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  1. Disney Dragon soars over New Fantasyland!

    Last night at the media preview party in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland, months of preparations and weeks of promotion paid off as a dragon soared over the crowd, drawing oohs and aahs. We captured most of the flight on video, and then got a follow-up commentary from the man behind Disney's dragon promotion, Gary Buchanan. At this time, there is no word on whether the dragon will make return appearances or if it was just a one-night-only appearance. It worked so well, though, that it would ...
  2. Disney Cruise Line ships, Castaway Cay escape serious damage from Hurricane Sandy

    In this week's Update, I shared reports of major storm damage aboard the Disney Fantasy and concern about Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas. A story on the CNN website had reported:

    Water in the pool shown in the video was emptied into the surrounding areas and into some hallways. The two upscale restaurants (Palo and Remy) had major damage. One exterior door was destroyed near our cabin.
    On Wednesday evening, Disney Cruise Line spokeperson Rebecca ...
  3. Is the Walt Disney World Moms Panel Looking For You?

    For the sixth year, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is conducting a search to find moms (and dads) for next year's panel. Members of the panel participate in Disney's online forum, answering questions about planning a Disney trip.

    Note that, while the panel says "moms" and "dads," you don't necessarily have to have kids to be a member. You just need to have good Disney planning skills and spend a lot of time helping people to plan their own vacations.

    Last year, the ...
  4. Reservations open for Be Our Guest Restaurant today!

    Warm up your dialing fingers (but not your mouse, quite yet)! Phone reservations for dinner at the soon-to-open Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland open at 7 a.m. Eastern Time today. You can make reservations for dates from November 19 (opening day) through February 16 (180 days from now) by calling the Walt Disney World Dining Line at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

    If you'd like to use the nice interface at the Walt Disney World website, you'll need to wait until this Wednesday, ...
  5. 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
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