Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

First Look: The New Beautifully Disney Haunted Mansion Collection at Disney Parks

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Welcome, foolish mortals, to the eighth collection from Beautifully Disney. This fabulously fearful collection materializes at Disney Parks later this month. I will be your host — your ghost host — along this tour.

If you are you looking for something to awaken the spirits, channel the ethereal color waves in our mini nail polish set. The subtle shimmer brings to life colors like ‘Wall to Wall Creeps,’ ‘Hurry Back,’ ‘Doom Buddies’ and ‘Three Thumbs Up,’ while the nail appliques feature iconic symbols and characters from the Haunted Mansion. They are simply to die for. After conducting a mock color séance with the help of my good friend, Beautiful Disney fan and fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Rachel Brent, look what materialized.

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The nail in the coffin for me — I mean, my pick from this collection — is the eye shadow palette and accessory case.

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Create the perfect neutral eye for fall with ease. The light beige ‘Tomb Sweet Tomb’ is the perfect pearlescent to use as a highlight under the brow bone. Dust ‘Find A Way Out!’ over your lid using your favorite Beautifully Disney brush before defining the crease with ‘Ghoul’s Night Out.’ Then, to line and define the eye, try the shimmering, smoky black ‘Hurry Back.’ The palette comes tucked inside a ghoulishly delightful accessory case, inspired by the famous Haunted Mansion wallpaper.

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Ghouls, take note — put a little ‘life’ in your look by trying one of the colors in the mini lipstick set. Packed with paranormal pigmentation, you’ll find them chillingly colorful. The names say it all: ‘Ball & Chain,’ ‘Look Alive,’ ‘Bride & Doom’ and ‘Ghost Host.’

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Unearth this new collection at the following Disney Parks locations:

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Disney California Adventure Park – Elias & Co.
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Walt Disney World Resort
Downtown Disney MarketplaceMarketplace Co-Op

Aren’t you dying to try this new collection?

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New Menu for Victoria Falls at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just a flight of steps down from the beautiful lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Victoria Falls Lounge is a fun spot for cocktails or a great glass of South African wine. A new menu adds flavors of Africa and India from the resort’s various restaurants – substantial bites to pair with beverages.

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The lounge’s name, by the way, comes from Africa’s breath-taking Victoria Falls, sighted in 1855 by David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who named the magnificent falls in honor of Queen Victoria. (For a little trivia, the indigenous name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders.”)

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A sumptuous plate of artisanal cheeses features Valdeon blue cheese, Petit Agour sheep’s milk cheese & Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with Marcona almonds, honeycomb, Egyptian flowers & wild strawberry gastrique. Messy-but-delicious tandoori-spiced chicken wings are flavored with garam masala, garlic, ginger, lemon, cloves, cinnamon and served with kicky sambal sour cream. Ditto the pork “wings,” served with tamarind barbecue sauce, crispy onions and cilantro.

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Peri Peri Scallops features four pan-fried scallops with mealie pap (we Southerners call this grits), bacon lardons, coriander and chile butter. Another hot tapas is crispy chickpea bites, bite-sized fritters served with sag dahl, Tunisian olive oil, lemon balm, roasted eggplant salad and sautéed feta cheese.

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Perfect for sharing, the African-inspired tapas is a generous assortment of dates, cumin green olives, sambal Calamata olives, Bresaola, sea salt pistachios, preserved lemon artichoke hearts, with dried banana and pumpkin seed crisps.

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One of our favorites is the breads & spreads: oak-grilled pappadam, South African sea salt crisps, wheat pita and house-made lavosh served with hummus, mango chutney, lentil spinach and citrus spread.

It’s easy, no reservations, just stop by and grab a seat at the bar or a table.

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Caption This: A Surprise At Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park. Looks like this fella is in for quite a surprise when this train rushes by.

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What will be his reaction? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 21st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this weekend and we shared a few stories on the Disney Parks Blog to help during your visit, including Pam’s post featuring the top ten “must-try” new tastes at this year’s event.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Brazil Marketplace

There are 35 new food offerings this year and Pam recommended 10 to look forward to tasting. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there’s the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled “Yard Bird” (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. The Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace also made the list. Go check out the complete list.

