Video: Time-Lapse Installation of Halloween Decor at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has re-released this time-lapse photography video of the Halloween/fall decor being installed along Main Street USA and Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom. According to the video description, more than 40 cast members are involved in the process which takes places over a period of five nights to install all of the holiday decorations.

The Disneyland Resort also released this video today highlighting some of its Halloween festivities including the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion overlay, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, World of Color, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and character meet & greets.

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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: MLB All-Star Motorcade Visits Disneyland’s Main Street, USA

Following the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim, more than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park before heading to Angel Stadium for the 81st MLB All-Star Game, which airs on FOX at 8pm ET.

The West Anaheim Little League All Stars lead off the celebration inside Disneyland just before the MLB All Star Red Carpet Show. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)Hall of Famer and former Angels player Rod Carew served as the Grand Marshal for the Disneyland portion of the parade which was led by the West Anaheim Little League All Stars.

Photos courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

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Personalized Disney Gift Cards Now Available Online and at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Sample personalized Disney Gift CardGuests are now able to picture themselves (or other loved ones) on their very own refillable Disney Gift Card. The cards are available both online at the Disney Store and in person at Exposition Hall at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

There appears to be no additional charge for the customization.

Be aware that there are a few supplemental terms and conditions which are viewable online after uploading the photo (but prior to purchasing). They appear to be fairly non-restrictive, but do include the warning that DisneyStore.com can replace the personalized Disney Gift Card with a more generic one if they find the image to be in violation of the terms.

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Disney Legends The Sherman Brothers Receive Window Dedication on Disneyland’s Main Street USA

They’ve written some of the most memorable songs in Disney theme park – and motion picture – history, and on March 11, 2010, the Academy Award-winning composers of the music from “It’s a Small World” and The Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as “Mary Poppins,” will receive the highest honor that the Disneyland Resort bestows. The Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, will receive a tribute window on Main Street, U.S.A.

Among the Shermans’ more than 150 Disney songs are such familiar Disney theme park compositions as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” (theme of The Enchanted Tiki Room), “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” (theme of Carousel of Progress) and “It’s a Small World,” one of the most translated and performed songs on Earth. All three are still performed in their attractions at Disney theme parks around the world, making the music as contemporary today as when it was composed.

“Richard and Robert Sherman’s contribution to Disney spans 50 years and has touched virtually every aspect of our company,” said Robert A. Iger, president and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “By dedicating a window on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland we are pleased to recognize them with one of the highest honors our company bestows.”

“The music of the Sherman brothers has left an indelible mark on the Walt Disney Company and still resonates in Disney parks around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman. “Their songs – particularly ‘It’s a Small World’ and the score of ‘Mary Poppins’ – are not just touchstones of Disney, but of American culture as a whole. The whole world sang these songs when they were new and they still sing them today almost five decades later. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are honored members of the Disney family.”

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Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Triumphantly Returns to Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) — President Abraham Lincoln returns to the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland with stunning new Audio-Animatronics technology that makes this the most lifelike and expressive Lincoln figure yet.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a beloved Disneyland attraction for nearly 45 years and a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, reopens Dec. 18 on Main Street, U.S.A. with the new Lincoln figure and an enriched presentation that combines the best elements of the park’s original 1965 show and the most advanced technical enhancements. (The show first opened at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.)

The new Abraham Lincoln figure represents several major milestones for Audio-Animatronics figures.  The fully electric head – a first for human Disney Audio-Animatronics figures, which are traditionally hydraulically operated – is based on an all-new sculpt that is more lifelike than in previous versions of the show.  With an expanded range of facial movement, Lincoln is more expressive than ever.  He can purse his lips, form an “O” with his lips, smile, grimace and use his eyebrows to enhance his emotions.

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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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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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The Disney Gallery at Disneyland Set to Re-Open at New Location on October 2

Now located inside the Main Street Bank, the Disney Gallery is set to re-open on October 2 at Disneyland. Read a bit more about the exciting new location here.

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The Disney Gallery Set to Open this Fall in Bank of Main Street Building at Disneyland

The Disney Gallery is finally returning to Disneyland after being removed from its former location,which became the Disneyland Dream Suite.

With approximately the same amount of space as its former location, the Gallery will be divided into three main areas: two exhibit rooms and a gift shop and will incorporate the unique design elements of the Bank which will be incorporated in the story of a Bank being converted into an art gallery (how novel, we think!).

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