New Security Measures Coming Soon To Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Brace For New Security Rules

As happy families everywhere start to pack their bags for a summer full of fun, the Walt Disney Co. has announced plans for further increases in security in their theme parks. The first of these measures will start in two weeks and will take effect in all six US based theme parks.

In 2015 Disney added metal detectors to the entrances of its parks, guests are randomly screened prior to entering the turnstile area. This security measure added to the bag check which started shortly after 9/11. The bag check is currently performed on all guest bags prior to entering the park.

In addition to the metal detectors, Disney also banned Selfie Sticks, costumes for adults, masks, swords and toy guns in 2015. They also stopped selling toy guns in the parks. These guns have been a popular purchase for boys since the park opened in 1971.

As of April 14th, guests entering Disney parks in California and Florida will be required to surrender all liquid filled containers. This includes water bottles, soda bottles, prepackaged juices and other beverage containers. One exception will be expressed milk for breast fed babies under the age of 2 years. For guests having special medical needs, a drop-off of medically necessary beverages can prearranged though Guest Services.

“We continue to place guest security at the top of our list when it comes to introducing new security measures in the parks,” stated Joe Fox, a Disney spokesperson. Mr. Fox continued, “We have decided to give our guests a two week notice in order to allow for guests to rearrange their plans. In addition, we are offering a $.50 per bottle discount on all waters purchased in the parks to help defer any costs to our guests for the next year.”

As always, guests are welcome to ask for a glass of water, at no cost, at any quick service location, as well as enjoy any one of the chilled water fountains throughout the parks.

Further security plans will be released throughout April as they gear up for a Disney Summer!

Deck The Halls At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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I can’t believe we are already talking Christmas, but it will be here before we all know it. It just seams like we are just getting over last Christmas. Soon the bells will be ringing and everyone singing about Christmas and at Walt Disney World this is the most magical time of year. When Mickey and the gang pull out all the stops to spread the holiday cheer. If have not been to the Magic Kingdom at Christmas you are missing something truly special.

On select nights at the Magic Kingdom is becomes even more special as Mickey throws the ultimate Christmas party for thousands of his friends, it a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Grab a mug of hot chocolate and cuddle up for some magical Christmas songs.

Tickets are $62 and up plus tax, but there is a special discount on select nights for DVC members and Annual Passholders. Get your tickets now as they will go fast and many nights will quickly sell out.

Live Entertainment

Revel in these festivities that are crafted just for this joyful season and fill the air with yuletide magic!

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
As a gift to Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother waves her wand, and with a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo enchants the castle with sparkling white lights. Magnificent icicles seem to form instantly over the parapets and towers of the royal palace, as the lights wink and shimmer to a medley of heartwarming Disney tunes.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
Wave to your Disney friends in this holiday parade brimming with cheer! Gingerbread men, elves and others dance down Main Street, U.S.A. with such Disney Characters as:

  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Goofy
  • Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Scrooge McDuck

And many more—not to mention Santa, wishing you a “Merry Christmas!” from his colorful sleigh!

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Brilliant white lights explode in the air above Cinderella Castle in this breathtaking music and fireworks show. Watch for Tinker Bell as she soars into the sky over the crowds! And cheer as Jiminy Cricket reminds you that home is where the heart is—especially during the holidays.

Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in this jolly musical revue chock full of the coolest dance numbers. Stitch is on a special mission to track down Santa. But will this adorable alien be naughty or nice to Saint Nick? Find out what happens at the rockin’ grand finale!

Celebrate the Season Show
‘Tis the season to give gifts, and Mickey’s present to Minnie is not to be missed! Goofy, Donald and others get into the holiday spirit with their own version of The Nutcracker in this jubilant musical spectacle.

Other Highlights

  • Meet-and-greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Dates and Pricing

This is a special ticketed event.

Dates: November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, & 30

December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, & 19

Pricing $62 and up plus tax (varies depending on dates)

**Note: Tickets are subject to availability. Advance Sales Pricing is available for all events except 11/21, 11/30, 12/5, 12/12, 12/18, &12/19. For events on these dates only Same-Day Pricing applies. For events on all other dates, Advance Sales Pricing is available and Same-Day Pricing will be only on the day of the event (if available).

Passholder and DVC Member Offer
Specially priced tickets are available to Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the following event days: November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, December 2, 4, & 9.
Specially priced tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE
Passholders may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three guests.
DVC Members may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to five guests
Passholders may purchase discounted tickets by calling 407-560-PASS and via DisneyWorld.com/Passholder
Disney Vacation Club Members may purchase tickets via DVC Member Services bu calling 800-800-9800
All Discounted tickets will be set up for Will-Call. A valid Annual Pass of Disney Vacation Club Member ID must be shown at the time of ticket pickup

Passholder and DVC Member Prices:
Guests Ages 10 & up: $62.00 + tax
Guests Ages 3-9: $57.00 + tax

Dates Released For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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One of the best after hour park openings is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Enjoy a bit of Halloween magic and plenty of free candy and fun! The Magic Kingdom stays open late just for you and your goblin friends, so dress up Disney scary and bring a few friends to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Note: Disney has the right to refuse entrance to guests wearing inappropriate costumes. Remember this is a family friendly event, if you want to dress up as the chainsaw massacre then head over to Universal.

