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Halloween Minnie Mouse Transformation Casts A Spell on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique magically transforms into Bibbidi Bobbidi “Boo-tique” this Halloween season with a Minnie Mouse “witch”-inspired look that is sure to cast a spell on you. Beginning September 15 through November 1 (or while supplies last), with the wave of a magic wand, a touch of pixie dust and help from our Fairy Godmothers-In-Training, you can watch your little pumpkin get ready for the Halloween season. We did – take a look!

The Halloween Minnie Mouse transformation package includes your choice of boutique hairstyling, shimmering makeup, face gems, nail polish, a Princess sash and cinch sack, plus the Halloween Minnie Mouse costume and matching headband. Reminder: Transformations are only available for children ages 3–12. Disneyland Resort Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique photo package is sold separately, based on availability.

For guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in California, this package will be offered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (Note: Separate theme park admission required).

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida can find this packages at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace or inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (Note: Separate theme park admission required for the latter).

Appointments will book quickly so make your reservation today! Call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

What else do the Fairy Godmothers-In-Training have up their sleeve? Well it’s safe to say the word “holiday”… but something else “cool” might be heading your way.

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Top 10 Ways the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Celebrated 10 Years and Running

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

  1. The 10th annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna hosted more than 29,000 runners from across the nation and 28 countries.
  2. Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF), the celebratory charity of the race since it began, was awarded $10,000 to support Anaheim student participation in after-school programs.


  1. Local runner James Lander from Fullerton, Calif., ran and won the 10th annual Disneyland Half Marathon presented by Cigna, with a time of 1:08:56.
  2. Over the last 10 years, runDisney events in Anaheim have generated approximately $900 million in economic impact for the local area.
  3. More than 400 “legacy” runners ran this weekend, completing all 10 Disneyland Half Marathons since the inaugural race.
  4. Momoko Tanaka from Urayasu-shi, Japan, came in first place for the women, finishing in 1:21:30 and marking the first time in the race’s history that an international runner has won.
  5. Runners celebrated with a specially-ticketed 10th anniversary party, where they experienced select attractions and entertainment in Disneyland park including the “Paint the Night” parade.


  1. Ten members of Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) participated in the Disneyland 5K. Project S.A.Y. is one of many free programs for Anaheim youth in middle and high school made possible through ACF.
  2. Last year’s female champion, Jennifer Berry from Denver, Co., beat her prior year’s time by 12 seconds, finishing in 1:23:21.
  3. In the coming years, the four runDisney race weekends in Anaheim are expected to generate an estimated $250 million annually in economic activity for Orange County, Calif.
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Spotlight on Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store in September 2015

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

With the start of September, here is a roundup of limited release shirts you will find on our Disney Parks online store this month. These shirts will only be offered online during the dates listed below. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. In related news, I’m celebrating my birthday in mid-September, so friends and family might also consider this list as possible gift ideas.


September 4-10
Pluto celebrated 85 years on September 5 this year. He made his debut as a bloodhound in a Mickey Mouse cartoon called “The Chain Gang” in 1930. He became Mickey’s dog, Pluto, in the 1937 cartoon “The Moose Hunt.” These adult and youth shirts celebrate this milestone anniversary for one of Disney’s most beloved four-legged friends.


September 7-13
Our companion series continues this month with these Haunted Mansion-inspired T-shirts. The shirts feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as cast members from the frightfully classic attraction. The shirts will be printed on Hanes Nano-Ts.


September 17-23
The 60th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort continues with this limited release shirt celebrating the Disneyland Railroad. This original attraction has circled Disneyland park since 1955. In addition to the adult and youth T-shirts, we will be offering artwork which will be shipped in 12-14 days.


September 23-29
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates 35 years on September 23. This shirt will be offered in adult and youth sizes.

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Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou: New Premium Dining Experience Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


This year, a new premium Halloween dining experience hosted by Dr. Facilier is coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou. The evening begins at 7 p.m., with an intimate, spooky dining experience with a themed three-course menu.


