Walt Disney World
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(7/11/16) A Rumored Muppet Invasion (MORE...)
(7/4/16) New Alligator and Snake Warning Signs (MORE...)
(5/23/16) Disney World Ends Magic Kingdom's "Disney After Hours" For Now
(4/21/16) What’s New for Summer 2016? (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Swiss Family Treehouse - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 24
Carousel of Progress - July 25 through July 28
Liberty Square Riverboat - Aug 1 through Aug 7
Big Thunder Mt RR - Aug. 8 through Nov. 18
Its a Small World - Aug. 22 through Sept. 15
Park News - (7/11/16) I’m not sure how true this rumor is, but the story going around claims that some kind of new small Muppet attraction may open near the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom in the near future. Given the theme of the area, I can only assume that Sam the Eagle will be a major part of this attraction, if the rumors are true. As far as the attraction goes, I’m guessing this may be more of a live or interactive show, so expect any kind of new ride. Anyone know anything solid about this rumor?
(7/4/16) The fallout from the alligator attack at Disney's Grand Floridian has been swift and a little odd. The company has tried to remove as many references to alligators and crocodiles in as many attractions and park areas as possible over the past couple weeks (no more jokes about them on the Jungle Cruise or Kilimanjaro Safari) and now they've added tons of new signage warning about the dangers of Alligators and Snakes around the resort, and not just at the hotels, but all along the Rivers of America area in the Magic Kingdom from Frontierland down to Liberty Square. You can see some of the new signs posted to WDWNT where they say the signs have been posted about every 20-30 feet.
(5/23/16) From the sound of things the Disney After Hours special-ticket events may have come to an end. According to Fool.com, Disney tested the concept across seven different nights throughout April and May and just didn't hit the sales figures they were hoping for on those nights and began to sell half-priced tickets to passholders and DVC members for just $75 over the second half of the run. For now, as the parks enter the more busy summer season, when the parks extend their hours for the public, it makes sense to end the concept for now. No one knows for sure if it will come back in the fall or not, but the fall season is usually full of special ticket nights for Halloween and Christmas themed events instead.
(4/11/16) Walt Disney World announced the dates for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party extra ticket night event at the Magic Kingdom. All together they have set 21 dates for it so far between November and December:
Nov - 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
Dec - 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
(4/8/16) First Walt Disney World announced Disney After Hours, a $149 limited time ticket option to stay in the Magic Kingdom late into the night after the other guests leave. Now they are offering something for early risers who can pay an extra $69 to enter the Magic Kingdom early on select days... but not THAT early for the cost to really be worth it.
They call it Disney Early Morning Magic, and it will only be available on select dates, allowing guests to buy an early AM pass into the park on top of the cost of their regular park admission from 7:45am to 10am. The first date is April 26th, but this options sounds a little familiar to many WDW fans, as it doesn't sound that different from the Extra Magic Hours offered to WDW Resort guests for free to get into select parks a little early (or even stay late).
Another item to point out is that under a normal day, the Magic Kingdom (and the rest of the WDW parks) open to the public at 9am, and even on April 26th the Magic Kingdom will indeed open at 9am to the public. So for your $69 Early Morning Magic extra cost, you are really only gaining an extra 75 minutes of exclusive time, and I believe you have to also have paid for a regular park admission on that day as well.
Break down the extra cost and you are paying .92 cents a minute for the early morning access that resort guests get for free, and that's assuming you arrive early enough to park and get through bag check security and actually get into the park at 7:45am. Meanwhile that $149 Disney After Hours ticket is looking much more attractive, as you gain entry into the park at 7pm and can stay as late as 2am on the right night, offers at least 3 hours in the park without regular guests, and comes with free ice cream snacks and bottled beverages, which breaks down to just under .36 cents a minute for the full late night experience.
(3/29/16) Photos showing the addition of Zootopia's Nick and Judy characters to the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! parade at the Magic Kingdom have been posted to MouseSteps this week.
(3/24/16) Walt Disney World will be trying to up-sell a new after-hours hard-ticket night event at the Magic Kingdom on April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 8, 12 and 19th. The hours will vary slightly, but the event hours are either 10pm to 1am or 11pm to 2am, with check-in to start at 7pm each night. While the rest of the park guests leave, you can stay in the park late and get to experience minimal waits on many of the major parks attractions that will be left open (but not all), as well as special character meet & greets and free ice cream snacks and "bottled beverages".
