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The Backwoods Maze Home Haunt 2014

The Backwoods_2015-103848One of the most impressive home haunts we’ve ever visited exists in Burbank, California. It’s The Backwoods, and this is an attraction at a private residence that has to be seen to be believed.

Truly a labor of love, the family that lives at 1912 N. Pepper Street is dedicated to their home haunt – and it’s a good thing they’re all-in, because it consumes their entire backyard year-round. The Backwoods features an incredibly full footprint that switchbacks on itself numerous times through towering two-story sets and past a mind-boggling assortment of home-made props, ranging from grotesque to simply awe-striking.

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Zuri’s Sweets Shop Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Zuri's Sweets Shop at Disney's Animal KingdomGuests can take their taste buds on a mouth-watering safari with a visit to Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This new merchandise location at Harambe Market in the Africa section of the park offers an assortment of wild new treats and eats.

Zuri’s Sweets Shop features 80 exclusive food items inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Guests can purchase themed decorative candy apples, assorted bulk trail mixes, uniquely flavored chocolate bars and delectable popcorn with a touch of African spices. Guests with a taste for barbeque also can find the signature sweet and spicy sauce from the park’s popular Flame Tree Barbecue.

This unique location also includes a colorful confectionary case filled with a variety of candies and baked treats. Guests with a sweet tooth will be thrilled to find tiger-shaped sugar cookies, elephant-shaped caramel apples and colorful giraffe marshmallow pops alongside Disney confectionary classics, such as Mickey Mouse chocolate chip cookies and tasty chocolate fudge.

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runDisney Stands Out Among Popular Race Series

runDisney-castleSince its rebrand in 2010, runDisney has become one of the premier race organizers in the country. From kids races to the most magical 26.2 miles on earth, runDisney offers unique race weekends at various Disney theme parks – at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., on Disney’s private Bahamian island Castaway Cay and at Disneyland Paris beginning in 2016.

The magic of runDisney has translated to significant growth and popularity in recent years, both in terms of runners and number of events. Runners nationwide and internationally (209,000-plus in 2014) have clamored to sign up for these popular race weekends. Frequently, runDisney race weekends sell out in record time. For instance, the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon in 2014 and the Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015 each sold out in about two hours.

As the series continues to expand (there will be eight race weekends in 2016), runDisney remains focused on providing creative ways to bring new runners into the sport of running as well as into Disney parks. First-time runners as well as aspiring Olympians can experience the legendary Disney entertainment and guest service, while ultimately celebrating their accomplishments with a Disney vacation.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Has 5th Consecutive Record-Breaking Year

Hong-Kong-Disneyland-FiscalHong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) last week reported its results for fiscal year 2014, marking the fifth consecutive year of record revenue, attendance, and guest spending. Revenue hit HK$5,466 million, up 12% from the prior year, and net profit increased HK$88 million to HK$332 million, up 36% from the prior year.

Following the successful expansion of the resort, HKDL continued to enrich guest experiences through magical new entertainment experiences and classic Disney franchises and storytelling, which were key factors contributing to strong results.

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Spring Festival and Frozen Characters at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland-Paris-FrozenFor the second consecutive year, after a first successful edition, Disneyland Paris is to launch a colourful Spring festival, providing the opportunity to celebrate flower power and awaken guests’ senses. Get ready for new musical shows, even more flower-filled scenery and Disney characters all wearing their most beautiful spring costumes specially made by the Disneyland Paris Sewing Workshop.

The scene will be set from the Disneyland Park entrance with the first show entitled Welcome to Spring, specially orchestrated by the residents of Main Street, U.S.A. and Disney characters. Guests will be immersed in a spring universe where butterflies, flowers, topiaries and music are sure to submerge them in the magic of spring.

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