Out and About: Surviving the 24-Hour Day at Magic Kingdom #Disney24

I had it all planned to go cover Walt Disney World‘s 24-Hour celebration at the Magic Kingdom on Friday. Unfortunately I got sick and wasn’t able to attend.

Photo by Jen Vargas

Thank goodness for friends, though. Friend and fellow blogger Jen Vargas happily took my ticket and came back with a bunch of photos and video.

Guests arriving at Magic Kingdom were greeted with a huge banner proclaiming it the “Coolest Summer Ever”…even though temps during the day were near 100 degrees. But Disney fans are not about to let a little sweat damper their enjoyment.

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Walt Disney World Announces 24-Hour Event to Kick Off ‘Coolest Summer Ever’

Walt Disney World has announced it will kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” with 24 hours of nonstop fun during a special event May 22-23 at the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World  Coolest Summer Ever

The event will be hosted by Olaf, and guests will be able to enjoy the Magic Kingdom for 24 hours, starting at 6am on Friday, May 22, until 6am on Saturday, May 23. The park will then close for a few hours, reopening at its normal time.

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Walt Disney World to Stream New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Holiday Wishes Magic Kingdom

Thousands of people will be at the Magic Kingdom tonight to ring in the new year, but if you can’t be there, you can still watch the countdown and fireworks show…all from the comfort of your home.

Walt Disney World has announced they will stream tonight’s “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks live on the official Disney Parks Blog.

The streaming will begin at 11:35pm, with the show scheduled to start at 11:40pm (EST).

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Watch A Frozen Holiday Wish Light Up Magic Kingdom for the Holidays

A Frozen Holiday Wish at Magic Kingdom

New this year at Walt Disney World for the holidays is A Frozen Holiday Wish at the Magic Kingdom.

In year’s past, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother lit up the castle for the holidays, but this year, the honor falls to Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf.

I took a video of the new show when I went earlier this season, so for Christmas Eve, I thought I’d share this video with you. Enjoy!

So how do you think A Frozen Holiday Wish compares with the old show featuring Cinderella?

Walt Disney World To Stream Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Online November 30, 2014

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

It was announced on the official Disney Parks blog that this Sunday, November 30, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” would be streamed live online for all to watch.

The parade happens at the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event evenings, but you won’t even need a ticket to watch it online. It’s completely free to watch.

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Walt Disney World Changes Holiday Castle Lighting Event with New Frozen Show for 2014

A Frozen Holiday Wish at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World has announced they are introducing a new holiday show called “A Frozen Holiday Wish” that will replace “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” for the 2014 holiday season at Magic Kingdom.

“A Frozen Holiday Wish” features Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage, with special appearances by mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. Not much about the plot of the short show has been revealed, except that it will culminate in Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace for the holidays. In the previous show, that was the job of the Fairy Godmother.

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Frozen to Have Bigger Presence at Magic Kingdom for Holidays

Magic Kingdom gets Frozen for the holidays.

In addition to the upcoming Frozen attraction at Epcot, Disney has announced the Frozen characters will have a bigger presence during the upcoming holiday season at Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella’s Holiday Wish, the annual daily ice castle lighting ceremony at Cinderella Castle will now feature Queen Elsa using her powers to transform the palace. Elsa replaces the Fairy Godmother, who has handled the duty for years. No word if anything else in the show will be changed, or if it will even have the same name this year.

Here you can see the Fairy Godmother during last year’s ceremony, just about to light up the castle for the holidays:

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Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party Debuts Late Fall at Magic Kingdom

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party

One of the most fun daily events at the Magic Kingdom is the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” procession, and this fall it’s being revamped into the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” party procession.

What’s new? For starters, Stitch and Phineas & Ferb will be part of the fun. Perched on top of the giant gift boxes, they will join hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy in a processional up Main Street U.S.A. to the castle to the sound of remixed classic party songs.

