Walt Disney World Resort, The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park: An Idea that Couldn’t be Laid to Rest

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Today is the first day of Halloween Time here at the Disneyland Resort. Pumpkins are everywhere and guest favorite, Haunted Mansion Holiday, is opening. Did you know that the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park was one of Walt Disney’s ideas for the park even before it was built? Here we are, 45 years after its August 9, 1969, opening and it is still haunting guests each day. In celebration of the attraction’s anniversary and the opening of Haunted Mansion Holiday today, we thought this was the perfect time to dig up historical footage of the Haunted Mansion from our archives. You’ll see Walt Disney showing off a model of the Haunted Mansion and interviews with the Imagineers who turned his idea into a reality. You’ll also find out why the mansion is so pristine on the outside, while dilapidated and creepy on the inside. It’s a fun video – a scream, really. Enjoy!

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‘Frozen’ Attraction Coming to Epcot

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


When Walt Disney promised that Disneyland would never be completed, so long as there is imagination left in the world, he made a promise to our guests that we take seriously at all our locations around the world. This year, one particular product of imagination — Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit “Frozen” — captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and gave us a new opportunity to make good on Walt’s pledge.

We’ve made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.

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“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

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We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).

From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon.

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Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Offers Fun for Little Ones

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


Have you visited Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort lately? The resort just opened a brand-new children’s activity center called Club Disney, which is a great place for little ones to play while their parents catch some alone time.

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The look of the “club” was inspired by classic Disney Little Golden Books tales like “Pinocchio,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Here, kids ages 3-12 can play dress up, create crafts, play games, engage in storytelling activities, enjoy movie nights and more with our children’s activity coordinators. Here’s a peek inside:

To book, call: 407-WDW-DINE.

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Experiencing St. Kitts with Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The last stop on our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises is Basseterre on St. Kitts, a small volcanic island in the West Indies. White-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest are the perfect backdrop for adventures your family will enjoy here. Check out some of my favorites…

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Every Role a Starring Role – runDisney Event Manager

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


From helping with the initial course design to ensuring every last race day detail is in place, runDisney event manager Shannon Abeyta and her team work year-round to ensure “every mile is magic” during Disneyland Resort race weekends. See how Shannon’s work came to fruition during the 9th annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in this episode of “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Showing Their Disney Side – Miss America Contestants Get Adventurous, Goofy and Live Happily Ever After

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


They are known for their intelligence, talent and beauty, but after spending a day at Magic Kingdom Park they may be better known for their Disney Side.

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Olaf’s Adventures by Disney Vacation

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


Recently I shared my Adventures by Disney Norway vacation. But it seems I wasn’t the only one enjoying a carefree trek around this beautiful Scandinavian country. Olaf, the loveable snowman from the hit Disney film “Frozen”, also traveled with Adventure Guide Kira through the land that inspired the animators who brought him to life.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Remember ‘Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers’?

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This month in 1989 the television cartoon “Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers” debuted in syndication. The show premiered on The Disney Channel earlier in March of that same year. Here’s a look at Chip, Dale and Gadget from Mickey’s Starland in1990 where they made an appearance in Mickey’s Starland Show featuring stars from The Disney Afternoon.

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Vote Now for the Top Disneyland Resort Memory from the 1950s

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Over the last few months, we’ve asked you to join with us to prepare for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration by sharing your favorite Disneyland Resort memories from the past six decades. The entries have been received and now it’s time to vote for the top submissions!

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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway Grants Wish to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 10th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


To celebrate Broadway Week in New York City, the Genie and the cast of Disney’s “Aladdin” granted the magical wish of visiting Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, to two unsuspecting audience members! Couple Leo Chan and Alicia Mara were selected at random for what they thought was a special backstage tour of the Broadway show. Little did they know – and in true Genie fashion – their wish to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa would be granted on stage!

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