Happy one-year anniversary to New Fantasyland! The area, which is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, enjoyed its grand opening ceremony exactly a year ago today.
New Fantasyland, which brought about the addition of Storybook Circus and dedicated “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” areas to the park, was officially dedicated December 6, 2012, in a ceremony that featured “Once Upon a Time” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. Guests could now participate in a retelling of Belle and Beast’s love story at Enchanted Tales With Belle, have a snack at Gaston’s Tavern, dine inside Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant, or explore the caverns below Prince Eric’s castle to take a journey under the sea with Ariel.
Over the course of the past year, work has continued on the remaining two attractions in the New Fantasyland expansion. One of these, Princess Fairytale Hall, opened its doors in September as the go-to place to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel, who each greet guests daily alongside one of their other royal friends. The interior of the hall was inspired by design elements – and even specific props – seen in the films “Cinderella” and “Tangled.” The result was a truly regal look, with high ceilings, rich wood-paneling, handpainted princess portraits, themed wallpaper, glittering stained glass windows and more.
The final attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is set to debut in 2014. The mine train, which is currently under construction, will tell the story of Snow White through the eyes of the Seven Dwarfs. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog in coming months for more on this attraction.
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Are you ready for Christmas? Could you use a little more holiday know-how? Then come train to be one of Santa’s secret helpers during Elf Days! From December 9-15, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park will become a training ground as Santa’s elves look for a few good guests to join their ranks! Master challenges (including the Jingle Bell Bridge, Stocking Stuffers and Present Tracking), get your official elf name, learn the secret Elf Handshake and take a photo flying in Santa’s sleigh!
Do you have what it takes to become one of Santa’s elves? Find out during Elf Days at Disney California Adventure park, December 9-15!
As part of “Limited Time Magic,” we’re offering a walk in Magic Kingdom Park that’s never before been offered to guests – hosted by Phil Holmes, vice president of Magic Kingdom Park.
Each morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. (ET), with advanced check-in starting at 7:00 a.m. (ET), on December 9-11, December 18 and December 20, 2013, selected guests will have the opportunity to join Phil Holmes and see Magic Kingdom Park from a new point of view. During each hour-long session, attendees will hear unique stories and also learn more about how the park and its cast members still look to Walt Disney for inspiration.
Here are the dates for a walk in the park with Phil Holmes:
- Monday, December 9, 2013
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Wednesday, December 18, 2013
- Friday, December 20, 2013
There will be only one tour each morning – with 25 guests in each group. You may enter here for a chance to attend only one of the five tours. Also, here are the rules for the drawing for a Walk in the Park with Phil Holmes Sweepstakes at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Also, please remember the following for each drawing:
- All entrants who sign up for the events must be U.S. residents who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence.
- Each entry is valid for one participant only; winners will not be permitted to bring a guest.
- Park admission and standard car parking will be provided as part of the event.
- Selected participants will be assigned a tour date and time. There will be no changes or substitutions allowed.
- Tour opportunities are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
- Winners will be notified on December 6 by email, and the prize cannot be transferred. Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
- Tours are subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Subject to complete Official Rules.
I’m lucky. Because of my job, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil a handful of times. I’m not sure how, but every time I see it, it feels new and fresh. Though I can hardly believe it, La Nouba is about to celebrate 15 years at Downtown Disney.
There’s no doubt Castaway Cay is a Disney Cruise Line guest favorite, and as I’ve shared this week, it is one of mine, too! Now that I’ve given you some of my insider tips, here are my picks for the top ten things to do on Castaway Cay…
One year ago today, we officially opened New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort and to celebrate the first anniversary, we’re offering you a chance to win a Little Mermaid Vinylmation.
What if, instead of riding into the galaxy on Space Mountain, Star Tours or Mission: SPACE, you had next-door neighbors who came from beyond the stars? That’s the idea behind one of today’s most talked-about TV comedies, “The Neighbors,” airing Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT on the ABC TV Network.
Throughout the day, we’ve celebrated Walt’s birthday on the Disney Parks Blog with special images and stories. Tonight, we’re wrapping things up with a beautiful “Disney Parks After Dark” look at the Partners Statue during the Wishes nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park.
Earlier today, we announced a new partnership at Shanghai Disney Resort that includes plans to create a “must-see” location of handmade mosaic murals at Shanghai Disneyland celebrating each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac characters.
Music, dancing and Disney Characters are front and center at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! in the Paradise Gardens area of Disney California Adventure park – but it’s the zesty new dishes that we can’t wait to try!