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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.

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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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New ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Items Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I loved seeing the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” a few weeks ago during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. If you plan on attending an event in October, I invite you to look for a few commemorative items inspired by this new show.

We have an event T-shirt featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney Villains from the show such as Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.

Guests attending the events may also find artwork for select mobile phones at the new D-Tech on Demand area inside Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. at the exit of Space Mountain. We offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.

Finally, we will offer a limited release retail MagicBand starting October 9.

The best place to look for the event shirt and retail MagicBand is Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A.

The retail MagicBand may be found in additional locations such as Box Office Gifts on Main Street, U.S.A., Big Al’s in Frontierland and Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. in Tomorrowland.

For more information about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, please visit DisneyWorld.com.

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Halloween ‘Tree-t’ on Display in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Lobby

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


October is here, and Halloween grows closer each day. To celebrate the season, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa bakery has created a Halloween “Tree-t” now on display in the hotel’s lobby.

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This Halloween “Tree-t” is made of

  • 18 pounds of marshmallows
  • 52 pounds of crisped rice cereal
  • 30 pounds of white chocolate
  • 40 pounds of gum paste
  • 15 pounds of fondant

The tree stands at over five feet tall, and took 10 cast members — including artists, engineers, and bakers — more than 140 hours to create. Thirteen “Hidden Mickeys” are hidden throughout the display.

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Hot chocolate and warm apple cider (both available in an alcoholic version, for adults) are for sale, as well as spooky sweets like cake pops, pumpkin muffins and bat-shaped cookies.

The hauntingly cute confection will be on display through November 1, 2015.

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Halloween How-To: Creating A Haunting Tower of Terror Bellhop Look

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week we’re back in Cosmetology for another Halloween DIY. This time, we’re learning how to create a spooky Twilight Zone Tower of Terror bellhop look.

The makeup choices and techniques shown in the video below will work for either a boy or a girl. Adults interested in recreating this look can do so and (a tip from Cosmetologist Elizabeth) feel free to choose darker colors for a more bold look.

Interested in more tips for creating different Disney Parks inspired Halloween looks? Check out the links below.

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Behind the Scenes: Decorating Disney Ships for Halloween on the High Seas

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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In true Disney fashion, we go all out to celebrate Halloween on the High Seas. Every ship gets a holiday overlay with special décor, tasty treats, themed parties and loads of spooky activities for the whole family. I love walking onto the ships for the first time each fall to see the festive details from bow to stern.

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Disney’s Holiday Services plays a special role in decorating the ships, from months of planning and prepping to setting it all up onboard in a matter of hours. When the team decorated the Disney Fantasy last month, my pal John was there at Port Canaveral. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform a Disney ship into a ghoulish wonderland. Check it out:

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PANDORA Jewelry and Other Popular Products Coming to Disney Parks This October

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Each month, Disney Theme Park Merchandise releases new items at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. With the start of October, I selected a handful of my favorite new things that guests will soon find either at Disney Parks or on our Disney Parks online store. Select items may also be available using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app (see this video for details about using the app).

Retail MagicBands for Haunted Mansion and Disney Villains
Two new retail MagicBands are coming to Walt Disney World Resort on October 9. The Disney Villains MagicBand is open edition while the Haunted Mansion-themed MagicBand is limited release. You may notice that both MagicBands are printed on a much requested purple-colored MagicBand.

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Jungle Cruise-Themed Companion T-Shirts
From October 7-13, we are continuing our monthly series of companion T-shirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This time, they are dressed as characters from the world famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. Guests can only find these limited release shirts online at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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Carrie and Nellie Join Disney Attractionistas Collection
Speaking of attractions, two new Disney Attractionistas are due to arrive in October at Disney Parks. You may recall reading about these Disney Parks-inspired dolls a few months ago on the Disney Parks Blog. This month, guests will find Carrie, who was inspired by King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Resort and Prince Charming Regal Carousel at Walt Disney World Resort; and Nellie whose looks were inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise.

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Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion Series 2
The second series in the Vinylmation – Haunted Mansion collection will be released D-Street locations on October 30. The first series in this collection was originally released in 2012. This time, the limited release series contains seven known figures and one mystery chaser figure. There are also a few variant figures and the last of the three Hitchhiking Ghost figures.

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Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection
New Holiday charms from the Disney Parks | PANDORA Jewelry Collection are debuting on October 29-31 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Don’t miss the chance to check these Disney-inspired charms off your shopping list to make the perfect holiday gifts.

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7 Photos of the ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ That Will Put A Spell On You

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is on at Magic Kingdom Park, and with it, the new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” It’s been 22 years since the wicked Sanderson Sisters materialized in the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” Now they’re back to throw one heck of a Halloween party.

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In the show, sisters Winifred, Mary and Sarah proceed to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion, which requires sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the powers of frightful friends. And who would those “friends” be? Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Lady Tremaine and more!

Guests are loving this amazing stage show, which takes place only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights through November 1. Tickets to the party are going fast, so get yours soon!

Have you seen the show? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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Readers Get Into the Spooky Spirit at Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, we hosted 200 fans at the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland park. The evening kicked off with a special reception at Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were there, dressed in their Halloween best.

Guests were treated to a special performance of the Oogie Boogie Band, singing Halloween favorites.

Everyone took away special sweets featured in the parks during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

And everyone got a head start on their trick-or-treating with a candy-filled coffin on the way out.

Check out the gallery below to see some of our guests in their Halloween costumes!

Did you join us for the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland park? Tell us about it in the comments!

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12 Disney Parks Halloween Wallpapers to Haunt Your Desktop

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s October, which means Halloween is just a few weeks away. Is this one of your favorite holidays? I know it’s one of mine.

To help add some Halloween spirit to your desktop or mobile device, we’re happy to share with you 12 Disney Parks Blog exclusive wallpapers – all inspired by Halloween or our spookiest attractions, the Haunted Mansion and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Wallpaper Haunted Mansion 45th Anniversary Wallpaper Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion Wallpaper
Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Wallpaper CAPTION
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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.

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13 Photos of ‘Happy HalloWishes’ Fireworks from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park is the spooky fireworks display, “Happy HalloWishes.”

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In this nighttime spectacular, the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion welcomes you to “drop in” as Disney Villains, like Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie, take control of the fireworks show. Take a look at the photo gallery above – if you’ve never attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ve never seen Cinderella Castle like this before!

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