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Big Thunder Ranch Will Close Permanently on January 10

25 Sep

In order to begin building new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland, Disney has announced the temporary closing of several Disneyland Park attractions, as well as a few permanent closings. Details below can be found on the Disney Parks Blog.

Disney Parks is also preparing to take guests to a galaxy far, far away with new Star Wars-themed lands. With groundbreaking scheduled to take place in 2016 for our largest single-land expansions ever, building the new 14-acre lands will be major projects at both Disneyland park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Work to make room for this new land at Disneyland park in California will require the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad to close temporarily. The following will suspend operations at the end of the operating day on January 10:

  • The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations

  • Attractions along the Rivers of America, including:

    • “Fantasmic!”
    • Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
    • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

We look forward to all of these attractions reopening in the future.

Elsewhere in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch – including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree – will close permanently at the end of the operating day on January 10.

Star Wars Launch Bay  at Disneyland Park

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland Park

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A Look at What’s Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

2 May

The Disney Parks Blog has shared quite a few announcements regarding Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park today. Here is a quick look at the exciting news!

 

‘Festival of The Lion King’ To Return To Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June

“Festival of the Lion King” will return in a new location in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this June.

Here's a first look at what the new theater, which will be located in the left side of the Africa section, will look like.

Here’s a first look at what the new theater, which will be located in the left side of the Africa section, will look like.

 

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is prepared to stage a special celebration event like no other.

It all begins with a Welcome Reception in the park’s Harambe Village, including mouth-watering appetizers and African-inspired wine and beer. Then it’s time for the ‘mane’ event! Take your seat inside the newly built Harambe Theatre for an unforgettable performance of “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild.” This all-new, never-before-seen theatrical experience features a live orchestra and choir, dancers, digitally projected movie moments, and dramatic lighting and scenic elements – all hosted by a celebrity guest narrator. The show brings to life the humor, heart, and stirring emotional power of Simba’s journey to find his place as the Lion King.

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Celebrate the Grandest Tales and Tastes of Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Read the full story on the Disney Parks Blog for the lineup of celebrity narrators and more details.

 

“Rivers of Light” Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

"Rivers of Light" nighttime spectacular

“Rivers of Light” nighttime spectacular

“Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

There’s a quick look at what’s to coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning this June. Remember to follow the Disney Parks Blog for the most up-to-date information on Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Have a magical day!

 

Avatar-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

22 Oct

Attendees at the first D23 Expo Japan got a first glimpse at the Avatar-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

While at the first D23 Expo Japan, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs shared some exciting news on projects in development for Disney parks around the globe. He entertained Disney fans with never-before-seen videos and imagery of Shanghai Disney Resort and the recently announced Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. They also got an inside look at the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky process and participated in a dazzling presentation finale, donning Glow with the Show ears that illuminated to colorful images on the big screen.

But the most exciting reveal of Tom’s presentation was a first look at the Avatar experiences in development for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

WDI’s Joe Rohde (right) shares highlights of the project model with Cameron (left) and Walt Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Avatar-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

WDI’s Joe Rohde (right) shares highlights of the project model with Cameron (left) and Walt Disney Parks & Resort Chairman Tom Staggs. Scheduled to open in 2017, the Avatar-inspired land will be part of the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history.

As these concept renderings show in epic scale, in the world of Avatar guests will encounter awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants that are alive with light and sound.

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch.

The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch.

The new Avatar-themed land will be located between Africa and the Oasis and will encompass and expand beyond the area currently known as Camp Minnie-Mickey. The Festival of the Lion King is moving its tribal celebration to an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park.

Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

Guests will also discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

And the new Avatar-inspired land won’t be the only change coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As part of the largest expansion in the history of the park, Disney Parks is adding all-new entertainment experiences, including a new nighttime spectacular where live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and swirling animal imagery that all combine to bring a show to Discovery River.

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

As part of the largest expansion in its history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be adding all-new entertainment experiences including a new after-dark spectacular centered around and above Discovery River, new nighttime entertainment including live performers on Discovery Island (pictured) and a new night version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

You may also want to check out this post on the Disney Parks Blog.

Thank You, Fans!

4 Jun

Thank you, MagicalDaddy.com fans! Thanks to you we have over 400 likes on Facebook now. Wow!

I think this photo of me and Gary Buchanan, from the Disney Parks Blog, is perfect for the occasion. This was taken last month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.

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Thanks again! 😀

Christmas at Disney Parks

21 Dec

Recently, my blog has been receiving more and more traffic from folks searching for terms like Disney Magic Kingdom Christmas, Disney Christmas lights, Disney Christmas pictures, Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and even gingerbread. So, to help you all out with your searches and to provide more information for those of you who may randomly be dropping by MagicalDaddy.com, here are some photos and links just for you!

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Magic Kingdom Park,

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Magic Kingdom Park.

» What holiday events are popular when visit Walt Disney World Resort? Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom theme park. This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters.

» Looking for information or photos about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park? Last week, the Disney Parks Blog took us on a photo tour inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the holidays.

» Did you know? The 17-foot-tall gingerbread holiday tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort took 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs, 1 pound of sugar syrup, 98 pounds of icing, 151 pounds of chocolate and more than 2,000 gingerbread shingles to create the tree.

For more news on holidays at Disney Parks, visit the Disney Parks Blog, the official blog for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line.

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