Cinderella Castle to Receive Royal Makeover This Spring

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It will be all trimmed in gold!

The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is getting a royal makeover!

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Beginning next month, the Castle walk-through into Fantasyland will be closed for 3 months.

The stunning golden castle enhancements will begin in early March 2020 and continue for about 3 months into early summer.

It’s being repainted the same light pink shade used last year at Sleeping Beauty Castle, with royal blue turrets and lots of gold trim.

The castle’s tarps and barriers should go up around March 1st.

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle walk through.

You won’t be able to walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through during renovations.

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It’s pretty golden inside the walk through already.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the release of the Cinderella movie today.

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Cinderella greeting her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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This follows the golden enhancements given to Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle last year:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through has re-opened for guests.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new, much bluer paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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Christian admiring the Sleeping Beauty Castle too.

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But, this is what guests have to look forward to this spring at the Cinderella Castle:  Tarps and Barriers.

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April 17, 2019: Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle has been tarped now for almost 2 months! 😦

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March 24, 2019: Renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.  The tarps are so ugly!  You can’t walk through the Castle into Fantasyland.

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January 2020:  Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!  ❤

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Cheers to the new year!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!  Can’t wait to see all the improvements later on this year!

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Now, that’s PINK!!!

People are complaining already about this new light pink color ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, but we remember when the Cinderella Castle was REALLY PINK for the 25th anniversary celebration!!!

Secrets of Disney World’s Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

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The queue line in front of the Haunted Mansion.  The ride is NOT in this building!

Think you know a lot about the Haunted Mansion at Disney World?

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The ride is in the part that guests can’t see from in front of the mansion.

Think on this: The mansion you see out front is not where you ride on the attraction at all!

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This attraction is huge!

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The path the Doom Buggies take on the ride.

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The Haunted Mansion ride just might be Caroline’s favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!

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We walked right on….2x!

HM Tip:  You’ll never see the Haunted Mansion standby time set at 5 minutes like other rides in the Magic Kingdom. When the HM standby time is set to 13 minutes, it means it’s walk on!!!

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Taking a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at MK!

One of my favorite rides at MK!

When I was a cast member at Disney World, I got to go on a behind-the-scenes, aka “backstage”, tour of one of my favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom – The Haunted Mansion!!

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My HM backstage pass.

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Always room for one more….;)

So, if you know me at all, you know that I am not an early riser.  When I first saw that the meeting time for the tour was at 6:40am…..ugh, no thank you!  But, it is one of my all time favorite rides, so I HAD to do it!

We were running late and I got a text from another CP in the group which said, “If you can catch up to us in the Utilidors, then you can be in the tour.  If not, then you can just go home.”  WHAT??!!!  Not very nice, and very stressful to read!

Sara and I parked and ran through the Utilidors and kept getting stopped by other cast members because we looked so lost and were wearing our street clothes.  But we did it!!! We found the group and made it on the tour!!

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

DAK cast members on HM Backstage tour.

The old woman who did our tour was perfect for her role.  She has the highest seniority at the Haunted Mansion and has worked there for 17 years.  17 YEARS!!!!  She was extremely intimidating and unfriendly to say the least.

She began her tour by telling us that if we couldn’t keep the chatter down, then she’d end the tour early.   Hilarious, as the average age of our group was around 35.  She acted like we were a school tour of 2nd graders.

Note:  She said that we could take as many photos as we wanted AND use flash photography if we needed to!!!

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Portrait of the ‘Master of the Mansion’

We started out by doing a walking tour of the entire ride with the lights on.  We got to stay in each room as she pointed out interesting details and facts of the room.

Something I had heard before was that during the 2007 renovation, seven hidden Jack Skellingtons were added to the HM ride.  The first one is in this photo in the first HM room.  Jack can be found in the wrinkles above the left eyebrow.

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Same portrait as above, but with lights on.

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So creepy looking!

Here is a photo of our entire DAK group.  They told us to make a scared/frightened face!    I think mine is the best.   😉

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Boo!

