WDW News Recap: Seven Dwarfs In. Princesses Out.

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This is a guest post by Aaron Johnston of Disney Report – The latest Disney news from the World, Land, and Studios. You can also follow D-Report on Twitter.

Huge news from the Magic Kingdom press event this week as WDI officially cuts interactive princess meet-n-greet areas for a Seven Dwarf’s theme mine cart coaster and fleshes out Dumbo Circusland area. Jim Hill brings you the details…

…the official Disney blog has released a behind-the-scenes look at Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

The surpise hit of Tuesday’s presser was the new Cinderella Castle vid projection show Magic, Memories, and You. Digital mapping techniques and high definition projectors bring the castle architecture to life with intricate designs and vacationer-submitted pics. An emotional, soaring soundtrack only adds to the experience. Check out the show vid…

To coincide with the new Memories promotion campaign, new promo decor has appeared in the Magic Kingdom entrance area. Framed pics, strobe lights, and a large banner offer a not-so-subtle command to go and make memories! Continuing through MK, rumblings in Adventureland suggest a revamped Pirata y el Perico coming this spring to tie into a certain Pirate attraction next door…

In somewhat unfortunate news, lapbars have been added to Splash Mountain logs. While offering a more cumbersome ride experience, this should prevent Brer Bear and Fox from causing trouble up the river when someone attempts to leave their log mid-ride…

Across the Rivers of America, Insights and Sounds suggests the infamous Hitchhiking ghosts at the Haunted Mansion finale may be integrated into upcoming ‘next-generation’ queue changes…

Down World Drive, Epcot is ushering in spring early with colorful landscaping appearing throughout the park…

Imagineering Disney looks at the refreshingly few changes in Epcot’s World Showcase over the years. Too bad the same can’t be said for a visually cluttered, lacking Future World…

As expected, WDW officially confirms an opening date for the completely revamped, 3D injected Star Tours attraction coming to the Hollywood Studios this spring…

Lots of news on the Disney Cruise Line front this week with the new Dream ship being officially christened

…take a 360-degree tour of various ship areas along with a ride on the Aquaduck, the ships highly-touted water coaster…

…also, check out the latest image stills from Dream’s Broadway-esque stage shows.

Finally, Jack Spence from Allears.net takes a look at an early WDW resort publication. Can you imagine WDW allowing advertisements for area attractions in their resorts today?

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Posted on January 22, 2011

2 Responses to “WDW News Recap: Seven Dwarfs In. Princesses Out.”

  • Thank god! I am sad about the Snow White closure to accommodate all of this, but a new ride in Fantasyland is better than the most interactive meet-and-greet any day! Now we can just hope it all comes to fruition.

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