Registration for 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Walt Disney World Now Open (December 3 – 4)

Registration is now open to participate as a spectator for the taping of the Magic Kingdom portion 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is the same as last year and one registration form allows you to sign up for both (or either) Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. Typically, staged events are taped on Friday while the parade portion itself is taped on Saturday.

Note that registration for the site is NOT required, you may elect to ‘order’ the free tickets as a guest. Also, an email indicating that you have successfully registered does NOT guarantee you access to the parade, you must receive additional confirmation at a later date.

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WDW Refurb Update: Liberty Belle Short Refurb; Studio Backlot Tour and More All of January

It’s shaping up to be one of those days. Although not confirmed as of yet through our official sources, WDWMagic.com and Walt Disney World Cast Member Paul Chadkin are reporting additional refurbishments added to the operations schedule for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in January.

The Liberty Belle / Liberty Square Riverboat located in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom is scheduled to close on January 29, 2011 and re-open on February 5.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, both the Studio Backlot Tour and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure playground are set to close on January 3 and re-open on January 30.

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Photo: Brad and Kimberly Paisley Bewitched by Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom

Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley with Minnie Mouse at Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney) Country music artist Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Father of the Bride,” “According to Jim”), pose Oct. 25, 2010 with a Halloween-clad Minnie Mouse in front of the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The singer and his wife also were celebrating Brad’s October 28th birthday at Walt Disney World this week. On Nov. 10, 2010, Paisley will co-host “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” telecast on ABC-TV. He will share hosting duties with Carrie Underwood.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

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Photo: Catherine Bell Visits Minnie Mouse in Magic Kingdom

Actress Catherine Bell and daughter with Minnie Mouse at Disney's Magic Kingdom (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Actress Catherine Bell, star of the Lifetime Network drama series “Army Wives,” poses Oct. 24, 2010 with her daughter Gemma, age 7, and Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Bell’s latest movie, “The Good Witch’s Gift,” will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Nov. 13, 2010.  For nine seasons, Bell also starred on the long-running drama series “JAG.”

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Photo/Video: ‘Jersey Shore’s’ Pauly D Announces Grad Nite 2011 Appearance at Magic Kingdom

Pauly D on Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Railroad (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney)Paul Delvecchio (left), aka “DJ Pauly D” from the hit MTV series “Jersey Shore,” takes a ride aboard the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster Oct. 22, 2010 in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Delvecchio, riding with Celebration (Fla.) High School senior Bryan Lopez (front right) and a host of central Florida high school seniors behind him, was at the theme park to announce his involvement as one of the featured performers for “Disney Grad Nite 2011,” a private, after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom in April and May 2011 for high school seniors from across the country. Delvecchio will serve as the party’s featured DJ, and headline the graduation party alongside UK-born R&B singer Taio Cruz and pop duo “3OH!3.” (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

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First Look: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Meet & Greet Characters at Walt Disney World

Flynn Rider and Rapunzel

Although their permanent ‘play and greet’ environment isn’t yet completed at Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Garden, as we previously reported, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled began making appearances today at Epcot.

Although we initially reported that they would be appearing at the International Gateway, we learned the hard way that the location may vary and in fact found the couple outside of the World Showplace, situated between the Canada and UK Pavilions. This is one of three locations used in Epcot to test out new characters and their friends, the others being the International Gateway and the area to the left of the American Adventure.

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WDW Character Update: ‘Tangled’ Meet and Greet Postponed

The so-called ‘Play and Greet’ featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is now being reported to be postponed from its original start date of October 15 until October 25.

This was confirmed by cast member extraordinaire and consistently accurate source Paul Chadkin via twitter.

Update 10/12/10 – Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will begin meeting and greeting guests (without ‘play’ elements) on October 15 as originally scheduled, but at the International Gateway in Epcot

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WDW Refurb Update: Splash Mountain Closure for January 2011 Announced

With what should come as little to no surprise, the official Walt Disney World website has now posted a closure for Splash Mountain in January for the Magic Kingdom’s attraction annual refurbishment. Currently the site has the attraction as closing on January 3 and re-opening on February 1, 2011, but last-day-of-the-month dates are always suspect and suggest that the closure may continue on into the next month, although this is not the publicly available information at this time. Should we learn of the closure extending into February, we will update the article and note the changes via our official Twitter and Facebook pages.

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2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map and Schedule

Courtesy of Walt Disney World cast member @PaulChadkin, here is a first look at the 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween (MNSSH) map and schedule for the seasonal parties that begin tonight at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Below you’ll find both the front and back of the maps. Click on each image to expand to its larger version. If the re-size arrow appears, you may click it to view the map in its original size as provided by Paul.

2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Inside/Front2010 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Guidemap Outside/Back

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WDW Refurb Update: Astro Orbiter Closure at Magic Kingdom in December

The official Walt Disney World website has listed Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom as closing on December 5 and re-opening on December 10.

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