For several months — over a year in fact — we have been talking about a new Disney Parks and Resorts program titled the ‘Disney Parks InsidEARS.’ Although the anticipation has been high, a recent announcement on the official Disney Parks blog did hint at a name change for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, a possibility we did speculate on in the first article.
Actress/model Uma Thurman poses here with Donald Duck this past weekend in a 1900s-inspired fire engine while visiting the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Thurman, star of films including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, will be seen in the upcoming film Bel Ami, which also stars Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.
Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Recently the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama would be visiting Orlando this upcoming Thursday, January 19, 2012, to speak on the economy. All was quiet on the rumor fronts until today when a flurry of entertainment and operational changes found their way to the internet this evening, leading many to assume it meant the President would be visiting Mickey Mouse when in town.
Among the changes are evening extra magic hours being offered at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not at the Magic Kingdom. In addition, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature a special fireworks display at 7 pm titled ‘Rock the Night!’ All of this, it is suggested, is to drive guest traffic away from ‘the event.’
Some unfortunate news comes way of the official Walt Disney World Resort website today as it notes that the re-opening of Dumbo has been postponed from its original re-opening date of February 18 until
March 12 March 31, 2012. The news is unexpected as construction has wasted no time in dismantling the attraction from its current location behind Cinderella Castle to its new location at the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion, in the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair.
Disney Parks announced today the Walt Disney World Moms Panel has unveiled a new feature – the panelists can receive and answer guests’ questions in Spanish. In addition to the first-ever bilingual offerings, two new specialty areas will be added to the site – Disneyland Resort and runDisney. These features are available to guests at www.DisneyWorldMoms.com.
The Disney Parks blog today confirmed that the ‘Mad T Party,’ a street entertainment venue based on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be replacing ElecTRONica this summer. Although we were not the first to discuss the entertainment offering, we did correctly identify its title to a t back in September of last year.
Taking place in the evenings in the Hollywood Backlot area of Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, guests will pass through a ‘surreal rabbit hole’ entrance and find the same types of offerings one would find at ElecTRONica, only themed to the new Alice in Wonderland overlay. In addition to a DJ and live band, Disney California Adventure also promises a ‘variety of performance artists.’
The Walt Disney World official website has updated its pages for the 2012 International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot to reflect special opportunities and presentations by HGTV stars for guests to experience. The festival is presented by HGTV and will take place between March 7, 2012 and May 20, 2012.
Themed weekends for the event include:
- Art in the Garden Weekend: See nature through the eyes of “plein air” artists and behold one-of-a-kind works of art. At World Showcase from March 23 through 25, 2012.
As a fan of The Walt Disney Company and often promoter of such, it’s admittedly hard to bite my tongue when I read what I consider to be extreme, worst-case scenarios about how the company is viewed when it comes to treating the fairer sex. Surely there is some exaggeration in how Disney presents role models to young girls with the Disney Princesses and various cute, fluffy animals dressed in pink bows. In fact, I’d like to think that most of the company, in particular the consumer products side (which tends to see the brunt of it all) is rather conscientious of their impact on impressionable youth. Still, you won’t please all the people all the time. Someone will always find offense in anything.
Ingersoll Rand, a company that specializes in home efficiency and security with brands such as Club Car, Schlage, Thermo King and Trane, has announced it has an entered a partnership with Green Builder Media to bring its automation technology to the VISION House at Epcot’s Innoventions. The new exhibit, scheduled to open in April according to the announcement, will replace the House of Innoventions exhibit.
Making the announcement at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Ingersoll Rand says the new exhibit will feature products form Trane and Schlage offering heating/air conditioning and security features to the demo home.
Disney Parks has one more trick up its sleeve for Walt Disney World passholders planning on attending the ‘One More Disney Day’ leap day event in which both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours.
The first 1,000 passholders who plan on visiting the Magic Kingdom can sign up online for the offer. In order to qualify and receive the ears, the passholder must then check-in for the event no later than 5:30 am on February 29 (check-in begins at 5 am, the park opens at 6 am). Limit of one pair of ears per guest.