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Top Ten Favorite Items for Halloween 2015 at Disney Parks

posted on September 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As Halloween returns to Disney Parks, here are my top ten items to celebrate the season.

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Figaro in Mickey Mouse Jack O’Lantern Plush
This 11-inch Figaro plush may be my favorite Halloween item this year (maybe it’s because my black cat looks almost like him).

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Light-Up Pumpkin Necklace
This LED light-up pumpkin necklace is a simple-yet-festive Halloween accent, especially if you want something easy to wear when attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Look carefully to see a new Haunted Mansion-inspired shirt for this year.

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Halloween Apparel
I like this logo t-shirt with the new Halloween 2015 artwork for Disney Parks. The shirt also glows in the dark.

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Halloween Candy Bags
The consumables team introduced adorable mini-Halloween candy bags. Each bag contains new Halloween 2015 artwork and contains a variety of pre-packaged candy options.

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Halloween Lanterns
Each side of these Halloween lanterns picture Mickey and his friends having a frightfully fun time, whether it’s “Terror in Tomorrowland,” or “A Night of Horror in Adventureland.” Each lantern measures approximately 12-inches tall and are intended for battery candles (which are not included).

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Halloween Headware
I like the two new Halloween headware items this year including a fun Minnie Mouse headband and an ear hat that contains flocked inserts on the ears and a embroidered, padded topper.

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Mickey Mouse and Friends Halloween Mug
I plan on using this decorative Halloween mug to lift my spirits each morning. The mug contains new Halloween 2015 artwork with characters enjoying a night at Disney Parks.

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Trick-Or-Trade with Halloween Pins
The pin trading team introduced several new open edition pins and accessories for Halloween. There will be additional limited edition pins coming to Disney Parks. Check DisneyPins.com for the latest release dates. New pins are typically introduced each Thursday in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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Lounging Around
I may trade in my costume this year for these comfy cotton cobwebbed lounge pants with spooky “Boo” print.

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Minnie Mouse as a Witch Antennae Topper
This antennae topper features Minnie Mouse dressed as a witch. We are also offering a matching kids costume and hat this year.

Guests can find many of these items using the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. See this Disney Parks Blog article for details on how to download and use the app. You may also be able to find select Halloween items on our Disney Parks online store.

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Matt Damon Celebrates at Disneyland Park

posted on September 1st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Actor Matt Damon celebrated a family birthday recently with a special visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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We caught up with him at Matterhorn Bobsleds just in time to catch him making “splashdown” with family and friends.

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Toffee Gourmet Treats are Back at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


How many of you are toffee fans? If you find yourself visiting the Disneyland Resort this September, you’re in luck because I have a special treat for you! Candy locations throughout the resort will begin offering toffee gourmet goodies again, beginning September 1.

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This scrumptious apple is once again covered in creamy caramel, dipped in sweet milk chocolate and is topped with crunchy toffee pieces, roasted almonds and chocolate drizzle, as the final touch. Of course, our candy makers didn’t stop there. They have incorporated many of the toffee ingredients used for the apples for marshmallow wands, crispy treats and bark. Yes, you read that right.

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Look for these delicious treats and more at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

I’m probably not the only one wishing today was September 1, am I? Will you give this one a try?

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#DisneySide Doodles: Captain Hook Reading Treasure Map (Park Map)

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Everyone can use a park map when it comes to planning out their day at Magic Kingdom Park, and in today’s #DisneySide Doodle, Captain Hook is no exception. It looks like that bright, shiny castle has caught his attention. Hopefully this cranky crook isn’t up to something.

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For more from our #DisneySide Doodles series, visit the posts below:

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Voice of Princess Jasmine Joins the Speaker Series During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is the headquarters for everything you need to prepare yourself for a runDisney race weekend. Not only can runners pick up their race bib, event shirt and gEAR bag from the Expo, there is much more in-store for those who visit. Runners and guests can check out official runDisney race weekend merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in fitness apparel, footwear, sunglasses, high-tech gadgets, and nutritional products.

