VIDEO: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

VIDEO: The Legend of Jack Sparrow Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Despite being billed to open on December 6th, The Legend of Jack Sparrow has now soft-opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The attraction is located on Mickey Avenue between Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream and Toy Story Midway Mania and is pretty hard to miss with its spiffy new facade: The attraction begins with a short pre-show where guests are introduced to the narrator: a talking pirate skull that should be recognizable from the original attraction at Disneyland and from the film’s logo: Guest then enter the main show room, a circular set where projection mapping (think Cinderella Castle during Celebrate the Magic) is used to bring scenes from the films to life for about 8 minutes. After recreating some famous [...]

Nov 21, 2012     2 Comments
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Big Thunder Mountain Gets A Golden Backstory

Big Thunder Mountain Gets A Golden Backstory

From the Disney Parks Blog: Last week, we shared an image of a portrait that’s a part of a new project our Walt Disney Imagineers are currently working on – and today we’re happy to reveal the identity of that man and share details on the role he’ll play in the enhanced storyline of a certain Magic Kingdom Park attraction, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The fellow’s name is Barnabas T. Bullion, and he’s the gold magnate who rules the Big Thunder Mining Company with a golden fist. Imagineers have already begun working overnight in the park on the attraction’s new interactive queue, where you’ll be able to see this portrait, as well as an additional landscape portrait of the mountain itself. According to the enhanced backstory: [...]

Nov 19, 2012     12 Comments
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“Royal Majesty Makers” Coming to Fantasyland Next Week

“Royal Majesty Makers” Coming to Fantasyland Next Week

Disney is adding several new entertainment groups to Fantasyland leading to the December 6th grand opening of New Fantasyland, the first of which was announced today. Meet the Royal Majesty Makers who will meet guests starting November 19th: The Royal Majesty Makers engage boys and girls in random acts of “royaldom,” endowing them with the skills to become princes and princesses. These royal consultants, official ambassadors of Cinderella’s court, inspire and delight visiting villagers with magical moments throughout the land. Led by retired knight Sir Sterling and royal etiquette expert Lady Llewellyn, the Royal Majesty Makers also include squire extraordinaire Tobias and flirtatious lady-in-waiting Bridget. They may be found in the Castle Courtyard, conducting Knight School, delivering invitations to a royal [...]

Nov 15, 2012     1 Comment
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Details on the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Revealed

Details on the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Revealed

The Fab Five are having a party, and everyone’s invited to join the fun during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.  Colorful, whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck will welcome topiary Daisy to their Epcot front-entrance celebratory barbecue.  The 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms. And that’s just the festival opener.  New topiaries, gardens, children’s play areas and interactive gardening seminars will set the stage for 75 days of festival fun as Disney’s horticulture [...]

Nov 15, 2012     1 Comment
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Disney Takes Control of All Spas, New Spa Opens December 17th at Grand Floridian

Disney Takes Control of All Spas, New Spa Opens December 17th at Grand Floridian

From Michelle Baumann on the Disney Parks Blog: A soothing escape into a world of pampering and relaxation is just steps away from Disney theme park fun at the newly re-imagined Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The fully remodeled spa, now owned and operated by Disney, is set to open December 17. I recently had a chance to duck in for a sneak peek and our Imagineers did a splendid job of blending Grand Floridian turn-of-the-century elegance with modern touches – plus a dash of Disney whimsy. Here are some of the highlights: Spa-goers first walk through the new Victorian style entryway and indulge in a relax, renew, or imagine journey that’s determined by your treatment [...]

Nov 14, 2012     2 Comments
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Adam Roth’s 11/11/12 WDW Photo Report

Adam Roth’s 11/11/12 WDW Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Epcot and the Magic Kingdom on Sunday and has a bunch of newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip, so let’s take a look: Habit Heroes – still closed The exterior of Test Track is making quick progress as we race towards soft openings Signage about to go up They finally painted the exit A look over the walls Epcot Christmas tree Food and Wine is now over, but at least we have the memories… The temporary Epcot Character Spot is in the old Epcot 25th Anniversary exhibit space The backdrop is retro-tastic… Some remnants of the exhibit remain The actual Character Spot in down for a lengthy refurbishment Looks like it is [...]

