Next Week’s “Limited Time Magic”… LONG LOST FRIENDS WEEK! 1/21-27/13

Next Week’s “Limited Time Magic”… LONG LOST FRIENDS WEEK! 1/21-27/13

For one week only January 21st-27th, long-lost friends are returning to Magic Kingdom park and guests may have a rare chance to brush shoulders with classic characters in Town Square. Classic characters such as Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, the Three Little Pigs and more will be appearing! We will have more information on this breaking story as it becomes available.

Jan 18, 2013     3 Comments
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VIDEO: A Winter Wonderland of Characters Comes to Epcot for “Limited Time Magic”

VIDEO: A Winter Wonderland of Characters Comes to Epcot for “Limited Time Magic”

Chip, Dale, Donald, and Daisy in their winter wardrobes take part in a special meet and greet this week outside of the Canada pavilion in Epcot as part of Limited Time Magic:

Jan 14, 2013     No Comments
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Dirk Wallen’s 1/11/13 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

Dirk Wallen’s 1/11/13 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Magic Kingdom earlier today and has some great newsworthy photos to share with us (including our first look at the Big Thunder Mountain interactive queue), so let’s take a look: More RFID entrances being installed at the Magic Kingdom Kodak references still up at Town Square Theater Plenty of Valentine’s Day treats available already Some of the Hall of Champions facade is behind tarps again The Adventureland Veranda is behind tarps now This area next to Aloha Isle is behind tarps now too. We think it might be related to the Adventureland interactive game Splash Mountain is closed until March The ride is drained and a lot of the ride has already been ripped [...]

Jan 11, 2013     1 Comment
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Adam Roth’s 1/9/12 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

Adam Roth’s 1/9/12 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday and took a ton of construction photos of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to share with us, so let’s see how the last large piece of New Fantasyland is coming along: A lot of progress A lot of new track installed It’s starting to look like a ride… The loading station A whole lot of Imagineers out at Mine Train Pssst… Adam… they can see you… Imagineer Chris Beatty looks mad at Adam… We also spot Imagineer Eric Jacobson – Senior Vice President, Creative Development The back of the mountain Triton’s Treasures on the back side of the mountain is coming along nicely Shingles going up on the Tangled restroom [...]

Jan 11, 2013     No Comments
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“Limited Time Magic” Brings a Winter Wonderland to Canada at Epcot 1/14-1/20

“Limited Time Magic” Brings a Winter Wonderland to Canada at Epcot 1/14-1/20

From the Disney Parks Blog: It’s Friday, and time to share our next “Limited Time Magic” surprise at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our latest extra sprinkle of Pixie Dust begins on Monday at the Canada Pavilion in Epcot. The forecast at Epcot this week is sunny with a chance of flurries. For one week only, January 14-20, there will be a magical Winter Wonderland location with falling snow where you and your family can meet and take photos with some of your favorite Disney characters. It’s an all new character greeting location in the Canada Pavilion. Times for the Winter Wonderland location at Epcot are: 10:30 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. 3:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. What do you think of this [...]

Jan 11, 2013     3 Comments
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Dirk Wallen’s 1/10/13 Epcot Photo Report

Dirk Wallen’s 1/10/13 Epcot Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited Epcot earlier today to see the newly remodeled Boulangerie Patisserie in France and the IBM Think exhibit inside Innoventions, so let’s take a look at what’s going on around the park: Guests with RFID tickets are using the new entrance area all the way to the right, meanwhile more of the new RFID scanners are being installed Kodak picture spots are still up Daisy got a new meet and greet backdrop near the front of the park a few weeks ago, it is pretty retro-tastic Epcot Character Spot is still being remodeled Preparations underway for the Flower and Garden Festival The new IBM exhibit quietly opened today inside Innoventions The new exhibit is simply called [...]