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Night of Joy Will Light Up Magic Kingdom September 5-6, 2014

Night of Joy

Night of Joy returns to Walt Disney World for its 32nd year with a two-night roster of the hottest Christian and Gospel artists September 5 and 6.

Stages will be spread out throughout the Magic Kingdom where you can catch the following acts:

  • Friday – Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, For King & Country, and more.
  • Saturday – Skillet, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Rhett Walker, and more.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World Starting September 1, 2014

Photo courtesy Walt Disney World/Kent Phillips, photographer
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World/Kent Phillips, photographer

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to scare families at Magic Kingdom from September 1 through October 31.

On 26 select nights during this time period, the event will take place after-hours with guests mingling with Disney characters in their favorite Halloween costumes. Partygoers can also show their Disney Side and dress up in favorite costumes.

Entertainment includes the twice-nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” led by the infamous Headless Horseman, at 8:15pm and 10:30pm, and “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks spectacle complete with Disney villains, caps the evening festivities at 9:30pm.

Disney villains take center stage with “Villains Mix & Mingle – Live on Stage” castle show; and Club Villain, an all-new nightly character dance party experience takes over the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. Mischievous villains will be available for guests to meet all night long in locations throughout the park.

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Rock Your Disney Side May 23-24 as the Magic Kingdom Stays Open 24 Hours

Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” starting with the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Magic Kingdom FireworksThe park will be open from 6am Friday, May 23, to 6am Saturday, May 24, 2014, and will include special character appearances and events.

A cast of Disney Villains will have a special place in the Magic Kingdom 24-hour celebration, including Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and such rarely spotted miscreants as the Big Bad Wolf, Stromboli from “Pinocchio,” and Bowler Hat Guy from “Meet the Robinsons.” They will appear in locations throughout the park and also join in the “It’s Good to Be Bad” cavalcade preceding Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens May 28 at Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

At a press event the morning of Friday, May 2, Walt Disney World announced that their newest attraction, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will open to the public on May 28, 2014.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rocking, rollicking family-style coaster that will immerse Magic Kingdom guests in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey. Inspired by the Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the attraction will send riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

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Walt Disney World Releases Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Full Ride-Through Video

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

One of the most anticipated theme park openings of 2014 is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom, and this week, Walt Disney World released a video ride-through of the upcoming attraction.

It’s not designed to be a thrill ride like Big Thunder Mountain, but it is definitely more exciting than a rollercoaster like Goofy’s Barnstormer.

No opening date has been announced yet, but expect this mine train to be open for business sometime in the next few months. In the meantime, you can enjoy this virtual ride on the new attraction, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Watch First Onboard Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Magic Kingdom

It’s getting closer to the opening date of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Magic Kingdom, and a few weeks ago Disney Parks released a video shot onboard the actual ride.

The video is a split screen comparison of the actual ride versus the original CGI storyboard for the ride. It shows how they brought the CGI version to life.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open in the next few months, so keep your eyes open at the park for soft opening test runs. In the meantime, here is the video:

All-Night Extravaganza Party Returns to Magic Kingdom Memorial Day Weekend 2014

One of the most popular Walt Disney World events of 2013 was when the Magic Kingdom stayed open for 24 hours, and Disney Parks has announced they will be doing it again this Memorial Day Weekend.

They made the announcement via a tweet that really did contain 140 characters…Disney characters, that is.

Disney Character Hashtag

Billed as the “Rock Your Disney Side Party,” both Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Resort in California will be open from 6am on Friday, May 23 to 6am on Saturday, May 24 (local park time).

Guests attending are encouraged to “show their Disney side” by dressing for event as their favorite Disney hero or villain. The celebration on both coasts will also showcase the good vs. evil of classic Disney stories, including character meet-and-greets throughout the parks, special entertainment, event merchandise and special food and beverage offerings.

Last year’s event drew a lot of people to the parks, so be prepared for the crowds if you go.

Are you looking forward to attending? If so, will you dress up and what character will you embody?

As a bonus, here is a video of the Disney characters gathering for the announcement, courtesy of Disney Parks:

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