Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Love is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort as fairytale princesses find true love with their princes, and “happily ever after” becomes reality. It all happens during True Love Week February 11-17, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. The weeklong love fest is all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks, where each week in 2013 guests will be treated to a sprinkling of Disney magic where unexpected surprises and delights enhance vacation memories. During True Love Week, a tapestry of romance is woven throughout the resort — from limited- time Valentine’s merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts [...]
WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday and has some newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look: Long Lost Friends Week was the first big hit from Limited Time Magic in Florida Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig Von Drake The Pinocchio gang Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John, and the Sheriff of Nottingham Clarabelle & Horace BIG BAD WOLF! Instead of sining autographs, guests were given autograph cards The Cinderella Castle Dreamlights are coming down Crane up behind the castle Another crane up and working on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train The queue was fixed up while the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was closed last week Marie was out in Storybook Circus… [...]
Marc Davis: Imagineering Master By Daniel Butcher Everyday guests of the Walt Disney World Resort enjoy the efforts of largely unknown and unnamed Imagineers. Imagineer Marc Davis began to impact theme parks years before Walt Disney dreamed of Disneyland. Davis was a late comer to attraction design, working in animation when Disneyland opened. From animation to attraction design, Davis has left a mark on the Disney experience and his legacy continues today where it started, in film. Marc Fraser Davis was born March 30, 1913, in Bakersfield California. But California is not where the Davis family stayed. Davis’ father, Harry A. Davis, was a wandering jeweler and magician who attempted to strike it rich in the boomtowns of the [...]
Today marks the last appearance of the Long Lost Friends characters at the Magic Kingdom as part of Limited Time Magic. Take a look back at a week full of fun character appearances in our video coverage:
LucasFilm Acquisition– The Impact to the Parks by Nathan Bradley Hello Humans! Wow have we hit the jackpot…It’s a match made in heaven: Disney and Star Wars…errr I mean LucasFilm (but mostly Star Wars). Bob Iger, who is responsible for the acquisitions of Pixar, The Muppets, Marvel, and now Lucasfilm, is going to go down as one of the greatest company leaders. Looking back at what WDI has done with Pixar in the parks and The Muppets to an extent, having Star Wars in WDI’s lineup almost becomes too much to imagine…but I’m going to try. The Star Wars franchise right now is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, fans have a sour taste in their mouth because [...]
From the Disney Parks Blog: We’re happy to share here on the Disney Parks Blog today that a new interactive quest called A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will debut in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park this spring. (And check out this great artist rendering that our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared with us!) In A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas, guests will use a pirate map and magic talisman to help them complete five different pirate raids throughout Adventureland. The goal is to help locate different Treasures of the Seven Seas and fight off pirate enemies like the Royal Navy and Captain Barbossa, among others. If guests help Captain Jack succeed in all the missions, they’ll be [...]
Escape from Casey Jr. By Daniel Butcher You will probably find me strange. It has been my dream to experience a significant evacuation from a Disney attraction. I am convinced that it would be exciting and a cherished memory! Seriously, how cool would it be to be walked off from Space Mountain with the lights on? Would it not be great to see the Haunted Mansion from outside a Doom Buggy? My daughter and I have both held our breaths as ours came to a halt in the graveyard scene. Some may believe these sorts of incidents would lessen the magic, but for me it would only increase it! Sure I have had my near misses but nothing significant. Several years [...]
When issue 19 of the magazine was released, the Letter from the Editor included a note that the magazine staff was taking a short break, and would use the downtime to consider improvements to the magazine. During that time, the magazine team considered many different options. Now the break is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that we are significantly changing the way we publish our content. Instead of releasing a monthly PDF version of the magazine, we are going to fully integrate our content into the main wdwnewstoday.com website. Our magazine articles will be published as featured content of the site. The plan is to publish a couple of articles each weekend. The articles will be highlighted as magazine [...]
For over 41 years, 22 different goodbyes in different languages were the last thing guests would see on “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom. That scene was quietly removed a few days ago and black tarps were hung to cover work Imagineers are currently doing to the attraction. Rumor has it that when completed, the new scene will read guest’s MagicBands and RFID-enabled tickets to give them a personalized goodbye with their name in it. Here’s what the scene looks like now: Stay tuned to WDW News Today as work progresses on this new scene for “it’s a small world”.
I know it is a few days late, but I decided that I should share some newsworthy photos from my last trip to Walt Disney World with you, so let’s take a look at a couple of interesting things happening around the resort: The Epcot Center charm bracelet is now available The “Oz The Great and Powerful” playground fro the Flower and Garden Festival is being constructed near Imagination! The FastPass+ queue seems to be finished at the Seas with Nemo and Friends Yes, the cut a hole in the mural… The Main Street Bakery is closed until May to convert to Starbucks service Tomorrowland Terrace has breakfast for now FastPass+ scanners uncovered at Tomorrowland Speedway Also uncovered at the [...]
The new IBM Think exhibit opened inside Innoventions recently and we have a short video of the experience & the featured film in the exhibit to share with you:
An anonymous source was nice enough to send in the following pieces of never-before-seen concept art for Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom: Here we see Princess Aurora with a backdrop from her film Princess Tiana appears with a bayou-backdrop Based on this concept art, what do you think of Princess Fairytale Hall?