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Dance party added to Disney’s Halloween Parade
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the nightly “Boo to You” parade down Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. The parade features ghosts and goblins, gravediggers, favorite Characters, evil Villains and, of course, plenty of candy!
Now Disney has made it easier for kids eagerly anticipating the start of the parade. It all kicks off with a trot through the park by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. But while those on Main Street are waiting for the parade to arrive from its starting point in Frontierland, there will be enough excitement to keep the entire family entertained.
That’s because Disney has created a new pre-show act as the “Creepa Crew” presents a mini-dance party for the children called “The Not-So-Scary Street Jam. Similar to Disney’s rocking “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” the new Jam includes a vibrant emcee that invites kids out into the street to learn some dance moves.
When the Creepa Crew arrives, kids can use their new moves to dance along to a high energy soundtrack called “Calling All Monsters.”
An extra ticket event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs from 7 pm to midnight on Sept. 18, 21, 25, 28, 30 and Oct. 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 30 and 31.
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Disney announces grand opening date for expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
The date is set. The grand opening of Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom® is set for December 6, 2012!The new, expanded Fantasyland will open to guests with several new attractions open, including
- Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid - a dark ride based on the popular film The Little Mermaid
- Be Our Guest Restaurant - themed to the Beauty and the Beast movie
- Enchanted Tales with Belle - Beauty and the Beast character interaction area
- Ariel’s Grotto - a princess meet-and-greet location
- Gaston’s Tavern
- Bonjour! Village Gifts.
Previews of the attractions are tentatively scheduled to begin November 19.
Fantasyland expansion will continue with the slated opening of Princess Fairytale Hall in 2013 and ultimately, a new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in 2014. Fantasyland also includes a revamped Storybook Circus attraction that houses the Great Goofini kids roller coaster, twin Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides with a new queue play area, and a kid’s splash-pad area.
Star Wars Weekends Return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Friday, May 11th, 2012
Break out your light sabers. The annual Star Wars Weekends are returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 18 to June 10, 2012.
The popular event celebrates the legendary Star Wars Saga and the animated television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, guest are invited to join Star Wars celebrities and characters for special shows, panels, presentations, parades, photo opportunities and more!
It’s all included with regular theme park admission.
Throughout the park, you’ll find droids, aliens, stormtroopers, Sith Lords, Jedi warriors and other Star Wars creatures. Children can attend the Jedi Training Academy to work on their lightsaber skills and prepare to do battle with the one and only Darth Vader. The Academy’s live show features music and amazing lightsaber duels. Kids can train to become a junior Jedi Knight and might even be selected from the audience to put on a brown robe and learn battle skills from a Jedi Master before the arrival of Darth Vader. And in the Padawan Mind Challenge, they can test their wits before the Jedi Council.
You can also blast into the universe of Star Wars aboard the recently enhanced Star Tours attraction. The ride features a 3-D adventure offering a variety of possible missions.
At the end of each day, you can find all your favorite Star Wars characters at Hyperspace Hoopla, a party filled with music, comedy and dancing.
Epcot’s Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced
Monday, May 7th, 2012
Epcot’s annual International Food & Wine Festival offers something for everyone. The event, set for Sept. 28-Nov. 11, 2012, offers guests an opportunity to dine their way around the world, cultivate their cooking skills or savor a vintage wine.
With delicious tapas and refreshing beverages from around the world, the autumn festival at Disney World in Orlando is perfect for every taste. Of course, the festival also offers up a full menu of live music with its Eat to the Beat concert series.
The 2012 lineup of musical guests is a wide ranging mix of super groups and astounding solo artists. Concerts are held each night during the festival and are included with regular Epcot admission.
