Category Archives: Attraction / Theme Park

Check Out The New Merchandise For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018

The witching hour’s almost here as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights from August 17 to October 31, 2018. This family fun event for kids of all ages is all about collecting treats, meeting Disney characters, and enjoying villainous entertainment from “Spelltacular” stage shows to parades. This year, event guests will be running “amuck, amuck, amuck” after seeing specially designed merchandise inspired by a beloved Halloween movie.

“Guests who grew up watching the Sanderson Sisters in Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ every Halloween will love merchandise saluting the film’s 25th Anniversary,” explained Cathy Dawson, product developer for Walt Disney World Events. “From apparel to a Passholder exclusive tote bag, these items are a great way to remember both the motion picture and the wonderful ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ stage show hosted by the sisters during the party.”

New this year, Cathy developed three T-shirts resembling outfits worn by the Sanderson Sisters.

“Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes at this event, so the T-shirts are an easy way to create an instant Halloween outfit,” continued Cathy.

Other “Hocus Pocus” products include a black-colored Spirit Jersey adorned with a phrase uttered by the mischievous siblings, a cauldron-shaped mug, and a light-up ornament complete with a sculpted image of the trio.

Guests will also find returning favorites such as short- and long-sleeved apparel, and a brightly colored ear hat ornament. Painted with orange, black and purple hues, each item shows Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse enjoying the festivities while dressed for the season.

Annual Passholders will discover several exclusively developed products, from a raglan top that has glow-in-the-dark printing to an Orange Bird collectible pin. These items will only be sold to Passholders, making them an extra special treat.

Other pins this year showcase Disney characters enjoying sweet party treats such as popcorn, cupcakes and candy.

A villain-inspired boxed pin set adds an element of mystery to the evening. There are 12 pins in this collection and each box contains two randomly selected pins, which includes four limited edition chaser pins.

Rounding out the event merchandise collection, guests will find a retail MagicBand with an edition size of 4,000. Presented in a decorative box with glow-in-the-dark ink, guests can use this MagicBand 2 design to unlock the magic of a Disney vacation, from going directly to their resort room after their arrival to effortless theme-park entry, FastPass+ redemption, Disney PhotoPass association and more.

The best locations to find these items during the event is Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. and Big Top Souvenirs in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland. Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland will also offer the event pins.

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Funko Splash Mountain Pop! Rides! Available At Disney Parks On August 25, 2018

Splash Mountain fans get excited, you can now collect one of your favorite Disney Park attractions! The exclusive Funko Disney Theme Park’s Splash Mountain Pop! Rides! will be available August 25th, 2018! 

Available at:

Disneyland Resort:

WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney
Disneyana on Main Street
Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country in Disneyland

Walt Disney World:

Pin Traders at Disney Springs
Frontier Trading Post in Magic Kingdom

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Artist Recreates Fairytale Moments By Placing Paper Cutouts Inside Disneyland

By day, Keith Lapinig works as an Interactive Design Manager at Disney, but his passion for his work doesn’t stop after office hours. In his spare time, Lapinig creates whimsical paper cutouts of classic Disney characters and holds them up to real life scenes at Disneyland parks. The artist then photographs each paper art composition and posts them on Instagram, creating his own fairytale narratives.

Inspired by the work of other paper cutout artists, Lapinig’s series began in May 2018 with the desire to “bring that paper magic into Disneyland.” From the Maleficent dragon towering over Sleeping Beauty’s castle to Snow White fetching water at her wishing well, each paper silhouette is carefully cut from black card. “This style with its interaction between the paper illustration and the environment intrigued me,” Lapinig admits. “When translating to my art, I wanted the cutouts to interact with an entire environment, but a detailed illustration would get lost in the composition so I resorted to using a solid color.”

Read more HERE.

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Netflix’s Stranger Things Announced For Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Things are about to get turned upside down at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights’ with the first look reveal of the “Stranger Things” maze key art designed exclusively by Kyle Lambert, the official illustrator of the mega-hit Netflix original series.

Featuring the series’ cast standing adjacent to the predatory Demogorgon, the ominous image depicts a nearly palpable account of what guests can expect to experience when the “Stranger Things” maze debuts as part of “Halloween Horror Nights” this fall.

