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Disney Parks After Dark: Future World Lights Up at Epcot

This week's "Disney Parks After Dark" image is of a place that appeals to the inner child in just about all of us -- the light-up walkway through Future World at Epcot.

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Exiting through this part of the park at night always makes me smile. How about you?

Disney Parks After Dark: Future World Lights Up at Epcot by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot - September 2014

Wondering what merchandise events are headed your way this September at Walt Disney World Resort? Take a look!

September 3 -- 7: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, September 3 -- 7 and September 17 -- 21. Learn more.

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September 7: A limited number of tickets to the Vinylmation Showcase for the Disney Trade Celebration 2014 - Imagination Gala taking place at World ShowPlace in Epcot, are still available. Get yours today! Learn more.

September 8 -- 11: Meet international artist Larry Dotson, who will appear be appearing this month at Walt Disney World Resort. Find him September 8 - 11 at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace and September 18 - 28 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

September 12 - 13: Join Master Sculptor Hiko Maeda as he introduces an all-new Disney Showcase Collection figurine and ornament, only available at Disney Parks. This new piece titled, "Let Your Light Shine" is available as a figurine for $50, plus tax, and as an ornament for $28, plus tax. Look for special appearances by Hiko Maeda, September 12 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park and September 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Not able to make it to the event? No problem! A limited number of signed pieces will be available for pre-order through Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more.

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September 18 -- 22: Look for the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist, Linda Rick, including her newest collection inspired by "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Linda will appear throughout the day (each day), September 18 - 21, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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September 27: The next hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel, titled "Summertime Pals," is set to debut at Animation Gallery in Disney's Hollywood Studios on September 27, 2014. Meet the artists from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it to the event? Disney Event Services is taking pre-orders via www.disneyurl.com/CelPreOrder now through September 25, 2014 at 5p.m. EDT. Learn more.

Which event are you most excited about?

Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot - September 2014 by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'Legends of Frontierland' Extended at Disneyland Park

Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush

I've got great news for you residents of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge ... "Legends of Frontierland" has been extended at Disneyland park! Originally scheduled to ride off into the sunset on September 1, this guest favorite will be around a bit longer -- so if you haven't chosen sides in the struggle for Frontierland, now is the time!

New to the story? Gather 'round the campfire and catch up with these past Disney Parks Blog posts:

'Legends of Frontierland' Extended at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Latin Flavors Shine During Hispanic Heritage Month at This Year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Fabulous flavors and the vibrant music of Puerto Rico, Patagonia and Mexico brighten up World Showcase for an extended celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month September 19 -- November 10, during the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase.

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How about Puerto Rico's Ensalada de Carrucho (Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro with Medella Light Beer; or Carne Guisada con Arroz Blanco (slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice) with a frozen San Juan Breeze? Patagonia marketplace will showcase the tastes of Argentina and Chile with dishes such as sustainable Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri; Grilled Beef Skewer with Cimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée, paired with Chilean Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier and Argentinean Terrazas Reserva Malbec. The Mexico marketplace features three popular dishes: Shrimp Taco with Fried Shrimp, Pickled Habanero Pepper and Onions on Flour Tortilla; Rib Eye Taco with Marinated Ribeye, Roasted Chipotle Salsa and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla, and Sweet Corn Cheese Cake. Sip a Dos Equis Beer, Sangria or a Mango-Strawberry Margarita - or get a lesson in tequila with a flight of diverse vintages.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is officially September 15 -- October 15, but the celebration will continue throughout the Epcot festival. Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Americans' contributions to the United States since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is steeped in the centuries-old traditions that reflect the ethnic and cultural customs of their communities.

The festival also will present Hispanic and Latin culinary stars hosting dining events and demonstrations.

At the festival's Puerto Rico experience and marketplace, guests will be transported against a colorful backdrop of Old San Juan created by Walt Disney Imagineering as the festival's first two-story marketplace. There, guests can explore the history and culture of Puerto Rico. More tastes will include Frituras Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries), Bolitas de Queso (cheese fritters with mayo ketchup) and FlanCocho (vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake).

Puerto Rico also will host "Experience Puerto Rico - The All Star Island" gala, a premium event in the park's World ShowPlace pavilion at 7:30 p.m. on September 20. Guests can enjoy the foods, beverages and entertainment of Puerto Rico during the island's premier dining celebration.

More than 25 festival marketplaces in the park's World Showcase will feature flavors of six continents. Culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars at the Festival Center in Future World will present recipes and beverages from many cultures, including Puerto Rico, Argentina and Chile. The lineup of notable chefs includes Puerto Rico's Maira Isabel, who will create a variety of recipes with Puerto Rican ingredients at scheduled culinary demonstrations and during the September 20 gala.

