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Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater – New Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom – Photos & Video

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We went to the Magic Kingdom in hopes of getting into the soft-opening today of the new Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse meet and greet – and it was open all day!  The newly renamed Town Square Theater (formerly Exposition Hall) is the setting for this new attraction (below, left) that also includes a meet-and-greet with the Disney Princesses. The lobby is beautiful with tile that includes “1901“, the birth year of Walt Disney (below, right).

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Buy it Now – Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following:

Adventureland Tour (1992-1997)

Take a walk through Adventureland as it was in the 1990’s! View a live parrot in front of the Swiss Family Treehouse. Experience the original layout before The Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction was added and enjoy an up-close and personal view of the drumming Tiki statues! The Tropical Serenade beckons, concluding with a brief look at Caribbean Plaza!

Jungle Cruise (1993)

Drift through the original foliage canopy into the misty rainforest, setting the atmosphere as your boat heads deeper into the jungle. This version of the Jungle Cruise features the original Jungle boats, the familiar Schweitzer Falls, a flooded Cambodian temple and as always – the backside of water! The Jungle Cruise in 1993 had not yet added the downed airplane but includes all of your favorite classic scenes. Your ride ends with Chief Nami, “Head Salesman of the Jungle” offering “three of his heads for one of yours”!

Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992)

Clyde and Claude, a pair of storytelling birds, welcome you to this charming attraction that delighted audiences from opening day. “Have a great show, a real Tropical Serenade!” we hear at the end of their banter, and the doors magically open to guide us into the Sunshine Pavilion. You’ll be transported to a tropical paradise where birds sing while telling lighthearted jokes on a variety of set pieces, and even the flowers join in! The Tiki gods usher in a rain storm with lightning and thunder that shakes the walls, before calm is restored. And the last magic trick before you leave? “Everybody face the door, we’re going to make you all disappear!” Includes brief scenes of the Sunshine Tree Terrace and Tiki Tropic Shop.

Pirates of the Caribbean (1992)

Immerse yourself in the Walt Disney World adaptation of the last attraction that was personally overseen by Walt Disney. This is the original opening day version of the beloved attraction, recorded before changes were made to the chase scene and pooped pirate. Your adventure starts at the Pirates of the Caribbean exterior, where the Barker Bird sets up the story of the ride (you’ll experience the full narration). Continue through the queue and load areas, and sail past all of your favorite ride scenes as originally presented!

Pirates of the Caribbean (1997)

“A parrot’s life for me!” squawks the Barker Bird outside of this updated version of the classic Disney attraction. This ride-through showcases the changes that were made to the ride in 1997, including the chase scene where women now chase the pirates. The Treasure Room scene near the end of the ride (unique to Florida) features two guards tied to chairs as pirates engage in horseplay – and gunplay – celebrating their conquest. Includes the queue, exit ramp and a brief look at the House of Treasure!

Relive these Adventureland Classics year after year or experience the magic for the first time by purchasing a copy of “Jeff Lange Remembers Adventureland Classics”.

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Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Animatronics Return, Adventureland Bridge, Fantasyland Update, Mickey Mouse Meet & Greet – Photos and Video

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Yesterday we returned to the Magic Kingdom in part to see the Haunted Mansion (below, left) which has it’s Audio-Animatronic Hitchhiking Ghosts back at the end of the ride (below, right).

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Construction Update – Saratoga Springs Paddock Pool Enhancements – Photos and Video

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We stopped by Disney’s Pop Century Resort yesterday to take a look at the Disney’s Art of Animation construction (below, left). It’s changed a lot since we were last there, with many guest buildings in the process of being built! Also, the years that were part of the Legendary Years resort (which never was completed) are now stripped from the main hall building (below, right). You can still see the outline of the numbers that were removed. Most of the main hall building can’t be seen from the Pop Century anymore due to the construction.

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Disney Pixar Cars 2 / Disney’s Winnie The Pooh Displays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Photos and Video

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We had visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, stopping to check the Animation building to see if the movie artwork display had yet changed – it hadn’t at that time, the artwork was still from the movie Tangled. But apparently that night, the new display went in. We had wondered previously whether it would be for the upcoming film Winnie the Pooh, or would it be for Cars 2? The answer? Both! The display case and maquettes you see as you enter the room is for Winnie the Pooh (shown later in this post) and the opposite side is for Cars 2 (below, left). A fully detailed Lightning McQueen (below, right).

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Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue: Detailed Look – Photos and HD Video

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The new Haunted Mansion interactive queue has been open sporadically over the last few days – but we kept missing it! Today we braved the heavy crowds again (below, left) to try our luck. We were happy that it was open, we have photos and video of the entire queue. Upon entering the queue, there is a row of busts (below, right). The busts were being detailed yesterday while the queue was closed off to guests.

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Update with Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Lotso Bear, Lightning McQueen From Cars 2 and More – Photos & Video

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We visited Epcot yesterday to participate in one of their hands-on seminars that are now held daily through the end of the Flower and Garden Festival. On the way in, we finally saw Lotso Huggin’ Bear, who was absent at the beginning of the Festival (below left and right, with the Tronorail in the background).

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