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Disney PhotoPass Service Tips during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service

Looking forward to the special Character Greetings and photo opportunities available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Disney PhotoPass Service has you covered!

To make the event picture perfect for you, we’re offering up some Disney PhotoPass tips:

Know where Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be located.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll be able to find Disney PhotoPass Photographers at various locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park, as well as at party-exclusive Character greetings, like with Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, The Seven Dwarfs, Queen of Hearts, Captain Jack Sparrow, and more!

Plus, some of your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Winnie the Pooh will be dressed in their Halloween costumes, so don’t miss out on these amazing photo opportunities by being stuck behind the camera!


Get Halloween-themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots!
Disney PhotoPass Service is also giving you the chance to hitchhike with your favorite ghosts, dangle a poison apple over a boiling cauldron, and much more with festively themed Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots!

Get Halloween-themed Magic Shots from disney PhotoPass During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Get Halloween-themed Magic Shots from disney PhotoPass During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Please note that a Memory Maker entitlement is required to download Animated Magic Shots.

Purchase Memory Maker to get all of your Disney PhotoPass vacation and party photos for one price.

Want to download your Character Greeting shots, Magic Shots, and Animated Magic Shots for one price?

With the purchase of Memory Maker, a Disney PhotoPass Service product, you will receive unlimited digital downloads of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation memories, including your Disney PhotoPass photos from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, as well as photos from select attraction and dining locations.

Please note that Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions and Disney PhotoPass expiration policy.

Use the My Disney Experience Mobile App.
You can now view your Disney PhotoPass photos in the My Disney Experience mobile app!

And if you’ve purchased Memory Maker, you’ll be able to download and share your Disney PhotoPass photos from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from your mobile device as soon as they appear in your Disney account!

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New Merchandise Debuts for Halloween Parties at Disney Parks

posted on September 18th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Who has plans to head to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort or Mickey’s Halloween Party this year at the Disneyland Resort? I’ve had the opportunity over the years to attend both and it’s definitely a treat!

If you’re curious as to the commemorative themed merchandise you’ll find on shelves this year, look no further. This year, expect to find, apparel items for adults and kids, including both long and short sleeved options, a ladies cut tee and fleece. Tip: Look closely, as certain elements on each of the apparel items have glow-in-the-dark features and there’s also another subtle difference, can you find it?

What else? Pins, of course! This year’s releases for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park include a limited release logo pin and mystery set, several limited editions, a tiered boxed set and framed set. Tip: Passholders keep an eye out for a pin featuring Chip n’ Dale created just for you. Mickey’s Halloween Party pins for the Disneyland Resort will include a limited edition booster set, a Halloween Screams pin, an Annual Passholder Goofy Halloween pin as well as a logo pin featuring Mummy Pluto terrified of Vampire Mickey. Which one will you “treat” yourself to?

East Coast fans! Keep an eye out for this year’s limited edition (4000) MagicBand, which comes complete in a decorative box and will retail for $29.95 (plus tax). So whether you choose to link your retail MagicBand now or later, there’s no doubt they make great souvenirs and gifts.

Where can you find all of these commemorative items and more?

Magic Kingdom Park locations
Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. (apparel, MagicBands)
Frontier Trading Post – Frontierland (pins)
Mickey’s Star Trader – Tomorrowland (apparel)

Disneyland Resort locations
Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A.
Pieces of Eight– New Orleans Square
Pioneer Mercantile – Frontierland
Star Trader – Tomorrowland

Are you ready for the Halloween fun to begin?

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New Disney PhotoPass Enhancements to the My Disney Experience Mobile App

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service

Disney PhotoPass Service is making your photo experiences even more convenient at Walt Disney World Resort with a new Disney PhotoPass addition to the My Disney Experience mobile app!


In addition to planning and sharing your Walt Disney World vacation, the latest My Disney Experience mobile app update will now allow you to:

  • View all your Disney PhotoPass vacation photos, including photos from select attraction and dining locations
  • Purchase Memory Maker to receive access to all of those Walt Disney World vacation memories for one price
  • Find Disney PhotoPass Photographer locations at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Link Disney PhotoPass Cards collected during your vacation

Also, guests with an active Memory Maker entitlement will be able to use the app to download their photos and share them to their favorite social media apps all from their mobile device!

Download the My Disney Experience mobile app to get easy access to all your Walt Disney World Resort memories anytime, anywhere! Now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

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FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: starting today, you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series. These nightly shows during the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival span the decades of pop music.

