First Look: Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid

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Today we’re thrilled to share the very first photos from inside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction, which will open at Magic Kingdom Park this December.Housed in the grottos below Prince Eric’s Castle, this New Fantasyland attraction invites guests to follow Ariel on her remarkable journey as she meets Prince Eric, falls in love, and makes a deal with Ursula, the evil Sea Witch.These photos, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering, are featured in the “All in the … [Read more...]


Walt Disney Imagineering make significant appointment for upcoming Walt Disney World projects

According to WDWMagic.com, Walt Disney Imagineering has just completed an organizational reshuffle which appears to point to some significant activity at Walt Disney World in the near future.Kathy Magnum, a 30 year plus veteran at WDI who has most recently overseen the Cars Land project at Disneyland Resort, has moved to Florida to become 'Executive Producer, Walt Disney World Portfolio".  In this new role, Kathy becomes the creative producer for Walt Disney World, partnering with Jack … [Read more...]


Do You Speak the Disney’s Language?

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The world of Walt Disney entertainment is so unique it requires its own language. Some words originated directly from Walt and his Imagineers. Others, it seems, have grown into their own Disneyness and have acquired new meanings along the way.Attraction = a theme park ride or show Audio animatronics = realistic robotics that bring 3-D effect to an Attraction Automagic = play on automatic; the Disney way of making things magically happen Backstage = a park area not accessible to … [Read more...]


The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney has announced via the summer edition of Mickey Monitor, the newsletter for Annual Passholders,  that a new attraction will be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow will be "will be a first-of-its-kind sensory experience in which Guests will have the chance to be enveloped by the world of the Pirates of the Caribbean® as seen in the four feature films." It is assumed that the new attraction will be located in Stage 4 which was the home to Journey Into … [Read more...]


Disney Cast Members’ Children Win National Safety Poster Contest

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Two Disney Cast Members are the proud parents of children being honored next month in Washington D.C. as winners of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual ‘Safety-on-the-Job’ poster contest. First-place honors went to Victor Fan, the 13-year-old son of Ming Fan, who works in merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, while 5-year-old Takoda Paschel, the daughter of Christie Paschel with Walt Disney Imagineering, placed third in her age group. In addition to the awards ceremony … [Read more...]


Disney Confidential – Fantasyland Expansion Gossip

Here there guys and gals Anonymouse here.We get tons of questions here on Chip and Co about the Fantasyland Expansion. The biggest one is when is it going to open? While I would love to see it open as soon as possible but unfortunately an Expansion this size is going to take some time. Not to mention we are coming up on the busy season at the parks and Disney is not going to open anything when the park is SLAMMED.But I wouldn't be a gossip columnist if I didn't have some tidbits to … [Read more...]


Storybook Circus ‘soft-opens’ at Magic Kingdom Park Photos

This week was a big day for the Magic Kingdom! The first phase of the new Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland “soft” opened to guests including:The first part of “Dumbo, the Flying Elephant,” with Dumbo spinning clockwise for the first time in Magic Kingdom history “The Barnstormer, Starring The Great Goofini,” a family coaster attraction featuring Mickey’s best pal and “The Fantasyland Train Station,” one of the three stops for The Walt Disney World … [Read more...]


100 Students Selected for Disney’s Dreamers Academy

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Now entering its fifth year, more than 500 high school students will have participated since Disney’s Dreamers Academy opened its doors in 2008.A celebrity panel of judges led by comedian, author, philanthropist and Disney’s Dreamers Academy Ambassador Steve Harvey reviewed more than 4,700 applications and selected the 100 students for the Class of 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Judging criteria included exhibiting curiosity, compassion and leadership skills.During the 2012 Disney’s … [Read more...]


First Look: Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has been busy recreating the castle’s very detailed beauty in the form of the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.In this video, provided by WDI, Senior Concept Designer Ted Robledo presents our very first sneak peek inside this highly anticipated restaurant. Imagineers recently put the finishing touches on one of its major elements: a massive mural that will serve as the restaurant’s backdrop. Here, Ted shows how WDI combined … [Read more...]


Please Refurbish this ride – “It’s Tough To Be a Bug” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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If you've been a reader of Chip and Company for a while, you'll know that I wrote a piece about the show "It's Tough To Be a Bug!" about 9 months ago.  So why I am writing another about it so soon, you ask?  Because instead of just upgrading it, I'd prefer that we talk about refurbishing the whole space, and get rid of it completely!  That's how much I don't like this ride!BBC America is coming out with a new show, called "Would You Rather..." which is a spin on the fun … [Read more...]