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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Perform ‘Magical’ Flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Perform ‘Magical’ Flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park

This past Thursday, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed several spectacular flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park – roaring over Cinderella Castle as guests in the park cheered (and even shed tears of joy) during the aerial demonstration.

The Blue Angels executed two planned passes at 500 feet above Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday. At speeds of more than 250 mph, the Blue Angels performed a perfect “Delta Break” maneuver right above Cinderella Castle. Check it out:

 

Guests at Magic Kingdom Park said they enjoyed the rare opportunity to see some of the world’s best pilots in action during their Disney vacation. “You don’t think it can get much more magical (at Walt Disney World) but then you see the Blue Angels fly over and it’s just incredible,” Magic Kingdom guest Eric Delee from Port St. Lucia said. “It brought tears to my eyes.”

After the Walt Disney World flyovers, the Blue Angels are heading to Lakeland, Florida for a weekend performance at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

Reservations Open For the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Imagine enjoying an exclusive, unforgettable view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle while you indulge in a decadent dessert experience. The newly enhanced Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park allows you to do just that.

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Beginning July 5, 2015, Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom Park will be enhanced and transformed into the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party. Relax in a reserved seating area with family and friends over delicious desserts and beverages.

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Delight in a selection of themed desserts prepared daily by our pastry chef including chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, and ice cream. Delectable new additions to the menu include a variety of seasonal fruit and cheese, Disney character-themed cupcakes, and more!

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As the fireworks begin, celebrate with a sparkling cider toast and create a special memory with family and friends. Throughout the evening, you can now enjoy hot drinking chocolate and signature lemonades as well as coffee and tea.

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Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $49 for adults, $29 for children, tax included. Reservations can be made by calling your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner.

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Remember, you can also make your next visit to Epcot extra sweet by making a reservation to enjoy the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party during the Epcot nighttime fireworks spectacular.


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Frozen Holiday Wish Cinderella Castle Lighting Show

Join Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf the Snowman as Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a magical ice palace to welcome in the Holidays at the Magic Kingdom!

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Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Walt Disney World’s 31st Night of Joy features multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists in its 2013 lineup. The two-night celebration is staged each year during the second weekend in September. This year’s event will be on September 6 -7, 2013.

Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Friday night brings Christian music legends Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman together for a combined set on the Cinderella Castle stage. Smith and Chapman performed a European United Tour this past spring after a successful combined tour in the United States in 2008. This is the first time two artists have been co-billed for a Night of Joy performance.

Celebrate Night of Joy at Walt Disney World In September

Highlights of this year’s Night of Joy include the addition of five first-time performers to the roster, including rising stars For King and Country and Jamie Grace. Fan favorites Mercy Me return for a sixth consecutive year. An unofficial dcTalk reunion takes place as tobyMac headlines the Saturday night lineup, Michael Tait performs with Newsboys, and Kevin Max appears as the lead singer in the newly configured Audio Adrenaline.

2013 Night of Joy Lineup (Subject to change)

Friday, September 6

Skillet

MercyMe

Michael W. Smith

Steven Curtis Chapman

Audio Adrenaline

Mandisa

for KING & COUNTRY

Moriah Peters

We As Human

City Harbor

Saturday, September 7

Newsboys

TobyMac

Francesca Battistelli

Building 429

Group 1 Crew

Matthew West

PLUMB

Jamie Grace

Night of Joy is an after-hours, special ticket event.

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Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as early as November 8.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit.

Dates for 2013:
Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.  Please let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know and they can add this to your trip!

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot

The Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights.

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations, click here!

Holidays Around the World: Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Downtown Disney

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more.  And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing. Contact Kingdom Magic to find out how you can experience all the magic and cheer of Walt Disney World during the holidays!

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Sail Away with Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship, beginning early November through the new year, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries,” New Year’s Eve galas and Disney friends dressed for the occasion.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events include a nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, visits from Santa Claus and his elves, traditional holiday feasts, family holiday crafts, holiday storytellers and more. When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

Guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. On Christmas Eve, guests can leave milk and cookies for Santa when he visits the ship at midnight.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah services will be held each day, Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.

To celebrate the new year, voyages include a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown with balloon drops.

Don’t Miss a Minute of the Holiday Fun at Walt Disney World or on Disney Cruise Line, Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations to Book Your Holiday Trip Today!