Jan 10, 2013     No Comments
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Disney Parks Management Shake-Up Makes George Kalogridis WDW President

Disney Parks Management Shake-Up Makes George Kalogridis WDW President

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2013) – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs today announced key leadership changes across one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences to better position the organization for growth.  Effective Feb. 1, Meg Crofton will fully assume her global role as president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France – a position she has held since July 2011 – while concurrently serving as president of Walt Disney World. With Meg’s transition complete, George A. Kalogridis is named president of the Walt Disney World Resort, and Michael Colglazier is named president of the Disneyland Resort. Both Kalogridis and Colglazier’s roles are also effective Feb. 1. “With all that we currently [...]

Jan 9, 2013     No Comments
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Dirk Wallen’s 1/9/13 Hollywood Studios Photo Report

Dirk Wallen’s 1/9/13 Hollywood Studios Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen made a quick trip over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios earlier today and has a couple of newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip. Let’s take a look: Peter Pan blu-ray billboard in the parking lot We’re still letting the memories begin… More RFID entrances are being installed in preparation for the rollout of MyMagic+ and MagicBand Plenty of Kodak references still up all over the park The stage is finally down in front of the hat Peter Pan and Frankenweenie billboards in the Animation Courtyard The Monsters Inc. 3-D billboard is now a billboard for Monsters University Comedy Warehouse is gone… Muppetvision 3-D is still presented by Kodak currently Osborne Lights are coming down

Jan 9, 2013     No Comments
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Walt Disney World 2013 – Coming Attractions

Walt Disney World 2013 – Coming Attractions

So, 2012 is coming to a close and you’re probably now asking, “Well, what is happening at Walt Disney World in 2013?” It’s going to be nearly impossible to top all the changes and additions we had in 2012 at the Vacation Kingdom of the World, but there will be a steady diet of exciting offerings coming in 2013: Princess Fairytale Hall Disney princesses including Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana and Rapunzel will have a new home for meeting their loyal subjects when Princess Fairytale Hall opens in 2013 in the shadows of Cinderella Castle. The castle-like entrance will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows leading to a large, high-ceilinged room where portraits of the princesses adorn [...]

Jan 9, 2013     3 Comments
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Sweeping Renovations Completed as Work Continues on Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Sweeping Renovations Completed as Work Continues on Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

In preparation for the opening of the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the rest of the resort has been undergoing sweeping changes overt the last few months. Most of this work has been completed, so let’s take a look at the current state of the resort: Gasparilla Grill and Games is now Gasparilla Island Grill The old mats are still here The seating area was expanded and remodeled The ordering area is generally the same, just freshened up ICE CREAM! There are a lot more seats now The arcade is now next door Arcadia Games The arcade has a separate exterior entrance Sandy Cove Gifts and Sundries reopened recently too There is now a huge refrigerator section for cold [...]

Jan 8, 2013     No Comments
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From Pirates, to Princesses, to Cars, Guest “MagicBands” Will Be Fully Customizable

From Pirates, to Princesses, to Cars, Guest “MagicBands” Will Be Fully Customizable

Disney released a few MagicBand press pictures not too long ago, and if you look closely, you can see guests using bands of various designs and colors If you look really closely, you can even see one child has a Pirates of the Caribbean themed MagicBand This is really just the beginning of the customization options for MagicBand, as there will be bands representing characters such as the Fab 5, Disney Princesses, and PIXAR characters, just to name a few. There are even rumors that companies like Dooney & Burke and Swarovski will produce upscale vanity bands that guests can buy as well. If a wristband isn’t your thing, Disney plans on creating watches, keychains, and various jewelry that can [...]

Jan 7, 2013     12 Comments
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2013 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival to Feature Food & Wine

2013 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival to Feature Food & Wine

Yep, you heard right… here’s the latest press release from Disney with some new details on this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A blooming bounty of festival firsts will welcome Disney guests to the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.  First, the news: Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park’s World Showcase promenade. A new circus-like “Land of Oz Play Area,” based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be released in March 2013, will debut a kaleidoscope of interactive fun. Disney topiary experts will grow, shape [...]

Jan 7, 2013     1 Comment
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