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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Disney’s Tangled Rapunzel and Flynn Rider Meet & Greet at Disneyland Concept Art Revealed

Concept art for Tangled meet & greet with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at Disneyland © DisneyOn its official blog, Disney Parks has shared some concept art for the upcoming meet & greet with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at the Disneyland Resort. The art and blog entry reveal Disney’s plans on how to turn Rapunzel’s ~70 feet of hair into a reality.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will begin greeting guests on October 15 at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. At Walt Disney World, the duo can be found at the Magic Kingdom in the Fairytale Garden near Cinderella Castle, where Storytime with Belle currently takes place (that show ends September 12 in preparation of the transition). At Disneyland, Rapunzel and Flynn will be found at what is currently Gepetto’s Sweet Shoppe.

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Harmony Barber Shop at Magic Kingdom – Now By Appointment Too!

We have learned that the Harmony Barber Shop located on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom has recently begun accepting appointments in advance. This marks the first time that we are aware of in the shop’s history that guests have been able to reserve a time in advance as opposed to simply walking up and waiting until a spot becomes available.

The shop serves guests daily from 9 am – 6 pm with cuts averaging to just below $20 per adult, or $14 for children 12 and under with a special ‘baby’s first haircut’ option available. According to the Disney Parks blog, the shop serves about 400 guests of the Walt Disney World resort each week.

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Photo: Brendan Fraser Rubs Shoulders with Wicked Step-Mummy at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Brendan Fraser poses with Lady Tremaine from Cinderella (Scott Miller/Disney)(AUG. 8, 2010):  Actor Brendan Fraser, star of films “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns,” poses Aug. 8, 2010 with a “step-mummy,” aka Lady Tremaine, The Wicked Stepmother from “Cinderella,” at the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Scott Miller, photographer)

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Photo: Jessica Jarrell is Hooked on Minnie at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Jessica Jarrell with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Teen pop star Jessica Jarrell poses with Minnie Mouse yesterday at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   For the occasion, Minnie Mouse even traded in her signature polka-dotted dress for one adorned with hearts.  Jarrell, currently one of the opening acts on Justin Bieber’s ‘My World’ tour, visited Walt Disney World Resort with friends and family.  (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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WDW Refurb Update: Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh Closure in October thru Mid-November

The official Walt Disney World website has updated its operational calendar to include a closure for The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom from October 25 through November 14.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

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New Disney Parks Site Creates Free ‘Summer Nightastic’ Custom Wallpaper for Mobile Phones

Summer Nightastic custom wallpaper from Disney ParksIf you’ve ever pictured yourself on Tower of Terror Re-Imagined, having a dart thrown at you on Toy Story Mania or craved the sensation of having Elliott the dragon breathing fire on your face, we have the news you’ve been waiting for!

Disney Parks has launched www.disneylandwallpaper.com and www.waltdisneyworldwallpaper.com, sites that allow you to create custom wallpaper featuring your own photo combined with one of several different ‘Summer Nightastic’ themes. To begin, email or text a photo to either dlr@disney.go.com or wdw@disney.go.com and in just a couple of minutes, you’ll receive a special custom link that will direct you to a page where you can choose the frame you want along with some basic edition functions, allowing you to resize and move your photo.

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Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain Becomes Second Attraction to Offer PhotoPass

In addition to Test Track at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain is now offering new and unique options for Disney’s PhotoPass.

Beginning today, Space Mountain is offering a new range of PhotoPass options for the onride photo taken during the ride. The three available options are:

  • Purchase the photo as a print. A variety of print sizes and packages are available. These prints will be made directly by the systems inside the Space Mountain Merchandise Shop.
  • Purchase the photo as a digital download from the DisneyPhotoPass.com website

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Get (Andy) On Your Feet: Gloria Estefan Visits the Magic Kingdom

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan poses June 26, 2010 with "Toy Story 3" characters Jessie (left) and Woody (right) at the Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan, photographer)Toys will be toys.

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Estefan poses June 26, 2010 with “Toy Story 3” characters Jessie (left) and Woody (right) at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Estefan was on vacation at the Walt Disney World theme park with family and friends.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney.

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