‘Frozen’ Ride Coming to Disney World; Disney to Bring Real Snow for Holidays

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Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa meet & greet charactersThe official Disney Parks blog today announced that Disney’s Frozen will find a permanent home at the Norway pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot in the future, replacing Maelstrom, which had been in place since the pavilion was first added in 1988. According to the news, the new attraction ‘takes our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.’ Anna and Elsa, who currently offer a meet and greet at the Magic Kingdom after having started at the Norway pavilion, will resume meet and greets at the new attraction when it is constructed. As of now, there is no announced timeframe for Maelstrom’s closure and replacement.

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SPECULATION: ‘Memento Mori’ to be Haunted Mansion Gift Shop at Disney World

Earlier this summer, the official Disney Parks blog announced that the former Yankee Trader shop located in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square would close to become a gift shop specializing in spooktacular odds and ends paying homage to the Haunted Mansion.

Now, thanks to a filing with the Orange County comptroller’s office, it looks like we might have learned the name of the shop too. Filed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the notice of commencement enlists Sign Producers, Inc. to create and install signage for ‘Memento Mori.’

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Disney’s ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ Augmented Reality Game Now Available for Download

Disney's 'Mayhem at the Mansion' AR GameConfirming an earlier report by Stitch Kingdom, although the game has not yet been officially announced by Disney Parks and Resorts, the iOS version of Disney’s ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ is now available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

As we previously pointed out, the idea behind the augmented reality game is to go to certain locations marked on the Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party event map, find one of the hitchhiking ghosts who have escaped from the Haunted Mansion and capture them using the ‘spectre collector’ in the app. Interactions can be saved and shared before returning the ghost to his rightful place back at the Haunted Mansion.

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Haunted Mansion ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ AR Game Coming to Walt Disney World

Mayhem at the Mansion AR GameIt was just a matter of time. With so much going on outside those walls that house 999 happy haunts for more than four decades, some of them are bound to  get restless and seek some time away and now they’ve managed to do just that. And now, now it’s up to you, the foolish mortals, not only to find them, but to capture them — capture them and return them to the Haunted Mansion before it’s too late! And if you happen to grab a souvenir photo along the way, all the better.

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PHOTO/VIDEO: Ariana Grande Celebrates ‘Problem’ Free Birthday with Mickey Mouse

Ariana Grande wih Mickey Mouse (Chloe Rice/Disney)Actress/singer Ariana Grande celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends yesterday at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as seen here posing with Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle.

Grande also met with Cinderella and Prince Charming in between enjoying a private ride down Main Street USA in the fire truck and celebrating with her Cinderella-themed birthday cake, all of which can be seen in the video embedded below.

Photo by Chloe Rice. Photo and video courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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SPECULATION: ‘Stories in the Sky’ to Replace ‘Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Although the Walt Disney World Resort differs in its philosophy for entertaining guests than its west coast counterpart, Disneyland — as the latter relies far more heavily on locals and keeping them amused — the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks program remained mostly unchanged for over a decade. Conversely, within that same time period, Disneyland has had three different shows debut. In other words, it may just be time for ‘Wishes’ to be retired.

While rumors have circulated for about a year regarding a replacement for ‘Wishes’ in either 2015 or 2016, one of the strongest pieces of evidence may in fact be one of the least reliable: domain names.

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‘Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’ Attraction Details: Interactive Queue and ‘Scary Adventures’ Tributes

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Walt Disney World Resort has just released additional details surrounding its newest attraction at the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which will have an official opening ceremony ceremony on May 2. A springtime opening is planned for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family-style coaster and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland. Walt Disney World Resort guests will be treated to an exciting, musical ride into the mine ‘where a million diamonds shine’ as the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life. One feature will be first-of-its-kind ride vehicles mounted in cradle-like pivots that allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the Disney film classic. On their adventure, riders pass by animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Details, High-Res Photos

The Lost Boys costume design sketch features snazzy socks, furry plaids and tweed stripes and caps that pay homage to beloved woodland creatures.

Debuting in March 2014 (with a rumored date of March 16, 2014 to be precise), the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy,’ will be the new daytime parade at the Magic Kingdom. To celebrate the new entertainment, Walt Disney World has provided us with full details on the floats and costumes that will be featured in the parade.

Earlier this month and under cover of darkness, Walt Disney World cast members and crew escorted several of the floats down the road in the middle of the night. The floats in this magical caravan include a 53-foot-long steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon from the 1959 Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty, a Fantasia-themed balloon and gondola for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a giant Brave bagpipe, and a Peter Pan float featuring Skull Rock and Captain Hook’s The Jolly Roger pirate ship.

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For ‘Talking Mickey,’ Speech is Just the Tip of Technological Iceberg (Magic Spoilers)

'Simulated Conversation by Pre-Recorded Audio Navigator'The official Disney Parks blog today announced that commencing today — and barring any technical issues — Mickey Mouse will not only be meeting and greeting with guests at the Magic Kingdom, but conversing them as well, marking a new major milestone in a very lengthy history of attempting to bring characters to life in all new ways ahead of full NextGen technology implementation.

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PHOTO: Maisie Williams at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Maisie Williams at Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Actress Maisie Williams, who portrays Arya Stark on the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones,’ is seen here pulling the sword from the stone earlier today at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The 16-year-old English actress has starred on the award-winning series since its premiere episode.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

 

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