After we watched the first scene in the stretching room, we all got to lay down and watch as the room slowly folded in on itself!  So scary!  And weird.  I bet no one has ever seen this room so empty!

There are 160 black “Doom Buggies” that move through the 10 minutes of the spookiest rooms in all of the Magic Kingdom!

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The long hallway of the Portrait Gallery….this is the first floor of the HM.

I love this scene!  It is so cool how the eyes all watch you as you move along.  We actually got to go up and touch the heads!  The trick is that the faces are actually concave into the other side of the wall.  It’s just a trick your eyes play on you as you move across the room.

There are two Jack Skellingtons in this room.  They are near the chair.  One is a picture of Jack on a book cover and the other is just Jack’s head on the spine of a book.

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The piano

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This chair has a creepy face!

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The Library with watching busts and 1 crow.

Next time you’re in this scene, check out how creepy the coffin is!  There are hidden skulls around it.

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The Glass Conservatory with coffin.

Also, we got to pet the scarecrow!  It was surprisingly soft.  The original concept of the HM ride was to have the crow follow along with you and narrate the ride.  That plan was scraped, but you can still see the crow in every scene.

I LOVE this part of the ride!  Especially when the evil hand shadow crosses it!

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Tick, tock…The 13th hour clock…the Witching Hour.  See the eyes watching you???

Several people have tried to jump out of their Doom buggies to steal the ball every year. Apparently the going rate online for it is $500,000.  However, what you can’t see is that between the railing and the table is actually nothing!  It drops down to the floor below.

There was a guy who jumped over to the table, but missed.  He fell and broke his arm and kept screaming “Help! I can’t get out!” which, if you know Haunted Mansion, is exactly what the guy in the coffin is saying!  He wasn’t discovered until the end of the night when the music was finally turned off and the lights turned on for cleaning. Ouch!

There are now grates to over the open area, but a few years ago, a high schooler on graduation night tried to jump across and landed on the grates.  Except he landed between two of the bars, broke through, and got stuck.  Because he was bigger, they had to pull him all the way through to get him out.  He ended up getting  about 70 stitches around his stomach.  Ouch!

Note the railing....

Note the railing in the circular Seance Room….

Sorry this is such a bad photo!  But I love this scene!  I love when the ride breaks down in this room because there is always so many interesting things to look at!

We got to see the dancers!!!

We got to see the ghost dancers!!!

The BEST part about our backstage tour was the guide gave us a special opportunity to actually go into the ballroom!  We got to walk around the table and look at all the actual ghosts which are being reflected through a series of mirrors into the ballroom.  We got to dance with the ghosts!  And to touch the plates and silverware on the table, and see the Hidden Mickey!  This was my coolest and most amazing WDW experience!!!!

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The Ghost Bride

Our tour guide said that so far this year there have been 14 instances of people throwing human ashes during the HM ride, especially during the ballroom scene.  Each time it happens, it closes the ride for about four hours while custodial is called in to vacuum the ashes up!  Code HEPA….

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The attic room with the lights on.

The protrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride.

The portrait of the Haunted Mansion Bride in the corner.

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic!), and onto the graveyard...

Out of the Haunted mansion (you exit the house via the 3rd floor attic room!), and onto the graveyard…

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The singing ghosts.

Hidden Mickey!!  This is right before the fat lady sings (so you know the ride is over!).

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Can you see the Hidden Mickey?

Sara and me in our Doom Buggy.  I was glad to have her as ‘my partner in crime’!

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Me and Sara

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Sunrise at the Haunted Mansion.  So early in the morning!

Sara and me in front of the carriage after the tour.  Still no Park guests!  It was only 8am.

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In front of the black carriage hearse led by an invisible horse.

First stop after the backstage tour – Starbucks on Main Street!  Yum!  I got an iced coffee with caramel.  So good!

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Drinking our Starbucks drinks on Main Street USA. Yum!

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Back at the Haunted Mansion later on that afternoon.

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Interested in bringing home a few mementos from the Haunted Mansion?

Then, Memento Mori is the place for you!

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Memento Mori Gift Shop

Memento Mori is the Haunted Mansion-themed shop located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom.

The all seeing eye over the door.

The all-seeing eye over the door. “Relics From Regions Beyond”

Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember you will die’.

As the Haunted Mansion attraction is one of Caroline’s favorite rides at MK, we had to stop in and look at all the cool HM merchandise!

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Your Ghostly Host, Caroline

We loved the Haunted Mansion Cast Member t-shirt!

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Haunted Mansion spirit shirts. Had to say yes to this!

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.

Haunted Mansion coffee mugs.  Note the doorknocker handles.

Damask mugs.  (Wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion pattern)

Damask mugs. (The Haunted Mansion wallpaper pattern.)

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Ghost hitchhiker mugs

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Handbags and shoes.

Ghostly treats in greens & purples.

Ghostly Haunted Mansion treats in greens & purples.

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Cookies

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful - and everchanging - portrait.

Caroline in front of Madame Leota’s beautiful – and everchanging – portrait.

Madame Leota’s beautiful portrait is rumored to have been created during the time she lived in the area. (It changes its look every 60 seconds. Wait for it…..)

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Spooky….

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

Miniature of the graveyard stone.

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Each piece of dinnerwear features a floor plan of the HM!  How cool is that???!!!

Something I never knew:  Each piece of HM dinnerwear features a floor plan of the Haunted Mansion!  The dinner plate has the 1st Floor, the salad plate has the 2nd Floor, the dessert plate has the 3rd Floor.  That is sooo cool!

Thinking about the ride, you start out on the first floor, then move through the gallery on the second floor, finally exiting the mansion on the 3rd floor.  (You can even see the roof shingles when you exit the house!)

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The complete dinner plate set.

I really had no idea that the ride was supposedly taking place in a 3 story mansion!!!

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Haunted Mansion D&B bag, $128

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Ghost Host hats.

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Another Ghostly Host.  🙂

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Our HM costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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Caroline as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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At the 2018 MNSSHP party with Jedi’s.

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Spooky!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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October 2019:  Caroline outside the Haunted Mansion.

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Caroline Disney Bounding as the girl in the Stretching Room inside the Haunted Mansion!

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Halloween balloons at night all lit up.

 

The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2020

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Have a magical day!

The Best Times to Visit Disney World in 2020:

First two weeks (weekdays only) in January 2020

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 17th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 12th)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 25th)

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7th)

Weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 12th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 26th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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9am: Guests pouring into MK and struggling to get down Main Street USA on a busy weekend.

The Worst Times to Visit Disney World in 2020:  Listen Up People!!!

RunDisney Marathon weekend: January 9 – 12, 2020

MLK weekend: Jan. 18 – 20, 2020

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17, 2020

Spring Break : March 7 – March 30, 2020

Easter Weeks:  April 4 – April 19, 2020

Memorial Day weekend:  May 23 – 25, 2020

4th of July week:  June 27 – July 6, 2020

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2020

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2020

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

Veteran’s Day:  Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2020

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019

With the full opening of Star Wars Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it has made DHS way overcrowded with long lines.  We don’t recommend going to DHS until September 2020,  after Labor Day weekend and the kids are back in school.

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

When Disney World is Full: Guide to Park Capacity Closing Phases

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December 25, 2019, Main Street USA at 9pm right before the fireworks show. Packed with guests!

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve crowd!

More on the story from USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2019/12/31/disney-worlds-magic-kingdom-turns-away-guests-new-years-eve

Note that a park may be almost full at a Phase 3 or Phase 4 closure earlier in the day, and then drop back down to Phase 1 restriction when enough people leave and the parking lots open back up.

Always check with a WDW Crowd Forecast when planning your day.  The parks are open 365 days a year, but that doesn’t guarantee you admission!

The park least effected by crowds is Epcot.  Due to it’s size, guests can really spread out and it never reaches capacity.  The busiest day at Epcot is New Years Eve.

