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New Halloween Trick-or-Treat Totes at Disney Parks

posted on October 3rd, 2014 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


When you were a kid, did you get with the neighborhood gang to talk candy strategy for trick-or-treat night? We were all over it back then, remember? We covered our neighborhood, then went into adjoining neighborhoods, all in a quest to create the ultimate stash we’d call our own. Now as adults, the kid in us still comes out when it comes to candy during the Halloween season. Think about it – in your office, who comes to mind with the bowl of candy available for everyone? Only as an adult, we have to act more civilized. No running or screaming or shoving candy in our mouth – in public that is.

At Disney Parks, we get that inside every adult is a child that still loves to play and enjoy life to its fullest. So each year, our creative team talks about how we can top last year’s experience, so check this out.

For 2014 our Disney Floral & Gifts creative team developed a new Not-So-Scary Halloween Treat Bag for Walt Disney World Resort. Take a look at this exclusive canvas bag, featuring a Mickey pumpkin with battery-powered light-up eyes. Did you notice that at the bottom of the bag there’s “tattered fabric” to create a spooky look? The trick-or-treat letters glow in the dark, too. Then, our creative designer filled the tote with popular mouth-watering treats, including Mickey’s crispy treats, candy from Goofy’s Candy Company and more. It also comes with a Mickey pumpkin light-up lanyard for lighting up those spooky nights, temporary glow-in-the-dark eyeball tattoos and your very own autograph book to collect favorite character signatures. And get this, it comes in a Mickey and Minnie version for boys and ghouls.

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And, where would you want to take these bags? To Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, of course! So here’s the inside scoop, for third year in a row, I got ahold of the candy maps for the party so children and adults could start planning for their ultimate candy adventure! This year the Magic Kingdom Park has stocked up with even more candy than ever before. There will be two trick or treat trails, featuring over nine trick or treating locations where you may see some of your favorite characters all dressed up. Oh, and you may have heard that one of the many new experiences that are being launched this year revolves around the evil side of Disney at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square. The Club Villain Dance Party will feature a few of your favorite mischievous characters dancing the night away, so you gotta check that out. Want to see more of the Villains? Then, stay for the Happy Hallowishes Nighttime Spectacular and Villains Cast Show!

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For those of you who can’t make it this year to the party, we can kind of send a party to you. Our Not-So-Scary Treats Tote is also part of our ship to home offerings with just a few different twists.

If you’re headed to the Disneyland Resort this season, to celebrate the holiday, it’s all about Mickey’s Halloween Party! Our Floral & Gifts team in California created Haunted Halloween Buckets to enjoy in the resort as well as in the parks! Special Tip: The Mickey pumpkin bucket features battery-operated glowing eyes and a collection of treats to keep you energized for the night!

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Of course, we got our hands on the Halloween party map as well! Make sure to catch the Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks hosted by Jack Skellington and eight trick or treating locations throughout Disneyland park.

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I’ve got a few more “tales to tell” about new gifting experiences this year. One includes “orchestrating a Halloween surprise” and building your own gift from our collection of tricks and treats. So stay tuned. And remember, you can also add Mickey’s Spooktacular Celebration to your Disney World vacation and a Disney Villainous Halloween to your stay at the Disneyland Resort. Our Halloween gifts are available now through October 31st or while supplies last.

Oh, and you can also add these trick or treat totes and buckets to your Halloween In Room Celebration available at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

If you have questions, call a Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT for Walt Disney World Resort or 714-781-GIFT for Disneyland Resort.

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Delicious and Seasonal: Harvest Apple Salad from Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 30th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Fall is here – the season for California apples – and elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park is taking advantage of the bounty with this beautiful Harvest Apple Salad, which also includes the richness of duck confit to match the tart, sweet apples.

Confit (pronounced con-fee) may sound daunting, but it’s basically a French term for slowly roasting the duck while it’s submerged in liquid – in this recipe it’s duck fat and olive oil. This is one of those recipes that takes time, but the reward is a rich, bright salad that’s perfect for a dinner party.

In case you can’t get to the beautiful Carthay Circle Restaurant, inside the detailed re-creation of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park, Chef Francisco Origel shows us how it’s done. This seasonal recipe is just one of the many California-inspired dishes on the menu.

