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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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Celebrate Halloween Week with ‘Limited Time Magic’ at The Happy Haunted Horseshoe

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During Halloween week, we’re offering some ghostly “Limited Time Magic” surprises at The Happy Haunted Horseshoe at the Walt Disney World Resort that’ll include daytime performances by the Cadaver Dans as well as special themed cupcakes and treats.

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Beginning Monday, The Happy Haunted Horseshoe will feature ghostly entertainers dead-set on delighting you with spooky tricks and treats inside the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon at Frontierland.

Each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you’ll be able to join hostess Miss Betty Blue as she calls forth the harmonies of the Cadaver Dans, Dearly Departed Stan the piano player and morbid magician Abner Cadaver. There will also be snacks and Halloween cupcakes at The Happy Haunted Horseshoe to enjoy during the entertainment.

This “Limited Time Magic” opportunity is only happening October 28 – November 1 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today to find out what’s planned for Halloween week at Disneyland park.

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Create a Perfect Disney Parks Pumpkin This Halloween

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of Halloween is carving a pumpkin – how about you? This year, I’m excited to share that tradition with my son, who has been fascinated with pumpkin patches over the past few weeks.

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When it comes to designing the perfect “Disney” pumpkin, you can sure find a lot of inspiration at a Disney theme park – this year there are nearly 200 jack-o’-lanterns lining Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park alone!

For inspiration on your own pumpkin designs this year, check out the gallery above, as well as these previous blog posts that give insight into how jack-o’-lanterns are designed at Disney Parks.

  • In Tom Smith’s previous post, David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment, shared tips on creating out-of-the box designs for jack-o’-lanterns.
  • Download a Disney character template you can use to create your own pumpkin in this previous post by Erin Glover.
  • If you’re daring enough, try pumpkin sculpting this year instead of carving. See how it’s done in Valerie Sukovaty’s post from Disneyland Resort.
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Disney Parks After Dark: Boo! Happy Halloween from Disneyland Park

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”

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I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.

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After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”

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Last-Minute Costume Ideas for a Disney Side-Inspired Halloween at Disney Parks

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With Halloween only a few days away, I’m still deciding how I want to dress up this year. I already dressed up as a space cowboy during the Disney Parks Blog meet up in September (that event was filled with some wonderful costume ideas). But I’m considering some other options including my awesome “TRON: Legacy” costume that I would wear everyday if I could. Here are a few costume ideas for showing off your Disney Side during Halloween at Disney Parks.

Sheriff Woody Zip-Up Sweatshirt and Buzz Lightyear T-Shirt At Disney Parks

The image above features a Sheriff Woody zip-up sweatshirt that would be perfect with a cowboy hat, jeans and boots. The Buzz Lightyear t-shirt could be paired with Buzz Lightyear gloves that we also carry at Disney Parks.

New Hooded Sweatshirts Featuring Mickey And Minnie Mouse At Disney Parks

I snapped a candid image around our offices of the new hooded sweatshirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I would add some Mickey Mouse gloves and yellow slippers for a simple nod to these classic Disney characters.

Disney Princess Costumes At Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique

We have a variety of Disney Princess costumes, which are a perfect addition to an ultimate makeover experience for guests ages 3-12 at the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique in Downtown Disney Marketplace or in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, or at the Disneyland Resort.

We also have two new costumes (with matching accessories) inspired by Anna and Elsa from the upcoming Disney animated feature “Frozen”. I can’t wait for this film!

Adult-Sized T-Shirts Featuring Minnie Mouse And Snow White At Disney Parks

While we do not carry adult-sized costumes at Disney Parks, the softlines team updated two popular costume t-shirts from last year featuring Minnie Mouse and Snow White.

Costume T-Shirt Inspired By Jack Skellington At Disney Parks

Other new costume t-shirts include one inspired by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Star Wars-Inspired Costume T-Shirt Featuring A Stormtrooper And Darth Vader At Disney Parks

Finally, I liked the new Star Wars-inspired costume t-shirts featuring a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (the latter would look great with a new Mouse ear helmet).

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Last Weekend for an All Hallows Eve T at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Robin Trowbridge, Entertainment Show Director, Disneyland Resort.


Have you made it out to our splendiferously spooky edition of the Mad T Party this year? We stirred in a bit of Halloween spice to make it even more devilishly delicious! Have a look:

This particular brand of fantabulous freakishness fades into the night after this weekend, so don’t be late! If you can’t make it, though, fret not. The Rabbit Hole will soon open again for some holiday celebratiousness and a bit of snowfall, just in time for T!

For more on Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, click the links below:

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Main Street Style: Getting Into Character at Disney Parks

posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


We’ve been celebrating the fall season all month at Disney Parks with Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. Looking for some costume inspiration? Look no further than some of the guests recently spotted by our style squad.

Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Mary Poppins Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Sally

LEFT: You’ll look super… (oh, you know the rest!)… dressed as everyone’s favorite nanny. A smart blue dress, carpet bag, proper hat and brawly (umbrella) bring the whole look together. It’s practically perfect in every way.

RIGHT: This dress is super cute for a day in the park and a dream for Halloween. Inspired by Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, you could amp up the character quotient and top it off with a bright red wig.

Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Donald Duck Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Mickey Mouse

LEFT: If it looks like a duck and dresses like a duck, it must be none other than Donald. This sweet rendition of a Disney classic left us quacking for joy. The yellow sneakers and sailor top are precious.

RIGHT: Mickey is always a favorite inspiration for guests, but we especially like this mod interpretation done with color blocking. The yellow leg warmers are a clever touch.

Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Peter Pan Main Street Style at Disney Parks: Phineas and Ferb

LEFT: These friends on Main Street at Disneyland park inspired us to never want to grow up! We love their take on the characters from “Peter Pan.” Group costumes are a great way to extend Halloween fun.

RIGHT: A platypus on a secret mission is the inspiration for this look from Phineas and Ferb. We love the turquoise and white dress paired with the bowler hat. Though it will be hard to maintain your cover with a look this spot on.

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Finish That Tombstone at Magic Kingdom Park: ‘Good Old Fred’

posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Finish that Tombstone” showcases a classic that can be found at Magic Kingdom Park. The wording starts with “Good Old Fred…”

Finish That Tombstone: Good Old Fred

Can you tell us the remainder of the inscription, which has been blurred out here?
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