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Ugh.

Here is a full breakdown of Walt Disney World’s Capacity Closing Procedures.

Phase A Closing

No admission of guests with one day tickets, and no admission of guests even with FastPass+ reservations unless they have one of the following:

WDW Resort Guests, including The Four Seasons Resort, Swan, Dolphin or Shades of Green, Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels arriving by bus (Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, The Buena Vista Palace, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, B Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Hilton), Golden Oak residents and guests.

WDW Premier Passport, Annual & Premium Passholders

Guests with Park Hopper tickets re-entering or crossing over from another WDW Theme Park

Guests with Memory Maker

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop or The Pirates League.

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate >40,000.

mk-on-nye crowdPhase B Closing

No admission of guests with one day tickets, and no re-entering or crossing over from another park unless they have one of the following:

WDW Resort Guests, including The Four Seasons Resort, Swan, Dolphin or Shades of Green, Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels arriving by bus (Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, The Buena Vista Palace, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, B Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Hilton), Golden Oak residents and guests.

WDW Premier Passport, Annual & Premium Passholders

Guests with Memory Maker

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Harmony Barber Shop or The Pirates League.

FastPass+ reservations and is a WDW Resort hotel guest.

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate >45,000.

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December 31, 2019: Crowds in Tomorrowland.

Phase 1 Park Closing

Guests with ‘Magic Your Way’ base tickets, or a ‘1-Day 1-Park Ticket’, Guests without an admission ticket, and Cast Members using Main Gate & Silver Passes will be turned around at the parking lot booths.

Mainly effecting Magic Kingdom on days leading up to a major holiday.

MK crowd estimate > 50,000.

A sad sign.

A sad sign.

Phase 2 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

Guests with Hopper tickets coming from another park

Guests re-entering the park

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

Guests using Walt Disney World Resort Transportation will be admitted.

Guests with pre-purchased 1 day Magic Kingdom tickets

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 55,000. Parking lot is almost full.

[Magic Kingdom was at Phase 2 Closure on July 4, 2019 by noon.]

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9am:  Turning away cars at the MK toll booths.  Parking lot is almost full.

Phase 3 Park Closing

Admission is limited to:

Disney Resort Guests (including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and guests arriving by bus from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels)

Annual, Premier and Premium Annual Passholders

Guests with dining reservations

Magic Kingdom Guests with reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League

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December 25, 2019:  Phase 3 at MK at 11am.

MK crowd estimate: 60,000.  Parking lot is full/closed.

Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, restaurants are packed.

Phase 4:  Wall-to-wall guests, all attractions have extremely long wait times, all restaurants are packed.

Phase 4 Park Closing (Major Holidays:  December 24/25/31, January 1st)

Closed to all newly arriving guests, aka avoid the park at all costs!!!

Magic Kingdom crowd estimate: 75,000+. Parking lot is full/closed.

Park is at capacity and would be difficult to evacuate in case of an emergency.

No more guests are admitted until a significant number of current guests leave.

Comment:  This is our least favorite time to visit the Magic Kingdom.  We’ve done it, but it’s not been a very fun experience.  We’ve only stayed for a few hours.

We feel that Disney Parks has upped the capacity level for the Magic Kingdom in the past year or two, allowing even more guests in, over 80,000+ before closing the gates.  It’s just miserable and a lot of guests have rightfully complained about Christmas Week being too busy at the Magic Kingdom.

crowdAll four Disney World theme parks have reached some level of closure in the past. As the most visited theme park in the world, Magic Kingdom is the park most likely to experience capacity-based closures during busy times of year. Due to its size, Epcot is the least likely to close, and has not done so in recent memory. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom rarely close, but their smaller capacities still make them more likely to close than Epcot.

To be specific, Magic Kingdom closes to further guests, on average, around 6 days per year. New Year’s Eve and July 4th are always two of them, often getting up to a Phase 3 closure. Two to four other days during Christmas week can be expected each year as well, although those rarely go above Phase 2. The years where Easter week falls during late-March or early-April can also see closures due to the Easter break/Spring Break overlap.