Every Expo also includes a Speaker Series with relevant speakers to the race weekend. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna and the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the voice of Princess Jasmine will make an appearance!

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Linda Larkin is the voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as “The Return of Jafar,” “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” the Emmy-nominated 100-episode “Aladdin” animated television series, and “Sofia the First.” Linda was recently honored with the Disney Legends Award, recognizing her for her extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

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Linda will be at the Expo on Thursday, September 3, from 4–5 p.m., Friday, September 4, from 2-3 p.m., and Saturday, September 5, from 10–11 a.m. After Linda shares her journey as Princess Jasmine, guests are invited to attend a meet and greet with her. Be sure to be there early, as Linda will be signing a limited quantity of special “Aladdin” postcards for guests. There is no entry fee to the Expo or to the Speaker Series, which is held at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall.

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Come check out Linda to prepare for Disney’s “Aladdin: Diamond Edition” release on Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 29, 2015 (Digital) and October 13, 2015 (Physical).

Follow our live coverage of Linda’s presentation on Twitter @runDisney this Friday, Sept. 4 from 2-3 p.m.! Visit runDisney.com for more information on upcoming events!

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Show your Diamond #DisneySide During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Next weekend, thousands of runners will join together to run and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of this special event, but it’s also the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, commemorating 60 years of magic at the Disneyland Resort!

It’s going to be a celebration to remember, indeed! Here are a few ways to show your “Diamond” Disney Side during this exciting weekend with the help of New Balance and Champion.

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Kick off the race weekend in style at the Disneyland 5K by sporting the Limited Edition runDisney Collection Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck shoe. These shoes will be available exclusively at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Who is the most stylish of them all? I absolutely love the Black Splatter PowerTrain Tight by Champion. They’re the perfect balance of flair and comfort to bring the Evil Queen inspired look to life for the Disneyland 10K!

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For the half marathon, join the 10th anniversary celebration with a look that incorporates the colors of the iconic Disneyland Half Marathon logo!

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Runners who conquer the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon will be awarded with the honor (and bling) of completing the Dumbo Double Dare. Don’t just fly, soar to the finish line with this Dumbo-inspired ensemble!

Good luck to all participants during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Show us your “Diamond” Disney Side outfits on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DisneylandHalf!

Check out NBvirtualqueue.com to find out how to get your Fresh Foam Boracay inspired by Donald Duck during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

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California Family Wins a Disneyland Diamond Days Prize

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we hosted Thomas Lyons and his family, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. – winner of one of the prizes being awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days! In the video below, join Thomas, his wife Faith and daughters Grace and Phoebe as they enjoy their last Disneyland Resort visit before Grace and Phoebe head to college this semester. The visit was made extra special with their prize package, which included a three-day, two-night Disneyland Resort vacation and an exclusive tour of Disney California Adventure park before the park opened for the day, capped off with a special ride in the Red Car Trolley with Mickey Mouse.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship

posted on August 28th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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A unique Peter Pan-themed restaurant opened at Disneyland park on August 29, 1955. The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant was a Fantasyland icon that once stood where Dumbo the Flying Elephant is today.

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Part of the elaborately themed restaurant location included Skull Rock Cove where you could sit and enjoy your meal.

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In 1969 the location changed its name to Captain Hook’s Galley, and in 1982 it was removed during the creation of New Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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The legacy of this popular Disneyland park location lives on today. At Disneyland Paris, guests can enjoy Pirate Galleon, a recreation of the Disneyland park original, and at Disneyland park itself, some say the watery rockwork adjacent to the Dumbo Flying Elephant queue and Storybook Land Canal Boats is actually part of the original Skull Rock Cove.

