A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned via Twitter that as the main sponsor for the 2012 International Food and Wine Festival that kicks off tomorrow at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Chase was offering free access to its festival lounge. At the time, we were aware of Sapphire and Disney Visa customers having access to it, but since many sites have gone on to report the news, primarily only as being available to Disney Visa customers, we would like to seize the opportunity to provide additional information.
Singer and U.K. radio presenter Emma Bunton, known as “Baby Spice” as a member of the all-girl pop group The Spice Girls, poses September 25, 2012 with Goofy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Spice Girls recently reunited to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Along with previewing his newest art and exclusive limited edition Vinylmation figures for the Disney Cruise Line cruise departing this weekend, Disney artist Noah has previewed art created for Epcot’s 30th anniversary which takes place October 1, 2012. Titled ‘The 21st Century Begins,’ the artwork will be available in multiple formats as well as a limited edition Vinylmation (10 each of 9″ and 3″ figures) which will be revealed later this week.
Noah’s art will be available at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the Festival Center (the former Wonders of Life Pavilion) in Future World. Noah also serves as this year’s festival artist and posters and other materials featuring the artwork he created for the festival will also be available.
In celebration of Disney’s new stop-motion animated movie Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton and opening October 5 in 3D, Walt Disney World Resort is hosting a variety of engaging experiences inspired by the new movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. The fun takes place at Downtown Disney West Side Sept. 28 – 30, 2012.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for guests:
Special 3D screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, featuring a 3D extended preview of Frankenweenie, which debuts Oct. 5. Tickets may be purchased for $6. The fun takes place at AMC Downtown Disney 24. Show times:
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.
Speculation and rumors have run rampant for months that mermaids were intended to be added to the attraction at the Magic Kingdom and the announcement has now re-fueled it along with an off-again/on-again full day closure for the attraction scheduled for October 9.
Although 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.
‘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.”
Yesterday, 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.
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.
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- $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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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!
|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.
|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!
|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.