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September 14, 2017

Disney After Hours Dates for 2018

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Dates have been announced for the 2018 Disney After Hours ticketed events in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney After Hours is an event night limited to a small number of guests, allowing attendees to maximize their time in the park with little to no wait at 25 attractions and experiences, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Space Mountain and many more. The Disney After Hours ticket allows park entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives attendees time to enjoy the park’s nightly “Happily Ever After” fireworks, and then remain in the park until 11 p.m. and some nights to 12:00 a.m.

Disney After Hours event nights are currently set for January 19, 26, and 30, February 8 and 15, March 1 and 8. (Please note that Disney After Hours does not replace Extra Magic Hours (EMH) for our resort guests and are instead held on non-EMH dates.)

Tickets are $119 per person ages 10+.

August 22, 2017

Country Bear Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card to Be Released at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
returns to Magic Kingdom Park Friday, August 25, and this year, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans can pick up an event-exclusive game card inspired by The Country Bear Jamboree attraction.

According to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, the County Bears were chosen to be featured on this year’s card to really celebrate the “party” atmosphere of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

“What better way to help celebrate a party than with a performance by the world’s favorite ursine band?” Jonathan Said. “And on Halloween, anything scary will have no choice but to flee before the happy music of the Country Bears!”

In case you aren’t familiar, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests of all ages to join Merlin’s quest to stop Disney Villains from taking over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests use a map to search for villain hideouts throughout the park, and visit magic portals where they use spell cards to fight back against a villain’s plan. The journey begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up everything you need to play.

This special event card will be distributed separately (and in addition to) the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs you’re given at this location. Guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

July 15, 2017

Theater Inspired by Willis Wood Theater to Debut in Magic Kingdom

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A new venue for world-class entertainment is coming to Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. And a first look at the new theater was just unveiled minutes ago at D23 Expo 2017.

If the image of the theater looks familiar, that’s because the new entertainment venue will be based on the iconic Willis Wood theater in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. And as you can see from the design, it’ll fit well right off Main Street, U.S.A.

“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said. “It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”

Source: Disney Parks Blog

New Tron Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom

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Tron – the highest-rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland – is coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!

The new Tron attraction will sit in an entirely new area right next to the Space Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom Park. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, made the announcement during the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017.

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TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is a coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.

Also, during today’s presentation, Bob said the plan is to open the Tron attraction in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.

February 9, 2017

"Happily Ever After" Fireworks and Projection Spectacular Launches May 12 at Magic Kingdom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb 9, 2017) – It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Beginning May 12, Walt Disney World Resort guests will discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”

In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights and projections than any Disney show before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that will take guests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.

The 18-minute spectacle will feature scenes from classic Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” Cinderella Castle will become part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.

Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell will fly across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films will be featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular will drive the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Jungle Book” and many more.

“Happily Ever After” will be presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.

January 17, 2017

New Breakfast Offerings Coming to Magic Kingdom

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Several new quick-service breakfast offerings will be making their debut in the Magic Kingdom in the coming weeks.

Casey’s Corner will be serving muffins, bagels and a croissant donut. Those searching for a more savory, brunch-like option will enjoy corn dog nuggets and the hash brown dog. The hash brown dog also comes with bacon, Cheddar, onion straws and chipotle-ranch.

Also on Main Street U.S.A., Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will serve Mickey waffles, Kelloggs cereal and donuts. For a sweet twist on breakfast, try the donut sundae, a donut topped with your favorite flavor of hand-scooped Edy’s ice cream, hot fudge, apple, whipped cream, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and of course, a cherry.

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Sleepy Hollowwill debut a new egg, ham and tomato waffle sandwich which will arrive later this month. The fruit and chocolate-hazelnut waffle sandwich is also available, in case you prefer a sweet breakfast to a savory one.


December 16, 2016

Four More Magic Kingdom Restaurants to Serve Beer, Wine Starting December 23

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According to an item in the Orlando Sentinel this morning, a number of Magic Kingdom restaurants will start serving beer and wine next week.

These restaurants will serve alcoholic beverages suited to their themes as follows:

-- Cinderella’s Royal Table, located in the park's iconic Cinderella Castle, will serve sparkling wines and champagne.

-- The Jungle Cruise-themed Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Adventureland will feature a "global" beverage menu to pair with some of the more exotic dishes it serves up.

-- The colonial-themed Liberty Tree Tavern in the park's Liberty Square will offer beer, cider and domestic wines to go with its traditional American fare.

-- The "Lady and the Tramp"-themed Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, will have Italian wines and beers to match its Italian cuisine.

The new beverage offerings, which have been chosen with the aid of Master Sommelier Brian Koziol, concept development director for Disney Parks Food & Beverage, will be available daily at lunch and dinner starting Friday, December 23. Be Our Guest Restaurant in the park's Fantasyland will continue to serve alcoholic beverages, too, as it has done since 2012.

There will be no bars or take-away kiosks serving alcohol in the Magic Kingdom -- the beer and wine will only be sold in these five table-service restaurants.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For years, the Magic Kingdom did not serve any sort of alcoholic beverages. We wonder what your thoughts are on this change in policy for the Magic Kingdom? Please leave your comments below!



December 9, 2016

Disney After Hours Returns to Magic Kingdom

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Disney After Hours, a hard-ticket event that allows guests to enjoy Magic Kingdom attractions and character greetings after regular park hours, will return for select dates in January, February and March 2017. (Disney After Hours originally was available for a limited time earlier this year.)

Disney After Hours event tickets are limited to keep crowds low. The Disney After Hours ticket allows park entry as early as 7 p.m., so that attendees can enjoy the “Wishes” fireworks, then remain in the park for three hours past the park’s scheduled closing time. During the event nights, 25 attractions and experiences are open, including:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
Haunted Mansion
“it’s a small world”
Jungle Cruise
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain

Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages are provided as part of your admission. In addition, you can purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and other locations throughout the park.

Disney After Hours event nights are currently set for January 20 and 27, February 2, 9 and 16, and March 2 and 9, 2017. (Disney After Hours does NOT replace Extra Magic Hours. The after-hours events are held on other dates.)

The event takes place 8 to 11 p.m. on:

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017

The event takes place 9 p.m. to midnight on:

Friday, January 20, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tickets for Disney After Hours are $119 per person -- that's ages 3 and up. (Children under 3 do not require a ticket.) Tickets are available now by calling 407-827-7185 or by visiting disneyworld.com.

October 26, 2016

New Castle Projection Show Debuts November 4

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Classic Disney fairy tales light up a fairy-tale castle as the projection show “Once Upon a Time” begins beaming its magic onto Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.

The fantastic and heartwarming show begins regular performances for Magic Kingdom Park guests on Nov. 4.

The new show uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle, from its base to the tips of its towers and turrets.

The result: Cinderella Castle opens like a storybook and becomes living art, the canvas for a kaleidoscopic and eye-filling feast of fantasy.

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Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the timeless animated classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the new projection show is narrated by Mrs. Potts who shares "once upon a time" bedtime stories with Chip.

Projected scenes let guests relive some of their favorite Disney moments. They’ll fly with Peter Pan above the rooftops of London to Never Land, grow to a towering size with Alice in Wonderland and float along with Winnie the Pooh as he rises to the top of the Castle while hanging from a colorful balloon. These are just some of the enchanting tales that come to life in "Once Upon a Time."

The awe-inspiring show culminates with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast – the Beast waltzing with his beloved Belle, his duel with Gaston, and finally his transformation back to the Prince. As Mrs. Potts and Chip conclude their bedtime story, the show moves to its grand finale including appearances by characters from some of Disney's most beloved animated tales. Fireworks bursting above the Castle add to the magic.

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"Once Upon a Time" is part of an exciting Fall lineup of offerings at Walt Disney World Resort. It joins the spectacular fireworks show "Wishes" among exciting nighttime offerings in the park.

"Once Upon a Time" takes its inspiration from a projection show that has thrilled guests at Tokyo Disney Resort since May, 2014. The new show replaces the Celebrate the Magic Castle projection show that will end its four-year run on Nov. 3.

October 14, 2016

Princess Elena of Avalor to Appear at Princess Fairytale Hall

Beginning November 24, Princess Elena of Avalor -- the first Disney princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures -- will begin to greet guests alongside other royal friends at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom.

At Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can choose between a meeting with Elena and Cinderella or a visit with Rapunzel and Tiana. You can make FastPass+ arrangements for dates that include Elena appearances starting today, October 14.

Princess Elena of Avalor first made her grand debut at Magic Kingdom back in August, with Cinderella officially welcoming her to the kingdom in “The Princess Elena Royal Welcome” show. This show will be performed several times a day on the Castle Forecourt Stage throughout the fall. You can catch a video of the show below:

Source: The Disney Parks Blog

September 23, 2016

"The Muppets Present... Great Moments in American History" Debuts October 2

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"The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History" Debuts October 2 at Magic Kingdom Park

Great news for all you Muppets fans out there! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.” Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.

Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. At other times, you may catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only they can.

