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Breaking news and opinions from MousePlanet writer, editor and podcaster Mark Goldhaber.

  1. New Fantasyland to open December 6 at Magic Kingdom; previews start November 19

    At long last, the waiting is almost over. We finally have a date. The bulk of the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World will officially open on December 6. There will be passholder and DVC previews and likely some previews for all guests starting November 19.

    Included in the new section of the land opening later this year are:

    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid;
    • Be Our Guest Restaurant;
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle;
    • Arielís
    ...
  2. Magic Kingdom Rolls Out Free WiFi, Other Parks Coming Soon

    Free guest WiFi was rolled out with no formal announcement at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park yesterday. Guests who connected to the "Disney-Guest" network and accepted Disney's terms of service were able to freely utilize the Internet using the service. While Disney has not responded to an inquiry regarding the details of the service, MousePlanet was provided with a statement that "WiFi is on scheduled [sic] to be rolled out for all of our theme parks and DTD by early 2013." Free WiFi was ...
  3. First Lady Michelle Obama visits ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World

    Just weeks after her husband's policy speech on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Mrs. Obama's appearance was in conjunction with the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign to inspire kids and families to lead healthier and active lifestyles. Disney has tied into that campaign with the Disney Magic of Healthy Living program.

    ...

    Updated 02-27-2012 at 06:41 PM by Mark Goldhaber

    Categories
    Walt Disney World , Disney Parks & Resorts , Featured , USAT
  4. Parks & Resorts presentation at D23 Expo provides new details about known projects

    In a session that showed off Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs' sense of humor and comfort in his new position, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at the D23 Expo featured more details about some of the projects that we've already heard about, but no breaking news about new projects. From New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom to Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park, from Aulani to Shanghai Disneyland, and the massive overhaul of Disney California Adventure, Staggs, Disney Imagineers ...

    Updated 08-19-2011 at 10:16 PM by Mark Goldhaber

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    Walt Disney World , Disney Parks & Resorts , Disneyland Resort , Featured , USAT
  5. Walt Disney World free dining offer released for dates through 2012

    A new free dining offer has been released for Walt Disney World for dates through 2012 with bookings available starting today at 7 a.m. EDT. From now through October 29, guests can book free dining packages for select arrival dates from October 2, 2011, through March 31, 2012.

    There will be no exclusive period for Disney Visa cardholders for this offer, as there has been in the past.

    The 2011 dates run from October 2 through December 17, with breaks for Columbus Day ...

    Updated 08-03-2011 at 07:48 AM by Mark Goldhaber (Continuing changes are being reported.)

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    Walt Disney World , Disney Parks & Resorts , Policies , Featured , USAT
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