A Fireworks First: Fourth of July Fireworks Over Three Disney Castles

As we shared earlier today, our Fourth of July celebration officially kicks off here at Walt Disney World Resort on Monday, July 1, with nightly performances of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

This year’s celebration will be made even more exciting by being the first Fourth of July that our guests can watch the fireworks burst above three different Disney castles, thanks to the addition of the attractions in New Fantasyland. Check out the photo above of Beast’s Castle, Cinderella Castle and Prince Eric’s Castle. Looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
Will you head to a Disney Park this Fourth of July week? If so, tell us in the “Comments” section below.

5 Things I Love About Tom Sawyer Island

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Frontierland from Tom Sawyer Island (Photo credit: Don Nunn)

Walt Disney World has many great places to visit and those special places make you want to return as quickly as possible. Some people just love visiting the Polynesian beach, others love Disney’s Boardwalk and still others love checking out the Wilderness Lodge. Within the Magic Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island is a special place that provides some isolation and tranquility, which is why I really appreciate it. When I visit Tom Sawyer Island, here are five of the things I really like about this part of the Magic Kingdom.

1 – The Barrel Bridge

The Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island always brings me back to my childhood. I love just feeling like a kid. The bridge is fun, shaky and makes you almost feel like you’re about to topple into the water. It’s great for a laugh. Every time I go across it, I’m a kid again having some old-fashioned excitement and fun.

2 – Injun Joe’s Cave

Another of my favorite things about Tom Sawyer Island is Injun Joe’s Cave. This cave just draws me into it, making me want to go exploring. The bridge that goes right over the bottomless pit is exciting and a bit scary. Add to that the skull that creepily glows from the rocks and you have a great cave worth visiting. While it’s clammy and dark in there, it’s just awesome.

3 – The Incredible Views

When visiting Tom Sawyer Island within the Magic Kingdom, one of the best things to enjoy is the incredible views it has to offer. You can enjoy the views offered of Cinderella Castle and Liberty Square or you can even look across the river to see Frontierland with all its hustle and bustle. Enjoy beautiful, natural views along the riverside or check out the great view of the Haunted Mansion.

4 – Fort Langhorn

I just love visiting Fort Langhorn, which was originally known as Fort Sam Clemens. This classic attraction is exciting and plenty of fun. From the blacksmith shop to the Rifle Roost, I’m entranced every time I visit. Of course, I definitely can’t go without making an exit through the secret escape tunnel.

5 – Pappy’s Fishing Pier

Last, Pappy’s Fishing Pier really grabs my heart when I’m visiting Tom Sawyer Island. This spot is a great place to relax, especially if you’re able to get a seat in one of the pier’s rocking chairs. Enjoy rocking some time away whiel people watching and enjoy the great views.

Special Fantasyland Opening Ceremony & Test Track Ride Through

The New Fantasyland is now open and we were there to capture the opening ceremony. We’ve also got a special ride through of the new enhanced Test Track ride over in Epcot.

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Rick Howard
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Holiday Wishes Fireworks Spectacular: Day 9 – 25 Days of Christmas

These are some of the most magical fireworks you will see all your long.

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Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage Show: Day 8 – 25 Days of Christmas

Celebrate the Season with this amazing show including dancing and singing with all your favorite Disney friends.

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Rick Howard
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Day 1 – 25 Days of Christmas: Cinderella Castle Lighting Ceremony

Today kicks off the 25 Days of Christmas marathon over at TravelwithRick.com starting off with the amazing Cinderella Castle Lighting Ceremony straight from the Magic Kingdom.

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Walt Disney World Resort at Holidaytime Unwraps Festive Traditions, Glistening Ice Castle and Seasonal Spectacles

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort as early as November 9. There’s an extra night of merry at the Magic Kingdom with 20 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; and at Epcot, singer/actress Olivia Newton John makes her debut as a celebrity narrator for the beloved Candlelight Processional.


Highlights:

Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have its longest-ever run with 20 magical nights from November 9-December 21. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2012: Nov. 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21. Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes nighttime spectacular: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Epcot
Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra. Actress/Singer Olivia Newton John makes her debut as one of a dozen narrators to take to the stage at this year’s event, performed nightly November 23 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. Crowd favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Gary Sinise return to America Gardens Theater stage on select nights. Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/candlelight-dinners/
Holidays Around the World: Storytellers from around the world share traditions and lore from their homeland throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 9, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.”

Downtown Disney
Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

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