Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

New Halloween Trick-or-Treat Totes at Disney Parks

posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


When you were a kid, did you get with the neighborhood gang to talk candy strategy for trick-or-treat night? We were all over it back then, remember? We covered our neighborhood, then went into adjoining neighborhoods, all in a quest to create the ultimate stash we’d call our own. Now as adults, the kid in us still comes out when it comes to candy during the Halloween season. Think about it – in your office, who comes to mind with the bowl of candy available for everyone? Only as an adult, we have to act more civilized. No running or screaming or shoving candy in our mouth – in public that is.

At Disney Parks, we get that inside every adult is a child that still loves to play and enjoy life to its fullest. So each year, our creative team talks about how we can top last year’s experience, so check this out.

For 2014 our Disney Floral & Gifts creative team developed a new Not-So-Scary Halloween Treat Bag for Walt Disney World Resort. Take a look at this exclusive canvas bag, featuring a Mickey pumpkin with battery-powered light-up eyes. Did you notice that at the bottom of the bag there’s “tattered fabric” to create a spooky look? The trick-or-treat letters glow in the dark, too. Then, our creative designer filled the tote with popular mouth-watering treats, including Mickey’s crispy treats, candy from Goofy’s Candy Company and more. It also comes with a Mickey pumpkin light-up lanyard for lighting up those spooky nights, temporary glow-in-the-dark eyeball tattoos and your very own autograph book to collect favorite character signatures. And get this, it comes in a Mickey and Minnie version for boys and ghouls.

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And, where would you want to take these bags? To Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, of course! So here’s the inside scoop, for third year in a row, I got ahold of the candy maps for the party so children and adults could start planning for their ultimate candy adventure! This year the Magic Kingdom Park has stocked up with even more candy than ever before. There will be two trick or treat trails, featuring over nine trick or treating locations where you may see some of your favorite characters all dressed up. Oh, and you may have heard that one of the many new experiences that are being launched this year revolves around the evil side of Disney at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. The Club Villain Dance Party will feature a few of your favorite mischievous characters dancing the night away, so you gotta check that out. Want to see more of the Villains? Then, stay for the Happy Hallowishes Nighttime Spectacular and Villains Cast Show!

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For those of you who can’t make it this year to the party, we can kind of send a party to you. Our Not-So-Scary Treats Tote is also part of our ship to home offerings with just a few different twists.

If you’re headed to the Disneyland Resort this season, to celebrate the holiday, it’s all about Mickey’s Halloween Party! Our Floral & Gifts team in California created Haunted Halloween Buckets to enjoy in the resort as well as in the parks! Special Tip: The Mickey pumpkin bucket features battery-operated glowing eyes and a collection of treats to keep you energized for the night!

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Of course, we got our hands on the Halloween party map as well! Make sure to catch the Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks hosted by Jack Skellington and eight trick or treating locations throughout Disneyland park.

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I’ve got a few more “tales to tell” about new gifting experiences this year. One includes “orchestrating a Halloween surprise” and building your own gift from our collection of tricks and treats. So stay tuned. And remember, you can also add Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration to your Disney World vacation and a Disney Villainous Halloween to your stay at the Disneyland Resort. Our Halloween gifts are available now through October 31st or while supplies last.

Oh, and you can also add these trick or treat totes and buckets to your Halloween In Room Celebration available at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

If you have questions, call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort or 714-781-GIFT for Disneyland Resort.

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999 Happy Haunts: Meet Madame Leota

posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, we’ll offer an up-close look at a different resident of The Haunted Mansion right here on the Disney Parks Blog each Friday. Today, we’re focusing on one of the ladies of the house – Madame Leota.

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Leota first appears in the Seance Circle room, summoning the Mansion’s spirits from within an illuminated crystal ball that appears to float on its own above the table. Her famous line, “Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat. Call in the spirits wherever they’re at!” was recorded by Eleanor Audley, then Disney’s go-to gal for voicing the perfect villainess. (Audley also supplied the voices of Lady Tremaine in “Cinderella” and Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty”). Leota’s visage was a visual of Imagineer Leota Toombs, an Imagineer/model builder whose face fit the dimensions the team was looking for and agreed to participate in a demo – and nailed it.

The character of Madame Leota appears in another form later on in the attraction. Just before you disembark your Doom Buggie, “Little Leota”, appears up high and beckons guests to hurry back. Here’s a fun fact – although Eleanor Audley supplied the voice for Leota in the Seance Room, it’s both the voice and face of Leota Toombs that combined to create Little Leota.

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Time-Lapse Video: Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House Installed at Disneyland Park

posted on October 1st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time is upon us, and that means the return of seasonal fan favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday. Each year, Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park, transforming the iconic attraction in honor of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” One of the signature details of Haunted Mansion Holiday is the enormous gingerbread house, which changes each year. Our video team documented the installation of this year’s creation … take a look in this time-lapse video!

Have you seen the new gingerbread house inside Haunted Mansion Holiday this year?