Some Festival Center activities and all Eat to the Beat concerts and park attractions are included with Epcot admission. Premium wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations. Information and reservations for select programs are available at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.


For more about this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, visit the posts blow:

Latin Flavors Shine During Hispanic Heritage Month at This Year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Begins September 2

In my many years with Disney Parks, I've been fortunate to work on many amazing projects. One project near and dear to my heart will always be the creation and launch of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel in 2008.

The panel, made up of everyday moms and dads from around the globe, have answered hundreds of thousands of questions over the years - covering just about every Disney vacation topic imaginable. Their knowledge of Disney Parks and their passion to help our guests shines in their answers. In fact, you've met quite a few of them here on the Disney Parks Blog.

The panel became so popular that several years ago it was expanded to include other Disney Parks vacation experiences. The name was officially changed to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

September has traditionally been a special month for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It's when we search for new panelists to join the team for the next calendar year. It's a rigorous and thorough process, consisting of multiple rounds, that determines who will be selected to represent the panel and answer vacation questions from guests around the globe.

Thousands will apply for a small number of spots on the panel. But please, don't let that be a deterrent. The most recent panelists to join the team include several who have applied every year, a few who applied for the very first time, and those in between. Dreams really can come true.

This year, applications will open at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and will remain open until noon ET on Friday, September 5, 2014.

If you know a mom, dad or grandparent who is your "go-to" person for advice about a Disney Parks vacation and loves to help others plan their trips, encourage them to apply for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. (Be sure to check the rules and regulations on the application to insure eligibility.)

More information about becoming a panelist can be found here.

Disney Parks Moms Panel Search Begins September 2 by Leanne O'Regan: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Sneak Peek at Much-Anticipated Gingerbread Creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

Check out the sketch of this year's gingerbread creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday, the masterful work of a year-long collaboration between Disneyland Resort chefs, the Entertainment team and Walt Disney Imagineering. The masterpiece debuts when Haunted Mansion Holiday opens at Disneyland park on September 12.
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"The Ghost Host of Haunted Mansion Holiday always says, 'even a gingerbread house can be scary,' and we've definitely taken the design towards scary this year," says Tim Wollweber, Graphic Designer/Sculptor.

This year's creation is based on an iron maiden torture device from the Middle Ages, says Wollweber. "It was basically a large, coffin-like box with spikes on the inside, and any person forced to stand inside would get uncomfortable very fast."

Of course, the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house adds a little whimsy with a hapless gingerbread zombie trapped inside - and those frightening spikes are very sharp, red-and-white candy canes. The gingerbread house also will feature opening and closing doors and lights.

The wood foundation is wired, then sent to the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery for a 3-week layover to apply 200 pounds of gingerbread, 200 pounds of royal icing, 150 pounds of fondant, and all sorts of other sticky treats. The gingerbread house stands at almost 7 feet tall.

There's plenty of time to take it all in - Haunted Mansion Holiday goes through January 6, 2015.

Sneak Peek at Much-Anticipated Gingerbread Creation for Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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New and Returning Frightful Favorites During Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

Halloween Time is just around the corner here at the Disneyland Resort, and already our guests have been purchasing tickets for the popular Mickey's Halloween Party. Don't have yours yet? Get them now right here!

New this year, the stars of "Frozen" -- Elsa, Anna and Olaf -- will appear in their special pre-parade prior to "Mickey's Costume Party" cavalcade.

Not to be outdone, the Disney villains have plenty of bad-apple fun planned for "Villains Square." Throughout the evening, Disney villains such as Cruella De Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine will arrive in Town Square on a black horse-drawn carriage, inviting guests to party like a Villain!

Of course, there's so much more to enjoy at Mickey's Halloween Party, including:

  • The opportunity to play in Disneyland park three hours before the party starts
  • Trick or Treating for candy and healthy treats ­in the ultimate Disney neighborhood
  • "Halloween Screams" fireworks spectacular (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey's Halloween Party, weather permitting)
  • "Monsters U Dance Party" at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Cadaver Dans, a ghoulish quartet performing Halloween-themed tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft on the Rivers of America
  • Access to your favorite Disneyland park attractions, including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

So get your tickets for Mickey's Halloween Party here and join us for all the spooky fun!

New and Returning Frightful Favorites During Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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New Entertainment Experiences Coming to World Showcase at Epcot

Today, we have news about some updates coming to World Showcase at Epcot. One of the best parts of the World Showcase experience is feeling fully immersed in the culture of each country, and the live entertainment presented in the international pavilions plays a large role in creating that atmosphere. Beginning this fall, we will be refreshing the atmosphere entertainment around World Showcase with the addition of new acts and enhancements to some existing performances.

