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2012 Night of Joy Lineup Released

Even though we're not quite done with 2011, plans for next year's Night of Joy are already underway. Recently, Disney released the lineup of artists set to perform during this contemporary Christian music fest. Night of Joy is slated to run Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Magic Kingdom.

The acts that will bring music to the Disney stages on Septemer 7 are: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, and Disciple.

Walt Disney World Testing Mickey's Voice

After all these years of silence when strolling through the park, it seems Mickey may have found his voice. There are reports coming out of the Magic Kingdom that the iconic mouse is greeting guests with words.

It looks like Disney is giving the speaking Mickey a test run over the next few weeks. While Mickey has spoken in the past at Disneyland in 2010 and the most recent D23 Expo, this will be the first trial of him vocally interacting with guests inside a WDW park.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party To Feature New Characters

It's a favorite for many Disney fans and guests, and this year it will feature some new characters. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, set to kickoff this next Tuesday, will bring fan favorites to the Magic Kingdom during the season.

Phineas and Ferb, who received their own meet and greet experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer, will park-hop to the Magic Kingdom. Look for them to be available for pictures and autographs in Tomorrowland.

Make Plans Now For Ringing in 2012 At Walt Disney World

As the familiar song goes, what are you doing New Year's Eve? How about ringing in 2012 at Walt Disney World? Recently, Disney put out the scoop on what to expect at the parks during the last few hours of 2011.

The Magic Kingdom will celebrate by offering two fireworks shows on December 31, 2011: a holiday-themed "Wishes" show at 8:30 p.m. and a 11:15 p.m. showing of "Fantasy in the Sky." It looks like a countdown to the new year is also planned.

Epcot is holding two "Illuminations" for guests at 7:00 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. (yep, the time is that specific) to help ring in 2012.

Disney Execs Reminisce About 40 Years

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and two Disney execs were there for the very first day. Recently, they gave an interview to the Orlando Sentinel about their experiences with the company forty years ago.

VP Phil Holmes, who is still employed with the company, began his career at Disney working at the Haunted Mansion. He recalled the park's first day, saying he was responsible for taking guests' E-tickets (part of a ticket system at the time that dictated which attraction a guest could get in to).

More Details on Saturday's Celebration of 40th Anniversary

Here are a few more bits of info that have surfaced about the big day coming this Saturday, October 1. Disney is planning a morning parade and a nightcap of special fireworks to help celebrate the Magic Kingdom's 40 years of being the happiest place on earth.

Details Surface Regarding Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 1

Disney to date has seemed fairly tight-lipped about what's in store to celebrate 40 years of Walt Disney World. Recently, though, some of the big day's plans have emerged and give guests an idea of what to expect on October 1 at the Magic Kingdom.

First off, a special 40th anniversary presentation will start at 10 a.m. at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Mum's still the word on the presentation's details, but it's said that many guests have been planning for an early trip to the MK that day.

Magic Kingdom Parking Signs Get Hero and Villain Updates

It's heroes versus villains at the Magic Kingdom . . . well, sort of. It appears that earlier this week work began to update the Magic Kingdom's parking lot to help make it easier for guests to locate their cars.

Construction on Four Seasons to Begin in December

Earlier this summer, we brought you a snippet about the Four Seasons hotel opening being delayed until 2014. Now, news out of Orlando is that the upscale hotel company has the funds in place and expects to begin construction this December.

The amount of financing Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts now has to start the long-planned project is said to be $360 million.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom to Debut in 2012

This bit of news is for those of you who like role-playing games and Disney. Sometime in early 2012, Disney is planning on debuting a new game in the Magic Kingdom called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

The adventure will feature Merlin the magician looking to pick out apprentice sorcerers from the park's guests. The new apprentices will then obtain clues and maps to help them defeat Disney villains.

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Fantasyland's Be Our Guest Restaurant to Serve Alcohol with Dinner

Yesterday Disney Parks announced some of the biggest news in dining in their 40 year history. It's a groundbreaking decision to maintain the theme of a restaurant, and serve beer and wine at dinner in the Magic Kingdom. That's right.

Canoe Races of the World at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Today is Labor Day and we're celebrating the Disney Cast Members that make our Walt Disney World Vacations so very special with a look at a Cast Member tradition that goes back to Disneyland in 1963. I'm talking about the annual two-week event that is Canoe Races of the World (commonly referred to as C.R.O.W.) held in the Magic Kingdom, and in Disney Parks around the globe.

2012 Night of Joy at Walt Disney World

It's just about two weeks until Disney's 2012 Night of Joy and there's an All-Star line up covering two nights of sensational, spiritual music. Night of Joy is an annual after-hours event at the Magic Kingdom that requires a special ticket. The event takes place on two nights in September 7-8, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening.

The Original Space Mountain

This space-themed roller coaster, and fan favorite, can be found in all five of Disney's Magic Kingdom-style Parks. All five versions of the attraction have different queues and tracks, but all of them share that famous domed exterior, a space age exterior facade reaching into the sky. After seeing the popularity of the Matterhorn in Disneyland, Walt Disney was convinced that thrill rides had a place in his park and had plans drawn plans drawn up for the Space Mountain attraction.

2012 Holiday Magic at Walt Disney World

A Walt Disney World Vacation is a great thing no matter what time of year it is, but when the holidays come around it's even more magical. This year the holiday season begins on November 9th with decorations and activities starting all across the property. Disney's released a few details about just a few of the wondrous treats they have in store for guests traveling at this time.

Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Who says fairytales don't come true? They sure do during Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Where else do you get to run through Cinderella's Castle, meet your favorite princes and princesses, and get a "crown" for finishing?!

Main Street USA Flag Retreat Ceremony

Today our American friends and family all across the country are celebrating the events that set our forefathers to creating what is now an independent nation. While most will celebrate with BBQ, Beer and Fireworks (a worthy celebration if I've ever heard of one) some will recall with their families what has gone in to creating the United States of America.

Adventure on the Jungle Cruise

Over the years I have enjoyed many attractions and several have been my "favorite", but if there's one that always keeps me coming back for more, it's a relaxing cruise down the major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. Just climb aboard one of the 15 ride vehicles like the Amazon Annie and you'll embark on one of Disney's most classic journeys. The magic of the Jungle Cruise.

Escape the Weather at Disney World

Florida weather can be unpredictable, one minute its sunny and the next its pouring down rain. Unfortunately, Disney World is no exception so you should be prepared with an "in case of rain" plan! We've compiled a list of places to escape the weather at Disney World for you.

Eat while it Rains! Grabbing a bit to eat while its raining is a great way to stay dry, kill time, and enjoy some of the delicious eats available in the parks!

Restaurants and Lounges with a Magic Kingdom Fireworks View

Watching Wishes from the comfort of one of Disney's elegant restaurants or lounges outside of the Park is a relaxing and comfortable way to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks. With the music piped into each of these locations, you don't miss a moment of the magic. Climate control and a great cocktail make the experience even better.