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6 Tips From Disney Chefs for National ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’ Aug. 29

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Who knew there’s a national day to remind us to step away from the salt shaker, meant to encourage us to reach for herbs instead of salt? The Disney chefs love the idea, and we’re sharing a few of their favorite tips.

Chef Christian Rumpler, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s Boardwalk: “You could always liven up a dish with fresh parsley and oregano, but acidic flavors like lemon balm, lemongrass or something cool like lemon thyme are at the top of the list,” says Rumpler. He also recommends a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and flavored vinegars like apple cider vinegar. “Those flavors give you a punch of flavor without the salt.”

Chef Marcel St. Pierre, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort: “Sorrel is my favorite substitution for salt, and one of my favorite perennial herbs,” says St. Pierre. “It adds a lightly sour taste with a little acidity to any dish.” He uses it at Steakhouse 55 to finish the fresh pasta tagliatelle. “It adds a surprising, refreshing lemony flavor, reducing the amount of salt needed to finish the dish.”

Executive Chef John State, Disneyland Resort: Cilantro is State’s favorite herb when there’s a need to cut salt. “Cilantro is bright and complements multiple cuisines, from Thai and Mexican to Indian and Middle Eastern.” It’s the acidity and fragrant aroma that are so appealing to the taste buds, says State. “Cilantro is rounded in flavor with lemony, floral, balanced acidity – and you can use it all, even the stem,” explains State.

Chef Dee Foundoukis, Le Cellier, Canada pavilion, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort: Foundoukis will give up her fleur de sel or truffle salt for a combination of fresh thyme and oregano. “That earthy feel-good adds so much flavor, it makes me forget about the salt – for a while,” says Foundoukis.

Chef Tim Keating, Flying Fish Cafe, Disney’s Boardwalk, Walt Disney World Resort: “That’s an easy one for us at Flying Fish,” says Keating. “We utilize classic French ‘fines herbes’ to amp up flavor and easily displace salt in salads, vinaigrettes, vegetable sautés and to crust our fish.” You can buy it dried, but their fresh, house-made mixture is a combination of half Italian flat-leaf parsley and half equal amounts of tarragon, chervil and chives, all finely chopped.

Chef Brian Piasecki, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World Resort: “If I am making lighter foods like salads, flatbreads and appetizers, I like basil, cilantro, oregano, Italian flat parsley, onion sprouts and tops and even finely chopped radish tops (micro radish or wasabi),” says Piasecki. “These are great raw and delicate in flavor.” For cooked dishes, Piasecki goes for something heartier such as rosemary, thyme, and sage. “These hold up to the heat of cooking and are a bit stronger in flavor and infuse the food,” he explains.

Do you have a favorite herb to recommend when you’re cutting back on salt?

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Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Crew Hits the Road, Surprises Next $60,000 Recipient

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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You may remember that on July 17 we announced a special philanthropic program in honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration called Million Dollar Dazzle. Once a month during the celebration, our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew is surprising local nonprofits with $60,000, amounting to more than $1 million.

Last weekend, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew showed up to a regularly scheduled Disney VoluntEARS event at the Orange County Food Bank with the surprise $60,000 for the nonprofit that runs the food bank, Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC).

Disney VoluntEARS were in place packing food boxes when Disney Ambassador Allie Kawamoto and the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew came in and announced that our second Million Dollar Dazzle gift was to benefit CAPOC’s Family Resource Centers, offering services from homework assistance for children to free lunches for senior citizens.

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“We have a really difficult time fundraising for our Family Resource Centers,” said Buddy Ray, executive director of CAPOC. “It’s easier to raise funds for the food bank because everyone understands what that is. This makes a world of difference for our entire nonprofit. Families are getting quality services that make a difference in their lives.”

Disney VoluntEARS from the Disneyland Resort have supported CAPOC since the early 1990s with quarterly food packing events. This gift represents a new way in which the Disneyland Resort is supporting CAPOC. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog to see which local nonprofit will be surprised next by our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew!

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