Last month I had the chance to experience Disney Magic first hand when I attended the New Fantasyland Media Event. December is the truly one of the most magical times of the year at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Parks, covered from head to toe in holiday decor and the spirit of the Christmas season surrounding you with joy. Even more incredible was that this press event focused on the latest and oh so amazing new attractions and offerings including the New Fantasyland expansion in Magic Kingdom,
the grand re-opening of Test Track in Epcot Center,
and the new addition of Splitsville in Downtown Disney.
As part of the media education opportunities, I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear directly from Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Here is what she had to say about how Disney magic creates cherished memories for families all year long.
We thought it would be fun to show you some details that might catch your eye when you return. For instance, the book that Belle reads in the film can be found in Maurice’s cottage in New Fantasyland is is missing the corner that the sheep ate in the film.
As you enter the Grotto of Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid there is a hidden tribute to the nautilus submarine from our original 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Attraction.
The Grotto also contains something you did not see this week, but it is going to be the most unusual Hidden Mickey in the Magic Kingdom, It is formed by the sun shining through the openings in Ariel’s Grotto and it will be formed only once a year at high noon on November 18th, Mickey’s birthday.
The stories and attention to detail continue at Test Track. Last night there was this key in this sign that went flashing by. It is the sage advice of Doc Hudson to Lightening McQueen in the Pixar Feature Cars. Even before last night’s event at Test Track, several guests went on Twitter to say that they had found this symbol hidden in the decor. It is the original logo from the World of Motion, the Epcot Pavilion sponsored by General Motors from 1982 to 1996.
As you can imagine, we get a great deal of satisfaction as we create these new experiences but the very best part starts now as we begin to share what we’ve created with our guests. As we get a new land or attraction ready for a grand opening, the final stages include dress rehearsals, annual pass holder previews, and soft openings. These are our chances to fine tune and they are also our first opportunities to share those experiences with our guests and get there reactions. And we’ve done just that for the past several weeks receiving hundreds of letters from our guests.
Over the coming year, our guests will go home with mouse ears, t-shirts, and keepsakes of every size and shape. But the most precious souvenirs they take home from here are their memories. And helping to create cherished family memories will always be the most important thing we do. That was on our minds as we created everything you saw here this week and it is on our minds as we move forward.
Look for more posts about the New Fantasyland Media Event and all the exciting new opportunities to make cherished memories that will last a life time. Tell me…
When are you planning your next trip to Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ well see you next time!