• 19Dec

    This is a series of steampunk Disney characters by DeviantARTist MecaniqueFairy. Now there's been some argument about whether they're actually steampunk or not, but if you're spending your time arguing whether …

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  • 28Jun

    There was once a time in my life that I didn’t carry any portable electronic devices. Today, however, it seems my electronic gadgets have become accessory items similar to socks or ties. Kevin-Michael Lezotte, Product Developer for D-Tech , and I were recently talking about an industry trend he’s seen where people are decorating electronic accessories to match outfits or moods. While I have trouble selecting which outfit to wear each day, I can understand this trend (I seem to frequently change my profile picture to match my mood)

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  • 12Apr

    Mouseplanet is reporting on some construction to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. Here is a listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County in the last week: Magic Kingdom Tom Sawyer Island – building, electrical and plumbing work. Magic Kingdom Frontierland – building, electrical and plumbing work. Magic Kingdom Adventureland – building, electrical and plumbing work. Magic Kingdom – minor construction work. Epcot Ellen’s Energy Adventure – mechanical work. Epcot American Adventure – third floor interior renovation. Epcot United Kingdom – replace wood floor in shops. Disney’s Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour Special Effects area – roof repair. Disney’s Hollywood Studios MuppetVision 3-D Theater – electrical work. Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fantasmic – carpentry and electrical work. Disney’s Hollywood Studios Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – electrical work. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Maharajah Jungle Trek – Tiger Forest sign package. Disney’s Animal Kingdom bus loop – concrete work. Downtown Disney West Side planter – electrical work. Downtown Disney Pleasure Island – carpentry and electrical work. Downtown Disney Marketplace – carpentry work. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Check-in – electrical work, building, if needed. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Building 4 (main building) – elevator mechanical and electrical upgrades. Caribbean Beach Resort walkway between Barbados and Aruba – remove and install new deck boards. Buena Vista Palace – roof and truss repair. Source Kingdom Hearts and Steampunk coming to Magic Kingdom? … Southwest Airlines and Disneyworld Resort Check In … New Disneyworld Fantasyland Concept Art Photos … Fantasyland Expansion at Magic Kingdom Park Update … Share the Magic:

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  • 09Apr

    The official word from the Disney Park Blog talking about the Fantasyland Expansion and the closing of Ariels Grotto: As we’ve shared here on the blog , work is beginning on the expansion of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park . And as the transformation begins, there are some updates you should know about. Beginning April 12, Ariel’s Grotto , Scuttle’s Landing snack location and Pooh’s Playful Spot will be closing. You’ll still be able to find several of your favorite Disney Characters in some other locations and continue to experience other favorite Fantasyland attractions –- in their normal locations. Ariel will continue to be seen in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and SpectroMagic Parade at Magic Kingdom Park as well as at the Voyage of The Little Mermaid attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios . Ariel will have a new grotto greeting location and ride-through attraction called Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid as part of the Fantasyland expansion scheduled for 2013. We’ll post any new updates on the expansion project on the blog. Source & Photo disneyparkblog.com Disney Parks ‘Quick Hits’ – April 3rd, 2010 … Kingdom Hearts and Steampunk coming to Magic Kingdom? … The Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny at the Magic Kingdom … Disney Grad Nite 2010 is Coming … Share the Magic:

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  • 06Apr

    From Denise O.:  My family and I are doing one day in the Magic Kingdom this Saturday.  None of us have ever been.  Kids are 18 and 13 years of age. They will be most interested in fast/roller coaster type rides.  What should we NOT miss. We only have the one day.  I till take any advise I can get. Thank you in Advance.  Hi, Denise.  I love this question because I’ve done it myself.  It’s exhausting but a lot of fun.  So here’s the bad news:  The day you’re going is the end of spring break.  It’s going to be busy and hot.  The good news is you can make the most out of your trip by doing a couple of really simple things. I know from taking to you that you won’t be purchasing park hoppers, so you’ll be spending the entire day in the Magic Kingdom (MK).  Saturday’s hours are  from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.  It’s an extra magic hours morning, which means that resort guests will be allowed to enter the park an hour prior to day guests.  This will add to some of the crowding in the MK that day.   Hopefully, that also means that at least some resort guests will be exhausted by early afternoon and return to their rooms for a break, giving you a least a little relief from the crowds.  With that in mind, here are the basics: Getting There is Half the Fun :  Parking on site is $14 a day.  Getting to the MK is a little involved; it’s designed to heighten your sense of anticipation by delaying your arrival and then showing you glimpses of the park as you travel either by monorail or by ferry.   You’ll park in the MK parking lot. At this point, you’ll have the option of taking a tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) or walking to it.  Save your feet and take the tram unless you’re really close.  At the TTC, you’ll have a choice of taking the monorail or the ferry. The express monorail goes directly to the MK; while on the express you’ll  ride thru the Contemporary Resort, which is kind of an iconic experience.  The resort monorail stops at the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian before it gets to the Magic Kingdom.   If the line for the express monorail looks long, try the resort monorail, as the lines are almost always shorter. The ferry takes a few minutes longer than either monorail, but it’s a very scenic route and it can also hold many more people, so again, if there’s a long line this can be a good bet.  Three ferries run between the MK and the TTC. One important thing:  Give yourself at least an hour to get from the TTC to the MK if you want to be there at rope drop (Disney language for when the park opens).  Once you’re there, you’ll go thru security and they’ll check your bags. A good way to save time is to not carry a handbag or backback.  You’ll be waived thru a special line with no security check.  Next, you’ll go to one of many turnstiles, which  usually  quickly. If you can, avoid lines with lots of strollers.    And There It Is:  Cinderella Castle .   Next, you’ll enter Town Square and beyond that, Main Street and Cinderella Castle (Quick trivia:  no apostrophe S).  Behind you is the railroad station; there’s a train that goes around the park with stops in Frontierland and Toontown.  The Magic Kingdom is easy to get around in and well-designed in a hub and spoke pattern mimicked by other theme parks.  The worst bottlenecks are in Tomorrowland and Frontierland.  Pathways extend from the hub to the various lands:  Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Main Street USA, and Adventureland. Touring the Parks .  While the Magic Kingdom is the quintessential WDW experience, it lacks thrill rides.  In fact, Disney thrill rides are divided among the four parks, so without a park hopper, you won’t experience all of them.  Still, there is plenty to do in the MK and your boys won’t be disappointed.  There’s actually a whole body of knowledge devoted to touring the parks in a way that maximizes your experience and minimizes your wait times; I’ll talk more about this at the end. Roughly what this entails is getting to the parks when they open, using fastpasses, and visiting the busiest attractions early in the day.  In case you’re not aware, a fastpass (FP) is your friend.  You’ll go get your FP right when the park opens for the busiest rides. In the MK, these are the “mountains,”, Splash, Big Thunder, and Space as well as attractions like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and the Haunted Mansion, both of which your boys and you  will love.   Just take your ticket and put it in a FP machine at the attraction you’re interested in. It will give you a return time a bit later (sometimes a lot later) and you’ll go ride something else while you wait.  Notice on the FP that you can get another FP for another attraction an hour or so before your return times.  Also, if you don’t make your return time, you’ll still be allowed in. So this is what I would do.  When the park opens, head toward Tomorrowland and get a FP for Space Mountain.  If the line isn’t too long, ride it, giving you a minimum of two rides on Space Mountain that day (now and when you use your FP).  Then head over to Splash Mountain and ride that, …

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