Today is the first day of Halloween Time here at the Disneyland Resort. Pumpkins are everywhere and guest favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday, is opening. Did you know that the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park was one of Walt Disney’s ideas for the park even before it was built? Here we are, 45 years after its August 9, 1969, opening and it is still haunting guests each day. In celebration of the attraction’s anniversary and the opening of Haunted Mansion Holiday today, we thought this was the perfect time to dig up historical footage of the Haunted Mansion from our archives. You’ll see Walt Disney showing off a model of the Haunted Mansion and interviews with the Imagineers who turned his idea into a reality. You’ll also find out why the mansion is so pristine on the outside, while dilapidated and creepy on the inside. It’s a fun video – a scream, really. Enjoy!
posted on September 12th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations
posted on September 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
We may be just starting to carve up pumpkins, but I’ve got some important holiday news to share with you today! Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.
The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again with the following favorites:
- “World of Color – Winter Dreams”
- Disney ¡Viva Navidad! (featuring Three Kings Day, January 4-6, 2015)
- “A Christmas Fantasy” parade
- “it’s a small world” Holiday
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
- “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular
- Downtown Disney Winter Village
- Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink
posted on September 9th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
September is an exciting month for new merchandise at Disney Parks. In particular, our Disney Parks online store will be offering a few unique T-shirts throughout the coming weeks. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to find online.
Last September, you may recall seeing artwork shared by my fellow author Jennifer Fickley-Baker on the Disney Parks Blog. The artwork was created by our Yellow Shoes Creative Group and featured Disney villains playing famous roles from the Haunted Mansion attraction. From September 8-14, we will be releasing Hanes Beefy-T shirts for both men and women with this artwork. We will also have an option for posters or canvas prints of these villainous images (they will measure 50-inches by 19-inches). Apparel items will ship in 4-6 weeks, while the poster and canvas prints will ship in 12-14 days. Express shipping is not available.
Ahoy! Thar be a new pirate shirt me hearties coming to the online store to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. The shirts will be printed on Hanes Nano-tees for both men and kids (grey), and there will be a woman’s cut in purple. The artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist, Richard Terpstra, who was inspired by a vintage Disney postcard from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Look for this shirt online for three days only – September 19-21. Savvy?
Finally, the next Disney Parks attraction poster T-shirts will be released from September 22-28. These Hanes Beefy-T shirts were also designed by Richard Terpstra and salute two former attractions at Disney Parks – Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park and, my favorite, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in Magic Kingdom Park. Artist Sam McKim designed the original attraction poster for Disneyland park, while artist Richard Hebner adapted that design for the Magic Kingdom Park attraction.
These shirts will only be offered on the Disney Parks online store for a limited time. You can place orders starting on the aforementioned dates at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
posted on September 9th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
UPDATE 9/23/14: Please note that the Mickey’s Halloween Party pins, the Halloween Screams pin and our Annual Passholder pin featuring the Hitchhiking Ghosts will release on October 6, not September 26 as previously announced.
Beginning September 12, Halloween Time “spooks” into high gear at the Disneyland Resort. What does that mean exactly? Well, a few things that I look forward each year are the fall decor along Main Street, U.S.A., the pumpkins that have been carefully tucked away, anxiously waiting to be spotted, Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and of course, Mickey’s Halloween Party. I know some of the more popular dates are selling quickly so be sure to check Disneyland.com for updates, in case you are planning to ‘treat’ yourself this year!
You may have noticed that the art for this year’s Mickey’s Halloween Party merchandise looks vaguely familiar. A similar logo can be found on some of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party merchandise that will be available at Walt Disney World Resort, as fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller recently shared.
If you are still unsure of what to wear, here are a few things to keep an eye out for at this year’s party, that might help. Mickey’s Halloween Party T-shirts will be available in youth, ladies and adult sizes. For those chilly nights, I suggest the zip fleece.
A few other treats to add to your stash include our open and limited edition pins. The Halloween Time 2014 pin will release on September 12, while the Mickey’s Halloween Party pins, the Halloween Screams pin and our Annual Passholder pin featuring the Hitchhiking Ghosts will release on
September 26 October 6.
Look for Mickey’s Halloween Party merchandise and more at the following Disneyland park locations: Disney Showcase, Emporium, Pieces of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile and The Star Trader.
Are you ready to get into the festive spirit?
posted on September 8th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
This season, a bit of Halloween magic will appear on the Jamboree stage to amaze you with feats of illusion and sleight-of-hand. You’ll be delighted by the juggling antics of Zester the Jester and astounded by incredible illusions and surprises from the carnival’s Master Magician. You may even get a glimpse of your future courtesy of Madame Beauchance, a comical fortune teller.
