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Haunted Mansion Shop Memento Mori Now Open

Disney Parks Blog has announced that Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise shop, is officially open in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Once considered the abode of Madame Leota, this shop is the destination for a variety of Haunted Mansion Authentic merchandise created especially for Disney Parks.

If you are planning a visit, here are a few important things to know:

  • There will be a purchase limit of six items per style, per guest, per day for products carried in the shop.
  • The new Haunted Mansion open edition pins will be carried in both Memento Mori in Liberty Square and Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland.
  • The Haunted Mansion-themed Dooney & Bourke bags will be released in Uptown Jewelers on Main Street, U.S.A.  They will not be found at Memento Mori or at Cherry Tree Lane at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • For guests in California, the Dooney & Bourke bags will also be released at Vault 28 in Downtown Disney District. There will be a purchase limit of two items, per style, per guest, per day.

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Finally, the Disney Parks online store will also be carrying select items from the Haunted Mansion Authentic program beginning on October 6.

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you are anything like us, you love Fall and Halloween at the Magic Kingdom and especially Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  These parties are extra special events where they close the Magic Kingdom to regular park guests and bring in some extra special Halloween decorations and treats that you can only experience at the Party!

Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy these parties and get the most treats with no tricks!

1.  This is a Family Friendly Event  – Like the name implies, this is a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Unlike other Orlando Theme Parks, Walt Disney World offers a purely family-friendly environment that is suitable for children of all ages.  There are some dark areas, but if your kids loves the Haunted Mansion, that is about as dark as the entire evening gets!

2.  Wear A Costume – Children are always allowed to wear Princess Outfits or Pirate Costumes in Disney Parks, but adults do not have that luxury…except for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties!  As long as you wear a costume that does not cover your face (ie. a full head or face mask) you are welcome to enjoy the party.  Remember, it’s still pretty warm in Orlando during the Fall, so make sure that your costume is lightweight an not too heavy!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

3.  Trick Or Treat All Night Long – During the party, there are several locations located all around the Magic Kingdom…and you can trick-or-treat as much as you want.  You can return as much as you want and as the night progresses, many Cast Members often become more generous in their treat giving.  We suggest bringing your own bag though…the bags that Disney provides are a little small.

4.  Arrive A Little Early – Even though Mickey’s Party officially starts at 7 p.m., which is when all of the entertainment actually begins, guests can enter with their Halloween Party tickets as early as 4 p.m. This is not something Walt Disney World advertises, but it absolutely is true, and you will see plenty of other guests arriving at 4 p.m., and Cast Members in their Halloween outfits at the turnstiles.  This allows you to enjoy a full 8 hours inside the park, for 1/2 the price!

5.  Make Time to Meet Characters – Haloweentime is one of the best times to meet your favorite Disney Characters, and during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary parties, all your favorite characters are dressed in special Trick-or-treat costumes!  Past favorites are Winnie the Pooh and friends, Snow White, and all 7 dwarfs – they are all not to be missed!!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Parties are Hard Ticketed events, which means you have to buy a separate ticked for entrance to the party.  The parties run on select nights in September and October from 7:00 pm to Midnight.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner when you book your Walt Disney World Vacation and let them know you need tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party today!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hitchhiking Ghost Card Debuts at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park next week, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans are in for an additional treat – the chance to pick up an event-exclusive game card!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Hitchhiking Ghost Card Debuts at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Just in case you’re new to the game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin’s quest to defeat Disney Villains who are scheming to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use maps to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use spell cards to foil a villain’s plan. The quest begins in the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up key cards, spell cards and maps (additional cards can be purchased at select merchandise locations).

This special card features the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion attraction and lets us “sorcerers” tap into the supernatural power that lies within the Haunted Mansion’s graveyard. Players can use the card to direct poltergeists to scare away any Disney villains they may come across on their journey.

This special event card will be distributed separately from the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs (yes, you can pick up both while attending the party). The Hitchhiking Ghost card is available at both the Magic Kingdom Firehouse and the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe during the party, and guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Scare Up Some Spooky Halloween Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman. Parade run at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky. Fireworks are at 9:30 pm
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Dates and Times for 2013

September: 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29, 2013

October: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 31, 2013

November: 1, 2013

Hours: 7:00 pm – midnight

What is your favorite Halloween memory from Walt Disney World?

