Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks Blog Readers Board the Halloween Time Express Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on October 8th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, 200 Disney Parks Blog readers joined us for a special circle tour of Disneyland park aboard the Halloween Time Express Meet-Up! This mobile meet-up was our first-ever, and included spooky surprises at every stop.

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Guests arrived in a variety of costumes, ready to board one of two Disneyland Railroad trains which would take them on their adventure.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Board the Halloween Time Express Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

After a private performance from the Cadaver Dans at the Main Street Train Station, the Halloween Time Express departed for New Orleans Square, where Jack and Sally were waiting to greet passengers.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Board the Halloween Time Express Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

Next, an unexpected stop just outside Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree featured Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their Halloween costumes!

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When the Halloween Time Express reached Tomorrowland Station, Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers were waiting to board the train, but were thwarted by Jedi Knights.

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And did I mention ghost hosts? Each train was boarded by a resident of the Haunted Mansion – both looking for something to haunt while Jack Skellington has taken over for the season.

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Waiting for our passengers as they disembarked from the train at Main Street Train Station were Maleficent, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.

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The night ended on a sweet note, with a private treat trail just for Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up guests! Did you ride the Halloween Time Express last night? Let us know in the comments!

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All Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

posted on September 24th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: Confirmation emails for the Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up have been sent. All registered participants should receive a confirmation email.

UPDATE: The Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up has reached capacity, and confirmation emails will be sent shortly. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future events!

Attention, foolish mortals – Halloween Time is upon us, bringing dreadful delights to every dark corner of the Disneyland Resort. And on the evening of October 7, a spooky circle tour of Disneyland park will take place, with special surprises at each stop. You are invited to join the Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up, where you will experience Halloween Time in a way you never have before!
All Aboard the Disney Parks Blog Halloween Time Express Meet-Up at Disneyland Park

So get your Halloween costume ready and join us October 7! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Park admission will be provided beginning at 7:30 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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Hundreds Attend Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Halloween Treat-Up at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Hundreds Attend Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Meet-Up at Magic Kingdom Park

Ghosts, princesses and even Disney villains were a few favorite costumes of the night as hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers joined the fun at our #NotSoScary Halloween “Treat-Up” at Magic Kingdom Park.

Tara Anderson and Denise Case from Walt Disney World Entertainment

Our meet-up began at Tomorrowland Terrace with photos, caricatures and even special signed posters by Disney artists for some lucky guests on Friday the 13th. Then, the group learned firsthand how Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties are created and how best to experience it all from Walt Disney World Entertainment show director Tara Anderson and Denise Case from creative development at Walt Disney World Entertainment.

Guests Get a Sneak Peek Inside Princess Fairytale Hall

As a special surprise for readers, “Treat Up” attendees got a sneak peek inside Princess Fairytale Hall before the official grand opening on September 18. But before heading over to New Fantasyland, Walt Disney Imagineers Jason Grandt and Pam Rawlins talked about the attraction and shared a few stories about how it was created.

Hundreds Attend Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Meet-Up at Magic Kingdom Park


To wrap the night, guests were able to return to Tomorrowland Terrace for VIP viewing of “Celebrate the Magic” and “Happy HalloWishes.”

Thank you to everyone who attended the “Treat Up” – the costumes at this year’s event were the best yet. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fall Fun, Meet-Ups, Princess Fairytale Hall & More

posted on September 14th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week was a busy one for the Disney Parks Blog. We held not one, but two meet-ups this week here at the Walt Disney World Resort. The first celebrated the grand reopening of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and gave our readers a taste of what to expect from the new menu. The evening ended with an amazing view of “Wishes” fireworks.

Then last night we celebrated Friday the 13th with our Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Treat-Up at Magic Kingdom Park, during which our guests heard firsthand about how Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties are created. They were also surprised with a sneak peek trip inside Princess Fairytale Hall, which officially opens in New Fantasyland on September 18.

