Tagged with " The Magic Kingdom"
Walt Disney World has put out a number of press releases today promoting new attractions and seasonal entertainment. The first talks about the great success of Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The points are piling up and the spring-action shooters are getting a workout during the first month of operation at Toy Story Mania! — the new 4-D attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. An arcade-style tally at the ride’s conclusion heralds the high scores of the day as guests try their best to beat the top totals. During the first month of daily operation, daily high scores regularly topped 200,000+ points, while all-time highs have reached the 300,000+ point range. In Toy [...]
As we have been reporting here at WDW News Today for almost a year, Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom is scheduled to go down for an extensive refurbishment beginning in January of 2009. The number one priority for Disney during this refurbishment will be to bring in new, more comfortable ride vehicles and loading gates for added safety to the attraction. However, Imagineering has a few other ideas in store for the attraction. Among those ideas are new lighting effects, a completely new queue and exit, and a unique music track to play through the new on-board speakers that each vehicle will have. We are still 6 months away from what should be the beginning of a lengthy refurbishment, but [...]
Better late than never, here are some updates from around the Magic Kingdom during the last few weeks: Cinderella’s Golden Carousel looked great after its refurbishment These new very nice loading gates were added during the short refurbishment A lot of details on these gates, including some very nice etchings on the top A picture of City Hall, still missing its top during the May 26 Pirate and Princess Party The Carousel of Progress poster we talked about a few months ago has finally shown up on both sides of the entrance to the show. This may again support rumors of the attraction being re-made to reflect the original 1964 version from the New York World’s Fair. Work continues on the [...]
The Jungle Cruise attractionÂ returned into service at the Magic Kingdom this past Memorial Day weekend with a few noticeable changes. The first thing youÂ should notice while aboardÂ is that most of the props and setsÂ throughout the attraction have been repainted and repaired, all looking practically brand new. Besides the general maintenance, some of theÂ audio-animatronics characters from the attraction are still missing or have been removed. The Tiger from the cave scene and Chief Nami (the man holding the two shrunken heads near the very end)Â were still missing from the attractionÂ as of earlyÂ Wendesday morning.Â WDW News TodayÂ will be sure to keep an eye on the attraction in the coming weeks, as it is believed that this was only the first phase of a [...]
Jose Eber strikes again with video updates from The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Contemporary, Beach Club, and BoardwalkÂ Resorts: Â
It has taken me a few days, but here is my very own Walt Disney World photo update from the past week. While we still do not have the video and photos from the rest of our staff this week (most of us are still recovering from “A Wild Decade”), we will have all of that coverage for you as soon as we can provide it. Notice that we have gone “green” for this update, well, at least our name has….Â Disney’s Animal Kingdom park celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 22, 2008. We all sat patiently and awaited the speech by Imagineer Joe Rohde inside the Theater in the Wild. There he is, imagineer Joe Rohde. Notice the stylish [...]
I found a rather funny press release put out by Disney earlier this week and felt I should share it with our readers. This is probably the first time Disney has acknowledged that they have a huge number of attractions based on Pixar films: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s a Pixar palooza at Disney Parks! In family-friendly attractions and immersive experiences on both coasts of the United States, guests can do it all — find Nemo, zap Zurg and meddle with Monsters. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Coming this summer to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., is a whole new interactive adventure: Toy Story Mania! Celebrating Disney-Pixar classics [...]
In an announcement we have been expecting for a long time,Â Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom online game is finally shutting down forever next month. As stated on the VMK website, the game was only meant to run throughout the Happiest Celebration on Earth in 2005-06 and has lasted well beyond that. The Virtual Magic Kingdom did make it to the real-life Magic Kingdom during that time, gaining space over inÂ the Main Street Cinema at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom from early 2005 until the Fall of 2007. The game will open for one final day of operation on May 21, 2008 before becoming the first virtual member of Yesterland.
Jose Eber is back with another WDW photo update, this time covering Disney pin trading andÂ theÂ Ghirardelli shopÂ refurbishment at Downtown Disney, one of the Walt Disney World Railroad trains headingÂ inÂ for some maintenance, road work at the car entrance to the Magic Kingdom, andÂ a few addedÂ surprises. Enjoy!!!
Staff Columnist Sparky LD returns after another lengthy hiatus to once again bring us behind the scenes at the Walt Disney World Resort. This time around, Sparky fills us in on the story and technical aspects that are a part of the Magic Kingdom’s night spectacular, Spectromagic. The back-story and technical aspects behind Spectromagic are bothÂ amazingly detailed. The story itself is little know, so why don’t we start with that? The SpectroMen are keepers of light. They hold the parades magical light and transform it for you in the midst of the night. They come from a land called LightSpriation where everything is filled with rays of light and magical bursts of color. They were always afraid to come out [...]