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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fall will be here before you know it and we’re already sharing some great experiences to look forward to during this season’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

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Enjoy Mummy Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park Enjoy Candy Corn Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15, a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package will be part of the fun. The premium offering will include viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Check Pam’s original story for more details. You can call make reservations by visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

Also this week, Erin shared some things to know for this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as it dazzles during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here are a few nighttime spectaculars you can see:

Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

You can read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort by checking Erin’s original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO – The Disney Archives Exhibit at the D23 EXPO showcased artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself.

Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Check out our top must-do’s for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort.

A Peek Inside the AVATAR Exhibit at D23 Expo – Take a photo tour inside the AVATAR exhibit from the D23 Expo last weekend.

Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016 – The popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning in 2016 to select merchandise locations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo – Explore all the excitement from the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, Calif.

Enter ‘The Chew’s’ Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Trip to 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – We’re thrilled the Emmy award-winning ABC hit show “The Chew” is joining us for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – and they are giving you (and three of your guests) a chance to win a visit, too.

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2015: Entertainment Schedule at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


One of my favorite blog posts to write each year is when I get to provide you, our loyal readers, with the entertainment schedule for Disney’s Night of Joy.

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One reason is that it means that this year’s event is almost here! Another is that I get to pull out all my old Christian music mix tapes and reminisce. But that’s just me.

This year’s lineup is STELLAR!

Tickets are going fast; so make sure you get yours early. Here’s this year’s schedule – all times, artist and entertainment subject to change, of course.

Friday, September 11th, 2015

CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE

  • 7:40 p.m. – Jeremy Camp
  • 9:45 p.m. – MercyMe
  • 11:55 p.m. – TobyMac

GALAXY STAGE

  • 7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 8:50 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 10:25 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 12:05 a.m. – Big Daddy Weave

ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE

  • 8:10 p.m. – Josh Wilson
  • 9:40 p.m. – I Am They
  • 11:15 p.m. – Rend Collective

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE

  • 7:40 p.m. – for King & Country
  • 9:40 p.m. – LeCrae
  • 11:50 p.m. – Skillet

GALAXY STAGE

  • 7:30 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 8:50 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 10:25 p.m. – Matt Maher
  • 12 a.m. – Mandisa

ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE

  • 8:10 p.m. – Veridia
  • 9:40 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down
  • 11:15 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. Tickets are $65 plus tax in advance for one night and $115 plus tax in advance for two nights.

While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special pricing and other benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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Favorite Disney Parks Attractions Now Available on the Show Your Disney Side App

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The Show Your Disney Side App that makeovers your selfies into Disney and Star Wars characters can now transform your photos into characters from favorite Disney Parks attractions. As we unveiled at the D23 Expo last week, show your Disney Side with Toy Story Midway Mania!, Enchanted Tales with Belle and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

You can become Buzz Lightyear, Woody or the spunky Jessie, the beautiful Belle, uber machismo Gaston and the Prince/Beast, sweet Snow White, the evil Maleficent, and Doc. With each new attraction, the app doesn’t just spruce up your photos, some even have cool animation. You’ll definitely want to share these images.

To get in on the fun, download the free Show Your Disney Side App from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at DisneySideApp.com. Don’t forget these tips: smile big, make sure your hair isn’t blocking your face, and take your photo in front of plain background. And don’t forget: these creations are made for sharing. We look forward to seeing you – and your Disney Side – on social media.

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#DisneySide Doodles: Lilo & Stitch Enjoy Dole Whip in Adventureland

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today’s doodle has Lilo and her best friend, Stitch, showing their #DisneySide in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. It looks like they’ve stumbled across a new favorite dessert – Dole Whip.

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Thanks to artist Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

To check out how other Disney characters may show their #DisneySide in our parks, check out the list of related posts below.

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Reservations Open August 17 for New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party for 2015

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


This year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15 (on select dates through November 1), and a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package is part of the fun.

Enjoy Ghost Meringues During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park Enjoy Halloween-Inspired Treats During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

This premium offering includes viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location in the center flag pole area of Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Enjoy Mummy Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park Enjoy Candy Corn Cupcakes During the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Tables are laden with goodies such as Halloween-themed chocolate-dipped strawberries, adorable ghost meringues, candy corn panna cotta, peanut butter-chocolate pretzel “witch fingers,” spiced pumpkin cheesecake brownies, peanut butter “spider” whoopie pies, seasonal fruits and cheeses, hot chocolate, signature lemonades and Halloween specialties, and coffee and tea. Little ones will love mummy cupcakes, candy corn cupcakes and “worm and dirt pots.”

Have a toast with family and friends with sparkling cider! And a skull mug filled with candy is your very own trick-or-treat takeaway.

Cost is $69, $39 ages 3 to 11. For reservations visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. The standard Wishes Dessert Party will not take place on nights the premium HalloWishes package is offered.

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Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To Open at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.

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At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more.

