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The 'Halloween Tree' shines at Disneyland during Halloweentime

The Halloween Tree is one of our favorite things to see while we are at Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

It's crazy to think that no matter how many times we visit Disneyland Resort we are constantly learning new facts and insider tips that we never knew before. I guess it's all part of the magic of Disney, that keeps things new and exciting, and believing in all the wonderful things that one's imagination can dream.

We have admired this beautiful orange glowing tree in the heart of Frontierland, across from The Shooting Gallery for years. Not knowing it had a name. Not knowing it had a story. But then everything inside of Disneyland has a story, a history.

The Story Behind 'The Halloween Tree' at Disneyland

To see it during the day it is beautiful. You can get a close-up of the details. There are so many painted pumpkins all with unique faces. It is has it's own personality and it's own spirit - but it fits right in perfectly in Frontierland at Disneyland Park.

But don't only look at it during the daytime. Oh no! You must also pay it a visit at night where it takes on a new persona. As the sun goes down, The Halloween Tree lights up the night with a gorgeous glow that will set your Halloween spirit on fire! It is adorned with hundreds of lights in yellow, orange and red. It will really take your breath away with the colors that represent fall in the most magical way.

If you have never heard the story behind the Halloween Tree, let us share what we've learned from the Disney Parks Blog:

Bradbury, a lifetime Disney fan and the author of classic American novels such as “Fahrenheit 451,” met Walt Disney in 1964. In the years that followed, Bradbury helped develop many attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, most notably Spaceship Earth at Epcot. He also penned the screenplays for two Disney films, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1999).

Bradbury’s novel “The Halloween Tree” tells the story of a group of trick-or-treaters who learn about the origins of Halloween while on an adventure to find their missing friend. Bradbury dreamed of having a Halloween Tree at Disneyland, and on the 35th anniversary of the novel, his dream was brought to life. “I belong here in Disneyland, ever since I came here 50 years ago. I’m glad I’m going to be a permanent part of the spirit of Halloween at Disneyland,” the author said at the tree’s dedication. Bradbury would visit the tree before he passed away in 2012.

There is a plaque at the base of the tree commemorating the night it was dedicated and it says:
“On the night of Halloween 2007, this stately oak officially became ‘The Halloween Tree,’ realizing famed author Ray Bradbury’s dream of having his symbol for the holiday become a part of Disneyland.”

We are happy that this iconic Oak is a nod to literature, and a nod to Ray Bradbury. It is whimsical and filled with the Halloween spirit. We make it a point to see it and take pictures of it every year at Halloween Time. Just another family tradition for us at the Disney Parks.

Have you ever seen the Halloween Tree? 
Did you know the story behind this Halloween Time icon?

Mickey's Halloween Party Tickets and Dates

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort is here again boys and ghouls. 
We've got all of the dates, times, prices and where to buy your tickets for the most spooktacular Halloween party of the year! You're welcome (sang in our best Maui voice.) 

It's time for one of our favorites activities at Disneyland Resort... Trick or Treating! During the magical nights of Mickey's Halloween Party families and friends alike can come to experience a Halloweentime celebration like no other. This is not a trick, but a treat that's so special you'll be talking about it all year long. We sure do!

Ticket price cost varies from $85 to $120 per person, depending on what date you choose, if you buy online ahead of time and if you are an Annual Passholder or not. The closer it gets to Halloween, the more expensive gets. If it's on a Friday night, the price goes up. No big surprises, just something to think about when picking your day. But, the most important thing to know is that this event sells out each year, so if you're planning on attending, buy your tickets NOW!

Here are the 2017 dates for Mickey's Halloween Party:
  • Wednesday, September 20 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, September 22 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Monday, September 25 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 27 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, September 29 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 3 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 10 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27 – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Buy your tickets here: 

You can also purchase Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets on mobile devices at http://Disneyland.com/party, as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate or by phone at 714-781-4400.

Start planning your Halloween costumes for the main event and stay tuned for our next post on all of the tips and tricks to know before you go to Mickey's Halloween Party!

Disney Enchanted Tales: New Disney Princess App for Mobile

When Disney Interactive requests your presence at a Royal Tea Party at the Disney Creative Campus, you put on your fancy ears and jump at the chance. What a magical way to learn all about the newest kingdom-building game, Disney Enchanted Tales which happens to be available for download on your mobile device now. Yay!

We're always excited when a new Disney game launches and this one is no different. Being able to play out some of our favorite Princess stories with Disney characters that we know and love including Belle, Gaston, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, etc. Yassssss! Just look at these faces, aren't they adorable? New characters, outfits and memorable story moments from additional cherished Disney classic tales will be unlocked as players complete story-based missions. So the game will continue to grow and change with players.

In this enchanting and whimsical game, you can create custom kingdoms using familiar landmarks and buildings from “Beauty and The Beast,” “Frozen” and “Tangled. You can expand and build out your kingdoms by completing tasks and quests. The quicker you do that, the faster you can earn new iconic landmarks, such as Belle’s Bookstore, The Beast’s Castle, Elsa’s Ice Palace, Rapunzel’s Tower and more.

We've been having a ball playing and are already on level 7. My daughter Kaia is still really enjoying playing the game. We are actually having a lot of fun building it together and customizing our space. There's so much to do and build, it's constantly prompting players to try new things for coins, stars and diamonds. You're going to want as many of those three items as you can get. It's how you can expand your fairytale land to unlock more characters and stories.

Here are some of our actual screenshots from while were playing:

Warning: Like many other Disney Mobile Apps, you may find yourself becoming addicted. I'm looking at you Disney Emoji Blitz.

Disclosure: We were invited to an event to learn about the game and get a chance to play it to help further this review. We received a bag of goodies, but no other compensation was provided. The opinions on this blog are 100% magical and 100% the Disney Sisters only. 

