Duffy Month Takes to the Skies on China Eastern Airlines

September will bring “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” to  Shanghai Disney Resort, with all-new Duffy and Friends shows, exclusive merchandise, gorgeous food and beverage offerings (including a picnic!), special ticket offers, and much more to celebrate Duffy Month.

A Duffy and Friends-Themed Airplane

Duffy in the air

China Eastern Airlines debuted a new Duffy and Friends aircraft, which  took off on its maiden flight last week to celebrate the upcoming Duffy Month at Shanghai Disney Resort in September. The plane, carrying a host of special guests, flew from Kunming in China’s southwest to Shanghai, following an exciting unveiling ceremony at the Kunming Changshui International Airport. The new Duffy·Friendship Express marks the fourth Disney-themed aircraft to join China Eastern Airlines’ fleet as part of its partnership with Shanghai Disney Resort, following the unveiling of the popular Toy Story·Happy Holiday Express, which launched last spring.

China Eastern Air Duffy Month wrap
The new Duffy•Friendship Express

Duffy the bear was, according to the story, created and hand-sewn by Minnie Mouse, as a gift for Mickey Mouse so that he wouldn’t get lonely when he was out at sea. Duffy and his pals – ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou – are wildly popular amongst Disney fans in China.

Duffy Month China Eastern Airlines Plane

 

During the inauguration ceremony in Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province, executives from Shanghai Disney Resort and China Eastern Airlines jointly unveiled the themed airplane in front of a large group of invited guests, including media, celebrities and Duffy fans decked out in Duffy-themed apparel, who were excited to see their favorite teddy bear decorating the sides of a local airline. Among them was the talented young actor Chen Xingxu (Goodbye My Princess), a loyal Duffy and Friends fan who has a huge collection of Duffy-themed merchandise.

Leaders from China Eastern Air and Shanghai Disneyland
Shanghai Disney Resort and China Eastern Executives unveil the new Duffy•Friendship Express
Actor Chen Xingxu
Actor Chen Xingxu attended the unveiling ceremony and the red carpet

The special guests who attended the ceremony and flew the maiden flight received some fabulous gifts, but there will be goodies for everyday passengers as well.

Leaders from Shanghai Disneyland and China Eastern Airlines with Duffy and Pals
Executives took group photos with the Duffy•Friendship Express

Guests will receive a Duffy-themed boarding pass upon entering the plane.

Flight attendants in Duffy and Shellie Mae ears greet a little passenger
Flight attendants in Duffy and Shellie Mae ears greet a young passenger
Interior of Duffy Plane
Cute, Duffy-themed surprise gifts for maiden flight passengers

Flight attendants wearing Duffy and Friends ears welcome passengers as they step on board and discover Duffy and Friends details throughout the plane. Duffy and Friends images line the entire interior of the aircraft, from cushion covers to luggage containers – even on the cabin walls! A new in-flight video helps passengers to get better acquainted with Duffy and his friends. Passengers departing from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport will find Duffy-themed check-in counters and some guests will also experience a fun “Duffy shuttle bus” that transports them from the gate to the plane.

A Month of Special Duffy-Themed Experiences Await at Shanghai Disney Resort

In addition to the beautiful Plane for Duffy Month, Shanghai Disney Resort announced that starting this September, guests will be able to enjoy  “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” celebration will be held from September 2nd to 30th.

During this time, Duffy and Friends’ stories of friendship and adventure will come to life at Shanghai Disney Resort. Guests will experience a host of novel Duffy-themed decorations, entertaining new shows, memorable themed food and beverage offerings, adorable merchandise, and much more, and will become immersed in the joy-filled world of Duffy and his delightful friends. As part of the celebration, the iconic floral Mickey display that greets guests at the entrance to Shanghai Disneyland will be transformed into a floral Duffy,  (In Shanghai, they’re cool about this kind of thing. If they did it in Anaheim, people would lose their damn minds) created from thousands of vibrant flowers and colors.
To add to the atmosphere, from September 2nd to September 30th, the Shanghai Disneyland Band will put on a brand-new Duffy and Friends performance each morning, welcoming guests from around the world with a high-spirited mix of music and fun.
From September 16th to 30th, a special Duffy parade will wind its way through Mickey Avenue featuring Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou joined by a host of dancers.

From September 2nd to 30th, an engaging Duffy-themed social wall near Il Paperino will become the perfect backdrop for fun poses and cute selfies to share on social media and remember an incredible Shanghai Disneyland visit. Guests will find even more fun experiences at the Gardens of Imagination, where they can place their Duffy plush in a variety of cute, miniature settings for unique photoshoots as they create their own Duffy stories.

This September, Shanghai Disney Resort will also introduce memorable new additions to its Duffy and Friends merchandise offerings. The new Duffy and Friends Rainy Day collection will feature a diverse range of charming products, including cute plush toys dressed in colorful raincoats, keychains, crossbody bags, accessories, stationery, and more. Additionally, devoted fans who are enthralled by the cuteness of Duffy and Friends will have the opportunity for the Disney friends to feature on their outfits, with a bell-shaped Duffy and Friends-themed Lolita dress coming to resort stores.
Duffy and pals
Duffy and Friends Rainy Day Collection
The fun continues with sweet and savory surprises, as Shanghai Disney Resort rolls out a new range of Duffy and Friends-themed food and beverage items. The Picnic Basket kiosk in Shanghai Disneyland is debuting its first-ever picnic basket, offering an adorable assortment of fresh food and beverage treats including roasted duck salad wraps with orange mayo, ham and cheese wraps, green garden salads with lemon olive oil, mixed nuts and dried berries, snow crispies, fruit cups, and more.
Picnic Basket
Picnic Basket
A variety of restaurants around Shanghai Disney Resort are also getting involved in the Duffy-themed fun. Mickey & Pals Market Café will be transformed into a Duffy-themed restaurant with special decorations and overlays inspired by Duffy and Friends. Guests are invited to an engaging Duffy and Friends-themed afternoon tea in the restaurant’s Daisy Room.
Lumière’s Kitchen in the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will also introduce the first-ever Duffy-themed weekend brunch at the resort. Guests will be able to meet Duffy and StellaLou before enjoying a delicious array of delicate bites and mocktails – plus kids can explore their passion for cooking in the Duffy-themed Junior Chef Class.
In addition, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel’s Ballet Café will feature StellaLou-themed desserts including almond chocolate caramel cakes, blueberry cupcakes, Oreo blueberry cookies, ice creams, and much more, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Duffy Month.
Duffy Desserts

With so many fun activities to do throughout each day of the Duffy Month, our two hotels offer the perfect place to relax during multi-day resort visits, while offering the special value and experience of early park entry for guests with theme park tickets. Starting this September, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will feature adorable Duffy-themed room amenities and overlays, inviting guests to experience even more “heartfelt moments” with Duffy and Friends.

Special Ticket Offers

To celebrate the start of this special month, Shanghai Disney Resort is releasing a new limited-time ticket offer that gives guests a discount of approximately 20% on one-day non-dated tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland from August 29th through September 30th. These tickets will be on sale from August 12th to 25th across multiple official channels and platforms, including the resort’s official WeChat account, the Shanghai Disneyland Main Entrance ticket booth, the Disney Reservation Center, and via the resort’s travel trade partners. More information about this offering can also be found on these channels.

Duffy
Come say 你好 to Duffy!
In order to make the Duffy Month celebrations even more exciting for guests, China Eastern Airlines is introducing a limited-time flight-hotel-park ticket promotion. Guests who purchase this promotion will receive two free round-trip flight tickets from select cities to Shanghai, provided by China Eastern Airlines. This special offer includes a one-night stay for two guests at the resort’s Toy Story Hotel, two single-day standard Shanghai Disneyland tickets, plus a Duffy and Friends-themed afternoon tea for two. This amazing package will be on offer from August 20th to September 20th, enabling guests to depart from Tianjin, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenyang and not only fly round-trip to Shanghai for free, but also enjoy a memorable stay at the Toy Story Hotel from September 2nd to 28th, and visit Shanghai Disneyland from September 2nd to 29th. Park tickets will be valid during the chosen dates of the guests’ hotel stay. Guests can purchase this package and find more information about this offering through the China Eastern Airlines official website and app.
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Tokyo “Disney Halloween” Features New Costumes for Mickey and Minnie

Tokyo “Disney Halloween” starts on Tuesday, September 10 – and Mickey and Minnie have amazing new costumes!

Tokyo “Disney Halloween” will feature Tokyo DisneySea’s new harbor show “Festival of Mystique” and Tokyo Disneyland will have the delightful “Spooky Boo! Parade”. Check out these fantastic costumes on our favorite mice!

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" hub decor
There’s special decor all over the park for Tokyo “Disney Halloween”

Tokyo “Disney Halloween” at the Tokyo Disney Resort will run for 52 days from Tuesday, September 10 to Thursday, October 31. At Tokyo DisneySea, we’ll see the first performance this year of the Harbor Show “Festival of Mystique” and over at Tokyo Disneyland,  they’ll perform the  “Spooky Boo! Parade” with all sorts of gorgeous floats and costumed characters.

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" train

Here’s a look:

◆ “Festival of Mystique” costumes for Mickey and Minnie Mouse:

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Mickey and Minnie in festival garb
OLC/Disney

The costumes are based on medieval European garb that fits right in at a Halloween festival, but with touches that remind me of sea creatures, themed to the port town of Porto Paradiso.

You can see the bones and fins of sea creatures all over Mickey’s outfit, plus sparkling, gem-encrusted brooches. , Minnie has a wide skirt with light decorations, pearls on her hat and scales on the front and back of her dress.

Costume details:

Mickey’s jeweled brooch:

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Mickey's brooch
OLC/Disney

Minnie’s scale design:

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Minnie's scales
OLC/Disney

The Mediterranean Harbor will have a dark and somewhat chilling atmosphere, but Mickey and Minnie will bring the right amount of levity to the spooky festivities!