If you like some hijinks with your history, be sure to check out “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” this fall at Walt Disney World Resort!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

August 30, 2016

Fall Finale Announced for Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire

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As colors change along Main Street, U.S.A. with the onset of fall at Magic Kingdom Park, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” is also preparing to mark the season with enhancements to the show’s grand finale.

Beginning September 2, the finale scene in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will feature new costumes, décor and choreography. You’ll also hear an original song celebrating autumn, from the songwriting duo of Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn who composed the show’s catchy tune “On This Day.”

Presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to life beloved Disney stories both classic and contemporary in a spectacular performance featuring memorable music, lively dancing, delightful costumes and special effects magic. Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have invited friends from other lands to join them in a grand celebration. In addition to favorites like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy, the show also brings together a wonderful cast of characters including Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen;” Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and the gang from the Snuggly Duckling in “Tangled;” and Tiana, Naveen and Louis from “The Princess and the Frog.”

Also starting this weekend is the special fall edition of the popular Main Street Trolley Show, greeting everyone along the avenue with a joyous song all about “the magic that can happen when it’s autumn.” So be sure to head on out to Magic Kingdom Park this fall and take in all the wonderful sights and sounds of the season!

August 10, 2016

Main Street Electrical Parade Ends Run at Walt Disney World On October 9

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Heads to Disneyland Resort for a Limited Time

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom Park’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9 and then head to Disneyland Resort for a limited-time encore engagement.

Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

Keep in mind that Main Street Electrical Parade is not offered on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Check for the latest parade dates and times on WaltDisneyWorld.com or in the My Disney Experience app.

Over at Disneyland, “Paint the Night” parade will continue nightly performances, just before “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, through September 5 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. The popular parade will return on select nights during the holiday season later this year. Be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar at Disneyland.com for performance dates and times.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

July 28, 2016

New Muppets Live Show Debuts this Fall at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 28, 2016)–Beginning in October 2016, the Muppets will star in an all-new live show at Magic Kingdom Park, called “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.”

Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and James Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, as they gather outside The Hall of Presidents to present historical tales in hysterical Muppets fashion. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets will appear throughout the day to share their own unique take on the founding fathers and the birth of the United States of America.

“The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” will be presented multiple times daily and will feature an original song and wacky Muppets humor.

June 6, 2016

Reservations Now Open for New Magic Kingdom Dining Package

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Tony's Town Square Restaurant Offers New Dining Package

There’s a new way to enjoy the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park! You can now make reservations to take a mid-day break and enjoy a three-course lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Indulge in a delicious Italian meal, knowing you’ll also receive reserved viewing for the Main Street Electrical Parade, right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.

The dining package includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a beverage. Start your meal with delicious soup, salad or the addictive Zucchini Fries. Choose from favorites like Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti with meatballs or Margherita Pizza. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with classic Tiramisú or decadent chocolate cake layered with a chocolate-hazelnut filling.

Cost is $45 for adults, $17 for children plus tax and gratuity, or is one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations open June 7, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or calling 407-WDW-Dine.

SOURCE: Disney Parks Blog

May 3, 2016

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Take Center Stage At Iconic New Magic Kingdom Location

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Cinderella Castle Serves as Backdrop for Magical Matrimony

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The fairest wedding wish of all comes true as couples can now say their “I do’s” in the heart of Magic Kingdom Park with enchanting Cinderella-like weddings now offered at Walt Disney World Resort.

For the first time ever, Magic Kingdom park goers may enjoy unforgettable glimpses of once-in-a lifetime celebrations as trumpeters herald a bride’s grand entrance down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard Cinderella’s glass coach or horse-drawn carriage, as ceremonies are staged in the morning hour just after the official “rope drop” at the park entrance.

As part of the popular “Wishes Collection,” couples can now exchange vows in the newly enhanced East Plaza Garden offering up to 100 guests a picture-perfect view of Cinderella Castle.

“Couples have been seeking a celebratory location showcasing the iconic Cinderella Castle,” said Korri McFann, Marketing Director for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make those dreams a reality.”

The colorful floral and customized décor enhance the lush garden setting creating an elegant venue fit for a princess. And after the celebrated “I do,” guests are whisked off for reception festivities at a variety of locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

The expert team at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has helped to create and execute fantasy engagements, weddings and honeymoons for almost 25 years, delivering everything couples may dream about for an unforgettable event. Guests may choose from a variety of magical settings and destinations around the world, including theme parks, breathtaking beaches and grand ballrooms. This top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination hosts more than 1,200 weddings yearly at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings package collections start at $2,500, and custom experiences begin at $12,000. Premiere locations such as Magic Kingdom Park, with a completely customized ceremony and reception for 100 guests, start at $75,000.

April 20, 2016

Princess Elena of Avalor, Inspired by Diverse Latin Cultures, Coming to Disney Parks

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Will First Be Introduced on Disney Channel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Disney Parks will welcome its first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures. Princess Elena of Avalor will be appearing at Walt Disney World Resort this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall, following her television debut in a new animated series this summer on Disney Channel.

Kids and families worldwide will be enchanted by the story of Princess Elena, a bold, caring, funny and clever 16-year-old who is ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. The series follows the story of Elena, who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule with the support of her appointed Grand Council and some magical friends by her side. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders, while highlighting the importance of family and family traditions.

The inspiring story of Elena of Avalor will be shared in 33 languages in 163 countries on Disney Channels worldwide. And, Disney Parks, where universally enchanting stories come to life every day, will be the place where families can see Disney’s newest princess in person. At Walt Disney World Resort, Elena will appear in the Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, she will appear at Disney California Adventure. The Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World Resort will welcome Elena in August. Her Disneyland arrival date will be announced in the near future.

April 6, 2016

Disney Early Morning Magic Allows Early Entry to Magic Kingdom with Breakfast!

Families who want to get an early start at Magic Kingdom may be interested in a new offering called Disney Early Morning Magic.

Starting April 26, the Disney Early Morning Magic package will allow a very limited number of guests to be the first to enter Magic Kingdom on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. (Disney Early Morning Magic does NOT take the place of morning Extra Magic Hours, which will be offered on different dates.)

The package includes the following:

-- access to the Magic Kingdom from 7:45 to 10 a.m. (Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. near the far left turnstiles of the main entrance.)

-- breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus, with seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles and more. (Breakfast is served starting at 8:30 a.m.until 10 a.m.)

-- the ability to ride three attractions with very short waits: Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Note that around 9 a.m., the theme park will open to all guests and event-only attraction access will end.

Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate ticket, which costs $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 827-7350.

The number of available tickets is very limited. Note that regular theme park admission is required in addition to a ticket for this special event. Guests who have purchased both regular theme park admission and a special event ticket will receive an event sticker for identification upon check-in.

February 26, 2016

Table-Service Dining Coming to The Diamond Horseshoe

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Starting March 13, the Diamond Horseshoe, located in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square, will be open daily for table-service lunch and dinner.

Meals will be "all-you-care-to-enjoy" and will begin with a Frontier Salad made of mixed greens, tomatoes, roasted corn, cornbread croutons with a house-made chipotle-ranch dressing. There’s also cornbread for the table to share.

Entrees available will be BBQ pulled turkey served over cornbread, spit-roasted ham served with country beans or stewed beef served with mashed potatoes. Each entree will be served with a side of seasonal veggies.

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For dessert, you can choose from an apple tart or the Campfire Brownie, a rich chocolate brownie on a graham cracker crust, topped with toasted marshmallow.

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Soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk are included with your saloon feast. Cost is $33 plus tax for adults, $19 for children ages 3-9.

Reservations are now available for dates from March 13 to May 30 and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

February 16, 2016

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire Castle Show Debuts this Summer

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Joining the lineup of unparalleled Walt Disney World Resort entertainment, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will immerse guests in a royal musical celebration set to debut this summer on the Cinderella Castle stage at Magic Kingdom Park.

Mickey Mouse and his pals unite in a tale of friendship featuring songs and characters from Disney’s contemporary classics “Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen.”


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From the land of the bewitching bayous, Goofy has invited Princess Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. Donald Duck brings some new friends he met in the land of the enchanted woods, where Daisy Duck introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey Mouse shares a surprise with Minnie Mouse, as he has traveled to the land of the mystic mountains to invite Olaf, Princess Anna, and Queen Elsa, who swirls a blast of her icy magic.

The celebration culminates in a grand dance, marked by a magical fireworks finale. “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will be presented multiple times daily.

December 22, 2015

16 Reasons 2016 Will Be An ‘Unforgettable’ Year at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – 2016 is shaping up to be truly unforgettable for guests at Walt Disney World Resort with the debut of new attractions and stunning shows, delectable new dining options, signature shopping locations and returning guest-favorite annual events.

Here are the top reasons to start packing your bags for a Walt Disney World vacation:

1. The Galaxy Is Sweeter Than Ever Before: New Star Wars Experiences Debut

Starting Jan. 5, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will launch its latest Star Wars-inspired experience with the addition of the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.” As the enthralling fireworks show lights up the sky, guests can enjoy out-of-this-world desserts and specialty drinks in this separate ticket offering until March 19. This experience complements all of the other new ways to experience Star Wars in the park, including Star Wars Launch Bay, which takes guests into the Star Wars saga, including the newest movie adventure, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

2. Light Up The Night With “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive at night with new nighttime entertainment and experiences, the most spectacular being the “Rivers of Light” show debuting this spring. With a waterway as its stage, the innovative new show will feature entertainers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery in a performance that truly brings the animal kingdom to life at night.

