Magic Kingdom Park
New! More Nights Sold Out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is officially sold out for Monday, October 13, Thursday, October 16, Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31. Currently, tickets are still available for: Oct 21, 23, 24, 26, and 28.
Reminder! Single Day Memory Maker Add On in Testing: A test is being conducted at Magic Kingdom Sept. 26-Oct. 31 in which a new single-day Memory Maker addon is available for sale to Guests when purchased with a one-day Magic Your Way ticket or a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This package is sold exclusively at Vacation Planning at the Transportation and Ticketing Center. It is not known if this offering will continue past Oct 31. The price is $39. And don’t worry … if you aren’t able to make it to this year’s party, no trick, we’ve got a special TREAT for you! Simply log into your My Disney Experience account and claim PhotoPass ID COMEJOINTHEPARTY to receive a unique Bonus shot of some of our favorite ghosts! HINT: “We’ve got 999 happy haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand ..!”
Reminder! Memento Mori Haunted Mansion-themed Shop Now Open: Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise shop, is officially open in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park. You may recall reading about this new location in early September. 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. The Disney Parks online store will be carrying select items from the Haunted Mansion Authentic program. Visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/HauntedMansion.
New! Canadian Lumberjacks Show Now Officially appearing as World Showcase Entertainment in Canada: Throughout Epcot, Walt Disney World presents world-class performers who immerse Guests in a unique cultural experience through a rich mix of live show atmosphere entertainment. The Canadian Lumberjacks show is one of several new World Showcase entertainment offerings coming to Epcot. Enjoy the excitement of axe throwing, chopping, sawing and lots more, as you cheer and applaud for the Canadian Lumberjacks. These lumbermen, representing Canada’s great timber and logging areas, demonstrate their skills in time-honored games of the great forest. The Canadian Lumberjacks hold competitions daily on the Mill Stage in Canada at Epcot.
Reminder! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Under Way: From now until November 10, taste your way around the world at 28 International Marketplaces. Remember to check out the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.. There are also many special festival experiences at the Festival Welcome Center hosted by Transitions® adaptive lenses™ – open daily 9 a.m. – park close including: Culinary demonstrations – daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. ($15 per person); Wine and beverage seminars – daily at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. ($15 per person); Mixology seminars – daily at 6 p.m. ($15 per person); The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar- Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company – daily from 9 a.m. – park close (Free); Back to Basics (new this year!) – Sundays at 12:15, 2:15, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.; Book, bottle signings and meet and greets; Seasons of the Vine film; Intermissions Cafe – 9 a.m. – park close; The Festival Center Wine Shop and The Stockpot Shop – 9 a.m. – park close. Check out of photos of the Festival here.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! New Magical ‘Once Upon a Time’ Photo Opportunity to Celebrate the Arrival of ‘Frozen’ Characters to Storybrooke: On Sunday nights this fall you’ll find Elsa, Anna and Kristoff on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” series. In celebration of their arrive in Storybrooke. Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will take your photo in front of a “Once Upon a Time” background, then when you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and claim your photo you’ll find a magical surprise – Elsa and The Evil Queen have joined you! To make this celebration extra special, your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot is complimentary for a limited time! Just have your photo taken at the location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, claim your photo atMyDisneyPhotoPass.com and download your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot for no charge*.
Reminder! Frozen Holiday Premium Package Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: A new Frozen Holiday Premium Package was announced this week! Offered November 7 – 19, November 21 – December 9 and December 11 – January 4, 2015, this package includes reserved seating for a performance of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at the Premiere Theatre, and reserved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights viewing and Frozen-themed dessert party (which will feature mini Anna cupcakes and mini Elsa cupcake, among other delicious treats) in the evening, and a holiday themed lithograph and “Frozen” pin. The package costs $89 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 – 9), plus tax (gratuity is included). Valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in this package price.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Cotton-top Tamarins Return to Discovery Island: The cotton-top tamarins were not out for guest viewing while preparations for a new enclosure, located across from Creature Comforts were going on. The new home features a pair of cotton-top tamarins—Gemma and Draco. Cotton-top tamarins are a favorite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park!
