Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Kids and Families come out to Play at the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Back in August, we shared that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was sponsoring the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour. The tour traveled to six cities across America, giving families the chance to tackle a playful obstacle course and enjoy meaningful time together. Nearly 13,000 people came out to play in Anaheim, Sacramento, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Kissimmee.

Families designed their team flags and made their way through various stations to build tunnels, solve puzzles, and work as a team.

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This tour is just one way we at Disney Parks delivered on our commitment to strengthen families and local communities. It gave us the chance to share our expertise and create a memorable experience for children and their families outside of our parks and resorts.

While we know how important it is for families to spend meaningful time together, we also know the long-term, positive impact this time has on children. At the Discover Together Symposium we hosted in January, researchers at the Center for Childhood Creativity and Search Institute shared their findings – that the quality time children spend with influential adults has a powerful influence on a child’s success in school and in the community. To learn more about the research, visit DisneyDiscoverTogether.com.

The KaBOOM Play Together Tour helped us to bring this work to life around the U.S. Check out the video above for highlights from the tour.

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Making a Greener Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of the most anticipated events of the year here at the Disney Parks. It’s a guest favorite and loads of fun. But are you aware of all the eco-friendly efforts that go on behind the scenes?

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Lawrence Whiteside of Magic Kingdom Environmental/Recycling recently shared with the Disney Parks Blog what goes into this green endeavor and why they do it.

“For the last 13 years, the MK Recycle Team and its partners have committed to support our corporate goals and standards. I hope our actions provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of our environmental efforts, and to also inspire others to take action and make even more of a difference.”

Conservation at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is serious business. For instance, some of the initiatives during last year’s party included recycling 25,000 cardboard boxes and 500 pounds of shrink wrap, salvaging Craisin boxes to store over 3,000 pounds of scrap electronics and repurposing “Monsters University” cardboard boxes to help out with the Toys for Tots drive.

The due diligence of the MK Recycle Team during this event just keeps getting greener, according to Lawrence.

“Our environmental successes and stories are a rich part of our history and a key focus of our growth. We not only recycle on stage but, through a collaborative effort, recycling happens backstage to reduce waste and our carbon footprint.”

The Walt Disney Company has a longstanding tradition of corporate citizenship. From providing children’s environmental education programs to pledges to reduce energy and waste consumption on property, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’s goals fall right in line with this environmental stewardship.

So, while you’re enjoying Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade, your favorite spooktacular Disney characters, the Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular and all the rest of the festivities, maybe you can take a moment to consider the concentrated effort put forth to giving back to Mother Earth.

Though he was speaking specifically of the U.S.A., Walt Disney’s words of wisdom could easily be applied to the big picture: “Its preservation and the wise conservation of its renewable resources concerns every man, woman and child whose possession it is.”

Lawrence echoes those sentiments. “Personally, I think everybody needs to play a role in preserving our planet,”

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2014 Travelers’ Choice: TripAdvisor Names Victoria & Albert’s One of Top 5 Restaurants in U.S.

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was honored as one of the Top 5 restaurants in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards.

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The Walt Disney World Resort restaurant is the only Florida restaurant on the illustrious list. “One-of-a-kind dining experience in Orlando – worth it!” and “A special meal in a special place,” reads the TripAdvisor website.

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Victoria & Albert’s also is a AAA Five-Diamond Award winner, one of just two in Florida. Under the helm of Chef Scott Hunnel, maître d hotel Israel Perez and Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, the restaurant features some of the very best seasonal ingredients from local markets, as well as from around the world.

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TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, according to the website, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors and more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

The awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Congrats to Chef Scott, Israel, Chef Erich and the entire Victoria & Albert’s team!

For more on Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, visit the posts below:

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999 Happy Haunts: Meet The Hatbox Ghost

posted on October 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look at the ghosts of The Haunted Mansion focuses on the Hatbox Ghost – aren’t familiar with him? That’s because he was originally planned as a part of the attraction but never, well, materialized.

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(Art by Austin Hillebrecht)

According to Jason Surrell’s book “The Haunted Mansion: From The Magic Kingdom To The Movies,” this ghostly apparition was supposed to appear across from the Bride in the attic scene, holding a hatbox. With every beat of the Bride’s heart, the Hatbox Ghost’s head was supposed to disappear and reappear in the hatbox he was holding. Alas, the Hatbox ghost was eventually cut from the plan due to technical difficulties.

Which Haunted Mansion ghost would you like to see featured here next week? Tell us in the comments section below!

