- The Florida Resident 3-Day Play Pass ($134 plus tax ages 10-up, $114 plus tax ages 3-9) and Florida Resident 4-Day Play Pass ($164 plus tax ages 10-up, $139 plus tax ages 3-9) provide admission to one theme park a day.
- Florida Resident guests have 180 days from first use to experience the designated number of days on the ticket (generally available tickets expire in 14 days unless a non-expiration option is purchased).
- Florida Resident guests can add the Park Hopper option and / or the Water Park Fun & More Option for 50 percent savings ($26 each). The Water Park Fun & More Option provides a number of visits to water parks and more equal to the number of theme park days on the ticket.
Disney’s antique carrousel ride in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park – Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel – is officially changing its name to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The name change takes effect June 1.
The name change helps tell the rest of the Cinderella story that inspired the carrousel. Here’s the official story behind it:
Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.”
The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.
See Darth Vader dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, complete with sequined glove. See Boba Fett and the other Star Wars characters getting down to Lady Gaga, and many hits from the ’80s.
The highlight of the hilarious Hyperspace Hoopla that concludes each day of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars during which Star Wars characters get down to popular music.
The 2010 playlist includes:
Britney Spears “3″
Ke$ha “Blah Blah Blah”
Lady Gaga “Telephone”
Run DMC “Walk This Way”
Madonna “Material Girl”
Michael Jackson “Beat It”
Lady Gaga “Just Dance”
Ludacris “How Low”
Pitbull “I Know You Want Me”
Tail Cruz “Break Your Heart”
Britney Spears “Womanizer”
Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.”
Pink “So What”
Ke$ha “Tik Tok”
Michael Jackson “Smooth Criminal”
Don’t miss our photo gallery of Star Wars Weekends 2010 pictures at http://attractionsmagazine.com and our other Star Wars Weekend videos from this year and past.
In recent weeks, I’ve noticed an uptick in requests for dates and ticket information for some of my favorite upcoming events – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. Well today, we’re sharing details. Tickets for both Walt Disney World Resort events are now on sale. Here’s the breakdown:
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
- September 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
- October 1, 3, 7, 8*, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22*, 24, 26, 28*, 29, and 31
- November 1
7:00 pm – 12:00 am
|Age||Advance Sales||Same-Day Sales*||October 29 and October 31, 2010|
|10 & Up||$53.95 + tax||$59.95 + tax||$64.95 + tax|
|3-9||$47.95 + tax||$53.95 + tax||$58.95 + tax|
*Advance Purchase Price not available on 10/8, 10/22, 10/28, 10/29, 10/31. All other select nights, when purchased prior to the day of the event: $53.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $47.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9); Day-Of Event Prices: $59.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $53.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9); Premium Pricing (10/29, 10/31 ): $64.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $58.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9)
Standard Magic Kingdom theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- November 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, and 30
- December 2, 3, 5, 7*, 9, 10*, 12*, 14, 16, 17*, and 19*
7:00 pm – 12:00 am
|Age||Advance Sales||Same-Day Sales*|
|10 & Up||$53.95 + tax||$59.95 + tax|
|3-9||$47.95 + tax||$53.95 + tax|
*Advance Purchase Price not available on 12/7, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17, 12/19. All other select nights, when purchased prior to the day of the event: $53.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $47.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9); Day-Of Event Prices: $59.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $53.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9)
Standard Magic Kingdom theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
There are several ways to buy tickets for the events but the best place to start online is www.disneyworld.com. Anyone planning to go to both this year?
JEDI TRAINING ACADEMY: Young padawan Noah Kapusta is all smiles after completing “Jedi Training Academy” at “Star Wars Weekends.” The power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in Star Wars Weekends.
Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest – to be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 21-June 13, 2010.
Meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more are included as part of regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission. Walt Disney World Resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
(Mark Ashman, photographer)