From the monthly archives:

February 2010

Tucked away in the very back of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World is a meet and greet area for one of Disney’s best loved princesses.  Called Ariel’s Grotto, the alcove is located between the Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant and Pooh’s Playful Spot.

Ariel, of course, was made famous in the 1989 Disney animated blockbuster “The Little Mermaid.” She was portrayed as the rebellious daughter of King Triton, ruler of the seas. Her biggest desire was to shed her flipper and grow two legs to join man on land (and fall in love). Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Ariel’s Grotto Review and Video” »


Michael Jackson’s Captain EO Returned To Disneyland This Week

by All Things Mouse Staff on February 25, 2010

Anticipation and excitement filled anxiously awaiting Michael Jackson fans as hundreds lined up to be among the first to once again experience the classic 3-D attraction Captain EO.

Francis Ford Coppola directed the feature which first appeared in 1986 at the height of Michael Jackson’ popularity.  It placed Jackson as the captain of a crew who could best be described as riffraff.  Through their ineptness, the team tries to deliver a gift to the Evil Queen (played by Anjelica Huston) only to find they are captured and sentenced to die.

In true Jackson fashion, his gift to the Queen is musical in nature, but things do not go as planned.  Once again, the crew seems more of a burden than a help, but then the music starts to play and Jackson is “empowered” with music giving him the ability to fend off the guards. Continue reading “Michael Jackson’s Captain EO Returned To Disneyland This Week” »


Boarding ride vehicles designed like the beds of the seven dwarfs, guests are transported to a make believe world in Snow White’s Scary Adventures located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Just a word of warning in advance, despite changes in recent years, the ride can still be a bit on the scary side for some youngsters.

Based on the first animated feature ever created by Walt Disney, it is not surprising to find that a version of this ride was present when Disneyland had its grand opening in 1955.  In the original, Imagineers confused guests by creating a Snow White ride without the heroine.  Guests never once seen her image, but instead were supposed to “take the place” of Snow White, something guests did not comprehend. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Snow White’s Scary Adventures Review and Video” »


The Mad Tea Party, located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, is one of those rides that you either love with a passion, or avoid like the plague.

Based on the UnBirthday Party from Walt Disney’s animated feature Alice in Wonderland, the ride attracts many people, especially teenagers, so plan on a wait.  It involves small tea cups that riders sit in which spin around. Those prone to motion sickness will obviously want to skip the ride for that very reason.

For those that do want to experience the fun, pick a cup and have a seat.  Each cup sits at most 4 people so plan your larger families accordingly.  Once down, the 1.5 minute ride will begin. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Mad Tea Party Review and Video” »


Truly one of the best kiddie rides in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World is Dumbo The Flying Elephant. Based on an original Disneyland attraction, the Disney World version opened with the park in 1971.

Anyone who has seen the Walt Disney movie Dumbo from 1941 knows the story of how a small elephant (with big ears) ends up being able to fly.  Through the help of his friend, Timothy Mouse, and a magic feather, the child pachyderm overcomes his fear and takes flight.

With this thought in mind, a child ride was envisioned that would allow guests of all ages to enjoy a short trip aboard Dumbo. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Dumbo The Flying Elephant Review and Video” »


The complete March 2010 Park Hours for Disneyland and California Adventure have recently been released and we have that information for you below in a convenient calendar format. If you would like the operating schedule for an individual park instead, that is provied further below. Morning Magic Hours on noted with "MMH."

Special event times can be found on Disneyland’s website or on the park maps available when you enter the park.

Continue reading “Disneyland and California Adventure Operating Park Hours Schedule For March 2010” »


Magic Kingdom’s It’s A Small World Review and Video

February 16, 2010

One of the best loved rides among children in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World is It’s A Small World. Located in Fantasyland, the ride propels guests through a world-wide interpretation of harmony. The origins of the ride start back at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.  Walt Disney was asked by several companies […]

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Disney’s Give A Day, Get A Disney Day Over Half-Way Mark

February 14, 2010

It has been announced by the Disney Company that less than two months into its “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” volunteer initiative, already over 600,000 individuals have either completed or signed up for the program. Under the terms of the program, individuals can sign up for an approved volunteer opportunity and complete a […]

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns To Magic Kingdom For Limited Engagement

February 12, 2010

True Disney fans are in for a real treat this summer at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. The company announced just a few days ago that the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade will be making a return for a limited time this summer to help celebrate the seasonal promotion called “Summer Nightastic!” This […]

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Magic Kingdom’s Peter Pan’s Flight

February 10, 2010

As with many of the Magic Kingdom rides in Walt Disney World, Peter Pan’s Flight is based on a similar ride which was already located in Disneyland.  (Of interest, however, is the fact that the Disneyland version opened with the park in 1955.) The Walt Disney World Peter Pan’s Flight also opened with the park, […]

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