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30
May 14

A Look Inside Seafarers Wood Carving in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

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So much excitement around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opening this week! The Mine Train attraction is housed and travels around a huge mountain near the center of New Fantasyland. If you wander around that mountain to the side closet to Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid you’ll find Seafarers Wood Carving along with a huge unfinished wooden statue of Ariel’s father King Triton.

Let’s explore shall we?

As a frame of reference, here’s a shot of the exterior of the building. You can see the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction behind the building. To the right is Prince Eric’s Village Market where guests can pick up a healthy snack. Directly behind you would be Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. To the left is H. Goff Cartography, New Fantasyland’s DVC (Disney Vacation Club) Sales Center.

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As with the windows on Main Street U.S.A., there is a bit of history behind this sign. Ralph Harper Goff, a Disney Legend, was the artist behind the design of the Nautilus in Disney’s first live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Coincidentally, this very building is built on top of the area that originally housed the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage attraction from 1971-1994.

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Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom king tritonUpon entering Seafarers, you will notice several sketches on the wall. Does the top right sketch look familiar? It’s Ariel as she appears on the ship outside of Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.

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More wooden statues.

Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom carvings

Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom carvings

A rack full of woodworking tools for the woodsmith.

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These raw logs will no doubt be fashioned into fine nautical creations.

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Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom woodsmith woodworking tools logs

I just adore these little details at the Walt Disney World theme parks. It’s what makes them so magical.

Looking to explore all of the wonders of New Fantasyland for yourself? You can obtain tickets for Disney via American Attractions by whom this post was sponsored.


10
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

SEASHELL GIRL DISNEY FESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE

“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

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Tangled Swing Thugs

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

RAVEN DISNEYFESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE

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.


18
Sep 13

2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Review in Pictures

Happy Halloween Walt Disney world mickey ghost bagTip: Bring your own sturdy Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag to the party. It can hold a ton more candy than the small complementary plastic bags that are given out.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom ticket booth pumpkins 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom ticket booth pumpkin 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom cast member candy bagsYou can ask for more than one of these small bags. We usually fill up more than one at the party…what can I say…we like to get our money’s worth.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow pumpkin 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow pumpkin mayor 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow pumpkin pocket watch 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow pumpkin baseball 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom scarecrow pumpkin emporium 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom main street pumpkinsDid you know that your Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party ticket will gain you admission into the Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm? That’s a full 8 hours to enjoy the park. Note that if you do enter the park at 4, the party festivities, including candy stations, shows and dance parties will not begin until 7pm.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom main street castle 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom cast membersYes…even adults can dress up in their finest Halloween attire. Just be sure and keep the face masks at home.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom guests hercules 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom guests the incredibles 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom river boat haunted mansion 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom haunted mansionWe like to watch HalloWishes from behind Cinderella Castle. It’s not as sexy and you don’t get the castle effects but you can pop a squat on the carousel fence and get an uncrowded, unobstructed view of the fireworks from here.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom fantasyland 2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom hallowishesRemember that thing I said earlier about face masks? MNSSHP…the only time you’ll see StormTroopers in front of “it’s a small world“.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom fantasyland stormtrooperYou haven’t experienced a Halloween party if you haven’t taken in a comedy session from this gal in front of the haunted mansion!
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Tip: The treat trail that runs between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland has had its direction switched. You have to enter in Tomorrowland and exit in Fantasyland. The Cast Members were being VERY strict about this and would not let us pass the other way. =(
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Party like a rockstar at the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball in Tomorrowland.
2013 Mickey's Not so scary halloween party magic kingdom monstrous ball 2013 Mickey's Not so scary halloween party magic kingdom hatbox ghost mickey popcorn bucketDon’t forget to pick up your Hat Box Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket!
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Halloween sweets to go along with your Starbucks at the Main Street Bakery.
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What you can accomplish if you bring your own trick-or-treat bags.
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Don’t forget to pick up your limited edition Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card!

