Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Live Stream Begins Disney Side Video Series

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you were excited to read about our newest holiday stage show – “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ll want to be right back here on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow night for a special surprise.

We’re live streaming “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” on November 7, 2014 to kick off an exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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At 6:15 p.m. EST on Friday night, we’re hosting coverage of the all-new “A Frozen Holiday Wish” as it happens on the Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom Park. To see it, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 6 p.m. on November 7.

During the live stream, Queen Elsa will use her magical powers to gift everyone in the kingdom by turning Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace. You’ll also see Anna and appearances by Kristoff and the lovable snowman Olaf.

Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Cinderella Castle is Fit for a Princess

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Every Thursday throughout the month of November, I’ll be sharing photographs of our theme park icons “in the making” at Walt Disney World Resort. This week, we’re taking a look at Cinderella Castle. Soaring 189 feet into the sky, this world-famous castle fit for a princess was still under construction in February 1971.

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Boasting 18 towers, this centerpiece of Walt Disney World Resort and the icon of Magic Kingdom Park had its color palate carefully selected as to complement and not compete with the blue skies of Central Florida.

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Photo Gallery: Disney Castles That Have Been Covered in Real Snow

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier we mentioned that tonight guests will gather at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to watch Elsa (from “Frozen”) magically transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace during the “Castle Dream Lights” and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show.

But did you know that there are actually a few Disney Parks castles that occasionally find themselves dusted with real snow?

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Disneyland Park (Paris) is located in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and sees regular snowfall. These shots were snapped in December 2010, after a sizeable flurry added extra holiday charm to the park’s Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle. (Click through the gallery to see additional park attractions covered in snow).

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Every so often, Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland will also see some snowfall. Our friends at the park shared these amazing shots of their temporary “ice” castle – and other attractions – back in January 2013.

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Years ago at Tokyo Disneyland, some Disney characters took advantage of the snowfall for a playful snowball fight with their park’s snowy castle as a backdrop. Check out that photo above.

Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

While it doesn’t snow in Anaheim, California (home to the Disneyland Resort), it has in higher elevations around the city. In 2009, we shared this image, which shows Sleeping Beauty Castle with snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop.

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‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Begins at Magic Kingdom Park Tonight

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Elsa fans, get ready!

A Frozen Holiday Wish,” the new holiday stage show that features Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, will debut at Magic Kingdom Park tonight. The show culminates with Queen Elsa using her magical powers to gift everyone in the kingdom by turning Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace.

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Will you head to Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season to witness Elsa’s powers for yourself? Tell us in the comments section below!

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‘Elsa’ Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card To Be Released At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

posted on November 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park on November 7, and this year’s event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card will be “Elsa’s Icy Shield” and will let players harness some of Queen Elsa’s special “Frozen” powers.

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In case you haven’t played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom yet, this interactive game allows you to join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are trying to take over Magic Kingdom Park. You use maps to find villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use spell cards (like this one) to spoil a villain’s plan. Cards feature different Disney characters with unique powers. You can also use multiple cards to enhance your attack on the villains.

The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom quest begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up complimentary key cards, spell cards and maps (additional cards can be purchased at select merchandise locations). The “Elsa’s Icy Shield” card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs. Guests must present their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Will you pick this up during your party visit? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 4th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Who’s ready for cookies, cocoa, and holiday cheer? I sure am! So I’m giddy with excitement that it’s almost time for another season of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

This Magic Kingdom Park tradition kicks off Friday, November 7, and this year the annual event gets an extra dose of holiday magic with “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” additions to “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” new character dance parties, and opportunities to visit with not only Santa Claus, but Santa Goofy and “Sandy Claws” too!

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“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” includes lots of Disney characters, along with a holly jolly cast of snowmen, reindeer, elves, and of course, Santa Claus. Ralph and Vanellope from “Wreck-It Ralph” are new to the parade this year, as is a procession of visitors from the Kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from “Frozen.”

The “Holiday Hootenanny!” boot-scoots into the Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland, where you can kick up your heels for some down-home holiday fun with the Country Bears, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Clara Cluck. And over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, Club Tinsel becomes the top spot to get down when Phineas and Ferb show up. What are they going to do today? The brothers are going to rock their Christmas vacation with the holiday cheeriest dance party this side of Danville!