3. Explore Kilimanjaro Safaris at Night

Starting in spring, guests will get to experience the African savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a whole new light: amid the orange glow of the setting sun. During the nighttime adventure, guests can extend their travels on the safaris into the evening.

4. Experience Frozen Ever After at Epcot

The new “Frozen”-inspired attraction will open its doors in the Norway pavilion at Epcot in spring. In it, guests will be transported to the Winter in Summer Celebration where Queen Elsa creates a special day for the kingdom. Guests also will travel to Elsa’s Ice Palace, the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, and the Bay of Arendelle.

5. Stop By The New Frozen Character Greeting Location at Epcot

Guests can meet the royal sisters Anna and Elsa at Epcot at a new character greeting location in the Royal Sommerhus at the Norway pavilion starting in spring.

6. Experience New Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

This new, themed restaurant opens in December 2015 and gives guests the chance to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms, including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant is staffed by friendly Jungle Cruise Skippers, known for their clever jokes.

7. Try New Dining Offerings at Disney Springs

Disney Springs will continue to grow in 2016, with plans to add new eateries including STK steakhouse, The Edison, Sprinkles, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, as well as two new restaurant concepts by chefs Art Smith and Rick Bayless.

8. A Shopper’s Paradise at Disney Springs

As Disney Springs nears completion with the opening of Town Center, 2016 will bring some new, must-do retail shops to Disney Springs, including Edward Beiner, Lilly Pulitzer, L’Occitane en Provence, PANDORA, Tommy Bahama, UGG, UNIQLO and Zara.

9. Staying Fit While Having Fun With runDisney Events

The 2016 runDisney racing season kicks off Jan. 6-10 with the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This will be the first of four racing weekends held at Walt Disney World Resort in 2016, which include:

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Feb. 18-21
Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side April 14-17
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Nov. 4-5.

10. Save On A Magical Stay at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Guests visiting early in 2016 can take advantage of a special Disney resort hotels offer for stays most nights Jan. 2 – April 13 and save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Disney resort hotels. Guests can book the offer by visiting DisneyWorld.com/special-offers or by calling (407) 939-7709.

11. Enjoy Walt Disney World’s Springtime Events

Epcot will be in full bloom this spring when the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, with its colorful topiaries and dozens of Outdoor Kitchens, returns for 90 days starting March 2 through May 15, the longest the festival has ever run. And, more fun grows at Disney Springs with Raglan Road’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 17.

12. Soarin’ Around The World at Epcot

Guests onboard the popular Soarin’ attraction will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its debut at Epcot in 2016.

13. Dine at Tiffin’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The parks’ newest eatery will open its doors this spring to offer a menu inspired by the places the Imagineers traveled to when developing Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Open for both lunch and dinner, Tiffin’s will celebrate the art of traveling and include waterfront views from both indoor and outdoor seating areas. “Tiffin” is an Indian English word meaning midday meal or type of container used to carry food while traveling.

14. Celebrate The Invictus Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports

The Invictus Games will come to the United States for the first time ever in 2016. The games celebrate our wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex May 8-12.

15. Experience Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Grown-up guests can party with the Disney Villains in a soiree led by Dr. Facilier from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” at the new Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fun starts Jan. 16 and is a separate ticket event. Tickets to Club Villain can be purchased for $99 per person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations can be made online at DisneyWorld.com, or by calling (407) 939-3463.

16. Share An Unforgettable Fall & Holiday Season

A new year means the return of festive fall events, including The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and more.

August 14, 2015

Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To Open at Magic Kingdom Park

The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most popular attractions, has delighted guests for years. And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant opens in Adventureland.

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At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.

The Jungle Skipper Canteen is currently under construction and will open its doors in late 2015.

-- Disney Parks Blog

February 6, 2015

Be Our Guest Taking Lunch Reservations as of February 25!

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Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom will begin taking reservations for LUNCH starting February 25. You will also be able to pre-order your meal, from 30 days before your reservation up to 5 minutes before.

Lunch at Be Our Guest is served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance beginning February 25 via My Disney Experience, by visiting disneyworld.com/dine, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Be sure to take a look at our Be Our Guest menu before you go!

January 14, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade - Maleficent

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Maleficent the Dragon!

Details are slowly emerging about the new Magic Kingdom Parade called Festival of Fantasy, which will debut this spring. The new parade celebrates Fantasyland and the floats bring to life characters that can be found in Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled.

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The Maleficent float is 35 feet long and 26 feet high. Michael Curry, a Tony Award Winner, is collaborating with Walt Disney World on this parade. Previously he worked with Disney Parks on the Tapestry of Nations parade and Finding Nemo the Musical.

Here are some additional photographs released by Disney Parks Blog:

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December 23, 2013

2014 Night of Joy Full Line-Up

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The 2014 Night of Joy will be held in the Magic Kingdom on September 5th and 6th. The entertainment line-up has now been fully announced:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West
For King & Country
Mandisa
Building 429
Matt Maher
The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

Skillet
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Israel Houghton & New Breed
Britt Nicole
Colton Dixon
Rhett Walker
We As Human
One Girl Nation

The Night of Joy is a special separate ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom.

August 30, 2013

Villains Take Over Celebrate the Magic Show

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The Disney Parks Blog has announced that the Celebrate the Magic show at the Magic Kingdom will debut a new show on September 1st.

"This new segment of "Celebrate the Magic" places the Disney villains center stage. From the sea witch Ursula, to the demon Chernabog it promises to be a particularly dark and foreboding chapter."

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"Things heat up as Maleficent casts a forest of thorns around the base of the castle, and then transforms into a wicked, fire-breathing dragon who threatens to destroy the very magic we've come to celebrate. Fear not, though. As with all great Disney stories, this one is sure to have a happy ending."

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The new Disney villains sequence begins September 1, during performances of "Celebrate the Magic," and will be part of the show for a limited time, through November 1, 2013.

May 28, 2013

BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT HONORED WITH NATIONAL INNOVATION AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2013 - Just six months after opening its doors, Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park earned national recognition for the groundbreaking dining experience being provided to guests in New Fantasyland.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts received an Operator Innovation Award from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) for the technology at the restaurant. An independent panel of expert judges recognized Disney for driving advancement in the foodservice industry.

"The 2013 Operator Innovations Awards winners redefine how the industry views innovation and will serve as the benchmark for other operators to apply the same innovative spirit within their own operations," said Jeffrey W. Davis, convention chair for NRA Show 2013.

At Be Our Guest Restaurant, state-of-the-art touch-screen terminals allow guests to customize their ordersso chefs can efficiently prepare and serve a meals to their liking. The personalized, streamlined experience enables Be Our Guest restaurant to serve more than 3,000 meals at lunch each day.

Be Our Guest Restaurant at New Fantasyland continues the evolution of Disney's food and beverage offerings with great storytelling and several other elements, including "flex" dining, transforming from a fast-casual location during lunch to a table-service dining experience each evening.

April 26, 2013

Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom in 2014

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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. (This will replace the current Celebrate the Magic daytime parade.)

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The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song.

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April 8, 2013

Magic Kingdom A Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas - Preview

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On January 23, 2013, the Disney Parks blog announced a new interactive guest adventure for the Magic Kingdom called A Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas. At the time, the opening was projected for "spring". In today's update the blog says "summer".

Today the Disney Parks Blog provided a video of Imagineers Jonathan Ackley and Matt Beiler sharing some of the special effects guests will encounter as they are on the adventure.

You play the role of the pirate and save Adventureland. There are 5 different pirate raids you can play. Similar to the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, you will be given a map (different for each raid) and this time, a talisman.

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The Disney Parks blog promises more updates as the official opening gets closer.

January 23, 2013

Magic Kingdom A Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas - Coming This Spring

The Disney Parks Blog announced today a new interactive guest adventure for the Magic Kingdom.


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, will enable guests to explore the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland via a pirate map and magic talisman.

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The goal of this quest is to help Captain Jack locate the Treasures of the Seven Seas, and, of course, fight off the Captain Barbossa and other enemies!

Pirates Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas, joins Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom as a way for guests to explore the park and have something the whole family can do while waiting for that dining reservations or FastPass time!

The game is set to debut this spring.

RELATED LINKS:

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - Description, Cards and More.

AllEars Review of Sorcerers

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - Official Press Release

Epcot's Interactive Adventure: Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure

November 10, 2012

Starbucks Locations at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot Set to Open Next Year

According to the Disney Parks Blog, two Starbucks locations will open in Walt Disney World Resort next year, one in the Magic Kingdom and one in Epcot.

The Magic Kingdom's Main Street Bakery will close for refurbishment in January 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks in early summer. The cast members there will wear a costume consistent with the early 20th century look and feel of Main Street, U.S.A.