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Have You Experience that Magic of Walt Disney World Resort?

You feel it when you look at Cinderella Castle. You breathe it in when you climb into a Doombuggy in the Haunted Mansion. You are surrounded by it on an African Savanna at Animal Kingdom. It compels you to soar high above California at Epcot and enables you to rub elbow with the stars of Hollywood, past and present.

The Magic of Walt Disney World

That’s the magic of Walt Disney World. The magic that transforms adults into children and takes you, no matter what your age, to far off worlds of fantasy and wonder. And if you have ever been touched by that magic, you are changed forever.

There are so many things in our lives that are important and serious, but Disney World is something entirely different…it’s an escape, a fantasy, a magical place where dreams really do come true…a place where families can reconnect and adults and children alike can just play.

Family Vacation at Walt Disney World Resort

This is why all of us at Kingdom Magic Vacations have the best job in the world, we help families enjoy their time at this wonderful, magical place. And to share our love and passion with you. You can book your vacation with any company, but we think that it’s our agents, our incredible service, and our passion for Disney that separates us from the rest.

And we LOVE to hear your stories.  We enjoy hearing about your trips and how you experienced the magic.  And remember that Kingdom Magic is always there for you to help you experience the Magic of Walt Disney World.

Mickiey Mouse at Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you haven’t been there in a while, it’s time to go back, and if you have never been…we think it will change you forever.

That’s the Magic of Walt Disney World.

 

5 Things I Love About Tom Sawyer Island

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Frontierland from Tom Sawyer Island (Photo credit: Don Nunn)

Walt Disney World has many great places to visit and those special places make you want to return as quickly as possible. Some people just love visiting the Polynesian beach, others love Disney’s Boardwalk and still others love checking out the Wilderness Lodge. Within the Magic Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island is a special place that provides some isolation and tranquility, which is why I really appreciate it. When I visit Tom Sawyer Island, here are five of the things I really like about this part of the Magic Kingdom.

1 – The Barrel Bridge

The Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island always brings me back to my childhood. I love just feeling like a kid. The bridge is fun, shaky and makes you almost feel like you’re about to topple into the water. It’s great for a laugh. Every time I go across it, I’m a kid again having some old-fashioned excitement and fun.

2 – Injun Joe’s Cave

Another of my favorite things about Tom Sawyer Island is Injun Joe’s Cave. This cave just draws me into it, making me want to go exploring. The bridge that goes right over the bottomless pit is exciting and a bit scary. Add to that the skull that creepily glows from the rocks and you have a great cave worth visiting. While it’s clammy and dark in there, it’s just awesome.

3 – The Incredible Views

When visiting Tom Sawyer Island within the Magic Kingdom, one of the best things to enjoy is the incredible views it has to offer. You can enjoy the views offered of Cinderella Castle and Liberty Square or you can even look across the river to see Frontierland with all its hustle and bustle. Enjoy beautiful, natural views along the riverside or check out the great view of the Haunted Mansion.

4 – Fort Langhorn

I just love visiting Fort Langhorn, which was originally known as Fort Sam Clemens. This classic attraction is exciting and plenty of fun. From the blacksmith shop to the Rifle Roost, I’m entranced every time I visit. Of course, I definitely can’t go without making an exit through the secret escape tunnel.

5 – Pappy’s Fishing Pier

Last, Pappy’s Fishing Pier really grabs my heart when I’m visiting Tom Sawyer Island. This spot is a great place to relax, especially if you’re able to get a seat in one of the pier’s rocking chairs. Enjoy rocking some time away whiel people watching and enjoy the great views.

Behind the Scenes: Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House at Disneyland Park

If you’ve seen Haunted Mansion Holiday this year, you know how impressive the 9-foot-tall gingerbread house, which Pam first told you about in August, has turned out – and if you haven’t, you still have until January 6 to check it out! Today we’re taking you behind the scenes of the creation of Jack’s gingerbread house with Brian “The Pumpkin King” Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development. See how his team of talented designers and bakers brought one of our tallest gingerbread houses to life for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.