Eat to the Beat Concert Series
2012 Scheduled Performers
Sep. 28-30: Night Ranger
Oct. 1-3: Sugar Ray
Oct. 4-7: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Oct. 8-10: Boyz II Men
Oct. 11-12: Smash Mouth
Oct. 13-14: Javier Colon
Oct. 15-17: Air Supply
Oct. 18-19: Gin Blossoms
Oct. 20-21: Survivor
Oct. 22-23: Hanson
Oct. 24-25: Pointer Sisters
Oct. 26-28: Sister Hazel
Oct. 29-31: Billy Ocean
Nov. 1-2: 38 Special
Nov. 3-4: Howard Jones LIVE
Nov. 5-6: Blues Traveler
Nov. 7-8: Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx
Nov. 9-11: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Scheduled performers subject to change.
Tickets on sale for major Disney separate ticket events
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
It’s only May, but Disney World wants to make sure you have ample time to get ready for three of its biggest parties of the year. Tickets for three annual Disney events are now on sale:
Night of Joy - Sept. 7, 8
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Sept, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30; Oct, 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31; Nov. 2
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party - Nov. 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30; Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
All three events require separate tickets other than regular Magic Kingdom admission. The after-hours Halloween and Christmas events feature special parades, festive decorations, seasonal shows and fireworks, plus special treats. Night of Joy is a two-night celebration featuring multiple Christian rock music performers.
Pricing for the events vary based on when you purchase tickets. For more information or to buy tickets online, go to http://www.disneyworld.com/.
Construction Continues on Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Fantasyland construction continues at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park, with the next stage of completion set for July.
According to Disney, the park will open both sides of the new double-fisted Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride with an interactive queue. The first Dumbo carousel opening in March along with the re-imagined Barnstormer roller coaster. The Casey Jr. Spash ‘N’ Soak Station is also slated for a July grand opening.
Disney is preparing to make an even bigger splash prior to the 2012 holiday season. The park is scheduled to open another phase of the project that includes a Be Our Guest restaurant located in the Beast’s castle, as well as Gaston’s Tavern.
Also opening for the holidays are the cottage that will host Enchanted Tales with Belle as well as the new dark ride, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid.
The final piece of the new Fantasyland puzzle is the Seven Dwarf Mine Train roller coaster, expected to open in 2014.
Special Tours Provide Unique Access for Disney Fans
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
There’s something about the magic of Disney World that keeps people coming back for more. And for those who simply can’t get enough of the magic, Disney offers a variety of extra separate ticket tours that go beyond the average day in a theme park.
Disney’s Backstage Magic Tour
You don’t have to be a Disney employee to discover some of the secrets behind the magic of Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s Backstage Magic Tour offers an inside look at some of the creative and technical operations utilized behind the scenes. This is a unique opportunity to see how Disney utilizes innovative special effects to create world-class entertainment while bringing elaborate attractions to life.
At Epcot, the tour reveals some of the details that make The American Adventure such a popular attraction. Tour guests will also get a different view of Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom when guided through a hidden world - the park’s legendary underground “Utilidor” tunnel system.
After a family-style lunch at the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, guests will visit the Disney World Nursery & Tree Farm to see how horticulture and landscape design are to create an endless variety of uniquely themed environments.
The tour continues to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you’ll see how Disney Imagineers combined cutting-edge design with breakthrough technology to create the popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
You’ll also discover how wardrobe plays such an important part of the Disney magic. See how the Creative Costuming team outfits show and parade performers. And then complete your 7-hour long tour with an up-close look Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The Backstage Magic Tour is open to guests 16 years and older who carry government-issued photo identification. Lunch is included with the tour. Theme Park admission is not required or included.
Disney’s Family Magic Tour
For a shorter family tour, you might want to try Disney’s Family Magic Tour. Guests are invited on a 1 ½ to 2-hour guided interactive quest to save the Magic Kingdom from the dastardly plans of a Disney Villain.
Although guests of all ages are welcome, this tour is ideally designed for those 4 to 10 years of age. Led by a tour guide, you’ll be asked to search for and follow clues throughout the Magic Kingdom, solve diabolical puzzles and participate in a fun-filled scavenger hunt.