Over in Epcot, the Fountain View will close in March 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks location in midsummer. The cast member costumes there will be themed to match the park's futuristic theme.

The Starbucks locations at Magic Kingdom and Epcot will both offer the full complement of Starbucks signature beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a wide selection of baked goods, including muffins, scones and specialty treats.

In June, a Starbucks location opened at Disney California Adventure park in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. More Starbucks locations are slated for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland.

August 23, 2012

Celebrate the Magic - New Magic Kingdom Nightime Show

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A brand new nightime projection show on Cinderella Castle will debut in November!

Popular elements from the Magic, the Memories and You will be retained along with all new music, stories and special effects. Celebrate the Magic will be exclusive to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

"'Celebrate the Magic' takes us on a journey to the heart of the most beloved Disney stories and characters," said Show Director Katy Harris. "This amazing show will magically transform Cinderella Castle with spectacular projection effects, choreographed to a new music soundtrack. The show will be full of emotion and storytelling, proving that, with imagination and magic in our hearts, anything is possible." Guest photographs will no longer be displayed on the Castle.

To make way for the new show, the Magic, the Memories and You will end on September 3, 2012.

August 7, 2012

Pete's Silly Sideshow Coming to Fantasyland Expansion

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The one section of Storybook Circus that hasn't opened yet is the area that houses 3 huge big-top tents. We know one will be merchandise, one will probably be food and the other will house Character Meet and Greets.

The Disney Parks Blog has announced details for Pete's Silly Sideshow!

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This new character greeting area has two entrances: One line leads to Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star) and Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortuneteller), while the other line leads to The Great Goofini (Goofy as a daredevil stunt pilot) and The Amazing Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer).

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Once inside the tent, guests have two options: Join a line that leads to Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star) and Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortuneteller), or head to see The Great Goofini (Goofy as a daredevil stunt pilot) and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer).

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In case you were wondering, Mickey Mouse will continue to greet guests in his current location at Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. And as usual, all entertainment is subject to change.

July 31, 2012

Maurice's Cottage in Fantasyland

Each week more details and photographs are released by Disney Parks Blog for the new Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World

Here is a look at Maurice's Cottage and some of the detail going into the exterior.

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This home has a tinkerer's touch both inside and out. The roof sports mismatched chimneys and a creative weather vane.

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Maurice and Belle's Cottage in Fantasyland

On the ground level, the house is highlighted with heart shutters. Support beams line the house, which Imagineers intricately hand-carved and stained to look just like wood. Also, notice in this shot how the metal that affixes the beams to the house was designed to look aged and weathered.

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A wishing well and wooden fence, which has been repaired by the handy Maurice using extra wood found around the house, outline the property.


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Here is more information about Maurice's Cottage

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Storytime with Belle and Lumiere

A Peek behind the walls

July 3, 2012

Beautiful Mosaics in the Be Our Guest Restaurant

Each week more details are revealed for unopened areas of the Fantasyland Expansion. This week, more photos of the inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant have been released:

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One of the floor mosaics in the entrance is the Beast's enchanted rose trimmed in gold.

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The mosaics on the walls tell the love story of Belle and the Beast.

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This is the doorway to the restaurant. Notice the detail in the columns!

The Be Our Guest restaurant will begin taking reservations sometime in August and will open in time for the holidays.

June 12, 2012

Tinkering in Maurice's Cottage at New Fantasyland

The latest round of detailed photos of the Fantasyland expansion are from Maurice's Cottage (opening in time for the holidays).

Maurice's Cottage is the room that welcomes guests to the Enchanted Tales With Belle meet-and-greet experience. You can explore the tinkerer's humble cottage and workshop.


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June 5, 2012

Sneak Peak at Prince Eric's Castle -Fantasyland Expansion

Prince Eric's Castle will house what will certainly be a very popular addition to the Fantasyland Expansion, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. While the ride itself is almost identical to the version in Disney California Adventure, the exterior theming is completely different.

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Fantasyland Expansion Continues - What's Next for Dumbo

As Fantasyland gears up for the next phase to open, the Disney Parks blog has shared some sneak peak photos for Storybook Circus.

While a new Dumbo and re-themed Goofy's Barnstormer has already opened, the next phase will include the 2nd Dumbo and the brand new interactive queue area!

According to Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager, "This innovative queue area will completely redefine what it means for guests to prepare for a Disney attraction. Here's how it will work: Guests arrive at Dumbo's big top and receive a circus ticket pager that virtually holds their place and notifies them when it's their turn to board the attraction. Kids (and kids of all ages) can then become part of the show inside the tent by enjoying circus-themed play experiences, while Dumbo flies high above."

Families no longer have to wait in outdoor lines in the hot sun! With 2 Dumbos and the new queue area, the Must Do Dumbo charge will hopefully turn into a more pleasant experience for all.

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May 18, 2012

New Fantasyland Model On Display at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The model for the New Fantasyland expansion, which was last on display for media during the Summer to Remember press event and for Disney fans at the 2011 D23 Expo, is currently being placed into the One Man's Dream exhibit at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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April 27, 2012

Summer Version of “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” Coming May 25 to Walt Disney World

Debuting May 25 at Disneyland's "it's a small world", too

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Starting on May 25, Disney Channel stars Phineas and Ferb kick off a rockin' summer celebration that visits the beach, the jungle and under the sea with favorite Disney characters and cherished Disney music - and it all plays out on Cinderella Castle, famed icon of Walt Disney World Resort.

It's the newest performance of the award-winning "The Magic, The Memories, and You!" Castle projection show that has amazed Magic Kingdom guests since debuting 15 months ago. As part of Disney's "Let the Memories Begin," the ten-minute, nighttime spectacle features photos of guests captured in the park that very day making memories -- projected larger than life among the spires, towers and turrets of Cinderella Castle. In similar fashion, guest images are projected onto "it's a small world" at Disneyland Park in California. The popular Fantasyland attraction in Anaheim, Calif. also will feature the new summer show, starting May 25.

And what a show awaits guests on both coasts! Hang ten with surfin' Goofy, join Timon and Pumbaa in singing Hakuna Matata, and rock out with Ariel, Sebastian and the hot crustacean band at the bottom of the ocean.

Along the way at Disney World, the Castle goes through some dramatic, eye-filling transformations, from sand castle to ancient vine-covered ruin to colorful finger-painting to tropical aquarium. With a fast-paced musical score and plenty of visual surprises, this will be the latest must-see magic that has brought Cinderella Castle / "it's a small world" to life for the past 15 months - while retaining some of the most popular scenes that made it a hit with guests when the show bowed in 2011.

As always, the dazzling show will feature more than 500 photographs taken in each park daily, producers estimate, as guests make memories to last a lifetime.

Producers storyboarded the show as if it were a short animated film, explained Alan Bruun, creative director, Disneyland Resort. They weaved music, story, photography, video and animation into a new kind of nighttime entertainment.

"The images dance to favorite Disney tunes and culminate in a spectacular finish punctuated by animated and actual fireworks," Bruun said. "Guests see the Castle behave in ways they would have never thought possible."

Show times vary depending on park hours. "The Magic, The Memories, and You!" is included in theme park admission.

February 18, 2012

‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom’ Game Debuts February 22nd

Villains Beware! New 'Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom' Game Coming Soon to Walt Disney World Resort
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When the new "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom" game debuts at Magic Kingdom on February 22, it will be up to guests to discover and defeat the Disney villains who are wreaking havoc behind the scenes at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

In this role-playing game, guests become apprentice sorcerers and embark on a challenge to stop these animated villains from stealing one of the four shattered pieces of Merlin's powerful crystal ball. Armed with spells in the form of special cards, guests follow magic symbols that lead them to different villain hideouts in Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Main Street, U.S.A. Once there, apprentices use magic keys to access the villain's lair, and "spell" cards to halt the evildoers in their tracks.

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Seventy different spell cards are part of this trading card game, and guests will receive five complimentary cards every day they play. Each of the cards features a different Disney character that offers a spell unique to his or her personality. Individually created by Disney artists and trading card game experts, these beautiful cards will become a new Disney collectible and trading opportunity.

According to Jonathan Ackley, Project Producer & Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, one of the most exciting aspects of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is how guests become active players in the game, interacting with Disney characters at an entirely new level.

"Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom gives our guests a whole new way to become the hero of the Disney story, taking Disney innovation to a new level," he said. "It's a great game of discovery and excitement that plays off our wonderful theme park and incredible family of Disney animated characters."

Imagineers spent more than four years creating and perfecting this unique experience, which can be played in 15- to 20-minute segments throughout guests' visits to the Magic kingdom, or continuously for up to three to four hours. More than 95 minutes of original animation was created for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom - the equivalent of a full-length animated film.

While trading card games are popular with about 60 million people in the U.S., this is the first time players can experience the challenge at a Disney theme park. Guests of all ages will love the storytelling, the engagement with Disney characters and the discovery of hidden details at the Magic Kingdom.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is included in the price of theme park admission.

