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News - Brand new Halloween parade coming to DL, Halloween Dine outfits revealed, and Star Wars event coming to DLP
DisneyDan  Monday, August 29, 2016 12:50:01 PM
Hello everyone,

Today the Disney Parks Blog revealed that a brand new parade (although it's more of a cavalcade) will feature at Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland park in California. The parade, titled the "Frightfully Fun Parade", will feature the Headless Horseman, and characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Haunted Mansion, Princess and the Frog, the Disney Villains and "beyond". Characters specifically mentioned in the article are the Headless Horseman, Jack Skellington, the Hitchhiking Ghosts, Dr Facilier, Hades, the Queen, Jafar and Cruella. It is not yet known how this new parade will affect the character greetings around the park during the event evenings, or whether having the characters in the parade will mean those ones will not be greeting (up until last year nearly all of those, save for the Horseman, met during the parties).

On Friday the DPB also gave us a sneak peek at two of the costumes that the characters will be wearing at the next Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine.


Image taken from the Disney Parks Blog. (C) Disney.

It is interesting that they chose to go with a Halloween theme over a fall/harvest theme, given that the Halloween Dine will run from the 12th September until well past Halloween - 6th November in fact. We look forward to seeing what Goofy, Donald and Daisy are wearing, too!

Finally, last week Disneyland Paris announced that they would be filling their early 2017 low season with a brand new star Wars themed event, titled Season of the Force. The event will run from 14th January until 26th March, and will primarily run at the Walt Disney Studios Park. There will be Stormtroopers patrolling the streets, a March of the First Order, featuring Captain Phasma and Stormtroopers, and a brand new light projection show at the Tower of Terror at night, that will also include - as of yet unspecified - characters. The new official landing page for the event also mentions something in Production Courtyard, but it really gives no details at all; "Let the Force guide you to Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park for an extraordinary example of galactic might." Whatever it means, it'll be yet another cool and welcome addition to the park and this already awesome sounding line-up.

Ok, that's all for today. Have a great day everyone.

Dan.
Tokyo Disney Resort December 2015 Trip Report, Part 4 - Tokyo Disneyland shows and parades
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:30:28 AM
Hello everyone,

In part one of this report I covered all the Disney Resort Hotels, the Disney Resort Line monorail, Ikspiari and other areas. In part two we explored World Bazaar and Adventureland. In part three we ventured into Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. Now, in this part, I'm going to share with you some of my thoughts and photos from our viewings of the Christmas parade, Dreamlights, Nightfall Glow and the fireworks.

Tokyo Disneyland (TDL) had a brand new Christmas parade for 2015, titled Disney Christmas Stories. Although this was the first Christmas season we had spent at the park, I have to say, I was   [ Read More... ]
Character Central Advent Calendar - 17th December
DisneyDan  Thursday, December 17, 2015 2:41:18 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 17th December, so it's time to find out who is behind today's door of our very special Character Central advent calendar!

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Character Central Advent Calendar - 16th December
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:34:39 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 16th December, so it's time to find out who is behind the next door of our very special Character Central advent calendar!

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Character Central Advent Calendar - 1st December
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 1, 2015 6:46:22 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the first day of December, so it is time to continue our annual tradition here on the Character Central blog - our special Disney character advent calendar!

So let's find out who is behind today's door!

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Throwback Thursday - Jubilation!
DisneyDan  Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:09:15 AM
Hello everyone,

This week's Throwback Thursday is to the former day parade, Jubilation!, at Tokyo Disneyland park.

Jubilation! ran for five years, from April 2008 until April 2013, when it was replaced by Happiness is Here. Jubilation! was one of our favourite parades of all time, along with Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade at Disneyland Paris. Jubilation! featured some really neat characters, including Mowgli, the CDA workers, the Ringmaster from Dumbo, the Three Pigs and Clarice.

For those of you who don't know, after the parade ended, the princess and Pinocchio floats were sent to the Magic Kingdom in Florida, and are now part of Festival of Fantasy!

Let's take a look at some of our photos from   [ Read More... ]
NEWS - Goodbye Halloween at DLR, WDW to FINALLY welcome Olaf and a new Villains show, Christmas at DLP and MUCH more!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:57:59 AM
Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have had chance to make a full news post here on the blog, but today I thought it would be nice to finally share some of the things we have learned recently.

Let's start with Disneyland Resort in California,   [ Read More... ]
Throwback Thursday - SpectroMagic
DisneyDan  Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:05:46 AM
Hello everyone,

Today's Throwback Thursday is for a much loved, and missed, Magic Kingdom parade - SpectroMagic.

SpectroMagic ran from 1991 until 2010, with a hiatus from 1999 until 2001, making its run a total of 17 years. SpectroMagic featured over 40 characters, and a range of performers including butterflies and dragonflies. Amongst those 40+ characters, there were some which we would now consider pretty rare by Walt Disney World standards, including Madame Upanova and her Ostriches, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, Ursula and even King Triton! There were some really cute moments too, such as Chip 'n' Dale sliding up and down on their bench, playing the piano, and cool effects such as Mickey with his "Spectro ball".

For us, SpectroMagic will always be our favourite Magic Kingdom nighttime parade. The Main Street Electrical Parade may have been there to begin with, and may be there now, but somehow SpectroMagic felt like it truly belonged.

Below are some of our photos of the many times we watched SpectroMaigc over the years. They aren't in any particular order, but I hope they do show what a truly magical parade it was.

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Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, May 2015 - Part 2: Character Fun at the Parks
DisneyDan  Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:17:24 AM
Hello everyone,

This is the second part of my Walt Disney World trip report for May 2015. Part one covered the Four Season character breakfast, the 24 hour event at the Magic Kingdom and Star Wars Weekends. In this part we'll be covering everything else from around the parks.

This report is very photo-heavy, so be sure to have a good connection before continuing.

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Throwback Thursday - Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
DisneyDan  Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:42:21 AM
Hello everyone,

Last week's Throwback Thursday was for the Enchanted Adventures Parade at the Magic Kingdom, so this week I thought we would take a look at another sorely missed Walt Disney World parade, Mickey's Jammin' Jungle.

Running for nearly 13 years, and one of Disney's most creative and fun parades, the Jammin' Jungle Parade celebrated the culture and music of the indigenous people of the jungles and outback areas of the world, from Africa to Australia. The beat of the drums, and the lively songs all made the Jammin' Jungle Parade a treasure to enjoy - accompanied of course by all your favourite Disney friends in their finest adventure clothing.

Let's take a look at the regular version of the parade, then the Christmas version.

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