This update will be a mix of old and new, as Long Lost Friends Week has proved quite popular at the Magic Kingdom for Limited Time Magic (below, left). I’ve met all of the characters in the past – and some look similar, some look very different than their former long-lost selves. Robin Hood meets guests with Friar Tuck, The Sheriff of Nottingham andPrince John, (below, right) this week!
We went to Epcot today to check out the new “Limited Time Magic” experience that promised snow and characters in the Canada pavilion. The setup was along the water (below, left) and had a few props that looked like they came from the Canadian storyteller. Chip, Dale, Donald and Daisy were there to greet guests (below, right).
I had a great birthday at Walt Disney World! Our yearly tradition is for Denise to take me to Boma: Flavors of Africa for breakfast (below, left). This is one of our favorite dining locations on property for breakfast or dinner! Boma has a gorgeous design to it, and is reminiscent of an African market (below, right). You can find Denise’s full dining review HERE.
We finally had the chance to see the Magic Kingdom Christmas tree this year, which went up after the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping (below, left). It is pretty much the same as in previous years, with a train, toy soldiers, gifts and more under the tree including a reference to Walt Disney’s personal Carolwood Pacific “Fair Weather Route” railroad. (below, right).
Video #1 – Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree 2012, Walt Disney World – This is the Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree – including up-close detail, for 2012! The tree is pretty much the same as in previous years, with a train, toy soldiers, gifts and more under the tree including a reference to Walt Disney’s personal Carolwood Pacific “Fair Weather Route” railroad.
Denise and I were invited by our friend Derek to try out the Cast Member FastPass+ test (below, left). We were all issued green FastPass+ cards with our name and ride information stored (below, right). Our first ride was to have been Space Mountain, but due to Disney transportation issues, we were late. Derek was able to change our Space Mountain ride to a different time (he rode it himself), and we soon met Derek at the Haunted Mansion for our first attraction.
We had the opportunity to ride Epcot’s new Test Track 2.0 (below, left) during the Cast Member preview yesterday! Thanks to Steve Fox for inviting us, we had a great time. The queue and much of the attraction has been completely redesigned, with a clear Tron-inspired feel to it. A Chevrolet En-V is displayed near the entrance.
We spent an afternoon visiting the displays around the Epcot resorts – including Disney’s Beach Club, Disney’s Yacht Club, and Disney’s Boardwalk Resorts – we’ll be sharing the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort displays in another post! The Beach Club gingerbread carousel (below, left) is back for a 13th year, flanked by 3 smaller displays. “Splash”, the name of the horse that is next to the carousel (below, right) has Cinderella Castle on top of it.