Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Parade and Fireworks Viewing Tips and Observations

by on April 17, 2014

FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing tips

Get a VIP view with FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing areas at the Magic Kingdom (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Welcome to the future of fireworks and parades at Walt Disney World! In recent weeks, as the final rollout of FastPass+ has concluded in the Disney World parks, I’ve been sharing my experiences using the system as an Annual Passholder at Epcot, as well as at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Since my last post, FastPass+ has been fully implemented for all Disney World guests, including day-guests not staying on Disney property, and I’ve finally had the opportunity to experience one of the most controversial aspects of the new system. Without further ado, here are my FastPass+ parade and fireworks viewing tips, based on my personal observations at the Magic Kingdom.

 

Festival of Fantasy FastPass+ Parade Viewing

When the features of FastPass+ were first announced, the private reserved viewing areas for parades and other spectaculars were the aspect I was most skeptical (even cynical) about. Personally, such performances are usually very low on my priority list during a park visit for several reasons. Most of the parades had grown quite stale to me from years of over-exposure, I have an aversion to spending valuable touring time staking out a spot of asphalt just to get a good view, and I can’t abide being crammed like sardines in the crowd that accompanies the procession. So I would normally use that time to take advantage of marginally shorter queues at my favorite attractions. If I did want to see a parade, I’d typically walk up a minute or so before it started, and make do with a partial view blocked by the sea of shoulder-sitting small-fries in front of me. With a limit (soon to be lifted) of only 3 FastPass+ reservations per day, I couldn’t see myself “wasting” one on something like a parade when Space and Splash are beckoning.

This is currently the closest you can get to Anna and Elsa from Frozen without a mult-hour wait for their meet & greet.

 

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Interactive Games at Walt Disney World

by on April 4, 2014

When you only have a few days to spend at Walt Disney World sacrifices have to be made. With so many shows and attractions to experience I think the interactive games in the parks are one of the first things to be cut. However, some of these are worth the time to explore. Today I’ll be ranking these from “lowest priority” to “can’t miss” and sharing a little bit of information about each. All of these games are included in your park admission so take notes on what you’d like to play on your next visit!

IMG_1714#4 – A Pirate’s Adventure: Just because this one came in 4th doesn’t mean it isn’t tons of fun! The reason I ranked it low is because the missions take very little effort, it’s short, and it seems to be targeted more for smaller children. Located in the Magic Kingdom this game is played entirely in Adventureland. It’s very easy to pick up a map and start a game. Simply stop by the sign up station located just past the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Once there you’ll be able to choose your mission and grab a map just by swiping your park admission ticket. Even if you don’t want to play grabbing a map is very quick and they make a nice, free souvenir. Captain Jack will surely sign your treasure map and that would look great in a scrapbook! If you decide to play you’ll be sent to a location on your map to start your mission. You can expect each mission to take about 15 minutes to complete. During this time you’ll visit 5 or so locations and experience 30-45 seconds of activity at each stop. There’s nothing needed from you with this one, you’ll just be watching the story unfold. You aren’t missing a ton skipping A Pirate’s Adventure but if you have an extra 15 minutes why not stop by? Especially if you have little kids they might just love it!

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Lost & Found at Walt Disney World

by on March 19, 2014

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You’ll know you’re there when you see this sign.

As we were walking out to our car this weekend my hubby said one of those things he always regrets, he casually asked if I thought a building was Lost & Found for all of Walt Disney World. I stopped in my tracks and observed a shabby building that in my mind was still the kennel at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Of course, I knew better. Best Friends Pet Care opened years ago, making kennels a thing of the past. However, even after walking past this building a hundred times I never realized this is where I should head if I ever misplaced something while in the parks. I figured if I didn’t know, lots of you out there likely could use some information on the subject. So with that in mind here’s everything you need to know about Lost & Found at Walt Disney World.

The first thing to remember about Lost & Found is that timing matters. If you realize quickly that you’re missing something, it’s smart to retrace your steps and hope that a cast member hasn’t sent your item away yet. But if you don’t notice for a while, it’s smart to head to Guest Relations instead. Any items lost in the parks are brought to Guest Services to hold for same-day pickups only. However, if you don’t realize until later, or if your item isn’t recovered until after park closing, that’s where things get interesting! At the end of each day, all items recovered from the four theme parks, two water parks, Downtown Disney, and all Disney transportation vehicles are sent to the one and only Theme Parks Lost & Found. 

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See? I wasn’t kidding. It’s shabby, right?

To find Lost & Found at Walt Disney World, simply head to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then follow signs for walking to the parking lot. Just past the gift shop, you’ll see the building pictured on your left. It is open everyday but closes at 7pm, so you’ll have to leave the parks a bit early to visit. If you’d like to call about your item, the Lost & Found phone number is 407-824-4245. If your item hasn’t made it to lost & found yet, you’re able to file a report from this location so the cast members know to keep an eye out for it. Don’t lose heart if you have to file a report and leave empty handed. I’ve heard amazing stories about items being returned long after their owners returned home. (Have you had an experience with pixie dust bringing something home you’d thought you’d lost forever? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!)

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Major Changes Coming to The Central Hub Area at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 28, 2014

Cinderella CastleHave you ever been at Magic Kingdom after the fireworks and the evening parade, and you are just trapped? You can’t move anywhere? Well, I have.

