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XIII Ways To Bring Kingdom Hearts To The Disney Parks

For fans of both Disney and gaming, there’s been one video game franchise that’s dominated their hearts for the past two decades – the Square Enix Kingdom Hearts series of video games and associated tie-in media. A collaboration between the Walt Disney Company and Square Enix (a well-known video game software company), Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing video game ...

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Which Disney Parks Board Game Should You Buy?

As part of the merchandise explosion surrounding Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration, we’ve seen everything hit the market, from pins to Funko Pops! to backpacks, all emblazoned with the “50th” logo and, of course, tinted rose gold. Though lacking the distinctive color that’s come to define this celebration, a series of Walt Disney World board games based on classic ...

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What Is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Like for the Animals Who Live There?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not a zoo. In fact, it’s so much not a zoo that an early commercial for the Park described it using the made-up, African-sounding word “Nahtazu” (say it out loud)! However, because it actually is an accredited zoo, it still must fulfill certain functions of a zoo – namely, to keep its animals fed, healthy, happy, and ...

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How To Experience All The Movie-Based Walt Disney World Attractions In Chronological Order

When we visit the Disney Parks, we all have our preferred order for checking out our favorite Disney attractions, whether those are rides, shows, or restaurants. Do we rope-drop Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then rush over to Space Mountain before slowing down with “it’s a small world”? Or perhaps start with a character breakfast and then mosey over to ...

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How To Understand The Disney Fireworks Shows

The classic Disney “kiss good night” doesn’t come in any more classic a version than an epic fireworks show to cap off a fun (and probably exhausting) day spent with your family and friends in the Parks. What really separates the pyrotechnics of a Disney fireworks spectacular, though, especially from consumer fireworks, is the ability of those high-in-the-sky explosives to ...

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Every Night Used to Be New Year’s Eve on This Extinct Disney ‘Island’

According to the lyrics of Frank Loesser’s classic song “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, the “jackpot question” we’re all asking ourselves this season is just what we’re planning to do on New Year’s Eve. Some of us will be snuggled at home waiting for the world-famous ball to drop in New York City’s Times Square, while others might ...

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The Walt Disney World Year In Review . . . 30 Years Ago?!

Like the past several years before it, for many of us 2022 was a bit of a bummer. The realities of a world still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic mean that many of our favorite things – like the Disney Parks – are struggling to return to normalcy. Certain rides and attractions remain closed, new ones are delayed, and the ...

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Pepper’s Ghost – The Unsung Hero of The Haunted Mansion (And Other Disney Attractions)!

You may not know who John Henry Pepper or Giambattista della Porta are, but if you’re a fan of the Disney Parks (and especially of the Haunted Mansion) then you certainly know their work – Pepper’s ghost. No, we’re not talking about an animatronic that can be found amongst the 999 happy haunts at the Disney Parks’ ghoulish mystery manors, ...

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