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Easter Sunday crowd, April 2019

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve. Phase 4 closure at 3pm.

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December 31, 2019: New Years Eve mob.

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New Years Eve mob scene.

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When the Parks are busy, it’s fun to go resort hopping! Celebrating the holidays at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters.  Happy Holidays!

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Lunch with Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom

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Super cute!

February 1, 2020: Some of the new merchandise celebrating the 70th anniversary of Disney’s Cinderella movie release.

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Cinderella Castle decorated with sparkling blue bunting for the holidays.

Cinderella Castle all decorated for the holidays with sparkling blue bunting. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor.

We’ve blogged about dining at Be Our Guest – the other expensive restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom – and now we turn our gaze to Cinderella’s Castle and dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table History:

Cinderella’s Royal Table opened its doors in October of 1971 under a very different name. Oddly, it was named King Stefan’s Banquet Hall after Sleeping Beauty’s father, although it was located within Cinderella Castle with the Sleeping Beauty Castle being in Disneyland.

This was due to the fact that Disney Imagineers wanted to give it a regal name.  Since Cinderella’s father was unnamed (as was her husband, Prince Charming’s, royal father) and there were no well-known characters that met the royal criteria, the restaurant was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stephan.

It was not until April 28, 1997, after being open almost 26 years, that it was renamed to Cinderella’s Royal Table, ending the confusion of its name.

Very pretty inside!

It’s very pretty inside!

We like this restaurant better for lunch than for an overly-long dinner.  Breakfast is the best meal that they serve here and we recommend that meal.

We also wish that the food was a little lighter in keeping with a mid-day meal and hot, hot, hot and humid Florida days.  All the entrees served are very heavy and very calorie dense.

Disney should consider a more “California”-inspired menu for lunch! More salads, more sandwiches (club), more meals < 700 calories.

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Cinderella greeting her guests at every meal.

The Great Hall is a beautiful room!

The Great Hall is a beautiful room!

Note:  Reservations are taken for Cinderella’s Royal Table 180 days out.  THEY ARE VERY HARD TO GET!  If you’re celebrating a special event or occasion, make your dining reservation as soon as you make your travel plans!

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Enjoying our meal!

Enjoying our lunch!

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Seeing Rapunzel at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle.  She’s there most mornings for breakfast and lunch.

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Stained glass everywhere.

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The windows are so beautiful!

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View of Fantasyland outside the windows.

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The restaurant is always full at every meal. Get your reservations early!

Dine with Disney Princesses inside Cinderella Castle during this one-of-a-kind Fairytale Dining experience.

Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above.

Dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.

Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

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Breakfast menu.

Breakfast Menu:  RECOMMENDED

Menu Date: 11/2019

Breakfast daily from 8:00 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

Adult Price: $72.90
Child Price (ages 3 – 9): $43.33

Prices vary by season and include tax and gratuity.

Two Table Service credits are required per person for those on the Disney Dining Plan.  Allergy-Friendly menus available upon request

Characters: Cinderella, Ariel, Princess Aurora, and Snow White

Appetizers of the Court

Pastry Plate – Assorted Breakfast Pastries

Entrées Royale (choose one)

Traditional Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Potatoes

Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast – Decadent French Toast stuffed with sweet Cream Cheese, baked with Spiced Apples drizzled with Caramel Sauce and served with Bacon

Royal Avocado Toast – Multigrain Toast, Plant-based Eggs and Cheese, Avocado, Radish, and Jalapeños

Beef Tenderloin and Egg – Potatoes and Cheese Frittata with Broccolini, Boursin® Cheese Sauce, and Chive Oil

Shrimp and Grits – Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits, Tomato Jam, Fried Egg, Buttered Shrimp, and Garlic Baguette

Baked Quiche – Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Mushroom Quiche with a dollop of Goat Cheese Cream served with Arugula and Roasted Bell Peppers

Kids’ Entrées

Egg White Frittata – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Scrambled Egg – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Fruit and Seed Oatmeal – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Waffle – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Assorted cold cereals – Served with Milk, choice of two (2) Selections, and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Kids’ Create-Your-Own Selections (choose two)

Yogurt Parfait

Home Fries

Bacon

Seasonal Fruit

Turkey Sausage

Pork Sausage 

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Caramel Apple stuffed French Toast

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You never can go wrong ordering Mickey Waffles for breakfast anywhere on property! They are delicious!