Harvest Apple Salad with Crispy Duck Confit
Serves 8

Duck Confit

  • 4 skin-on, bone-in duck legs
  • Coarse salt freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 3 dried bay leaves
  • Olive oil for covering duck in roasting pan

Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad

  • 4 gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 6 wedges per apple
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-wide sticks
  • 6 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 6 cups thinly sliced frisée lettuce
  • 10 breakfast radishes, thinly sliced

For duck confit:

  1. Generously salt and pepper duck legs and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour.
    Prick skin of duck legs all over with a needle or a small, sharp knife, being careful not to pierce the meat. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and sear duck legs until golden on both sides. Place in a baking dish just large enough to fit all 6 legs and cover with rendered duck fat from skillet. Add thyme, bay leaves, and enough olive oil to submerge duck.
  3. Place in oven, uncovered, and bake 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool in fat to room temperature.
  4. Remove duck legs from fat; remove meat from bones, discarding bones; pull meat into shreds.
  5. Place shredded meat in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; cook just until duck is crispy. Set aside.

For vinaigrette:

  1. Place apple cider and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Combine reduced apple cider-vinegar and mustard in blender; blend until combined. With blender on medium speed, slowly stream in olive oil.
  3. Removed from blender and place in bowl; stir in thyme and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For salad:

  1. Smear cold butter in bottom of large skillet. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Add apples slices and turn on heat to medium-high. As butter begins to melt and sugar caramelizes, turn apples to brown both sides. Add more butter if necessary; cook apples until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes, turning often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Combine kale, frisée, radishes, and gala apple sticks in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Add shredded duck.
  3. Add just enough dressing to coat, tossing to combine. Serve immediately with caramelized apple slices.
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Five Things You Might Not Know About Horticulture at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


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It’s the details that make you feel like you’re in another world at a Disney Park, and horticulture plays a huge role in creating that feeling. When you’re walking through the untamed jungles of Adventureland in Disneyland park, you may notice the towering bamboo plants near Tarzan’s Treehouse. As you’re strolling through the wooded mountains of Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure park, you see the colorful California foliage. These are some of the magical details created every season by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team. Here are some things you might not know about horticulture at the Disneyland Resort:

  1. The Jungle Cruise tree canopy stands as tall as 100 feet.
  2. More than 3,600 annuals make up the smiling face of Mickey Mouse at the entrance to Disneyland park.
  3. With approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs, the Disneyland Resort is one of the largest gardens in Southern California.
  4. Twenty-two topiary animals and characters call the Disneyland Resort home.
  5. The oldest living tree at the Disneyland Resort is a two-foot-tall Mugho Pine, which is more than 150 years old. Guests can find this tree during a cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland.

What is your favorite detail of the landscape panorama at the Disneyland Resort?

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Seasonal Delights for Thanksgiving at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


CORRECTION: Thanksgiving reservations will be taken beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, and reservations for Disneyland Hotel dinner available beginning October 8. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Turkey, turkey and more turkey! For just one day – Thursday, Nov. 27 – restaurants at the Disneyland Resort are showcasing the big bird along with other seasonal sides, from cranberry relish to pumpkin pie and maple bacon funnel cake. Do we dare forego cooking and just head to Disneyland Resort? Thinking so.

Let’s start on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, with Carnation Café’s slow-roasted turkey with turkey Bourbon gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, veggies and a classic dinner roll. Of course there’s pumpkin pie.

Keeping with traditions, Plaza Inn is cooking slow-roasted turkey with gravy and sage dressing, mashed potatoes, veggies and a roll. Blue Bayou Restaurant kicks it up with turkey roulade, truffle-infused chicken giblet stuffing, roasted garlic Boursin mashed potatoes and veggies. French Market Restaurant is doing Andouille sausage stuffing with the turkey, and River Belle Terrace adds cornbread and roasted garlic-thyme mashed potatoes to their turkey breast with stuffing.

For something a little different, Café Orleans is making crepes with turkey, butternut squash, cipollini onions and peas with giblet stuffing, cranberry coulis and orange oil. And for just a quick bite, there’s turkey tortilla soup at Harbour Galley, holiday tamales at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. For a sweet tooth, try the maple bacon funnel cake at Stage Door Café, and there’s plenty of pumpkin pie (at Carnation Café, Village Haus Restaurant, River Belle Terrace and Café Orleans).

