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Celebrate Halloween on the Disney Parks Blog with a Set of Haunted Mansion Attraction Posters

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive Villains poster.

UPDATE: Click here for a list of recipients.

Happy Halloween! We’re celebrating throughout the day and night on the Disney Parks Blog with a first-ever Haunted Mansion takeover of the site and some unique Halloween-related stories. But to kick things off, we’re offering a chance to win a set of four posters inspired by the stretching portraits from The Haunted Mansion Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. If you are one of the first 100 people to send us a “Happy Halloween” greeting, you may be eligible to win a set of these posters.

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To enter for a chance to win all four Haunted Mansion Attraction posters, email us a “Happy Halloween” message of no more than 50 characters in length to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 10/31 /13.

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999 Happy Haunts Take Over the Disney Parks Blog

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Attention foolish mortals – Halloween day has arrived and this year, the Disney Parks Blog is haunted by 999 ghosts from The Haunted Mansion attraction. During this day (and night) your favorite authors are no more – they’ve been replaced by some eerie characters dead set on haunting the blog with their stories.
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We not only have a full day of Haunted Mansion-related stories, but there will also be a chance to win a special Haunted Mansion attraction treat this morning. Check here later for details.

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Minnie Mouse and Disneyland Resort Horses Participate in Anaheim Halloween Parade

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


A tradition since 1924, the Anaheim Halloween Parade delights viewers with spooky surprises, festive floats and energetic musicians. This year, parade-goers had a special treat: Minnie Mouse!

Seated in a regal carriage, with Disneyland Resort Ambassador Megan Navarette at her side, the seasonally attired duo were pulled by Circle D horses, Reggie and Brother. We were there as Circle D cast members prepped the handsome steeds for their strut down the streets of Anaheim. Look closely to see Reggie’s ears perk up at the mention of a certain mouse!

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Finish that Tombstone at Disneyland Park: Old Flybait

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


With Halloween just hours away, it’s time for another “Finish that Tombstone”! This time, we’re remembering one of our amphibious friends in the Haunted Mansion pet cemetery at Disneyland park.

Finish that Tombstone at Disneyland Park: Old Flybait

Can you remember what happened to Old Flybait?

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The Frightful Tale of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


We have shared lots of Halloween Time fun with you this season, from ghoulish goodies to the making of Haunted Mansion Holiday and the 13 surprises hidden in the rooms of the mansion. Now it’s time for for the spooky side of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, with a story worth a scream or two.

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Step back in time, to 1939 and a stormy Halloween Eve. A fateful bolt of lightning strikes the Hollywood Tower Hotel. An elevator plunges to the basement and its five passengers vanish. Guests hastily flee the hotel, leaving an “Out of Order” elevator with bent and damaged doors and a creepy library where the old-fashioned television suddenly comes alive — with the voice and image of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling.

Today, the mysterious building remains locked in time in Disney California Adventure park. Crossing over into the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you’re invited to ride the hotel’s remaining service elevators and experience your own terrifying plunge.

If you’re bold enough to flirt with the fifth dimension, it’s a thrilling drop from the 13th floor in a high-speed, 21-passenger elevator. Before you step foot in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you may want to know more about its eerie details:

  • The ominous Hollywood Tower Hotel stands 183 feet tall, the tallest building in Anaheim.
  • The landscaping is designed to reflect what was typical of an upscale hotel in 1930s Southern California. Chinese flame trees, magnolias, and various palms accent the building. Look for the dead palm fronds, intentionally left on the trees for that “unkempt-by-design” look.
  • Music heard in the area includes popular tunes from the 1930s, such as “I Can’t Get Started With You” by Bunny Berigan, “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn, and “Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington, all chosen for their timeless, haunting quality.
  • Artifacts fill the hotel lobby, all items “left behind” by guests who suddenly disappeared on that frightful Halloween in 1939. Scattered on tables and chairs are a pair of dusty wine glasses, a book, an unfinished postcard, a child’s doll and more.
  • Many of the props in the hotel are replicas that recall specific episodes of “The Twilight Zone” television series. The series originally ran on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling, its creator and host, wrote 92 of the original 156 episodes.
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Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Pictures Releases Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Twenty years ago today, two distinct holidays came together in a new, annual Disney tradition. “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” brought Halloween and Christmas together in a spooky spectacular which brought us new classic Disney characters like Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie. A few years later, Jack and his creepy crew began another Disney tradition: Haunted Mansion Holiday here at Disneyland park.

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Now in its 13th season, Haunted Mansion Holiday welcomes guests for a “Scary Christmas” as Jack takes over the mansion for the entire Halloween and Holiday seasons.

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The attraction takes on a whole new life (or afterlife?) as the usual residents vacate the mansion while Jack Skellington brings the world of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” to life each year.

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Like many guests, my favorite scene in Haunted Mansion Holiday is the “graveyard that’s covered in ghostly white snow,” featuring singing jack-o’-lanterns and giant ice angels.

What is your favorite part of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland park?

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The Happy Haunted Horseshoe Offers Halloween Fun at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Happy Haunted Horseshoe is open for business at Magic Kingdom Park.

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As a part of “Limited Time Magic“, the Diamond Horseshoe has been transformed into Halloween central, with plenty of tricks and treats in store, including performances by the Cadaver Dans and Dearly Departed Stan the piano player, plenty of “tricks” provided by magician Abner Cadaver, Halloween-themed snacks and more.

Check out the fun in this video – and be sure to stop by, now through November 1. For more on how we’re celebrating Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort this year, be sure to check out the list of “related stories” below.

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Word Search: The Haunted Mansion

posted on October 29th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We have a new treat for you Haunted Mansion fans today – a special word-search puzzle that’s themed around the mansion itself.

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There are a total of 11 hidden Haunted Mansion-inspired words hidden in the puzzle above. How many can you find? Tell us in the “Comments” section below and we’ll update the blog post later today with the full answer key!

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Disney Parks Blog Celebrates The Haunted Mansion for Halloween Week

posted on October 28th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Beginning today, the Disney Parks Blog is kicking off a special weeklong Halloween celebration that’ll feature new haunting header images, spooky stories, chances to win exclusive treats and a first-ever Haunted Mansion takeover of the site.
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Our Haunted Mansion takeover will be complete on October 31, when 999 ghosts take over blog story publishing. New ghostly authors will be dead set on sharing their stories that day. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the authors preparing to haunt the blog.

Check the Disney Parks Blog on Halloween day to see what mysterious stories will be shared as well as for a chance to win a reminder of our special celebration of The Haunted Mansion.

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Cadaver Dans to Make Special Daytime Appearances During ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disneyland Park

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park is watching the Cadaver Dans perform along the Rivers of America. They emerge from a fog aboard their raft, singing Halloween-inspired songs. This year, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” this barbershop quartet from beyond the grave will entertain grim, grinning ghosts and guests alike from the balcony of the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square during regular park hours. This is your chance to catch them outside of Mickey’s Halloween Party! They’re appearing in the daylight for a limited time only, October 28 – November 3.

Check out the video below for a peek at one of their performances during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park.

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