Archive for July, 2006

Disney Dreams Come True Parade

by on July 31, 2006

Disney’s Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom will begin soon, replacing the Share a Dream Come True parade. The cast and crew are in technical rehearsals for the parade this week (7/01/06), suggesting an opening of the new parade sometime this month, if not as early as next week.

Disney’s Dreams Come True Parade consists of new music and the Share a Dream parade’s floats redesigned to function minus their signature snow globes and with added decor.

West Future World gets wet again!

by on July 31, 2006

An update to an earlier report, the West Future World at Epcot lakes are being refilled after a dry spell for refurbishment. They look crystal clear and wonderful.

Epcot exclusive scent

by on July 26, 2006

July 27th, the Guerlain boutique in Epcot’s World Showcase unveiled a new scent from the French company called Insolence. This is the first time a scent has been premiered and offered exclusively at a Walt Disney World store. The scent will remain on sale exclusively at the France pavilion until Sepetember, when it will go on sale worldwide.

Personal Checks no longer accepted as form of payment

by on July 26, 2006

Effective July 30th, 2006, the Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations will stop accepting personal checks as a form of payment.

Cinderellabration to end Sept 16th

by on July 25, 2006

The castle stage show, Cinderellabration, will end its run on September 16th. A replacement show will begin on September 30th.

New columnist: Julie Saunders

by on July 24, 2006

We’re pleased to announce the debut of columnist Julie Saunders to Julie is a freelance travel writer living in North Carolina, and she contributes the Florida Fun column to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Julie’s already written three articles for our website, covering everything from afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian, to Segway tours of World Showcase. You can read all of Julie’s columns here.

Gold-be-gone work at Cinderella Castle

by on July 24, 2006

Beginning September 10th, the removal of the Happiest Celebration on Earth overlay to Cinderella Castle will commence.

Following the removal of the statues, magic mirrow, and trimmings, the castle is scheduled for a repainting. The removal should be complete by September 19th, with the repainting process however lasting until December 5th.

Other work will continue on the castle, on the interior, until the Royal Bedchamber opens for Guests in January as part of th Year of a Million Dreams.

Spectromagic currently not so Magical

by on July 24, 2006

After a long period of suspecting something was wrong, we’ve finally discovered what is wrong with the Spectromagic night parade at the Magic Kingdom.

As you may know, Walt Disney World parades have parade route sections which feature appropriate music for the floats. As new floats cruise by, the background music often shifts to match. The floats themselves also provide certain audio, so it all blends into a seamless performance. Theoretically, this is how it is supposed to work.

For several months the audio mixing console (a piece of equipment that controls the background music along the parade route) has been broken. Cast Members have been manually mixing the shows, and in the case of Spectromagic (which has several underscore pieces,) the main theme from the opening is left to play along the entire route rather than changing to match the floats.

Luckily, the themes are all orchestrated to blend together, but there are points where the float audio obviously does not go with the current music.

It has been suggested that the lack of response from guests (because they can’t tell how it’s supposed to sound) mixed with budget concerns are delaying action to remedy the matter.

New Entertainment for Year of a Million Dreams

by on July 24, 2006

Several new in-park entertainment offerings are going to be rolled out for the Year of a Million Dreams celebration starting in October.

Guests are already experiencing Captin Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial throughout the day in Adventureland, with the following shows starting for the celebration:

The Mainstreet Family Fun Day Parade
Woody’s Cowboy Camp
Royal Court Academy

What these actually are, and how often they will be offered, is currently unknown.

New Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan Record!

by on July 23, 2006

The Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan is an itinerary designed to see every attraction, show, parade and live performance in the Magic Kingdom in one day. This generally involves experiencing at least 40 attractions in as little as ten hours, and includes everything from character autographs in Toontown to running over Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island.

A new record was set on July 5, 2006, when Frank and Max Rodriguez of Long Valley, NJ, visited all 48 open attractions in the Magic Kingdom in 11 hours, 18 minutes.

In addition, the Lubetich family of Silverdale, Washington, experienced 45 attractions in 11 hours, 15 minutes on July 3, 2006.

Link to Ultimate Magic Kingdom Touring Plan