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 11th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort
From helping with the initial course design to ensuring every last race day detail is in place, runDisney event manager Shannon Abeyta and her team work year-round to ensure “every mile is magic” during Disneyland Resort race weekends. See how Shannon’s work came to fruition during the 9th annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role”!
For more from the “Every Role a Starring Role” series, check out the posts below:
posted on September 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Over the last few months, we’ve asked you to join with us to prepare for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing your favorite Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. The entries have been received and now it’s time to vote for the top submissions!
Over the next six weeks, we will be sharing some of our favorite submissions, and we’re asking you to vote for the top photo from each of the Disneyland Decades. Each decade winner will receive a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize. Then, we’ll give you the chance to vote for one Grand Prize winner from among the winners of each decade. This lucky fan will win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. Let’s get started with the 1950s!
@morganameridius: My husband’s grandma, two aunts, and grandpa on Disneyland’s opening day!
@jessiefarra: Mom and the girls in homemade outfits by Grandma Laumann in front of the Disney Castle summer of 55!!!
@RizzosCookies: 1955 Disneyland opening week. Cousins w/ Mr. Walt Disney @Disneyland fire station
@beepbopboop17: My aunt and my mom at Disneyland in the 50s! I wish I could have seen it then!
@jaydeeraymee: Just my Dad and Uncle chillin’ on Main Street USA some time in the 1950s
So, which is your favorite? Vote now!
Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17. And be sure to check back Thursday, Sept. 18, when we’ll share the top five memories from the 1960s!
For complete rules, click here.
No purchase necessary. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details.
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 Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Just 100 guests per seating will have the pleasure of this kooky seasonal party that includes beverages and eats, live music and insider info with Imagineers and Disney cast members. Guests attending “Mahaloween Luau” will receive a special edition glass available only at the event. Collectors take note, the second edition of the Zombie souvenir glass will also be available for purchase at the event, before it is available to the public the next day.
“Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, praise or regards, and this “Mahaloween Luau” gives fans of the Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar trademark humor an insider’s hour of fun at the legendary watering hole.
Choose your hour: 3-4 p.m., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m. The fun starts on the patio with appetizers and two drink tickets (beer, wine, Zombie Drink or Polynesian Punch). Move inside for live entertainment and a Disney tiki presentation by Walt Disney Imagineering. You’ll also have a chance to meet some of Disney’s concept artists and other special guests.
When the party ends, you’ll get a Jungle River Cruise Expedition Bag that includes a Trader Sam panama hat, a boxed special-edition “Mahaloween Luau” glass (with a dated stamp), a Trader Sam print on canvas, and a coupon good for 20 percent off at the adjacent Tangaroa Terrace. Guests also can purchase up to two additional second-edition Zombie souvenir glasses.
Cost is $125 per person, including tax and tip. To reserve your spot, call 714-781-DINE – reservations open tomorrow!
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
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.
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 Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
This summer, I’ve been highlighting some of the 250 new pins and accessories created especially for Disney Parks. To conclude my three-part story, I’m again turning the spotlight on new items arriving in August and September at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
One of the easiest (and most portable) ways to display Disney pins is by using a neck lanyard. We also offer a variety of trading bags including one of my new favorites pictured above. I love the colorful patchwork of logos that represent various icons and attractions from Disney Parks.
I’m also in love with the new four-pin set, featuring Carl and Elli from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.” The photograph-like pins are so adorable (I need to watch that film again!).
Fans of Disney’s “Tangled” will be delighted to see several new pins, featuring Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and other favorite characters from the animated feature. Look for both individual open-edition pins and some two-pin sets.
Finally, there are numerous places to find pins at Disney Parks. One of the newest locations can be found in The Chapeau hat shop on Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. I stopped by the location the other day to take some photographs. This new location is a great addition to the well-established main pin location in Magic Kingdom Park – Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland.
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 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Beginning September 14, you’ll be able to meet Oswald on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. Just look for the lucky little rabbit strolling along the sunny side of the street. Shawn has some more details about Oswald in his original story.
And we also celebrated the season’s first of 26 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties to kick off the week. This year’s event offers a new character dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland and many more experiences you can read about in Jennifer’s original story.
This year’s party dates are: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28 and October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 & 31. Advance purchase (prior to event day) savings are available for select dates.
Visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween to get your tickets.
Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Celebrates 35 Years at Disneyland Park – Watch footage from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s debut on on September 2, 1979!
Teens Can Hang Loose at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – See some of the daily activities planned exclusively for teens at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
Disneyland Resort Wraps Up #GetHappier Summer – Take a look back at some of the happiness spread this summer at Disneyland Resort!
Disney’s Happiest Haunts Guided Tour Returns to Disneyland Resort with New Stories and Experiences – Halloween traditions through history and trick-or-treating along Main Street, U.S.A. are among the eerie experiences during this popular tour.
Show Off Your Disney Side at Walt Disney World Resort with Retail MagicBands and Accessories – Get the latest details on how you can personalize your MagicBands and show off your Disney Side!
Enjoying Barbados with Disney Cruise Line – See images and activities from Bardados, sure to be one of your favorite stops on our weeklong Southern Caribbean cruises!