New Disney World Cell Phone Charging Lockers

New Disney World Cell Phone Charging Lockers

Magic Kingdom Cell Phone Charging Locker 2

As you stroll around the Magic Kingdom tweeting, status updating, and instagraming your phone is bound to run out of juice.   There are areas around the park where you can plug in, such as the tree stumps near the Tangled bathrooms and fastpass area in Storybook Circus.  But, you have to sit there while charging, which isn’t as fast as you would like and it’s eating into your Disney time.   So wouldn’t it be nice to leave your phone and have it charge while you experience an attraction or grab a bite to eat?   Disney has you in mind.  They are now testing charging lockers at the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Cell Phone Charging Locker

These charging lockers are free for use, but they do require a credit card/gift card to lock and unlock your locker.   The card is not charged but used to identify you when you come back to get your phone.     After scanning your card, you select what you would like to use to charge: Apple Lightning, Apple 30 pin, or micro USB and the device will indicate which locker is available for use.   There are three colors to each locker:  Blue – the locker is open and ready for use, Red – a device is in the locker and not fully charged, Green – a device is in the locker and fully charged.   This allows you to quickly glance at your locker to see if it’s fully charged and ready for pick up.

There are currently 2 sets of lockers in test at the Magic Kingdom, one at Cosmic Rays and one at the Space Mountain exit gift shop.   The lockers are only built for cell phones, so you can’t charge your tablet or larger devices.  Since this is a test these stations could go away or begin charging any day, we hope they stay free and more are added.

What do you think of the new charging lockers?

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Magic Kingdom Hub Expansion Picture Update

Magic Kingdom Hub Expansion Picture Update

A few weeks ago we reported that the Magic Kingdom is expanding the central hub of the park to provide more walking space and viewing areas for the parades and shows.   Last week while we were at the park I took a few shots to give our readers a look at the progress they have made along with the look of the hub if you have a trip coming soon.

Hub Expansion 1

Starting with the castle, the dry moat is giving Disney the opportunity to refresh the paint on the castle. They do have times throughout the day when the trucks are not there so hopefully you can still get a good picture.

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Hub Expansion 3

Standing at Casey’s Corner looking towards Tomorrowland- you can see the walls up and screening over the bridge.

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Again standing at Casey’s Corner looking towards Adventureland. Construction walls in front of the times guide along with the moat in front of the Crystal Palace.

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Standing on the bridge by Cosmic Ray’s you can see the now enclosed porch area, the dry moat, and the missing Swan Boat Dock

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Standing on bridge by Cosmic Ray’s – Swan Boat dock has been removed.

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Standing in the Hub looking towards the old Swan Boat Dock.

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From the Hub looking towards Tomorrowland and Main St USA to the right.

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From the Hub looking towards Tomorrowland

First POV Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

First POV Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Coming spring of 2014, we have heard that for how long. Well it’s spring of 2014 so we are getting so close. This past week Disney Parks Blog released the amazing video below of an onboard view of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It looks so amazing, love how smooth it looks and what great views of the castle.   We have heard rumblings of late March or early April – can’t wait!!!

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Magic Kingdom Hub Improvements

Magic Kingdom Hub Improvements

Magic Kingdom Hub Improvements

Click Here for Hub expansion pictures taken the week of April 1st 2014.  

The Hub area at the Magic Kingdom is one of the most congested areas of the park especially during shows and at closing time when everyone is trying to exit the park. Disney is working to improve this area and add new viewing areas (Fastpass+) for the shows.   Below is a quick fly through of what the new area will look like.

Notice the addition of an outer pathway around the current path and also the areas around Casey’s and The Plaza Restaurant will grow covering some of the water way area there now.

Overall this looks like a great improvement and welcomed to help reduce the crowd congestion in the area.   What do you think about this change?

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Festival of Fantasy Parade starts March 9

Festival of Fantasy Parade starts March 9

With the end of the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade we all have been anxiously awaiting the new Magic Kingdom Parade.   Well, that waiting is close to an end as the Festival of Fantasy parade begins on March 9, 2014.    With all the amazing pictures circulating on the web you are sure to be as excited as we are to see this new parade.    Here are a few of the initial drawings along with one of the dragon floats for the parade.

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But a parade is not complete without Choreography and Music.   Here is a sneak peek at the choreography workshops.   Amazing amount of work goes into these parades.   Take a look….

 

And music, these parades touch on all our senses and as they mention in this clip, the music is the glue that holds all the pieces and scenes together.   Let’s take a look inside one of the recording sessions……
We are so excited to see this new parade, which float or what part of the parade are you most excited to see?

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia:  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Cat

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Cat

 Did you know this Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia about the Cat in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights?

It’s a beautiful time of year at the parks, this past Saturday we spent some time under a heavy downpour admiring the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.   As we neared the entrance to Lights Motors Action we spotted this years hiding spot for the Osborne Cat.   Did you ever wonder why this cat is in a Christmas display?

As you know the Osborne family started the light tradition in 1986 with only 1,000 red lights.   The display grew to 3 million lights in 1993, because of the size of the display and the crowds it caused the family was faced with court battles to shut it down.   Luckily Disney approached the family about bringing the display to the parks and now at over 5 million lights we all get to enjoy it every year.

But, what about this cat, well when the trucks loaded up the display a cat from the Osborne’s Halloween display was mistakenly loaded.     The team at Disney was prepared to send it back to the Osborne’s but the family said just to keep it and rather than throw it out the team at Disney decided to have some fun and hide the cat in a different spot each year.

Can you spot the cat?

Osborne Family Lights CatTake a real good look in the tree…..

Osborne Family Lights Cat 1

 

Can’t make it to the parks for the lights – here is something to tide you over…..


 

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