Walt Disney World: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Disneyland Paris has been testing a Frozen sing-along show in Videopolis this weekend. It’s rumored that if the show was a hit, it could move to Chaparral Theater in Frontierland and feature characters from Frozen, similar to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. This show features the characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff, along with the two hosts of the show, dubbed the royal historians of Arendelle.  Continue reading “Walt Disney World: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”

Walt Disney World: Goodbye Maelstrom

Maelstrom is a classic Disney attraction in Walt Disney World’s Epcot. It’s located in World Showcase and celebrates the Norwegian culture and heritage. The ride system can be compared to Pirates of the Caribbean (although much shorter): a boat ride with a minor drops. Audio-Animatronic figures resembling vikings, living trees, polar bears and trolls are placed throughout the attraction.

Disney announced today that Maelstrom will be closing to be replaced by a Frozen attraction.

These photos were taken during our Wlat Disney World trip two weeks ago.

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Photos of Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World turns 20 today. It inspired 3 other versions of this classic attraction: in Disney California Adventure, Tokyo Disney Sea and Walt Disney Studios Park. To honor this occasion, here’s a a photo set of the Walt Disney World version. Notice any differences compared to our Paris version?

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Walt Disney World’s Spectromagic retired

Walt Disney World has retired its Spectromagic nighttime parade. It was originally introduced to the Magic Kingdom in 1991 as a replacement for the Main Street Electrical Parade. The colorful floats featured characters from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella and Fantasia, as well as the Mickey Mouse and the other Fab 5. The Spectro-Men were characters created just for this parade and features light-up faces.

Spectromagic was “temporarily” replaced in 2010 by Main Street Electrical Parade again, but never returned. It was confirmed earlier this week that the parade has been officially discontinued with many floats already retired.

As a tribute, check out this photos we took during our 2005 trip to Walt Disney World. Can you see any similarities to our retired Disney’s Fantillusion?

Welcome to the Splendor, the spectacle, the sparkling sensation, where the romance, the comedy and the thrill of Disney fantasies come to electric life… And now the Magic Kingdom proudly presents in a million points of musical light, the magical worlds of Disney in SpectroMagic!

Happy 15th Anniversary Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is youngest theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that opened on 22 April 1998. It is the largest Disney theme park in the world, although it doesn’t feature that many attractions. Most of the park is made of themed landscaping and animal enclosures.

One of the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World can be found at Animal Kingdom. Expedition Everest, which opened in 2006, dominates the park’s skyline, along with the park’s icon The Tree of Life. The park is made of 7 areas:

  • Oasis: the entrance of the park
  • Discovery Island: which houses the Tree of Life
  • Camp Minnie-Mickey: with its Disney character meet ‘n’ greet locations
  • Africa: where the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction is located
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch: a zone dedicated to the conservation of animals
  • Asia: with its towering Expedition Everest
  • DinoLand U.S.A.: one of the least popular areas, due to the poorly themed Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama fun fair.

A new area based on the world of Avatar is currently being developed and will replace Camp Minnie-Mickey. A land based on mythical creatures like dragons was quickly abandoned after the park opened, although some references still exist throughout the park.

Welcome to a kingdom of animals… real, ancient and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn. — Michael D. Eisner, April 22, 1998

In honor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Anniversary, browse through these photos from the Photos Magiques archives.

Journey into your Imagination turns 30

Journey into your Imagination is an attraction at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. Guests are carried in Omnimover ride vehicles through various scenes that evoke imagination.

Since it’s opening in 1983, there have been 3 different versions of the attraction. It’s the original version, once created by Tony Baxter himself, that’s the most popular. Disney purists are lobbying for years to bring this attraction back to its original state. In 2002 they kinda succeeded; only 2 years after its second make-over, which omitted the popular Figment character from the first version, fan out-cry was so loud that the character was re-introduced.

The classic song “One Little Spark” written by the Sherman Brothers is still part of the attraction since 1983.

Journey into your Imagination in 2012

Photos by Photos Magiques – August 2012

Happy 30th Anniversary, Epcot!

Today 30 years ago Epcot Center opened its gates for the first time. Epcot was originally conceived by Walt Disney as a futuristic city in Florida where people would actually live and work. After his death, these plans fell through and Walt Disney Productions at that time moved ahead with Magic Kingdom and a few Disney resorts first. A few years later it was decided that Walt’s experimental prototype community of tomorrow would be build as a theme park, but without Disney characters and stories. Instead, it was designed as a permanent World Fair with different pavilions depicting countries from all over the world. In Future World, the pavilions bare a (retro) futuristic look and highlight modern technology through exhibitions and attractions.

In honor of Epcot’s 30th Anniversary, browse through these photos we took during previous trips to Walt Disney World.

To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship — welcome. EPCOT is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere in the world. — E. Cardon Walker, March 1, 1982

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Disneyland Paris offers cheapest annual pass, Tokyo Disney Resort most expensive!

Disneyland Resort in California raised the prices of their annual passes not so long ago. This made us wonder which Disney Resort offered the best value for money. When you check out our comparing table below, you’ll see that Disneyland Paris offers by far the cheapest Annual Pass (Passeport Annuel Dream), as well as some of the best perks.

On the other hand, Tokyo Disney Resort (owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company) offers the most expensive annual pass, with no perks at all. No discounts, no free parking, only access to both parks. Surprisingly, the Annual Passes for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World cost almost the same, while the Disney World pass has more parks to offer, as well as the water parks, Disney Quests and one of the golf courses.

The Hong Kong Disneyland Magic Pass is slightly more expensive then Disneyland Paris and offers equal discounts and perks, however, the resort is a lot smaller with only one park, less attractions and no Disney Village-like area.

Sources: the websites of the Disney Resorts and @DreamSweetsLove for the Tokyo Disney Resort information

Currency rate of 27 May 2012

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Comparing Disney Annual Passes worldwide