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First Items from Twenty Eight & Main Collection Coming to Disney Parks Online Store Starting August 28

posted on August 14th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A few months ago I shared details about Twenty Eight & Main, a new apparel and accessories line for distinguished gentlemen who love Disney Parks. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the first items from this collection will be offered on our Disney Parks online store from August 28 through September 3, 2015. For this limited time online sale, we will have three unique t-shirts along with three wooden signs that feature similar graphics.

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In the first image, I’m sporting a slub knit, short sleeve t-shirt inspired by Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I love the soft feel of this shirt that is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. I also like the little details such as the embroidered lion on the left sleeve which is the same lion found in the coat of arms on Disney Park castles.

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The Florida Project shirt is a burnout t-shirt that includes an image of Walt Disney’s signature at the bottom left and a Twenty Eight & Main embroidered logo on the left sleeve. I love the nod to “The Mouse,” the airplane used to fly Walt Disney on secret scouting missions over Central Florida (see this article for a great story about that plane. This shirt is 60% cotton and 40% polyester so it also feels fantastic!

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The final shirt is a variegated stripe t-shirt with the Twenty Eight & Main logo. Walt Disney’s signature and the lion reaching for the star graphic are included as embroidered elements. This shirt is 75% cotton and 25% polyester which felt extremely comfortable as I ate popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

The three wooden signs that will also be offered during this sale will measure 18-inches by 24-inches.

To order these items staring August 28, please visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/28&Main. Apparel items will ship in 4-6 weeks while the wood signs will ship in approximately 12-14 days.

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Plan Your Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Vacation Now

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you considering taking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season? Today we’re excited to share our list of holiday happenings with you. Read on.

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Magic Kingdom Park
The holidays will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This year the park will host 20 party nights: November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29; and December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Parties begin at 7 p.m. and include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! Dance Party, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks and much more. Buy tickets now at Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.

Epcot
Epcot’s Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional will return to the park November 27-December 30. Holidays Around the World brings the international pavilions alive with holiday cheer, including a Christkindlmarkt in the Germany pavilion and performances by Joyful! gospel. The Candlelight Processional, a show that combines the reading of traditional scripture with live music, is performed three times nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will return to the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This holiday offering transforms this part of the park with millions of glittering lights, mobile displays and holiday music. It’s also included in theme park admission.

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During the holiday season, guests will be able to take holiday photos with Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at the park. Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best, which makes for the perfect Christmas card image.

If you’re planning a visit during the holiday season, don’t forget to check out our latest offers. The Magic Together Fall Vacation Package is a 4-day/4-night room and theme park ticket package in a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Resorts for a family of four starting at $1,701. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers/fall-together.

Families can also save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels most nights October 4 through November 24, 2015 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers.

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Popular Disney Theme Park Attractions Inspire New ‘Disney Attractionistas’ Dolls

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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In January 2015, I shared a first look at some new dolls created especially for Disney Parks called “Disney Attractionistas.” I’m happy to report that the first four dolls in this collection were recently released at Disney Parks. I spoke with Victoria Hamilton, merchandiser for dolls and plush, to learn more about these Disney Parks-inspired items.

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“Disney Attractionistas are special friends that love to be together at Disney Parks every chance they get,” explained Victoria. “As the story goes, each Attractionista wished to be part of their favorite attraction, and that it could be a part of them. Once their wishes came true, they were magically transformed with attire inspired by those various attractions. These 12-inch fashion dolls come with detailed clothing, a special animal sidekick and a fun story on the back of the packaging about things each doll enjoys. I think these dolls make great companions for any guest who loves Disney Parks.”

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The first four Attractionistas were inspired by classic Disney attractions such as Mad Tea Party (Maddie), Space Mountain (Celeste), The Haunted Mansion (Gracey) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Pearl).

Two additional dolls will arrive this fall including Carrie, who was inspired by King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Resort and Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Walt Disney World Resort; and Nellie whose looks were inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise.

Disney Design Group artist Mike Sullivan created the designs for the dolls while Dave Keefer designed the packaging.

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The Attractionistas will be carried in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and they will be found on our Disney Parks online store.

We will be holding a special Attractionistas party on Friday, August 21 in Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Mike and Dave from Disney Design Group will be meeting with guests and signing dolls.

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Watch as Tiny Hamster Has A Big Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You may be familiar with Internet sensation Tiny Hamster, who drew attention online with his video Tiny Hamster Eats Tiny Burritos. Perhaps our smallest guest ever, Tiny Hamster recently stopped by Magic Kingdom Park to try out tiny “hamster”-sized versions of some of the park’s tastiest treats, including churros, turkey legs and even mini Dole Whips. Of course, he also stopped by a few favorite park attractions, including scaled-down versions of The Haunted Mansion and Mad Tea Party.

Check out Tiny Hamster’s Best Day Ever for yourself.

Wonder how they made those tiny treats and attractions? Check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

To watch even more Best Day Ever videos, click here.

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