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(12/3/13) OrlandoParksNews takes a look at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this week.
(11/28/13) A new milestone was reached at the Magic Kingdom in the delayed, but ongoing roll out of the MyMagic+ system. The park has slowly been adding the new ‘touch point’ style open (MORE...)
(11/26/13) A brief video showing off one of the trains making a test run on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be found at Facebook.
(11/19/13) OrlandoParkNews takes a look around the Magic Kingdom, checking in on the various (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Small World - 12/02/13 through 12/13/13
Splash Mountain - 1/6/14 through 2/11/14
Tomorrowland Speedway - 1/6/14 through 1/12/14
Magic Carpets of Aladdin - 1/13/14 through 1/16/14
Liberty Square Riverboats - 1/22/14 through 1/30/14
Barnstormer - 2/3/14 through 2/5/14
Peoplemover (TTA) - 2/10/14 through 2/11/14
Park News - (11/28/13) A new milestone was reached at the Magic Kingdom in the delayed, but ongoing roll out of the MyMagic+ system. The park has slowly been adding the new ‘touch point’ style open entry lanes to the park and yesterday replaced the final set of old fashioned turnstiles with the new touch point entry system. The replacement of this last turnstile gate now means that all of the Walt Disney World Resort park entrances are now entirely turnstile free.
Fantastic news for the WDW crew for sure… unless you were planning on hunkering down in the Disney parks when the Zombie Apocalypse comes. If so, I suggest you revisit your survival plan. May I suggest your local Costco instead?
(11/19/13) OrlandoParkNews takes a look around the Magic Kingdom this week, checking in on the various ongoing construction projects and attraction rehabs.
(11/13/13) A trip report frolm Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was posted this week at TPR.
(11/10/13) The new Jingle Cruise is now open at the Magic Kingdom and according to all the early reviews I’ve heard, it just does not live up to the hype… nor to the quality level of anything you would expect from a Disney attraction. You can watch a video of a night-time ride through the Jingle Cruise below where the ride experience is still mosty the same experience as the regular Jungle Cruise with some slightly new jokes and no scenic changes at all to the ride itself from what I could see, leaving the new holiday props in the queue.
Given how fantastic all the attraction holiday transformations have been at the other parks throughout the world (Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (DL & HKDL), Haunted Mansion Holiday (DL & Tokyo DL) or Small World Holiday (DL), this new Jingle Cruise seems like a huge misstep, or rushed after-thought. I doubt it will play over well at the Magic Kingdom, and I’m certain if the Disneyland version is on the same level, it will be bashed harshly by the park’s vocal critics when it opens on November 12th.
Again... the video below is of the FLORIDA version of the Jingle Cruise which just opened a few days ago. The Disneyland version might be a little different.
(11/7/13) November may have just started, but the Christmas decorations are already out in force across the Magic Kingdom and MouseSteps has the pictures. Disney has also given us our first sneak peek at the new Jingle Cruise attraction poster as well as special props being designed for the holiday version of the ride.
(10/31/13) MouseSteps check out New Fantasyland construction and comes across a new nod to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea hidden within.
(10/29/13) As part of a Limited Time Magic event this week, guests may find a supernatural experience awaiting them inside the Happy Haunted Horseshoe, featuring undead entertainment from the Cadaver Dans, Dearly Departed Stan the piano player and Abner Cadaver the morbid magician. Look for this daily between 11am to 3pm from now through to November 1st.
(10/28/13) Rumor has it that some kind of upgrade may be planned for the Mickey’s PhilharMagic theater in Fantasyland later this year. I’m not sure if this may be an upgrade to the theater building itself, or to the projection / effects equipment, or all of the above. Anyone know more about what may be in the works?
In other news the Disney Parks Blog confirms that a new exclusive Huey, Dewey & Louie’s Snowfort Barricade card will be given out at this year’s Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party nights for use in the park’s Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game. You can use the new card to engage the villains in a snowball fight. To get your card come to the Magic Kingdom Firehouse or the Sorcerers location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, and register to play with your party ticket and event wristband.
Of the subject of special cards, there is still a little time to get the new exclusive card being given out during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights, themed to the Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts.
(10/24/13) For the Christmas season Disney’s famous Jungle Cruise ride will be transformed into the Jingle Cruise at Disneyland and at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, making this the first ride in Florida to be given a holiday makeover. (Note: The Florida park has so far resisted any and all initiatives to try out any of the Halloween or Christmas holiday makeovers that have become very popular at Disneyland such as Small World Holiday, the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion makeover or Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy.)
According to the Disney Parks Blog the Jingle Cruise will launch in early November at both parks with a new storyline about how the Skippers have become homesick for the holiday season, and added new seasonal decorations to the queue and boathouse, as well as all new jokes to be told during the tour. Even the boats will be renamed for the holiday season.
(10/23/13) Looks like the Talking Mickey technology that was been testing on and off at Disneyland for the last few year has finally come to the Magic Kingdom park this week, as the Backstage Mickey character meet ‘n greet with guests can now speak… or at least with a limited dialog of pre-recorded phrases.
(10/18/13) The latest update to MouseSteps goes on a walking through of Cinderella Castle held as part of a Limited Time Magic event, which featured a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite.
(10/14/13) New changes have been made to the “HARD” difficulty level of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive collectible card game. According to the Disney Parks Blog each time you play the Hard mode the various villain’s weakness will change, making the game both different and more of a challenge to beat each time you play.
To figure out the new weakness, you must cast several different spell types at the same time in the first turn of the battle, and keep an eye on the power levels of the spells you cast. If one spell type in particular hits the villain at full strength over the others, you’ll know that is the type of spells you need to defeat the villain.
Note: This change has only been made to the HARD level… Easy and Medium level of game play has not changed at all.
(9/20/13) The Jungle Cruise may be closed for refurbishment, but you can still get a Jungle Cruise style experience by taking the Jungle Cruise Wall Experience. Check out the video below.
(9/18/13) A reader has sent
in a picture taken from the Contemporary Resort showing off a good view of the new expanded Disney Bus Stop area under construction outside the Magic Kingdom.
(9/16/13) Disney held a special Halloween “tweet-up” for the local bloggers and surprised them with a trip into the new Princess Fairytale Hall. Take a look inside with our friends from Behind the Thrills this week.
(9/12/13) MouseSteps is back this week with our first look at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
(9/10/13) The much awaited WDW debut of the infamous Glow With the Show Ear hats from the Disneyland Resort has now been confirmed at last. Look for the Glow With the Show Ears to premier at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Fantasmic! on October 15th. (And there was much rejoicing…)
According to the Disney Parks Blog, that date marks the 15th Anniversary of Fantasmic at the Studios. Also starting on October 19th the ears will also become part of “Wishes” and “Celebrate the Magic” at the Magic Kingdom, and they will also be put to use during the Christmas holiday season when you visit the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in the studios.
Now, I’m a little surprised they aren’t putting them to use at Illuminations at Epcot yet. It kind of makes me wonder if there may be some pending changes in the works that may need to take place first. Or perhaps the viewing area is just too big and they haven’t finished installing the necessary infrastructure needed to make the Ears work yet. After all, World Showcase is a big place.
(8/29/13) Want to see something amazing? A Disney fan created fantastic video showing off a custom made 71cm replica model of Disney’s Cinderella Castle… which then through the magic of video projection mapping and a borrowed show soundtrack, puts on a show that you have to see with your own eyes. Really beautiful stuff… watch it below.
(8/16/13) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights will begin at the Magic Kingdom in just one month. New this year will be the addition of fan favorite Jack Skellington (and Sally) in the Town Square area of Main Street, Phineas & Ferb will take charge of the Creepa Crew ahead of the nightly parade and in Tomorrowland Mike & Sully will put on a Monster Dance Party at the Rockettower Plaza Stage. In addition to the various fun Trick-Or-Treat stops to get candy, there will also be two Trick-Or-Treat Trails that will feature several candy stops along the way.
The event takes place from 8pm to Midnight on the following Nights:
September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 and November 1st.
Tickets are already on sale and some nights sell out very quickly, so click here for details.
(8/5/13) A reader has sent in a report on the new fleet of boats that have been added to Pirates after reopening from a brief rehab the other day. The new fleet of boats has a very similar look and feel to those that were added to Small World in Disneyland a couple of years ago, where they have gone heavy on the more plastic materials in order to cut back the overall weight of the boats.
