Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Haunted Mansions at Disney Parks Around the World

posted on October 31st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Halloween, everyone!

The Haunted Mansion has always been my absolute favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World Resort, and what day better to celebrate it than today? In honor of this Halloween holiday, let’s take a look at all the Disney Parks Haunted Mansions around the globe.
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion was, of course, the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland park, which opened its doors in New Orleans Square in 1969. Here, theme park guests were first introduced to “Ghost Host” Paul Frees, and boarded Doombuggies in the hopes of sighting some of the mansion’s 999 happy haunts.
The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park

When Magic Kingdom Park opened at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, The Haunted Mansion was one of the park’s opening-day attractions. Located in the Liberty Square area of the park, this mansion offered a totally unique exterior reminiscent of an 18th-century manor.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare at Tokyo Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion attraction to open in Asia did so at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. This attraction, which now features a Holiday Nightmare (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”-style) overlay at this time of the year, is located in the Fantasyland area of the park.
Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

The newest Haunted Mansion attraction, named Phantom Manor, opened at Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992, in the Frontierland area of the park. This attraction features a slightly different backstory that focuses on the Ravenswoods – a family of Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises.

Which Haunted Mansion attraction is your favorite to explore?


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Disney Parks Blog Features Halloween Images from Across the Globe

posted on October 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


You’ve probably seen our Haunted Mansion Disney Parks Blog logo, but have you noticed what’s behind the moon and clouds at the top of the page? We’ve kicked off Halloween week with a fresh batch of exclusive header images from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Collection and Slide Library.
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Here are three of them. The top and bottom images are from Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, and the middle one is from the inside of Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea. Of course, there’s more to see from those parks as well as the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort – just refresh any page for a new image. And let us know if you have a favorite.

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Tokyo Disney Resort to Mark 30 Years with ‘The Happiness Year’ Celebration

posted on October 5th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


So many of you had a blast marking the 30th anniversary of Epcot earlier this month that we thought we’d mention another major anniversary that’s coming up this spring – Tokyo Disney Resort will mark its 30th anniversary on April 15.

Tokyo Disney Resort to Mark 30 Years With ‘The Happiness Year’ Celebration

In honor of the milestone, the resort will hold a special celebration called “The Happiness Year” from April 15, 2013, through March 20, 2014.

Highlights of “The Happiness Year” will be a new Tokyo Disneyland daytime parade “Happiness Is Here,” as well as the new attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (opening spring 2013). Seasonal events will also be offered for Halloween and Christmas, in addition to special merchandise and menus.

Disney characters will take the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary “The Happiness Tour” to 30 cities around Japan to share lots of happiness with as many people as possible.

Who’s ready to book a trip?

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First Look: Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House Opens at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on August 24th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House at Tokyo Disneyland

Take a look at our newest attraction in Tokyo Disneyland. Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House officially opens today and of course, we have some first images to share with Disney Parks Blog readers.

Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House at Tokyo Disneyland

Inside the House, everyone gets a “paint”-shooting applicator called a Toontone Splat Master to redecorate Goofy’s room. You push a button, turn a handle or pull a string to make different colors of what seems like real paint fly out toward the walls and floor of the room. And yes, guests work together to make it happen.

The attraction also features theme options, like “beach” or “jungle,” to help with your remodeling. Check out our gallery for a closer peek.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Announces 30th Anniversary Plans for 2013

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You all know I love talking about our international theme parks and today, I have an exciting update on Tokyo Disney Resort.

Beginning April 15, Tokyo Disney Resort Will Kick Off The Happiness Year Celebration to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

The resort just announced plans on how it will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013. Beginning April 15, the resort will kick off The Happiness Year celebration, which will include a new parade, a renewed attraction, special seasonal events and more.

The “Happiness is Here” parade will feature Disney characters, cheerful music, and themed parade floats (still in development).

The Star Tours attraction at Tokyo Disneyland is currently undergoing a transformation into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and will reopen in Spring 2013.

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more on this park milestone!

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Summer Fun Planned For Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you ever been to Tokyo Disney Resort?

If not, this summer may be the perfect time to visit, as plenty of special activities are planned for both parks.

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Beginning July 1, the Tanabata Star Festival Program will return to the resort. This traditional festival involves Disney characters traveling down the parade route in rickshaws to offer a Tanabata greeting to park guests. World Bazaar will also be decorated with Mickey Mouse streamers and an area where guests can hang their wish cards.

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Beginning July 9, Tokyo Disneyland will celebrate Disney’s Natsu Matsuri, a Japanese summer festival. During this time, the park will hold daily Soryo Kobu dance competitions, in which Disney characters lead eight different dance teams in showing off their moves to different styles of music. Each night, four winning teams will compete in the finals, in a competition event that features more music, spraying water and blazes of fire!

Also on July 9, Tokyo DisneySea will celebrate the grand opening of Toy Story Mania! in the American Waterfront section of the park. The Summer Oasis Splash water program also begins that day, with Genie magically transforming Mediterranean Harbor into an oasis of fun so Aladdin can enjoy a tropic vacation. Disney characters will join in on the fun when they appear on special water-spraying barges.

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Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House Announced for Tokyo Disneyland

posted on March 14th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I always get excited at the possibility of exploring our international Disney Parks – and soon, there will be yet another reason to pay a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort, with the debut of the new Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.

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Set to open Aug. 24, this Toontown attraction will allow guests to help Goofy redecorate his room in a unique and colorful fashion. Groups of guests will work together to “paint” the room using special paint applicators called Toontone Splat Masters. Guests simply aim at the wall (or furniture) they want to color and activate the applicators.

The attraction will feature beach, jungle and other themes, as well as different Toontone Splat Masters, so guests can vary their choices.

Looks like fun!

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Caption This: A Snowfall at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on August 31st, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This!” photo is one of the most unique shots I’ve ever seen. It was taken in the 1980s at Tokyo Disneyland after a snowfall. Looks like the Disney characters are having tons of fun. (I wonder who would win in a snowball fight?).

Now, go ahead and “Caption This!”

Caption This: A Disney Snowfall

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Update: Tokyo Disneyland to Reopen on April 15

posted on April 13th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


We have some news to share from Tokyo Disneyland following last month’s earthquake. The Tokyo Disneyland theme park, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Ambassador Hotel are all scheduled to reopen to guests this Friday, April 15. A portion of every ticket sold through May 14 will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross and the park will operate during daylight hours only in an effort to conserve power.

Tokyo DisneySea and Hotel MiraCosta will remain closed but officials with The Oriental Land Company (owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort) are working to reopen both as soon as possible.

Please check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates from Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Happy New Year from Tokyo Disneyland

posted on December 31st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year from Tokyo Disneyland

That’s right, the first Disney Park is celebrating the New Year. Our friends in Tokyo Disneyland just started 2011 and soon we will too. And as our parks begin the new year, we’ll be sharing special wishes for a joyful new year from each location – ending with Disneyland Resort. Be sure and check back tonight.

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