◆ Costumes for the Tokyo “Disney Halloween” “Spooky Boo! Parade”

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Mickey and Minnie for parade
OLC/Disney

Here we see more vivid and traditionally spooky Halloween costumes worn by Mickey and Minnie for the “Spooky Boo! Parade”, with ghostly touches like skeleton bones peeking out from the front of Mickey’s costume. Above this he sports his usual bow tie (or a version thereof).

The Minnie Mouse costume features an adorable skirt patternMinnie Mouse has a dia de los Muertos-inspired silhouette. This year, they decided to go with more vivid colors for the famous couple.

Costume details:

Mickey’s bow tie looks like he borrowed it from a certain Skellington.

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Mickey's tie

Minnie’s skirt pattern reminds me of “Coco”.

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Minnie's skirt

There’s also special merchandise and food for Tokyo “Disney Halloween”, of course:

Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Haunted Mansion goodies
Bride ears and necklace…does it light up and beat? I think so.
Tokyo "Disney Halloween" scary bearies
You can only find these cute and spooky bears at Tokyo – I do believe that is a pumpkin Teddi Barra on her little swing.
Tokyo "Disney Halloween" hugging ghost
I would love for this cute ghost to follow me home!
Tokyo "Disney Halloween" Jack Skellington meal
That Skellington looks good enough to eat!
Tokyo "Disney Halloween" drinks with donuts
These treats are tricked up with donuts! Check out the pattern on the cups!

In the US, we’re lucky to get characters in one costume, let alone two. Which costume do you like best? Let me know at shelly@pinkmonorail.com or in the comments below.

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New Halloween Fireworks – Ghoulish Delights for 36 Nights

Halloween fireworks over Cinderella Castle, Walt Disney World

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World features Halloween fireworks and other ghoulish delights for 36 nights 

For 36 nights, Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return for a record-breaking stretch, including a parade, special menus and an all-new Halloween fireworks show.

Let’s take a look at the goings-on:

New Halloween Fireworks: ‘Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular’

Our host for the Halloween Fireworks is Jack Skellington, who spins a tale about the witching season and how anything can happen during this magical time. Zero, Jack’s ghostly canine companion, takes us along on a trick-or-treating adventure with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. The four friends are drawn into a spooky haunted house, with skeletons dancing, ghosts waltzing and Disney villains galore. Texture mapping projection effects, lasers and fireworks make up the bulk of the storytelling.

Huge Halloween fireworks over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World
Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” hosts the new “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park. This spellbinding display of state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks will delight guests during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event held on select nights Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

 

See the Exclusive ‘Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade’

Beware! The Headless Horseman is on the prowl, looking for Ichabod Crane or anyone else so that he can get a-head. (Sorry). Close behind are the safe and spooky Disney characters in their adorable Halloween costumes.

Edna Mode and her favorite customers, The Incredibles, show up for the festivities – and they’re already wearing masks! Wreck-It-Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and the girls from Sugar Rush will sweeten things up with their candy-themed floats and vehicles. Plus, you’ll see Pirates of the Caribbean, playful spooks from The Haunted Mansion and a Frontierland hoedown hosted by Clarabelle Cow. Maybe this year, her boyfriend Panchito Pistoles will make an appearance!

Hitchhiking ghosts on a parade float
Photo by Alice Hill

Where you find dogs, you’ll find Cruella de Vil close behind.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is transformed into Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way ,a new reservations-only social with themed music and décor as Cruella’s fashionable friends (wait, she has friends?) join you for divine hors d’oeuvres, sweets and drinks (including beer and wine!!). Guests can come and go as they please throughout the night and enjoy prime parade-viewing spot reserved just for them until 12:30 a.m.

Boilerplate:

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way ($99 per person, plus tax) is available only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Reservations are required and can be made at Disneyworld.com or by calling Disney Dining at (407) 939-3463.

Trick or Treating Plus MORE Tricks and Treats!

If the Halloween fireworks, Fun and frightening parade and villainous private party aren’t enough:

  • Trick-or-Treating at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor gets an extra treat with monsters-in-training waiting to learn all about Halloween. Great photo op for when you get your treats!.
  • Space Mountain. In. The. Dark. (with a hard-rocking soundtrack!
  • Live pirates join the Audio-Animatronics on Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Special Halloween madness At the Mad Tea Party, with themed lighting and music.
  • The new DescenDANCE Party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, where you can dance while feeling good to be bad!
  • The Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland has Doc McStuffins, Timon and Vampirina for definitely less-scary fun. New this year, Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series “Fancy Nancy” joins the party. Plus, you can watch the Halloween fireworks from this area if the storyline might be too scary for your littles.
A little guest in costume getting candy from Disney Cast Members at Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Disney

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place this year:

      • Aug. 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
      • Sept. 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
      • Oct. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
      • Nov. 1

More boilerplate:

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party start at $79 (plus tax) and can be booked through Disneyworld.com or the Disney Reservations Center at (407) 827-7350. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with their families.

 

Unfortunately, I can’t make it this year, but I hope you can!

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