There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers.
posted on August 20th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
posted on August 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
UPDATE 8/26/14: Please note that this post has been updated to reflect the new name of Anna & Elsa’s Boutique.
Like Olaf, I’m a big fan of summer. However, like you, I also enjoy experiencing “Frozen” fun all year long. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce the introduction of the newest location to the Downtown Disney District,
Elsa & Anna’s Boutique Anna & Elsa’s Boutique. Currently home to Studio Disney 365, this location will undergo a transformation starting September 2, and will re-open in mid-September. I’ll be back soon with details on the new transformations, inspired by beloved characters like Anna, Elsa and Olaf, as well as details on some of the product offerings that will be available. In the meantime, here’s a look at the art for the logo that will grace this “cool” new location.
Here are a few other things to prepare your crew for if you are planning to visit the Disneyland Resort this Halloween. Set sail in the direction of Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree from September 12 through October 31! Here, a world of themed offerings await you, including special Halloween entertainment and activities, pumpkin carvers, yummy treats and the return of The Pirates League. Recruits three and older can chart their own course, choosing from a selection of pirate-inspired looks that are both swashbuckling and spooky.
Now, Halloween Time wouldn’t be same without a little help from our Fairy Godmother, or in our case our Fairy Godmothers-in-Training at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Keeping with their simply sweet tradition, we welcome back the Halloween Minnie Mouse-inspired transformation through October 31. Just a quick reminder, transformations at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland at Disneyland park are only for our younger fans, ages 3 – 12 years. Quick Tip: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will offer extended operating hours on Mickey’s Halloween Party nights for any Trick-or-Treaters in need of a royal transformation.
So if you are planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort to take part in some of these festive Halloween Time experiences through October 31, or if you can’t wait to check out the newly-transformed
Elsa & Anna’s Boutique Anna & Elsa’s Boutique and take part in new experiences they will have to offer, call 714-781-STYLE (7895).
For those of you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort this Fall, be sure to make your appointments for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom park or World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, as Halloween packages will go fast. If you ‘arrgh’ hoping to take part in The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom park, chart your course now. Call 407-WDW-STYLE (7895) today!
Reminder: Separate theme park admission is required for transformations venues located inside Disney Theme Parks.
posted on August 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Check out this cool shot of one of the more memorable scenes from the attraction. Looks like he’s been up there for quite awhile. What’s on his mind? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This” in the comments section below.
posted on August 14th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
I love the interesting angle he took on this shot, which shows the intricately sculpted detail of the Fantasyland wall, plus the light and color of the carousel and Cinderella Castle in the background. Such a pretty sight!
posted on August 14th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor
Paul, a Disney Parks Content Producer, and Matt, a Yellow Shoes Creative Group Art Director, spent an evening in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort with colored LED penlights. Just like before, Matt “drew” in midair (without a guide or template), while Paul made magic behind the camera using long camera exposures that captured every move of the penlights. There were no chances to “erase” a mistake.
In the first Disney Parks Blog post about their unique artwork, I promised a second edition of their work, and here it is.
In this edition, Paul and Matt give fairy wings to guests, create a few classic Mickey Mouse drawings, and even head to space (or at least Pizza Planet) with one of the famous aliens from “Toy Story.” And no collection of space art would be complete without the galaxy’s most famous villain, Darth Vader.
In fact, one of Lord Vader’s famous lines comes to my mind when I see their work: “Impressive. Most impressive.”
(*Note: Matt and Paul were in a very controlled environment with proper personnel on-site. If you attempt an artful creation like this, please insure proper safety measures are taken.)
posted on August 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Golden Oak Outpost, the unassuming little spot in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, used to be a perfect quick stop for a spicy fried chicken breast sandwich or chicken breast nuggets. Now they’ve added a whole new menu of creative waffle fries with toppings that make the humble potato a meal.
How about BLT waffle fries, topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and a drizzle of Ranch dressing? Or the BBQ pork waffles fries topped with pork and creamy slaw. Our favorite combo is the Tex-Mex creation, topped with black bean-cucumber relish, warm Cheddar cheese sauce and spicy jalapeño slices. And an ode to Canadian fast food is the “poutine-style” fries, topped with brown gravy and white Cheddar cheese.
If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous, they’ve added hot, crunchy sweet potato nuggets.
