UPDATE: I have friends who reported waits in excess of 165 minutes for Flynn Rider and used Fastpass+ to meet them and it took them 90 minutes!
Some of Disney’s most popular Princes made a special appearance today to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Magic Kingdom. It was kind of funny, because the Cast Members were either being really coy about the experience in an attempt to keep the somewhat surprise or they had no knowledge who would be available.
Upon reaching the TTC, they had a bunch of pretty red and white Valentine’s Day balloons. Most of them were totally gone by lunch.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has realized that the Tomorowland Dance party that was known as “Club 626” that featured Chip n Dale, Pluto and Stitch has become quite stale and they are changing it up a bit. Beginning Monday, December 9, 2013, it will take on a new moniker and new characters. It will be known as the Incredibles Super Dance Party. It will feature at opportunity to dance with Mr. Incredible, Frozone and Mrs. Incredible will return be available to dance with guests. It would have been awesome if they had come up with Dash and Violet! The dance party occurs based on park hours and is always listed on the Magic Kingdom Character schedules as well as the Character Locator app.
Disney revealed an inside look at some of the new interactive queue elements that will be coming soon to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The goal is expose the guests to more of the back story of the original mining company including the office, the explosives room and the ventilation room.
As I told you in recent posts, tomorrow, February 21, 2013, will be Periwinkle’s last day at Tinker Bell’s Nook in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. If you wish to say goodbye, or see you later if she returns in the winter, be sure to stop by tomorrow. Rosetta should be the regular pixie that will meet along side Tinker Bell in the Nook for the foreseeable future. There could be some random appearances by Terance, but don’t count on that for your schedule!
Disney is continuing its plans to recreate all the dresses that the Princesses wear in the theme parks. The trend began with Cinderella receiving a new look for her meet and greets. On or about February 3, 2013 Belle will receive a new gold ball gown, hairstyle and accouterments. She typically only wears the gold dress at Enchanted Tales with Belle, so it would be my guess that this would be the only location to see her in this new outfit.
The title isn’t meant as an insult, but to point to the importance of this attraction in your touring plan. Dumbo used to the the number 1 attraction on most guests lists to avoid long lines. Dumbo now offers FASTPASS, so it’s a much lower priority despite long lines in busy seasons. Enchanted Tales with Belle (Contes enchantés avec belle) has become the new go-to attraction in the Magic Kingdom. The lines for ETWB during the Christmas season have regularly been 90-150 minutes long. That’s 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours to wait for one attraction! Within a few minutes of park opening the line has been completely filled with guests eager to see this attraction. It’s kind of like the Rapunzel Run, only worse. The lines for ETWB often compete with Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight for the highest wait times in the park, but ETWB does not offer FASTPASS of any kind at this time.
You may recall that I recently posted that Pinocchio is strongly rumored to return to the Magic Kingdom very soon. Well, I was poking around the new Disney World website and found the page that had this information. Why the website builder continues to use such random photos with descriptions is strange to me, but the info is clearly there that Pinocchio will soon return to Fantasyland. Some may say that this is left over info from last year, but this is a totally new website and Pinocchio was retired from Main Street and the map clearly points to his meeting at Pinocchio Village Haus. The description also describes it as “A charming village NEAR THE WALLS of Cinderella Castle is home to a LITTLE WOODEN BOY.” The walls didn’t exist when Pinocchio was retired and there’s only one little wooden boy. Looks like we’ll be seeing Pinocchio soon.
There is a strong rumor, that seems to have real merit, that Pinocchio is returning to the Magic Kingdom soon. It is said that he will offer regular meet and greets near the Pinocchio’s Village Haus Restaurant. It’s ironic that he stopped meeting regularly when Rapunzel moved into the Fairytale Garden and there is a rumor still circulating that Merida will be retired soon. Perhaps Pinocchio regains his spot in the Magic Kingdom rotation with Merida’s departure that is rumored to be around the beginning of next year? I’d say the Pinocchio rumor has a 90-100% probability.
Update 12/4 – The Giggle Gang made their debut today. You’ll find them on the left hand side of the entry as you enter Storybook Circus. Reports are that guests have really enjoyed their shows. Times are publicly released at this time, but I’ll find them for you soon 😉
The Storybook Circus Giggle Gang are set to make their debut in Storybook Circus this week at the Magic Kingdom with the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland. Walt Disney would be proud! He loved circuses and clowns. He even tried a couple of times to successfully incorporate a circus into Disneyland. The new Giggle Gang are intended to be a whacky troupe for the purposes of laughter.
The leader of the Giggle Gang is Chuckles Buffoon McMonkeyshine III who will, “keep his audience enthralled with amazing feats of thrills, chills and hilarity.” His sidekicks are Whinny Horselaugh and Snort. The clowns will be accompanied by the Silly Saxtet which is a new Saxophone group that really is the Fantasyland Saxophone players in a new costumes and location.
Several members of the Giggle Gang were actually trained by the reknowned Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
I’m not sure who is excited about the “Grand Opening” of New Fantasyland at this point because some elements have been available for weeks or even months. Perhaps you haven’t had a chance to see the amazing new areas, I’m not negating that. However, I would AVOID the MAGIC KINGDOM at all costs on December 6 just because many people will attend just for the “Grand Opening”. Many people will want to be in the Park on the 6th for the “Grand Opening” and it’s an Extra Magic Hour day which automatically increases crowd sizes. Park operations will change dramatically for the two days of this event. If you can visit the Magic Kingdom December 7th or after, do so. Operations will return to normal and lines will as well. Disney is stating that New Fantasyland is closed on December 5th and that it will be open at 8:00am for Extra Magic Hours on the 6th.
Crowds may be lighter than normal on December 5th, but some things are closed and others close early.
Here’s some of what you can expect those days.
Magic Kingdom operating hours are from 9:00-7:00
The Enchanted Forest area closed to guests all day.
Storybook Circus will only be open from 9:00-3:00
Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be CLOSED.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Carrousel will only be open from 9:00-6:00
Wishes will be offered at 6:00pm. (Great view of this early show from the Polynesian beach!)
Magic Kingdom operating hours are from 9:00-7:00 (8:00 am opening for Resort Guests with Extra Magic Hours priveledges, creating a bigger unnecessary mess).
Grand Opening Ceremony to be held on the Castle Stage at 10:00am.
Be Our Guest Restaurant will be CLOSED ALL DAY
The Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus are said to open for guests at 8am for morning Extra Magic Hours.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is 7:00pm to 12:00am (Could this party become a sell out?)