During dinner, Dr. Facilier will be conjuring his friends from the other side, bringing them to life in Blue Bayou Restaurant for a wickedly good time. After dinner, guests will receive a limited-edition custom lithograph featuring art from Disney Animator Eric Goldberg before the Shadow Man bids his guests adieu and they are escorted from the Blue Bayou Restaurant to a special viewing area for “Halloween Screams” fireworks.

The special menu—available only during Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou—includes your choice of:

Crab Cake with Creole slaw and Remoulade sauce
Warm Goat Cheese Tart with baby spinach, golden beets, prosciutto and dried cherry vinaigrette

Braised Short Rib with Danish blue cheese whipped potatoes, baby carrots and huckleberry-pinot noir reduction
Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast with smoked aged white cheddar polenta, asparagus and thyme jus
Red Fish with crispy rock shrimp, green beans, Louisiana long grain rice and étouffée sauce

Dark Chocolate Crème Brule with salted caramel macaroon
Almond Praline Cheesecake with petit honey beignets

Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou will begin September 25, and be offered during Mickey’s Halloween Party through October 31. For reservations, click here.

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Happy Birthday to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

posted on September 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

On this day in Disney history, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit made his on-screen debut in the 1927 short “Trolley Troubles.”

Created by Walt Disney and (now Disney Legend) Ub Iwerks, Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character, who appeared in 26 shorts and was so popular that Oswald became the first Disney character to inspire a merchandise line. Unfortunately, Oswald was lost to another company in a business deal in 1928. But the loss of Oswald went on to be a blessing in disguise, however, as losing his most successful character yet motivated Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who debuted on screen in late 1928.


The Walt Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 2006, and in the years since, he’s begun greeting guests at Tokyo DisneySea and Disney California Adventure park. He can also be found on merchandise at Disney Parks around the globe.


In addition to his theme park success, Oswald continues to be a fan favorite, especially for those who love Disney history. In 2013, Disney Parks Blog readers voted Oswald as the #1 character they wanted our fellow author and artist, Will Gay, to feature as the subject of his latest downloadable wallpaper. (To get the wallpaper, click on the image above – be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it).

And in honor of Oswald’s birthday, we’d like to share with you our popular “Learn to Draw” tutorial so you can learn how you can bring this historic character to life yourself! Check it out below.

Want to learn to draw other Disney characters? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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Every Role a Starring Role: Tiki Juice Bar Hostess at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 4th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

One of my favorite snacks at the Disneyland Resort is a Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar. The popular treat has been served at the Tiki Juice Bar since 1976 when the location was first sponsored by Dole with the Enchanted Tiki Room.

With the summer heat, we wanted to spotlight Tiki Juice Bar Hostess Jenn Pitoniak, who helps serve more than 960,000 Dole Whips each year at the Disneyland Resort! Learn more about Jenn’s role in this “Every Role a Starring Role.”

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Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast Experience Coming to Disneyland Park

posted on September 4th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

A wild and once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming to Disneyland park. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015.


Your Sunrise Safari will begin with a welcome from the Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd., before you dive into breakfast on the African veldt of the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. I would be “lion” if I said this wasn’t a special opportunity — it’s not everyday that you get a chance to dine in the attraction.

Your roaring hunger is sure to be satisfied with an assortment of fresh pastries and scones, exotic fruit and chia parfait, eggs cooked to perfection, glazed pork belly bacon, pan-seared sausage and roasted golden potato-and-onion hash. Quench your thirst for adventure with an assortment of juices, freshly brewed coffee and specialty teas.

Following breakfast, you’re going to get a crash course in Jungle Skipper training before getting behind the wheel of your own boat to recite that famous spiel. Upon your Initiation into the elite “Fraternal League of Secret Skippers,” you’ll receive an exclusive keepsake—a tribal mask inspired by original concept art for the Jungle Cruise attraction.

Reservations are extremely limited and are now being accepted. Make yours here.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month. On September 10, add to your collection with Cars Land, Soarin’, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.


On September 17, look for additional releases from the series including “Fantasmic!,” Grizzly River Run and Paradise Pier.


Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:

Which Diamond Decades pin is your favorite?