February 10, 2012

VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS Pella® Partners with Green Builder® Media to Showcase Products

New exhibit helps families experience green, state-of-the-art home

PELLA, Iowa, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- It sounds like a futuristic movie scene: a woman at work uses her smart phone to remotely unlock her front door for a repairman. As the sunny winter day turns into evening, her time-activated home automation system lowers the blinds in the family room to help prevent heat loss.

Innovative home technology like this -- including a new product from Pella Corporation -- will soon be a reality in the new green home exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® -- an experiential exhibit created by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with Green Builder® Media, highlights the major themes of whole-home automation, energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, security, multi-generational design and durability. The home will utilize Pella Designer Series® windows in its design.

"As an industry leader dedicated to innovation, Pella is pleased to participate in this project that helps visitors learn how to make sustainable, energy-efficient choices in their own homes," said Polly Tousey, Pella strategic programs manager.

Throughout the exhibit, opening in early spring in honor of Earth Day 2012, children and adults are encouraged to consider how they can reduce their personal impact on the planet, as well as changes they can implement in their own homes to help make them more sustainable, healthier, safer and more durable.

Why Pella Designer Series windows? From their energy-efficient design to the stylish and innovative technology options, Pella Designer Series windows and patio doors are a smart choice for any home. Benefits include:

Home automation - Designer Series windows with the new Pella SmartSync(TM) technology can control optional snap-in shades or blinds with a smart home automation system, like Nexia(TM) Home Intelligence. Pella SmartSync technology -- available for the emerging smart home market later in 2012 -- is designed to quickly and conveniently adjust blinds or shades in Pella windows to control light, privacy and help save energy in a home or business.

Energy efficient - With their solid wood construction and superior insulating qualities, Pella Designer Series windows with triple-pane glass are up to 74 percent more energy efficient(1) and can help save nearly one-third on heating and cooling costs(2).

Improved indoor air quality - Optional between-the-glass blinds or shades help prevent and reduce certain indoor airborne allergens from accumulating on the surface area of blinds or shades. Windows with ordinary roomside blinds accumulate 200 times more of certain airborne allergens than Designer Series products with between-the-glass blinds.(3)

Safer design - Between-the-glass blinds and shades are a great choice for multi-generational homes because the blinds and shades are protected from dust and damage, requiring less maintenance and cleaning. They're also safer for homes with children and pets because there are no potentially hazardous roomside cords.

Good for the environment - The water-based Pella factory finish for Designer Series windows and patio doors means fewer chemicals are used in the process, contrasted with solvent-based finishes that may be applied on the job site.

About VISION House in INNOVENTIONS

Inspired by Green Builder Media's VISION House demonstration home series, the INNOVENTIONS exhibit teaches visitors that each house is a set of interactive systems and that proper management of those systems can maximize comfort and minimize operational costs.

Incorporated into the exhibit will be Pella SmartSync technology -- an integrated system that allows shades or blinds to be controlled simply by a remote control or by a home or building automation system through Web-enabled devices like computers and most smart phones. In the VISION House, Pella SmartSync technology is powered through the Nexia(TM) Home Intelligence home automation system supported by brands like Schlage® and Trane® from Ingersoll Rand.

It's a green worldPella earned the ENERGY STAR® partner of the Year 2011 award and ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award 2011 -- recognizing the commitment Pella has shown in successfully managing energy use and promoting ENERGY STAR products.

"Pella started recycling in 1925, the year our company was founded," Tousey said. "Today our roots still run deep in recycling, sustainability and innovative ideas. SmartSync is our newest product designed with a purpose to help add convenience and peace of mind to today's time-pressed and energy-conscious consumers."

In addition to Pella Designer Series wood windows with SmartSync technology, the home will include these advanced products and technologies:

Electronic vehicle charging station by SIEMENS

Chevy Volt electric vehicle by GM

High efficiency heating and cooling systems and controls by Trane, door hardware by Schlage and an innovative whole-home automation system supported by both Ingersoll Rand brands

Durable and environmentally friendly exterior systems, including smog-eating tile roofs, cultured stone, bricks, permeable pavers and trim by Boral

Ventilation solutions by Panasonic

Water-conserving fixtures, faucets, showerheads and home standby generators by KOHLER


About PellaPella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.

As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its 87-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.

Pella manufactures quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems sold through a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Showrooms across the United States and Canada and select building materials retailers. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit pella.com. Follow Pella on Twitter.com @Pella_News, on Facebook at facebook.com/pellawindowsanddoors and on YouTube at youtube.com/pellawindowsanddoors.

About VISION House in InnoventionsOpening this spring, the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® is a groundbreaking green show home exhibit presented by Green Builder Media® in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. This experiential exhibit in the heart of Epcot® highlights the very best in green residential design and sustainable living. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of green design, technology, and products as well as a host of sustainable living ideas that they can incorporate in their lives the minute they get home from vacation.

In addition to Pella, other sponsors for this exciting project include Siemens, GM, Ingersoll Rand, Armstrong, Boral, Hanwha, Kohler and Panasonic.

About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate inspiration and innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. For more information about INNOVENTIONS, visit www.innoventions.disney.com .

Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved

November 9, 2011

Sorcerers To Begin Invading Magic Kingdom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (Nov. 8, 2011) -Disney's legacy of innovation and creativity continues today as Cast Members have begun to test a new interactive experience called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

Featuring unprecedented interaction with animated characters, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom transforms Adventureland into an immersive game enabling fans to cast spells. In this role-playing, trading card game, players try to defeat the Disney Villains who are working to take over the Magic Kingdom. Armed with magic spells in the form of special cards, players must search for the magic symbols that lead them to the animated villains' hiding places.

By casting different magical spell cards, these Sorcerers can do battle with Yzma, Kronk and other ne'er do wells hiding throughout the land. From fireballs to frantic frogs and cyclones, there are spells to bring down each and every villain, with a simple flick of the wrist.

While still in its testing phase, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is expected to be available to Guests early next year. Playing the game will be included as part of park admission.

August 4, 2011

Tiki Room Reopening Slated for Aug. 15, 2011

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Original Hosts Ready to Squawk up a Storm Again, Giving Guests Even More to Chirp (and 'Tweet') About

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Sunshine Pavilion, featuring a show variously known as "Tropical Serenade" and "The Enchanted Tiki Birds," debuted on Oct. 1, 1971, in Magic Kingdom. In 1998, following substantial refurbishment, it re-launched as The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under New Management, with two famous Disney birds - Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King - taking control and trying to spruce up the show.

Now the "new management" has been let go and the future of the Adventureland landmark is in the wings and wit of José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre - four crooning parrot hosts who have been entertaining guests at California's Disneyland since 1963 in The Enchanted Tiki Room. Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, as the Magic Kingdom attraction now will be called, is being prepared for the premiere (tentatively on Aug. 15, 2011) of a show that will pay tribute to the Disneyland original - notable in theme park history for ushering in sophisticated Audio-Animatronics technology.

Prior to 1963, Walt Disney's creative team had produced movable figures, but none had the sophistication of the bird-brained cast of the Tiki Room. José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre produce movements when solenoid coils hidden inside receive signals recorded onto magnetic tape and are regarded as the first "true" Audio-Animatronics figures.

They introduce a musical presentation by more than 200 birds, flowers and tikis. Even the audience gets into the act, joining in during the musical ditty "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing."

While the show is steeped in tradition and maintains the original intent created by Walt Disney and his original team of Imagineers, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room will feature the latest in technology - a state of the art show-control system, remastered audio, and a new versatile and energy efficient lighting system.

The attraction has shows throughout Magic Kingdom operating hours.

May 15, 2011

Enchanted Tiki Room to Transform this Summer Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney Imagineering announced earlier today at D23's Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th event that The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) at Magic Kingdom Park is already undergoing changes behind closed doors that will reshape the attraction into a version reminiscent of the original show.

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The Walt Disney World attraction, originally called Tropical Serenade, has been entertaining guests since the theme park's opening day on Oct. 1, 1971. Its winged hosts, Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael, led 200 other birds, tikis and flowers in an entertaining musical Polynesian revue. Tropical Serenade was reshaped into The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) in 1998, with the addition of Iago (from "Aladdin") and Zazu (from "The Lion King").

The attraction was based on Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened at Disneyland park in 1963. Its debut marked a huge milestone in Disney history, becoming the first attraction to ever feature Audio-Animatronics figures - a breakthrough that took 10 years to develop.

The latest version of the attraction, which will be called Enchanted Tiki Room, will debut at Magic Kingdom Park later this summer. Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog for future updates on the attraction's progress.

April 23, 2011

The Haunted Mansion Comes Alive!

The hitchhiking ghosts have found new ways to interact and play with you. And today, Imagineers are sharing their stories on how it all came together. Using some of the newest and most innovative technologies, you're placed at the center of the story right in your "Doom Buggy" at the Walt Disney World Resort. It's amazing, check it out.

From the Disney Parks Blog

April 4, 2011

Thar Be a New Pirate Approaching at Walt Disney World

Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Heads up pirate fans - we're happy to break the news that a new scalawag will land at Magic Kingdom Park in time for the May 20 opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

The new pirate will be Angelica, who is portrayed by actress Penelope Cruz in the film. Angelica is the daughter of the legendary pirate captain, Blackbeard, and she'll appear in Adventureland beginning April 15.

