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[31 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Close Temporarily

Sources have announced that the popular Kali River Rapids attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closed temporarily beginning January 6.
The ride, which was introduced at the park in 1999, allows a group of riders to embark on a “perilous” river rafting adventure, where passengers must battle a raging river until they reach their final destination.
While officials haven’t announced specific reasons for the closure, sources have said that the ride will be undergoing some cosmetic improvements and refurbishments. If more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to let you know.
The …

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[20 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
D23 Expo First Look:  Magic Kingdom’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

In another exciting reveal, we’re getting our first look at detailed concept art and Disney Imagineering’s ride design of the Magic Kingdom’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  The ride, which is part of the massive Fantatsyland Expansion that is currently underway at Walt Disney World, will feature a first-of-its-kind rocking car, which will mimic the feel of mine cars as they make their way through the tunnels.  Check out this video, shared exclusively at D23 Expo yesterday in Anaheim, California.
I can’t wait to ride this one!  How about you?

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[15 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Star Sightings:  Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing Visit Disneyland

This month has been full of exciting events surrounding the opening of Disney California Adventure Park’s newest attraction, “The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.”  And recently, celebrity pals Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing took in the new attraction together.  The two actresses spent the day park hopping with their sons and taking in the sights and sounds of both parks.  Check out these adorable pictures capturing some of the fun moments.
Photo copyright Disney. 

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[23 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Star Tours 2 Attraction Features Out-of-this-World Fun

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to visit with friends who were in town at Walt Disney World.  One thing led to another, and we found ourselves at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Friday night, the opening day of Disney Hollywood Studios’ updated attraction, Star Tours.
As we walked into the very crowded park, well after dark, we were greeted by a steady stream of milling fans, and didn’t think there was much chance that we would be able to get near the attraction.  But with time to kill and no real …

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[21 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Woman Found Unconscious on Space Mountain; Ride Closed for Inspection

Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain, located in Magic Kingdom, was closed today after a guest was found unconscious on the ride.
The 48 year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was treated at the scene by Reedy Creek Emergency Services before being transported to Dr. Phillips Hospital. 
While the condition of the unidentified guest is unknown at this time, park officials stated that the cause of her unconsciousness appeared to be as a result of a health issue, rather than an injury or trauma as a result from the ride.
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[22 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Features a Behind the Scenes Look at ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

The summer issue of Disney Twenty-three magazine will hit stands May 3, and features an amazing behind-the-scenes look at Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths will take D23 magazine readers into the exciting world of the latest Pirates film, and offer the inside scoop on what Captain Jack Sparrow’s been up to, including an eight-page spread of full-color images. Additionally, readers will find select cast and crew members’ thoughts about Johnny Depp’s reprisal of the iconic role; learn about …

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[6 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
New Locations Confirmed for Disney’s ‘Star Tours’

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the revamp of Star Tours at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, but new details are emerging as the debut date for the ride draws closer.
Last week, we reported the potential new locations to be introduced in Star Tours 2.0, and we are happy to say the new destinations have been confirmed! Riders will now be able to experience several new destinations.  In addition to Tatooine and Coruscant, new tours will also include the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk, Naboo, the planet of Hoth, …

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[15 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Magic Kingdom Rides Down Earlier Today Due to Power Issue

Several rides at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom were down today after one of the park’s air compressors lost power. No other details were available as to the cause of the power failure.
A spokesperson for the park said that all rides were operational again just before noon.
We will bring you more details as they become available.

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Star Sighting:  George Lucas Visits Disneyland’s ‘Star Tours’ Attraction

Could there be higher praise to Disney’s “Star Tours” attraction than the blessing of none of than George Lucas himself?  No, we didn’t think so.
Mr. Lucas, creator of Star Wars, recently visited with Imagineers at Disneyland Park, and took a test voyage (or two) around the galaxy aboard the new Starspeeder 1000.  Apparently, upon landing back on Earth, he signaled the approval of the attraction with a general “thumbs up.”
Before leaving, Mr. Lucas took a moment to chat with his old friend, C-3PO.
Are you looking forward to the new generation of …

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[1 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain Receives Safety Bars

It’s officially official:  when Splash Mountain reopens today, it will be with newly-installed lap bars.
The move proved necessary for Disney, as they have continued to have problems with guests who attempted to stand or exit the boats before the conclusion of the ride.  “From time to time, we have had guests attempt to prematurely exit the ride vehicle. It is our hope that the new lap bars will prevent this from happening in the future,” said Disney World spokesman Bryan Malenius.
Disney had considered installing lap bars on the boats before, but …