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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

So we’re getting ready and rounded up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Here they are, all in one spot, so take your pick: a hot, crisp gingerbread beignet from Disneyland park, perhaps? Or maybe something fancy like Chef Scott Hunnel’s pan-seared sablefish from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

In no particular order, the Top 9:

  1. Apple Crisp from Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort. What’s not to love about warm apples with splash of apple brandy, and a topping of sugar, oats, pecans and coconut? Bring on the vanilla ice cream.

Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans at Disneyland Park

  1. Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans, Disneyland park. Frying makes everything better — gingerbread never tasted this good.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. Pumpkin Mousse from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Forget pumpkin pie. Impress your guests with layers of pumpkin, streusel and apricot-orange sauce.

Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park

  1. Pumpkin Beignets from Club 33, Disneyland park. We love pumpkin. We love beignets. Add a warm maple glaze and watch them disappear.

  1. Hearty Pozole Soup, Paradise Garden Grill, Disney California Adventure park. “Pozole” is just a fancy word for old-fashioned hominy, giving substance to this tomato broth along with pork. We love the crunchy toppings, too: radishes, lime, cilantro and more.

  1. Harvest Salad, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure park. This is really a fancy dinner in a bowl, with duck and caramelized apples (perfect pairing) with the crunch of fresh greens. This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

  1. Pumpkin Twists from Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland park. Our readers love pumpkin, and this baked treat is made with frozen puff pastry and pureed pumpkin. Easier than it looks.


  1. Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast or dessert, you decide. With pumpkin, golden raisins and a crunchy streusel topping, we could go either way. Or have for both breakfast and dessert.

  1. Pan-Seared Sablefish, Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re p for a kitchen challenge, this fine dish from Chef Scott Hunnel will elicit praise. If you can’t find sablefish, Chilean sea bass work well. Bon appétit!
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Top Ten Favorite Items for Halloween 2015 at Disney Parks

posted on September 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

As Halloween returns to Disney Parks, here are my top ten items to celebrate the season.


Figaro in Mickey Mouse Jack O’Lantern Plush
This 11-inch Figaro plush may be my favorite Halloween item this year (maybe it’s because my black cat looks almost like him).


Light-Up Pumpkin Necklace
This LED light-up pumpkin necklace is a simple-yet-festive Halloween accent, especially if you want something easy to wear when attending Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Look carefully to see a new Haunted Mansion-inspired shirt for this year.


Halloween Apparel
I like this logo t-shirt with the new Halloween 2015 artwork for Disney Parks. The shirt also glows in the dark.


Halloween Candy Bags
The consumables team introduced adorable mini-Halloween candy bags. Each bag contains new Halloween 2015 artwork and contains a variety of pre-packaged candy options.


Halloween Lanterns
Each side of these Halloween lanterns picture Mickey and his friends having a frightfully fun time, whether it’s “Terror in Tomorrowland,” or “A Night of Horror in Adventureland.” Each lantern measures approximately 12-inches tall and are intended for battery candles (which are not included).


Halloween Headware
I like the two new Halloween headware items this year including a fun Minnie Mouse headband and an ear hat that contains flocked inserts on the ears and a embroidered, padded topper.


Mickey Mouse and Friends Halloween Mug
I plan on using this decorative Halloween mug to lift my spirits each morning. The mug contains new Halloween 2015 artwork with characters enjoying a night at Disney Parks.


Trick-Or-Trade with Halloween Pins
The pin trading team introduced several new open edition pins and accessories for Halloween. There will be additional limited edition pins coming to Disney Parks. Check for the latest release dates. New pins are typically introduced each Thursday in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.


Lounging Around
I may trade in my costume this year for these comfy cotton cobwebbed lounge pants with spooky “Boo” print.


Minnie Mouse as a Witch Antennae Topper
This antennae topper features Minnie Mouse dressed as a witch. We are also offering a matching kids costume and hat this year.

Guests can find many of these items using the new Shop Disney Parks mobile app. See this Disney Parks Blog article for details on how to download and use the app. You may also be able to find select Halloween items on our Disney Parks online store.

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