@r-g3nrQa5r: Enjoying Disneyland in the late 1960's - A Captured Memory with Minnie! @KrazyKevinWolff: My Dad, Uncles, & Grammy at the ‪@Disneyland ‪#Matterhorn Bobsleds in the late '60s. @rOsRMEpzHS: My Sister and I Excited to Hold Pinnochio's Hand at Disneyland in the 60s. @q7xs4LofoF: Me and My Mom on Burro (and Horse?) Ride in Frontierland, 1964. Maybe This is Why I Hate Hats? ;) @qopsCOPAn-: I Love This Picture of Me and My Brother and Sisters, Think This is Around '1969' Always Loved This Photo, Look at My Trendy Haircut I'm on Mickeys Left with the Pin Curl Sideburns and Sunglasses on My Head 'So Cool' and Talk About Nostalgic Mickey Mouse! Enjoy!

And as you know, to get ready for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we’re looking for the most magical Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. Erin has narrowed down the photo submissions for the 1960s and is now asking for your help to decide which will win. Visit Erin’s story this weekend and let us know your favorite.

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

Fodor’s Travel Names Aulani a Top Hotel – Read more about this distinguished award, and plan your “Beach Getaway” to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27 – Every great story must have a great ending – it’s time to bid farewell to ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush’ at Disneyland park. Be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge before September 27.

#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch some first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences at Magic Kingdom Park!

Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort – Take a first look at some of the delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Halloween Time Novelty Items to Materialize at Disneyland Resort – Get a sneak peek at some of the spooky souvenir novelty items coming to Disneyland Resort for Halloween.

Learn to Draw Grumpy from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Watch as Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives a quick tutorial on how to draw the perfect grump!

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‘Festival of the Lion King’ Celebrates 1 Million Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Since Reopening

posted on September 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week, the cast of the popular stage show “The Festival of The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom marked a major milestone – 1 million guests have attended the show since it reopened in the new Harambe Theatre this past June.

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The LePage Family from Colorado Springs, CO, were the lucky 1 millionth family, and were recognized with front-row seats and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with the show’s cast after the performance concluded.

In case you aren’t familiar with the show, “The Festival of The Lion King” is a fun retelling of the story of Simba the lion cub that is told through song, dance, acrobatics, aerial performances and more. It debuted at the park in Camp Minnie-Mickey in 1998. The show relocated to the new Harambe Theatre in the Africa section of the park earlier this year.

What do you enjoy most about this show? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Halloween Fun Abounds at Disney Parks

posted on September 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


As I shared in last week’s post, fall officially arrived at Magic Kingdom Park here at the Walt Disney World Resort – and Disneyland park at the Disneyland Resort wasn’t far either. Check out these amazing images Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared on the blog this week.

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And while we’re on the topic of Halloween, we snapped several spooky shots at our Disney Side “Not-So-Scary” Soiree at Magic Kingdom Park, which included our first taste of the Villain’s Sinister Soiree, a special add-on dessert party available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Check out the photos above.

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#DisneyKids: First Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Holidays are always special at Disney Parks – and as we’ve learned with our #DisneyKids series, they’re also a perfect time for a “first” memory. Right now, our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this week we’re at Magic Kingdom Park featuring first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences.

This year’s celebration features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment for children, like the “Boo To You Parade,” “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. You can purchase tickets right now on our Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page.

And if you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

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New Wearable Disney Gift Card Designed for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


When visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, complete your experience with our new wearable Disney Gift Card created especially for this year’s event.

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In addition to the many features of a Disney Gift Card, this year’s Festival-themed card comes with a wristband to ensure quick and easy access for convenience at festival kiosks. Activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and just swipe to pay as you sample your favorite food and beverages throughout the event.

The fun doesn’t have to end after the festival! Reload your Disney Gift Card on property and use it for practically all things Disney throughout Walt Disney World Resort and at other Disney destinations nationwide.

