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‘Frozen’ Pre-Parade Delights Guests at Disneyland Park

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


This summer, the beloved characters from Disney’s phenomenal hit movie, “Frozen,” have ventured beyond Arendelle on a whirlwind tour of neighboring kingdoms, including Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland park. When visiting Disneyland, Anna and “happy snowman” Olaf glide down the parade route on a magical snowdrift, conjured by Queen Elsa. Have a look:

You can catch your “Frozen” friends in this special pre-parade appearance, just ahead of each day’s first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to announce that PANDORA Jewelry is coming to Disney Parks! Guests will soon find an original collection of beautifully designed Disney-themed jewelry launching in select retail locations at Disney Parks and around the world.

The new collection of hand finished sterling silver and 14K gold charms was created in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products and Disney Theme Park Merchandise, and will feature inspirations from some of Disney’s most beloved characters. The collection will include 25 different styles, with an additional 16 styles found only at Disney Parks.

Later this fall, select merchandise locations at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club properties and Disney Cruise Line ships will begin selling the collections. The Disney Parks online store will also carry select items from PANDORA Jewelry.

Additionally two existing Disney merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will unveil unique retail installations, combining PANDORA’s sleek aesthetic and Disney’s creativity.

PANDORA will also be the sponsor of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park and beginning in 2015, PANDORA Jewelry will become a presenting sponsor of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend held annually at the Disneyland Resort.

I’ll share additional details in the coming months about the exciting new merchandise offerings at Disney Parks.

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Meet the Townsfolk of ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ at Disneyland Park

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve moseyed down to Frontierland at Disneyland park this summer, you’ve probably met some of the colorful townsfolk of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge during “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” You’ve probably even joined in and claimed one of the towns as your own. If you haven’t yet, I wanted to introduce you to some of the folks you might meet if you join this experience before it ends its test run on September 1.

Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge – where does your loyalty lie? Tell us in the comments!

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

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New Alex and Ani Disney Bracelets Make Two Seasons Collide at Disney Parks

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Those of you who visit the Disneyland Resort every holiday season know what happens when holidays collide – in two words … Jack Skellington. So it should be no surprise to find one of our favorite Halloweentown characters on our Alex and Ani bangles.

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So treat yourself, as this is no trick, and get ready for Halloween a little early this year. Look for the new Jack Skellington bangle starting today at the following Disney Parks locations or online.

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So what comes after fall and Halloween? Winter of course! Just like Elsa, the cold never bothered me anyway, and these “Frozen”-inspired bangles, featuring Anna and Elsa are bound to be hot! Look for them in stores and online beginning September 8.

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Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog and follow us on across our Disney Parks social channels for more details on these new arrivals.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we were thrilled to announce that due to popular demand, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” is being extended through September 28.

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Yes, you can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” for an additional four weeks. Shawn also shared that most entertainment and other features will continue daily, while the “Frozen Fireworks” Spectacular will be presented each night through September 1 (with the exception of August 23), and then switch to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 5-28.

Check our original Frozen story for more details and while you’re there, let us know what you’re most looking forward to doing – or doing again – when you visit.

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And regular Disney Parks Blog readers know we’re looking for fun memories from the past 60 years of the Disneyland Resort for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015. This week, we’re searching for memories from the 1980s.

Check out Erin’s original story to learn how it works.

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.

Here are some of the other stories we’re working on this week.

Celebrating 45 Years of Ghoulish Delight at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park – Read up on some of the haunting history behind this classic Disneyland attraction.

Every Role a Starring Role — Disney University Traditions Assistant – Watch how Disney University Traditions Assistant Alyson Clancy welcomes new Disney cast members on their first day.

VIDEO: A Closer Look at Haunted Mansion Authentic Products Coming to Disney Parks This Fall – See some of the spooky new “Haunted Mansion Authentic” merchandise available at Disney parks this fall.

A Model Day at Tokyo Disneyland – Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video – Take a look at our latest tilt-shift video, capturing the magic at Tokyo Disneyland!

Three Fun Ways to Stay Fit at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – If you’re looking to stay in shape during your stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, don’t miss these fun fitness activities.

Dateline Adventureland: Tasty Treats and Tonics Part of the Adventure at Disneyland Park – Fuel up on your expeditions for Juju in Adventureland at Disneyland Resort with Pineapple This-Side-Up Parfait, Venomade & more!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 9th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We’re doing something a bit different for this week’s post to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. You might have noticed the rotating banners we have at the top of the page this weekend, many of which are unique angles on the exterior of the classic attraction. I loved these photos so much, I wanted to show them to you (to borrow a phrase) as they appeared in their original, uncropped state …

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I love this imposing view of the entrance, with the mansion looming behind, framed perfectly between the iron gates.

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Continuing through the gates, we get this ominous view of the mansion, with the pet cemetery to our left and the ghost-horse driven hearse on our right.

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Drawing closer, we can see the gorgeous iron of the mansion’s wrap-around porches (a must for any southern estate, you know).

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One of my favorite areas of the Haunted Mansion is the pet cemetery guests wander past on their way through the queue. I particularly love Rosie, who – sadly – “bought the farm.”

I hope you have enjoyed our celebration of 45 years of grim, grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. What are your favorite memories of this iconic Disney Parks attraction? Tell us in the comments!

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park is one of the most treasured theme park attractions at Disney Parks around the world. It’s almost hard to believe, but this week those 999 happy haunts celebrate 45 years of welcoming foolish mortals to their beloved estate in New Orleans Square. To mark the anniversary of these grim, grinning ghosts, I’ll be your host as “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series shares the story of how Walt Disney’s masterpiece materialized.

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As my fellow Disney Parks Blog author, George Savvas, explained in his excellent post this morning, the Haunted Mansion was years in development. Then, when Walt Disney passed away in December 1966, the team was at a loss for inspiration. Without their captain, conflict arose in the development team. One camp believed that the attraction should be atmospheric and scary, and the other felt that the experience should be fun and lighthearted.

A compromise was reached by the show’s writer, Disney Legend X Atencio. He structured the attraction into three acts:

  • Act 1 focuses on the creepy environments, without actually showing any ghosts. When guests are asked “Is this haunted room actually stretching?” they are given a hint at the frights that wait for them around each corner.
  • Act 2 begins as Madame Leota summons up the ghostly spirits, who would soon be visible. “Rap on a table,” she says, “it’s time to respond.” And soon, they do.
  • The tour of the Haunted Mansion culminates in Act 3, where the happy haunts gather in the graveyard for a swinging wake and “grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize!”

With this storytelling design, the entire team of Imagineers felt their visions were fulfilled. Within one week of the attraction opening, Disneyland park celebrated what was then the highest single day of attendance. Even after 45 years, the Haunted Mansion continues to blend horror with humor – filled with exquisitely detailed environments and memorable characters.


For more from “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series, visit the links below:

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Limited-Edition Prints to Celebrate the Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary at Disneyland Park – It’s a Meal ‘To Die For’

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Starting Saturday, August 9, through October 31, Disneyland Food & Beverage gets in on the fun of the Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary at Disneyland park with some really fun collectibles. Start with these four charming prints on canvas: Minnie Mouse at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante; Mickey Mouse and pals at River Belle Terrace; Daisy Duck at Plaza Inn; and Goofy at French Market Restaurant.

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The Disney characters are in their finest Haunted Mansion attire in an ode to the stretching room at the beginning of the attraction.

The prints are just $5 with each single purchase of $30 or more (before tax). Supplies are super limited and available during regular operating hours.

Our favorite eats at each spot? Give us the enchiladas, tacos or the classic Caesar salad at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, featuring authentic Mexican food. At River Belle Terrace, it’s Huck’s slow-roasted beef with horseradish or the Messy Mississippi barbecued pork sandwich. We head to Plaza Inn for that perfectly fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit. At French Market Restaurant, give us the Boudin Bakery sourdough boule with chowder or the Na Awlins Salad with yams, apples, caramelized pecans, lentils and tart cherries with a citrus vinaigrette.

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More Haunted Mansion fun is the souvenir popcorn bucket with all four prints, available at the New Orleans Square popcorn cart. And the souvenir travel mug, available at all New Orleans Square locations – this one shows Mickey Mouse as the famous Hatbox Ghost and Minnie Mouse as Constance the bride, while “grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.”

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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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