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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‘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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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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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for August 27, 2012 (81 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for August 27, 2012

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

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Personalizable Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls Personalizable Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls- $29.50

Join Disney’s winning team in our sparklingly sporty Varsity Minnie Mouse Jacket for Toddler Girls. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with Minnie graphics, faceted gemstone snaps and personalizing options.


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Cinderella Party Favor Pack Cinderella Party Favor Pack- $132.00

Make your guests royally welcome with our Cinderella Party Favor Pack. This 16-piece set features a great selection of regal gifts that include a Cinderella Toy Camera, Necklace, Bracelet and Tiara Haircomb.


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The Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set -- 3-Pc. The Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set — 3-Pc.- $22.95

Bury your troubles under our Haunted Mansion Tombstone Set. This set of three miniature headstones featuring amusing epitaphs will make a spooky centerpiece for your Halloween party before they move on to haunt the year ’round Disney curio collection.


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Canvas Disneyland Messenger Bag Canvas Disneyland Messenger Bag- $24.95

Faded artwork gives this compact Disneyland Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.


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Walt Disney World Halloween Minnie Mouse Tee for Girls Walt Disney World Halloween Minnie Mouse Tee for Girls- $24.95

Minnie’s masquerade costume looks ”Wicked Cute” on this bewitching Halloween Tee direct from Walt Disney World Resort. Orange glitter and green foil inks create a special touch of magic for the spooky season.


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Canvas Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag Canvas Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag- $24.95

Vintage style artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Messenger Bag a fashionably timeless appeal. Celebrating the Park’s 1971 opening, this handy-sized bag is made of sturdy canvas and features plenty of room for all your essentials.


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Storybook Disneyland Mickey Mouse Pin Lanyard Pouch Storybook Disneyland Mickey Mouse Pin Lanyard Pouch- $5.95

Our handy lanyard pouch features Mickey and storybook favorites at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Clip it to the bottom of our lanyard to hold your Disneyland Annual Passport, cards or pin trading essentials while having a ball at The Happiest Place on Earth!


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Personalizable Varsity Mickey Mouse Jacket for Toddler Boys Personalizable Varsity Mickey Mouse Jacket for Toddler Boys- $29.50

Kick back at the Clubhouse in our sporty Varsity Jacket for Toddler Boys, featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. You’ll cheer for this soft and warm collegiate style coat with ”Fab 4” graphics, soft quilted lining, and personalizing options.


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The Avengers Black Widow Costume for Girls The Avengers Black Widow Costume for Girls- $34.50

Your little Avenger can imagine herself as the all-action member of SHIELD when she wears this Black Widow Costume for Girls. The dynamic design, with its sleek faux leather styling, will make her look and feel like the Marvel superhero!


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Canvas Walt Disney World Messenger Bag Canvas Walt Disney World Messenger Bag- $24.95

Faded artwork gives this compact Walt Disney World Messenger Bag fashionable vintage styling. Carry memories of your visit to the Magic Kingdom wherever you go with this handy-sized canvas bag that has room for all your essentials.


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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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First Look: Tinker Bell and Periwinkle Characters from Disney Parks; New ‘Secret of the Wings’ Clips

Tinker Bell and Periwinkle at Disney ParksThe official Disney Parks blog today shared this first image of Tinker Bell and Periwinkle /aka/ Peri /aka/ Tink’s sister as they will appear at both Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland in mid-September (September 17 in Orlando according to this site, to be precise).

Peri will be joining Tink in Pixie Hollow in honor of their upcoming 3D Blu-ray release, Secret of the Wings, available to own on October 23, 2012. For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.

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New Fantasyland Concept Art Vividly Features Princesses in Enchanted Forest

New Fantasyland Concept ArtVia an email to Disney Travel Agents regarding the newly made announcements regarding the Enchanted Forest portion of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 6, 2012 (soft opening November 19), a few pieces of concept art were released. They appear to be new, but it is quite possible they’ve been released previously and we just missed them, but even if they are old news they are beautiful enough to warrant sharing again.

New Fantasyland Concept Art - BelleThe first image features Belle as she reads one of her favorite books outside the cottage belonging to her father Maurice while the Beast’s castle looms in the far off distance, ‘miles’ away.

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WDW Candlelight Processional Update: Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Amy Grant, James Denton

Walt Disney World has announced some changes to its lineup of narrators for its annual holiday event, the Candlelight Processional, held at the America Gardens Theatre, beginng November 23 of this year.

As we previously noted on Twitter, Isabella Rossellini will no longer be performing from November 23 – 25. We know her spot to be filled by actress Geena Davis. In addition, Andy Garcia has signed on for December 2 – 4, James Denton for December 8 & 9, Jodi Benson extended to December 10 – 13 and music singer Amy Grant from December 26 – 28. The full narration schedule as it currently stands is as follows:

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Speculation: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Prepping for FASTPASS+ NextGen Technology

After starting the roll out of FASTPASS+ technology at the Magic Kingdom, which not only included the installation of temporary (and subsequent permanent) RFID readers at return lines at select attractions, along with limited tests, as well as pilot programs to enter the theme parks via RFID and — most recently — pay for purchases and unlock hotel rooms using embedded RFID chips in the Key to the World (KTTW) cards at the Contemporary Resort, it appears Walt Disney World (NYSE:DIS) is steadily pushing on to establish its NextGen technology at the Resort, this time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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