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Observations from the Magic Kingdom: Saturday, May 17, 2014

by on May 23, 2014

Crowd level: 6/10

Weather: High 81°F, Low 77°F,  Sunny.  *Note: The sunburn I received says it felt a lot hotter than 81.

We took a trip to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday to check on the progress of things and, because the weather was incredible, photograph the Festival of Fantasy Parade. The Magic Kingdom has been a bit difficult for me lately with all the walls and cranes and tarps, but things are getting better. First things first? The giant memories sign has been taken out of the front flower bed and the train station looks pretty fantastic.

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Magic Kingdom Entrance, fresh without the gaudy signage.

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Observations: May 17, 2014 – a 2 park feature!

by on May 20, 2014

Hi Everyone!  I had the best Saturday of park hopping and I wanted to share some observations with you.  My day started when we parked at Animal Kingdom at 8:45am.  While we were walking in we noticed it was much more crowded than we’d expected.  Umm… oops… your trusty host had forgotten about Extra Magic Hours!  I was so delighted to get a Fastpass+ for the Kilimanjaro Safaris at 9:05am that I hadn’t paid attention.  Well, we decided to walk back and check the wait time to see if we could sneak on then use the Fastpass+ for a second ride.  Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded.  We were able to pretty much walk on the first time but 30 minutes later we were so glad we had the Fastpass for a quick second ride!  The line was already very slow moving for standby.

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More Details About Walt Disney World’s “Rock Your Disney Side” 24 Hour Day

by on May 19, 2014

Are you ready to show your Disney Side at the Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour Party?

Are you ready to show your Disney Side at the “Rock Your Disney Side” 24 Hour Party?

Disney has finally started trickling out the info about this year’s 24 hour event known as “Rock Your Disney Side.” (See Brian’s previous post, which also shared details about what Epcot will be doing to help with guest flow.) The “Rock Your Disney Side” event is scheduled to take place at the Magic Kingdom this Friday, May 23, starting at 6:00 a.m., and it will last until Saturday, May 24, at 6:00 a.m.

The party’s theme encourages guests to support their favorite heroes or villains, so you can bet both sets of Disney characters will be out in full force over the course of the day! Guests are even encouraged to dress as their favorite characters, truly showcasing their Disney Side.

With that being said, here is some additional information about the “Rock Your Disney Side” event at Walt Disney World and what guests can expect to enjoy who at this rockin’ party. A mini schedule of events has been released for the day. What is most interesting is that the morning and early afternoon appear to feature more of a hero theme, and the later afternoon and evening hours seem to showcase the villains.

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Tinker Bell Moving to Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 15, 2014

Tink meet at the Magic KingdomAre you a Tinker Bell fan? Well, get ready to meet the popular fairy in an all new location at the Magic Kingdom. Starting Tuesday, May 20, Tink will be moving from Adventureland to the Town Square Theater, located on Main Street U.S.A.

When entering the new Garden Theater guests will be transported to Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook via an equally magical portal, which will “shrink” guests down to the size of a fairy. When guests enter the space they will see a beautiful, natural setting filled with some of Tink’s personal treasures.

The best part about this new meet and greet location is that FastPass+ will be available in addition to the the usual standby line. Tinker Bell’s previous meet and greet in Adventureland was standby-only.

An unfortunate change that comes along with this change of venue is that Tinker Bell will be meeting guests solo. When Tink met in Adventureland she was always joined by another fairy friend such as Silvermist, Rosetta, Terrance, or her sister Periwinkle. It is unclear at this time if there will be an opportunity to meet any of the other Disney Fairies at another location, but they will definitely not be appearing in Town Square Theater with Tinker Bell.

Tink’s new location is in the former home of the Disney Princesses, who moved to Princess Fairytale Hall once it opened in September 2013. Magician (talking) Mickey Mouse will continue to meet guests at Town Square Theater. (His meet is located next door to Tinker Bell’s new Garden Theater.)

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Going to Disney Solo

by on May 15, 2014

It can feel this scary to go to Disney alone!

It can feel this scary to go to Disney alone!

When I was recently approached about heading to Los Angeles for a business I trip all I heard in my head was, “You’re going to Disneyland!” I couldn’t wait to tell my hubby and get our flights booked. You can imagine how deflated I was when the dates fell over a period that he couldn’t join me. At first, I was sad that I would be so close to Disneyland and not visiting the happiest place on Earth. Then I realized, I visit Disney World several times a month all by myself. Why not do the same for the west coast? I figured if I thought twice about doing Disney on my own then most of you would too. So with that in mind here are the best things about traveling alone on your next Disney vacation and why you should give it a try!