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New experiences debuting over the next several months will contribute to the rich mix of entertainment at Epcot, and provide fresh experiences for our guests. In the near future, you can look forward to enjoying a traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco, a corps of dynamic flag-waving performers in Italy, a thrilling lumberjack-inspired show in Canada, a Celtic folk music ensemble at the United Kingdom, and more.

As we embark on this enhancement of World Showcase entertainment, we bid a fond farewell to Mo'Rockin', Off Kilter, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and World Showcase Players. We thank these performers for all they've done to make the Epcot guest experience enjoyable and memorable, and we invite you to come out and see them in their farewell performances over the next few weeks.

More details will be shared, as they become available, about the timing of certain transitions, as well as each of the exciting new entertainment additions coming to World Showcase.

New Entertainment Experiences Coming to World Showcase at Epcot by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Adventures by Disney Heads South to Nashville in 2015

With Adventures by Disney Long Weekends, families can enjoy exciting destinations, such as New York City and San Francisco & Napa, while making the most of their free time. Now, Adventures by Disney is heading south for our newest Long Weekends offering in Nashville, Tennessee!

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Starting in 2015, foodies, music lovers and history buffs of all ages can take part in this one-of-a-kind southern experience inspired by the critically acclaimed television show NASHVILLE on ABC.

The new four-day, three-night Nashville vacation puts you right in the heart of country music and southern cuisine, and offers behind-the-scenes tours of famous landmarks in Music City. Take in a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, complete with a private dinner and a special look backstage. Live out your music dreams as you are guided through the hallowed halls of RCA/Studio B, where you'll have the chance to sing one of the many hits recorded in this famed studio. Visit the famed Bluebird Café and dine where music legends have performed, learn about the art of songwriting and enjoy a special musical performance. Tour some of the sites that form the backdrop for the ABC show NASHVILLE.

For fans of traditional southern food, this Adventures by Disney itinerary has something cooking for you. You'll try your hand at unique cooking activities where you'll learn how to bake southern biscuits and craft your own BBQ sauce.
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This remarkable new Nashville vacation allows you to enjoy an adventurous getaway in true southern, and Adventures by Disney, style. Watch NASHVILLE on ABC, then see the city that inspired it all with Adventures by Disney!

Adventures by Disney Heads South to Nashville in 2015 by Heather Killingbeck: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Top 5 Reasons Not to Miss 'The Great Irish Hooley' at Raglan Road

Recently, Pam Brandon shared details about one of my favorite Raglan Road events, The Great Irish Hooley. I like it because it's authentically Irish - outside of the Emerald Isle, you rarely have the chance to experience this sort of spectacle, unless of course, you're lucky enough to be in the vicinity of the Downtown Disney Area during Labor Day weekend!

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Though it was hard to pick my 'Top 5,' I think I've done it. Below, in no particular order, are the things you just can't miss:

  1. Scythian - Haven't heard of this ultra-talented band? One listen, and you'll never forget them! The group includes a trio of classically trained fiddle players, a jazz percussionist, and an accordion and banjo player. Currently promoting their new album 'Jump at the Sun,' they'll be taking the Raglan Road stage nightly at 9:30pm.
  2. 'A Knights Brunch' & 'The Rollicking Raglan Brunch' - Whether you're cheering for UCF or Penn State, football fans from far and wide are invited to watch the Croke Park Classic football season opener taking place in Dublin, Ireland on August 30th at 8:30am. (Yes, brunch starts at 8:00am that morning, with Guinness, Bloody Marys and more on the menu! The venue is no longer accepting reservations, but walk-ins are welcome.) On Sunday, you can book Raglan Road's traditional Irish Brunch offering, starting at 11am.
  3. 'From Our Roots to Riverdance' - We're all familiar with 'Riverdance,' right? Ronan McCormack, the original choreographer, will trace the origins of Irish dance from early jigs to the modern era in this energetic and entertaining event, taking place daily at 6pm on the outside patio (weather permitting). Bonus: Guest participation is encouraged.
  4. Master Chef Kevin Dundon's Amazing Menu - If you like traditional Irish fare or a more modern twist on Irish cuisine (like me!), you'll find something special on the menu, created with only the finest ingredients sourced from the best suppliers. The gluten-free fish 'n' chips continues to get rave reviews - and they have gluten free onion rings, too. Who knew?
  5. The Great Irish Ceili - I'm always awed by the Raglan Road dancers and this event puts the spotlight on their fancy footwork. Guests are invited to take part in the ceili, a traditional form of group folk dancing, on Saturday, Sunday at Monday at 3:00pm.

Farewell, summer. Hello, fall fun, ushered in the way only the Irish can do it!

Top 5 Reasons Not to Miss 'The Great Irish Hooley' at Raglan Road by Darcy Clark: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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