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P. 140: Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration details released!

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/first-three-park-all-nighter-kicks-off-monstrous-summer-at-the-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resorts/

 

Just seconds ago, a 180-foot-tall Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film “Monsters University” made the official announcement that we’re keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season, to kick off a Monstrous Summer on both coasts. Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster, joins best pal James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”) in the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.”, this summer as college students with hopes of becoming Scarers.

 

Our first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time.

 

In Florida, Magic Kingdom Park will feature a “Monsters University” theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. There will be extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

 

In California, you’ll be able to party the night away at both parks with special entertainment including: a “Monsters University” “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland park. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland park will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing; and guests of Disney California Adventure park will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new “Monsters University” “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new “Monsters University” float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

 

Tonight, the huge sphere of Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con” for the announcement.

 

Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis joined Mike to share the news of the Monstrous Summer. “This summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows and happenings,” he said. “Guests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of our Disney Parks Monstrous Summer.”

 

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and the Monstrous Summer site for more details in coming weeks.

 

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It was very interesting after spending several days at Disney last week to visit Universal yesterday and see how much live entertainment they had! I wonder why Disney cut everyone while Universal seem

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That Mike Wazowski projection? Too cool. Shame I won't be able to make this one (yet again, distance separates us, Disney) but I'm glad to see they're expanding this one to DCA as well! Hopefully we'll see EPCOT or DHS involved in the next one.

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Gonna make it the whole time this year, Adam?

LOL! I was just going to say the same thing! I also can't wait to see the limited edition cupcakes that cost about $10 each and take about 2 hours to find!

 

I feel like I should go again since I did the one last year. I should also get a medal that I can wear around everywhere since it's so difficult to do.

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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/disney-festival-of-fantasy-parade-coming-to-magic-kingdom-park-in-2014/

 

For many guests, a visit to a Disney Park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.

 

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Today, we’re happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

 

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The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.

 

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This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others. (Check out a sneak peek of the “Tangled”-themed float above).

 

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future coverage of the development of this new parade.

 

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/imagineers-offer-a-sneak-peek-inside-seven-dwarfs-mine-train-princess-fairytale-hall-at-new-fantasyland/

 

Who’s ready for an update on the remaining construction in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park?

 

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Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a new video with us that offers up a look inside the two attractions in New Fantasyland that are still yet to debut: Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

 

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Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open later this year, will be the ultimate destination in which to greet Disney royalty. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family coaster that is set to open in 2014, will take Magic Kingdom Park guests on a musical journey through the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The attraction will offer an innovative ride system with a train of vehicles that respond to every twist and turn, plus appearances by animated figures from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and music from this classic Disney film.

 

In this video, Imagineers Jason Grandt, Pam Rawlins, and Dave Minichiello take you behind the scenes for an update.

 

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/attend-monsters-university-at-disney-parks-this-summer/

 

Also at Disney California Adventure park, Mike and Sulley show their MU spirit as they lead daily performances of the Pixar Play Parade, and at Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll chuckle along with the gang at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, where they’ve been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedic bits in honor of their alma mater.

 

It may be summer vacation, but Monsters University will be in session all season at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts! The fun starts on May 24th!

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Wow! Disney really knows how to do an event even if it is not a huge ride announcement they sure roll out the red carpet and make it exciting! And now I'm hungry from looking at all the food photos.

 

Ps - I need to get that Maleficent Shoe Ornament!

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The snow white coaster seems very exciting, looks like we are in for some very good thrills.

 

Loving the update to the Magic. Nice to see that they are bringing it on par with the rest of the ships. The AquaDunk looks aquaawesome

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Anyone know if they are going to do that cool projection effect regularly or if it is just a one time thing?

 

I don't really know how projecting Mike and Sulley onto SSE on a regular basis fits into the Epcot theme (which I suppose has become rather muddled in the last 15 years), but I'd love to see the ball integrated more into the next iteration of Illuminations, whenever that happens.

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The food looks awesome. Lots of changes going on through out the whole World. That is the one thing I have always liked about Disney Parks. There was always something new or seemed new because I missed it on a previous visit.

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I've just found out that passholders are being given free entry to Blizzard Beach after 2pm on both Thursday the 9th and 16th of May.

 

Found the info here. http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/04/free-blizzard-beach-water-park-admission-drinks-and-giveaways-offered-to-walt-disney-world-annual-passholders-in-may/

Is also confirmed on the passholder site but I can't get full access because we have the RFID passes.

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What is this? Khalua Flambe caramel donuts? OMG!

 

I want one of these right now!

 

I agree! They must start selling these! That food spread looked amazing, and so did the projections.

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I'm sure some of you have seen this one making the rounds on Facebook today.

 

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/disney_world_srich_kid_outrage_zTBA0xrvZRkIVc1zItXGDP

 

They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.

 

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned.

 

The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

 

“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.

 

You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she sniffed. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

 

The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

 

Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.”

 

The Florida entertainment mecca warns that there “may be a waiting period before boarding.” But the consensus among upper-crust moms who have used the illicit handicap tactic is that the trick is well worth the cost.

 

Not only is their “black-market tour guide” more efficient than Disney World’s VIP Tours, it’s cheaper, too.

 

Disney Tours offers a VIP guide and fast passes for $310 to $380 per hour.

 

Passing around the rogue guide service’s phone number recently became a shameless ritual among Manhattan’s private-school set during spring break. The service asks who referred you before they even take your call.

 

“It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,” said social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin, who caught wind of the underground network while doing research for her upcoming book “Primates of Park Avenue.”

 

“Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?” she said.

 

“So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information.”

 

Ryan Clement runs Dream Tours Florida with girlfriend Jacie Christiano, whom the rich Manhattan mom indicated was her family’s guide.

 

A working phone number for Christiano couldn’t be found, and Clement refused to put The Post through to her. A message left on Facebook was not immediately returned by Christiano.

 

Clement denied that his gal pal uses her disability to bypass lines. He said she has an auto-immune disorder and acknowledged that she uses a scooter on the job.

 

Disney did not return repeated requests for comment.

 

First off, it's the NY Post, so who knows how accurate this really is.

Second, when is the last time Small World had a 2 1/2 hour wait?

Third, while I find the person paying this to be absolutely despicable and disgusting I totally applaud the disabled person in making some $$ off of these terrible people. I'm sure spending the day with this awful family was probably not worth it though.

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