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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, May 25, 2017: Steam Trains, Pandora, and Magic Kingdom

by on May 25, 2017

Best Week Ever at Pandora and Magic Kingdom

Hello, friends! I have another amazing week to share with you, but first a confession. These things didn’t all happen in the space of one week. They were so cool I couldn’t not include them here. So let’s start with a view of the Magic Kingdom and what it looks like at 7:00am where we were taking the Magic Behind the Steam Trains tour! We easily found the rest of our tour group since there were so few people at the gates. We lined up and waited to get started at 7:30am.

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Review: The Magic Kingdom’s fantastic new Happily Ever After show

by on May 13, 2017

About ten minutes into the Magic Kingdom’s new Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks show, my friend Steve turned and said “I almost don’t need to see the fireworks.Happily Ever After - Pink Castle” And that’s true because the visual effects being projecting on to and around Cinderella Castle for Happily are so incredibly vibrant and rich, with so much detail, that you can’t take your eyes off them. When combined with the new fireworks, lasers, and area lighting, the whole show is so good that I’d recommend a special trip to the Magic Kingdom just to see it.

New Projection Technology Makes a Huge Difference

Happily is one giant leap ahead of previous projection shows because of how the film clips are displayed on the castle. In previous projection shows, the film clips were played directly on to the castle, essentially using it as a giant movie screen. In Happily, however, it looks like Disney edited the film scenes so they fit into architecturally correct parts of the castle.

Along with that, Disney seems to have added firefly-like laser light effects to the trees around the Magic Kingdom central hub, plus landscape lighting surrounding the castle that’s color-matched to the  show scenes. It’s far more ambitious that anything Disney’s done at the park, and it all seems to work, both technically and artistically.

Happily Ever After - Scroll DetailThere’s a scene in Happily, for example, from Hunchback of Notre Dame, where a circular stained glass window is projected on the front center of the castle, while a perfectly scaled image of Quasimodo climbs one of the towers to the right. The stained glass window projection is so clear, so realistic that I had to stare at it for a few second to remember that there isn’t a real stained-glass window there.

Besides Hunchback, characters from every major new Disney film make an appearance in the show. The scene from Moana seemed to get a lot of cheers from the audience, as did the one from Brave, and, of course, Frozen. Speaking of Frozen, Disney deserves credit for not using Let it Go in the Happily soundtrack. It’s not needed here – the visual elements do all the work – and including that overplayed song would have just meant that the show writers had a checklist to go through. I don’t think the Happily soundtrack is quite as memorable as Wishes, a classic, but Happily is good enough.

Because there’s so much detail, I think it’ll be possible to watch Happily several times without seeing everything. I’m looking forward to going back.

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Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Looking to get your jingle bells on? Then you should attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Dates for this year were announced back in April for this annual event that occurs each November and December. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

For 2017, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates with the following pricing:

  • November 12, 14, 16: $89 plus tax (ages 10+), $84 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 9: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • November 10, 17, 26, 28 and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 8, 15: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • December 19, 21, 22: $109 plus tax (ages 10+), $104 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

There really is nothing better than celebrating the holidays with Mickey and pals!

 

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on May 10, 2017

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Hooray! Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

The popular Halloween event that is held annually at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October is a fan favorite. Dates for this year’s event were announce back in April. For 2017, ticket pricing only increased a few dollars over 2016.

Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows:

  • August 25, 29, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24: $74 plus tax (ages 10+), $69 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 19, 26: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • September 15, 22, 29 and October 1: $88 plus tax (ages 10+), $83 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and November 1: $94 plus tax (ages 10+), $89 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29: $99 plus tax (ages 10+), $94 plus tax (ages 3-9)
  • October 31: $115 plus tax (ages 10+) $110 plus tax (ages 3-9)

Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

As far as the costuming guidelines go for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Are you looking forward to having a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year?

Attraction Overview: Splash Mountain + Video

by on May 2, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenIt’s been a looooong two weeks away from Youtube (P.S. I’ve missed you all!), but I’m finally back with a new video!

Enjoy this overview of Splash Mountain, featured at Walt Disney World, Disneyland,and Tokyo Disneyland.

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Entertainment Changes in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom

by on April 28, 2017

Tomorrowland entertainment

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For those who are fans of the #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty, I have sad news. The intergalactic dance party which takes place on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom and featuring characters from the hit Pixar film, The Incredibles will be ending. The dance party occurs on select evenings and transforms as Mr. Spin puts together the beats for those looking to rock out.

The last day to dance the night away with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone will be April 30.

It does appear that Mr. Incredible will still be meeting with Guests for a limited time. He will be found in a temporary location from May 1 through May 18.

A new dance party is slated to take its place called the Cosmic Dance Party. No word on which characters will be appearing or an official start date. (Though one would expect it would be May 19, but that’s just a guess on my part.)

Cinderella Coach Photo Opportunity Now Available at Magic Kingdom

by on April 12, 2017

Magic Kingdom Cinderella Coach

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During this busy Easter week, Guests will have the unique opportunity to have their photo taken in front of Cinderella’s Carriage! The coach will be located at the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland from April 12-19. This unique photo moment can be found located near the castle walls, which are part of New Fantasyland, near Enchanted Tales with Belle.

All who visit the park are welcome to take advantage of this rare opportunity and Disney’s PhotoPass will be on hand to capture these special moments.

Stitch’s Great Escape Open at the Magic Kingdom

by on April 11, 2017

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Once again, it’s busy season at Walt Disney World because the seasonal attraction, Stitch’s Great Escape is open for Guests to experience at the Magic Kingdom!

Guests can stop by the Tomorrowland attraction until April 19 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. The attraction will then return back to seasonal status beginning April 20.

In addition, for those planning their summer vacations, you’ll have the opportunity to to experience the attraction from May 28 through August 19 daily.

Stitch’s Great Escape became a seasonal attraction back on October 2. Rumors indicate that a new attraction themed after the film Wreck-It Ralph have been floated around, however, as of right now, there has been no concrete information regarding Stitch’s Great Escape’s official closure, nor about any potential replacement for the attraction.

So, for those of you who like the smell of chili dog, make sure you get yourself over to Stitch’s Great Escape!

Easter Must-Dos at Walt Disney World

by on April 10, 2017

Easter Must-Dos at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World loves any excuse to celebrate a holiday, so it is no surprise that there are some special offerings only available during the Easter season.  Easter is April 16 this year, and here are some of the best that Walt Disney World has to offer for Easter.

Meet the Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Easter Bunny, too)

It isn’t a surprise to most people that you can meet Santa around the winter holidays, but at Magic Kingdom, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are available for a springtime meet and greet. Although they don’t sign autographs, you can get a picture and a special free “autographed card” as a souvenir. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny usually meet in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom from 9 AM to 2 PM daily through Easter.

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Dates Announced for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on April 6, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Are you ready for Christmas trees, hot cocoa, and Mickey Mouse? Well, if you are, you’re ready to celebrate the holidays in style with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The dates for this year’s parties have been announced. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights in November and December (21 nights in all) and for 2017, is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates:

 

  • November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

Do keep in mind that separate admission to attend this event is required. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in early May. We do not know what this year’s ticket pricing will look like. Stay posted to the blog, as I’ll make sure to post these details as soon as I have them!