Speaking of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the return of this annual fall event marked the debut appearance of Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Check out the photos below of what their new greeting location looks like.

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-imagined California Grill

posted on September 9th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The night before the official debut of the re-imagined California Grill, we hosted our first resort-based Disney Parks Blog meet-up and offered readers an early opportunity to experience the restaurant, taste the new dishes and meet the chefs behind the amazing flavors.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-imagined California Grill

We kicked things off at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with hor d’oeuvres before Chef Brian Piasecki invited everyone into the dining room to taste the food. Some of the choices were Hand Carved Oak Fired Filet of Beef with Heirloom Tomato Risotto, Pacific Coast Halibut with Parsnip Silk and Pork Two Ways – Grilled Tenderloin with Goat Cheese Polenta and Lacquered Belly with Country Applesauce. Everyone had a favorite dish.

During the night, Chef Brian and Chef Jeff Barnes also interacted with readers and talked about the different menu items and flavors while a DJ played background music in the main dining room. Debbie Petersen from Walt Disney Imagineering also talked with guests about the details of the restaurant.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-imagined California Grill

After dinner, the new desserts at California Grill took center stage. And probably the most talked about treat was Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes’ favorite – the Sundae Sampler, a trio with a Coke float, strawberry sundae and caramel corn sundae.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-imagined California Grill

To end the meet-up, the lights dimmed and everyone enjoyed my favorite view of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the California Grill balcony.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s event. As always, it was wonderful meeting so many new readers and fans of the Disney Parks Blog. And a few of you asked about making future reservations last night, so here’s the information – visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE (3463).

Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity.

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Sign Up Now for Our Halloween ‘Treat-Up’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: The list of attendees for our Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary Treat-Up has now been posted. Please CLICK HERE to see if your RSVP was accepted. If you do not receive an e-mail from us confirming your reservation by Tuesday, Sept. 10, and your name does not appear on the list of attendees, your RSVP was not accepted. Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for updates on future meet-up events.

UPDATE: Sign-ups for the event are now closed. We will post a list of confirmed RSVPs here shortly. Please note that all participants will receive a confirmation message and directions by Tuesday, Sept. 10.

We’re bringing back a favorite Disney Parks Blog meet-up – on Friday the 13th! Our Halloween #NotSoScary “Treat-Up” at Magic Kingdom Park will be held on September 13 and today is your chance to join the fun.

Celebrate Halloween at Our Halloween ‘Treat-Up’ at Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney Parks Blog #NotSoScary “Treat-Up” begins at 6 p.m., on Friday, September 13. This year, we’re holding the event during one of the first nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party so there will be even more to experience. Our meet-up will include talks with Walt Disney Imagineers and other surprises you’ve come to expect at a Disney Parks Blog meet-up.

The Disney Parks Blog team will be wearing their best Halloween costumes and it’d be great if you did too. Here are some of our favorites from the first Halloween meet-up.

Space is limited, so RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address, and if you’re inviting a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant (and guest) to check in at Magic Kingdom Park. The confirmation will include details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

I hope to see you in your best costume on September 13.

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Sign Up Now for the Disney Parks Blog California Grill Grand-Opening Meet-Up

posted on August 27th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 6 p.m. EDT today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. We’ll post a list of confirmed RSVPs here shortly.

If you’re as excited as we are about the debut of the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, then you’ll love what the blog team has cooked up. We’re hosting our first-ever resort meet-up and offering Disney Parks Blog readers the chance to experience the restaurant before the doors reopen to guests.
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Our Disney Parks Blog California Grill Grand-Opening Meet-Up begins at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, September 8. It’ll include the opportunity to sample dishes from the restaurant’s new menu and of course, some face-to-face time with the chefs. We’ll also enjoy Wishes! fireworks on the restaurant’s expanded view platform during the event.

Space is limited, so RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address, and if you’re inviting a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Children’s menus will not be available during the event.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant (and guest) to check in on the second floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The confirmation will include details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.

This post will be updated when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you on September 8.

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Sign Up Now for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up

posted on August 14th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. Please note that we will not be responding to questions via this email address. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog, and we will do our best to answer them.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up and Warm-Up, and we appreciate your quick responses. At approximately 2 p.m. PT, we will send the meet-up attendees a confirmation email. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. By 3 p.m. PT, we will post a link to the complete list of attendees. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional unique opportunities in the future.

If you’re looking to gain tips and training advice from Tara Gidus and Jeff Galloway, they will also be available at the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Expo. For more information, and also for additional Galloway and Gidus training details, please visit www.runDisney.com.

No time to say “hello, goodbye.” This is a very important date; one where you certainly won’t want to be late.
Sign Up Now for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up

To get runners warmed up for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, an early morning runDisney meet-up is planned for Friday, August 30, at the Disneyland Resort.

In case you’re “curiouser and curiouser” as to the details, we’re planning to have a couple of special guests, along with a teacup-ful of friends from Wonderland to help get the weekend started in a rather un-birthday-like manner. Of course, along with a few surprises, there will be a full deck of training experts, including Jeff Galloway and Tara Gidus.

Space is limited. If you don’t want to miss the party, RSVP right now to DLR.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified runners will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 6 a.m. PT start time on Friday, August 30.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid photo ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Limit to one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVPs from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVPs must include your name. RSVPs that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be accepted.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event and individual/celebrity appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 12-minute per mile pace (qualified).
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.
  • We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 2 p.m. PT today, and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected applicants. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.
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runDisney at the Start Line of the D23 Expo with D2.3 Fun Run

posted on August 12th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


What do you get when you combine the magic of runDisney with some of the most passionate Disney fans in the world? A runDisney D2.3 Fun Run kicking off the D23 Expo in style.

D23 Members Run Through Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park; Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar

Last Friday, a select group of D23 members had the unique opportunity to sample the runDisney experience. Attendees enjoyed an early morning 2.3 mile fun run through Disney California Adventure park, and a meet and greet with Sorcerer Mickey and Ali Vincent, host of “Live Big With Ali Vincent” and season 5 winner of the “Biggest Loser.” Participants also received a runDisney Mickey Vinylmation with a limited edition D23 medal.

runDisney Vinylmation With Limited Edition D23 Medal; Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar

It’s always exciting to provide these runDisney experiences for runners and to share photos and video of this event with you.

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D23 Expo to Kick off with runDisney D2.3 Fun Run

posted on July 25th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. Please note that we will not be responding to questions via this email address. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog, and we will do our best to answer them.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the runDisney D2.3 Fun Run, and we appreciate your quick responses. At approximately 2 p.m. PT, we will send the meet-up attendees a confirmation email. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at DLR.SportsMeetUps@disney.com. By 3 p.m. PT, we will post a link to the complete list of attendees. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional unique opportunities in the future.

The D23 Expo is kicking off with a few folks that know a thing or two about magical starts.

D23 Expo to Kick off with runDisney D2.3 Fun Run

On Friday, August 9, runDisney will be hosting a 2.3-mile fun run for D23 Members. The morning event will lead runners down main streets and through castles in classic runDisney style. Of course, there will also be little pixie dust sprinkled along the way, so it’ll be an experience a runner won’t want to miss.

To RSVP, send your full name and D23 membership number to DLR.SportsMeetUps@Disney.com. Only a limited number of qualified D23 Members will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply.

Fans can join D23 at www.D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  • All selected participants must be available for a 5:45 a.m. PT start time on Friday, August 9.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A D23 membership number must be submitted at the time of application, and is non-transferable.
  • A valid photo ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Limit to one RSVP per individual. Applicants sending RSVPs from more than one email address will be disqualified.
  • Valid RSVPs must include your name. RSVPs that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be accepted.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we require that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 12-minute per mile pace (qualified).
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.
  • We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 2 p.m. PT today, and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected applicants. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.
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