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It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course! It’s almost time for one of my favorite seasons of the year – and my absolute favorite Disney event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Boo to You Parade!

This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will feature new eerie entertainment as well as returning favorite experiences throughout Magic Kingdom Park.

The big news is “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the all-new show at Cinderella Castle, featuring the Disney villains. In the show, those mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” visit the mortal world during the Halloween season. The three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard, calling upon Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and more!

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During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can dress in costume, go trick-or-treating throughout the park and meet some of your favorite Disney characters, including all Seven Dwarfs appearing in one place in Fantasyland. Look for new greeting areas around Storybook Circus this year, featuring appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and others. You may even come across some Disney villains. Look for the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party, Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern (where else?!) and Lotso over in Tomorrowland.

Phineas and Ferb Bust a Move with the Creepa Crew

Don’t forget about Mickey’s “Boo to You” Halloween Parade, running twice nightly, and “Happy HalloWishes,” one of the most impressive fireworks spectaculars ever to fill the skies above Cinderella Castle (and around the whole park, for that matter)!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event, separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are still available for most event nights September 15 through November 1. Be sure to get yours early, so your Halloween can be more treat than trick!

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Favorite After-School Snack from Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s a blast from the past with an updated twist – most grown-ups still consider tomato soup and grilled cheese a favorite comfort food. The Disney chefs took this classic and made it a healthful finger food that’s perfect as an after-school snack (or supper for everyone).

In less than hour you’ll have freshly made tomato soup (forget the canned version). Cut grilled cheese into strips that are perfect for little hands – and dipping in the soup is the fun part. Add crunchy apple wedges on the side for a satisfying crunch.

You’ll find it on the menu at Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom Park, but here’s a version for you to make at home.

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Tomato Soup, Cheese Dippers and Apple Slices
Serves 4 to 6

Tomato Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups tomato puree
1 sprig each fresh thyme, rosemary, basil, and tarragon
2 cups water
1 teaspoon coarse salt, more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Multigrain Cheese Dippers
8 slices multigrain bread
16 thin slices provolone cheese
Olive oil spray

Green Apple Wedges
3 Granny Smith apples

For tomato soup:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato puree; cook 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in herbs and water; turn heat to low and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. Strain through a medium strainer set over a bowl, pushing soup through with a spatula. Whisk in tomato paste, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

For multigrain cheese dippers:

  1. Make 4 sandwiches, each with 2 slices of bread and 4 slices of provolone.
  2. Spray tops and bottoms of sandwiches with olive oil spray.
  3. Heat sauté pan over medium heat and grill each side 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Cut each sandwich into 4 equal strips. Serve hot.

For apples:
Core and slice each apple into 6 wedges.

To serve:
Evenly divide dippers and apples slices with 3/4 cup soup.

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Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

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  1. Mickey Waffles
    Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    This fiery new snack is simply wild!
  3. Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
    Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
  4. Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
    Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
  5. Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
    Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
  6. Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
  7. Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
    A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
  8. Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
    This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.

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
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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