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Magic Kingdom Parade at 3:00 PM in 2018

by on January 2, 2018

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida is currently scheduled for 3:00 PM for all dates in 2018. (As of today, Disney World’s web-based schedule goes through June 30, 2018.)

While it’s true that Disney shifted the start time of this parade to 2:00 PM for the latter half of 2017, its time is 3:00 PM for the foreseeable future. You can see that on Disney World’s website:

Festival of Fantasy at 3:00 PM today, January 2, 2018

 

This is not breaking news; the 3:00 PM parade showtimes in 2018 have been on the schedule for months, but we’ve received enough messages from folks questioning this that we thought it wise to share the information on our blog. We do not know the reason for Disney’s choice of parade times, nor do we know whether the parade will switch back to 2:00 PM in August 2018 like it did in August 2017. Disney may change the schedule of this parade (or anything else) at its whim, so we recommend that you verify your showtimes as close to your touring dates as possible. When Disney makes changes, we generally update our times within a day or two. Same-day showtimes appear in our Lines app. We also display Magic Kingdom showtimes on our website, and showtimes are incorporated into our Personalized Touring Plan software.

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Holidays Around the Parks: Magic Kingdom Edition

by on December 25, 2017

Good morning and Merry Christmas to all! I hope none of you received coal in your stocking this morning, because I still have a ton left over from last Christmas. I mean, what can you do with it?!? Anyway, for those of you whom haven’t read any of our previous entries this holiday season, we’re bringing you a GLORIOUS full-page investigative report surrounding the holiday decorations from around the Orlando area theme parks. Some parks have delivered jaw-dropping new additions, while others…well, maybe I will have a few places to send that coal after all. So sit back, put on that new Derek Burgan mixtape (available now at an outlet bargain bin near you), and enjoy the festivities from the Magic Kingdom.

 

It’s a gorgeous afternoon at the Magic Kingdom, with plenty of reds and greens as far as the eye can see.

 

 

The Main Street Station is always well dressed for any holiday. While I prefer the Jack-O-Lanterns during Halloween, the red bows and garland are a welcome sight for passengers arriving from Storybook Circus.

 

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Hall of Presidents to Reopen After Refurbishment

by on December 18, 2017

©Rikki Niblett

After a lengthy refurbishment, the classic Walt Disney World attraction The Hall of Presidents will reopen on Tuesday, December 19. During the year-long transformation, enhancements were included that bring the story of the American presidency to life as never before.

In addition, during this update, as has happened before and is the tradition with every new president elected to the office since the attraction debuted, an Audio-Animatronics figure of President Donald J. Trump has been added to the show. President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s.

The Hall of Presidents carries a legacy that has been part of Disney Parks for more than 50 years.

SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love FRONTIERLAND at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

by on November 18, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at FRONTIERLAND at Disney’s Magic Kingdom! When Walt Disney created Disneyland in 1955, the genre of Westerns in American pop culture was in its heyday. John Wayne was a giant movie star, Gunsmoke had just started on TV, and Disney itself had a giant hit on its hands with the Davy Crockett series. So it was only natural that one of the lands in the world’s first theme park would be based around the concept of the Old West. The original Frontierland in Disneyland contained few traditional attractions as we know today, and instead was a much more open concept that allowed guests to explore the wilderness  with – believe it or not – the use of stage coaches and even pack mules. Over the years the theme of Frontierland would evolve, including the additions of two of the most beloved rides in any Disney land. Today we’re going to take a look at our favorite parts of this incredible land in Walt Disney World, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Country Bears Jamboree

When Walt Disney World opened in 1971, there were no actual rides in Frontierland. The Walt Disney Railroad went through the area, there was a Davy Crockett canoe experience, and there was the Country Bears Jamboree. Now, if you were to go to the Magic Kingdom today, the one attraction that would never have a chance to be built is Country Bears. Even with massive changes to the show over the years, the show is what many guests would consider “politically incorrect.”  For me personally, Country Bears – along with Enchanted Tiki Room and PeopleMover – is one of my favorite things to do in any theme park because of its charm. Unlike what we are going through today, Country Bears doesn’t have an IP shoved into it in order to sell more merchandise. It is old school Disney at its best, amazing animatronics doing a show with humor and catchy songs. In fact, when Country Bears first opened it was so successful that it became the first original attraction in Florida to be replicated out in Disneyland. Pro Tip: Check your times guide and be around for the Hoedown Happening that takes places outside the Country Bears Jamboree. Here guests get to “hoot and holler” with Disney characters and Cast Members as they dance to music.

Country Bear Jamboree. (photo by Hunter Underwood)

Country Bear Jamboree. (photo by Hunter Underwood)

Bear claw marks inside waiting area of Country Bears. (photo by Hunter Underwood)

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Houston Astros To Appear at Magic Kingdom for Special Celebratory Parade

by on November 3, 2017

Houston Astros

©Houston Astros

With their recent World Series victory over the Los Angles Dodgers, the Houston Astros are headed to Walt Disney World.

This Saturday, World Series MVP George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa will be honored with a victory parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at the Magic Kingdom. The parade will take place at 12:45 p.m. and the teammates will celebrate with Mickey Mouse and friends as thousands of cheering fans line the parade route.

The Astros’ celebratory parade will continue a tradition of honoring extraordinary champions celebrating the biggest achievements in sports, from professional football to basketball to hockey and beyond.

Congratulations to the Houston Astros!

The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

by on October 25, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

Welcome back to the final installment Part 7 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last several weeks as I’ve shared with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. We’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens, adults and seniors. Today we’re going to wrap things up with families. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored a minimum of four stars by at least half of the age groups surveyed and has no height restrictions so that everyone from baby to great grandparents can enjoy it together as a family. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, October 12, 2017: Mom’s Magical Morning

by on October 12, 2017

Last Friday, I got a note from my part-time job saying that they’d be closed Monday for the holiday. I checked my daughter’s school schedule–she had school. Then I contacted my full-time job, and asked them “Hey, um, I feel silly asking this, but do we have Monday off?” A handful of emails later, the staff realized that we did (although most people were planning to work during the day anyhow to avoid production falling behind, but as an hourly employee and not salary, that wasn’t an option for me). I checked with my husband–nope, he had to work.

I had a day off ….. by myself!

I hadn’t been to Magic Kingdom in ages, and that sounded like a great option for a quick solo trip. I dropped my daughter off at school at 8:30 and was pulling into the Simba section at 8:50. Ah, the local life! After a quick tram ride to a bus ride to a leisurely stroll, I was at the front entrance, which was surprisingly empty for a holiday.

Halloween decorations were all up, and I love the character that they have. It really does add something for the season.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Adults

by on September 27, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney for Adults

Welcome back to Part 5 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, and teens. Next up are the young-at-heart adults. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the adults surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Teens

by on September 18, 2017

The Best of WDW for Teens

Welcome back to Part 4 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies, preschoolers, and grade school kids. Next up are those thrill-seeking teens. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the teens surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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