Tiana Arrives at Magic Kingdom; Bestows New Style at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Led by Donald Duck, a host of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters welcomed Princess Tiana after her horse-drawn carriage ride to Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom (Garth Vaughan/Disney, photographerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Starting Oct. 26, Walt Disney World guests will be treated to first-ever appearances by Princess Tiana, star of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog.”

Besides meet-and-greets with guests, Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other characters from the motion picture will star in “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!,” a rousing, colorful procession with a jazz-filled Mardi Gras theme.  The good times will roll as festively dressed, bead-tossing revelers lead Magic Kingdom guests to the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock.

The party moves onboard and the Liberty Belle paddlewheels her way along the river with singing and dancing to the sounds of a six-member jazz band.  Nearly two dozen Disney dancers join 30 randomly chosen park guests to be part of each show. Original songs composed by Randy Newman for the film liven the production, which will be performed three times daily.  Daytime pyrotechnics and whimsical puppetry round out the spirited, 15-minute production.

The 10-week experience at Walt Disney World Resort will run through Jan. 3, 2010.  “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!” also will dazzle guests at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Nov. 6.

A hilarious movie adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana, “The Princess and the Frog” will open in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 25, 2009, before expanding nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009.

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Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Appearance and Signing at Walt Disney World November 13-14

Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley PearsonAuthors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be offering a signing of their new book Peter and the Sword of Mercy at Walt Disney World on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.

On November 13, they’ll be at Once Upon a Toy located at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm; on November 14,  they’ll be in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Gallery on Main Street, USA from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. There will also be an early appearance on Saturday by Ridley Pearson only from 9 am – 10 am at the Main Street Gallery.

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Registration for 2009 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Taping Now Open; Days Extended

UPDATE: Registration is currently closed

Walt Disney World is now accepting general requests to attend the taping of the 2009 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. As expected, taping will take place during the first weekend of December, but this year, taping will also occur on the Thursday before, making the taping a total of three days, December 3 – 5. Thursday and Friday will consist of performance tapings at Cinderella Castle and in the Main Street USA area while Saturday will be the parade itself (which may also contain additional performances at select locations along the parade route). Guests may opt to choose 1, 2 or all 3 days at time of registration.

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Terence Moves in to Pixie Hollow at Walt Disney World

Tinker Bell poses with friend Terence (Diana Zalucky/Disney)As we first reported back in early September, Terence has joined Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom in honor of the upcoming release of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. Today we get our first look of Terence courtesy of the Disney Parks blog.

If he hasn’t already, he should also be making his way to Pixie Hollow’s counterpart at Disneyland.

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New Video from Disney Parks Takes a Look at What’s New (and Almost New) at Walt Disney World

Via its YouTube channel, DisneyParks released a seven minute video which takes a look at some of the recent additions to the Walt Disney World resort such as the American Idol Experience at Disney’s  Hollywood Studios and the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It street show at the Magic Kingdom as well as an extended look at the Contemporary Resort, from its design and construction in 1971 through the introduction of the Bay Lake Tower DVC resort and the Treehouse Villas.

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Walt Disney World Works with U.S. Mint to Change Its Currency

2009 Native American US Dollar (Photo source: NativeAmericanDollars.com)Via its new blog, Walt Disney World has announced that it is participating in a pilot program to enter US $1 coins into circulation from retail and dining locations in Epcot’s American Adventure and Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.

Quoting it as a move towards the Disney-coined environmentality iniative, the coins will be distributed in lieu of ‘paper’ dollar bills as change.

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Liberty Tree Tavern to Offer Breakfast, Character Dining During Crystal Palace Refurbishment

As we reported earlier, Crystal Palace will be closed for refurbishments from January 3 through January 13, 2010. During this time, characters will once again return to Liberty Tree Tavern in Frontierland and the table service location will serve breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner. Once Crystal Palace returns, Liberty Tree will resume with lunch and dinner service only and no character experience.

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Magic Kingdom Sees Stars as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Learns Pluto is No Dwarf

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the PBS series "NOVA scienceNOW" and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York with Pluto (Gene Duncan/Disney)Acclaimed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the PBS series “NOVA scienceNOW” and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, taped a segment of the PBS series Oct. 9, 2009 in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Joining Tyson for the taping was beloved Disney character Pluto, for an episode that focuses on the dwarf planet of the same name.  Tyson, who authored a book entitled “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet,” was at the center of the controversy surrounding the planetary status of Pluto.  A frequent guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” Tyson attributed the public outcry over the dwarf planet’s demotion to America’s love of the Disney character.

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D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles

BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.

“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”

HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

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Splash Mountain Closure at Magic Kingdom Confirmed for January/February 2010

After a couple of initial reports of a closure for an extended closure of Splash Mountain 2010, I have followed up on the request of a Stitch Kingdom reader and am sad to report that the attraction is in fact listed on at least one official Disney source as being scheduled for closure from January 3 through February 27, 2010. ReSearch has been updated to reflect this and subscribers affected by this change have been notified.

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