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Disney Unveils New ‘Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

For many guests, a visit to a Disney theme park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

Disney is happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.

new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,”“Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others. (Check out a sneak peek of the “Tangled”-themed float above).

What do you think of the new parade coming to Magic Kingdom?

Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks for ‘Limited Time Magic’

If you have an eagle eye, next week’s “Limited Time Magic” surprise at Disney Parks is especially for you. Disney is launching a special “egg” hunt at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

For one week only, from March 18-24, park guests will be able to search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters at Epcot and at Disney California Adventure park and then record your discoveries on specially themed Eggs-perience park maps.

‘Limited Time Magic’ Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks

At Epcot, maps can be purchased at the Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion, International Gateway, Pin Central and Port of Entry.

And at Disney California Adventure park, you can purchase the map at Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, Tower Hotel Gifts and Treasures in Paradise.

‘Limited Time Magic’ Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks

Each map and set of stickers will cost $4.95, plus tax at select locations. And whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a Port of Entry at Epcot or Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park for a surprise.

Maps will be available while supplies last and no discounts apply. You should also know that separate admission is required to enter Disney Theme Parks and the experience is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

New Festival Attractions and Fantastic Food Marketplaces at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival  is bigger and better than ever — with gorgeous new gardens and whimsical new Disney character topiaries, plus new Garden Marketplaces serving up tasty culinary creations. And this year, look for topiaries and select gardens to be lit up at night! All this and more gets underway starting March 6, 2013.

Twelve new Garden Marketplace locations will sprout up around the promenade, offering culinary creations and special libations inspired by the gardens at Epcot's World Showcase.

From the bounty of the garden to your table

Twelve new Garden Marketplace locations will sprout up around the promenade, offering culinary creations and special libations inspired by the gardens at Epcot’s World Showcase.

“Our horticulture team recognizes that our guests are curious about where their food comes from and how it is grown,” says Michael Jenner, Park Event Content Development Operations Manager. Garden Marketplaces are a great opportunity for discovery, as guests are able to sample some amazing dishes and learn how to incorporate their own garden harvests into their meals at home.”

“We had been planning to do something like this for many years, and the 20th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the perfect opportunity,” Michael explains. It became a reality thanks to Walt Disney World Resort  guests like you. Last year, just one experimental marketplace was so overwhelmingly popular, it “grew” this year to a dozen different areas with a wide variety of offerings.

It looks good enough to eat!

Each new marketplace will have two small gardens in front of them filled with plantings to match the host of food and beverage (many nonalcoholic) selections. For instance, the garden at the front of World Showcase Plaza will have blueberries growing to tie in with the Blueberry Wine. The garden near the Canada Pavilion will feature pineapples to match the Pineapple Upside Down Cake that you can purchase.

“I don’t think many guests have actually seen pineapples growing, and that should be a treat,” adds Michael. “We will also have ‘TRYit’ opportunities  at these marketplaces to encourage children and adults to sample some out-of-the-ordinary delights like Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions, BW Farms Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction.”

Many of these creative menu selections were developed by Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, who made sure they would be “tapas-size” items, so that you will be able to explore multiple choices.

Don’t forget the new garden passport!

“We will offer guests a special passport with one page per Marketplace,” said Michael. “It will list the plants and other information so that guests can check off what they tasted, write notes and even get it stamped for free, like a field journal.”

One of the most popular marketplaces is sure to be at The American Adventure Pavilion. A huge smoker will be rolled onto the stage to barbeque brisket and pork. Guests can top off that meal sample with a glass of Mama’s Little Yella Pils from Oskar River Blues in Lyons, CO (Czech-style Pilsner), or Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA (India Pale Ale), or just a delicious Rocky Road brownie.

Oz, monsters and lights into the night

You’ll find whimsical children’s play areas, the newest being The Land of Oz Garden , inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great and Powerful .”

There’s so much to see, do and taste during the 75-day garden party! Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival surprises are around almost every corner.

There will be new topiary creations, including a salute to Disney•Pixar “Monsters University.” You’ll find whimsical children’s play areas, the newest being The Land of Oz Garden , inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Look for a butterfly bounty, HGTV celebrity designers , hands-on gardening seminars and more. On weekends, rock to performances by top Flower Power Concert Series rockers of the 1960s and ’70s.