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menuLunch and Dinner Menu

Menu Date: 11/2019

Lunch is served daily from 11:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Dinner is served daily from 4:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Adult Price: $91.58
Child Price (ages 3 – 9): $54.52

Prices vary by season and include tax and gratuity.

Two Table Service credits are required per person at Cinderella’s Royal Table for those on the Disney Dining Plan. Allergy-Friendly menus available upon request

Character Appearances: Cinderella, Ariel, Princess Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, and Snow White.  Princes vary at each meal.

Appetizers of the Court (choose one)

Soup of the Day

Charcuterie Plate– assorted cured meats, cheeses, and other specialty selections of the castle for your enjoyment

Castle Salad – Hearty Mixed Greens, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Riesling-marinated Golden Raisins, Pink Lady Apples, and Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Seared Scallop – Sea Scallop, Lemon-scented English Peas, Roasted Mushrooms, and a Parmesan Mousse

Entrees Royale (Choice of One)

Seared Pork Rib Chop – Creamy Cauliflower Mousse, Ham Hock Hoppin’ John, and Yuzu Citrus Dressing

Protein Bowl – Choice of Beef, Chicken, or Plant-based Protein – Farro Wheat, Red Quinoa, Toasted Hazelnuts, and a Grain Mustard-Herb Dressing

Chickpea Panisse – Crispy Chickpeas Panisse, Tomato Jam, Roasted Carrots, Chermoula-spiced Garbanzos, and Chive Powder

Roasted All-Natural Chicken Breast – Pan-roasted Chicken and Fingerling Potatoes with Haricot Verts and Spinach in a Leek-Mustard Cream Sauce

Tenderloin of Beef – Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Celery Root Mash, Seasonal Vegetables, and Sauce Bordelaise

Chef’s Fish of the Day – On Cinderella’s request, the Royal Chef has prepared a delectable dish to showcase the Kingdom’s Freshest Fish

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The Clock Strikes Twelves – Dark Chocolate Mousse served with a Raspberry Coulis

Lemon Sorbet – Garnished with Blueberries, a No Sugar Added Dessert

Jaq & Gus  – Whipped Cheesecake with Seasonal Flavors and Garnishes

Peanut Butter Cake – Peanut Sponge Cake, Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate Cream, Candied Peanuts, and Banana Sorbet

Kids’ Appetizers

Kids’ menu items for children ages 9 and younger.

Bite-sized Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad – with Fat-free Ranch Dressing

Sliced Apples

Kids’ Entrées

Kids’ menu items for children ages 9 and younger.

Turkey Pot Pie – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Roasted Chicken Leg – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Seared Fish of the Day – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Chicken Nuggets – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Beef Tenderloin – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Macaroni and Cheese – Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Kids’ Create-Your-Own Selections (choose two)

Seasonal Vegetables

Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Mashed Potatoes

Buttered Corn

Kids’ Desserts

Build-Your-Own-Cupcake – Vanilla Cupcake with Cinderella’s Blue Icing and decorations to garnish your Royal Dessert

Seasonal Sorbet

Yogurt Parfait

Beverages of the Court

Soft Drinks

Coffee

Hot Tea

Iced Tea

Hot Cocoa

Minute Maid Apple Juice

Minute Maid Orange Juice

Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch

1% Milk

Chocolate Milk

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Be sure to look for these 3 windows on your next trip!  It’s where the Cinderella Suite is located in the Castle

Interested in seeing what the upper rooms look like in the Cinderella Castle?

Our friend has taken a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite!

See more photos:  Touring the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom

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The bedroom suite sleeps 4.