Tip: Pick up your card on Main Street or in Liberty Square at 7pm when the party starts. I’ve heard that they sometimes run out of them by the end of the night. Also, they stop distributing them an hour before park close.
2013 Mickey's not so scary halloween party magic kingdom sorcerers card hitchhiking ghostsRemaining party dates in 2013 are:

Sept. 20, 24, 27, and 29
Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, and 31
Nov. 1

To purchase advance tickets, guests can visit disneyworld.com/halloween or call 407-W-DISNEY.

As a member of the media, my family and I were provided with free admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


07
May 13

20 Things You Never Knew About New Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

  1. Disney Belle and Beast Prince Mural Be Our Guest RestaurantThere are over 12,000 “books” in the library at Enchanted Tales with Belle.
  2. There are 115 windows in the Beast’s Castle.
  3. Project size. Doubles the size of Fantasyland. Originally 10 acres; today’s Fantasyland with expansion: 21 acres.
  4. Team effort. Between Walt Disney Imagineers and Cast Members from Merchandise, Food and Beverage and various lines of business, it took more than 140 disciplines to bring New Fantasyland to life.
  5. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will feature five-car trains that are designed to sway independently as they swing around the track.
  6. The lion-like figures flanking the door at the entrance to Be Our Guest Restaurant were referred to as “golions” by the design team, a combination of goat and lion.
  7. Figures above the entrance doors, eagles with snake tails, are called “sneagles.”
  8. The six stone figures on the bridge leading to Be Our Guest Restaurant were all given the name “Frank” during the design phase simply as a way to identify them.
  9. Centerpiece chandelier at Be Our Guest Restaurant measures more than 12 feet tall and 11 feet wide. It boasts more than 84 candles and more than 100 jewels that hang down to give it added shine.
  10. At Be Our Guest Restaurant, the delicate Rose Gallery adorned with rose accents, paintings and tapestries, is centered by a music box nearly 7 feet tall with a twirling Belle and the Beast.
  11. Storybook Circus has set up in Carolwood Park – this name references the steam train that was in Walt Disney’s backyard.
  12. At the Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and at the Disneyland Resort, Timothy Mouse carries a magic feather atop the Dumbo attraction. At Tokyo Disneyland, he holds a circus whip.
  13. A version of the popular attraction “Dumbo” has been included in every Disneyland-style park since the first one in 1955:
    1. Magic Kingdom, WDW, October 1, 1971
    2. Tokyo Disneyland, April 15, 1983
    3. Disneyland Paris, April 12, 1992
    4. Hong Kong Disneyland, September 12, 2005
  14. The music heard from the old fashioned calliope in the front of Pete’s Silly Sideshowwas recorded from a set of antique circus crank organs owned by a collector in Southern California.
  15. Pete’s Silly Sideshow resembles a type of sideshow called a Ten-in-One, which traditionally offered a series of acts performing various tricks and daredevil stunts.
  16. Pete, sometimes known as Peg-Leg Pete, is the longest running continuous Disney character, debuting in 1925 in the Disney short, Alice Solves a Puzzle.
  17. There are 183 characters in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. More than 70 percent (128, to be exact) are featured in the “Under the Sea” scene.
  18. The Audio-Animatronics figure of the sea witch Ursula is 7 1/2-feet tall and 12 feet wide.
  19. If the grand mural in the load-in area were turned on its side, it would reach a depth of more than 14 fathoms.
  20. More than 20,000 live and artificial plants decorate the attraction, inside and out.


03
May 13

More Disney Imagineer Concept Art from the Magic Kingdom

Princess Fairytale Hall Concept Art

The new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom, Princess Fairytale Hall will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows, a spacious gallery adorned with portraits of Disney princesses and elegantly finished rooms where guests can meet Aurora, Cinderella and other princesses. Set to open in fall 2013, Princess Fairytale Hall will be located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort.

Which additional Princesses do you want to see appear at Princess Fairytale Hall?