jones Outpost, where the Adventure Trading Company has set up temporary shop. In addition to the necessary whips and fedoras, this will also be the place to purchase maps, newspapers and other publications that will send you on an Juju-seeking adventure. Word is that the Adventure Trading Company has come across some additional Juju that will be for sale at the location. But beware, adventurers … these mystical Juju are in short supply.

Juju, as we told you in a previous report, are small traditional relics indigenous to the Adventureland culture. Each Juju represents a trait important to an adventurous lifestyle. Word on the dock is that the Jungle Cruise skippers will be brushing off their own personal Juju to wear in celebration of the Adventure Trading Company’s limited stay. They’re not the only ones getting into the spirit! The local archeologists, bird handlers and merchants are also planning to sport their Juju.

Between you and me, I’ve also spotted some new recipe shipments arriving for Tropical Imports, Bengal Barbecue and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar … I think I’ll need to dig further into this.

Kungaloosh! I’ll see you in Adventureland!

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Exclusive Print at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Check out this exclusive print for the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which debuts in theaters around the U.S. today.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Exclusive Print at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland Park

Through August 31, you can get the exclusive print with any single purchase of $30 or more at Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park. (That’s before tax and after any discounts.) Supplies are limited.

You can grab a whole pizza to share with the family (or just a slice); we recommend the veggie pizza with roasted mushrooms, zucchini, sweet peppers and onion. And there’s always an interesting specialty pizza, and pastas from a simple marinara to Parmesan-pesto cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh Parmesan. Or stay cool with the Starfield of Greens salad with tomatoes, blue cheese, caramelized walnuts, Craisins dried cranberries and golden raisins tossed in a light basil-vinaigrette dressing.

A quick recap of “Guardians of the Galaxy”: space adventurer Peter Quill steals an orb coveted by a treacherous villain. When Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. Check it out in 3D for some amazing special effects!

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