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Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Storybook Circus Now Fully Open, Grand Floridian Water Play Area, Epcot’s 30th Anniversary – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

Yesterday we were finally back in the Storybook Circus part of new Fantasyland (below, left) to check out the new Pete’s Silly Sideshow tent (below, right). With all the activities at Epcot over the past couple of weeks, it’s left us little time for the Magic Kingdom. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is the final attraction at open in Storybook Circus and we were told that the area in now considered complete (with the exception of a few finishing tweaks)

There are quite a few references to characters and films, including “Toot, Plunk, Whistle, Boom” (below, left), which is the name of an animated short from the 1950’s. Pete’s Silly Sideshow showcases meet-and-greets with 4 characters: Daisy, Minnie, Goofy and Donald, as you’ve not seen them before. There are two entrances – one for Goofy and Donald, one for Daisy and Minnie (below, right).

Guests for either side walk through a giant entrance in the shape of Pete’s mouth (below, left). We waited for about 20 minutes each, which wasn’t bad since we were meeting 2 characters each time. The Great Goofini poses for us (below, right), apparently after a cycling mishap.

The Amazing Donaldo (below, left) is a snake charmer, and quite a ham as well! He had us pose as charmers with him (below, right). The characters took a good amount of time with each group and we really enjoyed the interactive element the props and storytelling allowed.

Madame Daisy Fortunata is a fortune teller (below, left). I asked her what my fortune was, and she seemed to think that it’d be riches! That would be nice, but Denise just figured a picture would be in our future – and it was. Minnie Manifique does a pirouette for us (below, right), which you can also see in our video.

Video #1 – Pete’s Silly Sideshow, Storybook Circus Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom w/ Goofini, Donald, Minnie, Daisy – Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus is now open! It features the Amazing Donaldo, The Great Goofini, Minnie Manifique, and Madame Daisy Fortuna. It’s a very nicely done meet-and-greet in the new Fantasyland expansion!

We also hadn’t seen the Big Top Souvenirs shop (below, left and right) yet, which our friend Daniel recorded for us a few days back. It’s nicely themed for the circus, and with some Storybook Circus land merchandise. Hopefully there will be more! You can see in the first photo that there are tables, which are set up near food carts.

 

Look at this crazy hair (below, left)! I tried on a cap with clown hair in the shop. Another favorite is sure to be this Dumbo ball cap (below, right), which unfortunately is only available for kids so far. Much of the merchandise is geared towards children, but hopefully that will change in the future.

 

Video #2 – Big Top Souvenirs Grand Opening, Storybook Circus – New Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Sideshow – This is the new Big Top Souvenirs in the Storybook Circus section of New Fantasyland, which had it’s Grand Opening today! The Cast Members welcomed our friends into the store. You can also see where Pete’s Silly Sideshow will be, as well as the Fastpass machines for Barnstormer and Dumbo.

The Alice in Wonderland themed water play area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort was set to open while we were away in California (below, left). It’s not a huge playground, but definitely a nicely themed one! The White Rabbit (below, left) appears to be having a spot of tea.

The Beach Pool Bar offers new counter service options while Gasparilla Grill is under refurbishment. There is a refillable drink station (below, left), along with a variety of menu items (below, right). There is even a Pina Colada Cupcake!

Video #3 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – Alice in Wonderland Themed Water Play Area, Walt Disney World – This is the new Water Play Area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, themed to Alice in Wonderland!

Earlier this week, we celebrated Epcot’s 30th birthday (below, left). First, we enjoyed a D23 event on Sunday (check out a video recap on our MouseSteps Weekly youtube show here). Monday was the official day for the 30th, and Disney did a great job at keeping maps and buttons stocked all day (below, right). We were told by a Cast Member that they ran out in the afternoon, but received more of both – and we saw them being handed out as late as 7:30 p.m.

It won’t be a surprise to anyone who listened to our Mousesteps Weekly Show – sat in by Martin Smith, who contributed to this segment, that the 3:00 p.m. event was the lower point of the day. Mariachi Cobra (below, left) from the Mexico pavilion did a fine job performing, but the music lasted for longer than a normal show opening. World Showcase Cast Members wave (below, left) as the Voices of Liberty walk onstage. It was mostly a forgettable event, but all was made right when Illuminations: Reflections of Earth began!

We really had a great day overall with a multitude of friends, and enjoyed the talk by Marty Sklar that was sponsored by D23. But the highlight had to have been the special tag for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (below left and right). With music that included a segment from Surprise in the Skies, and fireworks booms that rivaled New Years Eve, this was a spectacular ending to our day.

Video #4 – Epcot’s 30th Anniversary Illuminations Fireworks Tag – Walt Disney World Special Epcot Finale – This is the Epcot 30th Anniversary Special Fireworks Finale to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth 10/1/12 – Recorded in World Showcase in front of the Germany Pavilion this was a one-of-a-kind Spectacular not to be missed!

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

All-New: Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 9 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2012 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Not So Scary Entrance Scenes, Trick-or-Treat Trails, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance 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 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

All-New Release – Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Join Ron Schneider as he chronicles his journey from the early days of Disneyland to his years at EPCOT Center’s Journey Into Imagination – including a previously unreleased ride-through of the classic original attraction!

The Ron Schneider Story (2012) – Ron shares in exciting detail the creative challenges he faced in bringing EPCOT Center’s only characters to vivid life. Anyone who’s a fan of Disney theme parks – or has ever held the dream of performing for an audience of millions – will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tales, told by a talented storyteller and theme park legend.

Journey Into Imagination with Commentary by Ron Schneider (1997) Ron offers up his thoughts and remembrances while you watch this never-before-seen footage from the original Journey Into Imagination!

Journey Into Imagination (1997) Enjoy this previously unreleased 1997 ride-through of the classic Journey Into Imagination. This version features the exterior, queue and complete ride including all of your favorite original scenes with Dreamfinder and Figment!

Running Time: 70 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Collectors Edition 2-Disc Set

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

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 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas: Holiday Treat 2011 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2011 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2011)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2011 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“, The Magic, The Memories and You! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take 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), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff 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

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

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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