Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Danny Elfman Reads from ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland Park

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Early this morning, musician and composer Danny Elfman stopped by Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park to record this special reading from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” A longtime collaborator with Tim Burton, Elfman created the film’s music and also provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington.

Elfman, a four-time Oscar nominee, will be performing in the Los Angeles area in just a few weeks, live in concert featuring music from the films of Tim Burton. The Disney Parks Blog video team was able to catch up with Elfman during his visit – check back soon for our interview with him at Haunted Mansion Holiday.

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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Ready to Dive Again September 27 at Disneyland Park

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We are excited to return to the big blue world once again when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park reopens September 27, following an extended refurbishment. Quite a bit of work has been done over the course of this year to renew this favorite attraction. Many of the attraction’s scenes, rockwork and coral have been refreshed and repainted; as a result, guests will see a more colorful and vibrant underwater experience than ever before.

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To accomplish this work, 5 million gallons of water had to be drained from the lagoon and later replaced. The Disneyland Resort began working with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in 2009, when Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park was drained to prepare for “World of Color.” This partnership allows the water we drain to be treated and stored, instead of being released to the ocean through storm drains. Now, every time we must drain a large body of water, it is sent to the OCWD’s Groundwater Replenishment System, where it is purified and added to Orange County’s underground water supply. The water is then refilled at the Disneyland Resort from the same system. This process works so well, the Disneyland Resort was recognized in 2009 with the state of California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for this and other earth-friendly efforts.

So enjoy this sparkling, like-new guest favorite when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens September 27.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween Fun Abounds at Disney Parks

posted on September 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As I shared in last week’s post, fall officially arrived at Magic Kingdom Park here at the Walt Disney World Resort – and Disneyland park at the Disneyland Resort wasn’t far either. Check out these amazing images Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared on the blog this week.

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And while we’re on the topic of Halloween, we snapped several spooky shots at our Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park, which included our first taste of the Villain’s Sinister Soiree, a special add-on dessert party available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Check out the photos above.

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‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE 9/26/14: The final day of “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” on September 27 will be a day of Legends and Heroes, with special celebrations throughout the day – including a final town celebration at 5:20 in which all Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge citizens will be invited to join us for a town photo and more.

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The time has come to bid farewell to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush” at Disneyland park. This unique experience quickly became a favorite, with guests and cast members alike joining in the story. So be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge one last time before this chapter of their saga ends on September 27.

Every great story must have a great ending, and the citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge are planning to make September 27 the best day ever with special events and surprises throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, and we’ll have more details to share soon.

For more about “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:

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Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s your first look at some of the delectable and delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Candy Corn Apple

There’s nothing “corny” about this year’s candy corn apple, which has been covered in caramel, enrobed in dark chocolate and adorned with candy corn pieces.

The delectable Bat Cake Pop is available in chocolate, vanilla or red velvet and is covered in dark chocolate and then adorned with black licorice wings and red chocolate eyes.

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Be sure to tell your Mummy about this next one! The traditional Mickey Mouse crispy treat has been laced in white chocolate, creating a mummy effect, complete with candy-coated chocolate eyes peering from underneath the bandages.

Make delicious magic with the Pumpkin Marshmallow Wand — stacked jack o’ lantern faces made with fluffy marshmallows, creamy caramel, white chocolate and orange sanding sugar.

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Guys and ghouls will need to make “time” for the Haunted Mansion Clock Crispy, dipped in dark chocolate and decorated with green and white vanilla-flavored chocolate, creating the classic image of the Haunted Mansion clock.

Look for these items and more, including the October gourmet apple of the month “Dirt and Worms” at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure Park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I was inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to document the attraction just before it reopened this year for Haunted Mansion Holiday, and I wanted to share my three favorite photos now that Halloween Time has begun at the Disneyland Resort.

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Next time you ride Haunted Mansion Holiday, keep your eyes peeled for one of my favorite details: a little monkey bride. Here’s a little hint on where to look … it’s near a big pumpkin.

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In the great ballroom stands the 14th Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house. I thought you would enjoy seeing it up close.

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Just before you enter the graveyard scene, you will see the back of Pumpkin Mountain with giant snowflakes falling.

