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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Starts Next Week at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Anyone else having visions of sugarplums? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Mickey, Santa and all your Disney friends are preparing for the return of our annual celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The special holiday festivities start Sunday, November 8, at Magic Kingdom Park with live entertainment, dazzling fireworks, a cheery parade and more!

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

The party begins with a visit from Arendelle royalty for “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage and featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. As a gift to the kingdom, Elsa lets it go and uses her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice.

Later, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride down Main Street, U.S.A. for “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey and his pals for the happiest of holiday parades.

New this year, the acclaimed contemporary a cappella group VoicePlay bring their amazing talents to the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. VoicePlay, who appeared on the TV show “The Sing-Off,” combine incredible vocal harmonies and an inventive “music without music” sound to create an unforgettable holiday concert experience. Give them a listen between performances of “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.”

Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes Club Tinsel for the evening when Phineas and Ferb show up, and that’s not all! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also includes the “Celebrate the Season” show, cookies and hot cocoa, visits with Santa Claus in Town Square, a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and favorite Disney characters on hand throughout the park to spread holiday cheer. To cap things off, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle with breathtaking fireworks and beloved music.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now. Get yours before dates start selling out.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 1st, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, we shared some great Halloween stories as well as a few popular announcements, including an update that you can now make reservations for Club Villain, a special ticketed event in Sunset Showcase adjacent to Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Club Villain will provide a spellbinding evening to savor culinary delights from New Orleans and beyond, meet with some of your favorite villains and dance the night away. The first Club Villain will take place Jan. 16, and reservations are open this weekend. To learn more, visit Pam’s original story for more.

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And did you see Erin’s story on the tiny house built into the trunk of a tree in Adventureland at Disneyland park? Many guests have wondered who its diminutive resident could be. And if that’s you, go visit Erin’s original story right now.

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

Guests Show Their Best Disney Costumes at the D23 Mousequerade Contest – Need a little inspiration for your Halloween costume this year? Look no further than this group of Disney fans who showed their passion for favorite characters (and even attractions) at the Mousequerade event at the D23 Expo earlier this year.

A Unique Point of View: Up Close with Colorful Characters in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park – Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park is a colorful feast for the eye as well as the camera lens. From the buildings to the interactive gags, a surprise is found around every corner.

VIDEO: Halloween Pumpkin Cheesecake from Disneyland Resort – Halloween is almost here but pumpkin cheesecake is a favorite all autumn long, whether it’s an indulgent in-park dessert or a perfect crowd-pleaser for family gatherings, like Thanksgiving.

Explore the Disneyland Dream Suite – This 9-minute video features the perspectives of renowned Imagineer Kim Irvine, explores the suite’s uniquely themed rooms and demonstrates the charming effects that come to life in surprising fashion.

Disney Days of Past: Villains Are Getting Ready! – The favorite day of many Disney villains is almost here, Halloween! In this snapshot from 2000 we see a frightful cast of characters getting ready for Villains’ Night Out. Hold on to your treats, I think this crew is more about the tricks!

Wildlife Wednesday: Halloween Tales from Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Halloween is only a few days away, and we want to share some fun Halloween tales (and tails!) with you from Disney’s Animal Kingdom about the Malayan flying foxes, Okapis and Baobab trees.

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New Year’s Celebrations at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The Year of the Monkey will be the celebratory theme for guests visiting Tokyo Disney Resort to ring in Oshogatsu (the new year). From January 1 to 5, the entrances to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will feature kadomatsu (traditional Japanese decorations), and King Louie and Monkeys in Tokyo Disneyland, and Abu at Tokyo DisneySea.

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The New Year’s Greeting at Tokyo Disneyland is a twice daily parade, including Mickey and Minnie in kimono aboard the LiMOUSEine II. At Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey, Minnie and their Disney friends including Abu, will ride aboard a barge to share their New Year’s Greeting three times-a-day.

Souvenir keepsakes like a Japanese tea cup filled with a sesame mousse decorated with sweet black beans and chestnut cream will be decorated with designs of Mickey and Minnie in kimono, King Louie and Abu.

At what Disney Park will you celebrate akemashite omedeto gozaimasu (happy new year)?

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Reservations Open Today for All-New Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Get ready for a whole new way to enjoy Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Club Villain, a special ticketed event in Sunset Showcase adjacent to Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith with fabulous performances, delicious food, bewitching cocktails and enchanting encounters with some of the greatest Disney villains.

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The first Club Villain will take place Jan. 16, with reservations opening today, when the mysterious Dr. Facilier is your host for the evening, welcoming guests and his friends from the “other side” to his parlor of mystical mishaps, with musical numbers and a wicked mix from his house DJ. Also stopping by to socialize are those divas of evil, Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen.

