Haunted Mansion ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ AR Game Coming to Walt Disney World

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Mayhem at the Mansion AR GameIt was just a matter of time. With so much going on outside those walls that house 999 happy haunts for more than four decades, some of them are bound to  get restless and seek some time away and now they’ve managed to do just that. And now, now it’s up to you, the foolish mortals, not only to find them, but to capture them — capture them and return them to the Haunted Mansion before it’s too late! And if you happen to grab a souvenir photo along the way, all the better.

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PHOTO/VIDEO: Ariana Grande Celebrates ‘Problem’ Free Birthday with Mickey Mouse

Ariana Grande wih Mickey Mouse (Chloe Rice/Disney)Actress/singer Ariana Grande celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends yesterday at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as seen here posing with Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle.

Grande also met with Cinderella and Prince Charming in between enjoying a private ride down Main Street USA in the fire truck and celebrating with her Cinderella-themed birthday cake, all of which can be seen in the video embedded below.

Photo by Chloe Rice. Photo and video courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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SPECULATION: ‘Stories in the Sky’ to Replace ‘Wishes’ Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Although the Walt Disney World Resort differs in its philosophy for entertaining guests than its west coast counterpart, Disneyland — as the latter relies far more heavily on locals and keeping them amused — the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks program remained mostly unchanged for over a decade. Conversely, within that same time period, Disneyland has had three different shows debut. In other words, it may just be time for ‘Wishes’ to be retired.

While rumors have circulated for about a year regarding a replacement for ‘Wishes’ in either 2015 or 2016, one of the strongest pieces of evidence may in fact be one of the least reliable: domain names.

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‘Seven Dwarfs Mine Train’ Attraction Details: Interactive Queue and ‘Scary Adventures’ Tributes

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Walt Disney World Resort has just released additional details surrounding its newest attraction at the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which will have an official opening ceremony ceremony on May 2. A springtime opening is planned for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family-style coaster and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland. Walt Disney World Resort guests will be treated to an exciting, musical ride into the mine ‘where a million diamonds shine’ as the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life. One feature will be first-of-its-kind ride vehicles mounted in cradle-like pivots that allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the Disney film classic. On their adventure, riders pass by animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

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Disney Parks to Host ‘Rock Your Disney Side’ 24 Hour Parties

140-Disney Character 'Ultimate Tweet' Announces All-Night PartyA recently activated domain name, ROCKYOURDISNEYSIDE.COM currently redirects to an inactive page with the URL of http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/24-hour-event which appears to suggest that Disney Parks and Resorts North America will once more host a 24 hour party event themed to the ‘Disney Side’ campaign. Obviously with no details officially announced, it’s all assumptions at this point but rumors have been circulating that Disney Parks was considering a 24 hour party to tie in with Memorial day weekend once again.

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Details, High-Res Photos

The Lost Boys costume design sketch features snazzy socks, furry plaids and tweed stripes and caps that pay homage to beloved woodland creatures.

Debuting in March 2014 (with a rumored date of March 16, 2014 to be precise), the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy,’ will be the new daytime parade at the Magic Kingdom. To celebrate the new entertainment, Walt Disney World has provided us with full details on the floats and costumes that will be featured in the parade.

Earlier this month and under cover of darkness, Walt Disney World cast members and crew escorted several of the floats down the road in the middle of the night. The floats in this magical caravan include a 53-foot-long steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon from the 1959 Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty, a Fantasia-themed balloon and gondola for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a giant Brave bagpipe, and a Peter Pan float featuring Skull Rock and Captain Hook’s The Jolly Roger pirate ship.

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PHOTO: Maisie Williams at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Maisie Williams at Magic Kingdom (Gene Duncan/Disney)Actress Maisie Williams, who portrays Arya Stark on the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones,’ is seen here pulling the sword from the stone earlier today at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The 16-year-old English actress has starred on the award-winning series since its premiere episode.

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

 

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WDW Update: Tiki Room Extended Closure, All Star Sports Food Court Closure Lengthened and More

As a follow up to tweets and Facebook statuses we posted last night regarding some recent changes to the Walt Disney World Resort refurbishment schedule, we would like to formally share these changes here on the site. So without further ado:

  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom is currently expected to close on July 31 and is expected to re-open on August 29, 2013.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom is currently expected to close on September 30 and is expected to re-open on November 14, 2013.

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Staggs Hints Disney Parks RFID MagicBand Could Integrate with ‘Disney Infinity’

Earlier today, at the All Things Digital conference, Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs took the stage to speak on the MyMagic+ experience being developed for Disney Parks, following a brief introduction to the system by Edna Mode of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles (video of appearance available here). Staggs spoke about the experience, beginning with online reservations for activities and dining — even suggesting guests will be able to order their entire meal online so service will start immediately upon arrival at the restaurant — and other perks guests can expect to receive with the system’s MagicBand, given specific permissions. One such example is that Staggs confirmed (as we have long suspected and promoted) characters at meet and greets will know guests’ names automatically. To that end, Staggs also talked about the talking Mickey Mouse technology that is under development by Walt Disney Imagineering and has promised he too will come along for the experience. In addition, Staggs also talked about how attractions such as “it’s a small world” will be modified to include acknowledging celebrations of a guest during the actual ride through. He also talked about how the band (which uses a combination of BlueTooth and RFID technology) will be customizable through items he compared to Crocs’ jibbitz.

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Merida Royal Coronation Event at Magic Kingdom

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Hundreds of fans gathered early this morning at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World to celebrate the induction of Princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave into the Disney Princess Royal Court. An honor bestowed to just ten before her, Merida arrived at Cinderella Castle in style atop her faithful steed Angus before receiving the crown from none other than her own mother, Queen Elinor, who made an exceptionally rare appearance. The pair were joined by the other members of the Disney Princess Royal Court along with emcee U.S. Gymnastics 2-time Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas, who was joined on stage by her own mother, Natalie Hawkins.

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