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...]



Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Marquee at Walt Disney World Resort

Last week, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) put the finishing touches on the new resort’s marquee. Measuring in at 46 feet, six inches, the resort’s sign now holds the record as the largest freestanding marquee at Walt Disney World Resort. (Incidentally, it’s 18 inches taller than the famous “HOLLYWOOD” sign in Los Angeles, Calif.).The photo, supplied by WDI, shows three layers of development the marquee went through in its creation – from digital design, to model, to full-scale … [Read more...]