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May 11, 2013

Merida Becomes Newest Disney Princess

Merida's Celebration Ceremony Video:

Walt Disney World crowned its newest princess today, Princess Merida from Brave. Her mother, Queen Elinor, made her first public appearance.

The ceremony took place at the Magic Kingdom.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Olympic Gold-Medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother participated in the celebration by sharing their mother-daughter story.

Merida's Royal Celebration

All the Disney Princesses were in attendance and introduced one at a time.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Snow White

Merida's Royal Celebration


Cinderella

Merida's Royal Celebration


Aurora

Merida's Royal Celebration


Ariel

Merida's Royal Celebration


Belle

Merida's Royal Celebration


Jasmine

Merida's Royal Celebration


Pocahontas

Merida's Royal Celebration


Mulan

Merida's Royal Celebration


Princess Tiana

Merida's Royal Celebration

Rapunzel (who received a roaring welcome)

Merida's Royal Celebration


With all the princesses on stage, it was time to crown Disney's newest princess.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida arrived in true-style riding her horse and accompanied by Scottish Bagpipes, dancers and banners

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida is welcomed to the stage.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Queen Elinore performs the official duties of crowning Merida.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


"I AM MERIDA!", the newest princess proclaimed.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


And of course, no appearance by Merida would be complete without her bow.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration
All the princesses gather around for their first official photo together.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Gabby Douglas poses with Merida and Princess Tiana.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Queen Elinore is very proud of her daughter.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

After the ceremony, the princesses gathered on the castle lawn for another photograph. Pictured with the princesses are Rosie and Sophie Grace (from the Ellen Show)

Merida's Royal Celebration

Sophia Grace and Rosie (The Ellen Show) Perform a Princess Rap for Merida!

Spotlight on Queen Elinor:

May 16, 2013

Animal Kingdom Walk Around

Deb's Digest Blog

Friday I found myself in Animal Kingdom on a hot, but crystal clear blue sky day.

Animal Kingdom

I looked in the first viewing area and the Black Swan was out! Hadn't seen this swan in a while.

Animal Kingdom

Then over to Russell and Dug. I wanted to see if they'd give me the "dish" on the new Wilderness Explorer's Program coming to Animal Kingdom but, well see for yourself ...

The Creature Comforts sign looked all bright and pretty from a new paint job.

Animal Kingdom Abdim Stork

Next stop, Dinoland U.S.A. and the Abdim Storks. "They migrate annually from southern Africa to central Africa. They are often referred to as "grasshopper birds" because they are frequently seen on top of termite mounds feasting on the insects"

Animal Kingdom Creature Comforts

Several were out and a couple were making quite a fuss on the left side of their habitat.

Animal Kingdom Abdim Stork

It took a few minutes, but I finally realized what the commotion was all about.

Animal Kingdom Abdim Stork

Animal Kingdom Abdim Stork

A Cast Member was in the area cleaning up when I realized in the far back of this habitat were two of the Asian Brown Tortoises having a feast.

Animal Kingdom Asian Brown Tortoises

Animal Kingdom Asian Brown Tortoises

I snapped a few bird photographs as I wandered around the park.

Animal Kingdom


Animal Kingdom


Animal Kingdom


Animal Kingdom

But I really wanted to get to Asia and see if the 2 month old White Cheek Gibbon was visible!
Check back soon for photos and videos of the baby gibbon!

May 19, 2013

White Cheek Gibbon Baby at Animal Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

This is the second half of my Walk Around Animal Kingdom Blog and features the 2 month old White-cheeked gibbon!

If you missed part 1 CLICK HERE

White-cheeked gibbons typically produce a single offspring every two to three years after seven to eight months gestation. Following birth, infants are able to cling to their mothers, allowing the females complete range of motion as they move about the forest with their offspring.

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

The species is also distinguished by the changing characteristics of their fur which differs by gender and age. While nursing, babies typically maintain a light-brown or golden-colored fur that easily blends with their mother's coat. Once weaned around the age of one, babies' fur transitions to black. While the males maintain black fur for their entire lives, female gibbons will change back to golden fur between the ages of six and eight.

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

Animal Kingdom White Cheek Gibbons

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May 25, 2013

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter Kick-off

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One of the big Limited Time Magic events for 2013 was the Monstrous 24-Hour "All-Nighter".

For the second time, in recent memory, the Magic Kingdom would stay open for 24 hours, from 6:00 a.m. on May 24 to 6:00 a.m. on May 25. Also, sister parks in California, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure would also be open for 24 hours.

Unique to this event would be special appearances by Mike and Sully in the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! party/parade, the two serving as Grand Marshalls in the Celebrate a Dream Come True, a Monster Mania Dance Party, special merchandise, food, beverages and other surprises.

Very early in the morning, long before the official start of the Monstrous Summer all-nighter, Mickey and Minnie came out for an interview in their pajamas.

Soon, Magic Kingdom's Vice President Phil Holmes also made an appearance.

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Sure enough at 6:00am on May 24th, the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter began with a special opening ceremony at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.


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While this blogger only last til late morning, All Ears Deb Koma was in the parks til the wee hours of the morning and Kristin Ford and her family made it until 4:45am!

Special thanks to everyone who attended our Breakfast Meet and Greet!!!

Check out Chip and Dale doing Meet and Greets in their PJs!

Did you experience the Monstrous All-Nighter? If so, leave your comments below.

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