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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Spaceship Earth Over the Years

posted on October 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this week we celebrated the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot by sharing special images and videos.

Today, we’d like to share a photo slideshow of one of our favorite attractions – Spaceship Earth – to show how it has changed over the years. Enjoy!

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First Look at New ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

New “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise featuring some frightfully fun friends from Halloween Town is in stores now at Disney Parks! Let’s check it out!

Fall accessories are definitely a must! Look for a messenger bag and sectional tote, along with a cleverly designed Jack Skellington suit tote and reversible Jack and Sally cross-body. Other festive wear includes arm warmers, themed scarves and even a coffin-shaped Jack wallet. I’ve already shared some of this year’s novelty headwear with you, but as you can see there are a few other choices that are a bit more subtle and can certainly be worn any time of year.


New art debuts on a variety of themed tees including Jack Skellington as the Master of Fright, Pumpkin King and one that will have you wondering if it’s a “trick of the eye.” As the evenings cool down and a chill starts to fill the air, don’t despair – a new themed fleece will have you more than prepared. Ladies, a new dress, fashion tees and even a Sally-themed costume tee (available in select locations) are just a few ways for you to rock any look! Don’t worry, we have your little guys and ‘ghouls’ covered, too, with new fleece and tees and even a Jack Skellington suit-inspired coverall for your little pumpkin.


Look for all of these new merchandise offerings and more at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Two new Dooney & Bourke collections themed to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are also set to debut this fall! The first collection is a “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wallpaper print in coated canvas, featuring a black and white all-over pattern with Jack Skellington with leather accent trim and handles. In the coming weeks, a second nylon collection featuring silhouettes of some of your favorite Halloween Town characters will also materialize.


Look for these new Dooney & Bourke silhouettes at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort as well as Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Which “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise are you most excited for?

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Halloween How-To: Create A Haunted Mansion Butler Costume

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

In this week’s “Halloween How-To” video, we’re happy to share a tutorial on how you can make a simply amazing Haunted Mansion butler costume – using mostly repurposed and inexpensive materials you can find at your local craft store.

Check out the video below for step-by-step directions from Glen Howard from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Costuming.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more tutorials on creating Halloween treats, decor and more.

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

  • Halloween How-To: Haunted Mansion Makeup Tutorials
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    Disney Parks Blog Readers Chow & Dine at Food & Wine

    posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    Earlier this week we celebrated the return of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with 500 Disney Parks Blog readers at a special event in World Showplace.


    Disney Parks Blog Readers Chow & Dine at Food & Wine Disney Parks Blog Readers Chow & Dine at Food & Wine

    Our guests dined on an impressive menu that included the “best-of” menu items that can be found at the festival this year. Some favorites were the Patagonia Inspired Beef Empanadas, Loaded Mac‘n’Cheese with Pepper Bacon, Chef Judi Truck Stop Burger, Drunken Blue Velvet & Cream Cheese mini-cakes.


    Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, also made his debut (surprise) appearance. Keep your eye out for this character on the blog and at our events in coming months!

    Of course, being with our guests was the highlight of the event – especially when an impromptu dance-off took place to the Disney tunes supplied by the amazing DJ Elliot. To watch a full recap, check out the video above. For more photos from our event, follow the Disney Parks Blog on Instagram.

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    Preview Scenes from DisneyŸ•Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Disney Parks Starting October 16

    posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

    Imagine if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct. That’s the premise behind Disney•ŸPixar’s epic adventure, “The Good Dinosaur,” coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.

    Beginning October 16, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from “The Good Dinosaur” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    At Disney California Adventure park, “The Good Dinosaur” preview will be presented at the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at clips from the film, as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

    In “The Good Dinosaur,” Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

    Directed by Peter Sohn (“Partly Cloudy”) and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), DisneyŸ•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015.

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    Download Our Retro Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Wallpaper

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    Are you loving the changes that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has undergone over the past few years, such as the lovely new lobby and the debut of our very own Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? To me, the resort is looking better than ever!


    To celebrate the fact that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort originally opened this week back in 1971, Jason “Tiki” Tackett has created our latest wallpaper, which mimics the original folio covers for the resort in 1971. According to Jason, “it’s a simple wallpaper, featuring the tiki icon, arms extended in the spirit of welcoming and aloha.”

    Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And click here to check out our complete gallery of wallpapers.

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    13 Reasons Disney Parks Fans Still Love Horizons Today

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    Today is a special day in Disney history. Not only is it the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the fan-favorite attraction Horizons also opened October 1, 1983.


    The attraction opened in 1983 (and ended its run in 1999) to offer a look into what future living, work, learning, entertainment and more might look like, based on the hopeful theme, “If we can dream it, we can do it!”

    Here are 13 reasons why we just can’t let go of this attraction. Jump on the Omnimover (in your mind) and let’s go…


    1. The FUTUREPORT DEPARTURE sign in the queue line could make you feel like exploring even the farthest destinations in space was possible. A quick trip to Mesa Verde or Brava Centauri, anyone?


    1. In a home of the future, just about anything was possible, thanks to robots who cooked, cleaned and even took care of one’s personal grooming.
    Robot Butler from The Horizons Attraction at Epcot Robot Butler from The Horizons Attraction at Epcot
    1. Horizons made us dream of having a robot butler. I’d still take one, especially this charmingly dressed chap who handled dusting and vacuuming.


    1. And the idea of a robot chef was awesome. Who cares if he made a mess? He’s fully equipped to clean up after himself.


    1. Of course, fun tasks like making a birthday cake could still be done by (human) hand.


    1. That orange smell!


    1. Who didn’t want to test out the piano of the future or the home’s hologram phone?


    1. Who wouldn’t want their school to feature deep sea exploration in “the world of liquid space” with seals by their side?


    1. Horizons workspaces were literally out of this world.


    1. Gravity was optional! (I always wondered if Tommy got his teddy bear back).


    1. Celebrating birthdays with loved ones all over the galaxy was possible.
    1. We can’t forget about the part of the attraction where guests could choose their own adventure. Destinations included the Omnimover for Desert (Mesa Verde), Space (Omega Centauri) or Sea (Sea Castle Resort). Which was your destination of choice? Tell us in the comments section below!


    1. Next to the original Journey Into Imagination attraction, Horizons had one of the coolest post-show paths. (The bright light at the end was a spinning GE symbol, the then-sponsor of the attraction).
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    #TBT: Watch Epcot’s Iconic Spaceship Earth Being Built

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    As we shared earlier, today is Magic Kingdom Park’s anniversary. But it’s also the anniversary of the second Disney theme park built in Florida – Epcot!

    The park was the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, who dreamed about building a place where the possibilities of the future could be explored and enjoyed. Walt’s dream eventually evolved into the park that became EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), which was fronted by the park’s iconic attraction, Spaceship Earth.

    We shared this rare time-lapse video of Spaceship Earth being built with Disney Parks Blog readers back in 2012, and are happy to share it again today in honor of the park’s anniversary.

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    Latin Baseball Festival Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World

    When it comes to baseball, there’s professional baseball and then there’s Latin professional baseball, which comes with a cultural flare, and festival atmosphere that’s rarely found anywhere else.


    That unique brand of baseball is coming to Walt Disney World Resort with the debut of the Latin Baseball Festival in November. And tickets are on sale now.

    The inaugural event features two marquee Puerto Rican teams – the Cangrejeros de Santurce and the Indios de Mayaguez – playing a three-game regular-season weekend series inside Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, November 20-22.

    Both are accomplished teams in the famed Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico which has produced many current and former Major League Baseball players, including Roberto Alomar, Bobby Bonilla, Edgar Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Bernie Williams, Ruben Sierra and Clemente.

    More details about the games at Disney will be announced soon, but tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets. Single-game tickets range from $17.50 for lawn seats to $30 for lower level seating. Two-game packages (Saturday and Sunday) are $45 (upper level) and $55 (lower level). Group tickets are also available ($24-$27) as well as suites ($250-$2,000).

    Play ball! Or should we say, a jugar pelota!

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    Life Lessons from Magic Kingdom Park

    posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

    As Rose shared earlier, today is anniversary of the 1971 opening of Magic Kingdom Park. This park was my favorite as a child and continues to be so today.

    In honor of the anniversary, we have a new infographic on lessons we can all learn from this amazing park that’s filled with fantasy, wonder, hope and imagination.


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