Today, we’d like to share a photo slideshow of one of our favorite attractions – Spaceship Earth – to show how it has changed over the years. Enjoy!
posted on October 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Fall accessories are definitely a must! Look for a messenger bag and sectional tote, along with a cleverly designed Jack Skellington suit tote and reversible Jack and Sally cross-body. Other festive wear includes arm warmers, themed scarves and even a coffin-shaped Jack wallet. I’ve already shared some of this year’s novelty headwear with you, but as you can see there are a few other choices that are a bit more subtle and can certainly be worn any time of year.
New art debuts on a variety of themed tees including Jack Skellington as the Master of Fright, Pumpkin King and one that will have you wondering if it’s a “trick of the eye.” As the evenings cool down and a chill starts to fill the air, don’t despair – a new themed fleece will have you more than prepared. Ladies, a new dress, fashion tees and even a Sally-themed costume tee (available in select locations) are just a few ways for you to rock any look! Don’t worry, we have your little guys and ‘ghouls’ covered, too, with new fleece and tees and even a Jack Skellington suit-inspired coverall for your little pumpkin.
Look for all of these new merchandise offerings and more at the following locations:
- Emporium and Star Trader at Magic Kingdom Park
- World of Disney Store at Disney Springs Marketplace
- Mouse Gear at Epcot
- Beverly Sunset at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Two new Dooney & Bourke collections themed to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are also set to debut this fall! The first collection is a “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wallpaper print in coated canvas, featuring a black and white all-over pattern with Jack Skellington with leather accent trim and handles. In the coming weeks, a second nylon collection featuring silhouettes of some of your favorite Halloween Town characters will also materialize.
Look for these new Dooney & Bourke silhouettes at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort as well as Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Which “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise are you most excited for?
posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Our guests dined on an impressive menu that included the “best-of” menu items that can be found at the festival this year. Some favorites were the Patagonia Inspired Beef Empanadas, Loaded Mac‘n’Cheese with Pepper Bacon, Chef Judi Truck Stop Burger, Drunken Blue Velvet & Cream Cheese mini-cakes.
Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, also made his debut (surprise) appearance. Keep your eye out for this character on the blog and at our events in coming months!
Of course, being with our guests was the highlight of the event – especially when an impromptu dance-off took place to the Disney tunes supplied by the amazing DJ Elliot. To watch a full recap, check out the video above. For more photos from our event, follow the Disney Parks Blog on Instagram.
posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Today is a special day in Disney history. Not only is it the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the fan-favorite attraction Horizons also opened October 1, 1983.
The attraction opened in 1983 (and ended its run in 1999) to offer a look into what future living, work, learning, entertainment and more might look like, based on the hopeful theme, “If we can dream it, we can do it!”
Here are 13 reasons why we just can’t let go of this attraction. Jump on the Omnimover (in your mind) and let’s go…
- The FUTUREPORT DEPARTURE sign in the queue line could make you feel like exploring even the farthest destinations in space was possible. A quick trip to Mesa Verde or Brava Centauri, anyone?
- In a home of the future, just about anything was possible, thanks to robots who cooked, cleaned and even took care of one’s personal grooming.
- Horizons made us dream of having a robot butler. I’d still take one, especially this charmingly dressed chap who handled dusting and vacuuming.
- And the idea of a robot chef was awesome. Who cares if he made a mess? He’s fully equipped to clean up after himself.
- Of course, fun tasks like making a birthday cake could still be done by (human) hand.
- That orange smell!
- Who didn’t want to test out the piano of the future or the home’s hologram phone?
- Who wouldn’t want their school to feature deep sea exploration in “the world of liquid space” with seals by their side?
- Horizons workspaces were literally out of this world.
- Gravity was optional! (I always wondered if Tommy got his teddy bear back).
- Celebrating birthdays with loved ones all over the galaxy was possible.
- We can’t forget about the part of the attraction where guests could choose their own adventure. Destinations included the Omnimover for Desert (Mesa Verde), Space (Omega Centauri) or Sea (Sea Castle Resort). Which was your destination of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!
- Next to the original Journey Into Imagination attraction, Horizons had one of the coolest post-show paths. (The bright light at the end was a spinning GE symbol, the then-sponsor of the attraction).
posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
The park was the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, who dreamed about building a place where the possibilities of the future could be explored and enjoyed. Walt’s dream eventually evolved into the park that became EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), which was fronted by the park’s iconic attraction, Spaceship Earth.
