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New Seven Dwarf’s Coaster Ride Opens

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Seven dwarfs mine trainTourists crowding onto Walt Disney World’s new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction this week in Florida got a glimpse of a new direction for theme parks looking to upgrade old technology..

Walt Disney Co. has removed classic attractions such as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Snow White’s Scary Adventures — with their creaky electric vehicles, decades-old mechanical figurines and glowing, painted backdrops — from the Fantasyland area in the Magic Kingdom park in Orlando.

In their place it built the mine train, an entirely new ride system that combines elements of a roller coaster and the classic themed dark rides, with audio-animatronic figures considered the most lifelike in the industry. Nearby, similar animatronic technology brings to life Lumiere, the candlestick character from “Beauty and the Beast,” in the new Enchanted Tales With Belle attraction.

New attractions coming to Walt Disney World

Monday, April 29th, 2013

There are plenty of projects in the works at Walt Disney World, but here are progress reports on four incoming attractions. Disney gave updates on them last week during a preview for members of the media.

Train schedule

The middle of New Fantasyland remains a construction zone for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. Its indoor-outdoor track and swaying ride vehicles will add buzz to an area surrounded by proper princess-driven attractions.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

“I think it’s definitely going to add a dynamic, a lot of kinetic energy, which will be fun,” says new Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis. The mine train will double as attraction and spectator sport, much like the very visible drop of Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

“I think of it as theater in the round,” says Mark Kohl, director of project management for the Fantasyland expansion. “Our guests will be able to walk 360 degrees around the coaster when it’s complete and experience it from all angles.”

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The new attraction is expected to open next spring.

Or maybe it’s a triple whammy. The attraction slows down indoors, morphing into a dark ride.

“We’re going to take you inside this magical cave where millions of diamonds and gems are going to shine, and seven of our closest friends are all going to be hard at work in there,” Kohl says. It later shifts back to coaster mode.

Mine Train is set to open next spring.

Meeting, greeting

The next element of New Fantasyland to open will be Princess Fairytale Hall, a central gathering place for Disney royalty in the shadow of Cinderella Castle.

“This is where all the royal subjects of Fantasyland, our guests, can go and meet them in sort of a royal receiving room,” says Jason Grandt of Walt Disney Imagineering. Look for Cinderella, Rapunzel and other princesses to rotate through there.

The space, formerly home of Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride, has been overhauled.

“If there’s a clue that Snow White [ride] used to be the building, it will be a well-placed homage by us,” Grandt says.

The attraction will be ready by the end of 2013, “in plenty of time for the holidays,” Kalogridis says.

Go West

California Grill, the restaurant topping Disney’s Contemporary Hotel, is midway through its first refreshening in 19 years. The establishment is a hot spot for anniversaries, birthdays and marriage proposals, says Michael Scheifler, food and beverage manager.

“Seating capacity stayed the same, but we changed quite a few of our tables to many more two-tops to accommodate the demand for those special occasions,” Scheifler says.

The look will be midcentury modern with tones found in a sunset, such as hot pink and amber. New energy-efficient windows are being installed. Guests will be greeted by a “wall of wine,” he says.

California Grill is expected to reopen in late August or early September, he says.

Digging in

Coming soon — within weeks — is Wilderness Explorers, an interactive experience being incorporated into Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

It has 30 “locations where kids and families can pay a little closer attention to the things that they see, dig deeper into the educational side of it, earn badges that sort of elevate their stature as Wilderness Explorers over time,” Imagineer Alex Wright says.

One stop, for example, will be along the park’s Maharajah Tiger Trek.

“There’s going to be a station where you can walk up and, through a little field viewer that we’ve got set up, you can experience how a predator like a tiger sees their prey in the wild,” Wright says.

Disney now provides free Wi-Fi to Magic Kingdom guests

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Disney has rolled-out free Wi-Fi to The Magic Kingdom. This week for guests looking for an Internet connection near Cinderella Castle, Splash Mountain or elsewhere inside the Orlando park things just got a little more magical.

Disney quietly implemented free Wi-Fi for its guests inside the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday. According to multiple sources familiar with the news, guests now have free access to the Web once they agree to Disney’s terms of service. The move comes as Disney plans to provide free Wi-Fi access at other Orlando theme parks between now and early 2013.

Earlier this year, Disney also began providing free Wi-Fi access for its resort guests here in Orlando.

According to the always-reliable Inside the Magic website, guests were reporting mixed results on the speediness of Web surfing. Some users, according to the site, were getting sub-3G access speeds.

Such slowness might not be unexpected to many regular Magic Kingdom guests, given that cellphone reception inside the park has been notoriously spotty for years.

This week’s Wi-Fi advances in the Magic Kingdom are part of Disney’s ongoing NextGen system, which is designed to use technology to enhance and control theme-park guests’ experiences in the park.

 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

 

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

 

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Book your stay at our villa and find out more: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/special-events/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

Take a ride on Space Mountain!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Blast off on a journey into outer space on this classic attraction. Board a sleek, rocket-shaped vehicle in the glow-in-the-dark Space Port and begin a steady climb up the 180-foot high mountain, passing the Mission Control booth and myriad pulsating lights along the way.

Once at the top, feel the wind race across your face as you are propelled through the remote blackness of the dark universe—illuminated only by shooting stars, celestial satellites, spinning black holes and shimmering constellations—during a rip-roaring rocket ride through the farthest reaches of time and space.

And because the majority of the attraction takes place in the dark, you just never know which way you are going to turn or drop!

Space Mountain Rockets

Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom theme park features 2 rocket-shaped vehicles consisting of 3 seats per vehicle that blast off from 2 separate tracks. It is the only version of the attraction that contains 2 separate tracks.

The left side track is called the Alpha; the right side track is called the Omega. Both tracks are nearly identical and mirror each other in twists and drops.

The rockets that race through space achieve a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour—but feel much faster in the dark.

Space Mountain Post-Show

After exiting your rocket-vehicle, you will board a moving runway to the Tomorrowland area, passing scenes of futuristic homes and businesses, as well as television monitors that broadcast your image live along the way.

All the fun and thrills of Space Mountain and more are just a short drive from our villa at Hampton Lakes so book your stay now.