Christmas has come to Storybook Circus, too, and some of your favorite Disney pals are all dressed up for the occasion, including Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Scrooge McDuck, and of course, Santa Goofy. And what’s this? Pumpkin king Jack Skellington has been so inspired by everything in Christmastown, he wants to be part of the holiday celebration, too. You’ll find Jack in Storybook Circus – dressed in his finest “Sandy Claws” suit and ready to meet the boys and girls of every age!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 7 – December 19, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now. Get yours before dates start selling out.

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New Merchandise For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park Starting November 7, 2014

posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on November 7, 2014. I took my son to one of the parties last year and he loved it. We watched the fireworks above Cinderella Castle, rode many attractions and enjoyed hot chocolate in Adventureland. Since this year’s parties are only a week away, here is a look at some new products that will be offered for guests.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be featured on a unique retail MagicBand created especially for the event. Presented in a decorative gift box, the limited-edition graphic MagicBand will have an edition size of 5,000 and will retail for $29.95 (plus tax). Guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand.

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Guests will also find Mickey and Minnie on some apparel items for both adults and kids.

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Finally, the Disney Pin Team is releasing a special jumbo-sized pin that features the world famous Disney characters joining Santa Claus in his sleigh. The pin will have an edition size of 500. Look for other limited release and limited edition pins at the event that are shaped like ornaments.

These items will be released in the following locations at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties:

Dates for this year’s parties are November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 30, and December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19. For ticket information, please click here.

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One of my favorite things from last year was watching Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade with my son. I loved those toy soldiers as seen in the image I took last year while in Liberty Square. My son waved to all of the characters as they passed us; it was such a nice holiday memory.

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Add a Bird’s-Eye View of Cinderella Castle to Your Screen

posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


To celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Disney Parks Blog, we offered readers the opportunity to win a special photo we saved just for the occasion. Today, we’re offering the same bird’s-eye view of Cinderella Castle image captured by Walt Disney World Resort photographer Kent Phillips as a wallpaper. To download the art, simply click on the image below.

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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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Digging Up Details About Memento Mori Shop in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Memento Mori, the new Haunted Mansion-themed shop, recently opened in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. This location is the destination for new Haunted Mansion Authentic products at Walt Disney World Resort. In recent weeks, I’ve enjoyed hearing guests’ reactions and seeing photographs from their visits to the shop. Since it’s Halloween, I caught up with my Walt Disney Imagineering partners to dig up a few interesting details about the shop that you may not know.

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You may recall that it is rumored the little shop was the abode of Madame Leota. While she disappeared long ago, many of her belongings are still located in the shop such as a beautiful portrait that was possibly created during the time she lived in the area.

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The shop’s name was inspired by a gravestone found in the graveyard scene inside the attraction. The Victorian-era phrase “Memento Mori” reminded people of that age “to live life to the fullest as everyone is mortal.”
There are two different signs found outside the shop. The larger sign has an eyeball-like graphic that looks like it follows you when passing by the location.

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Merchandise cast members wear costumes that are slightly different than the maid and butler costumes from the attraction. I love the unique Madame Leota-inspired broach that female cast members wear (yes, the merchandise team is considering making it a retail item in the future).

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The broach also inspired a mirror found on a wall inside the shop. The mirror’s frame is basically a larger replica of the broach.

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One of the coolest new things in the shop is Spirit Photography, which is another way for Guests to pursue the mysteries of life. This special kind of photography has been known to touch the spirit world, revealing the secrets that lie beyond.

Outside the Spirit Photography room, you will find some recreations of the earliest form of photography known as “daguerreotype.” I also liked the wallpaper found inside the photography area.

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While visiting the shop to get photographs for this story, I had my portrait taken. After a few moments, I was presented an 8-inch by 10-inch, lenticular image that revealed my spirited Disney Side. No reservations are needed for this experience.

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999 Happy Haunts: The Organist Pipes A ‘Swinging Wake’

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today, we’ll celebrate the Halloween holiday with our final look at one of the Haunted Mansion residents. Today, we’re heading inside the Grand Hall area of the mansion to learn more about the Organist.

In the Grand Hall, a collection of spirits have materialized for a grand celebration with music provided by an Organist at the far left of the room.

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(Art by Garrett McGill)

This character plays a waltz version of “Grim Grinning Ghosts” while ghostly couples dance nearby. Did you ever notice that there are skulls floating out of the organ instead of musical notes?

For more Happy Haunts, check out the posts below: