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Top-Five Enchanting Princess Encounters on a Disney Cruise

On a Disney cruise, you’ll not only feel like royalty yourself with the legendary service and first-class accommodations, you’ll actually be in the company of true royalty with several Disney princesses sailing the high seas. Throughout your voyage you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be graced by their presence, but here is what’s selected as the top-five enchanting princess encounters on a Disney cruise.

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Princess Gatherings: The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on each of the ships is the perfect setting to meet with Disney royalty. A dazzling chandelier and a grand staircase set the stage for an elegant experience as you have the unique chance to greet and take photographs with three or more princesses!

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Royal Court Royal Tea: Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy is truly a one-of-a-kind affair that celebrates the “royal” in everyone. During this afternoon-tea event, you and your children are transported to a fairytale world where storytelling meets reality as classic Disney princesses dance and visit around the room.

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Magical Port Adventure: When the Disney Magic sails to Ålesund, Norway, Anna and Elsa accompany Disney cruisers for a traditional Norwegian summer celebration on a Port Adventure like only Disney can do.The festivities culminate with the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion, Kristoff, who join in the lively revelry.

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Story Time for Kids: Just for little cruisers, Once Upon a Time is a musical story time where a beloved princess shares tales of her adventures in a faraway kingdom. This special youth activity takes places in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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Live Stage Shows: With some of the most elaborate musicals presented at sea, it’s no wonder Disney princesses take center stage in the Walt Disney Theatre. Whether she is the star of the show or a leading role in one of the production numbers, there’s a good chance you’ll spot your favorite heroine singing and dancing in her fairytale world.

What your most magical memory of a Disney princess onboard one of Disney’s ships?


 

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new character greeting location for Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as their princess friends) officially opened its doors earlier this morning at the Magic Kingdom!  According to the hall’s storyline, Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift from the King to Cinderella, and acts as a place where she and other princesses can greet subjects.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Located in the New Fantasyland, guests can choose to meet either Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and a visiting princess.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The new hall is filled will small touches and details that pay honor to all the Disney princesses.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella has even graciously allowed Walt Disney World to display one prized slipper for guests to enjoy.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

The New Fairytale Hall is open daily at the Magic Kingdom.  The easiest way to tell which princesses will appear at the hall on the day of your vacation is to check the My Disney Experience app or pick up a Times Guide on the way into the park.

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5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you are anything like us, you love Fall and Halloween at the Magic Kingdom and especially Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  These parties are extra special events where they close the Magic Kingdom to regular park guests and bring in some extra special Halloween decorations and treats that you can only experience at the Party!

Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy these parties and get the most treats with no tricks!

1.  This is a Family Friendly Event  – Like the name implies, this is a Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Unlike other Orlando Theme Parks, Walt Disney World offers a purely family-friendly environment that is suitable for children of all ages.  There are some dark areas, but if your kids loves the Haunted Mansion, that is about as dark as the entire evening gets!

2.  Wear A Costume – Children are always allowed to wear Princess Outfits or Pirate Costumes in Disney Parks, but adults do not have that luxury…except for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties!  As long as you wear a costume that does not cover your face (ie. a full head or face mask) you are welcome to enjoy the party.  Remember, it’s still pretty warm in Orlando during the Fall, so make sure that your costume is lightweight an not too heavy!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

3.  Trick Or Treat All Night Long – During the party, there are several locations located all around the Magic Kingdom…and you can trick-or-treat as much as you want.  You can return as much as you want and as the night progresses, many Cast Members often become more generous in their treat giving.  We suggest bringing your own bag though…the bags that Disney provides are a little small.

4.  Arrive A Little Early – Even though Mickey’s Party officially starts at 7 p.m., which is when all of the entertainment actually begins, guests can enter with their Halloween Party tickets as early as 4 p.m. This is not something Walt Disney World advertises, but it absolutely is true, and you will see plenty of other guests arriving at 4 p.m., and Cast Members in their Halloween outfits at the turnstiles.  This allows you to enjoy a full 8 hours inside the park, for 1/2 the price!

5.  Make Time to Meet Characters – Haloweentime is one of the best times to meet your favorite Disney Characters, and during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary parties, all your favorite characters are dressed in special Trick-or-treat costumes!  Past favorites are Winnie the Pooh and friends, Snow White, and all 7 dwarfs – they are all not to be missed!!

5 Simple Tips To Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s No-So-Scary Halloween Parties are Hard Ticketed events, which means you have to buy a separate ticked for entrance to the party.  The parties run on select nights in September and October from 7:00 pm to Midnight.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner when you book your Walt Disney World Vacation and let them know you need tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party today!

