Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Walt Disney World Speedway Closing for Parking Lot Expansion

by on June 16, 2015

On the race track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience ©Rikki Niblett

On the race track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience ©Rikki Niblett

Back in February, we told you about the fact that the Richard Petty Driving Experience would be closing this summer. Well, according to the Orlando Sentinel, now we officially know why! The Walt Disney World Speedway will be closing for…more Magic Kingdom parking.

Disney has filed plans with Reedy Creek about demolishing the Speedway to make room for this expansion of the most popular theme park’s parking lot. At the time of the announced closure of Richard Petty’s Driving Experience, Disney claimed that they would be closing the area due to transportation improvements, so the news that the area will turned into more parking spaces for guests doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience has been a unique activity for many to participate in. For those who are huge NASCAR fanatics, those who liked fast and exotic cars, and those junior riders who felt the need for speed, this was a great way to get a feel of being out on a true course.

After a deadly accident that occurred a few months ago, the Exotic Car Experience has been tabled, however, the regular Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Piston Cup Junior Ride Along program have continued. The last day for guests to participate in either of those two activities is August 9.

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Disney World Attractions in Need of a Revamp

by on June 3, 2015

Escape the heat by enjoying the Carousel of Progress.

One of the aspects that I feel truly separates Disney Parks from other theme parks is the presence of “classic” attractions. By classic attractions, I mean those that might not have state of the art technology by today’s standards, or cost the size of a small island, but remain relevant, charming, and downright fun years or even decades later. Attractions like Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean are just a few examples of these that come to mind. As brilliant as Disney Imagineers are, there is an occasional attraction misstep from time to time, which is inevitable.

It’s incredibly difficult to determine what’s going to resonate with audiences at any one moment, let alone ten, twenty, or fifty years from now. For a variety of reasons, some attractions just don’t age well and feel outdated rather than classic. Most of the time those attractions are replaced (see most of Disney’s California Adventure) but other times, they remain. Below, I’ve listed some attractions that I believe fit this description. These aren’t outright bad attractions per se, but they are ones that have the potential to be really fantastic with a revamp or retheming.

Without further ado, here are some attractions in need of a “tune up” along with what could be done to make them better and my suggestions for what attractions to go on instead.

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Best Magic Kingdom Attractions for Teen Boys

by on June 2, 2015

The Disney Parks were designed with families in mind, to serve as escapes from the real world; where parents and kids can have fun together. But have you ever noticed that a certain element of the family tends to be overlooked? Do you know what it is? It’s the demographic Disney forgot: Teen Boys.

Now, I’m not a teenage boy, but I do have a teenage brother who loves Disney World, despite the lack of commercials and ads directed toward his age group: So I sat down with him for the scoop on what Disney World has to offer teen boys like himself. In the past I’ve covered the Best Disney World Restaurants for Teen Boys and Best Disney World Resorts for Teen Boys, but for today I’m focusing on the Magic Kingdom in this installment of The Demographic Disney Forgot: Best Magic Kingdom Attractions for Teen Boys.

10. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

One of the Magic Kingdom’s newest additions, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is very popular (and known for its lengthy wait times). This gentle coaster focuses on the Seven Dwarfs from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as guests ride in swinging mine carts in and out of the mine where a million diamonds shine! I consider it to be the perfect family ride in that it’s gentle enough for little ones, but still manages to entertain older kids. My teen Disney Bro admits that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is rather tame, but the ride experience is smooth and a lot of more fun than just passing by scenes on a slow moving track. Also, the audio-animatronic dwarfs inside the mine are really impressive and worth seeing!

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever: 24-Hour Day at Magic Kingdom

by on May 28, 2015

Seth Kubersky's Best Week Ever Magic Kingdom 24 Hour Day

For his first Best Week Ever, Seth explores 24 Hour Day at WDW’s Magic Kingdom (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever! Last week, we bid a fond farewell to Daisy Lauren, who filed her final Best Week Ever column before leaving the series in my semi-capable hands. Daisy leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, but I’ll do my best to continue in her style of upbeat observations from around Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and other area attractions.

What better way to kick off my first Best Week Ever than with Walt Disney World’s biggest event of year? Of course, I’m talking about the 24 Hour Day party at the Magic Kingdom, which served as the kickoff for Disney’s “Coolest Summer Ever” campaign. I’ve been attending WDW’s 24-hour parties ever since the very first one on Leap Day 2012, and they are always an amazing (if exhausting) experience.

This year, I was tied up for most of May with the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival (a must-see extravaganza for anyone interested in the arts), so 24-Hour Day marked my first opportunity to visit the Magic Kingdom in many weeks. After several years’ experience, I’ve learned that the most interesting part of the all-nighter is after midnight, which is precisely when I pulled into the TTC parking lot.

