From the monthly archives:

June 2010

Park Hours have been released by Walt Disney World for January 2011. While it may seem like this calendar is for a time that is way off, it is important to remember that Disney World operates on a 180-day-out system for their dining reservations making timely planning a necessity for those thinking they might visit the World in the winter of 2011.

Hours are posted below for all four of the Walt Disney World Parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studies and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The operating schedule for the water parks is also available, but easy to remember. Typhoon Lagoon is closed the entire month for refurbishment while Blizzard Beach operates daily from 10AM – 5PM.

EMH (Extra Magic Hours) are noted on the calendar as well. For those who do not know what EMH is, they are additional hours when the parks are open, but only to select guests such as those who stay at one of the many Disney Resort hotels on-property. There are morning EMH hours and evening EMH hours. For the morning EMH, a select park will open one hour early, but only to those guests who qualify. Evening EMH hours occur when a park stays open up to three hours late. Once again, only for those guests who qualify.

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No stranger to special celebrations, Walt Disney World has released some details about its plans for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

To help celebrate the anniversary of American Independence, the Magic Kingdom will feature a special fireworks show called the “Celebrate America Fireworks”.  The show will blast above the skys at Magic Kingdom beginning at 9PM on the 4th.  Following the fireworks, Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” will be offered at both 10PM and midnight.  The park is open from 8AM-1AM.

Aside from the normal Fantasmic shown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park also plans a special a special show at 9:50PM using fireworks set to a Rock ‘N’ Roll soundtrack.  Park hours here are 9AM-10PM on the 4th. Continue reading “Special 4th of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World” »

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Disneyland and California Adventure park operating hours for July 2010 are now available and offered for you below. These hours will help those planning a summer trip to the West Coast parks identify which dates might be most beneficial for them and their families.

Readers will notice that park hours for both Disneyland and California Adventure are extended more than normal. This is due mostly to the fact that summer months are typically busier. The new World of Color at California Adventure (which shows at night) may have also affected the hours.

As Disneyland tends to be more of a "local park" in that more Californians visit, the company does not release park hours very far in advance – typically only a month and a half in advance, or so. That is why you are only getting the July park hours now.

We have noted Morning Magic Hours in the calendar with "MMH." Those unfamiliar with Morning Magic Hours may recall it as "Early Entry" if they visited Disneyland in years past. It is similar to the "Extended Magic Hours" offered at Walt Disney World, but differs in a few respects.

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Those West-Coasters with kids interested in taking a cruise might want to check out the newest special from the Disney Cruise Lines.  Disney is offering free sailing for kids seventeen and under on select Mexican Riviera cruises when two full fare guests are staying in the same stateroom.

Owing to the arrival of Disney’s newest cruise ship the Disney Dream in 2011 which will be operating out of Port Canaveral in Florida, the Disney Wonder is moving to California to start offering summer trips up to Alaska and spring and fall  trips down to the Mexican Riviera. 

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Disney’s World of Color made its official debut to the public yesterday at Disney’s California Adventure. The new nighttime show utilizes a plethora of technologies to bring it to life on select nights at the theme park.

It is the culmination of years of work under the watchful eye of Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the arm of the company responsible for creating many of the shows seen throughout the Disney theme park properties.

Utilizing over a thousand water fountains with integrated lighting, lasers, fire and projected video, the show takes the older and better known nighttime show of Fantasmic up a notch.  Of course, the creation of Fantasmic (both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World version), probably did not have the back-end resources that were applied to the World of Color creation.

The new attraction is part of a $1.2 billion renovation that Disney’s California Adventure is currently in the middle of.  It was undertaken to increase interest in the park which despite being just steps away from Disneyland sees only about a third of Disneyland’s visitors.

Undoubtedly on the drawing board for long before, work on the show itself began in November of 2008 when the Paradise Bay was drained of its water to allow the installation of the massive system of jets and lights that would eventually be covered over with water when the Bay was once again refilled. Testing of the structure began in January of 2010.

Now, last night it was opened to the public for the first time.  The previous night, the show was held, but was seen more as a red carpet event (actually blue carpet was used by Disney).  Celebrities including Jamie Lee Curis,  Geena Davis & Teri Hatcher were in attendance for the preview.

Comments on the new show are mostly positive and it should prove to be a huge draw for the struggling park.

Thanks to bubbius2 who provided the video shown above.

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Perhaps one of the best loved rides in all of Walt Disney World is Soarin’.  Located at the Land Pavilion in Epcot, this attraction simulates a hang glider experience over practically the entire state of California (all in five minutes).

Why California? Many ask that question since Walt Disney World is in Florida.  The reason is because Soarin’ first opened in California at Disney’s California Adventure in 2001.  The ride proved so wildly popular with guests that plans were drawn up to create another Soarin’ at Walt Disney World. The Florida version opened on May 5, 2005 and has proven to be just as popular there.

The simulated hang glider ride starts off with a long queue leading people from the Land Pavilion to the Soarin’ building.  The queue used to be filled with pictures and references to some of the great natural wonders of the world but has been recently replaced with new technology allowing guests to participate in interactive games as they wait (and the wait can be quite long sometimes). Continue reading “Epcot’s Soarin’ Review and Video” »

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Epcot’s Living With the Land Review and Video

June 4, 2010

Living with the Land, located in the Land pavilion on the western side of Future World in Epcot, can trace it roots back to the original opening of theme park back in 1982. When it first debuted, the ride was known as Listen to the Land, but the basic premise for the attraction has remained […]

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Disney Marathon Runners To Get A Bonus

June 1, 2010

While those who participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon may say that the reward of running in the world itself is enough, Disney plans on sweetening the incentive a bit. The Disney Company announced that those who participate in the marathon and receive a finisher medal may present that medal at the ticket gates […]

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