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Halloween How-To: Make ‘Witch Minnie’ Candy Apples

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Halloween is fast approaching and I’ve got one thing on my mind – treats!


We recently stopped by the Candy Cauldron for some step-by-step directions on how you can make one of their favorite treats – the ‘Witch Minnie’ Candy Apple – that are guaranteed to impress at any Halloween party this year. To create this treat you’ll need: Apples, caramel, marshmallows, white and milk chocolate, colored sugar, a small handful of candies (for decoration), an optional candy mold and just about 15-20 mins of time.

For more from the “Halloween How-To” series, visit the post below:

Can you guess how many Witch Minnie apples Matt makes in one day? Place your guess below!

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A Mom’s Take: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

There are 13 Disney Vacation Club Resorts spanning from Florida to South Carolina, California and Hawai’i. Every Member has a favorite place to stay. For Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette, her favorite Disney Vacation Club Resort is also her home Resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village.

See for yourself what makes this resort a favorite for Juliette:

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Candy Oogie Boogie

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We’re just days away from Halloween so we thought we’d share a special edition of our Disney-inspired bento box series. Today, we’re making our first candy, cereal character bento – Disney villain Oogie Boogie from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

To create Oogie Boogie, Disney Parks Blog reader Mike Kravanis used rice cereal and candy instead of vegetables. The background is filled with lollipops and mints with some added gummy worms and insects. And if you look close, you’ll see gummy centipedes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom used to help create Oogie Boogie’s mouth.

Let us know what you think about our first Disney-inspired candy, cereal bento box.

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New ‘Disney Parks Blog Unboxed’ Video Series Launched

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

Today, we are introducing a new video series for the Disney Parks Blog called “Disney Parks Blog Unboxed.” For this series, we will be giving you a first look at some of the newest and most exciting products created especially for Disney Parks.

For this first video, we reveal something iconic that hasn’t received a major update in 13 years.

Guests who attended the recent meet-up for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival may have recognized Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, in this video. Keep your eye out for him in future videos on the blog and at our events in coming months!

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Scaring Up Fun During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 26th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort draws to a close November 1! If you haven’t yet experienced the spooky fun throughout Disneyland park during this special time of year, check out the video below for all the details. I got some special tips from one of the 999 happy haunts inside the Haunted Mansion when I was recently transported into the spirit realm!

What is your favorite part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort?

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Every Role a Starring Role: Disneyland Resort Mechanical Engineer

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort Mechanical Engineer Natasha Pavlovsky visited Disneyland park for the first time after moving to America from Russia 20 years ago.

“We were smitten by the atmosphere of happiness and joy, bright colors and music and the variety of attractions and shows,” Natasha said. She was inspired to apply to work at the Disneyland Resort.

Today, Natasha says the variety of mechanical systems used at the Disneyland Resort makes working here an engineer’s dream job. Learn more about Natasha and her role in this “Every Role a Starring Role!”

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Fall Foliage at Disneyland Park

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Fall flowers are in full bloom at Disneyland park! For this video, I asked our talented horticulture team to name all of the featured foliage. Here they are, in order of appearance:

Dark Blue Lobelia; White and Purple Alyssum; Orange and Yellow Mums; Yellow, Orange and Magenta Echinacea and Yellow African Marigolds; Purple Ornamental Cabbage and Orange Calendulas; Purple Leaf Ornamental Peppers; Dark Leaf Kale; Striped Ornamental Corn; Purple Ornamental Cabbage and Orange Calendulas; Olive Tree Swan Topiaries; Spreading Blue Angelonia; Tricolor Amaranthus; Dark leaf Dahlias; Yellow, Orange and Magenta Echinacea; Yellow African Marigolds; Rudbeckias; White Alyssum; Orange Petunia and Yellow Calibrachoa.

I really like the way the horticulturists incorporated cabbage and corn into the landscape. What’s your favorite feature?

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A Unique Point of View: Pool Slides at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 21st, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

We seem to be experiencing an “endless summer” in Southern California — with temperatures in Anaheim in the ‘80s this week. So I thought it would be appropriate for one last water slide video. You may have seen our unique point-of-view video series capturing one of our lifeguards sliding down the Monorail Pool slides at the Disneyland Hotel, the Redwood Creek slide at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the California Streamin’ slide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

For an extra-fun twist, we created a slide mash-up video:

As some of you continue to enjoy typical autumn activities around the country, those visiting the Disneyland Resort and staying at one of our three hotel properties are in for a refreshing treat!

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Good Morning From Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 19th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

This morning we welcome the day from the Crossroads of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The spinning globe with Mickey on top greets guests as they prepare to step into some of their favorite Disney movies and shows. The iconic tower is a great place to pick up souvenirs, autograph books and pens. Everything you will need just in case you bump into a celebrity or two.

Good morning from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, have a magical day.

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WestJet Reveals New, Custom-Painted Aircraft Inspired by Disney’s ‘Frozen’

posted on October 18th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


There’s a new aircraft joining the WestJet fleet today that we know many Disney Parks Blog readers will want to see for themselves. It’s a special, custom-painted Disney “Frozen”-themed plane featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the beloved Disney film.

Disney artists, cast members and WestJetters collaborated to design the “Frozen”-themed aircraft. And similar to the earlier Magic Plane, Disney wanted the outside of the aircraft to tell a story.


On the tail of our aircraft, Anna and Elsa celebrate sisterhood and the magic of snow. From the aircraft tail along the fuselage, the magic travels to warm the front of the aircraft where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach.


The inside of the plane has a design that matches the outside. In the rear of the aircraft, the overhead bins and headrest covers have a cold theme. As you move towards the middle of the plane, the interior decoration transitions to become warmer, ultimately arriving on a warm, sunny theme at the front of the plane.


Here are some cool facts we’ve learned about the plane:

  • The aircraft was painted in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • The paint team included team members from Canada, the United States and Germany. They watched Frozen to get them into the spirit before work began.
  • The job took 21 days of 12-hour rotations involving a constant crew of six painters working 24/7.
  • Sparkles were added to the paint in sections to add shimmer and shine as the aircraft moves.
  • An airbrush artist was brought in to work on details around the sun, water and castle.
  • There are 54 separate overhead bin doors on the aircraft and each has a unique Frozen decal.

While the Disney “Frozen”-themed plane is inspired by Walt Disney World Resort, it will operate flights throughout WestJet’s network, not just to Orlando. Let us know what you like best about the new aircraft in the comments below.

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