Speculation: Mermaids to Join ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ at Walt Disney World

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the official Disney Parks blog has announced that Walt Disney Imagineering will soon be taking a cue from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, On Stranger Tides, and adding a new feature to the attraction.

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New Fantasyland ‘Princess Fairytale Hall’ Interior Concept Art

Princess Fairytale Hall Concept ArtAlthough it had previously been shared with media at a prior event, Walt Disney World has just officially released this concept art of the interior of the Princess Fairytale Hall which will be in the space once consumed by Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

The new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom, Princess Fairytale Hall will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows, a spacious gallery adorned with portraits of Disney princesses and elegantly finished rooms where guests can meet Aurora, Cinderella and other princesses. Set to open in 2013, as part of the next phase of the New Fantasyland expansion after the opening on December 6, 2012, Princess Fairytale Hall will be located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland.

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‘Be Our Guest Restaurant’ at Disney’s New Fantasyland Details Unveiled

Be Our Guest at Walt Disney World Resort © Disney‘Be Our Guest Restaurant’ in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland magically drops Magic Kingdom diners into the splendor, elegance and fairytale charm of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with a setting right out of the hit animated feature film: the magnificent castle of The Beast, where guests dine in three richly appointed rooms that bring to the story to life.

“This is a whole new level of theming for a Disney restaurant,” said Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of Food & Beverage and Merchandise for The Walt Disney Company. “More than ever, we’re using storytelling and creativity as we develop our menus.”

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Walt Disney World Seeking Circus Acts for New Fantasyland

A new entertainment opportunity has been announced for the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Under the title of ‘variety acts,’ the position is specifically looking for ‘fun and engaging circus-style variety acts, preferably those with levels and height, as well as audience participation.’ In addition, ‘these acts must be self contained, allow for quick set-up and strike, not use any permanent rigging, and be suitable for outdoor venues. They must also be suitable for family audiences.’ Solo clown acts are explicitly not being considered at this time.

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DEBATE: What Ingredient Makes the Dole Whip so Special? (Spoiler)

Dole Whip FloatYesterday marked the opening of the application process for the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel available at disneymomspanelsearch2013.com. As with last year’s application process, there were questions regarding specific knowledge on Disney Parks (as well as Disney trivia in general).

One of the questions has seemingly sparked up a bit of a debate between hopefuls — and perhaps with good reason:

QUESTION: WHAT INGREDIENT MAKES THE DOLE WHIP SO SPECIAL?

(A) Whipped Cream (B) Pineapple (C) Soft Serve Ice Cream (D) Strawberries

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‘Wonders of Life’ Pavilion at Epcot Tagged for ‘Selective Demolition’

The Wonders of Life pavilion as it appeared in 2006Yesterday, Walt Disney Imagineering filed a notice of commencement with the Orange County Comptroller’s office to indicate intentions for ‘selective demolition’ to take place at Epcot’s ‘Wonders of Life’ pavilion. The notice comes just a just a few short weeks prior to the theme park’s 30th anniversary.

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REPORT: ‘Festival of the Lion King’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Won’t See 2013

The latest species on the endangered list to be highlighted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort will be the Tumble Monkey, if reports are to be believed. A reliable insider has advised us that the gymnasts performing at the popular ‘Festival of the Lion King’ show located at Camp Minnie-Mickey have been put on six month notice (as of last month) and — to date — there have been no changes or amendments made to said job loss notification.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween 2012 Guide Map Now Available

Walt Disney World has updated its official Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event page to include a link to the official guide map / times guide for 2012. There really are no surprises this year, save for the ‘Not So Scary Street Jam!’ pre-parade on Main Street, USA which is mercifully left off of the map.

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WDW Refurb Update: Studio Backlot Tour, HISTK Playground Extension

The official Walt Disney World Resort website has been updated to advise that the existing ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set’ play area refurbishment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been extended through November 16, 2012. It is also listing the Studio Backlot Tour (and subsequently the AFI Showcase exhibit) as being closed from November 1, 2012 through November 16, however it is being reported elsewhere that the closure will actually begin in October, likely on the 8th.

We will update with official dates as they become available to us. The official website calendar has been updated to reflect the October 8 closure date.

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Walt Disney Imagineering Suggests ‘Country Bear Jamboree’ Show Changes A Comin’

Ever since its refurbishment was announced back in May, speculations have run rampant about changes being made to ‘Country Bear Jamboree,’ located in Frontierland of the Magic Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World. Initial rumors had the show being cut in length and have since grown to include cutting out peripheral characters out completely to the return of the holiday overlay and more. The only certain element regarding the rumors was that for every rumor proposed, there was at least another that contradicted it and proposed something else.

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