We’ve seen some interesting changes to Disney PhotoPass recently, but the most interesting has to be this booth I came across at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. Arcade: I thought at first it was just a photo booth sponsored by PhotoPass, but is is more than that You can scan a PhotoPass card Not only can you print photos from the booth, but you can now access photos and video from the booth using your PhotoPass card Pretty neat, huh? What do you think about Disney PhotoPass booths?
We’ve been keeping you updated on tests of FastPass+ and “Order Ahead” dining over the last few months, well, now we have the official word from Disney on how all of this “Next-Gen” technology will tie together to change the way guests experience Walt Disney World. If you have been following this site and our podcast for any amount of time, you have probably heard us discuss much of what we will explain in this post, but this is the first time we are getting the info straight from a Disney document. To protect our sources, we will not be showing you the document itself, but rather telling you the more interesting or important points of a release that was [...]
While celbrating New Year’s Eve at the Magic Kingdom, I decided to take in the first Limited Time Magic offering: the “Bling in the New Year” Dance Party at the Tomorrowland stage. It really wasn’t much different than the usual Club 626 dance party with the exception of some added dancers, different character costumes, and countdown to the new year which happens once an hour. We have a short video of the party to share with you:
First, we’re beginning the New Year at Walt Disney World Resort in Magic Kingdom Park with Tomorrowland’s first ever “Bling in the New Year” dance party. For an entire week, children of all ages can celebrate the start of 2013. You’ll be able to watch live entertainment on Rockettower Plaza Stage, dance to great music and celebrate with some of your favorite Disney characters – all dressed in their New Year’s best. And if you can’t stay up until midnight, there will be a New Year’s countdown every hour leading up to midnight. The celebration begins on December 30 and runs through January 5. Disney has also announced that it will be the Year of the Ear and that they will be [...]
Throughout 2013, Walt Disney World will be releasing all kinds of different merchandise to coincide with 13 designs created by Disney artists celebrating the new year. The first of these merchandise releases (including a poster, pin and Vinylmation) is happening on January 4th, 2012 at D Street in Downtown Disney: Ring in the New Year with the 2013 Poster Series. Disney Design Group Artist, Dave Keefer will be making a special appearance at D Street in the Downtown Disney® Marketplace on Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7pm as we celebrate the release of the first 2013 Poster Art inspired Disney Pin and Vinylmation figure. Dave will also be available to sign the 2013 Poster Art Calendar. January 2013 Poster [...]
WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom park on Tuesday and he has some newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip, so let’s take a look: RFID entrance being utilized at some of the Animal Kingdom turnstiles as well They are themed! MICKEY’S JINGLE JUNGLE PARADE! Let the memories begin! FastPass+ installed at Primeval Whirl Also at DINOSAUR Dino-Land decked for Christmas HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney on Monday and has some newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip, so let’s take a look: RFID turnstiles are installed and being used at the Magic Kingdom Looks permanent this time More track has been installed for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Looks like WDW Resort Hotel carpet on the roof so workers don’t slip A lift hill now installed A lot of dirt… More rockwork is about to appear Something interesting happened to all the new screen-based wait times signs Yep, that’s there… Instead of being a generic font with a black background, all of them are themed and match in color now The Pete [...]
As we told you a few days ago, we were set to test the FastPass+ system at the Magic Kingdom over the weekend. Well, we sent reporter Zach Larson to try out the system and unlike previous tests, it seems things went really well: Here are the cards guests used for this test Now that the permanent machines for scanning FastPass+ cards have been installed, here’s a look at what will happen when you successfully use the system: Unlike previous tests, most reports we have read stated that all FastPasses that were possessed on guests card worked and scanned properly. With this successful test underway and new turnstiles & touch-to-pay machines popping-up around the resort, it is only a matter [...]
WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort on Tuesday and has some newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look: IT’S ALMOST HERE! All of the Kodak picture spots will be removed soon as the sponsorship has come to an end The Cheshire Cafe sign is missing for some reason Work continues on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Gaston’s Tavern now has hot cocoa The Gaston’s Tavern stein is available again at Bonjour Village Gifts 2013 merchandise can be found just about anywhere at WDW now 2013 Duffy! The Disney Afternoon pins are now available 2013 mystery pins were recently released as well Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure mystery pin set [...]
Splitsville at Downtown Disney is now open to the public after what feels like years of waiting, and we have some video to share with you. The following video was taken at the Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up on Monday, showing mostly the upstairs of the new Downtown Disney West Side establishment. Enjoy:
Of all the places for it to surface, some never-before-seen concept art from New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom has surfaced ion the new “Realms of Fantasy” exhibit at the Disney Gallery in Disneyland Park. Thanks to our sister site Disneyland News Today for the following photos from the Disneyland Resort: These two pictures are never-before-seen conceopt art of the exterior of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming to New Fantasyland in 2014 Here is the concept art we have seen thus far: The finale scene and the previously released exterior concept art Concept art of the scene with the audio-animatronics Dwarfs in the mine Interestingly enough, you can purchase the concept art through Art on Demand Now for some [...]
Just a few days ago, we showed you video of the Mr. Spell prop near Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios actually displaying text. Well, now there is some audio to go along with it. It still isn’t exactly working properly, but it seems we are getting closer and closer to a fully operational Mr. Spell: