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Download the Winning Disney Parks Blog Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Wallpaper

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Incantations were said, séances were had and with the help of all of you spirited guys and ghouls, the newest wallpaper to be added to the Disney Parks Blog is Mickey Mouse in the Stretching Room from artist Joy Lynch – celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park!

Download a Special Disney Parks Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Wallpaper

To download for your computer or mobile device, simply click on the image above. Remember to check out the terms of use for using wallpaper before you download it.

A huge thank you to all who took the time to vote on these fantastic creations! If you are looking to make any of the images you voted on part of your own haunted mansion, then be sure to stop by Disneyana in Disneyland park to check out these Haunted Mansion Park Icon sketches and others in the collection.

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Celebrating 45 Years of Ghoulish Delight at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 8th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


“When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls … Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight. Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion.”

As a six-year-old boy, hearing those words spoken by Disney Legend Paul Frees as the “ghost host” became an indelible Disney memory for me – and don’t get me started on the stretching room, Madame Leota or the ghost that was sitting next to me on the way home! For me, there was no turning back then – or now – from one of the most uniquely entertaining Disney Parks attractions ever created.

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The 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion have been throwing a swinging wake for 45 delightfully frightful years, and they’ve received the sympathetic vibrations of millions of Disneyland park guests who have come out to socialize.

The disquieting tale of the Haunted Mansion actually began more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney approved the creation of a riverfront mansion even while he hadn’t yet decided exactly what would go inside. Walt insisted, however, that the house appear well kept on the outside and not look dilapidated.

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This rare concept drawing from Ken Anderson, courtesy of our friends at the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library, was made in 1957.

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The library also provided this color artwork created by Sam McKim in 1958.

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In 1962, construction began on the beautiful southern plantation-inspired home, and in the years that followed, as Imagineers developed (sometimes competing) themes and stories of a Haunted Mansion attraction, a sign was placed in front of its closed gates to tease what was (possibly) to come.

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The idea for the sign was reportedly sparked by a comment Walt made upon returning from a trip to London when he remarked that he had been searching castles and old English countryside estates for ghosts looking for a new place to haunt. The sign would remain in place until the Haunted Mansion opened its gates more than six years later, in August of 1969.

During those years, with their combined talents, Imagineers, including Marc Davis, Claude Coats, X Atencio, Rolly Crump, Bill Justice, and Yale Gracey, Disney Legends all, developed the attraction we know today.

Near the time of its completion, some publicity photos were taken to help illustrate the attraction’s unique blend of macabre humor and to celebrate the artistry of those responsible for bringing it to … life.

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Here, special effects designer Yale Gracey tries to keep the lid on one of his latest creations.

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In this photo, Bill Justice tries to celebrate some of his technological accomplishments with a grim grinning ghost.

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Finally, cameras captured a sighting of the elusive Hatbox Ghost with Yale Gracey.

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“There’s a little matter I forgot to mention. Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!”

Whether your first “doom buggy” ride was today, or 45 years ago, the Haunted Mansion is what it has always been: a true original that’s pure Disney magic.

Hurry baaaaaack…

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VIDEO: A Closer Look at Haunted Mansion Authentic Products Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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In recent months, I’ve been sharing exciting news about new Haunted Mansion merchandise coming to Disney Parks and the Disney Parks online store this fall. These items are part of an art program we’re calling “Haunted Mansion Authentic” that was designed especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. I caught up with Cody Reynolds, Creative Design Manager with Disney Design Group, at the Haunted Mansion attraction in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Cody is part of a team that includes artists, merchandisers, planners and others who have worked on this program for the past two years. He shared stories of his favorite things with me in this short video. I’ll admit that the first 10 seconds of this video is something I’ve always wanted to do at Disney Parks!

Look for these items and more this fall in select locations at Disneyland Resort and at Walt Disney World Resort, including at the Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise location coming to Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park.

Select items will also be offered via the Disney Parks online store later this year at http://www.DisneyStore.com/HauntedMansion.

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Every Role a Starring Role — Disney University Traditions Assistant

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


When attractions cast member Alyson Clancy isn’t sending guests on adventures in Frontierland or Adventureland, she welcomes new cast members to the Disneyland Resort as a Disney University Traditions Assistant. In this role, Alyson teaches the Traditions course, our version of first day orientation. See how Alyson inspires new cast to create happiness and bring magic to our guests in this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role”!

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Dateline Adventureland: Tasty Treats and Tonics Part of the Adventure at Disneyland Park

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Greetings, adventurers! Local Adventureland businesses are getting into the fun with Adventure Trading Company at Disneyland park, offering treats created for visiting traders. And these delicious delights even come with adventures of their own.

Traders collecting artifacts known as Juju may want to indulge with these delectable delights. My favorite is the Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait, a mix of fresh and crushed pineapple layered with pineapple yogurt mousse and pound cake with a cherry on top.

But this parfait is more than a tasty treat … it’s the start of a very important ritual. Everybody knows that the pineapple is a symbol of goodwill and hospitality; therefore, those who eat this treat will become Goodwill Ambassadors of Adventureland. When you receive your Pineapple Juju, you also receive a pair of cards to help you spread the goodwill of Adventureland among other guests. The cards hold a sticker that recognizes the wearer for possessing certain adventurer traits. The cards I received recognized The Adventurous Spirit of Friendship, which I gave to my fellow explorer, Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tyler, who purchased the Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait for me to enjoy.

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There’s also Venomade at Bengal Barbecue, a cool concoction of snake venom and snake eggs. The venom has a real bite, and there’s nothing tastier than when a snake egg pops in your mouth! Anybody brave enough to finish the cup will receive the Snake Juju, a true sign of courage.

