Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

Preview of Merchandise and Food & Beverage Coming to Villains Unleashed Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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A record number of Disney villains will be unleashed during a special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23. This separately ticketed event will include some awesome entertainment and opportunities for up close encounters with some of the most popular Disney villains. Guests attending the event will also find event merchandise and a variety of food & beverage offerings. Here is a sneak preview at what you can expect.

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We’ve developed a small assortment of event logo merchandise that includes my all-time favorite villain, Hades (he rules!). Guests should look for both women’s and men’s T-shirts, a limited-release pin and a water bottle. These items will be sold in the Studio Prop Shop located near the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I also learned that the Villainy in the Skies Fireworks Spectacular that night will have some Glow with the Show elements so don’t forget your ear hat.

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The food & beverage team has also created some incredibly delicious offerings for the party. I love the Disney villain-themed hot dogs, and the Maleficent cupcake sounds amazing – dark chocolate cake filled with a decadent blackberry filling topped with smooth blackberry buttercream (well, well!).

At Club Evil in The Hollywood Brown Derby, the Disney chefs will offer an assortment of small plate menu items. These “Villanishious” items include things like “Cruellas Devious Eyes” – fresh mozzarella with ugly ripe tomato spheres, balsamic gelée and basil oil powder – or “The Queen of Hearts famous ‘Off with their heads’”!, which is deviled eggs, pig crackling and a garlic chili gelée and lobster custard with Tobiko caviar and citrus oil.

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Guest should also look for specialty cocktails at Club Evil and at select bar locations throughout the party. There will also be non-alcoholic option called “Pain and Panic Punch,” which is apple juice, Monin pomegranate, Monin vanilla topped with soda water.

After reading the entire menu, I’m ready to party right now!

If you are going, I invite you to join the conversation online with the hashtag #VillainsUnleashed. I can’t wait to see photos of the more than 50 Disney villains that night!

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MyMagic+: Video Captures Your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Drop at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Why is it that the things that scare us the most are often the experiences we are drawn to again and again? I hate creepy crawlies, but when asked if I want to hold something like a giant tarantula … I always say yes! Or, when presented with the opportunity to drop 13 stories when you are really afraid of heights … you buckle up, close your eyes, and hope that you don’t embarrass yourself in front of a group of fellow thrill seekers.

Better yet, how many times have you wished to have those scary (but exhilarating) moments captured on video? The look, the screams, the panic and ultimately the relief on our faces when the moment is over – what if you could relive that experience over and over again with video? How cool would that be?

Well, guess what? Disney PhotoPass Service has introduced some awesome new technology, which will enable guests with a MagicBand and an active Memory Maker entitlement who ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to receive a video memento of their 13-story drop! The video is automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account, and any linked Family & Friends and Managed guests on your account will also be able to view and share the video. Check it out!

So, get ready for a whole new level of memorable thrills if you have a MagicBand and Memory Maker! And if you are that guy, or that girl, who screams like a banshee on this attraction, we’ll let you relive that magical memory again, and again, and again.

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Master Criminal Constantine Confirmed for ‘Villains Unleashed’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


As we’ve shared previously on Disney Parks Blog, a record number of Disney villains – more than 50 in all – are about to descend upon Disney’s Hollywood Studios for “Villains Unleashed,” a new separately ticketed event happening August 23, 2014. Among the baddies expected to attend are popular Disney antagonists like Hades, Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, and Maleficent, along with more rarely seen villains such as Dr. Hämsterviel, Shan Yu, Hector Barbossa, and Bowler Hat Guy.

This just in! We’ve learned that none other than “Number One Criminal” and “World’s Most Dangerous Frog,” Constantine, will also be showing up for “Villains Unleashed”! Constantine, last seen plotting the robbery of the century in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” bears a striking resemblance to Kermit the Frog. This evil doppelganger is often up to no good, although according to him, “It’s not easy being mean.”
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Constantine will be appearing exclusively during “Villains Unleashed,” August 23 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Look for him during the event, inside the Stage One Company Store location near Muppet*Vision 3D. Of course, you can also see him in “Muppets Most Wanted,” now available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD.

“Villains Unleashed” is shaping up to be one hot ticket! Admission to this special event is $67 plus tax ($62 plus tax for children 3-9). Tickets are limited, so get yours before they’re gone!


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Here’s What Our Guests Are Saying About ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you had a chance to experience everything that our Frozen Summer Fun celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer?

As Shawn Slater announced last week, the offerings – including Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome and the “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” – have been so popular among our guests that some will continue through September 28.

What do you love about our Frozen Summer Fun celebration? Tell us in the comments section 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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‘Princess Etch A Sketch’ Draws Anna and Elsa to Celebrate ‘Frozen’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Last year, we had the pleasure of introducing our readers to Jane Labowitch, known by many online as “Princess Etch A Sketch.” True to her nickname, one of Jane’s amazing talents is her ability to create intricate pieces of art using Ohio Art’s famous Etch A Sketch® drawing toy.

In last year’s post, we commissioned the Chicago-based artist to “etch” Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle. We made those available to you as downloadable desktop and tablet wallpapers.

Since then, we’ve been working with Jane on several exciting projects. In June, she was the featured artist at our Disney Social Media Moms “On the Road” conference in Chicago, where she not only displayed her art but even etched portraits of a few lucky attendees. (She can create a person’s portrait on an Etch A Sketch® in approximately 12 minutes.)

With today’s exciting announcement about “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” being extended four more weeks through September 28, we asked Jane to use her talents to draw Anna and Elsa at our park.

