D23 Creepy Classics

D23 Creepy Classics: Blackbeard’s Ghost

By the D23 Team

Shiver your timbers with the latest edition of our D23 Creepy Classics series, as Drew Hayashida of The Walt Disney Studios summons the supernatural hijinks of Blackbeard’s Ghost! Find out what influence Walt Disney himself had on this film, its connections to The Walt Disney Studios lot and Disneyland, and why it was Drew’s choice for a D23…

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Kree Kruh Vergo Gebba Kalto Kree: Conjuring a Portrait of Captain Blackbeard

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

The spooky and lighthearted Disney classic Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) is perfect for a ghastly October viewing. The film focuses on the dead, yet still mischievous pirate Captain Blackbeard, played by legendary actor Peter Ustinov, who is trapped in limbo until he performs a good deed. Accidentally conjured by unsuspecting…

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Disney Movie Ghosts Quiz

Prove You’re A Ghostly Genius by Acing This Disney Ghost Trivia Quiz

By the D23 Team
During the Halloween season, Disney fans love watching and rewatching some of their favorite ghoulishly delightful films—but how well do you actually know these scary good classics? We’ve rounded up frightfully fun batch of trivia about characters from “regions beyond” to put your ghostly genius to the test. Do you feel a chill? It could be…

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20,000 leagues under the sea

What the Walt Disney Archives Staff is Watching on Disney+, Part One

By The Walt Disney Archives

Grab some snacks and your remote and get ready to surf Disney+ with this movie guide from the staff of the Walt Disney Archives.

With hundreds of titles to pick from, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the offerings found on the streaming service—the Archives team has selected a few of their favorites, and the reasons behind their…

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8 “Hidden Gem” Disney Films You Need to Check Out on Disney+

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Since Disney+ is a treasure trove of Disney content available for streaming, now is your chance to discover the “hidden gems” of Disney’s filmography—meaning, the fun and unique Disney films that you might not have in your current collection. Discover new favorites (or track down that one wacky film you haven’t had a chance to rewatch!)….

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Did You Know? 8 Spirited Facts About Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost

By Jim Fanning

What do you get a pirate, or rather, the ghost of a pirate for his 50th anniversary? Forget gold doubloons—this spirited swashbuckler is only after your laughter! Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost, which first materialized 50 years ago on February 8, 1968, is a zany fantasy-comedy that tells the supernatural tale of a track coach who accidently…

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Bob Mattey and Walt Disney

Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline

Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life.

Shortly after, Bob began working in motion…

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Disney Ghosts: Our Frightful Favorites

The crypt doors are creaking and the tombstones are quaking, which only means one thing … grim-grinning ghosts are soon to socialize! With Halloween just around the corner, we went hunting for all manner of Disney ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. But these particular spirits are not-so-scary—they’re more likely to make you laugh, or even offer good advice.


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Thirteen Disney Movies to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Okay, happy haunts.
Full of pirate ghosts, zombie dogs, witches, witches, and more witches, here are your unlucky 13 Disney movies that will get you in the macabre mood for this Halloween’s spooky season.
Hocus Pocus

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Toy Story of Terror

Into the Woods


Girl vs. Monster

Escape to Witch…

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Blackbeard's Ghost

Blackbeard Haunts Again

By Jim Fanning

“The most fearsome pirate ever,” Ian McShane, who portrays the infamous Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, rightly observes. “There’s a legion of stories about him, and whether they’re true or not, he’s now part of pirate mythology.” Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968) followed in the side-splitting tradition of Walt Disney’s…

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