Over 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 …Read more »
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. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="112523,112529,112528,112526,112525,112524" orderby="rand"]
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.
Here's one of those boats I mentioned in the last post heading towards the Beach Club lighthouse (it does light up at night) to pick up any early risers and take them across to the Boardwalk since the parks aren't open yet. Those of us who are feeling a little more ambitious, can just stroll across the bridge and reach the boardwalk that way.
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.
The sign from the Magic Kingdom version of the ride.
This 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.
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. The empire strikes back: Disney readies a major Hollywood Studios expansion at Walt Disney World The projects will share one very large …Read more »
[embed]http://youtu.be/045cswBbgYQ[/embed] Disney World stayed open for 24 hours recently and they had a camera trained on Main Street USA to capture it. Here's the timelapse version.
Disney are well known for their Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios in Disney World. One of the little extras that show up on those weekends is this delicious looking cupcake featuring Darth Vader and a red lightsaber. Like all Disney food it's not precisely cheap ($4.99) but it does look tempting. If you happen to be there between May 17th and June 9th you can order this at various locations in Hollywood Sudios (ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Company, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Cafe and Fairfax Faire) http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/05/yummy-confection-goes-to-the-dark-side-for-star-wars-weekends-at-walt-disney-world-resort