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Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


There’s nothing better than strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park during the fall with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate, especially if you can bring the magic home in a souvenir mug. I love being able to enjoy my morning coffee in a favorite keepsake. Recently, I got a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort.

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One of my fall traditions is to watch classic Walt Disney cartoons like “The Haunted House,” “The Skeleton Dance” and “The Mad Doctor.” I was excited to learn that the design for this year’s Halloween mug and popcorn buckets, which are available throughout Disneyland Resort, feature artwork inspired by these shorts. And as a special treat, available at popcorn wagons throughout Disney California Adventure park, the Ghost Mickey souvenir bucket filled with hot, delicious popcorn is a great place to stash your candy – after you eat the popcorn, of course!

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Well, well … fans of the infamous Disney Villains can enjoy a refreshing drink from a Maleficent Dragon Sipper – it’s positively wicked. Thirsty for more? Keep an eye out for a Poison Apple Glow Cube coming soon to the Fantasyland Fruit Cart. Don’t worry, the Evil Queen hasn’t cast her spell on this one.

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Last month, fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Pam Brandon, shared the artwork for the Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary travel mug and popcorn bucket – and if you’re a fan of the Haunted Mansion like I am, you’ll be ghoulishly delighted to learn these items will be available through the run of Haunted Mansion Holiday. You’ll find a specialty popcorn bucket featuring Mickey as one of our favorite Grim Grinning Ghosts: the Hatbox Ghost.

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Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? The Pumpkin King has a few tricks up his sleeve this Halloween. Look for a Zero popcorn bucket or add a Jack Skellington glow cube into one of your favorite New Orleans Square drinks. Several Disney Parks Blog readers asked what special sweets would be coming to Disneyland Resort, so here’s something to soothe your nightmare—a Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Mousse Coffin Cake featuring Sally.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more Halloween Time treats.

Which souvenir item are you excited to take home?

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What’s This? Disneyland Resort Entertainment Team Shares Top Pics for Haunted Mansion Holiday

posted on September 16th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Every August, the Disneyland Resort Entertainment team begins helping Jack Skellington take over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to create Haunted Mansion Holiday. To see them in action is quite a treat. There’s always something new and different to discover, so I thought I’d ask the talented team to show me their favorite parts of Skellington’s magical makeover.

My favorite feature is seeing all of the spooky stockings; I can only imagine what’s inside of them! What’s your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday?

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Return Time Tickets Help Disneyland Park Guests Meet ‘Frozen’ Favorites Anna and Elsa

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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Anna and Elsa, from Disney’s hit animated feature, “Frozen,” have been appearing in Disneyland park for some time, meeting guests at their special location in Fantasyland. Now, there is a new way to meet these famous sisters with a virtual wait system, which allows you to experience other attractions while you wait!

Guests visiting the “Frozen” character location in Fantasyland can present their valid park ticket or Annual Passport (used for park entry) to obtain a Return Time Ticket. On the ticket, they will be assigned a 20-minute window to return later in the day to meet with Anna and Elsa. There is no longer a standard queue for the location, and once all return times for the day have been distributed no more return times will be issued.

In addition to the location in Fantasyland, guests may also see Anna and Elsa in their special appearance before “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” each day at Disneyland park.

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Sneak Preview of ‘Big Hero 6’ Coming to Disneyland Park September 26

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


UPDATE: “Big Hero 6″ Sneak Peek opens to Disneyland park guests September 26, not September 25 as previously stated.

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I recently had an opportunity to visit Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., where modern Disney classics like “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen” were made. Right now, filmmakers at the studio are busy putting the finishing touches on their latest animated feature, “Big Hero 6.” From what I saw during my visit, I think “Big Hero 6” is going to be a huge hit, packed with plenty of humor and heart.

We still have a couple more months before “Big Hero 6” hits theaters, but soon guests at Disneyland park will get to see an exclusive sneak preview of the film. For a limited time starting September 25 26, the “Big Hero 6” Sneak Peek will be presented in 4D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between young prodigy Hiro Hamada and his closest companion, a robot named Baymax. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and a group of friends, whom he transforms into a band of high-tech heroes, to help uncover a mystery and save the day.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” opens in theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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