Nov 13, 2012     3 Comments
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“Celebrate the Magic” Castle Projection Show Debuts Tonight!

“Celebrate the Magic” Castle Projection Show Debuts Tonight!

The new Cinderella Castle projection show entitled “Celebrate The Magic” finally debuts tonight at the Magic Kingdom! The Disney Parks Blog provided more information today: As the show begins, Tinker Bell appears to fly around Cinderella Castle, weaving in and out of the turrets. She splashes pixie dust on the castle, transforming it into a spectacular piece of living art. As the pixie dust subsides, we are taken back to the beginnings of pencil animation, and we see Walt Disney, the original magic maker, drawing Mickey Mouse. With a little magic from Tinker Bell, Walt’s paintbrush flies off the page and comes to life, creating imagery that carries us away on a fantastic journey. We travel down the rabbit hole with [...]

Nov 12, 2012     3 Comments
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Starbucks Comes to Walt Disney World in 2013 with Magic Kingdom and Epcot Locations

Starbucks Comes to Walt Disney World in 2013 with Magic Kingdom and Epcot Locations

As we speculated, the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom and Fountain View at Epcot will become Starbucks locations in 2013. The Main Street Bakery will close in January and re-open as a Starbucks location in early-summer 2013. Fountain View will close in March and re-open midsummer. Both locations will be themed to the existing environment. At Main Street bakery, cast members will wear a costume consistent with the early 20th century look and feel of Main Street U.S.A. At Fountain View in Epcot, the new Starbucks location and cast member costumes will be designed to match the park’s futuristic theme. The two locations will both offer the full complement of Starbucks signature beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a [...]

Nov 9, 2012     17 Comments
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New Concept Art Reveals More of Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

New Concept Art Reveals More of Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

General Motors released a number of photos and a press release about Test Track presented by Chevrolet opening at Epcot soon: DETROIT – Chevrolet designers and Walt Disney Imagineers have joined forces to give Walt Disney World Resort guests a deep look inside a professional design studio creating a first-of-its-kind multi-sensory virtual experience in automotive design. Chevrolet and Disney tapped their best design talent with expertise ranging from industrial and automotive design to architecture and animation. The design collaboration began 18 months ago with a few guiding principles – create an experience that is personal, future-focused and optimistic. The two teams met regularly throughout the development process in both GM’s Design studios in Warren, Mich., and at Test Track in Epcot [...]

Nov 9, 2012     7 Comments
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VIDEO: Zebras Finally Arrive in New Kilimanjaro Safaris Finale Scene

VIDEO: Zebras Finally Arrive in New Kilimanjaro Safaris Finale Scene

A few months back, Disney informed us that they would be removing the “little red” story-line from Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom and replacing it with a new zebra area now being referred to as “Zebra Glen”. Well, the new finale scene finally opened recently and we have video to share with you of the addition:

Nov 9, 2012     1 Comment
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Haunted Mansion and Toy Story Midway Mania Test New Child-Rider Policy

Haunted Mansion and Toy Story Midway Mania Test New Child-Rider Policy

There may be no windows and no doors, but Disney believes those under the age of seven should have an older guest sitting with them when they ride the Haunted Mansion or Toy Story Midway Mania. From TouringPlans.com: Beginning Monday November 5, 2012 the Haunted Mansion and Toy Story Midway Mania attractions in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland will temporarily testing a new seating policy for the rest of the month and gauge guest reactions. According to the new policy, children under 7 years of age must ride with someone over the age of 14 in the same row. The previous Toy Story Mania policy was that an adult must be in the same vehicle. There will be a sign [...]

Nov 2, 2012     3 Comments
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Dirk Wallen’s 10/25-26/12 WDW Photo Report

Dirk Wallen’s 10/25-26/12 WDW Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and a few of the resort hotels last week and has some newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip: It’s Autumn Pins available for Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak has a pin Holiday pins are out Walls still up near the Haunted Mansion Tarps up on Columbia Harbor House The Yankee Trader is still behind tarps Work continues on the new restrooms in Fantasyland The Village Haus balcony is still closed, but tarps have started coming down Looks nice The souvenir cups from Gaston’s Tavern are also at Village Haus Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train construction continues Wow… Fun “character” [...]

Nov 1, 2012     1 Comment
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