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Monorail Hours Changed

The Walt Disney World monorail's hours have been changed because of work on the DVC addition at the Grand Floridian.

Guests can expect the Magic Kingdom resort loop to be closed each day from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The change started March 2nd and it is said Disney is planning to have the work done by the end of March.

New Entertainment Fastpass To Be Tested At Magic Kingdom

Word out of Walt Disney World has it that the Magic Kingdom will be the spot for a new Fastpass trial this month. During March, Disney will be testing their famous Fastpass system with their nighttime entertainment.

Cast members will distribute the Fastpasses by hand to guests on random days in March between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Guests lucky enough to be a part of the experiment will be able to return to the Castle hub at the time printed on the Fastpass. From there, the cast members will be on hand to help direct guests in order to watch that night's fireworks show or nighttime parade.

Magic Kingdom's 'One More Disney Day' Schedule Revealed

For those of you lucky enough to be heading to the Magic Kingdom next week to participate in Walt Disney World's celebration of Leap Year, here is the schedule of that park's happenings on February 29.

Attractions

  • Country Bear Jamboree -10 am on Wednesday to 6 am on Thursday
  • Haunted Mansion 6 am on Wednesday to 5 am on Thursday
  • It's a Small World 6 am on Wednesday to 4 am on Thursday
  • Liberty Square Riverboat 11 am on Wednesday to 7 pm on Wednesday

Walt Disney World Rumors: Agent P & Fantasyland

What is Walt Disney World without a few rumors floating around out here in cyberspace? Here are a few choice morsels bumping around the net; keep in mind these are merely rumors at this time.

First off, there is some talk going around about the Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot getting a makeover a la Phineas and Ferb. Rumor has it the Adventure will be reworked with "Agent P" (a.k.a. Perry the Platypus) taking a starring role. If this does pan out, look for the changeover to happen sometime this summer.

Stop and Smell the Roses This Valentine's Day at Magic Kingom

While this story isn't exactly breaking Disney news, in honor of Valentine's Day, we thought we'd highlight this story about the award-winning roses at the Magic Kingdom.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Expected To Debut in February

Last fall, we brought you news about a new role playing game coming to the Magic Kingdom sometime this year. Turns out, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is expected to make its debut in Magic Kingdom sometime this month.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom looks to be a role playing game that will have guests trying to find and defeat some twenty villains throughout the park. The goal? To stop the bad guys from taking pieces of Merlin's broken crystal ball by casting spells on them using various cards.

President Obama To Visit Disney World

President Barack Obama will be in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World this Thursday to "unveil a strategy that will significantly help boost tourism and travel."

At this time, the specifics of the tourism plans aren't readily available, but Blain Rethmeier, senior vice president of public affars at the U.S. Travel Association had this to say:

We understand that he [Obama] is going to trumpet the value of travel generally and improve facilitation for international travel, especially from China and Brazil.

New Dumbo Ride At Fantasyland Recently Tested

Progress is certainly being made at the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. Recently, the new and improved Dumbo ride was spotted being tested in preparation for its expected debut in February.

Dumbo looks to have received some upgrades in this new imagining of the classic attraction. First off, sources note the ride will fly clockwise and is the first ride in any of the Disney parks to do so. Next, the ride's topper also looks to be getting a makeover with Timothy Mouse being replaced by a "bevy of storks."

Magic Kingdom To Stay Open 24 Hours on February 29

In honor of 2012 being a leap year, Disney will mark the occasion with a historical first - keeping the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland Park in California open for a full 24 hours.

Look for both parks to open at 6 a.m. on February 29, 2012 and close at 6 a.m. March 1, 2012.

Parts of "Very Merry" Comes To Magic Kingdom Now Through New Year's

Looks like Walt Disney World is incoporating some elements from the after-hours, special-ticket-required Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party into its daytime Magic Kingdom schedule now through New Year's. Guests braving the crowds at the Magic Kingdom this year can now catch Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and "Holiday Wishes," a nighttime fireworks display.

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The Magic Kingdom's Liberty Belle Riverboat

Located in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom you can find one of the more unique vessels in the Disney Fleet. An authentic steam powered stern mounted paddle wheeler ferrying guests along the Rivers of America named the Liberty Bell.

Walt Disney World 2012 Christmas by The Numbers

Disney's Enchanted Florist leads a small army of designers and florists, every year to create the miles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Along with the larger Events Group, she and her marry elves work year round to plan on making every year even more magical then the last. Here are just a few of the details that go into making the whole property twinkle.

LeFou’s Brew Mocktail at Gaston’s Tavern

Now that the New Fantasyland has been conducting soft openings, guests are reporting on all of the magic just waiting for us outside of Cinderella's Castle walls. We've talked a little previously about fun mocktails that can be found at Walt Disney World's bars and lounges, but what about in Park fun?

Walt Disney World's Bay Lake

Across the Water Bridge from the Seven Seas Lagoon and behind Disney's Contemporary Resort is the beautiful Bay Lake. A natural body of water with two small islands Bay Lake is about one mile across and 35 feet deep. When Walt Disney and his staff were searching for property in Florida to but Walt Disney World, Bay Lake was one of the reasons that they chose the spot they did. Walt believed that it was an attractive feature that would add amenities and value to his guests.

Tips for Magic Kingdom Parade Watching

What time is the 3 o'clock parade is a popular question cast members at the Magic Kingdom are asked over and over again. In fact, they've even made a t-shirt with the question on it. But, if you want to be a little savvier than that, here are a few tips for Magic Kingdom parade viewing.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins Again on Nov. 9th, 2012

Now that the Halloween Season is past it's time to look forward to what many Disney fans believe is the most magical time of the year, the Winter Holiday. Beginning this weekend, on November 9th, 2012 you can celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This special after hours event is held on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom theme park!

The Country Bear Jamboree at the Magic Kingdom

Melinda touched on it last week and I wanted to delve a little deeper into the Country Bear Jamboree in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland. Recently reopened after having been closed for refurbishment. Disney knows that rehabs can put fans of an attraction on edge. Though it's important to keep everything in good shape, most guests want their favorites to remain the same.

A Walk Down Main Street USA

Main Street, U.S.A. is the first "themed land" inside the main entrance at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and other Disney Parks around the world. As you walk beneath the train station overhead, you cross through a portal to another time. You notice that there's a Victorian theme throughout Main Street, yet the architectural styles represent several distinct areas of the country.

Families Begin Moving into Golden Oak at Walt Disney World

Recently Disney happily announced that families had begun to move in to Golden Oak, the unique luxury residential complex located just minutes from the Magic Kingdom. Can you imagine waking up every day to hear the steam whistle from the Walt Disney World Railroad? Coming from far and wide families from Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions are now making their home in first phases of the elegant 450 lot complex.

2012 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

It's time once again for the ghouls and goblins to gather at Walt Disney World's magic Kingdom for 23 spooktacular nights of fun during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!