According to our partners in Entertainment, Angelica is "a world-famous pirate with a reputation for skill and cunning - rivaled only by that of Captain Jack. Fresh from her pursuit of the Fountain of Youth, Angelica, along with several loyal crewmen, will establish her headquarters adjacent to the Pirate's League in search of willing pirates for future adventures."

April 1, 2011

Magician Mickey Mouse Now Greeting Guests at New Magic Kingdom Location

... and Guests Can Skip Standby Queue with Disney's FASTPASS

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mickey Mouse now reigns at a new location in Magic Kingdom to meet and greet his friends at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can now go backstage at Town Square Theater for photos and autographs with Mickey -- without waiting in a standby queue!

Mickey's new location in the park also heralds the first-ever use of Disney's FASTPASS Service for a character meet-and-greet experience. FASTPASS allows guests to reduce waiting by designating a window of time when they can return for a theme park experience.

The fun takes place at the Town Square Theater presented by Kodak, located just inside the Magic Kingdom entrance. Previously known as Town Square Exposition Hall, the venue has been re-imagined as a turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century theater where posters proclaim Mickey Mouse as the star of a magic show.

A glistening marquee with gold-leaf trim and sparkling lights beckons guests to enter a lobby that serves as a hub for character meet-and-greet queues, the Box Office Gifts merchandise shop and Tony's Town Square Restaurant. Lush curtains with gold rope tie-backs, polished-brass chandeliers and a huge tile floor mosaic of the Town Square Theater logo adorn the space.

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Just beyond the lobby, guests pass through an ornate arch and enter a queue to meet Magician Mickey Mouse -- or a queue to meet the Disney princesses, for whom Town Square Theater will be a meet-and-greet location during New Fantasyland construction.

The meet-and-greet experience begins when magical posters featuring Mickey's various magic acts come to life, enhancing guests' journey through queues into the backstage corridors of the theater. Mickey greets guests in a rehearsal-room environment amid posters, steamer trunks and stage props. It's a classic backstage area with a wood floor and ceiling. One wall is brick, the others are papered in red and black -- Mickey colors.

During the Princesses' limited engagement at Town Square Theater, they will greet guests in an area fit for royalty -- replete with plush carpeting, lush velvety-blue drapes with gold tiebacks, and a large mural backdrop of a chateau amid green, tree-covered hills and fields.

Exiting the meet-and-greet areas, guests pass through Curtain Call Collectibles, a shop with design elements suggesting a backstage area used for theater shipping and receiving -- with large, barn-like doors through which props and set pieces could pass.


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Guests wanting to meet Mickey or the Princesses can either obtain a Disney's FASTPASS ticket or get in standby queues. FASTPASS tickets, which are available near Town Square Theater, designate an hour window of time during which the guest can return to the theater and have their "magic moment" with Mickey or the Princesses without joining the standby queues.

March 24, 2011

Magician Mickey to Greet Guests at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park

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Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

At the Disney Parks Blog, we're as excited as you are to learn more about Walt Disney Imagineering's (WDI) plans for Town Square Theater, the new permanent home for Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park that's set to debut in early April.

I'm happy to report that earlier today, WDI gave us an earful - pun intended - on the details planned for this exciting new meet-and-greet area.

In keeping with the small-town theme of Main Street, U.S.A., Town Square Theater will take on the tradition of turn-of-the-Twentieth-century theaters that served as the center of excitement in small towns, offering thrills through vaudeville and other forms of entertainment. At Town Square Theater, families will be able to go backstage to meet Magician Mickey Mouse, who is excited to meet and greet guests in his rehearsal room.

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And of course, WDI has designed the entire experience to be magical. Guests will first enter the theater building through a lobby that will serve as a hub for character meet-and-greet queues, the Box Office Gifts merchandise shop and Tony's Town Square Restaurant.

According to WDI Concept Designer Jason Grandt, the lobby will be decorated in gold and cream colors that were chosen to recreate the feel of a historic theater.

"Upon entering the lobby, guests will be faced with a beautiful tile mosaic featuring the Town Square Theater logo," Jason said. "The color scheme reflects that of historical theaters with a little inspiration from our master magician, Mickey Mouse."

Just beyond the lobby, guests will pass through an ornate arch and enter a queue to meet either Magician Mickey Mouse or the Disney princesses. Special interactive posters featuring Mickey's various magic acts will be in place to enhance the guests' journey through the queue line, which will take them deep into the backstage corridors of the theater.

"You will recognize the poster style as that of turn-of-the-century magicians such as Houdini," Jon Georges, WDI director/senior show producer said. "But these posters carry Mickey's magical touch that can bring them to life and interact with you as you wait."

WDI is keeping us guessing on what comes next, but did send these mysterious photos for us to share.

January 18, 2011

Largest Expansion in Magic Kingdom History Will Nearly Double the Size of Fantasyland

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history is underway, a project that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and deliver a new home for Ariel, new ways to interact with favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose of Dumbo and more.

Scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012, the new Fantasyland will immerse guests in Disney stories as never before.

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Among the highlights planned:

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major, all-new attraction during which guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves - all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.

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The castle of the Beast, standing majestically upon a hill just across an old stone bridge from Ariel's new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious "West Wing" of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer "great food fast" service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle's Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston's Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Just outside the village is Belle's cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. The adventure begins in Maurice's workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: Guests are transported to the Beast's library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive, re-telling of the "tale as old as time."

But that's just the beginning of what guests will discover when the multi-phase project is completed.

Here's more of what's in store:

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine." The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.

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In Princess Fairytale Hall, Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel, will greet guests in their new home, an elegant royal court on the site where Snow White's Scary Adventures stands today.

The sound of the calliope will lead guests to the brand new Storybook Circus and not one but two circling carousels of airborne pachyderms on Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Before taking to the skies on this Fantasyland favorite, guests can experience an array of fun-filled family games and interactive wonders for kids of all ages inside the Big Top.

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Next door in Storybook Circus, the classic Barnstormer gets a bright new look as well, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini. It's a twisting, turning roller coaster "flight" high above the circus fun.

September 12, 2010

Disney Tips For Designing Your Jack-O-Lantern

If you're looking for ideas on how to design your Halloween jack-o-lantern, we've got 182 of them - and they all can be found on Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

It's not the usual squares and rectangles for pumpkins at Walt Disney World Resort this season - they're unique. Different designs and shapes include a hot dog pumpkin over Casey's Corner and my favorite snowman pumpkin. There's even a pumpkin featuring a spilled ice cream cone.

The Magic Kingdom Park hand-carved pumpkins on the buildings and in windows are redesigned with different designs and shapes, according to David Hartmann, an art director with Walt Disney Entertainment. Disney's Event and Decorating Support then took David's sketches and made them real. Check out some of David's best in a quick video.

If you're carving your own jack-o-lantern in the next few days, here's some advice from the people who make Main Street, U.S.A. so unique this time of year:

* Pick your pumpkin - Before you buy, put your potential pumpkin on the floor or ground and make sure it sits straight. If you can "see" where the face should go, it's the right pumpkin for you.

* Start sketching on paper - Once you start cutting into the pumpkin, it's too late to go back. First, draw your design on a piece of paper (grocery bag, old wrapping paper, newspaper) the same size as your pumpkin. Once you've got your design just how you want it, you're ready to move the design to your pumpkin. Disney's Event and Decorating Support used an overhead projector and a black marker, but you can just as easily use a toothpick or fork. Hold your pattern to the pumpkin and poke a tiny hole through the paper every half-inch or so. When you take the paper away, you'll have a dotted outline to follow.

* Carve the lid at an angle - If you cut up-and-down around the pumpkin's stem, your cap could fall through. Don't worry if you don't carve a perfect circle. That will actually help you find the "right" way to put the lid back on.

* Skip the candle - All of the pumpkins along Main Street, U.S.A use LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Much safer than an open flame, LEDs don't get hot. They also last longer than a candle and won't blow out in the wind. New LEDs even flicker like a real flame.

August 28, 2010

Vidia joins Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow

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Vidia (pictured, right), one of the stars of the upcoming movie "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue," is the newest fairy to become a "resident" of Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Guests can meet Vidia and her pixie pals -- including the world's most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell (pictured, left) -- inside Pixie Hollow at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Vidia, who is known as the fastest-flying fairy there is, began making meet-and-greet appearances for guests Aug. 26, 2010 at the Magic Kingdom. "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue" will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and via movie download on Sept. 21, 2010.

May 26, 2010

Magic Kingdom's Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel – New Name

Cinderella's Golden Carrousel - is officially changing its name to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The name change takes effect June 1.
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The name change helps tell the rest of the Cinderella story that inspired the carrousel. Here's the official story behind it:

Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella's Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called "carrousel."

The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight's training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard - its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.

May 6, 2010

Disney’s Harmony Barber Shop A Cut Above

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Whether it's a full cut or a little off the side, the Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom is a fun place for a haircut, and much more. The barber shop with its old-fashioned candy-striped pole has been a Magic Kingdom staple since 1975.

