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New Line of Disney Purses Available from Designer Olympia Le-Tan

Fans of Disney-inspired purses and handbags will want to check out the new line of Disney clutches from designer Olympia Le Tan. The purses featured embroidered images of some of Disney's best-known characters including Bambi, Dumbo, and even Cruella de Vil.

Disney Begins Development on Live-Action Adaptation of 'Dumbo'

Dumbo is flying back into theaters sometime in the near future.

Disney is reportedly working on a live-action adaptation of the 1941 animation classic that will likely involve a CG animated flying elephant in the title role.

The script is being written by Transformers scribe Ehren Kruger and will reportedly add a new family storyline that parallel's the original story. The film is being produced by Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy) and Kruger.

Disney's "Added Capacity" Program Aims to Shorten Wait Times

Walt Disney World attractions and wait times. You can't have one without the other, right? Turns out, Disney has been working to decrease those wait times with its "added capacity" program. So far, millions of dollars have been spent to adjust over twenty of the most popular attractions at WDW to enable more guests to experience those rides.

New Fantasyland Splash Pad Now Open

Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom now have a new way of beating the heat. The Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station opened last Friday in the Storybook Circus part of Fantasyland.

Casey Jr., the steam engine featured in "Dumbo" that pulled the circus into town, and its four boxcars full of animals (monkeys, camels, elephants and giraffes) begin a "journey" every ten minutes or so. Though the train doesn't move, guests can hear locomotive sounds and see a mist coming from the train.

Three Fantasyland Expansion Attractions Now Open

Guests heading out to Magic Kingdom this spring will have the chance to take in three new attractions in the theme park's Storybook Circus portion of Fantasyland. This part of the ongoing Fantasyland expansion is now in what's called a "soft-opening" phase. The new attractions include:

  • The first section of "Dumbo, the Flying Elephant"
  • The Goofy roller coaster: "The Barnstormer, Starring The Great Goofini" roller coaster
  • "The Fantasyland Train Station"

Snow White Attraction To Close In June

There's official word from Disney as to when a classic attraction will be closed for good. Snow White's Scary Adventures will be closing June 1 of this year.

The attraction, which has been around since 1971, will close as the Fantasyland expansion continues at Walt Disney World. In its place will be the new home for the Disney princesses and their meet and greet.

Snow White and her Dwarfs will get an update as part of the expansion; they're set to feature in a new mine-themed roller coaster.

New Dumbo Ride At Fantasyland Recently Tested

Progress is certainly being made at the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. Recently, the new and improved Dumbo ride was spotted being tested in preparation for its expected debut in February.

Dumbo looks to have received some upgrades in this new imagining of the classic attraction. First off, sources note the ride will fly clockwise and is the first ride in any of the Disney parks to do so. Next, the ride's topper also looks to be getting a makeover with Timothy Mouse being replaced by a "bevy of storks."

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Original Magic Kingdom Attractions You Can Still Enjoy

A lot has changed at Walt Disney World since it first opened in 1971. Back then the Magic Kingdom was the only Park, and Disney resort choices included just the Contemporary, Polynesian Village, or the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. Attractions at the Magic Kingdom have left, and now ones have taken their place, but through it all these time tested rides have survived it all. If you're looking for a taste of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 1971 style, focus your your touring strategy on taking in these fourteen great original Magic Kingdom rides.

8 Musts For The Magic Kingdom After Dark

While a trip to the Magic Kingdom is magnificent any time of day there are a few things that become even more special after the sun goes down. The Magic Kingdom takes on a different feeling under the night sky with thematic moods enhanced by distinct sound and lighting that easily lead you t believe you're in another place. These eight attractions go from being some of our favorites at any time - to truly spectacular experiences.

Disney History: Fantasyland Then & Now

Magic Kingdom is the heart and soul of the Walt Disney World resort and no land captures the essence of Magic Kingdom like Fantasyland. While many of the other lands were inspired by episodes of Walt Disney's Disneyland, which last aired in 1958, Fantasyland is a tribute to the enduring animated features that children still grow up on today. We live in a world where an 85-year-old woman and her 7-year-old great-granddaughter might have both been the same age when they saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the first time.

Looking Back (and to the Future): Dumbo The Flying Elephant

The Dumbo Ride is one of the most iconic attractions at Disney World. Chances are you may not wait in the long lines anymore (unless you have kids) but you still have a soft spot for the flying elephant ride.

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