As someone once told me, "Change is the only constant in our lives", and so it is with Walt Disney World too!
In just a couple days Camp Minnie-Mickey in Animal Kingdom will close forever. It always seemed to be treated like the forgotten step child. At one time I had great hopes of new areas being built in that section, but it seemed like things just closed.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - The biggest Disney theme park news for 2014 is the much anticipated opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which will complete the New Fantasyland expansion. Hopefully the themeing will be as awesome as the rest of the Fantasyland expansion.
Speaking of the Mine Train - does anyone else remember a time in the 1990s and early 2000s when there was ALWAYS a huge attraction that opened each year! I remember fondly walking past construction areas, standing on tiptoes to try and catch a glimpse of something and hoping that ride would be open on my visit the following year. There was always something exciting to look forward to!
Sadly, those days seem long gone. Yes, Avatar is coming to Animal Kingdom. I admit, I have never seen the movie. I just hope this is such a well done area of the park that it rests on its own imagineering creativity.
Festival of Fantasy Parade - Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis announced Friday, April 26, that a new daytime parade, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will debut in the Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. The artist drawings looks awesome! Magic Kingdom is ready for a brand new parade and set of floats!
Studios 25th Anniversary - Can you believe Disney's Hollywood Studios will turn 25 this May? I remember when the Tower of Terror was being built and I actually got to walk down Sunset Blvd a couple weeks prior to opening with a tour group. No photos were allowed, but we were all so excited for the new attraction. It's been almost 20 years since then.
I had high hopes that a huge attraction would have been announced before now to help celebrate 25 years of the Studios, but alas, no announcement has been made. We can only speculate based on some of the many rumors about a possible Star Wars Land or mini-replica of Disney California Adventure's CarsLand. Personally, I would love a Star Wars Land done to the themeing and attraction detail that CarsLand was built.
Continued Roll Out of Magic Bands - 2014 will see the continued roll out of the My Disney Experience, Magic Bands, FastPass+ program. I have to be honest, I am not a fan. I have had nothing but problems with the Magic Bands since the beginning. There really are too many issues to list here and I have spent enough hours with Cast Members trying to get things "fixed". I know some folks have a great experience and I am glad for you. It seems that it works best if you are a family all coming at the same time and staying in the same place and all live at the same address. For folks who come more than once or twice a year (like us locals), it's just not working well. I could fill numerous blogs on the Tragic Magic Bands but I will spare you. I just hope they get the issues ironed out soon!
Here are a few things on my list for 2014 - in no particular order.
1) Attend Mickey's Halloween and Christmas Parties! I have missed the last few years and I want to go this year.
2) Have more AllEars Meets!
3) Ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
4) Host the AllEars Disney Fantasy Group Cruise in May!
5) Visit Disneyland
6) Attend the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet!
7) Hopefully there will be an event or two hosted by D23 to attend!
8) Finally, I want to experience things I can't even dream of because I don't even know about them yet!!
So here's to a great 2014 and what lies ahead!
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