All around the Halloween Carnival you’ll find fun for the whole family, with favorite Disney characters in Halloween costumes, Mickey’s Mask-Parade, amazing pumpkin carving demonstrations, carnival-style games and activities, Halloween merchandise, and yummy treats! And don’t forget the astounding “Conjure A Villain” sideshow tent. Dare to venture inside, and you may be asked to help cast a magic spell, summoning a Disney Villain from his or her realm to meet your group before returning them to worlds beyond.
The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree sounds like a real scream! The fun starts September 12 and continues through October 31. Please check the park Times Guide for daily operating schedules.
posted on September 5th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
Looking for some friendly advice? Check out Shrunken Ned, Jungle Witch Doctor at South Sea Traders in Adventureland at Disneyland park. Ned has the cure for whatever ails you. He hangs around all day just waiting to tell people what to do. Give him a hand and he’ll give you a personal prescription; no appointment necessary.
Here’s the great advice Ned recently gave me:
Trivia Question: Shrunken Ned signs each prescription card with his original name. What is it?
posted on September 5th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
Here is a little secret, I love my job and working with runDisney. Event weekends are exciting and standing at the finish line watching thousands of people accomplish their goals is uplifting, rewarding and sometimes emotional. From cheers of excitement to tears of joys, the stories that unfold at the finish line are incredible. I am truly inspired meeting and talking with our runners. Their stories provide messages we can all learn from.
Last year I introduced the runDisney community to 81-year-old Flor Irlandez from Portland, OR. In 2013 she was the oldest runner to complete the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort. She ran the Disneyland 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday, 19.3 miles. Last weekend she returned to run the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare, this time at the age of 82. Running with two of her daughters, a son in-law and grandson, she once again completed the two-day event and collected three runDisney finisher medals and family memories to last for years.
There are a couple lessons we can takeaway from Flor’s accomplishment.
First, we should not let age be a barrier to accomplish our goals. Flor’s message is simple, “Just get going, not just running, but walking, getting out, sweating …. I just feel good after a run, everybody should do it.”
Second, participating in a runDisney event can be fun for the entire family. Flor has inspired three generations to lead a healthy active lifestyle. “It just makes it fun and it’s no longer about running and racing, but about being together and being healthy as a family,” says Marissa Walker, Flor’s daughter from Berkeley, CA.
Flor, your accomplishments are amazing, not just in running but also in how you have inspired generations. We all look forward to seeing you at the finish line for years to come.
For more information and to register for a runDisney event, visit runDisney.com.
posted on September 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
When Halloween Time begins at the Disneyland Resort on September 12, guests will have the opportunity to revisit the popular Disney’s Happiest Haunts guided tour. This year, the tour has been updated with more spooky storytelling and new eerie experiences!
This year, the tour sets its focus on Disneyland park, where guests will learn about Halloween traditions through history and even trick-or-treat for special goodies along Main Street, U.S.A. Throughout the park, the tour stops to experience popular Disneyland park attractions as well as special Halloween Time attractions, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
Here are some things you should know about Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour:
- Tour is offered each night from September 12 through October 31 and is approximately 2 ½ hours long.
- Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
- Tour offerings are subject to availability and may change without notice.
For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.
posted on September 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
All summer long, the Disneyland Resort has been making Mondays happier with special surprises, both online and in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Now that our #GetHappier summer has concluded, I wanted to take a look back on some of the happiness we spread among our park guests.
One of the first #GetHappier surprises here at the Disneyland Resort was a special visit from the Seven Dwarfs at Snow White Grotto. Throughout the day, they surprised Disneyland park guests, making sure that even the grumpiest guest left happy. (Get it?)
Among the most popular of our #GetHappier surprises were the Happier Hours. These surprise nighttime events were an opportunity for 1,500 guests to enjoy one of the lands of the Disneyland Resort for an extra hour after the rest of the park closed. Happier Hours took place in Adventureland and Frontierland, Paradise Pier, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.
#GetHappier also featured surprise giveaways, with park favorites like Vinylmation, churros, Disney FASTPASS and more.
While our #GetHappier summer may be over, the happiness it created lives on! Was your Monday made happier by one of our #GetHappier summer surprises? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
There is a shop in Disneyland park that some say is a cut above the rest – and no doubt that’s crystal clear to glass cutter Manuel Arribas who has worked there for 47 years. Manuel is part of a family of artisan glass cutters at Crystal Arts on Main Street, U.S.A. His brothers Alfonso and Tomas met Walt Disney at the 1964 New York World’s Fair where Walt was introduced to the Spanish brothers’ business of glass cutting and eventually brought the family trade to Disneyland Resort. They specialize in personalized glassware, figurines and jewelry. The next time you’re window shopping down Main Street, U.S.A., stop by and watch these artists in action.