Heading over to Disney California Adventure park, Ariel’s Grotto is going traditional with slow-roasted turkey breast and gravy, apple stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies. Flo’s V-8 Café is cooking herb-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing, veggies and cranberry relish. And Wine Country Trattoria adds Italian flair with focaccia stuffing with herb-roasted turkey and garlic mashed potatoes, served with haricot vert and orange-cranberry relish.

Take home a loaf of turkey-shaped bread from Boudin Bakery, available at Pacific Wharf Café, Mortimer’s Market and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. Or eat dessert first with pumpkin pie at Wine Country Trattoria, Flo’s V-8 Café and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta.

Heading to the Disneyland Resort hotels, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is offering a three-course menu with starters such a butternut squash soup, crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; the entrée is roasted turkey Wellington with pecan stuffing, cranberry relish, Swiss chard and wild mushroom gravy, and dessert is a choice of sweet potato pot de crème, cinnamon gelato, marshmallow meringue and apple crisp.

Also at Disneyland Hotel, Goofy’s Kitchen adds holiday tastes to the brunch and dinner buffet: turkey, orange-cranberry sauce, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, vanilla-scented roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows, herb stuffing, butternut squash soup, pumpkin pie and cranberry cobbler.

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Chef Andrew Sutton offers his fabulous four-course Country Wine Feast for the holiday at Napa Rose. Next door at Storyteller’s Café, the loaded buffet adds turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce, beef with Cognac au jus and creamed horseradish, brioche bread stuffing with sweet Italian sausage, roasted golden beets with Feta and holiday sweets, including lots of pies.

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Another generous buffet is at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, featuring Thanksgiving tastes such as turkey, gravy and stuffing, cranberry relish and roasted veggies, along with salads soups, beef, salmon and more.

Of course, you can head directly to the Disneyland Hotel ballroom for the annual fall Thanksgiving dinner – a bounty of turkey, prime rib, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, cranberry-orange relish, poached shrimp, king crab legs and all the trimmings. Pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, freshly made crepes and a chocolate fountain are the sweetest ending for a day of thanks.

For reservations, call 714-781-DINE.

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Halloween Time Snacks and Sweets at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 25th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Halloween Time is upon us, so we’ve scared up some new snacks and sweets at Disneyland Resort, available now through November 2. Being the perpetual snacker that I am, I’m excited to give you a taste of what’s new.

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While you’re experiencing Dia De Los Muertos in Frontierland, mosey on over to the The Golden Horseshoe for Ice Cream Nachos. Your choice of ice cream will be smothered in hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips, with waffle cone pieces as the ‘nachos.’

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A short walk away in New Orleans Square, you’ll find piping hot Banana Fritters at Royal Street Veranda. Then, stroll on over to the Mint Julep Bar and quench your thirst with the sweet Raspberry Magnolia Lemonade. While you’re there, don’t forget to order up some beignets. These must-have Disneyland favorites are made with pumpkin for the season and are to die for.

Tip: Pumpkin Beignets are also available at Cafe Orleans.

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During a recent trip into the park, fellow Disney Parks Blog authors and friends Michelle Harker and Tyler Slater sampled and raved about the Apple Pie Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country, a tasty twist on an American classic. At Tomorrowland Terrace, celebrate back-to-school season with Monster’s University! Show your Monster’s U pride with French Fries covered in Parmesan Ranch ‘Ooze’ and a Mike Wazowski Crispy Treat.

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Spending the day at Disney California Adventure park? Be sure to try my top picks – the Caramel Apple Smoothie from Schmoozies and the Warm Apple Maple Cake from Taste Pilots’ Grill. As you can tell, I’m a sucker for anything apple.

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Still hungry for some sweet treats? You’ll find a classic Mickey Pumpkin Cupcake at Disneyland park and Disneyland Hotel, while Disney California Adventure park pays homage to everyone’s favorite sea witch with an Ursula Cupcake. During your travels through the bakery, keep an eye out for a Vampire Mickey Bat Cookie. Don’t worry, this vampire can go into the sunlight.