If you’ve tried the new waffle fries, do you have a favorite?
posted on August 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
One of our favorite spots for dining in Magic Kingdom Park is The Crystal Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., a delightful array of soups, salads, veggies, meats, fish and sweets – everything from stuffed French toast in the morning to peel-and-eat shrimp, oven-roasted chicken, steak, key lime pie and chocolate cake for dinner. A bite of this, a taste of that, it’s fun to mix and match from dozens of dishes.
The spacious, airy dining room has one of the best buffets at Walt Disney World Resort, plus you get to spend some time with some of your favorite Disney characters as they pay a visit to tables and stop for photos.
Fresh, inventive salads have always been our favorite, and the chefs continually add interesting new combos, like this pasta salad with feta and Parmesan cheeses, bold Kalamata olive, veggies and a sweet-tart balsamic vinaigrette. Chef Alphonoso Walker shows you how easy it is to put this together at home, a perfect summertime supper.
Pasta Salad with Feta, Fresh Vegetables, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1 pound pasta, such as penne, farfalle, or ziti
- 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped Kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red peppers
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green peppers
- 1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Cook pasta per package instructions. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
- Whisk together white balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in chives. Set aside.
- Combine cooked pasta, olives, onions, red peppers, green peppers, and tomatoes.
- Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat. Fold in feta and Parmesan cheeses. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more dressing, if desired, to taste.
posted on August 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park September 1, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans are in for an additional party “treat” – the chance to pick up another event-exclusive game card.
In case you’re a Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom newbie, SOTMK is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin in a quest to defeat a team of Disney villains who are scheming to take over the park. Guests use maps to search for villain’s lairs throughout the park. When they find a magic portal, guests use spell cards that each feature a different magical power to foil a villain’s plan. This complimentary experience begins in the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up everything you need to join in the fun.
This year’s special event card features the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
The Pirate Helmsman’s Bombardment card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs (yes, you can still pick up both while attending the party). Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.
Can’t wait to test this card out? Share your excitement in the comments section below!
posted on August 11th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager
UPDATE: Friday’s event is now sold out. There are a limited number of tickets on sale for Saturday’s event. You can purchase tickets for Saturday’s event at http://www.nightofjoy.com.
Well, we’re a little less than one month away from Disney’s Night of Joy 2014. I can’t believe another year has flown by so fast.
To help plan your night, we wanted to give you an update on the entertainment schedule for the event. (Entertainment schedules are subject to change).
Friday, September 5:
Castle Forecourt Stage
- 7:40 p.m. – Matthew West
- 9:20 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
- 11:30 p.m. – Hillsong United
- 7:30 p.m. – Building 429
- 8:50 p.m. – Building 429
- 10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
- 12:10 a.m. – for KING & COUNTRY
Rockettower Plaza Stage
- 8:05 p.m. – Matt Maher
- 9:40 p.m. – The Neverclaim
Saturday, September 6:
Castle Forecourt Stage
- 7:40 p.m. – MercyMe
- 9:30 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry
- 9:50 p.m. – Casting Crowns
- 11:55 p.m. – Skillet
- 7:30 p.m. – Colton Dixon
- 8:50 p.m. – Colton Dixon
- 10:25 p.m. – Britt Nicole
- 12:10 a.m. – Israel Houghton and New Breed
Rockettower Plaza Stage
- 8:15 p.m. – 1 Girl Nation
- 9:40 p.m. – We As Human
- 11:20 p.m. – Rhett Walker Band
Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.
posted on August 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
Those of you who visit the Disneyland Resort every holiday season know what happens when holidays collide – in two words … Jack Skellington. So it should be no surprise to find one of our favorite Halloweentown characters on our Alex and Ani bangles.
So treat yourself, as this is no trick, and get ready for Halloween a little early this year. Look for the new Jack Skellington bangle starting today at the following Disney Parks locations or online.
- Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
- Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
- Downtown Disney District – Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Disney Outfitters
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Once Upon a Time
- Downtown Disney Marketplace – Tren-D and World of Disney Store
- Epcot – Heritage Manor Gifts and Mouse Gear
- Magic Kingdom Park – Uptown Jewelers
Online – Shop Now!
So what comes after fall and Halloween? Winter of course! Just like Elsa, the cold never bothered me anyway, and these “Frozen”-inspired bangles, featuring Anna and Elsa are bound to be hot! Look for them in stores and online beginning September 8.