DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: Halloween Party Dates & Details; Haunted Mansion Themed Bar; Poly Expansion; Halloween on the High Seas Details & More

This past week kicked off with the annual Halfway to Halloween where we got a look at upcoming offerings and merchandise for the Halloween season at Walt Disney World. Dates for the 2024 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been announced, new details on Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line, a look at upcoming Halloween merchandise, and a look at the upcoming Haunted Mansion lounge coming to the Disney Treasure. The new DVC tower at the Polynesian was named and given an opening month. Finally, there’s a heartwarming story of a new mom at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Learn all about these stories and more below!


1 – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates & New Offerings Revealed for 2024

This week Disney celebrated Halfway to Halloween, and one of the most anticipated news was learning the dates of the 2024 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This separately ticketed event is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park and offers guests the opportunity to engage in sensational spookiness and ghoulish good times that are perfect for kids of all ages. Along with the dates, Disney announced new offerings for this year’s party. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for dates and details about the 2024 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.


2 – New Details Released on Haunted Mansion Bar

This week, Disney Cruise Line released new concept art and character details for the upcoming Haunted Mansion Parlor, which will be one of the fantastic, themed lounges on the Disney Treasure, which sets sail in December 2024. The space will resemble a ship parlor that once belonged to a sea captain and his strange fiancé. Swipe through for images of a “Aquarium with Ghost Fish,” “The Mariner,” a new portrait of the sea caption and his bride-to-be. Visit the link below for more details!

Click here for more on the new details released on the Haunted Mansion Bar coming to the Disney Treasure.


3 – Name and New Details of New Addition at Polynesian Announced

This week Disney Vacation Club unveiled details for the Island Tower coming to Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at Walt Disney World Resort. In keeping with the existing theme of the resort, the striking waterfront retreat will immerse guests in the charm of the South Pacific islands, the thrill of exploration, and the beauty of the natural world. The Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is under construction and projected to open in December 2024. Learn more including concept art at the link below.

Click here for new details and concept art of The Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.


4 – New Details Released for Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

As part of the Halfway to Halloween celebration, Disney Cruise Line revealed new details about Halloween on the High Seas on Disney Cruise Line on select cruises! Halloween on the High Seas sailings includes special entertainment, themed meet and greets, and treats (no tricks)! Visit the link below for all the details!

Click here to learn about the new details about 2024 Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line.

5 – 34 Bone-Chilling Disney Halloween Items You’ll Want in 2024

It wouldn’t be Halfway to Halloween without a look at upcoming Halloween merchandise. Disney released a look at Halloween and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party merchandise that will be available at Disney Parks and on DisneyStore.com. Disney also shared other merchandise that might just be perfect for your Halloween celebration. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for 34 bone-chilling Disney Halloween items you’ll want in 2024.

6 – Rare Baby Addax is Mother’s Day Gift at Disney

This week, Disney celebrated the story of a very special, first-time mom. Juniper, a 2-year-old addax, recently gave birth to her very first calf, Julien, who will join the herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge soon! Mom Juniper’s story defies the odds. She was born in August 2021, and during the birth, her mother passed due to complications, leaving Juniper without a mom. Keepers and animal care experts quickly stepped in and showered her with care, and helped raise her. Now, just two years later, Juniper has given birth to her first calf. Both Juniper and Julien have been nursing, nuzzling, and bonding in a backstage area ahead of Julien’s debut on the savanna. Learn more about the new mom and baby addax at the link below.

Click here for more, including photos of the new baby, Addax, and Mom, Juniper.

7 – Suntory Morimoto Luau Returns to Morimoto Asia

On Sunday, May 19, Morimoto Asia is bringing back its annual Suntory Morimoto Luau, in partnership with Suntory, featuring a traditional Hawaiian-inspired feast and live entertainment. Paying homage to Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the fabulous event includes hula dancers, food stations including a poki and sushi bar, Morimoto-style baby ribs, a whole roasted pig, an assortment of desserts and specialty cocktails. Guests can also opt to include select premium festive cocktail pairings from Suntory for an additional charge. Upon arrival, guests will receive a lei and be treated to vibrant themed decor during this beloved immersive dining experience, celebrating the spirit of Asian American Pacific Islander culture. Guests can choose from two times, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made HERE.