Back when it was done to Small World in California, insiders claimed it was done at the time to make lighter boats that wouldn’t bottom out in the flume due to heavier loads. I’m not sure if Pirates at WDW was suffering from issues with boats bottoming out, but looks like they just took steps to solve some kind of issue. According to our photographer, nothing else seemed to have been touched during the rehab as far as refurbishing any scenes, effects or semi-functional animatronics. Looks like the entire focus was on replacing the boats.
Spring 2014 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - (12/3/13) OrlandoParksNews takes a look at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this week.
(11/26/13) A brief video showing off one of the trains making a test run on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be found at Facebook.
(11/12/13) A new construction update from New Fantasyland has been posted by OrlandoParkNews this week.
(11/5/13) It is time for another look at the progress being made on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride this week, thanks to our friends at DaMouse. Much of the attraction area has been fleshed out already and shaped. While there are still several yellow unfinished sections, I don’t think these will be around much longer given the rapid progress we are seeing elsewhere. Check it out!
(10/29/13) A new construction update from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be found at OrlandoParkNews this week.
(10/24/13) DaMouse is back with a new look at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction site.
(10/22/13) A new photo update from the Magic Kingdom showing off the latest progress on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster as well as other rehab projects ongoing around the park has been posted to OrlandoParksNews.
(9/30/13) A new construction update for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been posted to OrlandoParksNews.
(9/25/13) Great news from the Magic Kingdom this week as Disney reports that following the completion of the push/pull car test, they successfully ran an entire train out of the station under it’s own gravity, completing the “first drop out of the station”. You can see a couple of pictures at the Disney Parks Blog.
(9/19/13) MouseSteps latest update features picture of an ore cart on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train track, loaded with weights in a couple of seats to make one of the cars tilt and undergoing a pull-through around a section of track.
(9/18/13) A tweet from Disney confirms that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has begun push/pull testing. They also tweeted a picture of a coaster car inside what might be the station area… showing off the unique flooring configuration (slot car) that hides the coaster car’s tracks below the floor, allowing only the ore cart to be seen sliding through the station.
(8/5/13) A new construction update from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction site has been posted to DaMouse.
(7/18/13) DaMouse takes a look at the Seven Dwarfs coaster today as a lot of the new themed rockwork and mine shaft entrances are starting to become more visible.
(7/2/13) According to a twitter post by Walt Disney World the first of the new Ore Mine Cars for the new Seven Dwarves coaster in New Fantasyland has arrived on site and can be seen here.
(6/13/13) DaMouse takes us in for a look at the current progress on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this week.
(6/6/13) Disney reports that the last pieces of track for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been installed at last. Don’t get too excited however, as you will still have to wait until 2014 to ride it.
(4/29/13) A new construction footage video showing off what’s going on inside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction site like never before was released by Disney. Check it out below.
(4/25/13) A new construction update from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride has been posted to OrlandoParksNews.
(4/5/13) A new series of panoramic pictures of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be found by clicking on the April 4th update here.
(3/28/13) DaMouse has posted a new construction update focusing on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this week as they pour concrete down on the structure to form the fake mountainside.
(3/14/13) OrlandoParksNews has posted a new update from Fantasyland this week showing off the progress on the new coaster as well as a look at the new Tangled themed area.
(3/11/13) A great collection of panoramic pictures of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train can be found at MyThemeParkFanatic this week. Just click on the first picture to expand the view.
(2/18/13) Negative-G dropped into the Magic Kingdom in late January and posted a general trip report here. You can jump ahead to see some good pictures of the Seven Dwarves construction site here.
(1/21/13) Thanks to a reader for sending in a good batch of new construction photos from the Seven Dwarves construction site.
(12/31/12) I managed to squeeze in a personal visit to The Magic Kingdom in myself on Christmas Eve (warning: the crowds are at an OMG-Run For Your Lives! level…) and took four great shots of the Seven Dwarves coaster under construction. You can now get a pretty clear look at how the layout will go, as I drew out for everyone earlier this month, and the footers for the outdoor track sections are fairly clear to see at this point as well.
(11/7/12) As I mentioned a few days ago, the huge network of steel mesh is now being added to the Seven Dwarves structures, serving as the hidden framework for what will eventually look like a fake themed landscape. Check out the latest pictures at DaMouse.
