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Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland Changes, Downtown Disney: Latest Additions, Epcot: Art in the Garden Weekend – Photos and Videos

Hi everyone!

There is so much going on across property, we spent most of our time between the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Downtown Disney. The flowers are blooming in front of Cinderella Castle (below, left) and Scuttle keeps watch at Ariel’s Grotto, which is set to close soon for the Fantasyland expansion (below, right).

Ariel’s Grotto (below, left) still sports the volcanic style rockwork from the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Submarine Voyage (below, right).

The last time we walked through Fantasyland, there was a wall around a tree – and now that tree, along with everything around it, is gone (below, left). Now there is a large, wide open expanse. The wall in front of Peter Pan’s Flight is also now down (below, right).

The walkway at the Downtown Disney Marketplace is now fully open, and has been widened for better guest flow (below left and right).

The terrific Inagakuen Sogo High School Wind Orchestra (below, left) was part of Magic Music Days at Downtown Disney, playing both Disney and non-Disney songs. They come to Florida every four years, and half of their high school is in the band (we have video HERE)! At the World of Disney (below, right), Buzz Lightyear is aloft in the room that used to be all Pirate themed. The room is now being themed towards boys, including Pirates but with much more. The parrot (originally the Pirates of the Caribbean “Barker Bird”) that used to be here was taken out about 6 weeks ago and might be on it’s way to Disneyland.

This was the first time we’ve seen much Marvel merchandise on property, including comic books (below, left) and a Iron Man “Tony Starch” Mr. Potato Head (below, right).

Ridemakerz (below, left) opened a couple of days ago where the Virgin Megastore (and subsequently the Princess Diana exhibit) was. We were told that they’d be moving in September to a smaller store in the Marketplace, but for now it looks like a sports car showroom (below, right) with customizable toy cars for sale. Guests can add many different options, like their choice of wheels, sound, and you’ll want to add the remote control option for $25.00!

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is going strong and Gothic American Mickey and Minnie now have a small silo behind them (below, left). This weekend also saw the “Art in the Garden” event at Epcot, and the impressive sculptures (below, right) were being sold by one vendor.

An artist in Canada (below, left) paints what he sees in Victoria Gardens. A sculpture (also by one of the weekends vendors) shows a young girl on a swing (below, right).

A cat smiles while Mickey’s flower head sits in the background (below, left). Good Fortune Gifts is now open in China (below, right).

The outside front of Good Fortune Gifts (below, left) offers parasols and puppets. Inside, solar-powered keychains and t-shirts are part of what you’ll find there (below, right).

The Cantina in Mexico is expanding outward and upward (below left and right).

My favorite Flower Power Concert Series act so far this year is Starship with Mickey Thomas (below left and right). He and the band really brought down the house at both shows we went to! We also saw them during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2009, and it looks like they’ll be here again for that this year (Oct 28th – 31st). They mix up the songs quite a bit so that no show is ever the same.

Stephanie Calvert (below, left and with me, right) sings Grace Slicks vocals and does a great job doing it!

Video #1 – Starship with Mickey Thomas, “We Built This City”, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2010 – This was the second Starship concert at Epcot for 2010, March 26. They were really great, as they were last year!

Video #2 – Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, “Find Your Way Back”, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2010 – The band sounds great, see them if you can!

For more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Be sure and check out my latest DVD release, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010 featuring The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Also recently released is Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland’s Light Magic (Includes: One Man’s Dream Show) featuring the often requested “Light Magic” (1997) and the rarely seen on video “One Man’s Dream” stage show (1990)!

Latest Release: Celebrate Spring – Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2010.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s  Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 09, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Disneyland’s Light Magic and One Man’s Dream:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland’s Light Magic (Includes: One Man’s Dream Show)

Jeff Lange brings you vintage footage from two completely different but unique elements of Disneyland history!

Light Magic replaced the popular Main Street Electrical Parade, but ended after only 4 months in 1997. Two different vantage points – from the Small World mall and Main Street USA – give you a complete look at Light Magic!

One Man’s Dream was a beloved stage show that also ran for 4 months in 1990 before making way for Dick Tracy’s Diamond Double Cross. Performed at the Videopolis theater, this show celebrated the remarkable imagination of Walt Disney. This is a show not to be missed!

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas 2009 (2006-2008 & Classics Also Available):

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Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2009 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)”, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”, “Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season”, “Celebrate the Season Show” special holiday decor, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: a full range of Holiday Titles from Disneyland and Walt Disney World HERE!

Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

wdw-1986-coverJeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Relive Favorite Disney Parades:

disneyland-parade-classics-copyJeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 1 (Featuring Disneyland’s Very Merry Christmas Parade 1985)

Jeff Lange takes you back in time to experience this first in a series of DVDs featuring vintage parades from the “Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland!.

Features the following classic Disneyland parades: Very Merry Christmas Parade (1985), Totally Minnie Parade (1986), Party Gras Parade – Disneyland’s 35th Anniversary (1990) and The World According to Goofy Parade (1992)!

Running Time: 60 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 2Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 1 and Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 2.

Celebrate Disneyland Summer 2009:

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Join Jeff Lange as he brings the magic of Disneyland into your home with “Jeff Lange’s Celebrate Disneyland 2009″!

Featuring: Welcome to Disneyland, it’s a small world,Celebrate! A Street Party, Magical Fireworks plus a special bonus, the updated Disney’s Electrical Parade!

Running Time: 70 min

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Remember Halloween 2009 (2003-2008 Also Available):

Trick or Treat 6 CoverJeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 6 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2009)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Alice & Mad Hatters Treat Party, TheHeadless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade,Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 5 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2008) – Click HERE

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

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Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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