 

VIDEO: From Haunted Mansion to Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion for the 12th time at Disneyland park, and you don’t even have to enter the home of the 999 Happy Haunts to see his influence. But of course he can’t achieve this terrifying transformation on his own – it takes a lot of help from the talented team from Disneyland Resort Creative Entertainment-Anaheim and Technical Services. In this video, you can see the exterior of the Haunted Mansion transform into Haunted Mansion Holiday – a process that spans a few days – in just 36 seconds!

Hauntingly Fun Halloween Merchandise Features the Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks

Halloween at Disney

As summer winds down, I’m anticipating the arrival of my favorite season. Fall is host to many things I love, including college football and my birthday. At Disney Parks, fall signifies the return of Halloween, a two-month celebration that includes special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida or the amazing holiday makeover for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, this classic attraction will be prominently featured in new Halloween merchandise arriving in August. You may recall my conversation with Cody Reynolds, Senior Character Artist with Disney Design Group, about last year’s playful artwork. Cody explained that collaboration was a key ingredient in creating this year’s designs.

Disney Halloween Merchandise

“This year’s art program has been in development for about 18 months,” said Cody. “Disney Theme Park Merchandise partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering, Entertainment and the Food and Beverage division in order to create one cohesive visual story for Halloween that will be used in several ways at Disney Parks.”

As we talked, Cody showed me the progression of concepts for this year’s art.

“We worked through concepts that had characters wearing a variety of costumes,” continued Cody. “We dressed them as pirates, princesses, clowns and more. We finally settled on their theme park attire with a fun Halloween twist, like Minnie’s classic polka dot dress done in black and orange.”

Halloween artwork

This artwork will be used on a variety of merchandise items, including decorative items, mugs, pins, shirts, hats,Vinylmation, and much more. We are also introducing a line of Haunted Mansion-inspired items that will be carried year round. (I gave a first look at these items a few months ago.)

I particularly like how the Mansion’s gates were used as the place where the characters and Mansion residents meet.

“We intentionally chose the gates as a meeting place,” Cody explained. “They worked really well for the story we were telling, as they are a common feature found at the Haunted Mansion attractions.”

Disney's “Countdown to Halloween” figurine

Cody drew the characters, while Disney Design Group artist Darren Wilson created the “ghostly” type font. Disney artist Patty Landing contributed the great patterns and graphic elements (like that stylized Haunted Mansion wallpaper!).

I think one of my favorite new items is the “Countdown to Halloween” figurine. Now I just need to figure out what costume to wear this year.

 

Exclusive First Look: Disney Parks Unveils New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits

Today we’re excited to share two new images by Annie Leibovitz from our ongoing Disney Dream Portrait series. All the portraits feature well-known celebrities transformed into the roles of famous Disney characters, and now, in a first for the series, we’re featuring characters who originated in our parks!

But first, Russell Brand stars as Peter Pan’s arch nemesis, Captain Hook, narrowly escaping the jaws of the hungry crocodile who has chased him for years. The caption reads, “Where every moment leaves you hungry for more.” Looking at this one, can’t you almost hear the “tick-tock?”

New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits

“There’s a little matter I forgot to mention…beware of hitchhiking ghosts!”

From the Haunted Mansion attraction, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel star as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, better known to millions around the world as the Hitchhiking Ghosts. The caption reads, “Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife.” If you’re not careful, one of them may follow you home!

New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits

You’ll find these amazing images and more as part of a special insert in fall issues of GQ, O – The Oprah Magazine, People, People En Español, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle.

Check back tomorrow and I’ll be your host — your ghost host — as we go behind the scenes of the Hitchhiking Ghosts photo shoot with three of the funniest guys around.

Hurry baaa-aaack…

Dates Announced for the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom

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The headless horseman romps down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard his steed, ghostly apparitions flit among the buildings of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle is draped in eerie hues and the night sky is painted with bursts of orange and green fireworks during this popular after-hours event on 23 select autumn evenings between September 13th and November 1st, 2011.

This special-ticket Walt Disney World event features trick-or-treating throughout the park, “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular, “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” – including Disney characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction – and the opportunity to experience popular attractions with little to no wait.

2011 MNSSHP Dates
September: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October: 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
November: 1

Prices range from $53.95 to $67.95 for adults and $47.95 to $62.95 for kids ages 3-9.

 

 

 

 

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