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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Oct. 4, 2015

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It was a great week of anniversaries and openings on the Disney Parks Blog. To kick off October, we celebrated the anniversary of the 1971 opening of Magic Kingdom Park.


To mark the anniversary, we published a fun infographic, shared stories and even launched a new wallpaper. We also shared a fascinating video for Epcot’s anniversary on the same day.


This week’s anniversary celebrations included six years of storytelling for the Disney Park Blog. If you missed our special Orange Bird MagicBand giveaway, you can grab our first-ever Disney Parks Blog themed wallpaper this weekend.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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And earlier this week, the “Disney Springs” name change became official. Disney Springs is now live online at and via Twitter at @DisneySprings. Morimoto Asia also officially opened to guests this week at Disney Springs. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates from Disney Springs.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Halloween How-To: Create A Haunted Mansion Butler Costume – 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.

25th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Returns to the Disneyland Resort on October 11 – On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park supporting CHOC Children’s will return to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration!

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

Discover With Me: Pineapple Soft Serve at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Not too long ago, we added a little more tropical magic to The Lava Shack in the Waikolohe Valley: the Pineapple Soft Serve!

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

13 Reasons Disney Parks Fans Still Love Horizons Today – Not only is this week 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.