Even though Walt Disney World has four themeparks, two water parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports, if you want to celebrate Halloween, you’ll have to visit the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to do so. Disneyland, on the other hand, has spread the season out over both its theme parks. Of course, Disneyland has its own ticketed event (on 14 nights this year), but there is plenty to do during regular park hours too
I love this commercial released by Disneyland to entice guests to visit during the season. It features animated classic villains enjoying the parks in their own special way:
The Halloween season at Disneyland runs through October 31st. And includes special transformations of the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, dance with the Mad T Party band, and a chance meet Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes. New this year are special experiences at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch and more mysterious fun joining the Astounding Cauldron of Magic.
I didn’t realize how great this Lady & the Tramp topiary was until seeing it off the ground like it is currently presented on the Marketplace side of Downtown Disney. It is usually seen in Italy during Flower & Garden festival, and is a very popular photo spot, but it works so much better when on top of a flower bed like it is in Downtown Disney.
Do you have a favorite Disney topiary?
Walt Disney World has just officially announced that a new “Frozen” attraction will be coming to the Norway pavilion at EPCOT. The ride will take guests to Arendelle and take them through their favorite moments and music from the hit film. The new attraction will replace the boat ride “Maelstrom.”
Additionally, Anna & Elsa will make their homes in Norway with a royal meet and greet location in the pavilion that inspired the film.
Disney has also announced that the characters from “Frozen” will continue to have a big presence in the parks during the holiday season. Queen Elsa will take over duties from the Fairy Godmother and transform Cinderella castle into a Frozen ice palace nightly starting in early November. Also Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Oloaf will be added to “Mickey’s Onnce Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everyone expected this. But it’s nice to officially have the news. The last day to ride Maelstrom will be October 5th.
This story will be updated with further information as it comes in.
What do you think of the big announcement.
Are you playing, Disney’s Star Wars: Commander mobile game? No? You might soon be in the minority. According to Disney Interactive, the game has now been downloaded five million times since it launched on August 21. To celebrate this milestone, they created the rather cool infographic below to give you a look at what percentage of gamers choose to play as the evil Empire versus the Rebel Alliance and how that varies country to country.
Here are some fun facts about the game play so far:
- Five million players have now joined the war (downloaded Star Wars: Commander since its launch on August 21st).
- With more than 57% of its players representing the Empire, Russia is one of the strongest Empire strongholds. Other nations that have fallen to the Emperor include Austria, Germany, Finland and the Ukraine.
- India stands out as a strong member of the Rebel Alliance, as are most countries across South America and Africa.
- The United States is nearly unanimous in its following of the Dark Side, with the single exception of North Dakota. The force is strong in North Dakota.
- Half a billion troops have been deployed across both factions.
Star Wars: Commander is a free-to-play combat strategy game where fans will join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire to recruit and lead an unstoppable force across the Star Wars galaxy.
Star Wars: Commander features the full array of vehicles, weapons and technology from the Star Wars universe. Players who rally to the Rebellion will call upon iconic heroes such as Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia to support missions for justice and freedom, while leaders of the Imperial forces will command AT-ATs, TIE fighters and Stormtroopers to gain control of the galaxy. Star Wars: Commander also offers an original Star Wars storyline set within the Galactic Civil War of Episodes IV VI, where commanders determine if it’s the Empire’s strength and relentlessness or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness that will win the war.
The game is free to download on iPhone and iPad.
Walt and Roy from “Walt Before Mickey”
You may have heard about the new unofficial Walt Disney Biopic. It focuses on Walt’s early years from his birth until the point he loses Oswald The Lucky Rabbit and partners with Ubb Iwerks to create Mickey Mouse. But did you know there are two competing Walt Disney Biopics.
There are. “As Dreamers Do” and “Walt Before Mickey” both cover essentially the same part of Walt’s life. Dreamers came out a little earlier this year with a festival premiere and “Walt Before Mickey” is just getting ready for release.
Walt Before Mickey stars a few names you might know. Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) plays Walt, Jon Heder (Napolean Dynamite) is Roy Disney. David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Hunter Gomez (National Treasure, Family Guy) are also in the cast.
In case you missed it, here’s the trailer for “As Dreamers Do: The Amazing Life of Walt Disney.” It has less well known actors, but the support of some big Disney fans.