Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks After Dark: An Enchanted Fantasyland

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I absolutely adore this image of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. Photographer Tom Bricker did an amazing job capturing just how magical this part of the park is. And I’ve always loved the intricate detail that appears on this side of the castle.

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Is this one of your favorite “After Dark” images we’ve shared? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Exclusive Merchandise Revealed for Destination D: Attraction Rewind

posted on September 4th, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


A few months ago, D23, Disney’s Official Fan Club, unveiled some of the exclusive merchandise that will be available at Destination D: Attraction Rewind this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. The event, which takes place November 22 and 23, celebrates beloved attractions and entertainment of yesteryear while also looking at what’s to come with Disney Legends, luminaries and Imagineers.

Just for the occasion, Mickey’s of Glendale — the famous Walt Disney Imagineering store — is setting up a pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise just for event attendees. Earlier this summer, D23 previewed a few of the items that will be available, and now we are happy to share even more of the collection here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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In addition to all this, there will be a Mystery Box pin set featuring the Pleasure Island club marquee logos including Mannequins Dance Palace, Comedy Warehouse, 8TRAX, Pleasure Island Jazz Co., Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club, and Adventurer’s Club.

And just wait … there’s even more to come! So pick up your tickets today.

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No Tricks, Just Treats at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, especially with all the festivities at Walt Disney World Resort. I recently had the chance to check out some of the spooky sweets that the team at Magic Kingdom Park have conjured up for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Don’t worry–there are no tricks, just plenty of delectable treats in store for our guests.

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If you’re planning to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, be sure to check out the spook-tacular offerings specially created for the season. Stop by the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for a creepy Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. Ghouls of all ages will love choosing their favorite flavor of ice cream and sandwiching it between two freshly baked sugar cookies. Next door at Main Street Bakery, you’ll find the simply yummy Mummy and Candy Corn Cupcakes. If you’re looking for a more ghoulish delight, stop by Gaston’s Tavern for a Ghost Cupcake.

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For the serious sweet tooth, I suggest checking out the Candy Corn Cotton Candy found on carts throughout the park. In addition, Storybook Treats in Fantasyland will be serving up Candy Corn Soft Serve. Take one bite into the cone and you’ll know this isn’t a trick—the cone is filled with candy corn. Yum!

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I’ve always believed that breakfast food is meant to be enjoyed at any time of day. The Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae from Sleepy Hollow is a festive way to indulge during the party. The hot waffle is topped with soft serve, cinnamon sugar and spooky sprinkles. It tastes so wickedly wonderful, you might just lose your head over it.

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Ghoulish gulps will also be materializing for the party. Kick back with some Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland or prepare to pucker with Buggy Brew from Friar’s Nook. My favorite? The Wormy Apple Slush from Gaston’s Tavern, complete with real (gummy) worms.

These treats are only available at Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party, taking place on select nights from September through October.

What tricks and treats are you looking forward to enjoying at Disney Parks this fall?

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Fans, Fun and Football Win at MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney

posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Belinda Frazier, Manager, Corporate Citizenship


From the lighting of the first grill at the “Great Tailgate” until the last seconds ticked off the clock during Sunday’s game – it was the perfect ending to a weekend of fun, football and fans as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney.
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As nearly 10,000 fans cheered, the North Carolina A&T Aggies defeated their rivals, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in Sunday’s match up between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). But the game was just part of the reason these thousands of visitors came to Central Florida. They came for the annual celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), diversity and football.

As a proud member of the HBCU alumni community, I was honored to take part in events such as a college fair, an ESPN career panel for local students, the annual band showcase and the Legends reception recognizing outstanding HBCU alumni for their athletic and academic contributions.

But that wasn’t the only reason I felt proud this weekend. As Sunday’s game was broadcast on ESPN network from Bright House Networks Stadium at the University of Central Florida, it highlighted our region to a national audience. It was thrilling to see my community and fellow cast members coming together for such a fantastic event.

Today, we were all big winners!

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101 Dogs Walk the Green Carpet at First-Ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 30th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As the sun rose over the Walt Disney World Resort, 101 creatively costumed dogs and their owners walked the green carpet on Main Street, U.S.A., during our first-ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Pet dogs dressed as Disney princesses, pirates and even Cruella de Vil were featured at the tail-wagging event, which included a special doggie dance party in front of Cinderella Castle with your favorite Disney dogs like Pluto and Bolt.

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There was a special “Show Your Disney Side” costume contest before Disney character Goofy kicked off a first-of-it’s-kind dog walk around a portion of Magic Kingdom Park and through Cinderella Castle. The walk was led by Lily, a Labrador-Catahoula pup with a perfect Mickey Mouse-shaped spot on her lower back originally featured on the Disney Parks Blog, as well as members of the Disney Parks Blog team.

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Portions of the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom will be included in an Animal Planet Disney Side edition of “America’s Cutest Pet” scheduled to premiere in October. The TV special will be hosted by actor and pet lover John O’Hurley who also showed up for our event.

Be sure to check out our special gallery from the Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park – we had a great time and the costumes were spectacular.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: More Photos From Villains Unleashed

posted on August 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared some amazing images from the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – so for this week’s photo recap, I just had to share a few more.

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With so many Disney villains on hand at the party, there were sure some great photo opportunities. Be sure to check out the full gallery above!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Future World Lights Up at Epcot

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image is of a place that appeals to the inner child in just about all of us – the light-up walkway through Future World at Epcot.

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Exiting through this part of the park at night always makes me smile. How about you?

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VIDEO: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hosts Villains Unleashed

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, Disney’s Hollywood Studios played host to Villains Unleashed, a special event in which 50 Disney villains (and many Disney fans) packed the park for some nighttime fun and special entertainment.

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The event kicked off at Hades Hangout, where several Disney villains were welcomed to the stage – including Shan Yu, Bowler Hat Guy, Captain Gantu, Oogie Boogie and many others. One fan favorite was Dr. Hämsterviel, who made his debut appearance at Walt Disney World Resort during this event!

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Speaking of cool characters, Disney Junior – Live On Stage was temporarily taken over by Star Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” for an out-of-this-world dance party.

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Many guests also dressed up to show their “villain” side for the occasion. Some of the amazing costumes I saw that night included Bomb Voyage from “The Incredibles” and Stinky Pete from “Toy Story 2,” among others. (Be sure to click through the gallery above to see more). In addition to meeting villain characters, guests also enjoyed special entertainment, including “Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show” and a Star Wars villain zone.

The evening ended with a spectacular appearance by Maleficent, who kicked off the night’s “Villainy In The Skies” fireworks spectacular.

Be sure to check out the video above for more!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Howdy from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


For this “Disney Parks After Dark,” I wanted to find a place in the Disneyland Resort where I could take a series of photos while staying in the same place over a short period of time. My goal was to make each photo look different without adding additional lighting. The first photo is a typical example of what I would normally take of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was taken at 9:18 p.m.

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The second photo was taken at 9:22 p.m., but under the bright red glow from the finale of “Fantasmic!” on the nearby Rivers of America.

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The last photo was taken at 9:32 p.m., during the “Magical” fireworks spectacular. For these three photos, I made minor adjustments in the camera to vary the blur of the trains. For this last photo, I moved the tripod a bit to the left to get more of the fireworks in the shot.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A New Fantasyland Scene

posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

I love the interesting angle he took on this shot, which shows the intricately sculpted detail of the Fantasyland wall, plus the light and color of the carousel and Cinderella Castle in the background. Such a pretty sight!
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