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Attraction Round-Up

More magic at Walt Disney World

Although New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is the most high profile of recent additions to Walt Disney World, there are plenty of other new attractions now awaiting guests at the Florida resort

Celebrate The Magic This new night-time spectacular at the Magic Kingdom follows the introduction last season in France of Disney Dreams, a special show to mark Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary. Celebrate The Magic uses music, stunning projections and special effects to transform Cinderella Castle and the surrounding area during a display that pays tribute to Disney artistry and storytelling. Tinker Bell soars and weaves among the castle turrets, Alice beckons guests down the rabbit hole and beloved characters like Dumbo and Simba come to life in this entertaining multimedia experience.

Test Track Test Track presented by Chevrolet marks the addition of a new sponsor for the attraction originally launched at EPCOT in 1999. But there’s also a significant number of changes to the ride experience too. The emphasis now is on interactivity as guests are invited to create their own concept vehicle before boarding a six-seater ‘SimCar’ to race through a thrilling series of hills, hairpin turns and performance tests. Along their route, riders experience changing terrain and extreme conditions as their designs are scored at checkpoints for capability, efficiency, responsiveness and power. Their design skills are put to the test at speeds of up to 65mph (105km/h).

Art of Animation Resort At this new offering within Walt Disney World, guests can choose to stay in one of four distinctly designed wings celebrating classic Disney and Disney- Pixar animated films. A total of 1,120 family suites are available at the Finding Nemo, Lion King and Cars wings, with a further fourth wing dedicated to The Little Mermaid featuring 864 standard

rooms. Inside the central Animation Hall lobby, guests can learn about the evolution of characters such as Ariel, Lightning McQueen, Nemo and Simba via artist sketches, storyboards and other images associated with the film- making process.

And even more magic... A new role-playing game called Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (at the park of the same name) will be joined in June at EPCOT by an interactive game called Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure (see page 40). Over at Animal Kingdom, the Kilimanjaro Safaris tour now offers added animal content in the shape of a herd of plains zebras. Guests at Downtown Disney can now experience Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the latest in a chain of hip “boutique bowling” venues. Meanwhile at the Grand Floridian Resort, Senses is a new Disney Spa offering new-age pampering amid turn-of-the-century Victorian elegance.


The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow celebrates the film franchise inspired by one of Disney’s classic dark rides. In this theatre-based attraction experience in Soundstage 4 near Pixar Place, guests are immersed in the high drama and swashbuckling adventure of the four Pirates of the Caribbean films at this new experience.


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has introduced new technology to connect nearly all aspects of the experience at Walt Disney World. Using the same RFID-equipped wristband – or ‘MagicBand’ – guests at the Florida resort can gain access to their hotel room, enter the on-site theme parks and waterparks, enjoy FastPass+ access to rides and attractions, and buy food, drink and photo products. Central to the system is a new website and mobile app called My Disney Experience that allows visitors to get more information on all Walt Disney World has to offer and build a personalised itinerary, then connect with family and friends to co-ordinate plans and share photos. Guests will be able to make FastPass+ reservations before they leave home and make changes on the go. And, for the first time, they can also reserve firework and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney character greetings and more. Additional features are in development. The MagicBand is initially available to Walt Disney World hotel guests or park visitors purchasing certain products. Standard FastPass access remains free with park admission, and guests will be able to use their entrance ticket to make their selections on My Disney Experience. Whilst MyMagic+ is expected to provide useful data to Disney, the MagicBand itself does not store any personal information and users of the system choose how much personal information they wish to share.


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