Archive for April, 2013

New Magic Kingdom Parade Coming in 2014

by on April 26, 2013

I love a parade!!! And if you do, too, a brand new parade is coming down the pipeline for 2014.

A new daytime parade called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will debut next spring at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

The parade is slated to bring the tales of New Fantasyland through new floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack which features both a new parade theme song, mixed with classic Disney songs. It will feature the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, the Little Mermaid, Tangled, Brave and a few more.

Here is a glimpse of what a few of the floats will look like when they roll down Main Street, U.S.A.

We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out.

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Princess Half Marathon Weekend to Add New 10k Race

by on April 26, 2013

Disney

Disney

Next year, for 2014, the Princess Half Marathon Weekend will include a brand new 10k. This new 10k will take place on Saturday, February 23. Runners who compete in this new race will receive a brand new special medal.

In addition, a brand new two-race challenge will be included. If guests want to participate in both the 10k and the Half Marathon, they will earn the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal, which will be in addition to the individual race medals. (This will be a total of 19.3 miles run and 3 medals total!)

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend will take place February 20 – 23, 2014.

Also new this year will be the chance for a runDisney coast to coast challenge medal. This will be for those who complete the 2014 Tinker Bell Marathon at Disneyland Resort in January and then the Princess Half Marathon just a few weeks later.

Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens on June 11 at www.runDisney.com

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Disney’s Monstrous 24 Hour Event

by on April 25, 2013

It’s happening again!

Due to the massive success of last year’s One More Disney Day, where guests spent Leap Day in the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland, getting a full 24 hours of park time, Disney is doing it again!

Guests will be able to take part in the Monstrous Summer All Nighter from May 24-25 (during Memorial Day Weekend). This event will be taking place on both coasts yet again. This time the event will happen at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and both Disneyland AND Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. The parks will stay open from 6 am on Friday, May 24, to 6 am on Saturday, May 25, 2013, local time.

During the event, at the Magic Kingdom, a Monsters University theme will take place where Mike Wazowski and Sulley will be the grand marshal’s of the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. They will also make appearances in Tomorrowland. In addition, there will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters found in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, along with late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

Over at Disneyland, a Monsters University TLT Monstrous Dance Club, plus Star Wars characters will be found in Tomorrowland. In addition, a late-night Character Pajama Party will be held in Mickey’s Toontown. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing. Guests of Disney California Adventure park will find photo opportunities with new Monsters University “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

In addition, on both coasts, special food and drink options will be available, as well as specialty merchandise.

This is set to be the kick off for a great summer with Disney.

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Top Five Ways to End Your Day at Disneyland Park

by on April 25, 2013

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty CastleIn recent weeks, I’ve shared some my favorite ways to begin my day at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, as well as top picks for finishing a DCA visit, and even places to pause at mid-day around the Resort.

Today, I’m concluding this series with a look at the best options for ending your evening at Disneyland Park. While Disneyland is magical at any time of day, there is something particularly special about those final hours before closing at the original Magic Kingdom. Any one of the following activities (or combination thereof) should guarantee a fitting finale to your day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Fireworks and Fantasmic!

No one does explosive spectaculars better than Disney, and there is no better one-two punch among theme park pageants than Disneyland’s fireworks and Fantasmic! Whether the show is Remeber…Dreams Come True, Magical, or one of the special seasonal displays, Disneyland’s pyrotechnics are not-to-be-missed. And Disneyland’s Fantasmic! is the ultimate assemblage of animated characters, action stunts, and enormous animatronics. On nights when both shows are performed,first watch the fireworks from the hub near Frontierland, the head immediately towards the river for a seat. Alternatively, stake out a spot early for Fantasmic and you’ll still have a fine view of the overhead sky bursts (though not effects on the castle or Tinker Bell’s flight).

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It’s Going To Be A Monsterously Good Time This Summer at Walt Disney World

by on April 25, 2013

Who’s ready to celebrate the Summer with Mike and Sulley?

In preparation of the upcoming movie, Monsters University, Walt Disney World is getting its doors ready for its monster friends.

As was mentioned yesterday, Disney has debuted a brand new monorail wrap, lovingly called the Monsterail.  But the parks are going to get in on the fun, too!

At Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, found in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, new jokes are being concocted by the gang all to celebrate their alma mater.

In addition, over in the Backlot area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will find themselves in the Monsters University student union, where they will have an opportunity to meet the lovable duo.

It looks to be a scary good summer at the Walt Disney World Resort!