Luckily, a powerful rainstorm had pushed through the resort less than an hour before my arrival, resulting in an exodus of soggy guests. That allowed me to snag a parking spot practically underneath the monorail track, within an easy walk of the monorail station.

As I approached the TTC, I noticed a substantial queue of people waiting to purchase tickets. Pro tip: you always want to buy your park admission before arriving, especially during a special event when every minute counts!

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New Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Show to Debut this Year

by on May 27, 2015

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©Disney

If you love Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ll have one new thing to experience at this year’s event and I have to tell you, I’m super excited for this one.

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular will bring the fantastically evil Sanderson Sisters (from that favorite cult Halloween favorite, Hocus Pocus) to the Castle stage where they will run amuck (amuck, amuck) at this fun party.

With the help of the Disney villains, the three sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah will conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and “cast a spell on you.” The show will also feature appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, as well as other favorite baddies. To round things out there will be dancers, projections, and special effects. The show will be replacing the Villains Mix and Mingle.

The whole stage show sounds like a blast. I’ve got my vintage Madonna costume ready because I’m ready for this sisters to perform their magic on me.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, September 15 through November 1.

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The Amazing Race Around Disney World

by on May 26, 2015

Amazing Race

Three things that my family loves are Disney World, reality TV, and competition. So once a year during our summer Disney World vacation, we combine all of these together into what we affectionately call “The Amazing Race Around Disney World”. In case you aren’t familiar with the popular reality TV series “The Amazing Race“, the basic premise is that teams of two compete in challenges while racing around the world for a million dollars. We follow this same format (minus the million) and create new challenges each year.

Please read on for a complete copy of one of our races and to learn more about how to create your very own “Amazing Race Around Disney World” for your next vacation!

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How Do Crowd Levels Relate to Total Wait Times?

by on May 21, 2015

TouringPlans logoSo maybe you noticed that TouringPlans released some Crowd Calendar updates this week. And maybe you have a trip planned and are worried that your dates included some crowd level changes. Wouldn’t you like to know how the crowd levels relate to overall Disney wait times? Of course you would. And we’re here to help.

METHODOLOGY

We took two of our most popular touring plans (the One Day Plan for Adults, and the One Day Plan for Parents with Small Children) at the most popular theme park in the world (Magic Kingdom), and optimized them for days at each crowd level – 1 to 10.

With the exception of the “10” day, the Magic Kingdom opens at 9AM. The 10 day, it opens at 8AM.

We start the plan with arrival at park open.

No days have Extra Magic Hours.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: May 14, 2015

by on May 14, 2015

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World.  It feels so good to be home, so we’re starting with a little Orlando Pride this week! I know we normally just feature theme parks, but I couldn’t visit the Orlando Eye and not take you with me! Stay tuned, because we’re also stopping by the Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go ya’ll! 😀

When construction started on the Orlando Eye there wasn’t much interest in our house. I mean, it’s just a big ferris wheel, right? Now that I’ve been lucky enough to ride I can tell you that is far from the truth. This thing is massive! Taking a complete trip around takes a full 20 minutes. Here’s the view from the base:

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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game: Practical Tips to Maximize Your Fun

by on May 13, 2015

SOTMK posterSorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, a free interactive game at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, is another example of the technology that has lately become pervasive in the parks. This time, though, the focus is squarely on having fun rather than the more pragmatic tasks of entering the park or making FastPass+ reservations. Still, my family has experienced a few bumps in the road related to both ticket media and game card collection, and this article offers some tips gleaned from our most recent experience.

Rather than tips on gameplay strategies, the focus here is on non-gameplay tips to ensure you maximize your time at play—but first some background on the game and how to get started playing.

Back Story

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, or SOTMK, challenges players to help Merlin the wizard defeat Disney villains by casting spells at “portals” found on Main Street, U.S.A. and in Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Fantasyland. Players use a special card (their “key”) to open these portals, 5 of which are located in each of the aforementioned lands within innocuous looking windows or walls.© Sarah Graffam

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Details about Coolest Summer Ever 24 Hour Event at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 6, 2015

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©Disney

Are you excited about the upcoming 24 Hour Coolest Summer Ever event scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend? (Which is taking place from 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 22 until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23.)  It is sure to be a fantastic and fun-filled day with special activities taking place throughout the day!  Here is what unique activities Guests can expect to experience throughout the day:

  • Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff will be on hand to welcome Guests to the park at 6:00 a.m. following a spectacular opening show ceremony.
  • The Festival of Fantasy Parade will take place twice – once at noon and once at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade will also take place twice – at 11:00 p.m. and at 1:00 a.m.
  • The Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and at 5:40 p.m.
  • A DJ will spin tunes in the Club Chill party zone in Tomorrowland from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. In addition, Guests should be on the lookout for some of your favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars, because they might just drop by!
  • Late night dance parties hosted by characters in PJs in Frontierland and the Castle Hub
  • Chalk Artists
  • Tasty Frozen-inspired treats

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