Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ears the News with Richard

Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has announced via Twitter that the 'Frozen' makeover of Epcot's Norway Pavilion will soon begin.

Details are scarce, but Staggs confirms that a 'Frozen' attraction will replace the Maelstrom, taking guests to Arendelle. Also part of the Norway Pavilion makeover will be a meet and greet location for Anna and Else.

The Norway Pavilion will remain open during the construction work on the attraction, with the Maelstrom having its last day of operation on October 5 2014. The reopening of the Frozen attraction at Norway will be early 2016.


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Disney has today confirmed that the characters from 'Frozen' will be appearing during the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom
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Cinderella's Holiday Wish, which features the Castle Dream Lights, will be replaced with a 'Frozen'
lighting ceremony, featuring the characters from 'Frozen.' Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will also feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney's Hollywood Studios comes to a close on September 28 2014 after being extended from its original early September close.

The event has proven to be extremely popular with guests, and Disney will be extending some parts of the event through the fall. So here is a summary of what is staying, and what is going.

     "For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration" will be remaining, playing in the Premiere Theater on the Streets of America. The number of shows per day vary, up to a maximum of 10. There is some speculation that the show will ultimately move to the American Idol location, but this has not yet been confirmed.

     Wandering Oaken's merchandise location and play area will move to the former American Film Institute Showcase, located at the exit of the Studio Backlot Tour. There will be no ice skating, but the real snow playground and Frozen merchandise will continue to be available.


So what will not be continued into the fall? The Royal Procession mini-parade, the Frozen Fireworks show, and the Ice Skating will be coming to a close on September 28 2014.


Disney has released version 2.3 of the 'My Disney Experience' app for Apple iOS devices.
New features include wait times for some meet and greet experiences, an improved method for linking tickets and passes, updated park maps, and a number of bug fixes throughout the application.

iOS users can grab the update now from the Updates tab in the App Store.

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Disney just announced that on-ride photos and video have been added to the Seven Dwarfs Mine
Train attraction. Now, when guests ride the attraction with a MagicBand and linked Memory Maker in their My Disney Experience account, the photo and video from their ride experience will automatically be linked into their My Disney Experience account. This is the second attraction to add ride videos, after Tower of Terror a few weeks ago.

If you are planning to visit either Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party this year, it may be the first time that you attend a party night in the MyMagic+ era.
If you are curious how you can use MyMagic+ during the event, WDWMagic has compiled a list of everything you need to know.

Linking Ticketed Event to MyMagic+

If you buy your party tickets directly from the 'My Disney Experience' website or app, your party tickets should automatically be linked to your 'My Disney Experience' account. If not, they can be manually linked.

A linked party ticket means that you do not have to hand over a paper ticket at the turnstiles to enter the event, and instead your RFID ticket or MagicBand becomes your park entry admission for the party. Once inside the park, you will still get a wristband as before.

Using FastPass+ at Ticketed Events

FastPass+ is not operational during ticketed special events, but there is something you should be aware of. Your event ticket will typically get you into the park at 4pm, which means that you can use FastPass+ between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM (in the case of the two Magic Kingdom events).

Using MagicBands at Ticket Events

So what can you use a MagicBand for at one of the ticketed events? Just like on a normal park day, you can use a MagicBand to enter the park, buy food and merchandise with Touch-To-Pay, and use Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker packages. FastPass+ is not available during the party, but is available from the earliest entry time at 4pm, through to the start of the party at 7pm.
Getting bored of your regular solid colored MagicBand? Disney has a range of special edition MagicBands, including a Haunted Mansion and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party band.




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