Ticket Information

Adults: $115++

Kids (9 and under): $55++

Booth (Max 4 guests): $500++

Full Menu

Poke Bar

  • Traditional ahi poke, limu, Hawaiian salt, inamona, chili
  • Lomilomi salmon, tomato, cucumber, onion, shiso
  • Okazuya namasu, cucumber, carrot, wakame
  • Rainbow’s local mac salad
  • Drool-worthy Sichuan chicken
  • Nanban-zuke deep-fried smelt, spicy vinegar sauce

Sushi Bar

  • Spicy tuna roll
  • Spicy salmon roll
  • Yellowtail roll
  • California roll
  • Shrimp tempura roll
  • Vegetable roll
  • Chef’s selection nigiri

Hot Line

  • Garlic shrimp
  • Mochiko chicken
  • Mahi-mahi tartar sauce
  • Morimoto baby ribs, hoisin chili
  • Pineapple fried rice
  • Spam musubi teriyaki sauce
  • Mini loco moco, mushroom gravy
  • Yakiniku (beef tongue, short rib)
  • Saimin
  • Pig Roast
  • Roasted whole pig and cabbage
  • Yuzu chutney, hoisin BBQ


  • Haupia parfait with coconut pudding, mint lychee
  • Golden pineapple tarts with caramel cream
  • Mango cheesecake with fresh raspberry
  • Hawaiian chocolate truffle pop with dark chocolate ganache, puff rice crunch
  • Guava cake bar with cream cheese frosting


What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort

Now Through May 27, 2024 – EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

Click here for the 11 things you don’t want to miss at the 2024 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!

Click here to view our Instagram Story with photos and video from Opening Day!

Click here to view photos of the Menu Boards with pricing and Disney Dining Plan snack designations!

Now Open – Walt the Dream Statue & World Celebration Gardens

Click here for “New! World Celebration Gardens at EPCOT – 4 Reasons Not to Miss It!”

Click here for a first look at photos and details about the new Walt the Dreamer Statue and World Celebration Gardens.

Now Open – ‘Luminous The Symphony of Us’ – New Nighttime Spectacular at EPCOT

Click here for our thoughts and what you need to know about “Luminous the Symphony of Us” not showing at EPCOT.

Now Open – Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – EPCOT

Click here for what you need to know about Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

Coming to Walt Disney World

Summer 2024 – New and Returning Offerings We’re Excited About

Click here for 13 new and returning Disney offerings coming in summer 2024 that we’re so excited for!

Summer 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Click here to learn the opening season and more about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom.

Click here for storyline details of the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

2024 – Reimagined ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live Show Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Click here for details on the new “The Little Mermaid” show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


New & Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line

June 2024 – Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point – DCL’s Newest Private Island

Click here for a first look at the map and an overview of the different areas of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

Click here for the menus for Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

Click here for more information about the construction updates at Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point!

Click here for details on every new character outfit revealed for Disney Lookout Cay of Lighthouse Point.

Itineraries in 2024-2025

Click here for details on the sailings to the new private island destination and family vacations around the world in summer 2024!

Click here to learn more about 2024 Halloween and Holiday Cruises on Disney Cruise Line.

Click here to learn about Disney Cruise Line’s Early 2025 Itineraries.

Click here to learn about Disney Cruise Lines’ summer 2025 itineraries.

The Disney Treasure – Sailing December 2024

Click here for “BIG REVEAL – What’s New & Coming to the Disney Treasure – Disney Cruise Line’s 6th Ship Coming in 2024.”

Click here for “The Disney Treasure – An Overview of Disney Cruise Line’s Sixth Ship Coming in December 2024!”

Click here to learn about the new Haunted Mansion-themed lounge coming to the Disney Treasure!

Click here to learn about the new and exclusive Broadway-style show coming to the Disney Treasure!

Click here to learn about new port options and an update, including concept art, of Lighthouse Point.

Click here for more details about “Disney The Tale of Moana,” coming to the Disney Treasure.

The Disney Destiny

Click here for all the details on the upcoming Disney Destiny, sailing in 2025.

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Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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