Tuesday, August 22, 2017

13 major events happening in the Fall at Disneyland, Disney World and in the Disney Universe

Fall is a busy time around Disneyland and Disney World. Major festivals begin and holiday season lasts all fall long as Halloween blends into Christmas (with some Thanksgiving thrown in).

Fall also seems to start a bit earlier each year. While the first day of Fall is Sept. 22, this year on the Disney Calendar it begins Aug. 25, 2017 with the start of the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
In honor of an early Halloween,  here are 13 major events taking place in Fall 2017 at Disneyland, Disney World and in the Disney Universe.

                                                                                              © Steven Liebman
The Headless Horseman rides during the parade at Mickey's Not-So-Scary 
Halloween Party in Disney World.

Now until Sept. 30 (Disney World): Disney World annual passholders can purchase a 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper tickets for $79 plus tax. The passholder can purchase up to six tickets. However, these can only be purchased at theme park Guest Relation locations and ticket windows. The Passholder must be president with a valid annual pass card and a photo ID. More details here.

Now until Sept. 30 (Disney World): Disney Vacation Club members can get 30 percent discount at 10 restaurants at Disney World as long as they eat before 6:30 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m. Here is the complete list.

Aug. 25 (Disney World): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off. For 32 select nights beginning on Aug. 25, the Magic Kingdom will host this event from 7 p.m. tomidnight (not included with regular park admission). Highlights include Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade; Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular; Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. Specific dates and prices are here. Also, we here at Disney Diary will be going live at times during the night to bring the party to you. Start checking in on our Facebook page about 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 (Disneyland): The Disneyland Half Marathon weekend takes place with kids races, a 5K, a 10K and a Half Marathon.

Aug. 31 - Nov. 13 (Disney World): The 22nd Annual Epcot international Food & Wine Festival kicks off for a record 75 days. More than 35 specialized marketplace – celebrating 35 years of Epcot - will be all around the park where guests can pair wines, beers and ciders with food. Get the complete menus here.

Celebrity and Disney chefs will present culinary demonstrations, and beverage experts will host daily wine tastings and seminars. ABC’s “The Chew” returns to Epcot to tape a week’s worth of shows Oct. 4-6.

Some 32 musical acts are set to perform during the popular Eat to the Beat concerts as well. The complete schedule is here.

Sept. 1 - 4: (Disney World): The famed Great Irish Hooley music festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs takes place. The Labor Day weekend events celebrates Irish song, dance, food and drink. The Hooley kicks off with performances starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1.

Sept. 8 and 9: (Disney World): The Night of Joy Concert series weekend takes place with a line-up of Christian music at the stages of ESPN Wilde World of Sports Complex. On Friday, Sept. 8 artists TobyMac, MercyMe, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey will perform on the Champion Stadium stage, while Matt Maher, Colton Dixon and Rend Collective will play inside the HP Field House, all starting at 5 p.m.

On Saturday night headliners Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, along with Kirk Franklin and Jordan Feliz perform at Champion Stadium, with Crowder, Jeremy Camp and Tye Tribbett taking the stage at the HP Field House. More information can be obtained here. , check out NightofJoy.com or call 407-W-DISNEY (934-7639).

Sept. 10 (DVC Members): Starting on this day phone hours now extend for Member Service Advisors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays and 9 to 7 p.m. on weekends. This expands the hours by 90 minutes.

Sept. 15 - Oct. 31 (Disneyland): Disneyland puts on its Halloween hat where various events are taking place throughout California Adventure and Disneyland parks, including: The Headless Horseman statue on Buena Vista Street, and Cars Land turning Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams at California Adventure. At Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy return.

Sept. 15 - Nov. 2 (Disneyland): A new seasonal experience kicks off at California Adventure celebrating the upcoming movie "Coco. This new immersive celebration will include special entertainment featuring musicians and dancers, activities including a representation of iconic Mexican folk art, and special décor and food. Select elements of the celebration will move to “a bug’s land” beginning Sunday, Nov. 5, where they will be presented alongside a special sneak peek of the film, which continues through the holiday season until Jan. 7, 2018.