Reminder! Affection Section Closed for Refurbishment: The Affection Section petting area at Rafiki’s Planet Watch is closed for refurbishment through Nov. 10. Although Affection Section is closed, Guests may still experience the animal encounters in and around Conservation Station. Other offerings at Rafiki’s, including Gi-Tar Dan, Out of the Wild merchandise location and Chip & Dale character greetings are still available during this time. The Affection Section will reopen to Guests Nov. 11.
Reminder! Character Dining Times Extended at Tusker House: From Oct. 4 to Dec. 24, Tusker House will extend their character dining hours to 5 p.m. However, when park hours are until 7 p.m. or later, a dinner buffet without characters is offered from 6:15 p.m. to park close. During this time, the following character dining experiences will be offered: Breakfast: 8-10:55 a.m., Lunch: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., *Lunch extends to 5:30 p.m. if the park is open until 6 p.m.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Trattoria al Forno Opening Announced: Opening day is set for December 18 for Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk that will showcase classic Italian cuisine including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, fresh cavatelli pasta and pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Trattoria al Forno is open 7:30-11 a.m. for breakfast, 5-10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan.
New! Bus Route Tested Between Magic Kingdom Resorts and Typhoon Lagoon: From Oct. 12-25, a new bus route will be tested between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Epcot to give Guests traveling to and from Typhoon Lagoon an alternative to the monorail to and from Epcot. This route will only be in service daily from 2 p.m. until Typhoon Lagoon’s nightly closure.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! 2015-2016 runDisney Event Dates Released: The 2015-2016 runDisney event dates are now available. Much like past events, each runDisney event in 2015-2016 is expected to be in high demand and sell out quickly. For more information on upcoming races, visit www.runDisney.com. EVENT CALENDAR:
* Expedition Everest Challenge Weekend ll May 1-2, 2015 ll On Sale – December 16, 2014
* Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry ll May 7-10, 2015 ll SOLD OUT
* Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ll September 3-6, 2015 ll On Sale – February 10, 2015
* Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend ll November 6-7, 2015 ll On Sale – March 17, 2015
* Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend ll November 12-15, 2015 ll On Sale – April 7, 2015
* Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ll January 6-10, 2016 ll On Sale – April 28, 2015
* Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation ll January 14-17, 2016 ll On Sale -June 16, 2015
* Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ll February 18-21, 2016 ll On Sale – July 15, 2015
* Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry ll May 5-8, 2016 ll On Sale – August 11, 2015
New! Hess Gas Station near BoardWalk Temporarily Closed: Due to maintenance and updating of equipment, the Hess gas station and convenience store near Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:00am on Monday, October 13. It is anticipated this project will take one to three weeks to complete.
New! Celebrate Halloween with New Disney Gift Card Designs: Join Mickey and Minnie for a spooky celebration with this new Halloween Disney Gift Card, available online and at select locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and use it to purchase Halloween merchandise, costumes, treats and more during your visit.
Reminder! Beautifully Disney The Haunted Mansion Collection Available: The Beautifully Disney boutique at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney has a small staff of trained beauty advisors who provide complimentary tips and tricks for applying the cosmetics. Disney Parks Authors Darcy Clark and Steven Miller checked out their services in this video from Disney Parks Blog.
New! Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Fever at Bridal Fashion Week: Bridal fashion week took over Manhattan last week offering a chance for designers to preview their spring 2015 collections. This year was extra special for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings because they added a new dress to our traditional eight Disney princess-inspired gowns line up – Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” A true modern day bride, Elsa is bold and daring while remaining regal and elegant. The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings gowns will be available starting January 2015 in Alfred Angelo retail stores and are offered in signature colors in addition to white and ivory.
This year’s 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has wonderful merchandise, as always, but here are a few other special appearances you won’t want to miss.
* Festival Center – Paola Gutierrez (October 3, 24 and November 7) and William Silvers (October 4, 18 and November 1)
* Art of Disney – Rob Kaz (October 24 – 26) and Michelle St. Laurent (October 30 and November 1 – 2)
* Coming in November! Tim Rogerson and The Beekman Boys.
October 10 – November 3: The latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick, including her new Halloween collection are coming! Linda will appear throughout the day October 10 – 12 and again October 31 – November 1 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Closures and Refurbishments Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.