Normal FastPass+ booking guidelines apply. Log onto My Disney Experience to secure a spot for your favorite performers up to 60 days in advance (plus your length of stay) for resort guests, and up to 30 days in advance for Annual Passholders.

David Cook to Perform at “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series

Catch season seven American Idol winner David Cook, who just released a new album. Swoon to Air Supply, which is celebrating 40 years as a duo. And can you believe, Wilson Phillips hit their first #1 single “Hold On” 25 years ago?

The shows are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. each night of the Festival. Look for the FastPass+ line at the American Garden Theatre at least 20 minutes before each show, and from there you’ll be led to your special seating area.

Here’s a complete lineup of bands. Which performer are you most excited to see?

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Some Favorite Ways to Experience Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’re counting down the days and deciding the best ways to take advantage of all the food, wine, celebrity chefs, live music and more at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Looking ahead, here are three ideas to maximize your fun. We love the idea of the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Your credential will include ideas for pairing a dish and a drink at the marketplaces – we’re excited to try some of the new dishes such as the pepper bacon mac ‘n’ cheese paired with a hard cider at Farm Fresh Marketplace (both new); lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney and a pinot noir at New Zealand (both new), and the butter chicken with naan bread with a chenin blanc in Africa. There are 29 new dishes this year, and 72 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders!

We’ve always had fun at Eat to the Beat, and this year’s dining package includes lunch or dinner at 13 different restaurants from Coral Reef Restaurant and The Garden Grill in Future World to France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Morocco and United Kingdom. This is a nice “plan ahead” experience.

Price varies by restaurant, starting at $34.99 for lunch and includes appetizer, entrée, dessert and drink or buffets. And then you get guaranteed seating at the 5:30 p.m. Eat to the Beat concert for lunch reservations, and the 6:45 or 8 p.m. show for lunch or dinner.

Fan favorites are back on the America Gardens Theatre stage, including Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. And there are four new acts in the concert series lineup — Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan.

For a really special treat, set aside a week for the Food & Wine Premium Package that gives you VIP treatment from noon- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the festival. Eleven shaded “Premium Package” areas are reserved for a spot to eat, drink and relax, and you get to choose an IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party to attend, as well as a Festival Center culinary demo or beverage seminar.

Cost is $199, and you also get a gift bag with your own wine glass, a bottle of 20th celebration festival wine, a Food & Wine Fest-themed MagicBand and four food tickets for food or beverage from festival marketplaces.

For reservations, call 407-939-3378. Admission to Epcot is required.

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Summertime Update About Retail MagicBands and Accessories at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As the “Coolest Summer Ever” continues at Walt Disney World Resort, I wanted to give you an update about several new retail MagicBands and accessories. These items are a great way to show your Disney Side during your vacation. Here is a look at some of my favorites.


The open edition retail MagicBands featuring Steamboat Willie and characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” are currently available in select merchandise locations.

On August 14, we will release two additional open edition retail MagicBands. One will have Winnie the Pooh while the other will feature Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Open edition retail MagicBands have a retail of $19.95 each. Like all other retail MagicBands, these open edition items can be linked later making them great gifts.


At the beginning of the year, we released a retail MagicBand with an image of Cinderella Castle from Magic Kingdom Park. Later this month, we will have three additional open edition retail MagicBands for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m thrilled to see Figment on the Epcot-themed MagicBand!


Some of the coolest MagicBand accessories I’ve seen are the attraction-themed MagicSliders. These small rectangular images easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand. They are a great way to either showcase your favorite Disney attractions or to keep track of which ones you’ve experienced.

Attraction-Themed MagicSliders Available at Walt Disney World Resort Attraction-Themed MagicSliders Available at Walt Disney World Resort

There are three attraction sliders per MagicSlider pack. Look for three different packs of Magic Kingdom Park attractions, and two packs each for attractions at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each pack has a retail of $6.95.

Finally, we are now offering some of the Disney character MagicBands including Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck on our Disney Parks online store. You can find them along with select MagicBand accessories by visiting this page.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

This week, we shared a popular update that Luigi – the most famous tire salesman in Cars Land – is returning to Disney California Adventure park with some special guests.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Rolling into Disney California Adventure Park, Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

Erin shared that Luigi has invited all of his cugini (cousins) from his hometown of Carsoli, Italy, to visit his Casa della Tires. To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, they will demonstrate the dances of their village with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

Keep checking back for more updates in the future right here on the Disney Parks Blog.