Regular clients range from babies and seniors to toddlers and teens. Barbers create a memorable experience with great conversation, plus a sprinkling of pixie dust, colored gels on request and even hidden Mickeys. My First Haircut is a popular choice for tykes. The young guests enjoy take-home embroidered mouse ears, a certificate and a priceless family memory.

The Harmony Barber shop welcomes about 400 Walt Disney World Resort guests a week and is located just past City Hall on the corner of Main Street, U.S.A. It is open to walk-ins daily from 9 a.m. -6 p.m. Prices range from $15-19.

October 27, 2009

Terence, star of 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,' at Pixie Hallow

Terence, star of 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,' becomes the newest resident of Pixie Hollow

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The world's most beloved fairy, Tinker Bell, poses with her friend Terence inside Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The pair star in the new motion picture "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure." Terence is the newest character that Disney Parks guests can greet in Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland park in California.

October 26, 2009

'Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!' at Walt Disney World

'Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!' celebrates newest Walt Disney Pictures animated film in the Magic Kingdom
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A vibrant and festive atmosphere abounds with the spirited sounds of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou in "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!" -- a new, live musical production that takes place on board the "Liberty Belle" riverboat in the Magic Kingdom. The 15-minute performance features an energetic cast of musicians and singers, as well as characters from the Walt Disney Pictures' animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." The limited-engagement show will be presented in the Magic Kingdom from Oct. 26, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.

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Led by Donald Duck, a host of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters welcomed Princess Tiana Oct. 26, 2009 after her horse-drawn carriage ride to Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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The R&B group "Boys II Men" (L-R): Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, poses with Princess Tiana Oct. 26, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Starting Oct. 26, Walt Disney World guests will be treated to first-ever appearances by Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film "The Princess and the Frog."

Besides meet-and-greets with guests, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other characters from the motion picture will star in "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!," a rousing, colorful procession with a jazz-filled Mardi Gras theme. The good times will roll as festively dressed, bead-tossing revelers lead Magic Kingdom guests to the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock.

The party moves onboard and the Liberty Belle paddlewheels her way along the river with singing and dancing to the sounds of a six-member jazz band. Nearly two dozen Disney dancers join 30 randomly chosen park guests to be part of each show. Original songs composed by Randy Newman for the film liven the production, which will be performed three times daily. Daytime pyrotechnics and whimsical puppetry round out the spirited, 15-minute production.

The 10-week experience at Walt Disney World Resort will run through Jan. 3, 2010. "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee!" also will dazzle guests at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Nov. 6.

A hilarious movie adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana, "The Princess and the Frog" will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 25, 2009, before expanding nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009.

Beginning Oct. 15, little princesses can enjoy a new Princess Tiana makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at both the World of Disney store and Magic Kingdom locations at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fairy Godmothers-in-Training sprinkle their pixie dust on aspiring princesses with three makeover packages ranging from a combination of hair, nails and makeup to the royal transformation complete with Princess Tiana costume, tiara, wand and more. All children must be at least three years or older to receive the regal treatments.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; theme park admission is required. The Downtown Disney Marketplace salon is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. There is no admission or self-parking fee required at Downtown Disney.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407/WDW-STYLE (407/939-7895).

When guests age 10 or older enter a Disneyland theme park or Walt Disney World theme park from Oct. 5 through Nov. 22 and present their valid theme park ticket at select merchandise locations, they will receive a special card with details on how to get an admission voucher good for up to $8 toward the purchase of one child's movie ticket when they purchase an adult movie ticket to see "The Princess and the Frog" at participating theaters from Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2009, or until "The Princess and the Frog" is no longer in theaters, whichever comes first.

Card quantities for this promotion are limited. Limit one card per adult ticket or annual pass. Admission voucher toward the purchase of a child's movie ticket to "The Princess and the Frog" is valid for use from Dec. 11 through Dec. 31, 2009, at participating theaters in the fifty United States and District of Columbia. Guests must activate the code printed on the card by registering at www.activaterewards.com/frog to obtain an admission voucher. Only persons 18 or older may activate the code. Parent or legal guardian must activate certificate held by persons ages 10-17. Card, code and admission voucher may not be sold, traded, copied or replaced, or redeemed for cash. Admission voucher may not be transferred. The promotion is not valid for complimentary cast member theme park tickets. Offersubject to restrictions and change without notice. Visit www.hollywoodmoviemoney.com for a list of participating theaters and further conditions and details.

July 3, 2009

Barack Obama Joins Disney’s Hall of Presidents in Major Makeover Showcasing New Storyline, Music and Technology

Barack Obama Joins Disney's Hall of Presidents in Major Makeover Showcasing New Storyline, Music and Technology

Magic Kingdom Attraction Reopens July 4

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A remarkably lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama enters the spotlight in a revised and refreshed Hall of Presidents show that reopens July 4 in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

The recently installed figure of the country's 44th chief executive - which comes to life with recognizable mannerisms and makes comments that were recorded recently at the White House - is only part of an eight-month makeover so significant that the iconic attraction in the park's Liberty Square has been retitled Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders. Other updates to the "re-Imagineered" attraction which has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests since 1971:

A re-programmed Abraham Lincoln delivers arguably the greatest speech in the history of the presidency - the Gettysburg Address.

For the first time in the attraction's history, George Washington stands and delivers a stirring speech.

Developed with the assistance of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the show now tells a moving story of the bond between the presidents and "We, the People," focusing on the chief executives who have guided America through trying, turbulent times.

"Our goal with every major Disney attraction is to completely immerse our guests in a compelling story," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The stories associated with the American presidency are some of the most engaging and relevant our guests will hear while they are with us. And, like all great stories, these stories inspire, motivate and teach us to appreciate the challenges and personal triumph that comes with overcoming adversity."

True to Walt Disney's vision, Hall of Presidents features the appearance on stage of every United States president - life-sized, three-dimensional and fully animated. Seven presidents have been added to the "Hall" since the attraction opened during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The figure of President Barack Obama is not only the seventh addition but also the most dynamic figure Disney has ever created. Disney Imagineers, who've been refining Audio-Animatronics technology since 1963, have discovered new ways to integrate an array of subtle movements and facial expressions into the figures. Imagineers also worked closely with White House staff to create realistic clothing and accessories worn by the figure in the show, right down to a lapel pin and watch.

Kathy Rogers, senior show producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, says the show pays particular tribute to the strength of the bond between the people and the president "that led us through the most troubling times in our nation's history.

"We still present that 'mighty cavalcade of history' that Walt Disney originally envisioned," Rogers says, referring to "headline moments" of America's past that are depicted in the film, "but it is viewed through the lens of the presidency."

The 25-minute show begins with the story of George Washington and the struggle to build a new nation. It continues through today, highlighting presidents who have reached out to the people during times of strife. Disney senior show writer and director Pam Fisher, who worked closely with Kearns Goodwin to develop the story, describes the revised Hall of Presidents as "a very human story - one that we hope strikes a chord with all guests."

A soaring new musical score written by Emmy-winning composer Joel McNeely adds another emotional dimension to the experience.

The show's impact is bolstered by the stirring performances of actor David Morse, who voices Washington, and the late veteran actor Royal Dano, who voices Lincoln. Morse played Washington in the award-winning HBO miniseries, "John Adams." Dano was selected by Walt Disney himself to voice the first animated Lincoln figure, which debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair and later became part of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at Disneyland in California. Obama's speech, recorded in the White House Map Room, includes the presidential oath of office and his thoughts about "the American dream."

In the tradition of earlier versions of the show, the rewritten story begins with a large-format movie, but this time it is projected in crystal-clear, high-definition video. Imagineers digitized many of the huge scenic paintings of historic America made for the original movie by Disney legends including Herb Ryman and Sam McKim. In addition, the team combed through the National Archives, Library of Congress, museums and private collections to acquire more than 130 new images ultimately woven into the show.

Imagineers enhanced the soundtrack with digital production and state-of-the-art speakers; they also upgraded the lighting with energy-efficient LED technology.



The new Hall of Presidents experience begins in the pre-show lobby, which has been transformed into an expanded gallery of presidential artifacts. The inaugural exhibit showcases the women behind the presidents. Large display cases exhibit dresses and personal objects worn by several First Ladies, including Edith Roosevelt (Teddy's wife), Elizabeth Monroe and Nancy Reagan. The historical gallery also displays presidential portraits of Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and other chief executives, plus two cases filled with personal artifacts of presidents including Gerald Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and George Washington.

Presentations of the Hall of Presidents show will take place daily and are included with Magic Kingdom admission.

June 27, 2009

Pirates League - Magic Kingdom

A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME!

The Pirates League is the newest buccaneer adventure in the Magic Kingdom, featuring makeovers that turn theme park guests into savvy swashbucklers. Depending on the pirate package, a trained Pirate Master can transform boys, girls (ages 3 and up) and grownups into pirates, buccaneers and maidens using facial effects, fake scars, removable teeth, hats, bandanas and other costume accessories.

