WDW Character Update: ‘Tangled’ Meet and Greet Postponed

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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.

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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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Photos/Video: Miss America 2011 Contestants Visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Miss Florida 2010 Jaclyn Raulerson, of Plant City, Fla., meets Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom.

All 53 contestants for the title of Miss America 2011 visited Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, August 27, 2010. Representing fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the ladies continued the Miss America tradition of walking together down Main Street USA toward Cinderella Castle. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Belle met the 53 contestants for photos before the women broke up into smaller groups to see the rest of the park. Through the day, guests may have spotted contestants on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and other attractions. The 53 Miss American 2011 contestants also recorded interviews that are scheduled to appear in the 2011 Miss America Pageant broadcast. Returning to ABC for the 90th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant, the competition will broadcast live from Las Vegas on Saturday, January 15 at 8 P.M. ET. As the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The 53 Miss America 2011 contestants are in the Orlando area to attend the annual Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition.

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Photo/Video: Vidia Joins Pixie Hollow Meet and Greet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

In honor of the upcoming Pixie Hollow film Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Vidia has joined her friends at Pixie Hollow in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to greet guests who shrink down to size as they make the journey from the Mainland to Pixie Hollow.

For more information on the upcoming film including the trailer, film clips, stills, toys and more, follow this bookmark.

Photo by Gene Duncan, photo and video courtesy of Walt Disney World.

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Photos: New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire Gets a Taste of the Big Candied Apple at the Magic Kingdom

NY Knicks' Amar’e Stoudemire takes on Mickey in a game of one-on-one (Gene Duncan/Disney)

Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently joined the NBA’s New York Knicks as a power forward, visited the Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family. The clan visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday where Stoudemire was at an obvious strong disadvantage when he took up a game of one-on-one with Mickey Mouse.

Stoudemire also spent some time at the Main Street Confection where, with the assistance of cast member Naima Fernandes, he created his own Knicks-colored blue and orange sprinkled candied apples shaped like Mickey.

Photos by Gene Duncan, courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort

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Full Schedule for 2010 ‘Night of Joy’ at Walt Disney World Released

A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup will herald the return of Night of Joy to Magic Kingdom Sept. 10-11, with 2010 “Artist of the Year” Casting Crowns plus three other “Artist of the Year” recipients topping a bill featuring seven additional acts that have won Dove Awards or Grammy Awards. Other “Artist of the Year” winners performing during the 28th edition of the Walt Disney World event are Chris Tomlin (2006 and 2007), mercyme (2004) and Third Day (2001).

Also part of the two-night event (when specific acts play one evening each): David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Red, BarlowGirl, Group 1 Crew, Day of Fire, Smokie Norful, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Thousand Foot Krutch and Britt Nicole.

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WDW Refurb Update: Mad Tea Party, Gift Shop Join Pooh; ‘Ohana Closure in January

When The Many Adventures Winnie-the-Pooh closes in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in October as we previously announced, it will now be joined by Pooh’s Thotful Shop which will also close on October 25, but will re-open on November 8, full a week earlier than the attraction.

In addition, Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland will close on September 26 and is scheduled to re-open on November 11.

Over at the Polynesian, ‘Ohana will be closed from January 17 through January 20, 2011, although it will be open for dinner on the 20th.

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Video: Pirate Face Painting Tips from ‘The Pirates League’ at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

In need of a Halloween costume idea? Your friends at The Pirates League at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom can help — they’re offering an easy way to become a pirate. The process starts with makeup to create a black eye. Highlights around black makeup near the eye make it appear as though it’s puffy and an ordinary red eyeliner pencil make the eye look “sore.”

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