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Snow White's Scary Adventures Closing This Week

We brought you a story back in 2011 about the closing of Snow White's Scary Adventures as the Fantasyland expansion continues. Now that time is upon us as the last day to experience this classic Magic Kingdom ride is Thursday, May 31.

Meet Merida From 'Brave' At Walt Disney World

While her movie isn't set to hit the big screen until next month, the heroine from Disney-Pixar's latest animated movie is ready to meet guests at Walt Disney World.

Merida, the flame-haired female lead from the flick "Brave," has taken over the Fairytale Garden for "Tangled" characters Rapunzel and Flynn in her own meet and greet. Guests can experience this new enhanced version of a meet and greet with Merida at the garden near Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. The experience features an archery component as well as bear cubs from the movie.

Disney Parks Expansions and Additions Exceed $3 Billion

When Disney improves upon its parks, it improves. The company has surpassed the $3 billion mark in its park additions and expansions - a first in its history. To give an idea of where all that moolah is going, here is a breakdown of recent work at Disney parks worldwide:

  • Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World: The Fantasyland expansion, the largest in the park's four decade history, will top out around $425 million when the construction is done.

Night of Joy Tickets On Sale Now

Walt Disney World's two-night popular celebration of Christian music is coming back again this fall for the 30th time. 2012's Night of Joy is set for September 7 and 8 at Magic Kingdom.

Disney has also released the lineup of Christian artists for both nights. Friday, September 7 will see these acts take the stage: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, RED, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, and Disciple. Slated for Saturday, September 8 are: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Dara Maclean.

Mickey's Halloween Party Dates Announced

It may seem strange to think about Halloween now during spring, but the folks at Disney are definitely looking ahead. Recently, they announced the dates and prices for 2012's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. In case you want to make plans to attend this year's event, here are all the not-so-gory details.

Dates for the event are as follows:
September 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 & 30
October 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31
November 2

Disney Testing New Fastpass System at Magic Kingdom

Right now at Magic Kingdom, Disney is currently testing out a new way with a guest favorite. Now through May 15, Disney is trialing a new Fastpass system on certain rides and attractions throughout Magic Kingdom.

In the current system, guests obtain Fastpass tickets at the ride or attraction of their choice and return at the time stated upon the ticket to bypass a long wait time. How does the new Fastpass differ? The new system will have guests obtaining Fastpass tickets at home - before they even set foot in the park!

Disney Announces Fantasyland Expansion Opening Dates

Part of Walt Disney World's highly anticipated Fantasyland expansion in Magic Kingdom has already opened, and earlier this week, Mickey and Company gave guests an idea of when to expect other phases of the project to be complete.

While some of Storybook Circus attractions have opened to guests, the rest of the area is expected to open this summer. Look for the second half of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride and the Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak station to be ready for guests in July.

Cinderlla Castle Chosen As a Top Building By American Institute of Architects

It's a familiar and beloved sight of the Magic Kingdom, and now the Florida Association of the America Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) has named Cinderella Castle as one of the Top 100 Buildings in Florida and the Top Building in the Recreational Agriculture Category. The honors come as part of the AIA Florida's "100 Years. 100 Places." celebration of its 100 year anniversary.

Cast Member Killed In Hit And Run Accident

There's some sad news out of central Florida this week. Liu Ye, a 22-year-old Walt Disney World Cast Member from China, was killed earlier this week in a hit and run accident near Disney-owned property.

Ye was hit by a car Tuesday night while walking on a crosswalk near State Road 535 and Meadow Creek Drive. She died after being taken to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

Three Fantasyland Expansion Attractions Now Open

Guests heading out to Magic Kingdom this spring will have the chance to take in three new attractions in the theme park's Storybook Circus portion of Fantasyland. This part of the ongoing Fantasyland expansion is now in what's called a "soft-opening" phase. The new attractions include:

  • The first section of "Dumbo, the Flying Elephant"
  • The Goofy roller coaster: "The Barnstormer, Starring The Great Goofini" roller coaster
  • "The Fantasyland Train Station"

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Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at the Magic Kingdom

The Enchanted Tiki Room is one of the signature attractions in Adventureland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Present since opening day in 1971, it debuted as the 'Tropical Serenade' an almost identical copy of Walt's classic Disneyland hit.

Walt Disney World 2013 Park Maps

Walt Disney World has updated the Park Guide Maps for 2013! The changes offer a new modern design, with the notable lack of a Kodak logo after the end of their long time partnership. The new guide maps reflect the recent physical changes to the parks, such as the New Fantasyland, as well as technological inclusions to help guests move forward and stay informed during the MyMagic+ roll out.

Dole Whips With Rum at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Just another week now and the gates will open on the 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. This year guests will be treated to an invasion of Chefs with a world class Garden Marketplace featuring fresh and exciting culinary delights located at Marketplace booths around World Showcase.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 9

The Dapper Dans are the classic Disney barbershop quartet that has been performing daily at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort since 1971. Known around the world, this harmonic group that's always seen as a quartet is actually comprised of upwards of twelve singers at each of the Disneyland style parks.

Breakfast in Liberty Square: Sleepy Hollow Refreshments

Nothing is quite like hitting the park first thing in the morning to beat the crowds. But just because you're up and out early doesn't mean you should skip the most important meal of the day. Next time you're looking for a quick service breakfast at the Magic Kingdom, why not try one of our fan favorites.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 6

The Countdown to Super Sunday is going on at Walt Disney World from Friday February 1 to until Saturday February 9, 2013 it's a week long Super Sunday celebration.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in the New Fantasyland

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, is the great new dark attraction located in the Enchanted Forest of the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland. The ride opened this past December to great fanfare and has been delighting Walt Disney World guests who experience it.

Genealogical Exploration at Liberty Square's Heritage House

Update: We have heard rumors that this shop will be closing it's doors on January 4th, 2014.

Four Fantastic In Park Breakfasts at Walt Disney World

When talking about Disney Dining there's often a big focus on what's for dinner, sometimes we tend to forget that there are other meals in the day. At heart, I'm a breakfast girl, and some of you out there may be as well, after all "they" say it's our most important meal. I love all sorts of breakfast foods, and with late nights at the park my family tends to sleep in and often we don't even get out of the room before 10:00am.

Disney Time Sweepstakes to Give Away 31 Vacations in January 2013

Disney has announced a brand new sweepstakes for the coming of 2013 and you could win some Disney Time! Starting on January 1st, and throughout the remainder of the month Disney Parks will award no less than 31 Vacations! Hopeful fans may submit one entry daily by choosing one of their choice of the following vacations, at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts. There's even a special trip geared just towards Grown Ups!