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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.


Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

Season of the Force Begins Nov. 16 at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks and Resorts is excited to debut all-new Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in the coming months.


Beginning Nov. 16, 2015, guets visiting Disneyland Park will have the chance to jump to lightspeed with Season of the Force, featuring opportunities to meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on a favorite attraction and more.


Opening at Disneyland Park on Nov. 16 will be:

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – Coming in December, a twist on the Jedi Training experience will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • Hyperspace Mountain – For a limited time, you can join an X-wing starfighter battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.


Other limited-time experiences include:

  • An opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
  • Special themed food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment.

We’ll have dates to share soon for Season of the Force at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Disney Parks is also preparing to take you to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for our largest single-land expansions ever, building the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at both Disneyland Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Work to make room for this new land at Disneyland Park in California will require the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad to close temporarily. The following will suspend operations at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016:

The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations and attractions along the Rivers of America, including:

  • “Fantasmic!”
  • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Elsewhere in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch – including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree – will close permanently at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10, 2016.

Stay tuned for more details on Season of the Force at Disneyland Park, and keep an eye on Disney Travel News for more information about exciting Star Wars experiences coming to Disney Parks in both California and Florida.

New Premium Dining Experience Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party At Disneyland Resort

During this fall’s Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort, you will be able to take part in a new premium dining experience – Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou.


The evening begins with an intimate, spooky dinner featuring a themed three-course menu. During dinner, Dr. Facilier, from the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” will conjure his friends from the other side, bringing them to life in Blue Bayou Restaurant for a wickedly good time.


After dinner, you will receive a limited-edition custom lithograph featuring art from a Disney Animator. Finally, the Shadow Man bids his guests adieu as they are escorted to a special viewing area for the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular.

Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou will run from 7-9:45 p.m. during Mickey’s Halloween Party nights Sept. 25-Oct. 31, 2015. The cost is $150 per person for adults and children (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity are included. Admission to Mickey’s Halloween Party is not included and must be purchased separately.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns November 13 Through January 6, 2016

Any time is a good time to start making holiday plans! The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns November 13 through January 6, 2016. The holiday season will sparkle even brighter this year, as the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to bring even more dazzle to our decked halls.


We’ll have more information to share about all of the festive treats, merchandise and entertainment coming with the season,but for now, mark your calendar for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, November 13 through January 6, 2016!

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announces New Lands, Entertainment and Experiences

Disney announced a line-up of new attractions and entertainment coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort during the D23 EXPO 2015.

Star Wars Enhancements & New Experiences at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

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Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Later this year, Star Tours will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars Launch Bay – This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park.

Jedi Training Academy – A favorite of younger fans is reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

Season of the Force – This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, you can explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which Guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios,

Guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

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Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

The reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take guests to infinity and beyond, allowing them to step into the worlds of their favorite films, starting with Toy Story Land. This new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard. You will think you’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land, which will include two new attractions and one expanded favorite.

Family-friendly roller coaster – All on the back of Slinky Dog, this coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a fun, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land.

Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers. The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.

Toy Story Mania! – Guests glide into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set and take aim at 3D objects in a variety of fast-paced games, with an expansion that adds a third track to this popular attraction.

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After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora – The World of AVATAR

As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.

“Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.

Pandora – The World of AVATAR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new AVATAR-themed land – a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees, giving guests a transformational experience they will never forget.

AVATAR Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.

Soarin’ Around the World in Florida and California

Next year, guests at Epcot and Disney California Adventure Park will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its U.S. debut.


Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

Jungle Cruise fans can look forward to the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opening in Magic Kingdom Park late 2015. At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

Stay tuned for more information about these new enhancements and attractions!

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

At D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, and Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort.


Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”


These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.

Join in the ‘Looking for Mickey Quest’ at the Disneyland Resort

This July, take part in the “Looking for Mickey Quest”! Beginning July 16, while Quest Guide supplies last, search for hidden Mickeys throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Two Ways to Play and How it Works!
There will be a “Looking for Mickey Quest” themed to both Disneyland park and to Disney California Adventure park. The locations, clues, hidden Mickeys and surprises for each Quest will vary. Purchase a Quest Guide from one of the parks and follow the clues that will direct you to the location where each hidden Mickey can be found. Once you arrive at the location, scratch off the answer to reveal if you have found the hidden Mickey. Whether your answers are right or wrong, return with your Quest Guide to the redemption location to pick up a surprise.

