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Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Update, Epcot Weekend Update and Concert Series: Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone – Photos and Videos

Hi everyone!

The walls are now up around Ariel’s Grotto, and they may have gone up today at Pooh’s Playful Spot as well (we’ll be back there on Thursday to check it out). We first stopped at Ariel’s Grotto on Sunday, to see it one last time before it closed. You can see the dining area (below, left) and the statue of Ariel (below, right).

Sebastian the crab sits among the coral (below left and right). This is a kids play area that shoots water from the ground as you pass. I am told Princess Ariel (likely in her ball gown) will be joined by Prince Eric for a new meet-and-greet at the Veranda in Adventureland. Currently Lilo and Stitch are there but Stitch will soon be moving back to Tomorrowland while Lilo heads back to Animal Kingdom.

Some of the remaining volcanic rock from the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction surround Ariel (below, left). Guests sit to eat in an area that was formerly used for special event dance parties and dining (below, right).

On Monday, the walls went up around Ariel’s Grotto (below left and right).

A longer view shows how far the wall extends (below, left). Over at Castle Couture, we were able to get some pictures inside the new PhotoPass room where young guests have their photos taken after makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (below, right).

Cinderella’s dress is part of the decor (below, left) and the area where photos are taken is below, right.

Video #1 – Fantasyland Expansion from the Train, 4/12/2010 Magic Kingdom – This is video from the train, about 30 seconds in you can see where some of the Fantasyland Expansion is going on. At least part of the work may be for a new retention pond.

The Walt Disney World Railroad rolls past an area in Mickey’s Toontown Fair that currently has a retention pond, but that will soon be dry to make way for a cast member area for the Fantasyland expansion (below left and right).

The Adventureland bathrooms have closed after the big spring break rush for a few more weeks (below, left) and Exposition Hall now is boarded up inside to make way for new meet-and-greets (below, right).

Cinderella’s Coach was waiting to whisk a new bride to the Grand Floridian (below left and right).

High school bands marched through the walkways of Epcot as part of Magic Music Days (below left and right). It is very unusual to see this in Epcot!

I took part in another Epcot Flower and Garden Festival seminar, this one was about irrigation. We then had a project that allowed us to create another plant to take home (below, left). The Mexico Cantina construction looks different each day we are there! (below, right).

Two more photos show the progress of the Cantina (below left and right).

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone did a fantastic job at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s Flower Power concerts! This was the first time I’d seen him, and we went to 4 shows (if we could have gone to more, we would have). He has a great personality and it shows during every song (below left, with fans waving British flags and right).

Peter Noone kicks during one of his numbers (below, left) and points into the crowd during another (below, right). If you ever have a chance to see him, definitely take the opportunity to!

Video #2 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Epcot 4/9 Intro, “I’m Into Something Good/What a Wonderful World This Would Be

Video #3 – Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits “Henry the VII” 4/9/10 3rd Show, Epcot – Henry the VIII from the terrific Peter Noone at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! This is from the 3rd show of the night.

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):

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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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