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The last Juju isn’t available in Disneyland park, but at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. Unfortunately, the skippers at the bar have lost the recipe for Trader Sam’s JujuJuice! Pick up your free telegram in Adventureland and find the ingredients. You won’t be able to order the drink and acquire the Tiki Mask Juju without it.

I’d also like to remind you that supplies are limited for each item, so make like a rhino and charge on over to Adventureland soon!

For more from the Dateline Adventureland series, visit the stories below:

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Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1980s

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Fans have shared so many fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort, we can’t wait to see what you share from the 1980s! Share now for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015.

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The 1980s were a unique time – especially here at Disneyland. Did you dance the night away at Videopolis? Get lost in your own imagination with the opening of the New Fantasyland in 1983? Show us your 1980s memories with the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, and be sure to include the decade in your entry description!

How to enter:

  • Each week, we’ll be asking for your special photo memories from a specific decade. (Regardless of the weekly decade inspiration, you can share a favorite photo from any of the decade periods between now and August 27, 2014.)
  • Post your photos on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #Disneyland60Contest by August 27, 2014, and make sure to let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet.

Tip: Make sure your entry is official! To be considered an official entry, your photo must be shared as a new Instagram post with the contest hashtag and the decade in which the photo was taken in the description. Hashtagging an old Instagram photo post will not be considered an official entry. Feel free to screen grab it and re-upload it to Instagram to enter if you have a photo already posted on the channel.

When the submission period is complete, we’ll select the top five photos from each decade, and Disney Parks Blog readers will 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!

For complete rules, click here.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disneyland-60-rules/

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend Finisher Medals Revealed

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


runDisney is looking to provide major incentive for runners training for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, November 14-16. After months of meticulous design work, here are the finisher medals for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, Avengers Super Heroes 5K and runDisney Kids Races. All three medals pay tribute to some of our favorite Avengers super heroes.

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For the more than 12,000 unleashing their inner super hero and taking on the half marathon, the Inaugural Mission finisher medal features a spinning inner medallion with the signature Avengers “A” on one side, and symbols recognizing Captain America, Thor and Hulk on the other.

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Although individual registration is sold out for all events, there are a limited number of spots remaining through through our charities and travel providers. For more information on those opportunities click here, and to get information on future runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Main Street Style: Seeing Double at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on August 6th, 2014 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


As a self-professed fashion fanatic, I always look forward to a visit to Disneyland Resort. There’s no shortage of fashion inspiration there as guests stroll in style from Main Street, U.S.A. to Carthay Circle. This group of guests went the extra mile to coordinate their look with a friend and double their fun at Disney Parks. We hope this is one fashion trend that doesn’t fade.

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First Look at the Beautifully Disney Tangled Web Collection at Disney Parks

posted on August 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This delightfully dark seventh collection from Beautifully Disney arrives at Disney Parks on August 9. Paying homage to those vivacious villains who have a flair for the dark side, you’ll be sure to find Tangled Web simply sinister.

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Look for new favorites from our collection of lightweight lip glosses, including De-Vil-icious, Heartless, Eternally Yours and Mistress of Darkness. With its sheer coverage, it’s easy to see why these lip glosses are perennial favorites among princesses and villains alike. As for our mini lipstick set, you’ll find that these pigmented and creamy formulations are a bit more wicked than anything we’ve offered before. The names of these devilishly delicious new colors, how about … Diablo, Vengeance, Bitter Much? and Sinister.

The six new shades of eye shadows in the Tangled Web palette let you create a sinfully smoky eye with ease, especially with the help of the two-in-one brush sets. Every girl has their own beauty trick – with the new synthetic 2-in-1 brush set, you’ll have six. Apply foundation, blush and highlight with ease, then complete your look using the lip, smudge and crease brush heads. Tip: Each brush features two complimentary tips that interlock to form one brush, making it versatile for easy on the go travel.

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Even villainous beauties need some help now and then when they’re on the run. Try one – or several – of the Tangled Web nail appliqués for a fresh new look. Certainly if time is on your side, “‘polish” off your look with a chrome or glittery design from our nail polish collection.

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If you really want to show your devious Disney Side, I recommend the Eye Defining Gel Liner Set. Quick drying and long wearing, these three haunting hues won’t smudge. If you really want to vamp it up, the Femme Royale Eye Lash Set, perfect for day or night, will let you take your look to the next level.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Adding to the lineup of criminally charming and fiendishly functional accessories, is a hand vanity mirror. It may look like a normal hand mirror, but below its baroque exterior lies a folding handle that allows it to prop itself up on any flat surface. Now you can use both hands to fix your make-up and admire the results with just one. Look for the mirror to debut in late summer.

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Now that I have cast a spell over you with this new collection, don’t miss out on special launch events taking place at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on August 9.

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Disney Vault 28, Downtown Disney District (5 – 7 p.m.)

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Marketplace Co – Op, Downtown Disney Marketplace (Throughout the day)

Not able to make it to our Disney Parks? Shop Online for this collection in late August.

Isn’t Tangled Web positively evil? Just wait until you see what “materializes” from Beautifully Disney in September. I’m digging up details now.

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‘Big Hero 6’ Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on August 6th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who’s catapulted into the midst of a dangerous plot and must transform his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and a diverse group of friends into a band of high-tech heroes.

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We’re excited to announce today that Hiro and his huggable buddy Baymax will be flying to Disney Parks this fall, visiting both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort to greet fans. Look for more details in the coming weeks on where and when you’ll be able to meet these new Disney heroes! And look for “Big Hero 6” to hit theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014, here’s a look at the trailer:

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