Friday, May 2, 2014

Checking In and Looking Forward!

Hey, guys!

Things have been a little quiet here on Princess and Pixie Dust for the past couple of weeks, to which I say a) I'm sorry, and b) I'm really sorry.

I can't make up for my slackery just yet (still in the throes of finals week here!), I thought I'd pop in to chat about the exciting new things coming up at Walt Disney World. Summer of 2014 is proving to be quite the bustling time down in Florida, and the announcements just keep pouring in! From Animal Kingdom's new nighttime entertainment to Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, there's so much to look forward to-- this is what I can't wait to see!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Magic Kingdom

Just today, Disney announced that the opening day for the long-awaited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction will be May 28th! This opening marks the final phase of the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland- something that has been a long time coming. Disney has been slowly releasing sneak previews to the public (check them out on their YouTube channel), but it'll be just incredible to finally experience it in the flesh!

Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall, Magic Kingdom

Just a few weeks ago, Anna and Elsa from the smash hit Frozen began meeting guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. This excites me for two reasons: 1)  the Norway Pavilion can now return to its formerly peaceful existence, and 2) the fantastic Frozen princesses are officially FastPass-able (FastPass+-able?)! As much as I've wanted to meet the newest Disney royals, I was not about to wait in a 3+ hour queue to do so (my patience, though generally quite sturdy, has its limits), so this move was awesome news. I'm pumped beyond belief to head over to the Magic Kingdom later this month and finally say hello to these lovely ladies!

 Harambe Nights, Animal Kingdom

In just the past couple of days, fans have received a barrage of information regarding this summer's nighttime entertainment at the Animal Kingdom. On select Saturday evenings from June to August, the park will be hosting "Harambe Nights" (brilliant name, by the way), an after-dark celebration featuring food, music, and the all-new The Lion King: Concert in the Wild show, hosted by a bevy of celebrity narrators over the course of its run. This event sounds absolutely incredible- especially for Animal Kingdom fanatics-, but, like most things at Disney, it comes at a price. Harambe Nights will be a hard-ticket event (akin to Mickey's Not-So-Scary and Very Merry Christmas parties), with admission priced at $119 for adults ($79 for the littler ones), this very special opportunity is a bit beyond my means. Still, even though I likely won't be able to attend myself, I'm looking forward to reading reviews and seeing pictures from this exciting event!

Learn more about Harambe Nights here!

... and Hollywood Studios.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may be familiar with my long and tumultuous journey in actually going to Disney's Hollywood Studios. If you haven't, here's the gist: I've never been. I've made great plans to go, I've psyched myself up, and every time, something has come between me and that elusive park. (I must confess that until recently, I wasn't too broken up about it- HS just never excited me like the other parks.) That all changes in a matter of weeks, though, and that is why Hollywood Studios makes this list (despite its lack of exciting new attractions/experiences). I will finally get to see what the Midway Mania fuss is about (thanks, FastPass+!), and I'll be able to cross one more thing off my bucket list when I view the fabulous Fantasmic!.

What are you most excited to see at Walt Disney World this summer? Sound off in the comments below! :)
Love and Pixie Dust,
Becca :)

1 comment:

  1. That event at animal kingdom sounds nice but wowzza on the price! Don't feel bad about HS, that is my least favorite of the parks. I have yet got to ride Toy Story mania ( and I want to so bad). But the line has never been less than a 2 hour wait and Fast passes are always gone by the time I get there!