Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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.

Check out what’s going on at Disney Parks for Halloween in the posts below:

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Tokyo Disney Resort Chooses 2013 Ambassador

posted on October 8th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We just received some news from our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort: Cast member Ayaka Nagai has been selected to serve as the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador.

Last week, we shared details on how the park will mark its 30th anniversary in 2013 and celebrate the milestone with “Tokyo Disney Resort 30th – The Happiness Year,” beginning April 15. As the resort’s ambassador during this special milestone, Ayaka will lead the happiness celebration in her local community on behalf of Tokyo Disney Resort.

Check out the posts below for more Tokyo Disney Resort News:

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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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Ghosts, New Carnival-Style Show Coming this Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea

posted on June 19th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

If you were excited about plans for Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary celebration, wait until you see what’s in store this Halloween at the park and at Tokyo DisneySea.


At Tokyo Disneyland, “Halloween Street” is back. If you’ve not heard about it, the themed parade takes you into the spooky world of ghosts and features some pretty amazing floats. Along with decorations, food and merchandise, there will be a new puzzle-solving program at the park called “Tricks & Treats on Halloween Street.” Guests will receive a challenge (in the form of a map) from ghosts and if they solve it, they’ll receive a “treat.”

Also new this year, Tokyo DisneySea will be hosting a Venetian carnival-style show called “A Halloween Daydream.” It’ll feature your favorite Disney friends joined by skeletons that were invited by Mickey Mouse. And we’re told that “Chip ‘n Dale’s Skeleton Fiesta” greeting program will be back this Halloween as well.

The event begins on September 7 and runs through October 31, 2012. And you bet, we’ll be sharing images later this year here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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‘Poster Art of the Disney Parks’ Arriving Soon at Disney Parks

posted on May 18th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Cover of 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

I recently visited California, where I had one of the most amazing experiences of my Disney career. Imagineer Vanessa Hunt gave me a tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library vault in Glendale. This place houses the original art of the most iconic images from Disney Parks’ history. Incredible! Vanessa shared that fellow Imagineer Danny Handke and she have written a book for Disney Editions called “Poster Art of the Disney Parks.” This hardcover book, with cover designed by Imagineer Glendon Lee, is coming to Disney Parks at the end of May. I asked Danny about the role that attraction posters have played.

Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke, Authors of 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

“Attraction posters entice, excite and educate guests with a preview of the adventures and experiences inside the Disney Parks,” explained Danny.

“When Disneyland park opened in 1955, it was difficult for guests to understand what a ‘theme park’ was. The Disney Imagineers needed a solution to portray their attractions to a diverse audience. The idea to use posters at Disneyland’s Main Entrance was the perfect solution.”

The book was in development for four years! They conducted extensive research by interviewing close to 20 people, including current and former artists. Vanessa said that they put extra effort into making a beautiful book that all Disney fans could enjoy.

Poster Art in 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

“We made an extra effort to ensure the posters in the book were printed as color accurate as possible,” continued Vanessa. “We even found a box containing several poster concepts that had never been published until now. The most challenge part was identifying artists. While many unidentified posters artists were later identified during our interviews, there are some that remain credited to ‘Unknown Artist.’”

I asked Danny about his favorite poster.

“I love the Tokyo DisneySea posters,” said Danny. “They are interesting because they reflect an overall cohesive design, but are stylistically individual to each land. Not many fans are familiar with the Tokyo DisneySea posters, so we hope everyone will appreciate this unique chapter in the book.”

Vanessa said her favorite poster comes from the Disneyland Resort.

“I love all of them, but the one that catches my eye every time I open the drawer is the Grand Canyon Diorama poster from Disneyland,” explained Vanessa. “The colors are absolutely beautiful and the train design is fantastic!”

Which is your favorite attraction poster? I vote Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!

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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.


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.


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.


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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Toy Story Mania! Will Open at Tokyo DisneySea July 9

posted on December 20th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Tokyo Disney Resort recently announced that a new attraction – Toy Story Mania! – will debut at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9, 2012.

Toy Story Mania! to Open at Tokyo Disney Resort on July 9, 2012

The attraction will be located in Toyville Trolley Park, a new area themed after an old-fashioned amusement park. Toy Story Mania! will have a few differences from the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort, including the fact that guests will initially enter through Woody’s mouth. From here, guests will find themselves in Andy’s room, which is strewn with larger-than-life board games, puzzles and other toys.

Guests later board a tram, put on 3-D glasses and roll under Andy’s bed where the toys have set up a carnival play set. Joining in the fun, guests play the carnival games with all their “Toy Story” friends.

The attraction also will be accompanied with Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley merchandise shop.

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