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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Oct. 23, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

James Cameron Explores Disney’s Animal Kingdom as Development of First AVATAR-Themed Land Continues

Did you see? Filmmaker James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment producing partner Jon Landau were in town this week touring Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the future home of the first AVATAR-themed land at Disney Parks. Both explored the park with Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Imagineer Joe Rohde. And you can check out what they had to say during the visit in our original post.

Halloween Decorations at Disneyland Resort

We also shared the secret to making an attention-grabbing “stackable” Mickey pumpkin display this week. David Caranci, manager of Resort Enhancement at the Disneyland Resort, showed us how to do it and demonstrated how you can use the Disney Halloween pumpkin templates – found right here on the Disney Parks Blog – to transform your pumpkins into your favorite Disney characters.

Keep checking the blog this week for a few new Halloween season surprises. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Mater Looks for Lightning McQueen at Walt Disney World Resort – With some Disney magic and the help of RIDEMAKERZ at Downtown Disney, watch as Mater drives through Walt Disney World Resort in search for his best friend Lightning McQueen.

Benefit Sale Returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – Back for a second year, the Benefit Sale at Downtown Disney will offer shoppers with discounts of 25% off select merchandise at participating Downtown Disney locations, special doorbusters and more.

The Most Popular Disney Parks Halloween Costumes – Rapunzel and “Cars 2” characters are this year’s most popular halloween costumes at Disney Parks; take a look at the other Disney characters that made the list.

Painting With Light at Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer “painted with the light” at Disneyland park to capture this magical look at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

A Spooktacular in the Sky at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts – From Happy HalloWishes at Magic Kingdom Park to Halloween Screams at Disneyland park, our Halloween fireworks tricks are sure to give you a treat!

Restaurant Changes on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park – We gave readers the inside scoop on some of the big changes coming to Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Resort.