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New Disney Dish Podcast w/ Jim Hill: Limited Time Magic and Disney’s Next Gen Project

by on April 25, 2013

The funny thing about this episode is that we didn’t plan it.  I’d called Jim to record the Tokyo Disneyland show and we were just catching up on what we saw in WDW on our latest trips.  Luckily, I possess a Nixonian habit of recording everything Jim and I discuss.  You know, for posterity (read: “Grand Jury indictment.”  As David Lee Roth once said, “You know you’ve made it when you can spell ‘subpoena’ without a dictionary.” ).

We ended up talking for almost an hour about Limited Time Magic and Disney’s Next Gen project.  Hope you enjoy the show.

Here’s the link to listen in iTunesHere’s the direct MP3 file.

Please rate us on iTunes and let us know what you’d like to hear next.

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Countdown to Gone: A Look Back at the Final Performances of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Infamous Parades

by on April 25, 2013

Frozone Counts Down to Fun for the Last Time

On April 6, 2013, Disney’s Hollywood Studios ended its two Hollywood Boulevard parades, Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! and Disney Channel Rocks!, after almost two years. Both shows were met with contention since their debuts – the first very short and not meeting guest expectations in comparison to its predecessor, Block Party Bash, and the second not very popular with Disney fanboys and guests above the age of Disney Channel’s tweenage audience.

All that being said, I really enjoyed Disney Channel Rocks. Not because of the content, but because of the energy these performers bring to the show. In the 4 years I’ve lived in Florida, to quote Henry Higgins, I’ve grown accustomed to their smiling faces, whether it was in one of the main parades or these pep rally block parties the Studios throws in front of the Hat, and I will miss not seeing them anymore in my visits. And as you can see from these videos and photos, many others showed up to show their appreciation on the final day, even managers and coworkers from around the Studios.

At this time, nothing has been announced to replace these two parades in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Rumor has it that Disney is clearing off Hollywood Boulevard to make way for construction of a new project, perhaps Disney California Adventure’s Red Car Trolleys or even removing the other infamous Studios eyesore – the big blue Sorcerer’s Hat. What do you think? What would you like to see in a potential new addition to the Studios, or would you like to see something old come back? Personally, I miss Block Party Bash and would love to see something that interactive come back.

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Free Stuff at Disney World: Part Two – MORE Free Disney

by on April 24, 2013

A while ago, we published some tips about FREE things you can get at Walt Disney World. Well, we’re back now with more. In addition to our previous list of freebies, here is a whole new batch of suggestions for free things you can get or do to enhance your Disney vacation experience. Thanks to the many readers who gave us ideas for additional items to include.

FOOD

Free cookies and cider at the Wilderness Lodge at Christmas.

Free cookies and cider at the Wilderness Lodge at Christmas.

  • Tasting portions. You’re not sure that Junior is actually going to eat that kids’ meal sweet n’ sour chicken they’re serving at the quick service restaurant in Epcot’s China? Well, ask them for a taste. Many restaurants on property will be happy to provide you with a tasting-size portion of an item to help you decide what to order. Just let them know what you need.
  • S’mores. The moderate and deluxe resorts often list a campfire on their recreation schedule. These feature cast members armed with sticks, marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers, ready to share with passing guests. There’s no requirement that you be staying at the resort to participate. Campfires usually start around dusk, but schedules are variable. Unlike the campfire at Fort Wilderness, which charges for marshmallows and s’mores kits, the hotel campfires are typically sparsely attended, so they’re great if you want to just pop in for a moment or grab a second s’more without seeming greedy.

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New Monsters University Monorail Wrap To Debut

by on April 24, 2013

It’s going to be a a Monsterous Summer, and this is just the beginning!

Disney

Disney

Coming to the Walt Disney World Resort will be the new Monsterail.  This monorail wrap will features some of the fun characters from the upcoming movie Monsters University, which debuts in theaters on June 21.

This is the second monorail wrap for the summer, the first one being a wrap themed to the upcoming movie Iron Man 3, lovingly known as the Iron Manorail.

For those who want to hitch a ride, the Monsterail will run on the Magic Kingdom Resort loop.

It’s going to be a Monstrously good time this summer at Walt Disney World!

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A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure Of The Seven Seas Play Test

by on April 24, 2013

083This morning at Magic Kingdom we caught a play test of the new interactive Adventureland game A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas. The game is similar to Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure and features interactive areas with physical props and narrations that lead guests through a quest to find lost treasure.

Guests begin their journey at an old Cartography Shop (formerly the Crow’s Nest store) near Golden Oak Outpost that has been converted into a central hub for adventurers to help locate missing treasure. Groups of up to 6 people are given a Talisman (a RFID card) that will help them on their journey. Guests use the talisman to activate a screen that will assign them one of 5 different missions. The missions are titled: Guardian’s Curse, Blackbeard, Heads You Lose, Haven Defense, and The King’s Ransom. The group is then given a map and sent off to find their first location.

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