On Friday, we shared a tweet that truly featured 140 characters to officially announce the latest Disney Parks bicoastal, All-Night Extravaganza on Memorial Day Weekend – the traditional start of the family travel season. Our “Rock Your Disney Side Party” will be a fun-filled 24-hour event at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
For the Ultimate Tweet, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and 135 of their friends gathered at Magic Kingdom Park and formed the familiar shape of a hashtag. The 140 characters then invited you and your family to “Rock Your Disney Side” during a 24-hour party to kick off summer.
At this year’s All-Night Extravaganza, everyone is being invited to show their “Disney Side” by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California will be filled with Disney heroes and villains from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time.
The celebration on both coasts will feature a cavalcade of events showcasing the good-vs.-evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise and special food and beverage offerings.
Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog and rockyourdisneyside.com for more details and information as we get closer to the All-Night Extravaganza on May 23. And let us know who you’ll be dressing up as – hero or villain?
Sure, we’ve featured the Partners Statue on the blog, but tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo is one of my favorites – it’s spectacular. Walt Disney World Resort Photographer and blog author Kent Phillips snapped the image at just the right moment after the sunset at Magic Kingdom Park.
If you’re a regular Disney Parks Blog reader, you’re certainly familiar with one of our guests’ favorite places at Magic Kingdom Park: the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle. Well, we’ve just begun a project that’ll make it even better. We’re adding several new elements to the area, including sculpted gardens, additional pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances.
Look closely at our fly-through video and you’ll notice that the enhancements will include new trees and more landscaping in the Central Plaza area. The sculpted gardens planned for the location are inspired by the lush grounds seen around European castles and chateaus.
To make it easier to move around, two additional pathways will be built around the plaza.
Also, seating outside of Casey’s Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size.
From Disney California Adventure to New Fantasyland, we have a long-standing track record of being able to make enhancements while maintaining the magic of the Disney experience, and we look forward to continuing that tradition with this work.
This multi-phase enhancement project has already begun and it’ll be completed in 2015.
Considering planning a Disney family celebration this summer? We’re happy to share a new reason you should book today – a new Magic Your Way ticket deal!
Starting today, parties of six or more who purchase a (minimum) four-day Magic Your Way ticket will receive an additional day for everyone for free. This offer, taking place now through summer, is a great way for large families to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort together. The more, the merrier! And summer will be a great time to visit, with the debut of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” and the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train taking place this spring at Magic Kingdom Park, as well as the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and Star Wars Weekends at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, respectively.
This deal can be booked now through June 14, 2014. Learn more by visiting DisneyWorld.com/Together.
This week’s “All in the Details” photos were shot in Prince Eric’s Village, a small area that lies just opposite Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction in New Fantasyland. One feature of the cartographer’s shop is a large seafarer’s map on the back wall that features plenty of intricate detail.
You may recognize some familiar faces in the map’s detail – including Ursula and King Triton. But what about the sea monster and winged beast that are attacking the ships? Have you seen those creatures somewhere before? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Click on the links below for more on New Fantasyland from Walt Disney Imagineering:
Just minutes ago, Walt Disney Imagineering released a new video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train during our live chat with Imagineer Dave Minichiello – and we wanted to be sure you didn’t miss it.
In the video, we compare onboard footage of the attraction side-by-side with an original CGI onboard that was created early on in the attraction’s development.
Stay tuned for more updates on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Imagineer Dave Minichiello will join us here on the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST, to answer some of your questions about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We’ve received many questions so far, but please keep them coming!
This will be a text chat with a video element later on that will auto-play on most computers. You may wish to adjust your speakers now.
A new parade debuted at Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 1989 – the Disney Character Hit Parade (also known as the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Parade”).
Mickey Mouse, outfitted in white ship captain’s attire, led the procession atop a gleaming steamboat. Following along were the Country Bears, as well as Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear. The Mad Hatter from “Alice In Wonderland” rode along the parade route in a gazebo, while Cinderella appeared in her pumpkin coach. Another fun aspect of this parade was a team of rollerskaters, who whirled along the parade route.
Another notable fact was that this was the first parade to feature an appearance by the cast of “The Little Mermaid,” which was released earlier that year. Check out their first float above, which featured Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric and Sebastian.
It’s almost parade time!
Today, we’re excited to share with you that the incredible, new daytime spectacular, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” will make its grand debut at Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday, March 9.
All the enormous, colorful floats have been constructed. Costumes have been designed and created. The original musical score has been recorded, and now the Cast of the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” is busy rehearsing for the premiere performance!
Before rehearsals could begin, Show Director Randy Wojcik and Choreographer Stephen Di Schiavi held a choreography workshop to further develop their initial ideas about staging and movement. They recently gave us a peek into that workshop, for a taste of what we can expect to see when the performers bring the stories of “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” to life on the parade route.
So who else is ready to join the celebration, once the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” debuts March 9?
For more on the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” visit the links below:
To replay our live chat with Walt Disney Imagineer Dave Minichiello, click here.
We’re continuing our series of New Fantasyland live chats next week with perhaps our most popular topic – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. On February 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST, Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Dave Minichiello will join us here on the Disney Parks Blog to talk about the attraction and answer your questions.
During the chat, we’ll be sharing an exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you’ll get a sneak peek of the experience inside the attraction. We’ll also be answering questions you may have about the attraction and talking about the completion of New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Be sure and join us here on Monday, February 24. The live chat featuring Imagineer Dave Minichiello will begin at 2:30 p.m. See you then.