The “Stranger Thing” maze, inspired by season one of the Netflix series, will come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning, Friday, September 14, and at Universal Studios Singapore, beginning Thursday, September 27, 2018.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season, while the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner

For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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Disneyland Fans Need To See Imagineer Tony Baxter’s Rare Ticket Collection

Disneyland has been making dreams come true since 1955, and having a ticket to the magic has always invited you to spend a day watching your greatest fantasies come to life before your eyes. 

Disney Legend, Imagineer, and theme park super-fan Tony Baxter shares with us his collection of Disneyland tickets, including rare tickets from the park’s opening day and the iconic ticket books from the park’s earlier years. Join us on a tour through this enchanting and historic treasure trove of tickets to the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Walt Disney’s Disneyland By Chris Nichols

This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast archives, private collections, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, and launch of the Anaheim, California oasis of fun and fantasy. It documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A. to Tomorrowland; and the evolution of the park in the six decades since it opened.

It is a treasure trove of Disney original documentation and expertise, with award-winning writer Chris Nichols drawing on his extensive knowledge of both Disneyland and Southern California history to reveal the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.”

“One of these days I’m going to build an amusement park!” Walt Disney dreamed for decades about opening the ultimate entertainment venue, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that his handpicked team began to bring his vision to life. Together, artists, architects, and engineers transformed a dusty tract of orange groves into one of the world’s most beloved destinations, one that every child in America begs to visit.

Today, there are Disney resorts from Paris to Shanghai, but the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, remains one of America’s most popular attractions, drawing over 16 million visitors each year. From the day it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland brought history and fairy tales to life, the future into the present, and far-off cultures and even farther galaxies right before our eyes.

The 352 page book will be published by Taschen in the summer of 2018.

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Disney Duck Tales Play Set

Woo Hoo!, this new Duck Tales play set is coming soon to the Disney Store and Disney Parks. 

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Enchanted Tiki Room Funko Pop! Vinyl Twin Pack Coming Soon To Disney Parks

A new Pop Vinyl twin pack from Funko featuring Barker Bird and Pele from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

The set will be released on June 23rd at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  At Disneyland the Funko pair will be sold at Wonderground Gallery, Disneyana and Adventureland Bazaar. The Tiki Room duo will be sold at Walt Disney World at Disney Pin Traders, Caribbean Plaza and Bou Tiki.

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Sneak Peek At All-New Play Disney Parks App Coming To Disneyland & Walt Disney World Resorts

There’s an all-new mobile app coming to guests at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort this summer, now available for pre-order on the App Store and Google Play.

The Play Disney Parks app will allow guests to play with family and friends while waiting in line for some favorite attractions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from activities that interact with select attraction queues to games that bring favorite Disney stories to life in immersive new ways.

Guests can also earn and share digital collectibles when they receive themed achievements, earned for experiences both in the app and across the Disney parks. And with the Disney trivia feature, family and friends can band together to see if they have what it takes to become Disney trivia masters as they discover fun facts about their favorite theme parks.

While the popular My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland App at Disneyland Resort will continue serving guests in their vacation planning before and during their visit, the all-new Play Disney Parks app will soon allow guests to discover even more ways to enhance their in-park experience. 

The app is expected to be released on June 30, 2018.

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Opening Season Just Announced For Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge At Disney Parks

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort, when guests will land in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories.

Both east and west coast versions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action. The lands will feature two major attractions that put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before.

One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. The second attraction will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. But how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!

Guests will also encounter many familiar faces inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and – among many others – Rex, the troublesome pilot you may remember from Star Tours, who takes on a new role in this land as the DJ at the cantina. At the cantina guests will be able to try unique concoctions like blue milk. Nearby, they’ll also be able to acquire trinkets and treasures from across the galaxy. You won’t be buying ordinary Star Wars merchandise or T-shirts at the gift shops, but rather special figures and vehicles (like an AT-AT) built by Batuu’s female Toydarians. The toys are inspired by designs from films like The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi.

A Star Wars-inspired resort will also debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept. This new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

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