Disneyland Park
The Disneyland park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has twenty (20) questions and can be purchased for $19.95, plus tax, at the following locations: Disneyana, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Star Trader. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per guest.

Disney California Adventure Park
The Disney California Adventure park “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide has ten (10) questions and can be purchased for $12.95, plus tax at the following locations: Elias & Co., Off the Page, Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios and Tees, Hats and Tattoos. Quest Guide comes with a specially themed lanyard. Available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Limit TWO (2) per Guest.

Whether you choose to search for the hidden Mickeys or not, return with your “Looking for Mickey Quest” Guide to the respective redemption location before July 31, 2015, to pick up your surprise. Note: The Quest Guide must be redeemed at the redemption location within that specific park. The surprise will vary based on which quest and which park you decide to conquer.

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  • Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park

Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate in this event. Event is not subject to discounts. Event information subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” Pre-Parade Debuts At Disney California Adventure

In celebration of Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”, a new pre-parade brings the movie’s main characters and their colorful, curious world right in to the heart of Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort.


Arriving just ahead of daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, this new pre-parade features the five Emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness as they experience the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of a day in a Disney park.

Guests can enjoy the “Inside Out” pre-parade at Disney California Adventure Park daily throughout the summer.

Disneyland Hotel Debuts New Seasonal Menu At Steakhouse 55

Spring has sprung, and so have seasonal additions to the menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.


Fresh and light appetizers for spring include the Fresh Pasta Tagliatelle, with stone fruit mostarda, julienne zucchini, cherry tomato and fresh sorelle; Sautéed Sea Scallops with watermelon cucumber compote, pickled radish, rhubarb sabayon; Seared Carpaccio of Beef with baby arugula, mandarin orange, whipped horseradish, smoked sea salt; and Chilled White Asparagus with Serrano ham, Pecorino Romano, minced fava bean and grapefruit essence.


Other seasonal menu changes include the Steakhouse 55 Salad with garden carrot, blue cheese, maple pecans and raspberry vinaigrette—a celebration of spring. For entrees, the Moroccan-spiced King Salmon is superb; try it with the seasonal creamed local super-sweet corn with plugra butter.


Also available is a new Steakhouse 55 Chef’s Tasting Menu, which includes a Caprese salad, 8 oz. Grilled Prime Flatiron Steak served with creamy white polenta, seared king oyster mushroom and hollandaise. The meal concludes with Vanilla Crème Brulee with a lemon madeleine, Chantilly cream and strawberry compote for dessert.


For reservations, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner today!

Diamond Mad T Party Begins at Disney California Adventure Park

When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015, you are invited down the Rabbit Hole to experience Mad T Party – a dazzling new version of the popular nighttime dance party.


Diamond Mad T Party will feature heart-pounding live entertainment, interactive fun and delectable delights all wrapped in sparkling décor and seasoned with unique tributes to 60 years of Disneyland Resort.

Over at the Main Stage, you can enjoy the sounds of the most amazing band this side of Wonderland, featuring contemporary and classic rock favorites, as well as newly mashed-up Disney tunes. And, when the band is not onstage, the White Rabbit DJ takes over playing the hottest and latest dance tunes.

At nearby House of Cards, party goers can try their luck at a series of interactive games and activities, or just chill out with a cold drink from the Drink Me Bar or Chiller Truck. And, they can check out a new fantastical photo location created in the spirit of Diamond Mad T Party, while paying tribute to the Diamond Celebration.

Over at the Hollywood Backlot Stage, guests can enjoy the high-energy performances of talented dance crew, the Hottest Deck in town.

Plus, whimsical and mischievous hosts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, will share some celebratory moments of their own.

The fantastical fun begins May 22, 2015 at Disney California Adventure Park!

New Spring Menu Begins at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park

Spring isn’t official until March 20, but the charming Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park gets a jump on the season with its new spring menu starting this week.


The winds are changing and bringing in a new selection of sandwiches, including a cold roast beef and bleu cheese served on a crispy French baguette or a toasted ham & Swiss cheese sandwich with apple chutney. Returning for the season is our famous tuna salad sandwich on a brioche bun, which will for sure delight your palate. The light yet hearty chicken noodle soup debuts alongside the classic tomato basil soup, and a savory sun-dried tomato Caesar salad top the offerings of the list. (All served after 10:30 a.m.)