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Depending on the pirate package, a trained Pirate Master can transform boys, girls (ages 3 and up) and grownups into pirates, buccaneers and maidens using facial effects, fake scars, removable teeth, hats, bandanas and other costume accessories. Included in each of the three packages offered: a sword and sheath, earring and eye patch, temporary tattoo, exclusive pirate coin necklace, map case folder, a personalized pirate oath and a pirate portrait.

Here, a young boy receives the "Cursed Pirate" makeover.

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Here, a young boy admires his "Cursed Pirate" makeover.

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Here, a young girl receives the "Empress" makeover.

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Here, an adult guest receives the "Empress" makeover with glitter, makeup and pink bandana

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Here, an adult and young guest admire their "Empress" makeovers.

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Here, an adult guest receives the "Multi-Eyed Jack" makeover. (Note that his eyes are actually closed in the picture.)

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Pictured inside the Pirates League are a few of the trained "Pirate Masters" that transform boys, girls (ages 3 and up) and grownups into buccaneers and maidens.

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Packages start at $49.95 plus tax. Guests can make reservations by calling 407/WDW-CREW (939-2739). Theme park admission is required

May 22, 2009

Hall of Presidents to Reopen July 2009

A July reopening is planned for the Hall of Presidents, an iconic attraction in Magic Kingdom. An Audio-Animatronics version of President Barack Obama will join representations of the previous 43 presidents of the United States as part of an attraction that has been celebrating American history since Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971. Disney Imagineers also are updating a broad array of show elements.

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ALL THE RIGHT MOVES - Disney Imagineer John Cutry programs an Audio-Animatronics likeness of President Barack Obama in preparation for the July 2009 re-launch of the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park features Audio-Animatronics representations of all the United States Presidents. President Obama's likeness will have a speaking role, along with "George Washington" and "Abraham Lincoln."

April 25, 2009

Pirate League Sets Sail in Magic Kingdom June 29

Calling all scoundrels, rogues and ne'er-do-wells - Captain Jack and the crew of the Black Pearl want YOU.

Starting in late June, the Pearl drops anchor in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom for The Pirate League, recruiting and training Walt Disney World guests of all ages in the scurrilous ways of buccaneers.

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Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled pirate's lair gets an official pirate name. Then it's off to Muster Station for applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars, earrings and gold teeth - all done with the savvy skill of a veteran pirate who shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures.

After the new buccaneers recite a sacred pirate oath, they are officially part of Captain Jack's motley crew, leaving their old identities behind. Past a hidden portal and into the treasure room, the shipmates have their "pirate portrait" taken before being turned loose on an unsuspecting Adventureland - and no doubt feeling right at home at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

Guests can chose from three daily pirate packages:

First Mate Package: Includes bandana; choice of facial effects - scars, tattoos, fake teeth, earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5x7 inch photo and personalized pirate oath - $49.95 plus tax

Empress Package: Includes bandana; shimmering makeup - face gem, tattoos, nail polish, earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5x7 inch photo and personalized pirate oath - $49.95 plus tax

Captains Package: Includes choice of costume/outfit from selection: choice of facial effects - scars, tattoos, fake teeth, earring and eye patch; sword and sheath; pirate coin necklace; three 5x7 inch photos and personalized pirate oath - $124.95 plus tax.

Newly donned swashbucklers can test their pirate prowess on the streets of Adventureland where they search for clues and discover treasures. And for mateys who need a little more training, learn the secrets for survival by the Captain himself during "Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial."

Boys, girls, and grownups ready for the pirate life can start the process by calling 407-WDW-CREW beginning May 11.

March 7, 2009

Disney Honors Randy Pausch with Fellowship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb. 4, 2009 -- The Walt Disney Company has announced the creation of the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in recognition of the passion and energy Dr. Randy Pausch brought to his work at both Carnegie Mellon and Walt Disney Imagineering. Pausch is best known for his life-affirming "Last Lecture," which he delivered to his students and colleagues a few weeks after learning he had just months to live. Intended as a roadmap for his three young children, the lecture included his insights on finding the good in other people, working hard to overcome obstacles and living generously.

"Randy Pausch lived his life inspiring his students, colleagues and co-workers. Now, the vitality and energy he brought to his classroom lives on and serves as an inspiration to millions of people he never had the chance to meet," said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. "We are proud to honor Randy's passion by supporting the innovators and dreamers of tomorrow with these fellowships."

Pausch fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Walt Disney Imagineer in 1995 when he joined the Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio during a sabbatical from his university teaching position. Imagineering, with its collaborative teams of artists, engineers, sculptors and software developers, proved the perfect environment for him. After his sabbatical was complete, Pausch continued as a consultant to Disney, and began nurturing a relationship between Carnegie Mellon and Disney through Imagineering's internship program. Pausch earned his PhD in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1988 and was a professor in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department, Human-Computer Interaction Institute and School of Design from 1997 until his death in July 2008.

The Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship will support two graduate students, one in the School of Computer Science (SCS) and one in the College of Fine Arts (CFA), reflecting Pausch's enthusiasm for the interplay of arts and technology. His fascination with this type of synergy at Disney led to the development of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, a program designed specifically to foster collaboration between technologists and fine artists on projects intended to entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect audiences. The Entertainment Technology Center's Masters of Entertainment Technology degree is jointly conferred by Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science.

"Arts and technology are two pillars of strength at Carnegie Mellon," said Jared L. Cohon, president of the university. "Randy Pausch was tireless in his efforts to bridge the gap between them by creating innovative classes and graduate programs, as well as through his own research. Disney's generosity in sponsoring graduate fellowships in computer science and fine arts further establishes Randy's educational legacy by benefitting talented students who share his passion for interdisciplinary collaboration."

To mark Pausch's achievements, a specially-themed medallion will be placed in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and inscribed with words from his lecture: "Be good at something; it makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome." The unique artistic element is located near the Mad Tea Party ("tea cups") ride, which was celebrated in a photo that Pausch displayed on his desk, showing his niece and nephew enthusiastically enjoying the attraction.

The relationship between Disney and Carnegie Mellon that Pausch nurtured continues to evolve. In August 2008, Disney announced a major Research and Development initiative to engage top technology universities to conduct research and development for many of Disney's divisions. Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and its sister lab, Disney Research, Zurich, connect Disney with Carnegie Mellon and other renowned academic partners who have world-class science and technology talent. The labs will engage in research and development on computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces, among other initiatives.

September 25, 2008

Disney’s Favorite Pixie, Tinker Bell, Introduces Magic Kingdom Guests to Her New Fairy Friends

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- To celebrate the animated film "Tinker Bell," Disney's most famous fairy and four of her best friends are featured in a meet-and-greet experience in Mickey's Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

To meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, guests enter a magical forest called "Pixie Hollow," a special place deep in the heart of Never Land.

Tinker Bell, made famous in the 1953 Disney animated classic "Peter Pan," for her "hostess" role in Disney television specials and for "flying" above the Disney theme parks, is joined inside Pixie Hollow by four fairy friends: Fawn, an animal fairy; Iridessa, a light fairy; Rosetta, a garden fairy; and Silvermist, a water fairy.

In addition to meeting the Fairies at Magic Kingdom, guests can learn more about the Disney Fairies at www.disneyfairies.com.

And if Tinker Bell doesn't "ring a bell" or jog a memory, here are some "fun fairy facts" about the sprightly pixie:

-- Tinker Bell debuted at Walt Disney World Resort in 1971, as the classic attraction Peter Pan's Flight opened in Fantasyland. The beloved attraction immerses guests in the "Peter Pan" story as passengers board flying pirate ships bound for Never Land.

-- Tinker Bell began "flying" from high atop Cinderella Castle in 1985. Since then, she has taken her flight thousands of times to light the sky with magical fireworks.

-- Tinker Bell made her Walt Disney World parade debut in 2007. She made that premiere appearance atop a float in "Disney's Enchanted Adventures Parade," an entertainment extravaganza during Disney's Pirate and Princess Party.

-- Tinker Bell merchandise continually ranks among the top sellers of character-based merchandise at Walt Disney World Resort.

July 23, 2008

New Grand Marshal Vehicle Accommodates Wheelchair Users

New Grand Marshal Vehicle Accommodates Wheelchair Users

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 23, 2008 - A new Grand Marshal vehicle has debuted at Magic Kingdom, carrying guests of honor down the daily Main Street parade route in grand style. It's most impressive feature: enabling guests who use wheelchairs to board easily and ride in the main seating area.

This new automobile will be the primary vehicle for all Grand Marshal guests at every Magic Kingdom day parade, with the wheelchair lift built into its underside for use when needed.

To fit the theme of Main Street, USA, the vehicle was designed after a 1912 touring car and carries up to 11 Grand Marshal guests. Also an added touch of the new vehicle -- Mickey Mouse tread designs on all four tires and the spare tire attached to the rear.

Mark Jones, operations manager for Services for Guests with Disabilities at Walt Disney World Resort, said "The unique and innovative design of this vehicle, which is also available at Disneyland in California, will provide all guests, including those with mobility disabilities an opportunity to participate and serve as Grand Marshals in our parade as well as other special events".

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(Garth Vaughan, photographer)

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