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VIDEO: “Bling in the New Year” Kicks Off “Limited Time Magic”

Posted on January 2, 2013

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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:

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First “Limited Time Magic” Offering Announced: “Bling in the New Year Dance Party”

Posted on December 28, 2012

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 releasing new ear hats every month of 2013. So, what do you think of this first announcement for Limited Time Magic?

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13 Artist Designs Adorn Walt Disney World Merchandise in 2013

Posted on December 26, 2012

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 Art by Dave Keefer
The above image is from the 2013 13 Month Poster Calendar which showcases a different  12″x 20″ poster.

Limit TWO (2) items signed per Guest.  We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed.  Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Restrictions apply. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid receipt may be required.

Topics: General Resort News, Shopping |

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Adam Roth’s 12/18/12 Animal Kingdom Photo Report

Posted on December 23, 2012

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:

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RFID entrance being utilized at some of the Animal Kingdom turnstiles as well

They are themed!


Let the memories begin!

FastPass+ installed at Primeval Whirl


Dino-Land decked for Christmas


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Adam Roth’s 12/17/12 WDW Photo Report

Posted on December 22, 2012

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:

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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 cut-out at Silly Sideshow now tips his hat


Guests were getting confused, so Pete got an added uvula that is a sign…

WAIT! Is that a Maelstrom reference? IT IS! “… seek peril and adventure, but more often find beauty and charm.”

Mine Train track

Triton’s Treasures is coming along nicely

Work continues on Princess Fairytale Hall

Work also continues on the new Tangled area

We think there might be a small counter-service location (more of a cart in terms of size) over here that looks like the “Snuggly Duckling”

As we reported over a year ago, there will also be an area for guests to charge their electronic devices

One wall is done

Yankee Trader came out from behind tarps, this is on the Fantasyland side

You can start to see pathways taking shape

Art on Demand is now selling a ton of Fantasyland concept art under “Realms of Fantasy”

Plenty of New Fantasyland concept art available

Kodak references are still up at Town Square Theater

Should be gone soon

Moving to Gaston’s Tavern, we find a display with pastries

They are also serving Hot Cocoa

So, some names were added to the barrels behind the register

EIGERBOCK? Looks a lot like the Matterhorn too

Staggs Ale… absolutely brilliant

The Gaston’s Tavern steins are available again

I love this shirt…

More Adventureland interactive game props have been revealed

Now there is a treasure chest

And another…

Pirate skeleton under the water

Looks like the lock was busted off by a pirate

You can see the entire mechanism that raises the skeleton… hope they fix that

FastPass+ installed at Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Grand Floridian DVC wing is coming along nicely

Moving to Downtown Disney, there is now a Wreck-It Ralph area in DisneyQuest

Plenty of Fix-It Felix machines

Adam then attended the Splitsville Parks Blog meet-up

The pizza is surprisingly good

These cheesecake bites were amazing

Let’s take a look at the drink menu


The kids balls have Mickey and Minnie on them

A mual downstairs depicts artwork from the old Walt Disney World shopping bags

Spaceship Earth is a bowling ball…

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Recent FastPass+ Test a Success at the Magic Kingdom

Posted on December 21, 2012

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

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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 of weeks until FastPass+ and various “Next-Gen” experiences roll out to guests officially. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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Dirk Wallen’s 12/18/12 WDW Photo Report

Posted on December 20, 2012

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:

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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

FastPass+ testing was still going

It’s Christmas at the Grand Floridian!

The gingerbread house

Work continues on the Grand Floridian Disney Vacation Club wing

You can now see the roof being installed

It’s really starting to take shape now

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VIDEO: Splitsville Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side!

Posted on December 20, 2012

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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:

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New Concept Art Revealed for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Rejected New Fantasyland Concepts

Posted on December 14, 2012

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:

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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 “New Fantasyland that never was”… An Alice in Wonderland area was envisioned at one point, including a new entrance to Fantasyland and a new fancy roof for the Mad Tea Party

You can see the Barnstormer in the background, perhaps re-themed to the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Also, notice guests sitting and dining in large tea cups.

In addition, two new pieces of Mine Train concept art are being shared on the construction walls in New Fantasyland:

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Both of these pieces show the queue

You can see guests playing with an interactive element in the mine portion of the queue

So, what do you think of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the rejected Alice In Wonderland section of New Fantasyland?

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VIDEO: Mr. Spell Finally Speaks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Posted on December 14, 2012

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:

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