To appease your sweet tooth, new seasonal pastries have debuted, including a moist carrot cupcake that is scrumptious with a cup of coffee or tea. Seasonal spring berries are the theme for the season, inspiring our raspberry crème brulee and strawberry shortcake bundt cake.


Disneyland’s seasonal muffin is made with plump raspberries and a zest of lemon. The pistachio Mickey Macaron is a colorful addition to accompany our signature raspberry rose Mickey Macaron. If you’re looking for chocolate, you can indulge with a white chocolate mousse whoopee pie or our signature brownie.


Among the other top picks: the coconut lime cheesecake, a coffee éclair or the elegant opera cake, made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate glaze. Sip a cappuccino and all is right with the world – whether you live on Cherry Tree Lane or Main Street, U.S.A.

Neil Patrick Harris To Host All New “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”

Neil Patrick Harris will join Mickey Mouse as host of the all new “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” opening May 22, 2015 at Disney California Adventure Park as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.


Fulfilling their hosting duties through video footage, Mickey Mouse and Neil take you on a fun-filled and inspirational journey – from Walt’s decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments to his dream of Disneyland Park. Plus, the show culminates in a madcap musical tour of Disneyland Resort attractions as never seen before!

This unforgettable show features animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”


The all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” is just one part of the dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which kicks off May 22, 2015 along with the new “Paint the Night” parade and the fully-immersive new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular.

Stay tuned for more details regarding the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration!

Wine Tasting with Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard at Disney California Adventure Park

Popular Alfresco Tasting Terrace on the second floor of Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure park features a very cool wine list, new wine flights and small Mediterranean-inspired plates – a lovely spot for a sip of wine on the open-air veranda.

Chef Jorge Cruz has been at Golden Vine Winery less than a year, and after stints at Club 33 and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Resort, he’s having fun with the menu at Golden Vine Winery. His small plates on the terrace are getting high marks from fans, like the Tenderloin Sliders which is on the Alfresco Tasting Terrace daily menu.


At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on February 21-22, Alfresco Tasting Terrace will premiere its Winemaker Events with Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, one of the “Disney Family of Wines,” a diverse collection that displays qualities long identified with Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company, carrying on the Disney legacy and typifying the passion, innovation and quality that the name Disney symbolizes.

The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Winemaker Event will feature wine, a special event appetizer menu and fun stories about the Disney family connection to the winery. For instance, Fess Parker (1924-2010) was named a Disney Legend in 1991 and was honored with his own window in Frontierland at Disneyland. Walt discovered Fess in the movie “Them” and asked him to stop by the studio; Fess brought his guitar, met Walt, sang a song, and said goodbye. Walt cast him as Davy Crockett, and he went on to star in many other Disney productions – but will always be remembered for his coonskin cap.

Seating is limited. For reservations and pricing, visit the podium at Golden Vine Winery or call 714-817-5700.

Guests must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Valid photo ID required. Appearances, presentations and events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.


The Alfresco Tasting Terrace daily menu features Mediterranean-inspired appetizers and wines from the “Disney Family of Wines” — consisting of eight California vintners chosen because of their personal relationship with the Disney name.

The “family of eight” includes Chappellet Winery, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Frank Family Vineyards, Gogi, Lasseter Family Winery, MacMurray Ranch, Silverado Vineyards and Skywalker Vineyards.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Begins May 22 with New Nighttime Spectaculars and More

During a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, featuring a glittering parade, street-to-sky fireworks and an all-new “World of Color.”


The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue.

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Disney California Adventure park will present a special edition of the popular “World of Color” show. In “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park.

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At Disneyland park, the new “Paint the Night” parade will bring some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at the Disneyland Resort.


This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.


Also at Disneyland park, the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular will be a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes. “Disneyland Forever” envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. The new show will feature two original songs, the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

Guests at the special presentation last night got a sneak peek at the projections now in development for this all-new nighttime spectacular. Take a look at the video below to see what else happened!

Find Santa This Holiday Season At Disney

Santa Claus is a busy guy this time of year, but we have good news! He’s carving time out of his schedule to pay a visit to Disney Parks, where you can meet him and fill him in on your fondest wish for this holiday season. Between now and Christmas Day, Santa will be making stops throughout Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.


Here are some of the places you’re bound to find him:


Be sure to consult the in-park Times Guide or ask a cast member to find out just when you can see Santa on the day of your visit, and have a wonderful ho-ho-holiday!