(11/5/12) A reader sent in a couple of pictures showing off the structure we can see so far for the Seven Dwarves ride. You can make out the top of the second lift hill (the enclosed one) coming out from the structure where it will make dive and turn slightly to the right to go under a bridge structure, where it will turn around the head back over the top that that same bridge into the final turns before the ride ends. At the top of this lift hill, inside the structure, I’ve been told to expect a scene very similar to the one used at the top of the first lift hill on Hong Kong’s Big Grizzly coaster. There will be a track switch scene, with a fake alternate mine tunnel turning off to the right, but Dopey will do something to accidently hit the track switch and instead of going into the Diamond Mine, you’ll be sent dropping down and out of the mine on the final runaway trip back to the station.
In case you’re wondering about all those little metal poles and based on the room of the structure, those will eventually hold a network of twisted steel mesh that will become the outer coating and fake rockwork of the hill and dwarves home.
(10/17/12) Screamscape has compiled a layout drawing for the Seven Dwarves coaster, and I’ve put it down as a two dimensional overlay over a recent aerial photo of the construction site borrowed with permission from DizFanatic, with special thanks to photographer Scott Keating.
As for the coaster specs, we know about how the themed ore cars will swing side to side, and I believe we can expect to see up to three 5-car trains used on the coaster, with each car holding four riders, so 20 riders per train. It also appears as if the majority of the dark ride scenes will take place in the building leading to and up the second lift hill. The top of this second lift hill is the piece of track we’ve been seeing poking out from the tallest section of the existing structure already in place.
(10/2/12) Some interesting footage about the development and design process WDI has gone through for the new Seven Dwarves Mine Train can be found in a video here. Just fast-forward up to the area between 20-25 minutes to see some unique pictures and animated test footage of the new coaster.
(3/23/11) Despite the concept artwork released to date, Screamscape has heard it said before, and once again now, that the Seven Dwarves coaster will mostly be an outdoor ride. I’ve also heard that it may not be ready to open until 2014 right now, though these kind of things are subject to change.
(1/29/11) Everyone has been wondering just what we can expect from the Seven Dwarves coaster and according to this interview with Disney Imagineer Eric Jacobson, the experience will be somewhere in between Big Thunder Mountain and Goofy’s Barnstormer. By the end of the ride, the cars your in are supposed to be so full of jewels from the mine, they’ll tip side to side to “unload their cargo”.
(1/19/11) Disney World held a special media event on Tuesday to talk about all kinds of exciting new things. A big part of this was to unveil the revised plans for the New Fantasyland project, which will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Disney has confirmed that The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride is real and on the way to New Fantasyland. According to the description the mine train will, “take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs.” Interesting bit about the coaster cars and how they moved with the turns. I’m wondering if they really “swing” side to side, or sway or perhaps more of a fishtail.
Spring 2014 - Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade - (4/29/13) An all new parad
e will come to the Magic Kingdom in 2014 called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. This new daytime parade will start in Spring 2014 and bring all new colorful fancy floats, characters and an original soundtrack featuring beloved songs from your favorite Disney films mixed with a new parade theme song.
2016/2017 - Tomorrowland Revamp - Rumor - (3/13/12) DisneyGossip has posted an interesting little rumor this week pondering a few interesting ideas. For example, some people have wondered why the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game has stations in every land except Tomorrowland. (Ok, theme wise it doesn’t quiet make sense to put a magic themed game in Tomrrowland, but that’s besides the point…)
The revamped and expanded Fantasyland, once complete will also draw in a lot of guests into the new realms, allowing for a period of time when Disney may be able to attempt another drastic update to Tomorrowland. Not just in the Magic Kingdom, but possibly also to clone it to work as the long desired Tomorrowland update needed at Disneyland as well.
If Tomorrowland is the next big revamp in the works, they claim that the land would likely get a new E-Ticket attraction as well as a C or D ticket style dark ride, possibly themed to WALL-E. While I would think that this may be the excuse needed to bring the Marvel Universe into Disneyland, DisneyGossip wonders if Avatar could be made to fit into Tomorrowland instead on both coasts. Some interesting ideas to think about either way…
2021 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Rumor - (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.