For more about the ghosts from The Haunted Mansion, visit the post below:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Gondolas at the Italy Pavilion

posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How fun is this post-“Illuminations” shot of World Showcase Lagoon from the Italy pavilion? Photographer Tom Bricker snapped it just as the show was ending.

Anyone up for a late-night gondola ride?

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Fever at Bridal Fashion Week

posted on October 9th, 2014 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


There’s something about New York City in the fall – the leaves are turning, the air is crisp … and there’s tulle. Everywhere! Bridal fashion week takes over Manhattan and it’s a chance for designers to preview their spring collections. This year was extra special for us here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings because we added a new dress to our traditional eight Disney princess-inspired gowns line up – Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” A true modern day bride, Elsa is bold and daring while remaining regal and elegant. And she’s the only queen that could bring snow – yes, snow – to the runway for our fashion show finale!

The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings gowns will be available starting January 2015 in Alfred Angelo retail stores and are offered in signature colors in addition to white and ivory.

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Play Games, Build Fireworks Shows & More With Kellogg’s Storybox App

posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you heard about our latest Disney Parks app?

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Disney Parks has teamed up with Kellogg’s to create a new mobile app called Kellogg’s Storybox that will add a little Disney magic to your breakfast table.

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Step one is to download the free app, which is available on iTunes, Google Play or in the Amazon App store. Then pick up a specially marked Kellogg’s cereal box and scan it with your smartphone to unlock an interactive storybook to use within your app. There are three different volumes you can unlock, and each one features games and activities based on Disney Parks, such as a balloon-busting game based on Toy Story Midway Mania and storybook surprises inspired by Radiator Springs Racers. Yours can also create their own Disney fireworks spectacular in the app.

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Guests Have a Blast at ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our latest Disney Parks Blog meet-up, an advanced screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” took place over the weekend, and boy did our fans enjoy this one.

Guests Have a Blast at ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

The film tells the tale of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible, horrible day of his young life. He soon learns that he’s not alone, when his family members all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

In addition to a screening of the film, guests at this Disney Parks Blog meet-up were the first to test out our very special Disney Parks Blog photo opp. Learn more about it and see the behind-the-scenes video here.

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Halloween Treats Begin to Materialize at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The spirit of Halloween is in the air, and festive fall treats have materialized at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. I love discovering new treats during the holidays and am excited to share a few of these frightening finds with you.

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Right off the bat, I knew I couldn’t resist the specialty cupcakes from BoardWalk Bakery. Vanilla cake with caramel apple filling, topped with whipped cream—it’s like eating an apple pie inside of a cupcake. Whether you choose the bat or ghost cupcake, you can’t go wrong.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite haunts, and the pastry team has concocted creepy treats for Halloween. There’s something to please every palate—creamy pumpkin cheesecake and scones, spooky skeleton brownies, chocolate cupcakes with candy corn filling topped with buttercream and my favorite—a gooey chocolate-pecan torte.

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Step off the monorail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and check out the spooktacular sweets. At Contempo Café, you’ll find a creepy, crawly cupcake—white cake with marshmallow filling topped with buttercream frosting and an itsy bitsy sugar spider on a chocolate web. It also seems goblins have taken over Chef Mickey’s, garnishing everything from cookies and brownies to fruit tarts and cheesecakes.

Which ghoulish delight are you dying to sink your fangs into?

For more on Halloween-inspired treats you can find at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the posts below:

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Blood Moon Sets Over Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you were up early this morning, you may have spotted an unusual sight in the sky – the brilliance of a rare lunar eclipse called a “blood moon.”

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Here at Walt Disney World Resort, the moon added the perfect spooky atmosphere to our parks, especially Magic Kingdom Park, which is already decorated for Halloween. Our photographers David Roark and Matt Stroshane were on hand to document the moon’s path over our parks.

Here’s how a blood moon works and why it’s significant: Full lunar eclipses happen maybe once each year, but blood moons that light up with color are extremely rare. Their bright red “blood” color happens when planet Earth is perfectly positioned between the moon and the sun – and the sun is able to shine only a small ring of red light past the earth and onto the moon (sort of like a worldwide sunset is reflecting on the moon). This morning’s blood moon is the second blood moon in a rare tetrad (a series of four) that will appear in 2014-2015. The next two blood moons are set to appear on April 4 and September 28, 2015.

Be sure to click through the gallery above to see the blood moon make its way over Walt Disney World Resort.

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