Club Villain provides a spellbinding evening to enjoy fiendish concoctions from the Potions Bar, savor culinary delights from New Orleans and beyond, meet with the villains and dance the night away. Club Villain takes place select evenings for $99 per person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 90 days in advance online or by calling 407-939-3463. A separate ticket for admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.

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Celebrate National Chocolate Day Oct. 28 With This Recipe From the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


In case you haven’t heard, October 28 is National Chocolate Day, so there’s every excuse to indulge. We have plenty of favorites, but we’re going with the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Ganache served at the Ireland Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – where you can still enjoy this sweet ending through November 15 when the 2015 festival closes.

If you can’t make it to the festival, here’s the recipe. The rich cake with a gooey warm center debuted at the festival in 2005 with an Irish Whiskey Sauce, but the sauce has changed over the years, including this version with Kerrygold Irish Cream.

Be careful not to overbake so that the center remains molten. With a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, it’s worth every calorie.

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Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival

Serves 6

Kerrygold® Custard Sauce

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold® Irish cream liqueur

Warm Chocolate Pudding

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

For Kerrygold® custard sauce:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and half of the sugar in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk and sugar into the egg yolks, whisking the egg yolks constantly to temper.
  4. Pour back into saucepan.
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes, until custard thickens.
  6. Once thickened, pour custard into a medium bowl set in an ice bath.
  7. Whisk in Irish cream liqueur and cool while warm chocolate pudding is baking.

For warm chocolate pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of 6 (6 ounce) ramekins. Lightly dust with sugar, shaking out any extra sugar.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or heat proof bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolks and whole eggs together in a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk for 2 minutes, until sugar is fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in melted chocolate.
  6. Fold in sifted flour, mixing until smooth.
  7. Evenly divide among prepared ramekins.
  8. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake 23-25 minutes, until the sides of the cake are set and the middle is still soft. Do not overbake.
  9. Cut around the sides of the cake with a knife to loosen from the ramekins. Invert onto a plate.
  10. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of custard sauce on top of warm pudding before serving.
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Scaring Up Fun During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 26th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort draws to a close November 1! If you haven’t yet experienced the spooky fun throughout Disneyland park during this special time of year, check out the video below for all the details. I got some special tips from one of the 999 happy haunts inside the Haunted Mansion when I was recently transported into the spirit realm!

What is your favorite part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘HalloWishes’ Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


The Halloween celebration is heating up at the Walt Disney World Resort, with “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks lighting up the sky at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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This Halloween fireworks show features narration from the Haunted Mansion’s Ghost Host, and bright fireworks to some of our favorite villainous tunes, including “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Oogie Boogie’s Song,” and more.

For more Halloween-related posts, visit the posts below:

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Halloween How-To: Carve Pumpkins Like A Disney Pro

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Lon Smart, a Creative Concept Artist for Disney Parks, has a very cool job this time of year. He gets to design a lot of the pumpkins you see on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

We recently visited with Lon to get some of his go-to carving tricks, which include: using a dry erase marker to draw (and easily erase mistakes) on your pumpkin, choosing items like bike lights or glow sticks to light a pumpkin, and giving a pumpkin extra character by adding paint or accessories.

Check out more of his tips below.

Lon also shared some downloadable templates you can cut out and use to create your own expressive pumpkin. Check those out below.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use before you download it.

For more from the “Halloween How-To” series, visit the post below:

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Disney Style to Rock the Finish Line Party at Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


With Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend right around the corner, we’re cooking up our favorite looks to celebrate your accomplishment after your half marathon.

The Finish Line Party happens immediately after completing your race, which includes entry to over 30 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces, access to select favorite Epcot attractions, Disney character meet & greets, musical performances, entertainment and a live DJ! Friends, family and spectators are also invited to join the party with a special ticket. *Tickets to the Finish Line Party are sold out.

After completing 13.1 miles, changing into something a little more comfortable is recommended. I love the official runDisney “I Did It!” merchandise that will be on sale at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.

The women’s look includes comfy “French Terry Closed Leg Pants” from Champion and stylish accessories to share your accomplishment.

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The retro New Balance shoes will be perfect for the men’s look to walk around the world and try all of the delicious offerings of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Share your Finish Line Party looks with us using the hashtag #WineDineHalf. Make sure to check out some of the other merchandise for the event from our friend Steven Miller. See you at the Finish Line!

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Christina Applegate Enjoys Halloween Time at Disneyland Park

posted on October 21st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Actress Christina Applegate visited the Disneyland Resort recently to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party with her daughter Sadie.

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Before the evening festivities began, we caught up with them in Town Square where Minnie Mouse stopped by to share in some bewitching Halloween Time magic!

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