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Apr 14

Video: Animatronics on Disney’s Seven Dwarf Mine Train Revealed

Looks like Imagineers are upping their game when it comes to the animatronic faces on the dwarfs in the soon-to-be-open Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. The digitizing looks similar to Buzz Lightyear in the queue of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin over in Tomorrowland. Take a look for yourself.

I will be covering the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction Media Preview LIVE in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom from April 30th – May 2nd. Follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram where I will be posting live photos and video of the event.


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Apr 14

CGI Ride Through of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom

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Disney Parks is throwing a full blown media event for the dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom from April 30th – May 2nd. I’ll be there covering it live! If you’re interested be sure and give me a follow over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where I will be posting live photos and video of the event. Until then, check out this CGI ride thru that Disney just released in anticipation of the attraction’s opening.


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Mar 14

Disney Parks Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘it’s a small world’ with Special Invite

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In a historic, global event, guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the world will unite in song to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Fans from around the world can join the festivities in a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com.

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”

Fans around the world also are invited to join the global sing-along virtually. SmallWorld50.com launches today as a “global hub” of music and harmony where guests may record videos of themselves singing the classic song and create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to benefit UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). UNICEF provides health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more to children around the world.

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” ‘it’s a small world’ has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Every moment of every day there are Disney guests enjoying ‘it’s a small world’ somewhere around the globe. The 50th anniversary of this attraction represents a celebration of the shared optimism, hope, and humanity of people throughout the world.”

The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.

Throughout the day, Disney Parks also will sponsor Google Hangouts that invite people from around the world to participate in the anniversary events. Fans are encouraged to visit SmallWorld50.com for details.


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Feb 14

A Sneak Peek at Eight Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Costumes

LION FISH

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Set to dance down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, “The Little Mermaid” unit’s expansive Lion Fish provides a sneak peek at her new costume, featuring a fiery bodice, spotted wings, a spiny headdress and yellow eyelashes. The elaborate costume is one of 39 intricate looks created by designer Mirena Rada and Disney’s Creative Costuming team for the cast of 91 performers.  In addition to vibrant costumes, the new daytime parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. through fantastic and innovative parade floats and an original soundtrack featuring beloved songs from favorite Disney films.

SEASHELL GIRL

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“The Little Mermaid” unit’s extravagant Seashell Girl exudes under-the-sea royalty with an elegant pastel-toned gown with jeweled shell embellishments and a conch shell headdress featuring gold and pearl tiara inserts.

SWING THUGS

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Ready to barrel down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, the brutish Swing Thugs of the “Tangled” unit display their ruggedness through garb comprised of leather, fur and gold-trimmed details, robust chest and shoulder pieces, sturdy belts and studded headpieces.

FLORAL MAIDENS

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The “Tangled” unit’s Floral Maidens offer a sneak peek at their new costumes featuring soft lace details, colorful woven ribbons, bright flowers and lace-up shoes with floral touches.

RAVEN

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A member of the “Sleeping Beauty” unit, the Raven, shows off his hauntingly elegant new costume featuring a Swarovski crystal embellished, gold filigree beak headpiece, colossal wings, talon-like boots and structured, armored bodice.

CHA CHA GIRL

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The Finale unit’s vivacious Cha Cha Girl offers a sneak peek at her new costume, complete with bright blue hair reminiscent of pulled taffy, a big top-inspired fit and flare dress, star spangled tights and colorful ribbons.

LOST BOYS

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Set to “follow the leader” down the streets of Magic Kingdom this March in Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, a crew of Lost Boys offers a sneak peek at their new costumes featuring snazzy socks, furry plaids and tweed stripes and caps that pay homage to beloved woodland creatures.

 SWAN COURT

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A member of the regal Swan Court offers a sneak peek at her new costume, a soft yellow ball gown accented with an elegant feather headpiece and touches of sparkle.


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Jan 14

New Disney Parade Coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2014

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New Fantasyland inspires a new daytime parade, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, scheduled to march into Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. through fantastic and innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song. There will be no shortage of fantasy, either, according to the float-makers. Ariel and friends will grace a larger-than-life music box showcasing a colorful musical party “Under the Sea” while Scottish dancers and a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida. Other floats celebrate Disney Princesses; Peter Pan and Wendy soar above a pirate galleon; Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear on a longship in search of another “Best Day. Ever.”

See more of the parade floats here: Sneak Peek at the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade