This year, the New Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom Park is getting dressed up for the holidays for the very first time – and we just received some amazing photos of the area’s first decorations to share with you.
As you can see, each wreath, holiday tree and strand of garland that has been designed for the area keeps with the theming of the attraction, shop or restaurant it highlights. For example, the tree within Be Our Guest Restaurant sports ornaments inspired by the castle’s enchanted staff and exquisite chandeliers.
Can you guess where the wreath in the first photo appears in New Fantasyland? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.
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Who’s ready for a trip aboard the Jingle Cruise?
In case you haven’t heard, the Jungle Cruise attractions at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park will soon transform into the Jingle Cruise for the holiday season. In this seasonal takeover of the attraction, the Skippers are homesick for the holidays, so they decide to bring holiday cheer with them to work. The attraction queue and boathouse will be decorated, the Skippers will add a slew of seasonal jokes to their tours, and even the Jungle Cruise boats will receive holiday names.
Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a photo that offers the first look at some of the holiday props in the works for the attraction’s overlay, which will debut at Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, and at Disneyland park on November 12. Holiday transformations will take place after park hours, so there is no expected down time of the attractions at either park prior to the debut.
Will you visit the Jingle Cruise this holiday season? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Read below for more on holiday celebrations at Disney Parks:
Now that November is here, we’re just days away from the season’s first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Walt Disney World Resort. And this year, you can tweet for a chance to win tickets to attend the event on the night of November 11, 2013.
Between 10:00 a.m. (ET), November 4, 2013, and 10:00 a.m. (ET), November 7, 2013 we’ll be sharing a #VeryMerry RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#SweepsEntry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 10 people who will win a set of four (4) tickets to attend only the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party taking place on November 11, 2013. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.
We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 10 A.M. on November 7, 2013. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 10:00 AM (ET) on 11/04/13; ends 10:00 AM (ET) on 11/07/13. Click here for Official Rules.
Halloween is over and we’re already on our way to the holiday season here at Walt Disney World Resort. That goes for this series, too – this week’s look back at Magic Kingdom Park’s parade history focuses on one of the early holiday parades held at the park, the 1976 Christmas Parade.
Herbie the Love Bug was one of the stars of the parade. Also appearing to celebrate the holiday season were Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse aboard a moving gazebo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and of course, Santa Claus and a team of marching, musical elves.
Have you ever attended a Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
For more from the “Step in Time” series, click the links below:
During Halloween week, we shared more than the spooky side of Disney Parks here on the blog. Among our other stories, there were a few exciting announcements, including the upcoming return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.
This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to get tickets.
So, what’s new this year? Visit Jennifer’s original story and find out.
Also this week, we unveiled some of the new runDisney medals for race weekends in 2014.
The new Princess Half Marathon medal is inspired by our classic and most enduring princess, Cinderella. And the Tinker Bell Half Marathon medal has a few new enhancements from last year. Check Darrell’s blog post for more details as well as a photo gallery of the medals.
Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
Social Media All-Stars to Show Their Disney Side at Disneyland Park November 5 - The Grumpy Cat, Tiffany Alvord, and more social media all-stars will be showing their Disney Side this November at Disneyland Resort! Will you be there to see it?
Step In Time: A ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Parade Marches On at Magic Kingdom Park - Check out these classic black and white photos from the Mickey Mouse Club parade in 1976.
A Special Treat: Walt Disney World Wins Sustainability Award for “Making the Switch” to Save Electricity - Read about why Walt Disney World Resort was honored with a sustainability award this week for environmental efforts!
A Look at Recent and Future Haunted Mansion Merchandise at Disney Parks – Not ready for the spookiest month of the year to be over? Check out this Haunted Mansion merchandise available at Disney Parks to continue the fun!
New Surprises in Store for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park - Did you hear the news about “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort this holiday season? Get the update here!
A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton – 1956 - Travel back in time and see what Elsa Lanchester looked like on her visit to Disneyland park in 1956.
Minnie Mouse and Disneyland Resort Horses Participate in Anaheim Halloween Parade - Watch this video to see how the Disneyland Resort Horses strutted their stuff in the Anaheim Halloween Parade this week!
Would you believe that we are only one week away from the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park?
In case you aren’t familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park throughout November and December. Parties give you an opportunity to celebrate with snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A., Disney characters in holiday attire, and very special entertainment offerings, including Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Cinderella Castle Dream Lights. For the first time this year, the Celebrate the Magic! castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks will be enhanced with “Glow With The Show” ears – what an amazing sight this will be!
Also new for this year, attendees can experience Jingle Cruise, the first-ever holiday transformation of the Jungle Cruise attraction, which will feature seasonal decor, new holiday jokes and more. Party goers can also pick up a complimentary, event exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card that features Donald’s nephews. And when it comes to character greeting opportunities, look for Merida’s Fairytale Garden to stay open for parties this year.
This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to learn more.
What’s your favorite part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
To learn more about spending the holidays at Disney Parks, read these posts:
Throughout the month of October, we’ve presented a look at the spooky side of Disney Parks around the world. This week, we’re celebrating Halloween at Magic Kingdom Park with a chilling look at three residents of the Haunted Mansion – the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
In this photo, shot by Disney Photographer Gene Duncan, ghosts Ezra, Gus and Phineas (their unofficial names) appear to hitchhike down the parade route during Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
To see how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks, including at some of our international parks, check out the list of posts below.
Haunted Mansion is a favorite attraction for many Disney Parks guests. Here at Disneyland park, the 999 happy haunts have been frightening guests since 1969 in New Orleans Square. But did you know the Haunted Mansion is the only Disney Parks attraction to be located within different lands at other Disney Parks around the world? At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square; look for the grim, grinning ghosts in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland. At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion is known as Phantom Manor, and it is located in Frontierland.
Not only are these manors and mansions located in different lands, but each has a different theme and design. At Disneyland park, many people believe that the Haunted Mansion bears a striking resemblance to a Baltimore mansion. However, the truth is that a variety of designers and architects worked on its design, resulting in a mansion that embodies an architectural style and interior that was popular in the South in the mid-1850s.
Over at Walt Disney World Resort, the design required a little something different since the Haunted Mansion would be located in Liberty Square rather than New Orleans Square. Therefore, instead of looking like a Southern estate, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park was designed to look like a gothic manor from the Eastern seaboard. At Tokyo Disneyland, a similar gothic style – with dark bricks, stone finishes and ominous turrets – creates the same ominous effect, even though it is located in Fantasyland.
The most recent version of this beloved attraction opened in 1992 in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris. Set in an aged, rundown wooden home from the Old West, this attraction took on a new name: Phantom Manor. Phantom Manor features some of the classic Haunted Mansion scenes with an Old West twist.
Yesterday on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page, we asked which all of the different versions of this classic Disney Parks attraction is the spookiest. Fans voted Magic Kingdom number 1 with Disneyland park second. Which is your favorite?
Happy Halloween week!
Today’s Caption This photo was snapped during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park last year. Any guesses as to what caused this little boy’s reaction? A funny costume? A really great trick-or-treat station?
You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the “Comments” section below!
Spirits. Happy Haunts. Hitchhiking Ghosts. It’s the perfect day to take a look back at the Haunted Mansion before it became delightfully unlivable for its 999 inhabitants. Below is a peek at this ghostly retreat when it was still under construction in January 1971. Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals!