Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time-lapse video shows Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Gingerbread mansion being installed

Creating the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread mansion for 2017 took about 200 hours to make.

The 2017 Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread Mansion in a Disney
 publicity photo.

Every year the Haunted Mansion is transformed as the characters from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas take over the mansion. In the ballroom are these gingerbread houses. This year the mansion as a bug problem – gingerbread bugs.

This is the 17th year of the centerpiece and it features Oogie Boogie.
Disneyland released a time-lapse. Disney installed two time-lapse cameras in the Grand Ballroom.

Disney World reveals special Epcot 35th anniversary merchandise only available in the park

If you are going to be one of the lucky ones heading to Epcot on its 35th anniversary Oct. 1, 2017, you will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive "I Was There" merchandise, Disney announced.

Seven items will be released on Oct. 1 including t-shirts, a hat, an ornament, and a limited release pin. Annual Passholders will find a t-shirt created just for them. These items will be available at a special “pop-up” shop located just past the Art of Disney in Future World.

“For this collection, we honored Epcot’s rich heritage by including Figment from the Journey Into Imagination attraction on all of the ‘I Was There’ items,” Cathy Dawson, merchandise product developer for events told the Disney Parks Blog.  “He’s been at the park since the early days of Epcot and has delighted many guests throughout the years. This retro-inspired collection complements the other 35th anniversary merchandise guests will find all year long.

Coach to open a store at Disney Springs in Disney World

Disney World has announced that Coach will open a store at Disney Springs this fall.

Coach, the luxury leather goods and accessories company, often releases limited edition Disney goods that sell at fast.

There is no indication as to where this store might be located, but it could take the place of the closed Vince Camuto store in the Town Center section next to Lacoste. Vince Cameo has closed all of its stores around the country.  Over the summer Coach finished purchasing Kate Spade, which also has a store in Disney Springs.

Construction of stage for The CHEW at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins

Construction crews are now building a stage in Epcot for the production of "The CHEW."

The ABC cooking show The CHEW will broadcast live from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Oct. 4 to 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon The show airs at 1 p.m. ET

The stage being constructed is in front of the World Showcase Lagoon, behind the Mickey topiary.

Now in its seventh season. The CHEW explores life through food with celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon and Carla Hall and expert Clinton Kelly.

Batali is co-owner of 25 restaurants across the country, including his flagship New York City restaurant, Babbo. Batali has hosted a variety of television shows for Food Network, including “Ciao America” and “Molto Mario.”

Symon is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland and Angeline at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. He also is an Iron Chef on Food Network.

Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Her cookbooks are “Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes From Around the World” and “Cooking with Love:  Kelly is well known for hosting TLC’s wildly popular makeover show “What Not to Wear” for 10 years. He is the author of five books, including his most recent compilation of personal essays, “I Hate Everyone, Except You.”