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posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Last month, we announced the debut of Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and his love, Sally, at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. In honor of his appearance, we’re offering Disney Parks Blog readers the chance to win a Jack Skellington Popcorn Vinylmation.
Here’s how it works: Between 10:00 a.m. (ET), October 23, 2013, and 10:00 a.m. (ET), October 25, 2013, we’ll be sharing a #NotSoScary RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#Sweepsentry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 30 people who will win one Jack Skellington Popcorn Vinylmation. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.
We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 10 a.m. on October 25. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 10:00 AM (ET) on 10/23/13; ends 10:00 AM (ET) on 10/25/13. Click here for Official Rules.
Wildlife Wednesdays: Halloween Celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Helps to Keep Bats ‘Hanging Around’
posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
Hanging up bat decorations for Halloween is great holiday fun but at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we also want to keep real bats hanging around. Bats play a critical role in nature, helping to control pests and pollinate countless plants, including delicious fruits like bananas and mangoes.
On Halloween, we’re celebrating Bat Day with special activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch where guests will discover that bats are cool, not creepy. Guests can enter a “bat cave” and test their skills at identifying North American bats. Fun games help guests learn what bats eat and what challenges they face. Guests also can meet our bat keepers and find out how we care for the bats that make their home on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They might even see one of our bats getting its wellness exam in the Veterinary Hospital.
Did you know?
- The Malayan Flying Fox, which guests can see on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, is one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan of close to 6 feet. Another bat species at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Rodrigues fruit bat.
- Contrary to popular myths, bats are not blind and do not become entangled in human hair.
- For 2013, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is supporting Bat Conservation International projects that are helping to protect long-nosed bats in the Caribbean, golden-capped fruit bats in the Philippines and straw-colored bats in Africa. This year, the DWCF also is supporting a Lubee Bat Conservancy project that is helping flying foxes in Madagascar.
posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
All this month, Disney cruisers have joined Mickey, Minnie and friends in celebrating Halloween at sea with special activities, including haunted costume parties and spooky movies, along with frightfully delicious concoctions like spider cakes, “Spooky Juice” and lots of candy, of course!
On the Disney Dream, guests are being treated to an extra-special celebration during our Halloween on the High Seas cruises. These sailings are loaded with spooky surprises, beginning when guests step aboard the ship to see a huge tree in the middle of the atrium lobby. It isn’t long before they learn the story of The Pumpkin Tree and use their imaginations (plus some magic pumpkin seeds) to bring this dead tree to life. Overnight, the tree is magically transformed with an enchanted personality and pumpkins sprouting from its branches. The Pumpkin Tree even talks and interacts with guests, and its pumpkins sparkle during a spectacular light show!
The surprises don’t end there. During Haunted Stories of the Seas, the bravest cruisers gather beneath the stars as an eerie sea captain tells thrilling stories of ghosts and zombies that seem to come to life right before their eyes!
Other special events include Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, where kids dance and play with favorite Disney friends, and the Creepy Cabaret adult costume party with those mischievous Disney villains. And during A Nightmare Before Christmas – Sing and Scream, guests join in a 3D sing-along showing of the creepy classic, complete with real fog and special effects. At the end of the movie, they even get a surprise meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally!
Check out the gallery on Disney Cruise Line’s Facebook page for some of the photos we’ve seen so far, and let us know in the comments which Disney cruiser you think deserves the best dressed award!
posted on October 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
This week’s downloadable wallpaper was created by Disney artist Mike Britton and features the Scar from “The Lion King.” To download for your computer or mobile device, simply click on the image below.
Have you ever dressed as a Disney villain for Halloween? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
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posted on October 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
As much as I love celebrating Halloween at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park, I do love to see how our other parks – especially our international ones – celebrate this time of year.
This fall, Hong Kong Disneyland launched a new Halloween offering as a part of their Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration. It’s called the “Scream-No-More Challenge” and allows guests to explore the seven lands at the park, stopping at attractions and scare checkpoints that test their ability to hold back screams. Checkpoints include a new Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire, Grizzly Gulch Halloween Fair, Tomorrowland Party Zone, and more. (Some guests may even scream with delight when they see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed up in Halloween attire!).
The offering will run Thursdays-Sundays through October 31, at the park. Be sure to check out the photo gallery above for more.
To see how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks, check out the list of stories below.
posted on October 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Here, the park’s hub area in front of the castle has become occupied by the Chernabog from “Fantasia” as a part of the park’s Scream No More challenge – checkpoints throughout the park that are so spooky they dare guests not to scream. What an amazing sight!
Disney’s Haunted Halloween celebration runs through October 31 at the park, and also includes live entertainment in Tomorrowland, guest makeovers at the “Boo-Tique”, a Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire in Adventureland, more than 100 special treats and kinds of merchandise, and much more.
Check out this list of related blog posts to see how other parks around the world are celebrating Halloween after dark!
posted on October 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
“Mom! Look what Phineas and Ferb are doing!”
Attention “Phineas & Ferb” fans – Candace’s favorite brothers have joined the Creepa Crew this year at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Their mission? To get the (Halloween) party started on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park.
This fun Halloween pre-parade gets the crowd warmed up just after the Headless Horseman passes and before the “Boo-To-You Parade” begins. Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions on how you can join the “crew” in their dance to China Anne McClain’s “Calling All the Monsters”.
Read more posts about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:
posted on October 16th, 2013 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park, so I thought I’d take the video crew and see what’s new. The Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland Terrace and the tricked-out Treat Trails were some of the highlights, but I have to say seeing all the guests’ creative costumes was the real treat for me.
There is still time to join the party! For ticket information, click here. What will you be wearing to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year?
Read on for more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort:
posted on October 16th, 2013 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, partly for the candy but mostly because I love any excuse to dress up. As a kid, there was always something magical about putting on a costume, going trick-or-treating (especially when the holiday fell on a school night!) then trading candy with my sister into the wee hours.
This year, I think families will find even more to be excited about with the brand new Downtown Disney Halloween offering at DisneyQuest. Similar to the popular DisneyQuest New Year’s Eve event, this party is perfect for families – with unlimited DisneyQuest games, two DJ dance parties, character meet ‘n’ greets, photo ops and of course, trick-or-treating. It’s five floors of fun with something for everyone! And, no surprise, dressing up is encouraged … there’s even a costume contest that makes every kid a winner!
With Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party already sold out for October 31st, I imagine tickets will go fast for this party, too!
Tickets are $45 in advance and $54 if you purchase the day of the event. To book your place at the party, or for more information, call (407) W-DISNEY.
In the meantime, get more info here, then let me know what your family will be dressing up as this year – any Disney costumes out there?