It took her approximately one hour to create this piece on a Pocket Etch A Sketch®. That hour of work has been condensed into this short video. This video shows how Jane takes a single line (without the chance to erase anything) and creates an artful homage to Arendelle royalty.

The Etch A Sketch® product name and configuration of the Etch A Sketch® product are registered trademarks owned by The Ohio Art Company.

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Keeping the ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Going at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Since last month’s debut of “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” Olaf the snowman has really been enjoying his very first summer vacation. Our guests have been having an icy blast, too, being part of Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome, singing along during “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration,” and ice-skating and playing in the snow at Wandering Oaken’s Frozen Funland!
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This popular special event was originally set to melt away September 1, but who says summer has to end on Labor Day? After all, it’s warm and sunny much of the year in Central Florida! Now Olaf – and many of you – will be pleased to hear that due to popular demand, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” is being extended through September 28!

You can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” for an additional four weeks. 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.

Who else is excited for one more month of “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!”? Let us know in the Comments what you’re most looking forward to doing – or doing again – when you visit.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Welcomes Girls, Inc. for ‘Frozen’ Fun on National Sisters Day

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Andrea Finger, Manager, External Communications


When it comes to my sisters, I like warm hugs. But on this National Sisters Day, it was clear an “icy reception” by “Frozen” royalty Anna and Elsa at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the warmest way to celebrate sisterhood. The pair welcomed a group of girls from Central Florida nonprofit Girls, Inc. for “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE” today … and these “sisters in spirit” couldn’t have been more elated!

As one of four sisters, I couldn’t help but giggle along with this gaggle of 12 girls, ages 8-12, as they took part in a special ice-skating session, played in the snow and built a snowman. After watching a procession of guests in “Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome,” the girls enjoyed front row views at the special sing-along moment.

And the singing continued as the girls belted out “Let It Go” and other favorite tunes from the movie during “A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.”

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Known for inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold – just like Elsa and Anna – Girls, Inc. is a Disney Grant recipient that provides mentors to guide them, peers who share their drive and an encouraging, girls-only environment. With Disney’s support, the organization develops programs that encourage girls’ academic achievement and character development, as well as promoting literacy and cultural arts.

Two spirited royal sisters and a group of Central Florida girls who are bravely pursuing their dreams… Put ‘em together, it just makes sense.

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Find the Perfect Look for Halloween at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know summer isn’t quite over yet and I don’t want to be the one to rush things, but Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your costume! It’s never too early.

Not sure where to start? Consider me your “Costume Consultant.”

I personally think our Disney Princess costumes are quite dazzling. Each gown has been replicated in fine detail, appearing almost identical to those worn by some of Disney’s finest royalty. Don’t be afraid to add a tiara, wand, gloves or other accessories to complete the look.

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Find something that puts you ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ above the rest. There’s certainly no shortage of ear hats or novelty headwear at Disney Parks. Find the one that suits you the best, and show your true ‘character.’ Kids and kids-at-heart, keep an eye out for one of this year’s hottest costume accessories, Disney Tails. Keep an eye out for ‘tails’ inspired by the Cheshire Cat, Marie, Tigger and Sulley in the coming weeks. As you can see on a recent visit to our Disney Theme Parks Merchandise east coast office, I found fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, having a ‘monster’ous good time lurking about in search of new information to share with all of you.

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If your little crewmates ‘arrggh’ ready to find their costumes and it’s adventure that they seek, some additional choices include Jack Sparrow and the Boney Pirate. For your Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

Quick Tip: If you are planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the Halloween season or specifically for Mickey’s Halloween Party, be sure to book an appointment for a royal transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or aboard the returning Pirates League.

Are you looking for something a little bit more subtle? This year, I think I’m going to take my inspiration from a recent post about DisneyBounding that my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog Author, Erin Glover shared as part of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event. Create a costume and express your love for Disney through fashion. Not only will you create a trendy, new outfit with clothes you can find in your closet of favorites, but you can also subtly resemble your favorite Disney character.

So where are the best places to find the perfect kids costumes, accoutrements and accessories at the Disneyland Resort?

Halloween Costume stops include:

Those of you located nearer to the Walt Disney World Resort, don’t despair. Here are a few locations for you to check out as well.

Are you ready to trick or treat?

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Enjoy Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with New Limited Edition Retail MagicBand

posted on August 4th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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As the “Frozen” Summer Fun celebration continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I have some exciting news to share about a new, limited edition retail MagicBand, featuring Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.” This item is now available at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The shop is located between Toy Story Midway Mania and Studio Backlot Tour. I spoke with Kevin-Michael Lezotte, merchandiser for retail MagicBands, about this latest addition.

“We saw a great response from guests when we released two limited edition MagicBands during Star Wars Weekends earlier this year,” explained Kevin-Michael. “This new MagicBand is pre-printed with an image of Olaf ‘chillin’ in summer, and will be presented in a specially designed packaging. These pre-printed MagicBands are another great way guests can show off their Disney Side while visiting Walt Disney World Resort this summer.”

This limited edition retail MagicBand will have an edition size of 5,000, and will have a retail of $29.95 (plus tax).

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You may recall that this new MagicBand will join three open edition MagicBands inspired by Disney’s “Frozen,” which are currently offered in Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.

As with all retail MagicBand purchases, guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or another MagicBand.

These specific “Frozen” MagicBands will not be offered on our Disney Parks online store or via Merchandise Guest Services team.

Guests, however, can find other select MagicBand accessories, like MagicBandits and MagicSliders, online at DisneyParks.com/Store.

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