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Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Begins September 2

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


In my many years with Disney Parks, I’ve been fortunate to work on many amazing projects. One project near and dear to my heart will always be the creation and launch of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel in 2008.

The panel, made up of everyday moms and dads from around the globe, have answered hundreds of thousands of questions over the years – covering just about every Disney vacation topic imaginable. Their knowledge of Disney Parks and their passion to help our guests shines in their answers. In fact, you’ve met quite a few of them here on the Disney Parks Blog.

The panel became so popular that several years ago it was expanded to include other Disney Parks vacation experiences. The name was officially changed to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

September has traditionally been a special month for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It’s when we search for new panelists to join the team for the next calendar year. It’s a rigorous and thorough process, consisting of multiple rounds, that determines who will be selected to represent the panel and answer vacation questions from guests around the globe.

Thousands will apply for a small number of spots on the panel. But please, don’t let that be a deterrent. The most recent panelists to join the team include several who have applied every year, a few who applied for the very first time, and those in between. Dreams really can come true.

This year, applications will open at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and will remain open until noon ET on Friday, September 5, 2014.

If you know a mom, dad or grandparent who is your “go-to” person for advice about a Disney Parks vacation and loves to help others plan their trips, encourage them to apply for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. (Be sure to check the rules and regulations on the application to insure eligibility.)

More information about becoming a panelist can be found here.

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Sneak Peek at Much-Anticipated Gingerbread Creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Check out the sketch of this year’s gingerbread creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday, the masterful work of a year-long collaboration between Disneyland Resort chefs, the Entertainment team and Walt Disney Imagineering. The masterpiece debuts when Haunted Mansion Holiday opens at Disneyland park on September 12.
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“The Ghost Host of Haunted Mansion Holiday always says, ‘even a gingerbread house can be scary,’ and we’ve definitely taken the design towards scary this year,” says Tim Wollweber, Graphic Designer/Sculptor.

This year’s creation is based on an iron maiden torture device from the Middle Ages, says Wollweber. “It was basically a large, coffin-like box with spikes on the inside, and any person forced to stand inside would get uncomfortable very fast.”

Of course, the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house adds a little whimsy with a hapless gingerbread zombie trapped inside – and those frightening spikes are very sharp, red-and-white candy canes. The gingerbread house also will feature opening and closing doors and lights.

The wood foundation is wired, then sent to the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery for a 3-week layover to apply 200 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of royal icing, 150 pounds of fondant, and all sorts of other sticky treats. The gingerbread house stands at almost 7 feet tall.

There’s plenty of time to take it all in – Haunted Mansion Holiday goes through January 6, 2015.

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New and Returning Frightful Favorites During Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Halloween Time is just around the corner here at the Disneyland Resort, and already our guests have been purchasing tickets for the popular Mickey’s Halloween Party. Don’t have yours yet? Get them now right here!

New this year, the stars of “Frozen” – Elsa, Anna and Olaf – will appear in their special pre-parade prior to “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade.

Not to be outdone, the Disney villains have plenty of bad-apple fun planned for “Villains Square.” Throughout the evening, Disney villains such as Cruella De Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine will arrive in Town Square on a black horse-drawn carriage, inviting guests to party like a Villain!

Of course, there’s so much more to enjoy at Mickey’s Halloween Party, including:

  • The opportunity to play in Disneyland park three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating for candy and healthy treats ­in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party, weather permitting)
  • “Monsters U Dance Party” at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Cadaver Dans, a ghoulish quartet performing Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
  • Access to your favorite Disneyland park attractions, including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

So get your tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party here and join us for all the spooky fun!

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New Entertainment Experiences Coming to World Showcase at Epcot

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Today, we have news about some updates coming to World Showcase at Epcot. One of the best parts of the World Showcase experience is feeling fully immersed in the culture of each country, and the live entertainment presented in the international pavilions plays a large role in creating that atmosphere. Beginning this fall, we will be refreshing the atmosphere entertainment around World Showcase with the addition of new acts and enhancements to some existing performances.

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Adventures by Disney Heads South to Nashville in 2015

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


With Adventures by Disney Long Weekends, families can enjoy exciting destinations, such as New York City and San Francisco & Napa, while making the most of their free time. Now Adventures by Disney is heading south for our newest Long Weekends offering in Nashville, Tennessee!

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Top 5 Reasons Not to Miss ‘The Great Irish Hooley’ at Raglan Road

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Recently, Pam Brandon shared details about one of my favorite Raglan Road events, The Great Irish Hooley. I like it because it’s authentically Irish – outside of the Emerald Isle, you rarely have the chance to experience this sort of spectacle, unless of course, you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of the Downtown Disney Area during Labor Day weekend!

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‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy’ Coming to Tokyo Disneyland Resort

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Some of the most popular stories on the Disney Parks Blog this summer have been about the many offerings at our Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the Frozen fun is continuing this winter at Tokyo Disneyland Resort with a new special event called “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy.”

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September 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Just wait until you see what merchandise events we have headed your way this September at the Disneyland Resort!

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The Great Outdoors, Norway Style, with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


The sun never sets during the Norwegian summer. Okay, I exaggerate, but only a little. In fact, on the 7 nights of my Adventures by Disney trip through Norway the sun dipped down into a dusk-like state for approximately four hours each evening (and wreaked havoc on my internal alarm clock). All this summer daylight makes Norway an outdoor lover’s paradise.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Update on the Wallaby Joey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom– ‘It’s a boy!’

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Andre Daneault, Animal Operations Manager


Earlier this year, we shared with you the exciting news of a wallaby joey that could be seen at the Oasis
at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now that the joey has grown a bit, we can share that “It’s a boy!” and
his name is Ozzie. His first time coming out of his mom’s pouch was in April. He gradually spent more
and more time out of the pouch and is now pretty independent. He is eating solid foods and currently
weighs in at 2.3kg! (The weight range for adults is 4-9kg.)

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