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For more about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, visit the posts blow:

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First Look at new PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I recently shared an announcement about the new alliance with PANDORA Jewelry at Disney Parks. This fall, guests will find an original collection of hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Today, I’m excited to tell you about some of the 16 items created specifically for Disney Parks.

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For starters, the essential must-have item for a PANDORA Jewelry collection is a charm bracelet. We are thrilled to release a sterling silver Disney Parks bracelet, featuring PANDORA’s unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.

To personalize the bracelet, we will release several destination themed charms, including some for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (pictured above). The new sterling silver charms are hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail.

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We will also release the “Mickey Mania” (pictured above), a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.

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I particularly like the Minnie Sparkling Ear Hat dangle (pictured above), which is a nod to a must have souvenir from Disney Parks. The charm is beautifully crafted in sterling silver with 105 pave-set black crystals and nine pave-set, red-cubic zirconia in the bow detail.

The 16 Disney Parks specific items will only be found in select locations at Disney Parks. An additional 25 Disney-themed designs will also be launching in select retail locations at Disney Parks and at PANDORA stores throughout North America.

Select items will also be found on the Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional looks at this exciting new collection.

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Our Top 10 New Tastes for 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


All sorts of special events, cooking demos and parties make the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival worth the trip, but for us, it’s the simple pleasure of noshing and sipping our way around World Showcase that is one of the most memorable parts of the 53-day festival (the longest ever) that debuts Friday, September 19, and runs through November 10.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Brazil Marketplace

This is the seventh year that Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann has been at the helm, and every year he gets a little more authentic, a little more creative. Thirty-five new food offerings debut this year, requiring multiple visits to truly savor each taste.

And while it may be nearly impossible to appreciate every single dish paired with tasting-sized servings of wine, beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) at the 25+ Marketplaces, we’ve done a little homework and are suggesting the Top 10 new, “don’t-miss” dishes for 2014.

Here, in no certain order, are 10 of the new dishes worth a taste, even if you have to share to make it all the way around:

  1. Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace, a bowl with warm macaroni noodles, generous bits of lobster and a crunch topping. Add a 6-ounce pour of crisp Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.
  2. Eat dessert first: you don’t want to miss the rich, velvety caramel crème brûlée with fleur de sel at the France Marketplace. Pair it with a flute of Sparkling Pomegranate Kir.
  3. A hearty, healthful dish is Patagonia’s Verlasso salmon, served with quinoa salad and a flourish of garlicky arugula chimichurri. Add a pour of the fruity Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier.
  4. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there’s the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled “Yard Bird” (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. Just for fun, add a Florida wine (yes, Florida), the Key Limen-Key Lime Wine from Florida Orange Groves.
  5. Also at Farm Fresh, the Florida grass-fed beef slider with a scoop of kicky pimento cheese melting over the warm burger was another don’t-miss. We added the Beer Flight (four 4-ounce servings): I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale.
  6. Even if the idea of snails is not for you, give it a try. They’ve jazzed up the escargot in France, now served with three tender snails in pastry with lots of garlic, spinach, bacon and Parmesan. Be elegant and pair with a cool Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche.
  7. The Greece marketplace has added hearty Vegetarian Moussaka, made with eggplant and potatoes and a rich béchamel sauce. Try it with Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, a white wine with rich flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. (We also loved sipping the Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur.)
  8. For a taste of the tropics, it’s the Ensalada de Carrucho, Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro at the new Puerto Rico Marketplace along the Rose Walk leading to World Showcase Plaza. Pair it with Medalla light beer.
  9. Canada’s Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette deserves a pour of the Canada Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah.
  10. Desserts & Champagne Marketplace is always our final stop, and we can recommend this year’s trio: Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle, Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Roll and Chocolate Espresso Opera Cake. Best of all, they’re now serving Dom Pérignon Champagne. Life is good.

And we still have to make room for a few returning favorites: the grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and crunch potato chips in Australia; crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro in Brazil; Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise in Hawaii, and the kimchi dog with spicy mustard sauce in South Korea.

Also, here’s a link to all the menus. Get out there and share your favorite Marketplace dishes with us!


For more about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, visit the posts below:

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