Ticket price is $74 plus tax, but there is a special discount available to DVC and Annual Passholders for select nights. Get your tickets now because availability is limited and some dates may sell out quickly.

Select rides and attractions will be open each night.

Eerie Entertainment

The night howls with excitement at this spook-tacular party for all little ghouls and boys. Unearth some of the great entertainment that awaits you at this ghastly bash:

Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle! 
Some of your favorite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.

Frontierland 
Venture into Frontierland where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor.

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade 
The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!

Happy HalloWishes 
The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!

Dates and Pricing

Dates: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, & 28

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, & 31

Pricing $74 and up plus tax (varies depending on dates)

**Note: Tickets are subject to availability. Advance Sales Pricing is available for all events except 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/30, and 10/31. For events on these dates only Same-Day Pricing applies. For events on all other dates, Advance Sales Pricing is available and Same-Day Pricing will be only on the day of the event (if available).

Passholder and DVC Member Offer:
Specially priced tickets are available to Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders for the following event days: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, October 2, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, & 21.
Specially priced tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE
Passholders may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three guests.
DVC Members may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to five guests
Passholders may purchase discounted tickets by calling 407-560-PASS and via DisneyWorld.com/Passholder
Disney Vacation Club Members may purchase tickets via DVC Member Services bu calling 800-800-9800
All Discounted tickets will be set up for Will-Call. A valid Annual Pass or Disney Vacation Club Member ID must be shown at the time of ticket pickup

Passholder and DVC Member Prices:
Guests Ages 10 & up: $58.00 + tax
Guests Ages 3-9: $53.00 + tax

 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opening May 28With much anticipation and fanfare we are excited to announce that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to open in the next few weeks. Officially opening to the public on May 28th, 2014, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was dedicated this morning by Snow White and Dopey.

Watching the ride through I am amazed at the theming that has been done. This ride is sort of like a roller coaster version of Splash Mountain, with short scenes intermingled with the thrilling ride through the story behind the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

FastPasses are now available! Log in to your My Disney Experience and reserve them today before they are gone!

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Sneak Peek Of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

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Check out this sneak peek of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride in the New Fantasyland Expansion in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

When we last talked to a Supervisor Cast Member last weekend, she said they were still in the midst of testing and to give it a couple more weeks. So we are expecting it to open within the next week or so. We will be there this weekend for Expedition Everest and will swing by the ride to check out its status.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail To Main Street USA

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Starting Sunday April 13, Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny will be visiting the Magic Kingdom.

Mr and Mrs Easter bunny will be making special appearances on Main Street USA next to Guest Relations. Scheduled appearances will happen throughout the day, allowing guests to take photos and have their books signed.

Easter activities throughout Walt Disney World end Easter Sunday, April 20th

Other Easter activities
Eggstravaganza egg hunt at Epcot
Chocolate egg display at the Grand Floridian

Let’s Ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride At Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Comes Alive

Today Disney released a CGI run through of the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train ride and it looks awesome!

Whirl through the magic mountain that houses the Seven Dwarf’s Mine, swirl through the caverns and whoosh through the waterfalls and forest as the Seven Dwarfs come alive on this magical journey behind the story of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Want to see how they made the characters come alive.

Disney has done a great job bringing this story alive and at Behind The Mouse we can’t wait to get a first look. See you on the train!

Walt Disney World Testing FastPass+ For Be Our Guest In Magic Kingdom

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Be Our Guest in the new Fantasyland expansion in the Magic Kingdom is testing a new FastPass+ system with selected resort guests. With FastPass+ guests can log on to a special website where they pre select their food items and pick a reservation. Then once they come to the restaurant during their reservation time, they bypass the normal line by swiping their MagicBand, pay for their food and it is delivered to their table.

This system should allow the restaurant to serve more people and decrease wait times.

This is in test phase right now and they hope to open this up to more guests soon.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Logo Released

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train LogoThe folks over at Disney Imagineering have released the new logo design for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the centerpiece to the New Fantasyland Expansion in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Can you name all of the Dwarfs? And which Dwarf(s) danced with Snow White in the movie? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

For more information about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check out the following Behind The Mouse Blog stories:

Imagineer Dave Minichiello talks about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the New Fantasyland
Fantasyland Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride Update – The Walls are Down