Magic Kingdom to Offer FASTPASS to Meet Mickey Mouse Beginning Spring 2011

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Concept art for new Mickey Mouse meet and greetMagic Kingdom officials have a hunch a really “hot ticket” in their realm this summer is going to be something other than a ride, a snack or a show. Rather, it’s a first-ever opportunity to nail down a time to meet with Mickey Mouse.

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Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Belle to Receive Another Refurb — Are 999 Happy Haunts to Blame?

Fresh off a recent small refurbishment, the Liberty Bell Riverboat in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is scheduled to undergo yet another (and longer) refurbishment beginning May 5.

Although there could be very good reasons for the temporary closure pertaining to the attraction itself, it’s no secret that the Haunted Mansion queue has been walled off to curious eyes waiting to enter the retirement home for ghosts with room for a thousand. For those who see the construction walls as merely an obstacle, the Liberty Belle has become a vehicle of choice for peering in from the other side to check in on how things are moving along.

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Photos: Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers Honored at Walt Disney World

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers at Walt Disney World (Scott Miller/Disney)

Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse Feb. 7, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. following the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6, 2011. Rodgers was 24 for 39 for 304 yards and threw three touchdowns in the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Immediately after Super Bowl XLV was over, Rodgers shouted “I’m Going to Disney World!” and “I’m Going to Disneyland!” for TV cameras as the star of the latest Disney Parks advertisement.

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Photo: Jon Stewart Celebrates Daughter’s Birthday at Magic Kingdom

Jon Stewart and family at Magic Kingdom (David Roark/Disney)Emmy Award-winning TV host and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ takes a ride February 4, 2011 on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with his children Nate (left, age 6) and Maggie (center, age 5).  The visit took place on Maggie’s 5th birthday, and Stewart and his family celebrated with friends at the Walt Disney World theme park.

Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Photo: Chilean Miners Honored at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Chilean Miners honored at Walt Disney World (Kent Phillips/Disney)Wearing mouse-eared hard hats, the rescued Chilean coal miners pose Jan. 31, 2011 for a photo on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. All of the miners, their rescuers and their families are enjoying a Disney-provided holiday saluting them for their story of hope and perseverence.

Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Splash Mountain Receives Lap Bar Restraints at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Photo)

Lap bar restraints added to Splash Mountain at Magic KingdomIt’s a perennial rumor each time Splash Mountain goes down for refurbishment, be it at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, but this time it’s confirmed: lap bar restraints have been added to Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain.

Screamscape confirms the report with a photo of the vehicles with the restraints in place as they have just begun been cycling through the attraction for testing purposes. The white boxes you see sitting in the logs are simply dummy weights designed to simulate the weight of guests to ensure the logs travel through the attraction properly.

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First Look: ‘Magic, Memories and You’ Guests’ Photo Show at Walt Disney World

'Magic, Memories and You' on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. (Todd Anderson/Disney)At a special ‘what’s next’ presentation held for media earlier this evening, the Walt Disney World detailed the ‘Magic, Memories and You’ show which is a fanciful slideshow of photos of guests who have used the Disney PhotoPass service that day. An intelligent computer software program selects 500 photos taken throughout the day by PhotoPass photographers and fits them into the 10 minute program that’s projected onto the facades of 'Magic, Memories and You' on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. (Todd Anderson/Disney)Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland. At the Magic Kingdom, a combination of sixteen projectors positioned in four different locations help create the show. Although concept photos were shown to the press earlier tonight, here is your first look of real photos from earlier tests.

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The Walt Disney Company to Celebrate 45 Years of “it’s a small world” in 2011

For the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York, Walt Disney was commissioned by the Pepsi-Cola Company to produce an attraction to benefit the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With less than a year to create it — and with the vision of former Disney Imagineer Mary Blair and catchy tune by the Sherman Brothers —  Disney introduced “It’s A Small World” to the public. In 1966, the attraction re-opened at Disneyland, albeit in a modified form, and ‘the happiest cruise ever to have sailed’ has been a perennial favorite for millions at Disney Parks around the world since.

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New Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion Plans Announced; Snow White Closure Confirmed; Hi-Res Concept Art

The largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history is underway, a project that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and deliver a new home for Ariel, new ways to interact with favorite Disney princesses, an exciting new family coaster, a double dose of Dumbo and more.

Scheduled to open in phases beginning in late 2012, the new Fantasyland will immerse guests in Disney stories as never before. Among the highlights planned:

Fantasyland Overview

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major, all-new attraction during which guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the classic film.

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SHAG to Make First Ever Walt Disney World Appearance to Promote Anniversary Art

'Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary' by SHAGOn January 31, 2011, popular artist SHAG will make his first ever appearance at Walt Disney World to preview his upcoming artwork commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Resort.

For two hours only, from 12 pm – 2 pm, guests visiting the Main Street Gallery in the Magic Kingdom will have the opportunity to preview the new collection and purchase a special limited run deluxe print of SHAG’s ‘Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary’ which features the Resort’s icons as they were in 1971 in SHAG’s unique style. The print measures 16×20″, is double-matted and will retail for $35.

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