Have you tried any of the seasonal snacks at Disneyland Resort? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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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:

Disneyland Resort
Disney California Adventure Park – Elias & Co.
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Walt Disney World Resort
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Aren’t you dying to try this new collection?

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Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Here’s your first look at some of the delectable and delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Candy Corn Apple

There’s nothing “corny” about this year’s candy corn apple, which has been covered in caramel, enrobed in dark chocolate and adorned with candy corn pieces.

The delectable Bat Cake Pop is available in chocolate, vanilla or red velvet and is covered in dark chocolate and then adorned with black licorice wings and red chocolate eyes.

Mummy Crispy

Be sure to tell your Mummy about this next one! The traditional Mickey Mouse crispy treat has been laced in white chocolate, creating a mummy effect, complete with candy-coated chocolate eyes peering from underneath the bandages.

Make delicious magic with the Pumpkin Marshmallow Wand — stacked jack o’ lantern faces made with fluffy marshmallows, creamy caramel, white chocolate and orange sanding sugar.

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Guys and ghouls will need to make “time” for the Haunted Mansion Clock Crispy, dipped in dark chocolate and decorated with green and white vanilla-flavored chocolate, creating the classic image of the Haunted Mansion clock.

Look for these items and more, including the October gourmet apple of the month “Dirt and Worms” at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure Park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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New Tastes on Flo’s V8 Café Menu at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 15th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


When you head for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, make a pit stop at Flo’s V8 Café to fill ‘er up. We’ve always been big fans of the Veggie-Tater Bake and any of Flo’s pies, but now there are new favorites vying for top spot on the menu.

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Fall-off-the-bone barbecued pork ribs, with house-made Coca-Cola barbecue sauce replace the pork loin, served with creamy mashed potatoes and a side of crisp slaw. Also new is a hearty sandwich with shaved roast beef and cheddar on a garlic-chive bun topped with sweet, caramelized onions and kicky horseradish aioli, slaw on the side. The turkey dip also debuts on a potato grinder roll, with provolone cheese and turkey au jus for dipping and a side of pasta salad.

Ah, another pie joins the sweet line-up: coconut cream, making it tough to decide how to end the meal – maybe share that and the chocolate mud pie (or maybe the strawberry-rhubarb) with a friend.

Flo’s also adds Grand Am Beer on tap, joining the Racer 5 Pale Ale IPA.

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Staying on the menu are the crowd-pleasing rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies, ditto for the Citrus Turkey Salad, but with a twist: it’s now lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and Craisins (those delightful dried cranberries) and a kicky citrus-tarragon dressing. And our favorite Veggie-Tater Bake is still there, a riff on shepherd’s pie made with bulgur wheat, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes and Cheddar cheese.

Do you have a favorite dish at Flo’s?

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns November 13 through January 6, 2015

posted on September 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We may be just starting to carve up pumpkins, but I’ve got some important holiday news to share with you today! Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.

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The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier once again with the following favorites:

Disney California Adventure Park

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Downtown Disney District

We’ll have more to share about Holidays at the Disneyland Resort soon – so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog!

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Disneyland Resort Wraps Up #GetHappier Summer

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


All summer long, the Disneyland Resort has been making Mondays happier with special surprises, both online and in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Now that our #GetHappier summer has concluded, I wanted to take a look back on some of the happiness we spread among our park guests.

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One of the first #GetHappier surprises here at the Disneyland Resort was a special visit from the Seven Dwarfs at Snow White Grotto. Throughout the day, they surprised Disneyland park guests, making sure that even the grumpiest guest left happy. (Get it?)

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Among the most popular of our #GetHappier surprises were the Happier Hours. These surprise nighttime events were an opportunity for 1,500 guests to enjoy one of the lands of the Disneyland Resort for an extra hour after the rest of the park closed. Happier Hours took place in Adventureland and Frontierland, Paradise Pier, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland.

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#GetHappier also featured surprise giveaways, with park favorites like Vinylmation, churros, Disney FASTPASS and more.

While our #GetHappier summer may be over, the happiness it created lives on! Was your Monday made happier by one of our #GetHappier summer surprises? Tell us about it in the comments!

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