Photo: President Obama Delivers Speech at Walt Disney World

President Barack Obama at Walt Disney WorldSpeaking to a crowd at in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort on January 19, 2012, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to increase international visitation and make the United States the world’s top travel destination.

Photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Photo: Uma Thurman at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Uma Thurman, Donald Duck (Preston Mack/Disney)Donald, Uma. Uma, Donald.

Actress/model Uma Thurman poses here with Donald Duck this past weekend in a 1900s-inspired fire engine while visiting the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Thurman, star of films including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, will be seen in the upcoming film Bel Ami, which also stars Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.

Photo by Preston Mack, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Report: Obama to Visit Walt Disney World Thursday (Updated)

Recently the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama would be visiting Orlando this upcoming Thursday, January 19, 2012, to speak on the economy. All was quiet on the rumor fronts until today when a flurry of entertainment and operational changes found their way to the internet this evening, leading many to assume it meant the President would be visiting Mickey Mouse when in town.

Among the changes are evening extra magic hours being offered at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not at the Magic Kingdom. In addition, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature a special fireworks display at 7 pm titled ‘Rock the Night!’ All of this, it is suggested, is to drive guest traffic away from ‘the event.’

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WDW Refurbs: Dumbo Re-Opening Delayed Until End of March (Updated)

Some unfortunate news comes way of the official Walt Disney World Resort website today as it notes that the re-opening of Dumbo has been postponed from its original re-opening date of February 18 until March 12 March 31, 2012. The news is unexpected as construction has wasted no time in dismantling the attraction from its current location behind Cinderella Castle to its new location at the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion, in the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

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‘One More Disney Day’ Limited Edition Mouse Ears Available to Walt Disney World Passholders

Disney Parks 'One More Disney Day'Disney Parks has one more trick up its sleeve for Walt Disney World passholders planning on attending the ‘One More Disney Day’ leap day event in which both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours.

The first 1,000 passholders who plan on visiting the Magic Kingdom can sign up online for the offer.  In order to qualify and receive the ears, the passholder must then check-in for the event no later than 5:30 am on February 29 (check-in begins at 5 am, the park opens at 6 am). Limit of one pair of ears per guest.

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First Look: New Fantasyland’s Dumbo Marks Disney Parks Milestone (Video)

Dumbo in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom © MouseStepsIt appears that Walt Disney Imagineering has begun the test and adjust phase for the brand new Dumbo attraction being installed in the Storybook Circus area of the New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Photos and video captured by MouseSteps demonstrate some of the vehicles in action yesterday.

What makes this particular installation of the classic attraction is that this will be the first time in any Disney theme park that Dumbo will fly in a clockwise direction (i.e., if you were to look at the attraction from an aerial vantage point), or more simply put, Dumbo faces left. In every other installation, Dumbo flies in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction. The attraction topper is also more ornate than previous incarnations, replacing Timothy Mouse with a bevy of storks mid-job.

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CONFIRMED: 24 Hour Parties at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom on Leap Day, February 29

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CONFIRMED!: DISNEY HAS CONFIRMED BOTH DISNEYLAND AND MAGIC KINGDOM WILL OPEN AT 6 AM ON FEBRUARY 29 AND REMAIN OPEN FOR 24 HOURS. PLUS THEY WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE VACATION EVERY DAY BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2012 AND FEBRUARY 29, 2012. ALSO, BOOK A 3+ NIGHT PACKAGE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD OR DISNEYLAND BETWEEN FEBRUARY 26, 2012 AND MARCH 10 AND GET ONE FREE NIGHT (must book by January 31). SEE ONEMOREDISNEYDAY.COM FOR DETAILS.

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Photo: Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom

Beast's Castle © Matthew Cooper. All Rights Reserved.Admittedly I don’t make it a habit to check out every over-the-fence type shot of the work being done on the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, but when I came across this photo as it was posted on Tumblr, I knew it was something worth sharing.

The photo of Beast’s Castle was taken earlier this month by Matthew Cooper and shared on his Flickr account which shares additional images from Walt Disney World and other locations worth taking a look at.

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WDW Refurb Update: Magic Carpets Grounded, HISTK Playground Closure

The Walt Disney World official website has recently added a couple of entries to its operation calendar for early 2012.

The first of the new closures announced is that of the ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure’ which is slated to join the previously announced Backlot Studios Tour closure beginning on January 13 and re-opening on March 11.

Also re-opening on March 11, but closing on February 26, 2012 is the ‘Magic Carpets of Aladdin’ attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

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WDW Refurb Update: Kali River Rapids to Close in January

The official Walt Disney World website is now reporting a temporary closure for Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning January 23, 2012 and re-opening on February 10.

In addition, we have learned of additional counter service and dining location closures which include the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in the Magic Kingdom (closed January 9 through February 17) and an extension of Tutto Italia Ristorante in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. The restaurant is now scheduled to close a day earlier and re-open a month later.

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