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Disney Introduces Frozen Summers At Hollywood Studios

0625ZW 1067DR 1 400x600 Disney Introduces Frozen Summers At Hollywood StudiosFrozen is a massive hit by any standards. One of the most successful animated movies of all time and creating 5 hour wait lines at the meet and greets for Anna and Elsa in The Magic Kingdom. So naturally Disney is looking to find ways to take advantage of that popularity.

Starting July 5th Disney are running a series of “Frozen Experiences” in Hollywood Studios:

  • Olaf on Summer Vacation – Olaf the snowman is having the time of his life on his very first summer vacation! He chimes in throughout the day to keep everyone updated on all his adventures. Plus, you can pick up your very own Take-Along Olaf from locations in the park, so he can join you on your summer vacation.
  • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – At 11:00 a.m. each day, Elsa and Anna arrive in Hollywood as part of their goodwill tour of neighboring kingdoms, making their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh. Kristoff is along for the fun, too, joined by a flurry of skaters, skiiers, ice cutters and more! The entire procession culminates in a special moment at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage to officially welcome the visiting royalty to this kingdom of Hollywoodland.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – Cool down inside the Premiere Theater, where Anna and Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their Kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – Inside Soundstage One, Oaken and his cousins have created a Frozen Funland filled with cold weather activities, unique photo opportunities, and more! There’s a frozen pond with ice skating demonstrations, wintertime fun for kids in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” play area, a “big summer blowout” with plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, and special “Frozen”-inspired food and beverage offerings.
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Starting at 5:30 p.m. each day, a dance party takes over the area around the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, with a DJ, live band, and more! The band plays a variety of classic and contemporary summer rock & roll hits, as well as a cool, rocking medley of “Frozen” favorites. It’s going to be hot!
  • “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular – Everything wraps up at 9:45 p.m. when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf come together at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage for a grand finale to the day’s festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of “Frozen!”

It all sounds pretty fun and it certainly beats standing in a single line for half your day just to get a few minutes with the Princesses.

Source: DisneyParksBlog – Get Ready To Experience ‘Frozen’ Summer Fun At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Why Disney’s Animal Kingdom Is More Than A Half Day Park

SIxReasonsAKNotAHalfDayPark Night KYLE 700x464 600x397 Why Disneys Animal Kingdom Is More Than A Half Day ParkOver at TouringPlans they’ve posted a great article that gives six reasons why Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not just a half day park.

I’ve heard a lot of people online make the half-day park claim and several people in my own family aren’t inclined to give it more time than that either. But I really think they are missing out.

It’s true that if the only thing you care about is rides, then you’re not going to occupy even half a day. But opening your eyes to all the things going on around you reveals so much to do.

It is one of, if not the most immersive theme park environments you can experience. The mix of shows, animals, education and rides put together gives loads of things to do. And the place is just gorgeous.

People who don’t give it a chanced because they’re so focused on, ride, ride ride, are missing out big time.

Photo by Jeff Kyle

Source: TouringPlans.com – Saturday Six

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The Festival of Fantasy Parade At The Magic Kingdom

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I’ve been covering the Festival of Fantasy Parade that Disney has been working on for a few months and everything about it promised to be something special.

Well it’s here and if these photos by Disney Photography Blog are anything to go by, it really is something else.

These floats are huge. Far bigger than anything we’ve seen previously. And you can see the incredible level of detail on them in these photos too. On top of that the creative costuming for the dancers really adds to the overall atmosphere.

I can’t wait to see it in person in December.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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The only part of the New Fantasyland expansion in The Magic Kingdom that isn’t complete yet is the dark ride/roller coaster The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but as this photo shows construction is well under way.

The train itself is now on the rails and has undergone its first drop test (where it runs under its own gravity on the rails).

By the standards of modern roller coasters this is considered a tame ride but not only does it combine indoor scenes it also has cars that sway from side to side which should make a pretty unique experience.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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One of the many places to sample food in Disney World, Akershus is situated in the Norway section of the Epcot World Showcase. It’s a character dining spot that features some of the Disney Princesses.

However in this case I didn’t actually eat there. I just thought it looked very atmospheric lit up at night like this.

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Disney Photos – Lumiere

1040023 600x450 Disney Photos   LumiereThis is a shot of Lumiere (from Beauty and the Beast) at the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party  in the Magic Kingdom and Disney World.

This is easily my favorite of the Magic Kingdom parades because it’s generally got the least people there and if you get in position outside the castle you have the characters all around you.

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Star Wars Land and Cars Land Coming TO Disney Hollywood Studios?

a Cars Land LM TM 600x400 Star Wars Land and Cars Land Coming TO Disney Hollywood Studios?Or so the rumors have it. Cars land has been a huge success over on the west coast and the possibility of porting it over to Disney World has been speculated for some time now. Particularly since Hollywood Studios has a number of things which are either under performing or very expensive to run.And with the money they’ve spent to get the Star Wars franchise they’d be crazy not to expand on their current Star Tours and Star Wars weekends.

I can’t wait to hear what they’re planning.

 Star Wars Land and Cars Land Coming TO Disney Hollywood Studios?

The empire strikes back: Disney readies a major Hollywood Studios expansion at Walt Disney World
The projects will share one very large component — Cars Land, the highlight of the California Adventure makeover, will come to Florida as part of the Hollywood Studios revamp, according to multiple insider sources. But it won’t necessarily be the highlight of the changes coming to the park.