And the fun won’t end when the sun goes down — almost all the gardens will now be gorgeously illuminated for the first time, making the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival a complete delight, day and night.

For more information, visit EpcotInSpring.com.

*Entertainment subject to change without notice.

Disneyland Attractions Just For Toddlers

There are so many attractions that are geared specifically towards young children that not only will your child have a great time, but you’ll get to see an old favorite through new eyes.

If you’re thinking of taking your kids to Disneyland and have a baby or toddler, don’t listen to people who will tell you not to take the younger child. There are so many attractions that are geared specifically towards young children that not only will your child have a great time, but you’ll get to see an old favorite through new eyes.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train Ride, located in Fantasyland, will be a big hit with the toddlers in your group. You ride in little wild animal cages while Casey chugs along saying “I think I can”, just as he did in the classic movie, Dumbo. As you ride along there are many miniature villages, and toddlers will have a great time matching the villages to the appropriate Disney character.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train Ride, located in Fantasyland, will be a big hit with the toddlers in your group

In Tomorrowland you can visit the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster ride and get his or her own laser gun that even a toddler can operate. The adults and older children can earn points by aiming at specific targets, but the younger kids just accumulate their points by waving the laser gun. Word has it that you should take your toddler on the ride so that there is someone that you have a chance of beating.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which you can find in New Orleans Square, you can wear an eye patch and sing yo ho ho along with all the other pirates. Your child will probably want you to sing the song with them for the rest of the day, but a happy child is well worth the strange looks you may get.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which you can find in New Orleans Square, you can wear an eye patch and sing yo ho ho along with all the other pirates.

On Main Street U.S.A. you can find The Baby Center where you can take a well-earned break while your child enjoys the toddler sized chairs and tables. There are coloring supplies to keep them busy, as well as changing tables, and baby supplies. After a little down time in this air conditioned facility, you and your child will be refreshed and ready to hit the park again.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World Resort

When we shared a look back at Robin Hood and Friends visiting the Magic Kingdom Park back in 1979, many of you asked to see them again. Well, next week, you’ll have that chance and more as we continue “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Long Lost Friends Return for "Limited Time Magic" at Walt Disney World

Long-lost Disney friends are returning to the Magic Kingdom Park just to meet you and your family. For one week, January 21–27, be sure to have your camera ready for a rare chance to possibly brush shoulders with classic characters like Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.

Long Lost Friends Return for "Limited Time Magic" at Walt Disney World

There’s also a chance you’ll see The Three Little Pigs and more surprises at Magic Kingdom Park. So, which long-lost Disney character would you like to see the most? Let us know in the “Comments.”

All in the Details: Step Inside the World of Belle Through Her Magic Mirror at Magic Kingdom Park

We’ve hinted before on the Kingdom Magic  Blog that Enchanted Tales with Belle, in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, will be no ordinary character greeting. Today, we’re excited to share more details about this special experience. As you’ll see from the video below – provided by Walt Disney Imagineering – the goal of this attraction is not just to give you a place to meet a Disney character, but to completely transport you into the world of “Beauty and The Beast.”

 

The journey begins at Maurice’s Cottage, where they’ll walk through the whimsical garden and find inventions created by Belle’s tinkerer father, Maurice. Inside are books, pictures and other symbols that define the home of Belle and Maurice and their lives there, including leftover gadgets and artifacts from experiments gone awry. But guests also will see a mirror that magically becomes a portal into Beast’s Castle…

To be continued!

2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets on Sale Now

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade

At the Walt Disney World Resort on 19 select evenings between November 8th and December 18th, 2011, guests can experience the enchantment of Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle plus two special entertainment extravaganzas, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.”

This special after-hours party in the Magic Kingdom, which requires a separate admission ticket, also features live Disney character stage shows, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Dates:

November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18

Prices:

$60.66 for adults and $55.33 for ages 3-9 with advanced purchase.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6, 7, 11, 13

$67.05 for adults and $61.72 for kids on the day of event

$56.40 for adults and $51.07 for kids with Passholder & DVC Member Discounts.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6:

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