It was on the Magic Kingdom’s 40th Birthday celebration, and my friends and I all staked out spots in the area near Crystal Palace to see the spectacular fireworks show that was planned to celebrate the occasion. The show was beautiful, but then the cluster of people wanting to leave started to rear its ugly head.

We didn’t see the need to rush out since the park was still open, and we thought about heading back to Adventureland, but we, too, were stuck in our spots. We couldn’t make our way anywhere. This is where we coined the phrase, “Disney Anarchy.” There were people literally climbing over the fences with STROLLERS to climb in the grass to get around some of the chaos (I absolutely do NOT recommend that, by the way). It took a good hour to hour and a half to clear the area so that we could finally move. We felt like fish swimming upstream.

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“Rock Your Disney Side” Coming To Disney Parks

by on February 28, 2014

In a tradition that started back in 2012 to kick-off the “One More Disney Day” promotion, Disney Parks have been throwing 24-hour, all-night parties for their guests. This year, the tradition continues in an event called “Rock Your Disney Side.”

The special 24-hour party will take place kicking-off Memorial Day Weekend (starting at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, and lasting to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24). The event will be held on both coasts – at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort.

This year’s theme invites guests to show off their Disney Side by dressing as either their favorite Disney hero or villain. (Costumes must follow the same rules that apply during events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.) During the party, there will be plenty of character meet and greets, special entertainment, food offerings, merchandise, and more.

To find out more about the event, make sure to follow along at the blog here, or check out Disney’s new website, rockyourdisneyside.com

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New Details About Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom

by on February 24, 2014

View from the tracks of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

View from the tracks of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ©Disney

Today, the Disney Parks Blog had a live chat discussing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is currently being built as the final part of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Most of the questions and answers were sort of vague, but we did receive a few new details that I wanted to share with you all.

First off, a brand new song called “Music in Your Soup” will be played in the queue area. The song was originally written for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but was not used in the movie. The whole area’s music will be instrumental, and it will be as if the Dwarfs, themselves, are playing it.

Speaking of the queue, there will be interactive elements where guests are invited to sort and wash jewels from the mine. Also, guests will be able to enter the Dwarfs’ vault that’s seen in the movie.

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Celebrate The Love With Disney Princesses and Princes this Valentine’s Day

by on February 14, 2014

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If you have the opportunity to be at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, head to the nearest Princess meet and greet opportunity.  You see, for today only, Disney will be offering special meet and greets with the lovely Disney Princesses and their handsome Princes.

Briefly, a few of the couples I have seen that are meeting with guests include Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in Liberty Square at Tiana’s Garden Glen. At Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland, Cinderella and Prince Charming, as well as Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, are sharing the love.

This is a very rare opportunity to see Disney couples together.  But a very fun one too!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Getting Ready to Roll

by on February 10, 2014

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The new daytime parade for the Magic Kingdom is getting its finishing touches! Called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, this new extravaganza is a celebration of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. The parade will bring beloved Disney and Pixar characters front and center with innovative parade floats, a new soundtrack featuring classic favorites from Disney films, a brand new original parade song, plus incredibly stunning costumes. There will be nearly 100 performers in all that help bring this parade to life.

“The parade celebrates and pays homage to what the Magic Kingdom is all about,” said Randy Wojcik, senior show director Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Creative Entertainment. “It has the most beautiful floats, enchanting characters, vibrant costumes that come to life; and the choreography is just glorious. Yet, it is also very kinetic, relevant and powerful on a scale never seen before at Walt Disney World.”

There will be seven unique units comprised of nine spectacularly designed floats. The float by float line up includes:

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PUSH the Talking Trash Can No Longer Appearing at Magic Kingdom

by on February 10, 2014

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PUSH in Tomorrowland
(photo credit Scott Sanders -
Disney Cruise Line Blog)

The question over the last week has been: “Will he be returning or won’t he?” We now know the answer. PUSH the Talking Trash Can will no longer appear in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. His last day working was Saturday, February 8.

PUSH was an animatronic trash can who interacted with guests by talking with them, joking with them, and dancing with them. He was absolutely a fan favorite attraction.

The rumors started late last week. First, we heard he was going away forever, then we heard from the Orlando Sentinel that he was reported to be staying, but it’s official now that the roving trash can is extinct.

It appears that the reason behind the removal is that the contract for the talking trash can act had expired. PUSH had been around for 19 years.

There are no current plans to introduce a similar show back into the park. Disney is advising guests to instead take part in the #INCREDIBLESsuperdanceparty at the Rockettower Plaza Stage.

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Details About the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

by on January 22, 2014

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©Disney

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade has been rumored to begin its run in March, but I can now officially report that March is indeed the starting month for this fantastic new parade that will roll through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

In addition to this tidbit of information, the Disney Parks Blog has been giving some great sneak peeks of the upcoming parade, including a look at the new Maleficent float. This fantastic steampunk-style mammoth of a dragon is 35 feet in length and reaches 26 feet above the parade route.

If you want to learn more about this parade, make sure to check out this video, which shows fantastic details about The Little Mermaid float, the Brave float, and the Peter Pan float.

According to Steve Davidson, Creative Director of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment, the premise of this new parade is that the “characters exploded out of Fantasyland and said ‘Come to our new land. Come help us celebrate.’”

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