Summer Bucket List at Disneyland Resort

10 Moments of Disney Magic you won't want to miss this Summer!

Summertime is one of the most popular times to visit Disneyland Resort and it's not hard to see why. The sun is shining, the palm trees are swaying in the breeze, and everyone is on summer vacation! Southern California is a paradise this time of year.

Our family loves coming to Disneyland in the hot summer months of summer because we ride on different attractions and get to see different shows. Not to mention the 60th Anniversary is coming to an end in September. We're trying to soak it all in before the last decor is taken down and the last piece of merchandise sells out! Nooooooo!!!

So whether you're planning a day trip to Disneyland Resort or a full vacation where you stay at one of the incredible Hotels on property, we've got a few tips and suggestions for you.

Here's a list of the top 10 things to do this summer at Disneyland Resort.

Frozen Live at the Hyperion
For the first time in forever... Frozen takes off right where Aladdin left off. An incredible Broadway quality show that literally gave us the chills! (Pun intended!) The sisters of Arendelle are wowing the crowd in this newest edition to Disney California Adventure Park. 

Soarin' Around the World
Take an exciting journey around the world in the new rebooted version of Soarin'. What used to be a trip around California, has been transformed into a trip around the world. Catch sights of Sydney Harbor in Australia, the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and an incredible view of The Great Wall of China. This is one trip you don't want to miss!

World of Color Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney
This symphony of animated water, fire, color and light is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and is a dazzling tribute to the Wonderful World of Walt Disney. This water spectacular is extraordinary and is not to be missed! It's really like nothing you've ever seen before!

Disneyland Forever Fireworks
How they keep out-doing themselves each time they create a new Fireworks show is beyond us. But Disneyland Forever is the best one yet! They have added so many incredible elements to the show, like Main Street U.S.A. and Matterhorn Mountain are now all apart of the Fireworks Spectacular. It will WOW your whole family!

Paint the Night
Catch the most electrifying show at Disneyland while you still can! Paint the Night Parade is like Main Street Electrical Parade on steroids! This is our new favorite show. It lights up the parade route, and lights up the hearts of all who watch it! 

Splash Mountain
When the summer sun heats up, hop on this hilarious log ride in Critter Country. You'll see some of your old friends, classic Disney characters from Country Bear Jamboree. One thing's for sure, you'll find your laughing place on this animated ride that gets you wet!

Grizzly River Run
 Get ready to get soaked. Like all the way down to your unmentionables wet. These roaring rapids are so much fun to ride on a hot summer day! You will walk out of there feeling like you just took a shower... With your clothes on!!!

Star Wars Launch Bay
Get your fill and totally geek out on all things Star Wars. From costumes to merchandise, it's a Star Wars fans ultimate place to hang out. (And cool off during summer.) You can meet and take selfies with the likes of Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Boba Fett. Use the Force and don't miss the Launch Bay!

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
This is the attraction that took the place of the old Luigi's tire ride. Step into one of the adorable cars straight out of the film Cars. These rockin' roadsters really know how to move. They dance and groove in perfect synchronization. 

Adult Beverage
Sometimes there's nothing better than having a cold drink to cool off on a warm summer's day at the Park. Disneyland Park does not serve alcohol, but here's a tip - California Adventure Park does! You can get a glass of wine, a frosty margarita or an ice cold brew. Cheers to the 21+ magic!

We hope you've enjoyed reading our tips for Summer at Disneyland Resort have helped to give you a few ideas. What is on your Disney Bucket List this summer? 

Disclosure: We were invited to experience Summer at Disneyland Resort during Family Media Day. We were given tickets, fastpasses to certain rides, and a swag bag full of summer goodies. As always the opinions on this blog are 100% Disney Sisters and 100% magical. Thank you for reading our blog! We appreciate you!

Disney Emoji Blitz: Our New Favorite Disney App

Just in time for World Emoji Day, Disney Interactive has just released Disney Emoji Blitz and now texting will never be the same.

We've got the scoop on the hottest E-Ticket in town! It's the newest in a long line of magical apps including some of our favorites like Disney Tsum Tsum, Frozen Free Fall, and Disney Dream Treats. From the start you have the choice of three emojis to play with Sulley who roars, Ariel who blows bubbles and Simba who just can't wait to be King! Each character has a magical power and it's up to you to find out what that is. LOL. The second emoji you'll earn is Mickey Mouse - a true classic! The best part about it is once an adorable emoji is collected within the game, it is also unlocked on the Disney Emoji Blitz keyboard, which can be used to send Disney and Pixar emojis to your friends and family! YASSS!


Here's more information about the emojis from straight from Disney Interactive:
The magic of Disney combines with the modern expression of emojis in Disney Emoji Blitz, a game for mobile devices where players can collect and play with hundreds of Disney and Pixar emojis. Disney Emoji Blitz is the first mobile game connected to a custom keyboard and features more than 400 emojis of Disney and Pixar characters, including favorites from “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Cinderella,” “Frozen,” “Finding Dory,” “The Muppets,” “Toy Story” and more.


And more about the match game from Disney Interactive:
A fast-paced match-3 game, Disney Emoji Blitz lets players match emojis to score points and unlock new Disney and Pixar emojis. Each emoji collected blasts the board with expressive power-ups like icing away emojis with Elsa from “Frozen” or scaring emojis with Sulley from “Monsters Inc.” Players complete missions to boost the score and earn prizes such as rare Disney Parks-themed Mickey Premium Bar, Matterhorn and Mickey Mouse Ear Hat emojis.

Disney Emoji Blitz is now available to download for free with in-app purchases on the App Store and Google Play. New Disney and Pixar-themed emojis will be added in the coming months

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