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The royal bedding.  The C over the beds is for Cinderella and for Charming.

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The royal phone.

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The royal parlor sleeps 2 more, for a total of 6 overnight guests in the suite.

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Bedside table.

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The twinkling stars over the jacuzzi tub.  The mosaics match the ones downstairs in the castle walk through.

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Both of us Disney Bounding as Cinderella!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

 

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! :) #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Elly’s Cinderella Lego Castle: Day into Night

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Cinderella Castle during the daytime.

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My Cinderella Castle at night with the new spotlights on.

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This is what happens when you stay out until midnight partying at the prince’s ball… 😉

Mickey’s 91st Birthday Celebration at the Magic Kingdom

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Mickey and Minnie wearing their celebration outfits for Mickey’s 91st birthday celebration.

Monday, November 18, 2019: Mickey’s 91st birthday!  🙂

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2019 Birthday celebration button. Free for all Disney World guests that day!

We were lucky to catch them wearing their new outfits on our last visit.

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Waiting in line to see Mickey and Minnie.

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We love their new outfits!

Love is in the air:  Mickey + Minnie  ❤

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“Mickey, kiss her!”

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We told Minnie that she was beautiful!

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Close-up of Minnie

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Happy birthday Mickey!!!!

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Special birthday cupcake

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Mickey plush in his new celebration outfit.

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We got these Mickey & Minnie birthday celebration pins! ❤

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Happy birthday, Mickey!

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We love their fun, new outfits!

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Mickey & Minnie in their fun celebration outfits.

Costume Details:  Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit features a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse’s outfit is a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompoms and a buoyant bubble skirt.

Their outfits reflect the party spirit of the anniversary celebration.  The looks that Mickey and Minnie are wearing represent all of the colorful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompoms, streamers and more! These playful bursts of color and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.

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Looking pretty good for 91!

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Celebrating with a very dapper Mickey and Minnie

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Disney World Decorates the Parks with more than 40,000 items overnight in only 5 hours!

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The Magic Kingdom is open extended for “Extra Extra Magic Hours” this fall. Extra time to play if you like to get up early on your vacation…like 6am!

♪♫♪ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

Every Disney World park, resort, and cruise ship in the world gets decorated overnight for the holidays in early November.  It’s a massive worldwide task transforming from Halloween to Christmas.

At Disney World, Disney Parks manager of Disney’s Holiday Services, Lisa Borotkanics, explains how it happens.

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November 2, 2019:  The park ‘All Clear’ signal wasn’t given until almost 2:30am causing a delay in getting all the holiday decor deployed overnight.  (November 1st was the last night of MNSSHP.) The Halloween bunting was still up at the train station at 8am! It was taken down after park closing that night.

“Yes! All Halloween goes away right after park close [on November 1st, last night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party] and some Christmas goes up,” a “tired and excited” Lisa says just a few days after managing this year’s holiday overhaul.

By “some Christmas,” she means about 50 percent of what ultimately will comprise the Disney World holiday display.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

Holiday decorating continues to go on behind the scenes from November 2nd through Thanksgiving, but you’d never know it: “We want guests to feel that it is all done in one night! The reality is, what they see that first morning is done in less than seven hours. And it’s a very large decor package”

In just the Magic Kingdom alone, there are 40 trees to put up and decorate, 147 wreaths to hang and 590 fruit-ladened garlands to adorn the train station, the Cinderella Castle, cornerstone buildings, Main Street USA, and the lamp posts of Magic Kingdom by the time guests walk in the gates the next morning.

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November 2, 2019: All the fabulous holiday decor is  up on Main Street USA!

Additionally, each of Disney World’s three other theme parks, Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Springs, and all of the Disney World Resorts will have erected their own Christmas trees and wreaths, strung tens of thousands of LED lights and ornaments, and other holiday themed decorations by the morning of November 2nd.

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Lots of giant candy canes and toy soldiers.

There are about 160 cast members working on Borotkanics’s Holiday Services team and they are primarily responsible for implementing all these quick turnarounds.

