Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Snow White's Scary Adventures" Comes to a Close

Sad news: the classic "Snow White's Scary Adventures" ride will be shutting down on May 31 of this year in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. But fear not! The ride will still be available in Disneyland!

The ride will be replaced by a brand new Princess Fairytale Hall, probably much like the meet and greet princess area in Disneyland's Fantasyland. Here, guests will be able to meet all of their Disney princess favorites, such as Cinderella, Mulan, and even Snow White herself, all in one area!

This renovation and closing of the Snow White ride (which has been in the park since 1971) are all part of a new project to expand Disney World's Fantasyland. The first available improvement will be a portion of the Storybook Circus, opening in March of this year. This will include two new carousel's for a new and improved Dumbo's Flying Elephant ride, a revamp of the old Barnstormer roller coaster starring the Great Goofini, and a new Fantasyland station for the railroad which circles around the entire park.

Future projects for this expansion will include a brand new Snow White ride with a Seven Dwarfs diamond mine roller coaster. This will have innovative technology where you can actually feel the mining carts (the passenger's cars) swinging from left to right while you make sharp twists and turns. There will also be a new "Little Mermaid" ride, and a "Beauty and the Beast" themed section.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interactive Sorcery Scavenger Hunt in Disney World?

I have just recently discovered that on February 22nd this year (next Wednesday!), Disney will be releasing a brand new interactive game within the Magic Kingdom at Disney World called "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom" (creative..I know). In this adventure, visitors go on the ultimate Disney scavenger hunt throughout the park, using spell cards and searching for clues to defeat the villains from taking over Disney World.

The journey begins with Hades, the Lord of the Underworld from the animated movie "Hercules." He's planning on making the park his summer home, and he's recruited many of the classic Disney villains to help him accomplish such an evil task. Your goal is to use your spell cards to defeat the villains you find in the secret portals around the park. Jonathon Ackley, the producer and creative director to this game, says it's a mix between role-playing games such as "Dungeons and Dragons," and trading card games like Pokemon and Magic. Each card contains a spell based on objects from famous Disney movies, such as Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster, and so on. Each spell works better for different villains, and it's your job to try and battle to see which one will prevail. You are issued only five spell cards to begin with, though the more you play, the more you can collect and use for each game (70 cards in total).

Each guest experiences different villains and scavenger hunts than the next, and levels can range from easy, medium, and hard. Participants will be taken all throughout Fantasyland, Adventureland, Fronteirland, Liberty Square, and Main Street USA on their journey.

Sounds like a great new and unique way to explore the parks! I'd definitely try and participate in something like that throughout my day if I ever have the chance to visit Disney World again (hopefully next year!). Oh, and one other thing. The game is included in your admissions ticket, so there's not extra charge whatsoever. :)

My only concern would be with all of the people if this becomes extremely popular...crowding around waiting to see the portals. I've read many comments thinking that this should be moved to a different park, since the Magic Kingdom is already super crowded and packed with activities. Only time will tell!

Here is a detailed article with photos of the game.

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