Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Dani’s Best Week Ever November 17, 2016: It’s Christmastime in the Disney World

by on November 17, 2016

The most merriest of seasons has started to arrive at Walt Disney World. Like hanging ornaments on a tree, it takes a little time for the vacation kingdom to become full dressed in holiday regalia. The first shiny ornament that Walt Disney World unwraps each year is the Magic Kingdom. For well over a week, Christmas decorations, music, and a few festive shows have ushered in the holiday season at the most attended theme park in the country.


In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmastime in the Disney

I awoke one weekend morning with as much zeal and excitement as my younger self did on Christmas. It is rare that I head to the theme parks in the morning. When I was a kid I couldn’t have any fun until my chores and homework were done; as an adult I still often impose such rules on myself.



img_5506Arriving around 9:30 AM on a weekend resulted in a little bit of a back up at the parking toll and throughout the parking lot, but seeing the wreaths on the parking plaza kept my impatience at bay. Once on board the tram I quickly became covered in goosebumps because the t-shirt and shorts I was wearing did not combat the slightly chilling morning air. I’m a Florida girl so anything below 72 degrees Fahrenheit is chilly to me.

The holiday spirit continues at the Ticket and Transportation Center with decorations, festive music, and red scarves adorning the Mickey and Minnie topiaries. Apparently not having learned my lesson from the chilly parking tram ride, I headed for the ferry boat. The views along the Seven Seas Lagoon made it worth it, though.


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A Frozen Holiday Wish – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 + Video

by on November 15, 2016

Photo - Matt Stroshane

Photo – Matt Stroshane

For today’s TouringPlansTV, I’m bringing you with me to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Watch Elsa freeze Cinderella Castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish.


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Holiday Events Begin at the Magic Kingdom

by on November 2, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Wasn’t it just Halloween and now BAM! it’s Christmas. It is the most glorious time of the year at the Magic Kingdom and the park is getting ready to celebrate with you!

First, it’s time to get your Jingle on – that is the Jingle Cruise. This holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland sees the Skippers who are homesick during the holiday season, so they decided to create their own festive fun with homemade decorations, gifts, and more. The boat dock area has been decorated and the boats have been renamed with fun holiday themes. In addition, many of the show scenes have been decorated too, like the gorilla camp, the temple, and even Ginger and Smiley. The jokes take on a fun holiday spin too, with holiday-inspired laughs. The Jingle Cruise overlay will last through the holiday season.

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Zootopia Characters Meet & Greet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on October 28, 2016

Nick and Judy from Zootopia during the Move It, Shake It, Dance and Play It! Street Party ©Rikki Niblett

Nick and Judy during the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party ©Rikki Niblett

Ever since the hit Disney film Zootopia was released in theaters, Guests have been wanting the opportunity to meet Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps at one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Sure, they could see them in the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party, but they’ve never had the opportunity to meet the pair. That is until now.

Guests who attend this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will finally have the chance to meet both Nick and Judy in person in Tomorrowland.

One thing to keep in mind, for those who would like to meet Nick and Judy. Since this is the first time Guests will be able to meet these characters, they will likely have an extremely long line. If you want to meet this duo, make sure to get in line early.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled to take place on the following dates:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

Tickets are on sale and currently no party dates are sold out.


Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show to Debut at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 26, 2016

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show


A brand new Cinderella Castle nighttime projection show is set to debut at the Magic Kingdom on Novmeber 4!

Called “Once Upon a Time,” this heartwarming new show will features Beauty and the Beast’s Mrs. Potts sharing bedtime stories with Chip. Here Guests will go on a magical adventure through favorite Disney movies, including flying over London to Never Land with Peter Pan, watching Winnie the Pooh fly towards the top of the Castle with a colorful balloon, enjoying a whimsical tea party with the Mad Hatter, and more. The show will culminate with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast, including Belle waltzing with Beast, Beast’s duel with Gaston, and him turning back into a Prince. The conclusion will include a grand finale of additional appearances by beloved Disney characters.

“Once Upon a Time” will take its inspiration from a projection show from the Tokyo Disney Resort. Much like the current show, “Celebrate the Magic,” “Once Upon a Time” will utilize projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.

Celebrate the Magic” will end its four year run on November 3.

Filming Dates for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

by on October 21, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

One of my time honored traditions is sitting down on Christmas morning with a cup of coffee and a warm blanket and watching the Christmas Parade on ABC each year.