Her job is to ensure that preliminary set-up is both subtle and flawless. For weeks ahead of that crucial November 2nd rollout at around 1am after park close, she oversees the “pre-wiring” of the parks and resorts: “In some cases, like [Disney Hollywood] Studios and [Disney] Springs, we’re putting up the overhead cables early to put up the garlands across the street.”

“Have you ever stood at the Magic Kingdom when it opens on the second day of November and seen the guests come in for the first time when it’s decorated for the holiday season?” asks Lisa. “Hearing children giggle and laugh and say to their parents ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Christmas now!’ That’s just an incredible feeling.”

Once the holiday’s are done on January 6th, 2020, she’s in charge of returning every single one of those 40,000-plus decor items back to Disney World’s 160,000 square feet holiday warehousing backstage, where all the trees, wreaths, garlands, lighting, and other miscellaneous Disney holiday items are put through a cycle of refurbishment and, in some cases, retirement. “Every six years,” she confirms, “there’s a complete change-out” of the decorations.

“We’re always going to decorate on the exterior with fruits and sticks and berries and bows and candles,” Borotkanics says. But the little annual swap-outs and décor updates are all the more reason to keep your eyes open next time you spend the holidays at Disney World.

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The Main Street Train Station all decorated for the holidays.

It’s Christmastime at Magic Kingdom!

Just a few hours after celebrating the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year on November 1st, Main Street USA is now fully decked out for the holiday season.

It’s amazing how they can transform Main Street overnight from Halloween to Christmas.

Video link:  Christmas Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom

It’s all so beautiful!

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November 3, 2019. The Magic Kingdom train is still parked at the Main Street Train Station because of Tron construction. All the Halloween bunting is now gone.

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It really is a feast for your eyes…so beautifully decorated!

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The new Mickey flower heads have much more elongated ears this year, like Oswald.

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City Hall

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The Emporium.

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Main Street USA decorated for the holidays.

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The gaslights are always lit.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

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It’s beautiful during the day, but just magical at night:

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So pretty at night! (Tip:  The best time to take park photos at night is when you’re leaving…no crowds!)

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The Cinderella Castle.

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So beautiful!

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The Main Street Christmas Tree.

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Main Street USA at night.

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Leaving the Magic Kingdom at midnight.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.

Wow!

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Disney turns the castle Dream Lights on at 6pm.

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7am:  They are also turned back on in the early morning!

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Christmas by the Numbers

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Christmas at Disney World by the numbers.

150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations are bought in for decorating 27 resorts, 4 theme parks, and Disney Springs.

8.5 million lights are strung throughout WDW property.

99% of the lighting used for holiday décor is now LED while 1 percent is compact fluorescent lighting.

Every building and lampost is decorated.

Every building and lamp post is decorated.

There are over 1,300 decorated trees across WDW property during the holidays.

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are used to decorate the 1,300 Christmas trees.

Over 15 miles of garland is strung.

1,314 wreaths are hung.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade

There are 170 performers and 15 floats in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom.

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The Candlelight Processional at Epcot

More than 800 performers participate the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Watching the Dream Lights come on at 6:15pm.

Watching the Dream Lights turn on.

And, finally let’s not forget all these bright lights!

There are over 200,000 LED lights on Cinderella Castle – the fabulous Castle Dream Lights.

We could watch them change colors all night!

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The Frozen teal color. Fabulous!

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The huge Christmas tree on Main Street USA.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters enjoying the holidays at Disney World,

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Finally, every resort has their own huge decorated tree:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom tree

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Disney Hollywood Studios tree

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Boardwalk Resort tree

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Wilderness Lodge (outside)

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Wilderness Lodge tree (inside)

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Yacht Club Resort tree. (We were trying to see all the decorated Christmas trees at the Disney Resorts in one day!)

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset when the lights came on.

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Epcot Christmas tree at night.

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Grand Floridian tree

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Welcome to Castaway Cay during the holidays!

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Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii!