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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – October 2015

posted on September 30th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Here are a few special artist appearances and signings taking place during October at Walt Disney World Resort that you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars!

October 1 – 4: Look for special appearances by artist Larry Dotson throughout the month of October at Walt Disney World Resort. Larry will appear throughout the day, each day October 1 – 4, 15 – 18 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Epcot; and Oct. 22 – 25 at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.


October 1 – 12 : Artist David E. Doss returns this month with special appearances and signings from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, October 1 – 12 and 28 – 31 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace and October 22 – 25 at Art of Disney Epcot. Learn more.

October 2 – 3: Meet artist Dave Perillo who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 2 – November 2: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing October 2 – 4 and October 9 – 11. Learn more.


October 6 – 11: Be sure to stop by this month when Greg McCullough returns to Walt Disney World Resort with special appearances from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, October 6 – 11 at Art of Disney Epcot and October 19 – 23 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 8 – 11: Meet artist William Silvers who will appear throughout the day, each day, October 8 – 11 and October 29 – November 1 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park and October 15 – 18 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

October 24 – 25: Join us for an artist showcase at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works of art by Noah, Randy Noble and Don “Ducky” Williams, October 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. and October 25 from Noon – 2 p.m. Learn more.


Just a few other things before I go …

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and The Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Or if you are planning to take part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015, be sure to check out the commemorative merchandise available at the Festival Center and other select locations. Tip: Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the festival.

Which events will you check out?

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Unforgettable Happens Here at Disney Parks, Starting With ‘The Proposal’

posted on September 29th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

The code word was “French kiss”.

When our video director uttered that phrase, it was Marc-Andre Lavoie’s cue to do what he’s wanted to do for years: propose to his future bride, Katherine Fox, in front of Cinderella Castle.

And our cameras were there to capture it.

During one of their many visits to Walt Disney World Resort, the Daytona couple was selected to participate in a commercial. They were cast as lovebirds who share a kiss in front of Cinderella Castle. While chatting with the director, Lavoie revealed he was planning to propose to Fox at Walt Disney World Resort on a future date.

He says he was easily convinced to move up the date so our cameras could be there.


“I think I screeched a little in my voice. (I said) ‘Katherine, I love you so much,’ and I did a fourth of my prepared speech, and did the most important part, ‘will you marry me?’” Lavoie recalled.

“I said ‘yes’ over and over and over again,” Fox said.


We know many of your big moments – many unforgettable moments – happen at Disney Parks. The heightened moments that bring families together and create indelible memories you share and cherish forever.

This year, we’ll share with you the moments our guests experience every second, every minute, every day, at Disney Parks.

Lavoie and Fox told me Walt Disney World Resort has been as important in their relationship as each other.

“Disney makes us the happiest. It was a no brainer to make the big moment happen (there),” Lavoie said.

Congratulations to the elated couple!

What are your unforgettable moments from Disney Parks?

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Look Ahead to New Mugs Coming to Disney Parks

posted on September 28th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I love coffee, so you can imagine National Coffee Day, which is celebrated on September 29, is a festive day in the Miller house. Every morning, I brew a fresh pot of coffee which I enjoy all day at work. During the weekends, I sip delicious cups of hot, black coffee from one of my many coffee mugs. Since I know I’m not alone in my love of all things coffee, I thought today was a good day to give you a sneak preview of new mugs coming soon to Disney Parks.


The Disney character mugs in the first image are part of an upcoming Colorful Kitchen collection. While the home décor considers them soup mugs, I know some days require that much coffee.

Coming in October, we will release two mugs as part of Twenty-Eight & Main, the new men’s apparel and accessory collection. Stay tuned for a closer look at this collection with a video coming to the Disney Parks Blog.


In 2014, we introduced a series of mugs inspired by Disney Princesses. The newest mug in that collection will be Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.”


Finally, these four mugs were inspired by the Mad Tea Party attraction in Fantasyland. The cups and saucers are attached, and they will be released at some point in 2016. Merchandiser Aaron Babcock told me they originally started with purple but decided to release all four colors after seeing the first samples. I think they are a perfect complement the other home goods resembling Disney Park icons such as the salt and pepper shaker trash cans.


I mentioned I brew coffee every day, so I’m excited to try the newest blend in the Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection from Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company. The blend was inspired by Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Master Roastmaster Chris deMezzo worked directly with Sanaa staff to create a blend that not only complemented the foods prepared at Sanaa, but enhanced the overall experience of dining. The end result was a medium roast with bright acidity, great aroma, with a dry winey after taste.

The Sanaa blend sounds exceptional, and I can’t wait to enjoy it in one of these new mugs during National Sanaa Bread Service Day (that is a holiday, correct?).

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Caption This: Snake Up A Tree at Jungle Cruise

posted on September 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Sure looks like this slithery resident of The Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park is enjoying himself today.


It appears that something has caught his attention, but what? You tell us! Go ahead and “Caption This” image in the comments section below.

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#DisneyKids: Taking Little Ones to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on September 26th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

While most preschoolers don’t need an excuse to dress up, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for little ones because, as the name suggests, it gives kids a chance to get in full costume and see their favorite characters in a fun and not spooky environment. In this #DisneyKids video, you can feel the excitement of the little ones as they experience Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort!

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Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Reopens at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you know that Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort has been closed for work as part of our tradition of maintaining beloved classic attractions for current and future generations of guests. Today, we’re thrilled to share that the attraction has reopened.


In addition to the restoration work and new paint inside the attraction, we added some enhanced special effects, including new cannons with water-based smoke and strobes for weather effects. There are also a handful of new scents to experience at different areas of the attraction.

We also took the opportunity to enhance the Audio Animatronic figures in this fan-favorite attraction at Magic Kingdom Park. Each character was rebuilt and fitted with new costumes and now appear even more realistic and authentic, including Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa.

You can now experience the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction – with added magic – for yourself at the Walt Disney World Resort. Do you remember the first time you rode Pirates? Let us know in the comments section.

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Disney’s Night of Joy Expands in 2016

posted on September 25th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

We’ve just gotten through the whirlwind of two sold-out evenings of Disney’s Night of Joy 2015; and now we have some exciting news to share about next year’s event.

In 2016, we’re expanding Disney’s Night of Joy. The concerts will be hosted in great indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Night of Joy guests will get admission to Magic Kingdom Park for fellowship and fun, with access to favorite attractions.

Hosting the concert portion of Night of Joy at the Sports Complex will allow more guests to attend the event, and indoor stages should make for a great music experience regardless of the weather.

Plus, dedicated transportation will be provided so that guests can easily move from Magic Kingdom Park to the Sports Complex.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

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Experience Frozen Fun All Year Long at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with New Disney Frozen Package

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

With the Halloween season returning to Disney Parks, I’m happy to announce a new option at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for guests ages 3-12 called the Disney Frozen Package.

This new package includes a choice of the Anna hairstyling with costume or Elsa hairstyling with costume. Guests will also receive shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, a Princess sash, a Princess cinch bag, and a huggable 12-inch Olaf plush.

If guests already have an Anna or Elsa dress, they may select the Disney Frozen Crown Package which includes Anna or Elsa hairstyle with braided hair piece and sparkling snowflake hair accessories. Guests will also receive other items featured in the Disney Frozen Package including the 12-inch Olaf plush.

You may recall seeing similar transformations offered at the Ice Palace Boutique during Frozen Summer Fun this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in California, this package will be offered at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (Note: Separate theme park admission required).

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida can find this packages at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace or inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (Note: Separate theme park admission required for the latter).

To make your reservation starting September 25, call 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895) for Disneyland Resort or 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895) for Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests must be between 3-12 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older during the entire experience. Costume select and sizing may vary and certain accessories are sold separately. No discounts apply unless otherwise noted. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior arrival. A valid accepted credit card number is required at the time of booking. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to such credit card for all no-shows or if reservation ins cancelled within 24 hours of experience. Subject to restrictions. All prices, package components, costumes, accessories, hairstyles and information contained herein are subject to change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission may be required.

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Villain’s Gallery: Gaston from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

posted on September 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this year, we kicked off a special photo series on the Disney Parks Blog dedicated to showing the individual strengths, talents and beauty of the Disney Princesses. This month, we’re switching gears from “princesses” to “villains” in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday.

We’re kicking off the series today with Gaston – because he couldn’t possibly be anything but first!


Boastful and proud, Gaston earned his place as a true Disney villain in “Beauty and the Beast.” While his level of his vanity was entertaining – especially alongside sidekick LeFou in their musical number titled “Gaston” – it was this trait and his persistence in pursuing Belle that eventually led to his downfall in the film.

Today, Disney Parks fans can occasionally spot him out and about near Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

Thanks to photographer Mariah Wild for the images.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Here, you can see the amazing view this resort offers of Magic Kingdom Park.


Have you stayed at this resort? Tell us what you enjoyed most in the “Comments” section below.

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