From the monthly archives:

April 2010

The Disney Company just announced that the classic 3-D attraction Captain EO, which starred Michael Jackson, will be making a return to Epcot this summer with an opening date of July 2, 2010. The return marks the second debut this year for the attraction as it opened in Disneyland of California on February 23rd in the Tomorrowland Theater.

The Epcot start date comes just a few days after the one year anniversary of Jackson’s death last year on June 25, 2009.  Jackson was only 50 years old when he suffered  a cardiac arrest resulting in his death.  The Pop icon was in the midst of a return to concert touring when he passed.

As for Captain EO, it debuted in Epcot in 1986 and ran until 1994 when attendance at the attraction started to falter.  The 3-D film featured Jackson as the leader of a rag-tag band of misfits who are captured by the evil queen played by Anjelica Huston.  After some blundering of the crew, Jackson breaks into song which empowers him to escape from imprisonment. Continue reading “Michael Jackson’s Captain EO To Return To Epcot” »

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The park hours schedule for Walt Disney World has been released for the month of November 2010 (a bit earlier than normal we might add!). The hours cover the four theme parks of WDW (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) as well as the two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon).

This should help those planning that early Christmas season trip to pin-point the days that work best for them to visit certain parks. Also, keep in mind that Thanksgiving (and its correspondingly busy holiday weekend) fall in this month as well making a bit of strategic planning essential for those visiting at that time.

As is typical for this time of year, only one of the two water parks will be in operation while the other is closed for refurbishment. For November of 2010, Blizzard Beach will be operating from 10 AM – 5PM daily. Typhoon Lagoon is closed.

Walt Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are noted on the calendar as well. This signifies the times when certain parks will either open early or close later, but only for select guests including those staying on-property at one of the WDW resorts. Just one of the benefits of staying on property, EMH hours typically allow guests entry into the park one hour before it opens for all other guests. In the event that a park is staying open later for EMH, it is typically three hours after the normal park closing. These extended hours provide a great opportunity to catch some of the more popular attractions and rides while the in-park guest numbers are relatively smaller.

Continue reading “Walt Disney World November 2010 Operating Park Hours” »

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Operating Park Hours for both Disneyland and California Adventure for May of 2010 can be found below. Those of you who would rather of a listing of the hours instead of the calendar format, just look further down as we have that for you as well.

Morning Magic Hours are noted with "MMH." For those who are not aware of what Morning Magic Hours, know that it used to be called "Early Entry." In some respects, it is similar to the Extended Magic Hours that Walt Disney World in Florida offers, however it is different in several key respects.

  • First, it is just available at Disneyland, and not California Adventure.
  • Second, it only occurs on select days.
  • Third, it is available with select tickets and packages, but is not necessarily tied to your room reservation. Guests buying a 3, 4 or 5-day park hopper from the Disneyland website, for example can usually get one admission to the Morning Magic Hour.
  • Fourth, those actually staying at one of the Disneyland Resorts (Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian, or Paradise Pier) can usually get entrance to the Morning Magic Hours just by showing their room card – of course.
  • Fifth – of course, a valid park admission is required to be able to take advantage of MMH.
  • Only some of the Disneyland attractions are open for MMH. These attractions can change so check with Disney for specifics.
  • for more details – see the Disneyland website.

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 May 2010” »

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For those interested in a trip to Disneyland / California Adventure in California, the Disney Company is now offering a summer special offer that just might be too good for you to pass up.

The special involves room only discounts at the three Disney hotels located on-property at the Disneyland complex.  The hotels include Disney’s Paradise Pier, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.  Discounts range from 30%-40% off of the room depending on which hotel you would like to book.

All rooms for the special must be booked by September 1, 2010 but the offer is valid for most nights between May 1, 2010 and September 29, 2010.  A minimum 2-night stay is required.

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Providing an almost  ever-changing experience, Innoventions of Epcot in Walt Disney World is an under-utilized retreat from the hustle and bustle of the typical Disney crowds.

Housed in Future World, but separated into  East and West sections, Innoventions offers several different exhibits to pass the time as well as educate and amuse oneself.  The main theme behind all of the presentations is technology and how it is or will be used in everyday life.

As you can imagine, the exhibits change often to keep up with technology and sponsors, but some of the more recent experiences include: Continue reading “Epcot’s Innoventions Review and Video” »

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Few structures in Walt Disney World are more misunderstood or named incorrectly more often by park goers than Spaceship Earth located in Future World of Epcot. This is a strange phenomena, especially when you consider that Spaceship Earth is the icon for the entire park.

Many newcomers to Disney (and even a few veterans) do not even know that Spaceship Earth is actually a ride.  Sure, the exterior is impressive and leads people to believe that it is more decorative in nature, but they would be mistaken.  Inside the geosphere (not a golf-ball as some call it) is a slow moving ride that takes guests back in time to visit the advances man has made in the area of communication.

Construction on the attraction began over two years before the park in which it is hosted even opened.  Disney needed this much time to complete the icon as well as the ride located within it.  The structure itself is supported by six legs that were driven deep into the ground.  So much thought went into the details of even the exterior that rain water hitting the structure does not fall to the ground around the edges, but gets collected in a series of gutters on the surface of the exterior that channels it all into pipes leading to the World Showcase Lagoon. Continue reading “Epcot’s Spaceship Earth Review and Video” »

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Magic Kingdom’s Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress Review and Video

April 8, 2010

Few Walt Disney World attractions are more under appreciated by the common Disney guest than Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress located in Tomorrowland of the Magic Kingdom. The Carousel not only provides a welcome air-conditioned respite from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, but also provides a glimpse into the mind of the man […]

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Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland Speedway Review and Video

April 5, 2010

Like many of the Magic Kingdom‘s original rides, the Tomorrowland Speedway was also based on an existing ride located in the prototype Disney park, Disneyland.  In this case, the Speedway was modeled after Autopia. Autopia was designed with the cars and travel of the future in mind.  It utilized multi-lane roadways, a concept which had […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure Operating Park Hours Schedule For April 2010

April 1, 2010

The complete April 2010 Park Hours for Disneyland and California Adventure have finally 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 provided further below. Morning Magic Hours on noted with "MMH." Special event times […]

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