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Make Halloween a Carousel of Color with ‘World of Color’-Inspired Pumpkin

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Looking for a way to add some color to your Halloween? Try this “World of Color”-inspired pumpkin! Click here for detailed, step-by-step instructions. And be sure to check out for more Disneyland Resort ideas, photos and surprises.

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Heading to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party? Let’s Talk Candy!

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

I have to admit that one of the things I look forward to when attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the chance to trick-or-treat as an adult. Nothing makes me feel more like a kid again, especially when I see my favorite candy dropped into my trick-or-treat bag.


This year, guests have a lot to look forward to when it comes to candy at the parties. For example:

  • Guests can visit 15 treat locations located throughout Magic Kingdom Park
  • More than 282.5 tons of candy will be handed out during the 25 parties this season
  • More than 40 different kinds of brand-name candies, including Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, M&Ms and Kit Kats, are included in three trick-or-treat candy mixes offered during the parties.
  • Four treat stops are sponsored at this year’s party, adding Werther’s Caramels, chocolate and yogurt-covered Craisins, Halloween Peeps and – new for 2015 – Dove chocolates, into the mix.
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Disney Parks After Dark: The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

If you are on your way to over to Haunted Mansion Holiday during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, take a few minutes to check out the Halloween Tree in Frontierland near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. The tree was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel, “The Halloween Tree.” Click here to read Erin’s post for more detail about the story of the tree and its hand-painted jack-o-lanterns.

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park

The best time to see the Halloween Tree is, of course, at after dark!

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Download Our Halloween Candy Apples Wallpaper Now

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

We have a new Halloween treat to share with you today from Disney Parks. It’s our latest desktop/digital wallpaper, this design inspired by the yummy candy apples you can purchase at the resort this time of year.

Halloween Candy Apples 1440x900

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

Thanks to Jason Ratner for the wallpaper.

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Halloween Disney Gift Cards Now Available

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Join Mickey and Minnie in the fun of trick-or-treating with this new Halloween-themed Disney Gift Card, available at select locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Plus as an added treat, the card features “glow in the dark” elements. Load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and use it to purchase for practically all things Disney including Halloween merchandise, costumes, treats and more.


Heading to the Disneyland Resort? Treat someone special to a spooky fun Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, with this Disney Gift Card that features Mickey and Minnie celebrating a frightfully fun night. This unique Halloween design is available at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort and it too includes “glow in the dark” features.


Not going to be able to visit the Disney Parks this season? Fret not; non-glow-in the-dark versions of both of these new Disney Gift Card designs are available at, along with our exclusive online Halloween card featuring the couple that was simply meant to be, Jack and Sally. Pick up your Disney Gift Card today, and then redeem it at Disney destinations nationwide Happy Haunting!

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No Tricks, Just Halloween Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’ve talked about all the Halloween treats in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, so here’s the rundown of all the seasonal goodies you’ll find in the other three theme parks.


At Epcot, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion for a Spooky Olaf – a brownie shaped like a ghost covered with white fondant and Olaf’s face. Over in Future World at Fountain View, you’ll find a chocolate owl cupcake filled with chocolate marshmallow and sandwich cookie eyes, and at Sunshine Seasons, a candy corn push pop that’s orange, lemon or mango with layers of vanilla mousse. You’ll find all of these tasty treats the week of Halloween.


From October 4-November 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find a carrot cake with a pumpkin Mickey topper at The Trolley Car Café, ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express and Starring Rolls Café. From November 2-November 30 in the same locations, there’s a Holiday Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake with a Mickey topper. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on October 31 you can enjoy at Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java. Then on November 26, a fall cupcake debuts at the same locations. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And Tusker House Restaurant will showcase mini-pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cheesecake on the buffet.

Indulge a little, ‘tis the season!

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A Grandparents’ Guide to Cruising with Disney in 2016

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Grandparents often tell us that the best part of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is seeing their grandchildren’s joy throughout the voyage. I recently shared the top five ways to spoil your grandkids on a Disney cruise – things you can do to make any getaway with us extra special.

Today, I have suggestions for specific cruises to take with grandkids for the ultimate grand-travel vacation. All are jam-packed with memorable experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Grandparents, here’s your guide to cruising with us in 2016…


Dream a little bigger aboard the Disney Dream. New experiences are coming to the Disney Dream in late 2015, including super-cool play areas in the kids club, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Your grandkids may not want to leave once they enter these new worlds of fun, but grandparents can join the play during Open House. Another brand-new space both you and your grandchildren will love is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a shop serving handmade gelato and ice cream, novelty sundaes, and more candy than you can imagine. The made-to-share signature sundaes are a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth of the young and young at heart.

Disney Fantasy at Sea

Experience the Force in the Western Caribbean. On eight special sailings from January through April, the Force will be strong! For the first time ever, we are offering Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, perfect for a new out-of-this-galaxy experience with your grandchildren. The day-long celebration features a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. There will also be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Have the time of your life with your grandkids, you will.


Explore the magic of Disney on land and sea. Three of our ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2016, giving you the chance to extend precious time with your grandkids through a combined Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line vacation. Our home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami are driving distance from Orlando where you can experience Disney’s world-class resorts and four incredible theme parks. Pre- and post-cruise add-on options give you flexibility to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort before or after your magical voyage. A trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise? You’re getting the Best Grandparent of the Year award!


Discover the grandeur and culture of Europe and Alaska. In the summer of 2016, we’re returning to exotic locales around the world and, once again, offering Port Adventures designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. On the Disney Magic, you’ll have the chance to visit destinations in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Cruises to Alaska on the Disney Wonder offer family-friendly adventures like whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding and more. There’s no better way to share your love of traveling the world with your grandkids than in true Disney fashion, with an extra dash of pixie dust for both grandchildren and grandparents.


Seek thrills and chills during Halloween on the High Seas. Who says Halloween can only be celebrated on October 31? Weeks before the big day, you’ll enjoy Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor onboard all four ships. One of the best celebrations for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a costume party with Disney friends, games, dancing and lots of candy. Make sure you get into the fun by bringing a costume of your own! For this one, you’ll receive the Coolest Grandparent of the Year award!


Join Santa and his elves on Very Merrytime Cruises. Starting in November, our ships transform with a 24-foot Christmas tree, a life-sized gingerbread house, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more. Each voyage has festive events like a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus meet-and-greets and a tropical holiday deck party. Especially for grandparents who can’t be with their grandkids on Christmas morning, our holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy together the traditions of this special time of year.

Which of our special cruises in 2016 will your grandkids enjoy most?

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Disney Doodles: Headless Horseman Rides (Yet) Again

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

If you’ve ever attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’re probably familiar with the Headless Horseman, who makes his way down Main Street, U.S.A., prior to the step-off of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Parade.


In this week’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagined what the Headless Horseman would do if he attended the party himself. Looks like he’s having quite ride!

For more Disney Doodles, check out the posts below:

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Not-So-Scary Fun at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 10th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This week we shared many new images from inside Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, including new shots of “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks and the new “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ from Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Have you seen either of these sights yet this year? Tell us what you liked most about them in the comments section below, or join the conversation online with the hashtag #NotSoScary.

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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 9th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.


Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece. Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

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