Magic Kingdom theme park admission is required and is not included in the price of this tour.
Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Who wouldn’t want the keys to the Kingdom… the Magic Kingdom! This unique tour highlights the long and fascinating history of Walt Disney World Resort while offering backstage access to secret areas of the theme park.
Guests must be at least 16 years of age to participate in this 4.5-hour walking tour. You’ll explore some of the stories behind the Magic Kingdom while learning how Walt Disney’s innovative ideas, revolutionary visions and creative philosophies made it all possible. The tour includes stops at backstage facilities and a number of favorite attractions.
One special highlight is a trip below Magic Kingdom theme park into the legendary service tunnels referred to as Utilidors, or utility corridors. Guest accessible areas of Magic Kingdom are actually on the “second floor” of a massive structure. The first floor, called the Utilidors, allows Cast Members, deliveries and even trash to be unknowingly transported without disturbing the guests’ experience in the theme park.
Magic Kingdom theme park admission is required and is not included in the price of this tour.
Enjoy 24 Hours of Disney on Feb. 29
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Being a Leap Year, 2012 brings us an extra day on Feb. 29. And to celebrate, Disney will keep two of its parks open for a full 24-hour period from 6 am on Feb. 29 thru 6 am on March 1.
The “One More Disney Day” promotion is the first of its kind for Disney which will keep Orlando’s Magic Kingdom as well as Disneyland Park in California open on Feb. 29.
Disney also announced that its theme parks will extend their “Let the Memories Begin” campaign throughout 2012. By staying open 24 hours on Feb. 29, Disney is aiming to give guests an opportunity to take advantage of every minute of that extra day to make special Disney memories.
Disney’s Festival of Races Set for Jan. 6-8, 2012
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Visitors with limited time may try to race through the Disney theme parks in an effort to see and do as much as possible. But in early January, there’s a much better way to race through Disney World.
Runners should mark their calendars for the weekend of Jan. 6-8, 2012 and Disney’s popular Festival of Races - a 3-day event with upwards of 50,000 or more competitors that has grown into the largest combined running event in the country.
The weekend schedule includes a Family 5k Fun Run on Friday, a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday, and a Full Marathon (26.2 miles) on Sunday. Runners can also compete in both the half and full marathons in what’s known as Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (39.3 total miles). Those runners receive 3 medals for completing the 2 races.
Disney races are open to competitors of all ages and abilities and many walkers also participate given the generous 16:00 minute per mile pace time specified by Disney to complete the race.
All races go through the Disney theme parks and you’ll find a variety of popular Disney characters and entertainers all along the course. Disney also provides bands, high school cheer teams, DJs, dancers and other entertainment along the way.
The Family 5k Fun Run takes place entirely inside the Epcot theme park. The Half Marathon starts outside Epcot, runs up to the Magic Kingdom, then heads back to Epcot through Future World before finishing in the Epcot parking lot.
The full Marathon starts at Epcot, runs up to and through Magic Kingdom, then down to Animal Kingdom and over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios before leading back to the finish at the Epcot parking lot.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Offers Christmas Extras
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
The holiday season remains one of the most popular times to visit Orlando’s world famous theme parks. And to help visitors get the most out of their visit, Disney’s Magic Kingdom offers some extended hours and additional Christmas events.
One of the highlights is the “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.” A staple during the extra ticket event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the parade is currently being run at the 3 pm slot that normally features Disney’s Celebrate a Dream parade. The Christmas parade includes Disney characters in holiday costumes, marching toy soldiers, special floats and prancing reindeer. Visitors can also catch the park’s special Holiday Wishes fireworks show at 10 pm.
Beginning on Christmas Day, the Magic Kingdom will also offer two renditions of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
On Dec. 30 and 31, the park will offer its assortment of parades, plus two sets of fireworks – Holiday Wishes at 10 pm and then “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 pm.
Of course, Disney’s other Orlando parks also offer holiday events, including theCandlelight Processional at Epcot, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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