Report: Imagineer Chris Beatty Discusses New Fantasyland Expansion via Online Chat

Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster Concept ArtEarlier today, the official Disney Parks Blog held an informal live chat with Chris Beatty, Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, to discuss with online guests the ongoing development of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, the largest single expansion in the park’s history.

Unfortunately the end result wasn’t as promising as one might have hoped, with questions often answered in ways that conflict with previous announcements or seemingly dodged altogether.

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First Look: Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom’s Summer Nightastic (Video)

Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” will light up the streets of Magic Kingdom, headlining a season of after-dark excitement coming to Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2010. Beginning June 6 and continuing through Aug. 14, “Summer Nightastic!” will light up the night with shimmering, shining Disney magic in Walt Disney World theme parks.

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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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Photo: Turtle Talk with Crushcrushcrush? Paramore’s ‘World’ Tour

Paramore visits the Magic Kingdom (Todd Anderson/Disney)Platinum-selling band Paramore poses April 24, 2010 at the Magic Kingdom as daytime fireworks are shot over Cinderella Castle in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Franklin, Tenn.-based rock band — (L-R): Taylor York, Zac Farro, Hayley Williams, Josh Farro and Jeremy Davis — is performing a two-night engagement at the Walt Disney World “Grad Nite,” a private, after-hours event held annually for high school seniors. Williams, the lead singer of Paramore, also is featured on the B.o.B., single, “Airplanes,” which debuted in April 2010 at number 12 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

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Dates for 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Now Available

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. © Stitch KingdomUp until now, we’ve been holding back releasing what we knew regarding the dates for the 2010 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party nights at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom because we were awaiting confirmation on dates beyond October 3.

The wait has ended (almost). The dates we have been given are as follows:

September 3, 8, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30

October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31

November 1

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Walt Disney World’s ‘Summer Nightastic!’ to Begin June 6

The Walt Disney World Resort reports that its previously announced ‘Summer Nightastic!‘ program which features the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade will begin on June 6 and run through August 14.

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Photo: Minnie’s Yoo Who — Eva La Rue Stars in CSI: Magic Kingdom

Actress Eva La Rue (right), star of the CBS series "CSI: Miami," and her daughter Kaya (left), age 8, pose March 1, 2010 with Minnie Mouse (Gene Duncan/Disney)Actress Eva La Rue (right), star of the CBS series “CSI: Miami,” and her daughter Kaya (left), age 8, pose March 1, 2010 with Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Prior to joining the cast of “CSI: Miami,” La Rue appeared on the ABC Daytime drama “All My Children.” (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Video: Ceremony at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Officially Establishes Twinning of Theme Park with Swindon, UK

The plaque commemorating the twinning of the Magic Kingdom with Swindon located in the UK Pavilion at Epcot (Diana Zalucky/Disney)Swindon in the United Kingdom was officially honored at Walt Disney World when the plaque marking the twinning of the Wiltshire town with the popular Florida resort was unveiled at the famous Magic Kingdom. The twinning ceremony, which was attended by The Mayor of Swindon (Cllr David Wren), TV presenter and competition judge Angellica Bell, Duncan Wardle, VP Creative Inc, Walt Disney World, the creator of the winning Swindon nomination Rebecca Warren and her family. A plaque marking the twinning will take pride of place in the UK pavilion at Epcot throughout 2010 for visitors to see.

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