They are calling this Disney After Hours, and your cost to participate in the three hour long exclusive event is a whopping $149 per person, for both adults and children. Now at least you can check in at 7pm, which will add an addition 3 or 4 hours to your night, depending on which night you choose, but you'll have to weigh the benefits of paying $149 for a 6 - 7 hour park experience, compared to the $125 peak day price where you can spend up to 12-14 hours in the park, but with crowds. Is it worth it? It just might be, especially for people who really just can't handle crowds at all, or who might prefer to visit the parks in the evening hours away from the daytime heat.
Space is limited, so if you want to book one of these tickets you need to call 407-827-7185.
Summer 2016 - New Park Additions Report - (5/23/15) The Magic Kingdom will debut the new Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire show on June 17th.
(4/21/16) The Summer 2016 promotion for Walt Disney World this year is being called “Awaken Summer”, and a ton of new information has been released this week from the world’s most most popular theme park destination for each of the four theme parks.
For the Magic Kingdom, the park’s entertainment lineup will see a new musical show launch on the Cinderella Castle stage called “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire”. “Mickey Mouse and his pals unite in a tale of friendship featuring songs and characters from Disney’s contemporary classics” like “Princess and the Frog”, “Tangled”, and “Frozen”.
“From the land of the bewitching bayous, Goofy has invited Princess Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. Donald Duck brings some new friends he met in the land of the enchanted woods, where Daisy Duck introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey Mouse shares a surprise with Minnie Mouse, as he has traveled to the land of the mystic mountains to invite Olaf, Princess Anna, and Queen Elsa, who swirls a blast of her icy magic. The celebration culminates in a grand dance, marked by a magical fireworks finale. “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will be presented multiple times daily.”
In August the Disney Princesses will welcome a new royal addition to their ranks, Princess Elena of Avalor, who is the star of the new Elena of Avalor animated series hitting the Disney Channel this summer. “Kids and families worldwide will be enchanted by the story of Princess Elena, a bold, caring, funny and clever 16-year-old who is ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. The series follows the story of Elena, who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule with the support of her appointed Grand Council and some magical friends by her side. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders, while highlighting the importance of family and family traditions.” If the name sounds slightly familiar, then you’re on the right trail, as the show will be a spin-off of Disney Channel’s “Sofia the First” show, where that title character is known for wearing her magical Amulet of Avalor. It is also worth noting that Princess Elena of Avalor will be the first Disney “princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures.”
When visiting the park, don’t forget to try out the bold flavors of “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the the recently opened Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park attraction.
2021 - 50th Anniversary Celebration / Park Expansion - Rumor - (4/17/16) I'm not sure of a timeline, but following along with the rumor that Walt Disney World is seeking over $3 billion from the corporate budget over the next several years to fund some major new capital expansion projects at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks, we've now hearing the focus of the Magic Kingdom's vision for the funds would be to expand the park behind Frontierland, perhaps seeking to follow the example of what is going on at Disneyland and fill in the area behind Tom Sawyer's Island with new attractions and maybe even a new land of some kind.
While the new Star Wars Land is going into this same general area out of California, the Magic Kingdom is an entirely different story, with nearly unlimited possibilities of what could possibly take residence in the area running from behind Big Thunder Mountain over to the Haunted Mansion.
Again... all rumors and speculation right now, but timeline-wise, this would match up perfectly with a way for Walt Disney World to ring in the resort’s big 50th Anniversary Celebration starting in late 2021, wouldn't it?
(7/4/12) While this seems a little far fetched at this point, we know Disney does often keep a decade long masterplan in the filing cabinet to help plan the future of the Disney parks. This puts a very special event in focus for the long-range planners to start thinking about: the 50th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World in 2021.
Much like the big Millennium celebration, 100 Years of Magic and such, rumor has it that Disney may be planning another mega 16 to 18 month long celebration for the Orlando resort. In the past celebrations Disney has been known to roll out major new attractions at the parks, big new parades, night time spectaculars and often even adding a towering new icon structures or two. (Anyone up for another giant pink Castle Cake?)
While it’s really far too early to know for sure what Disney may be dreaming up at this point, one new addition in particular for the Magic Kingdom does seem to seem to be a no brainer. It just wouldn’t be a 50th Birthday celebration without having a new fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom. (I’m having a vision of a Castle Cake again… with 50 giant candles shooting fireworks into the sky.) Time to wait and see I guess.