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March 2011 News

Mickey Gets New Magical Home At Disney World

Date: 31 March 2011 by WESH.COM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If you're looking for Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom, just think abracadabra.

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Disney World guest recounts tale of stolen iPhone recovery by way of a high-speed chase on the Magic Kingdom Seven Seas Lagoon

Date: 29 March 2011 Ricky Brigante - Inside the Magic

Walt Disney World may be home to swashbuckling pirates but one Disney guest’s adventure to recover his iPhone and other stolen belongings became the ultimate thrill ride.

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300 G.I. Joes To Parachute Friday At Disney

Date: 29 March 2011 Copyright 2011 by WESH.COM.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If you're at Walt Disney World on Friday and you happen to see something that looks like a scene out of "Toy Story," have no fear, the army men haven't escaped from the theme parks

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to Host ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ Event, June 14

Date: 28 March 2011 Stitch Kingdom

Guests visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for thrills like the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster and Gang Plank Falls. This June, they’ll hit the water park’s wave pool to help break a world record and spread an important message about teaching children to swim.

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Lawsuit filed against Disney World for fatal monorail crash dismissed

Date: 28 March 2011 Debra Peterson Disney Travel Examiner

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Walt Disney World Cast Member who died in a monorail collision in 2009 has been voluntarily dismissed as of March 28, 2011.

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More for the traveler: museums, thrill rides

Date: 27 March 2011 By Jay Clarke - The Miami Herald

A brand new theme park, several important new museums, a new international airport and special anniversary celebrations are some of the new developments that await Florida visitors this year as the state recovers from the recession and last year’s Gulf oil spill.

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New line for Haunted Mansion ride is a window to Disney's future

Date: 26 March 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

The future of Walt Disney World can be glimpsed in one of the resort's oldest rides. By the end of the month, Disney plans to debut a redesigned queue for the Haunted Mansion, the classic dark ride that is one of the Magic Kingdom's original attractions. After 40 years of slowly shuffling toward the attraction's entrance, waiting riders will instead be able to move through an expanded graveyard filled with elaborate crypts — such as the tomb of a composer where instruments carved in the stone play music when touched.

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Line up for Disney's Haunted Mansion and other queues to love

Date: 25 March 2011 Dewayne Bevil-Theme Park Ranger

Walt Disney World is extending, enhancing and invigorating the Haunted Mansion queue at Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom to offer Magician Mickey meet-and-greet at Town Square Theater

Date: 24 March 2011 Debra Peterson Disney Travel Examiner

Today, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) and the Disney Parks Blog released information about the new Mickey Mouse meet-and-greet scheduled to open in Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. When the theater opens to guests in early April, guests will be able to visit not just Mickey, but Magician Mickey.

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Lego models begin arriving at Legoland Florida theme park

Date: 23 March 2011 By Brady MacDonald - Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Legoland Florida recently received the first shipment of 32 Lego models for the kiddie theme park, which is scheduled to open in October at the former Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, about 40 miles from Disney World.

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Star Tours 2.0: New locations and characters revealed for 'Star Wars' ride at Disneyland and Disney World

Date: 23 March 2011 By Brady MacDonald - Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Star Tours 2.0 promises the possibility of 54 different experiences when the updated attraction reopens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida on May 20 and Disneyland in California on June 3.

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Legoland's new park counting on brand recognition to compete with other Orlando-area parks

Date: 23 March 2011 MITCH STACY - Associated Press

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Legoland officials said Wednesday they are counting on the popularity of the little plastic building blocks to draw families to their newest theme park, which will open this fall near Orlando.

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SeaWorld Orlando offers free passes to teachers

Date: 22 March 2011 SeaWorld Orlando — posted by dewayne bevil

Florida schoolteachers can go to SeaWorld Orlando for free for the rest of the year, under the “Study Pass” offered by the theme park. The Study Pass comes with unlimited admission and no black-out dates in 2011.

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Disney Painting Its World With Environment In Mind

Date: 22 March 2011 WKMG Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Disney World, the home of the Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and the Tower of Terror, is quietly using paint that sends less carbon compounds into the atmosphere.

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Disney World Planning Grand Floridian Addition

Date: 22 March 2011 WESH Orlando

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World may be about to embark on another construction project. Documents filed with the South Florida Water Management District in early March show plans for a major add-on at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. The resort is Disney's priciest on property, in a bracket all its own.

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Beating the Lines at Disney World

Date: 20 March 2011 By Paul Eisenberg

If you’re heading to the Walt Disney World (WDW) theme parks in Orlando and want to make the most of your time there, hundreds of books have been written on the subject. And for what it’s worth I’ve edited two of them and have visited the four major WDW parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom -- many times. But compared to the know-how of some of the veteran park goers quoted herein, my expertise is, well, Mickey Mouse.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom worker dies from injuries

Date: 14 March 2011 Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel

A Disney worker injured Sunday while repairing the Primeval Whirl ride died early today, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

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Universal Studios: Say goodbye to Jimmy Neutron ride

Date: 14 March 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

Jimmy Neutron’s days are numbered at Universal Studios. The theme park announced Monday that the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction, will close on April 1 to begin preparations for a new attraction in that space.

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Animal Kingdom worker suffers head injury

Date: 13 March 2011 Leslie Postal, ORLANDO SENTINEL

A worker at Disney's Animal Kingdom suffered a head injury that required him to be airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center this afternoon.

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The British Are Coming: US Dollar Weakness Spurs Foreign Investment in Florida Investment Property

Date: 09 March 2011 J.C. Penny Realty

Orlando Florida real estate agent J.C. Penny, who specializes in Disney area investment property, says that British investment is increasing in the region due in part to a favorable currency exchange rate with the British pound.

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Disney World pulls plug on Grad Nite

Date: 09 March 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

This spring will see the last Grad Nite celebrations at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World announced Wednesday.

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