Friday, October 24, 2014

Ears the News with Richard

The newly reworked 'Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!' Street Party will open on Friday October 24 2014 at the Magic Kingdom.
Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
Jumping on board with social media, photos taken during the street party and tagged with #MoveItShakeItPics on Twitter and Instagram may make an appearance in the finale of the show using screens on the side of each float. Adding a further level of interactivity will be the ability for guests to vote for music to be used during the show.
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!' follows a smilier format to the former 'Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party,' so expect to see lots of on street dancing, but with a new set of characters and music. Joining Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will be Stitch and Phineas & Ferb.
Showtimes for the opening day are 11am, 12pm, and 5:40pm, starting near City Hall, and moving to the hub.

Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro - Epcot's latest entertainment act has opened at the Italy Pavilion.
The act is set to perform daily, and features traditional flag waving accompanied by live music. Dating back over 500 years, the flag throwing ceremony is rich in Italy tradition.
You can catch the 12 minute show daily, with showtimes at 11:20 AM, 12:10 PM, 1: PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:20 PM and 5:00 PM.
And as always, WDWMagic has shot a great video of the performance.

Island Supply in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom will be closing next week to make way for a new retail store.

The closure is expected at the end of October 22 2014, with the new store opening later in the year. No word yet on what to expect, but the existing merchandise sold at Island Supply will be relocated to other stores in Adventureland.

 Disney's Beach Club Resort is about to undergo a major refurbishment project that will refresh nearly every aspect of the resort.
The extensive refurbishment project will begin in the winter of 2014, and will continue throughout all areas of the resort for approximately 20 months. Along with refurbishing guests rooms, the public areas of the resort will also be remodeled.
The theme will remain the same, but will bring fresh decor to a hotel that has remained largely unchanged since it opened in late 1990.
It is expected that the resort will remain in operation during the work, with affected areas closed off, in a similar way to how the Polynesian Resort is currently operating during its remodel.

Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
This fall Disney will be expanding the Glow with the Show concept to a new product line offering more light up items that interact with Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort shows.
Just like the original Glow with the Show ear hat, the new 'Made with Magic' items, which include a Mickey glove, Minnie headband, and Sorcerer Mickey wand, all interact with certain experiences at the parks. They can also be placed into a demo mode  when not at the parks to show-off the light changing LED functions. Participating experiences include Fantastic!, Wishes and the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
The Minnie Mouse headband will be available in late October, with the Mickey glove and Sorcerer Mickey wand available in late November 2014. All Made with Magic items retail for $25.

The 2014 Candlelight Processional line-up is now complete, with both LeVar Burton and Edward James Olmos returning to narrate the Christmas show.
LeVar Burton most famously played Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and four of the Star Trek films.
Edward James Olmos is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in the television series Miami Vice.
The complete line-up, of course still subject to change, is as follows: 
Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Nov 30 to Dec 2: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec 3 to Dec 4: Jonathan Groff
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 7 to Dec 8: LeVar Burton
Dec 9 to Dec 11: Edward James Olmos
Dec 12 to Dec 14: Joe Morton
Dec 15 to Dec 17: Chita Rivera
Dec 18 to Dec 20: Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23: Marlee Matlin
Dec 24 to Dec 25: Isabella Rossellini
Dec 26 to Dec 27: Blair Underwood
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: Steven Curtis Chapman


Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid is schedule to close for a month long refurbishment in early 2015.


The New Fantasyland dark ride will close on February 2 through to March 6, reopening to guests on March 7 2015. It is expected, although not confirmed, that the ride may receive a number of lighting upgrades that have already been installed at the ride's counterpart in Disney California Adventure.

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