However, the parade taping doesn’t take place on Christmas. Instead, the taping for this year’s festivities will take place from November 9-13 at Walt Disney World. Stage show elements and musical performances will be filmed at this time. This year there will be a bit of a change, as the actual parade itself will be filmed exclusively at Disneyland. (On a separate date that has not been announced.)

Guests are able to observe the filming during standard park hours, if they choose to do so.

In addition to the annual parade TV special, it appears that there will actually be a series of television specials that will be airing throughout November and December on both ABC and Disney Channel that will be filmed during this time period, as well.

For those who will be in the Magic Kingdom, Main Street, nearest Cinderella Castle will be the most affected; the rest of the park traditionally is not extremely impacted. In addition, be aware that a few of the entertainment offerings that occur normally will also be impacted.

Meet Princess Elena of Avalor at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 14, 2016

Princess Elena of Avalor


Do you have a Disney Channel fan in your house? If you do, then you have Princess Elena of Avalor on your TV all the time. So, I bet they would love the opportunity to meet Elena, right? Soon they will be able to!

Beginning on November 24, Princess Elena will be found at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. She will be meeting opposite Cinderella. (On the other side of Princess Fairytale Hall Guests can meet Rapunzel and Tiana.)

To ensure you get to meet Princess Elena, FastPass+ reservations are now available in My Disney Experience.

In addition, through the fall, Guests will still be able to catch The Princess Elena Royal Welcome show at the Magic Kingdom. The show takes place multiple times a day on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

Who’s ready to meet Princess Elena?


Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

by on October 12, 2016

Immediately to the right as you enter the park, this is where you check in for the tour

Immediately to the right as you enter the park, this is where you check in for the tour

I just returned from another amazing trip to Walt Disney World, and while there, I did something I’ve never done during any of my prior trips – a tour! Having heard about how magical tours like Wild Africa Trek and Backstage Magic are, I always assumed any tours that I would be interested in seeing would be beyond my price range. But as it turns out, there are a few of them under $50/person. For this trip, I decided to try out one of those less expensive tours, Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom.

Unlike reservations for hotels, dining, and FastPass+, tours cannot be booked online. So less than a week before the trip, I called the tour reservations line (407-939-8687) hoping that they still had availability. Fortunately, they had room in the 8:00AM tour. The cast member on the other line then provided me with basic information about the tour. I will discuss some of these in detail later and whether they were true, but here is a summary of the information she provided:

Topic: How Walt Disney’s childhood and later life influenced the development of Magic Kingdom

Cost: $35-$49 due at time of booking (Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts may be available)

Length & Location: Three-hour walking tour around Magic Kingdom

Cancellation Policy: Must cancel three or more days beforehand to receive a full refund

Wheelchair accessibility: Yes, but in order to experience attractions, must be able to transfer

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Attractions to Ride During Magic Kingdom Fireworks

by on September 27, 2016

Disney World’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom is a show that I can watch over and over again. I’ve had a perfect view at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. just behind the Hub. I’ve had great views from other various spots along Main Street, U.S.A. and from the upper balcony of the Walt Disney Railroad Main Street U.S.A. Station. I’ve watched it from Fantasyland near Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and at assorted spots on the path leading to Beast’s Castle with the fireworks exploding in all directions.

I’ve watched the fireworks bursting above me near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and have seen them from the Tomorrowland bridge. I’ve also watched from parts of the park that afford only glimpses of the action but where the fireworks still give me that feeling of magic.

© Sarah Graffam

Wishes near Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid


To be sure, there are many spots with a view of Wishes in Magic Kingdom. But there is another memorable way to watch the show from inside the park that doesn’t involve finding one great spot. Rather, how about experiencing Wishes from a different perspective by riding an attraction with a view.

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The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History Will Open in October

by on September 23, 2016



The Muppets are coming! The Muppets are coming!

Are you ready for stories retelling famous historical moments courtesy of The Muppets? (I mean how could you not be ready?) Beginning October 2 at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, Guests will be able to catch some of your favorite characters, such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo, and yes Sam Eagle in “The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.”

The eccentric new show that was announced back in July will be hosted by James “J.J” Jefferson who is the Liberty Square town crier, as well as the patriotic, Sam Eagle. Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets will share their own unique spin on the founding fathers. They will recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and more. There will be a unique song and one thing is for sure–this show will include plenty of humor.

“The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History” will take place several times a day outside the Hall of Presidents.