How fun is this post-“Illuminations” shot of World Showcase Lagoon from the Italy pavilion? Photographer Tom Bricker snapped it just as the show was ending.
Anyone up for a late-night gondola ride?
posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Our latest Disney Parks Blog meet-up, an advanced screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” took place over the weekend, and boy did our fans enjoy this one.
The film tells the tale of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible, horrible day of his young life. He soon learns that he’s not alone, when his family members all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
In addition to a screening of the film, guests at this Disney Parks Blog meet-up were the first to test out our very special Disney Parks Blog photo opp. Learn more about it and see the behind-the-scenes video here.
posted on October 8th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers showed their Halloween Time inspired Disney Side at the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up. The evening began with a cruise around the Rivers of America in Disneyland park, aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia. But something spooky was happening on deck …
The ship was haunted by the ghosts of Disneyland past! Our ghost host for the evening, Father from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, introduced special guests throughout the cruise – each representing special moments of dearly departed Disneyland history.
Guests were visited by Miss Pumpkin Festival from the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, a dancer from the Tahitian Terrace, one of Miss Lily’s can can dancers from the Golden Horseshoe Revue, the Deputy Mayor of Toontown who once appeared in Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, Becky Thatcher from Tom Sawyer’s Island and even one of the Kids of the Kingdom!
The Creepy Cruise concluded with a special serenade from the Cadaver Dans.
As guests disembarked from the Sailing Ship Columbia, they found Frontierland filled with surprises, like their favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, a trio of Disney Villains, a bounty of special Halloween Time treats and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, continuing its runaway train trips just for them.
And of course, guests turned out to show their Disney Side! Many of our meet-up guests arrived in costume, and you can see some of our favorites in the gallery above.
Did you attend the Disney Parks Blog Creepy Cruise Meet-Up? Tell us about it in the comments!
posted on October 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
If you were up early this morning, you may have spotted an unusual sight in the sky – the brilliance of a rare lunar eclipse called a “blood moon.”
Here at Walt Disney World Resort, the moon added the perfect spooky atmosphere to our parks, especially Magic Kingdom Park, which is already decorated for Halloween. Our photographers David Roark and Matt Stroshane were on hand to document the moon’s path over our parks.
Here’s how a blood moon works and why it’s significant: Full lunar eclipses happen maybe once each year, but blood moons that light up with color are extremely rare. Their bright red “blood” color happens when planet Earth is perfectly positioned between the moon and the sun – and the sun is able to shine only a small ring of red light past the earth and onto the moon (sort of like a worldwide sunset is reflecting on the moon). This morning’s blood moon is the second blood moon in a rare tetrad (a series of four) that will appear in 2014-2015. The next two blood moons are set to appear on April 4 and September 28, 2015.
Be sure to click through the gallery above to see the blood moon make its way over Walt Disney World Resort.
posted on October 6th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney
Race after runDisney race I am constantly amazed by the creativity our runners show when selecting their costumes for event weekends. However, when it comes to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, everyone seems to kick it up a notch. From the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids Races on Saturday morning, to the featured 10-Miler Saturday night, runners of all ages came prepared to show their Halloween inspired Disney Side.
Congratulations to the more than 15,500 registered runners who participated in all the runDisney events this past weekend. A special acknowledgement goes out to Marc Burget from Jacksonville, FL, and Lynn Baione from Jensen Beach, FL, our male and female champions.
It was an exciting weekend for everyone and I hope you will take a moment to enjoy the following recap video. And if after watching the video you feel inspired to join in on the fun at a future runDisney event weekend, visit runDisney.com for details on upcoming races.
posted on October 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
There has been a slight change to the age limit; I’m excited to announce that guests ages 3–15 can show their Disney Side with transformations inspired by some of your favorite “Frozen” characters. Our Crystalizers (stylists) will help you look your Arendelle best, from hair and makeup to wardrobe options that will generate plenty of warm hugs! Click here for a few details on what each package has to offer as well as a few things to know before you go.
Are you already cool enough? Anna & Elsa’s Boutique will also offer an array of “Frozen”-inspired merchandise worth melting for, including apparel, toys, dolls and more.
So remain icy calm, “Frozen” fans, and visit today!
posted on October 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is well underway and our guests are loving every minute. Earlier this week, the band Hanson stopped by to perform at the Eat to the Beat concert series and show off their Mmmhops Pale Ale.
Aside from checking out Eat to the Beat artists, our guests are tasting and sipping their way around the park. Check out the other fun that’s to be had at this year’s event in the gallery above.
Will you visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year? Tell us in the comments section below!
posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on September 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Earlier this week, Food & Beverage author Rachel Brent showed off some of the yummy treats that are now available at the Disneyland Resort. Among the mouth-watering treats she shared photos of were Banana Fritters, Pumpkin Beignets, Caramel Apple Smoothie and much more.
The witch cupcakes sure look delicious to me. Which treat would be your fav? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
posted on September 26th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator
As it gets closer to Halloween, we keep scaring up more and more treats at Walt Disney World Resort. Recently, I shared the ghoulish delights you can find at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so now let’s take a look at some of the frightfully fantastic treats you can find at our other Walt Disney World theme parks.
Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park are serving up creepy concoctions. I couldn’t resist this adorable demitasse mug, which combines some of my favorite things—Minnie Mouse, pumpkins and chocolate mousse. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, the chocolate brownie with spooky sprinkles is to die for, while a sweet pumpkin muffin is a perfect way to start a fall morning.
I adore gummy candies, so I was especially excited about the Spooky Worms ‘n Dirt Sundae from Discovery Island Ice Cream. A scoop of your favorite flavor gets topped with crushed chocolate cookies, gummy worms, whipped cream and spooky sprinkles. You’ll also find the frightful Bat Cupcake—chocolate cake topped with white icing, sprinkles and a chocolate bat.
If cupcakes are your favorite, you’re not going to want to miss the bewitching offerings at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sunshine Seasons at Epcot is brewing up a chocolate Witch Cupcake with a peanut butter filling. If you’re craving carrot cake, head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for their tasty take on this cupcake. Which witch will you choose?