And to celebrate the release of “Alice In Wonderland” in theaters this week in 1951, we continued our special photo gallery series with some spectacular images of Alice. You can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

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

A Unique Point of View: ‘Storytellers’ Statue at Disney California Adventure Park – Take a look at this special shot of Walt Disney and his pal, Mickey Mouse, on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park.

Download Our Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Starring Aerosmith Wallpaper – How the years have zoomed by. We are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster this week!

Disney Days of Past: Disney Magic’s Maiden Voyage – The Disney Magic is the first ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to sail the seas. Take a look at the ship still under construction in Italy.

Fuel Your Emotions with Recipes Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – Whatever you’re in the mood for, we have a feeling you’ll want to try these recipes inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” and created by Disney Parks Food and Beverage.

New ‘Decades’ (1965-1974) Merchandise Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – It’s time for the next release in the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration “Decades” collection! Take your first look at some of the merchandise featuring the 1965–1974 artwork.

Musical Performances – All Kinds! – Take the Stage Throughout August in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues, adults and children visiting the Downtown Disney District will be entertained nightly, beginning this Saturday, by a special lineup of guest music groups, including some Downtown Disney District favorites, on the Westside Stage near ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week in Disney History, “Alice In Wonderland” was released in theaters in 1951. The film, based on the story penned by Lewis Carroll, tells the story of a daring young girl who follows a certain white rabbit down a rabbit hole – and of the adventures that follow.


Today, you can often meet Alice at Magic Kingdom Park at the Mad Tea Party. Be sure to check the MyDisneyExperience App for her latest schedule.

Thanks to Ryan Wendler for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

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#CoolestSummer Ever: Ep-Cool

posted on July 24th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group

As it’s written in the sage words of many a colorful Walt Disney World Resort brochure, “Epcot is the only place where you can travel the world, voyage to the bottom of the sea and zoom into space — all in one unique park.” It’s also a great place to seek out über-cool fun at it’s über-coolest.


Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros! This is one of Epcot’s most charming and cheerful attractions – and what a totally Disney way to cool off! As your boat floats amid festive festoonery, Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca host a south-of-the-border celebration that seems to have come directly from the Disney animated classics, “The Three Caballeros” and “Saludos Amigos.” Master Disney animator Eric Goldberg directed the flawless animation of our pals, while master Disney art director Susan Goldberg painstakingly crafted the film segments to look like they were created in the glorious Technicolor days of Walt himself.

Impression de France! If this magnificent film had been entered in the Cannes film festival, it might have won the Palme d’Or — at least, that’s what we fans would give it. Arguably the most poetic and evocative five-screen motion picture to appear in a Disney Park, it’s highlighted with Buddy Baker’s stunningly beautiful musical arrangements of such cool composers as Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel — as well as Buddy’s original compositions. C’est si bon!


Chill out in the primeval past. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is perfect for midday time travel. The attraction tucks you in for a cool and cozy journey. The Audio-Animatronics dinosaurs are always impressive, suggesting the dioramas of Disneyland park and the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and also the skirmish in “Fantasia” between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (not to mention a verbal skirmish between Ellen and Judy!). You’ll emerge from it all refreshed and ready to challenge earth, space and everything else at Epcot.

Who needs wings to fly? Get there first thing or just before park closing, or set up a Disney’s FastPass+ reservation as far ahead as you can for the Soarin’ attraction, because it’s mighty popular. But even if you use the standby queue, it’s aaahhh-conditioned. As soon as you start soaring on Soarin’, it’s coolness turned all the way up to eleven.


Have your dessert and watch it, too. It’s majorly cool to savor gourmet desserts with an excellent view in the glow of moonlight, lasers and fireworks. Our Epcot World Showcase chefs have outdone themselves with their delectable spread of international treats: tiramisu, tarts, cupcakes, baklava and more to munch as, from a special viewing location, you see “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” dazzles the pavilions and paints the heavens with a kaleidoscope of color. This IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party requires an additional cost, and you can make reservations here.

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Google ‘Code the Road’ Ends With Celebration at Epcot

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Recently, Google embarked on a nationwide bus tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Google Maps API that ended Friday, June 26, with a special celebration at Epcot.

Here, they hosted an event that allowed park guests to check out a digital display of Google Maps-related apps and also taught a group of students (grades 6-12) from Collegiate Pathways’ Tech Sassy Girlz about coding and technology. Disney cast members also took part in the celebration, giving the students a technology tour of Epcot that explored the park’s interactive queue experiences, and mapping and navigation technology, among other projects.

Check out the video below for a look inside the celebration.

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