Sneak Peek Inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Princess Fairytale Hall at New Fantasyland With Disney Imagineers

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a new video with us that offers up a look inside the two attractions in New Fantasyland that are still yet to debut: Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open later this year, will be the ultimate destination in which to greet Disney royalty. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family coaster that is set to open in 2014

Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open later this year, will be the ultimate destination in which to greet Disney royalty. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family coaster that is set to open in 2014, will take Magic Kingdom Park guests on a musical journey through the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The attraction will offer an innovative ride system with a train of vehicles that respond to every twist and turn, plus appearances by animated figures from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and music from this classic Disney film.

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a new video with us that offers up a look inside the two attractions in New Fantasyland that are still yet to debut: Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

In this video, Imagineers Jason Grandt, Pam Rawlins, and Dave Minichiello take you behind the scenes for an update.

Which of these attractions are you most excited to see for yourself? Let us know in the “Comments” section below.

The runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Begins Today!

This weekend runDisney celebrates the 5th Annual Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend welcoming thousands of athletes to run 13.1 miles around Walt Disney World Resort.

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Begins at Walt Disney World Resort

The Princess 1/2, just like the Tinkerbell 1/2 in Disneyland, is planned and designed for female runners, but a number of men will also be pounding out the magical miles.  We salute all runners because at the end of the day we are focused on the vision of runDisney …”To make everyone believe they can run, and to make every mile they run magical.”

This weekend will feature a runners expo that hosts a Speaker Series featuring celebrity runner appearances and seminars on training, racing, nutrition and the Princess Half Marathon course, a 5K for all ages, and kids only fun runs!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Begins at Walt Disney World Resort

So if this is your first 1/2 Marathon of 5K, congratulations and welcome to Walt Disney World, and like many runners say, “DLF>DNF>>DNS”*

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Begins at Walt Disney World Resort

*Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, and much greater than Did Not Start – get out there an run!!

Guests Will Soon Meet the Disney Princesses at the new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland

Beginning March 12, 2013, Disney Princesses will greet Disneyland Guests at the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland

Beginning March 12, 2013, Disney Princesses will greet Disneyland Guests at the new Fantasy Faire, a storybook world that brings timeless tales to life. A highlight of Fantasy Faire is the Royal Theatre, where Guests will be treated to two different shows: the tales of Rapunzel (“Tangled”) and Belle (“Beauty and the Beast”)!

Which princess do you want to meet?

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at D-Tech Me Princess in World of Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

The D-Tech Me Princess experience officially opened yesterday in the World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace. My fellow author Erin Catalano recently gave you a first look at the experience on the Disney Parks Blog. I’ve been involved with creating this project for more than a year now. I love how this experience uses state-of-the-art technology to create a unique and personalized keepsake from Disney Parks.

I recently partnered with our Imagineering scientists at the Disney Research labs to create a short behind-the-scenes video of this experience. The video highlights the entire process – from capturing an image using the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner to creating the final princess figurine using a high resolution 3D printer. It’s amazing!

Reservations are strongly recommended for this limited-time experience and can be made by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).

Please note: Guests must be between 3-12 years of age to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or older during the entire experience. A valid accepted credit card number is required at time of booking. No-shows or in the event a reservation is cancelled within 48 hours of scheduled experience will result in such credit card being charged a $25 cancellation fee. The experience, due to its personalized nature, is non-refundable and not eligible for an exchange. Certain restrictions apply. All prices, components and information are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

ROYAL DEBUT: Princess Tiana makes her Disney Parks debut

princesstianaROYAL DEBUT: The newest theme park character scheduled to soon make her debut in the Disney theme parks, Princess Tiana (back, center), made her very first public appearance Aug. 6, 2009 at the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention in Tampa, Fla. Princess Tiana is featured in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film, “The Princess and the Frog.” Pictured at the convention with Princess Tiana are young fans (L-R, back row): Diana Alfonso, age 7, from Coral Springs, Fla.; Erin Howard, age 7, from West Palm Beach, Fla.; Amanda McKendrick, age 8, from Orlando, Fla.; and Madison Meadows, age 8, from Dallas, Texas. Also joining in the fun are (L-R, front row): Ryleigh Lawton, age 3, from Clermont, Fla. and Mia Wood, age 4, from Orlando, Fla. “The Princess and the Frog” film will premiere in theaters nationwide Dec. 11, 2009. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
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