We shared this rare time-lapse video of Spaceship Earth being built with Disney Parks Blog readers back in 2012, and are happy to share it again today in honor of the park’s anniversary.
posted on September 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Here are a few special artist appearances and signings taking place during October at Walt Disney World Resort that you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars!
October 1 – 4: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the month of October at Walt Disney World Resort. Larry will appear throughout the day, each day October 1 – 4, 15 – 18 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Epcot; and Oct. 22 – 25 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.
October 1 – 12 : Artist David E. Doss returns this month with special appearances and signings from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, October 1 – 12 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace and October 22 – 25 at Art of Disney Epcot. Learn more.
October 2 – 3: Meet artist Dave Perillo who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.
October 2 – November 2: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 2 – 4 and October 9 – 11. Learn more.
October 6 – 11: Be sure to stop by this month when Greg McCullough returns to Walt Disney World Resort with special appearances from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, October 6 – 11 at Art of Disney Epcot and October 19 – 23 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.
October 8 – 11: Meet artist William Silvers who will appear throughout the day, each day, October 8 – 11 and October 29 – November 1 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park and October 15 – 18 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.
October 24 – 25: Join us for an artist showcase at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Noah, Randy Noble and Don “Ducky” Williams, October 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. and October 25 from Noon – 2 p.m. Learn more.
Just a few other things before I go …
Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and The Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.
Or if you are planning to take part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015, be sure to check out the commemorative merchandise available at the Festival Center and other select locations. Tip: Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the festival.
Which events will you check out?
posted on September 29th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort
Mission: SPACE at Epcot
New Wearable Disney Gift Card Design Celebrates 20 Years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
posted on September 27th, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services
In addition to the many features of a Disney Gift Card, it also comes with a wristband to ensure quick and easy access for convenience at festival kiosks. Just activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and just swipe or scan to pay as you sample your favorite food and beverages throughout the festival.
The Festival-themed Disney Gift Card is currently available throughout Epcot as well as at surrounding Walt Disney World Resort hotels including Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels while supplies last.
New to this year’s Festival is a limited-release gift card design celebrating the 20th anniversary. The card must be activated with $200 and comes with an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival-themed lanyard, medallion and carrying sleeve, available only with this gift card purchase. Supplies of this Festival exclusive are limited.
The fun doesn’t have to end with the conclusion of 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.
posted on September 26th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
September is my favorite month of the year as I celebrate two awesome things – my birthday and the return of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. The latter is celebrating 20 years this fall, and I can’t wait to taste my way around the world again. I recently stopped by the Festival Center in Future World to check out the merchandise being offered this year. Here are some of my favorite things you will find throughout Epcot.
The Festival Center is located between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions in Future World. This location houses many experiences including a merchandise location, wine shop, Intermission Café, and cooking demonstrations. This is also a great place to pick up the new scavenger hunt called Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak (see my fellow author Michelle Harker’s article for details.
This year, there are three distinct art programs for the merchandise – World Showcase logo, Disney characters dressed as chefs, and Brews Around the World. You may recall reading about some of these items in a previous Disney Parks Blog article. Guests will find many of these items including apparel, home décor, drinkware and other goods at this location. One item that won’t arrive until later during the festival is the previously shown Figment coffee mug (just in case you were looking for it).
I’m also happy to announce a specially designed charm from PANDORA. This sterling silver charm with white and black enamel features Chef Mickey, and it will be released during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Finally, we will offer a limited release tee-shirt on our Disney Parks online store from September 25 through October 1. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. You can order the shirt by visiting DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
Here are a few other items I found including a new Disney Gift Card and Festival Cookbook. I hope to see you at Epcot this fall!
Facebook Place Tips Help You Taste Your Way Around the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
posted on September 25th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations
While you’re savoring and sipping around the world during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we have a cool new way to experience the culinary extravaganza this year.
Through a collaboration with Facebook, we’re adding a new feature to this year’s festival experience – Facebook Place Tips. As you taste your way through 30 Marketplaces in World Showcase and Future World, Facebook Place Tips will appear at the top of your News Feed within the Facebook mobile app.
You’ll see information about the Marketplaces you’re visiting, such as menus, festival maps, event information and more.
Here’s an example of what you’ll see; this is from the Australia Marketplace.
Turn on Bluetooth and location services on your mobile device to see Facebook Place Tips for each marketplace in your News Feed.
Tell us what you’re most excited to try this year at the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!