Guests who cruise into Cars Land between Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, 2017, will find that Ramone, one of the citizens of Cars Land, also pays tribute to Día de los Muertos. Ramone celebrates this time when families gather to remember their loved ones with a full-sized Sugar Skull Car and a traditional “ofrenda” display honoring the gone, but not forgotten, Doc Hudson.

Disneyland Park will continue to offer its traditional Día de los Muertos skeleton display in Frontierland, from Sept. 15 to Nov. 2, 2017.

Nov. 2 - 5 (Disney World): The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend returns, coinciding with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The food- and fitness-inspired weekend includes runDisney Kids Races, a 5K and a 10K. The weekend concludes with the Sunday half marathon that takes participants through multiple Disney theme parks and culminates at Epcot. Later that night, runners enjoy a festive and exclusive after-hours party in the park.

TBA (Disney World): Terralina Crafted Italian is scheduled to open at Disney Springs. This new dining experience will feature dishes inspired by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano. This entirely new restaurant is being built in the location formerly occupied by Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Terralina’s menu will present authentic Italian cuisine cooked in Chef Tony’s signature olive oil imported directly from Italy. The restaurant’s wood-burning oven will fire up a selection of artisanal, hand-tossed pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes. Fan favorites from Portobello Country Italian Trattoria such as the antipasti platter and signature pasta dishes will remain on the menu.

TBA (Disney World): The new Grand Avenue area of Hollywood Studios, combining the former Streets of America and the Muppets Courtyard is scheduled to open.


Harveys releases new Disney BFF collection in honor of Mickey Mouse and friends

Harveys released a new collection of seatbelt bags honoring Disney's Fab Five - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

There are five pieces to the Disney BFF collection, all have the collage of characters on them.

Here's a closer look at the collection:



The Park Hopper bag can be worn as a cross-body, arm bag, or even a backpack. It has one zip pocket that measures 7” x 5”, and three slip pockets that measure 4” x 5” and 5.5” x 5” and 5” x 5”. It also has a magnetic snap enclosure if you prefer to close it that way instead of cinching it closed. Price is $168.

Billfold. Price is $58.



Classic Wallet. Price is $94.



The Mini Streamline Tote feature the traditional Disney x Harveys liner and a detachable crossbody strap and a zip top. It has one interior zip pocket that is 7” x 5” and two slip pockets that measure 10” x 5” and 4” x 5” for extra storage. Price is $138.

The Convertible Clutch can be worn as a crossbody, clutch and hippack. It's dimensions are 9.5 inches long, 6 inches high and 2 inches wide. Price is $128.



Animal Kingdom at Disney World to celebrate 75 years of Bambi, Aug. 25-27

Animal Kingdom at Disney World is planning on providing special PhotoPass opportunities at the park to celebrate the 75th anniversary of "Bambi."

Thumper and Miss Bunny will be available for photos on Aug. 25-27, 2017 from 10:20 a.m to 4 p.m. outside Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

The PhotoPass photographer will also have some Magic Shots available for those taking pictures, including a photo of Bambi, Flower and Thumper with you,

Special Halloween parties planned for DVC members in Disneyland and Disney World

Disney has announced plans for special DVC member events on Halloween in both Disney World and Disneyland.

Reservations for Disney World become available Aug. 24, 2017 and for Disneyland on Aug 31, 2107.

Here are the specifics, as provided by the Disney Parks Blog:

Disney World

There will be pirate-themed parties on Oct. 31, 2017 in the Ballroom of the America's at the Contemporary Resort from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Families will receive a “Buccaneer Booty Bag” to fill with treats and treasures. There will be a DJ dance party, a pirate-themed selfie station, carnival-style games with prizes, face painters and a complimentary character photo, along with Halloween desserts, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required.

Disneyland

There will be a Haunted Mansion-inspired party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2017 in the Sequoia Ballroom at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. There will be a DJ dance party, carnival-style games with prizes, face painters and a complimentary character photo, along with Halloween desserts, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required.