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Horticulture at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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It’s the details that make you feel like you’re in another world at a Disney Park, and horticulture plays a huge role in creating that feeling. When you’re walking through the untamed jungles of Adventureland in Disneyland park, you may notice the towering bamboo plants near Tarzan’s Treehouse. As you’re strolling through the wooded mountains of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, you see the colorful California foliage. These are some of the magical details created every season by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team. Here are some things you might not know about horticulture at the Disneyland Resort:

  1. The Jungle Cruise tree canopy stands as tall as 100 feet.
  2. More than 3,600 annuals make up the smiling face of Mickey Mouse at the entrance to Disneyland park.
  3. With approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs, the Disneyland Resort is one of the largest gardens in Southern California.
  4. Twenty-two topiary animals and characters call the Disneyland Resort home.
  5. The oldest living tree at the Disneyland Resort is a two-foot-tall Mugho Pine, which is more than 150 years old. Guests can find this tree during a cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland.

What is your favorite detail of the landscape panorama at the Disneyland Resort?

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October 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this October at the Disneyland Resort!

October 4 – 5: Haunted Memories will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District for the month of October. Look for appearances by Eddie Allen from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 4, 5, 25 and 26. Learn more.

October 11: Artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Bryan Fyffe, Jeff Granito, Sydney Hanson and Jerrod Maruyama will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more.

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October 17 – 19: Join us as we welcome back Precious Moments doll designer, Linda Rick, who will be on hand for the release of her new Halloween collection, among other fan favorites. Meet Linda October 17–19 and October 24-26 at China Closet on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park. Learn more.

October 18: Disney Legend Alice Davis, Don Hahn, Mindy Johnson, Paula Lowery, Disney Legend Marty Sklar, Lella Smith and Charles Solomon will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man from 9–11 a.m. at the Disneyana Shop on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more.

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October 25: Artist Noah will take part in an artist signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of his latest work Cruisin’ With My Girl. Learn more.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Miss Mindy. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: October 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 26 from 6:30 – 9:30p.m. Learn more.

Which events have made your list of things to do?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Yummy Fall Treats

posted on September 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Another thing to love about fall at Disney Parks – in addition to colorful decor, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating – are the special seasonal treats that are making their way into our parks.

Earlier this week, Food & Beverage author Rachel Brent showed off some of the yummy treats that are now available at the Disneyland Resort. Among the mouth-watering treats she shared photos of were Banana Fritters, Pumpkin Beignets, Caramel Apple Smoothie and much more.

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Rachel also gave us a great look at the spooky snacks available this fall at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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The witch cupcakes sure look delicious to me. Which treat would be your fav? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Danny Elfman Visits Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, we shared a special reading from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” from the film’s composer, Danny Elfman, in front of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park. While he was here, we caught up with the Elfman, the man who provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington himself! We were amazed to learn that this was Elfman’s first time experiencing this holiday overlay. In the video below, he describes what it was like to hear his music blended with his favorite Disneyland attraction.

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Seasonal Delights for Thanksgiving at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


CORRECTION: Thanksgiving reservations will be taken beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, and reservations for Disneyland Hotel dinner available beginning October 8. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Turkey, turkey and more turkey! For just one day – Thursday, Nov. 27 – restaurants at the Disneyland Resort are showcasing the big bird along with other seasonal sides, from cranberry relish to pumpkin pie and maple bacon funnel cake. Do we dare forego cooking and just head to Disneyland Resort? Thinking so.

Let’s start on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, with Carnation Café’s slow-roasted turkey with turkey Bourbon gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, veggies and a classic dinner roll. Of course there’s pumpkin pie.

Keeping with traditions, Plaza Inn is cooking slow-roasted turkey with gravy and sage dressing, mashed potatoes, veggies and a roll. Blue Bayou Restaurant kicks it up with turkey roulade, truffle-infused chicken giblet stuffing, roasted garlic Boursin mashed potatoes and veggies. French Market Restaurant is doing Andouille sausage stuffing with the turkey, and River Belle Terrace adds cornbread and roasted garlic-thyme mashed potatoes to their turkey breast with stuffing.

For something a little different, Café Orleans is making crepes with turkey, butternut squash, cipollini onions and peas with giblet stuffing, cranberry coulis and orange oil. And for just a quick bite, there’s turkey tortilla soup at Harbour Galley, holiday tamales at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. For a sweet tooth, try the maple bacon funnel cake at Stage Door Café, and there’s plenty of pumpkin pie (at Carnation Café, Village Haus Restaurant, River Belle Terrace and Café Orleans).

Heading over to Disney California Adventure park, Ariel’s Grotto is going traditional with slow-roasted turkey breast and gravy, apple stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies. Flo’s V-8 Café is cooking herb-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing, veggies and cranberry relish. And Wine Country Trattoria adds Italian flair with focaccia stuffing with herb-roasted turkey and garlic mashed potatoes, served with haricot vert and orange-cranberry relish.