What to ride next? Anything I want! Often when traveling with friends and family compromises have to be made to keep everyone happy. When you’re on your own there’s a very short list of people to keep content! Want to ride something that your family hates? No problem! Want to sleep in or stay out late? Sounds great! In my case, that means a lot of time taking photos with no pressure to go faster because someone it bored.

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May 7, 2014: Magic Kingdom and the Fourth Fastpass+

by on May 13, 2014

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re ready for a report full of pixie dust! I’d originally planned on doing a post about May the 4th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios but it seems like everyone has been talking about that this week. Instead I decided to take you on a fun filled night at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s get started! Of course, Mickey was there to greet me before I even arrived to the park…

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I decided to take some video as we rolled into the Magic Kingdom Monorail station. Unfortunately, it’s complete with authentic kid finger prints on the glass. No matter where I moved around the window was just covered.

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2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets Now on Sale

by on May 7, 2014

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©Disney

Wow! We’re already talking Christmas, as tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This is a hard ticketed event that takes place at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and features a holiday parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot chocolate, fun shows, and snow! What better way to get yourself in the holiday spirit?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will take place select nights from November 7 through December 19. All parties run from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Actual party dates for 2014 include:

November: 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30
December: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19

Ticket prices vary during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with a few discounts available for select nights. Here is the pricing structure for this year’s event (includes tax):

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2014 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Now on Sale

by on May 7, 2014

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Good news! Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! This hard ticket event, which takes place at the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, is a great time with a fantastic parade, wonderful fireworks, people dressed in costumes, and all the candy you can eat!

This year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts early, with the first night being September 1. The last night for the party is scheduled for October 31. Parties for this year typically occur on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday nights, with a few Monday and Tuesday nights thrown in. This year’s dates are:

September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28
October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 & 31

Ticket prices vary for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and there are discounts for select nights. Typically there is an advance purchase discount, minus a few exceptions.

Here’s what you can expect to pay (prices include tax): 

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Top Ten Magic Kingdom Attraction Earworms

by on May 5, 2014

An earworm is a snippet of sound that gets stuck in your head, rolling over and over (and over and over and over …) as if on constant replay. Typically this refers to a musical phrase that repeats in your head ad infinitum. I’m probably a weirdo (well, I’m definitely a weirdo, but this may be just a minor factor) because this sometimes happens to me with phrases or spoken words, not just melodies or lyrics as is normally the case. I hear a specific sentence and it can roll around in my head for hours, or days, or more.

Buzz has a little know earworm superpower.

Buzz has a little know earworm superpower.

For me, this persistent semi-conscious auditory loop is most often triggered by a trip to Walt Disney World. Maybe there’s a sense memory factor, maybe it’s a latent childhood tic, or maybe it’s just that the notes and phrases are repeated so often during the attractions that they have become the background music of my mind. In any event, here is a list of the top ten Magic Kingdom words or phases that get lodged in my brain, begging to take up eternal residence.

10. “It’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”: Carousel of Progress. Maybe it’s the singalong aspect of the song’s appearance during the attraction, but once I start singing, I just can’t stop.

9. “To infinity and beyond”: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I don’t care what else Tim Allen does, he’s always Buzz buzzing in the back of my brain.

8. “Backside of water”: Jungle Cruise. There is a fair amount of variability in the Jungle Cruise patter depending on the preferences of your skipper, but I’ve never had a Jungle Cruise journey where they didn’t mention the backside of water. I wait for it; it clicks; and it holds on tight.

7. “Wazoooooooowski”: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. It’s not just the word “Wazowski” that sticks with me, it’s taskmaster Roz’s guttural moan of the green guy’s name that digs a hole in my subconscious. And the fact that I know Roz is watching, always watching doesn’t help.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train To Open May 28 at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 2, 2014

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©Disney

This morning was the dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland, and we FINALLY have the information we have all been waiting for! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will officially open in the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

The attraction may see some soft opening any time now; however, do keep in mind that soft openings are not guaranteed and that even if the attraction does open, it may only be open for part of the day.

During the cute ceremony, which was live streamed via the Disney Parks Blog, Snow White joined her friends, the Seven Dwarfs, along with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs, as they used a golden pickax to officially dedicate the attraction, which is the final piece in the New Fantasyland project.

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