Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Disneyland's Frightfully Fun Parade

Photos courtesy of Disney
This year, Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland has a brand new parade. The "Frightfully Fun Parade" features all of your favorite spooks and Villains.

The parade begins with Zero and the Mayor of Halloweentown, who announces the arrival of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King. Next up are some Grim Grinning Ghosts: beautiful Ballroom Dancers, spooky Gravediggers, and Hitchhiking Ghosts, trying to follow you home. Dr. Facilier in his bayou Voodoo parlor holds court with his friends from the other side. Maleficent the dragon watches over a dungeon where Hades, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, and the Evil Queen lurk.

The video below is a behind the scenes look at how the Villains float, the largest in the parade, was created. It looks pretty amazing.

And for the first time at Disneyland, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow will ride through the park just before the parade starts. The Horseman has always been my favorite part of the Disney World "Boo to You Parade", so I'm glad to see he's been added on the west coast as well.

The "Frightfully Fun Parade" can only be seen during Mickey's Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event held on 17 nights between now and Halloween.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tsum Tsum Kingdom Cupcake Battle

In the wilds of the office a battle rages for supremacy over an unlikely feast: a pink frosted cupcake. Which tribe will come out on top? Can you guess?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The BFG on Blu-Ray

On the 13th of this month, fans around the world celebrated the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl. And today is the annual World Dream Day, which honors "the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us" and was inspired by Dahl's favorite work, The BFG. So it only seems appropriate that Disney has now announced the Blu-Ray and DVD release of The BFG on December 6. I absolutely loved this wonderful film and look forward to seeing it again. The Blu-ray will be loaded with fun bonus features, including:

  • Bringing "The BFG" to Life - Young Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the film, with interviews from the cast and crew.
  • The Big Friendly Giant and Me - an animated short about the friendship and dreams shared by the boy before Sophie and the BFG
  • Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of the BFG - A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in "The BFG"
  • Giants 101 - an introduction to the loathsome giants and how they were created
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute - An homage to Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter of "The BFG" and "E.T."
  • John Williams: Scoring A Dream - concept art and memorable moments interwoven with John Williams scoring session
If you haven't had a chance to see The BFG yet, be sure to check it out when it arrives on Blu-Ray December 6. For my review of the film, or to see trailers, just follow the links.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hocus Pocus Wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Disney
It seems that Halloween is in the air at the Disney Parks Blog. From makeup tutorials to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party photos, and fun treats to make, they have a lot of spirit these days. My favorite recent bit of Halloween fun is a set of three Hocus Pocus wallpapers. Each one features one Sanderson Sister along with her most recognizable quote. Winifred will always be my favorite, but "Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!" still makes me laugh. To download the wallpapers, just visit the Disney Parks Blog.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Halloween Tsum Tsum Shirts

I found the cutest Halloween Tsum Tsum shirts in the girl's department at Target the other day. The first has three quarter length raglan sleeves and says "Halloween Squad". The sleeves are dotted with orange jack o'lantern faces and there are pumpkins interspersed with the characters in a tower of Tsums.

The second is a hoodie, perfect for those cooler October days. Scattered Tsum Tsums and pumpkins cover the front of the shirt and peek from the pocket.

They even stack up on the side of the hood. The hood and sleeves are dotted with grinning jack o'lantern faces. So cute! Both shirts are available in store and online.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Hobbit Day!

Today is the first day of Autumn. It's also Hobbit day, due to the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins on September 22. This would be a good day to feast like a Hobbit, starting with breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and finally supper. And while you're at it, raise a mug of your favorite beverage in honor of all things Hobbit.

"If more of us valued 
food and cheer and song 
above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world."
-Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mickey Pumpkin Apple DIY

Photo courtesy of Disney
It's nearly time to start thinking about Halloween again, as well as all things pumpkin. To kick off the season, why not make your own Mickey pumpkin apples at home. Confectioner Matt of the Candy Cauldron in Disney Springs shares his tips in a how-to that is sure to delight.