Take home a loaf of turkey-shaped bread from Boudin Bakery, available at Pacific Wharf Café, Mortimer’s Market and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. Or eat dessert first with pumpkin pie at Wine Country Trattoria, Flo’s V-8 Café and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta.

Heading to the Disneyland Resort hotels, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is offering a three-course menu with starters such a butternut squash soup, crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; the entrée is roasted turkey Wellington with pecan stuffing, cranberry relish, Swiss chard and wild mushroom gravy, and dessert is a choice of sweet potato pot de crème, cinnamon gelato, marshmallow meringue and apple crisp.

Also at Disneyland Hotel, Goofy’s Kitchen adds holiday tastes to the brunch and dinner buffet: turkey, orange-cranberry sauce, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, vanilla-scented roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows, herb stuffing, butternut squash soup, pumpkin pie and cranberry cobbler.

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Chef Andrew Sutton offers his fabulous four-course Country Wine Feast for the holiday at Napa Rose. Next door at Storyteller’s Café, the loaded buffet adds turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce, beef with Cognac au jus and creamed horseradish, brioche bread stuffing with sweet Italian sausage, roasted golden beets with Feta and holiday sweets, including lots of pies.

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Another generous buffet is at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, featuring Thanksgiving tastes such as turkey, gravy and stuffing, cranberry relish and roasted veggies, along with salads soups, beef, salmon and more.

Of course, you can head directly to the Disneyland Hotel ballroom for the annual fall Thanksgiving dinner – a bounty of turkey, prime rib, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry-orange relish, poached shrimp, king crab legs and all the trimmings. Pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, freshly made crepes and a chocolate fountain are the sweetest ending for a day of thanks.

For reservations, call 714-781-DINE.

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Halloween Time Snacks and Sweets at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 25th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Halloween Time is upon us, so we’ve scared up some new snacks and sweets at Disneyland Resort, available now through November 2. Being the perpetual snacker that I am, I’m excited to give you a taste of what’s new.

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While you’re experiencing Dia De Los Muertos in Frontierland, mosey on over to the The Golden Horseshoe for Ice Cream Nachos. Your choice of ice cream will be smothered in hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips, with waffle cone pieces as the ‘nachos.’

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A short walk away in New Orleans Square, you’ll find piping hot Banana Fritters at Royal Street Veranda. Then, stroll on over to the Mint Julep Bar and quench your thirst with the sweet Raspberry Magnolia Lemonade. While you’re there, don’t forget to order up some beignets. These must-have Disneyland favorites are made with pumpkin for the season and are to die for.

Tip: Pumpkin Beignets are also available at Cafe Orleans.

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During a recent trip into the park, fellow Disney Parks Blog authors and friends Michelle Harker and Tyler Slater sampled and raved about the Apple Pie Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country, a tasty twist on an American classic. At Tomorrowland Terrace, celebrate back-to-school season with Monster’s University! Show your Monster’s U pride with French Fries covered in Parmesan Ranch ‘Ooze’ and a Mike Wazowski Crispy Treat.

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Spending the day at Disney California Adventure park? Be sure to try my top picks – the Caramel Apple Smoothie from Schmoozies and the Warm Apple Maple Cake from Taste Pilots’ Grill. As you can tell, I’m a sucker for anything apple.

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Still hungry for some sweet treats? You’ll find a classic Mickey Pumpkin Cupcake at Disneyland park and Disneyland Hotel, while Disney California Adventure park pays homage to everyone’s favorite sea witch with an Ursula Cupcake. During your travels through the bakery, keep an eye out for a Vampire Mickey Bat Cookie. Don’t worry, this vampire can go into the sunlight.

Have you tried any of the seasonal snacks at Disneyland Resort? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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Seasonal Delights at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland Park

posted on September 24th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We look forward to the change of seasons – along with milder weather, we anticipate new tastes on the menu at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park.

The sweets are such a treat, but the seasonal sandwiches are also on the top of our lunch list – start with the hearty pastrami Reuben on rye with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and classic sauce. Or try the cold roast beef on a baguette topped with arugula, pickled onion and tomato with a slather of mustard aioli. The chicken Waldorf comes on buttery brioche, a mix of chicken breast, green apple, celery, Craisins and mango chutney. Salad fans will appreciate the Mediterranean Chicken Salad, a bowl of greens, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, tomato, sweet red peppers, pepperoncini and feta with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Save room for dessert, because there are 11 new sweets to sample. Chocolate is the center of four: classic chocolate brownies; rich red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and strawberry-chocolate shavings; decadent chocolate-peanut butter whoopie pies, and s’mores bars that start with chocolate tarts filled with caramel-chocolate ganache, finished with a topping of graham crackers and toasted marshmallow fluff. Pumpkin is the star in both the cheesecake with spiced whipped topping and muffins with cream cheese filling. Add French caramel éclairs, maple crème brûlèe in tart shells and spiced bundt cake with cream cheese glaze and a flourish of candied orange rind. Last, but certainly not least, a seasonal selection of dainty French macarons – raspberry and chocolate hazelnut. Oh my!

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