Festival of Fantasy Parade Does a Quick Change?

Supposedly, Disney has recently made the decision to add Anna and Elsa, from the very popular movie Frozen, to the line-up of princesses in the new parade.  They will be added to the Princess Garden float portion of the parade, taking the place of Princess Aurora.  Looks like the Disney Princesses don’t play by the seniority rule.  The new-comers, I think, will be a great addition to the parade though.  New parade, new characters- it all makes sense to me!

The parade is  expected to make its debut down the streets of Magic Kingdom in mid-March.  I’m wondering if  this new addition of characters could possibly push the date back though.  Disney has made no official confirmation of all the characters you will see in the parade, but the magic is in the surprise, I suppose.

-Buzz

“If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.”

-Jiminy Cricket

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You Sure Do Have a Big Head!

Hey guys! Mickey here!

As you know my favorite park is Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  One of the key ways you can easily distinguish this park from any other park is the huge Sorcerer’s hat in the middle of the park.  The hat is not my favorite icon, I mean I don’t how you can beat the Tree of Life or Cinderella Castle, but I still think this is a very unique icon for a park and I think it is awesome.

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(Picture Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MGM_sorcererhat.jpg)

But after a minute of thinking, the only problem with Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that some guests may see the Tower of Terror as the main icon as well.  While I was working at Sunset Ranch Market, I talked to guests all the time about what they thought about the park. Some of the guests asked what the main icon of the park was in my opinion and I ran into the dilemma where the guests had the opposite view and thought it was the Tower of Terror.  There was a strong rumor floating around my area, as well as all of Walt Disney World, that Disney is thinking about tearing down the Sorcerer Hat and making the Tower of Terror the main icon.  I personally do not like that decision but I mean if it happens it happens.  Disney has not released any official word, but I am sure when they make the decision, it will quickly spread.

I wish I could tell you more, but for right now that’s all I know.  I have read numerous articles about this rumor, but none of them are 100% positive or they aren’t reliable sources.  I do know one thing for sure, Disney’s Hollywood Studio is going to be undergoing a lot of changes here within the next couple years and I am super excited about all of it.

“Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.”                       -Walt Disney

Mickey

Closed for Refurbishments: 2014

(Photo courtesy of mouseplanet.com)

Every year Disney closes attractions, restaurants, pools, etc. for various periods of time in order to keep everything in tip-top shape.  These refurbishments are what keep the park looking clean, refreshed, and up to date.  Fresh coats of paint, updated mechanics, new designs, and just a good cleaning are some of the things that take place during refurbishment.

*Now, the following information is not official information and may change.  For complete information you can always directly call Walt Disney World to confirm closings before your vacation.

So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the refurbishment schedule for 2014.

Magic Kingdom

  • Casey’s Corner– closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until Feb. 15, 2014.
  • Splash Mountain– closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until Mar. 21, 2014.
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway– closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until Jan. 12, 2014.
  • Agrabah Bazaar– closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until Feb. 2, 2014.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin– closed from Jan. 13, 2014 until Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat– closed from Jan. 21, 2014 until Jan. 30, 2014
  • Walt Disney World Monorail System– closed from Jan. 21, 2014 until Mar. 31, 2014. (The Resort and Express beam will be closed during these dates from 11:00am-7:00pm on weekdays.)
  • The Barnstormer– closed from Feb. 3, 2014 until Feb. 5, 2014.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover– closed from Feb. 10, 2014 until Mar. 27, 2014.
  • Plaza Restaurant– closed from Feb. 17, 2014 until Mar. 15, 2014.
  • Pinocchio’s Village Haus– closed from Feb. 17, 2014 until Mar. 30, 2014.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad– closed from Apr. 7, 2014 until Apr. 9, 2014.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean– closed from Apr. 28, 2014 until Apr. 30, 2014.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour– closed from Jan. 5, 2014 until Mar. 1, 2014

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Festival of the Lion King– closed from Jan. 5, 2014 until further notice. (Closed for relocation to new theater. Expect closure of 6 months or longer.)

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • Never Land Club Children’s Activity Center– closed from Jan. 1, 2014 until Mar. 31, 2014.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

  • Surf’s Up Pool– closed from Jan. 6, 2014 until Jan. 24, 2014.

Blizzard Beach— closed from Dec. 22, 2013 until Mar. 16, 2014.

I hope this is helpful to those who are planning an upcoming trip to WDW.

Have a magical day!

-Buzz

Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious Sunday!

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I, personally, am an Instagram addict. I try not to post a lot but I love several photos and videos that I see when they pop up on my newsfeed. Today I was on Instagram and saw a post that made me think y’all need to check out this account! Their name is Disney Parks music, and the account truly is just that! They post several different sound clips of different areas within Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You can even comment one of your own requests! I highly recommend checking them out on Instagram and bringing a little Disney magic into your home!
Here’s a link to their page: http://instagram.com/disneyparksmusic

-Woody

Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious Sunday! Show your Disney Side with some Social Media All Stars

For Disney Parks new campaign they had some well known social media All Stars visit the Disneyland Resort in California to show their Disney Side! These videos are all so completely Disney. This is probably one of my new favorite campaigns that Disney has had in recent years, and definitely makes me want to see everyone’s Disney Side!

videos courtesy of Disney Parks

-Woody