Harambe to expand with Africa Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The keen folks over at WDW Magic have gotten their hands on a piece of concept art for a new expansion coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Africa Marketplace will open in Spring of 2015 in the Harambe area of the park. It will be part of a new walkway linking Africa to Asia and contain a new quick service restaurant and additional merchandise locations.

The construction has been occurring mostly backstage for about a year. Overhead shots match up with the concept art and reveal how it will vastly increase the size of Africa. Here’s the new entrance to the area from the walk-way to Asia.

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This side will eat a lot of the traffic exiting from Kilimanjaro Safari.

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The new restaurant will feature multiple windows and a variety of African inspired dishes. With it’s food options, Harambe Marketplace will add some much needed dining capacity to Africa. When Tusker House converted to buffet, that left Africa without a real casual dining location.

Hopefully, the new Africa Marketplace will reduce congestion in the crowded walkways of Harambe. Flame Tree BBQ is geting an expansion. There’s also a rumor that part of Pizzafari will be converted to a sit-down restaurant, so having another counter-service will help.

Avatar-land, Rivers of Light, tons of work on Discovery Island, and an expanded Harambe. There’s a lot going on a Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All it needs now is a lot more ride capacity. Definitely a park to keep an eye on.

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Spring Will Bring 75-day International Flower & Garden Festival to EPCOT

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Winter isn’t even technically here, but already I can smell the faint aroma of fresh flowers and giant topiary. It will all snap into place on March 4-May 17, 2015 as EPCOT blooms with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. At 75-days, the festival is nearly as long as Spring itself.

This year there will be new Disney character topiary, including a nod to the blockbuster animated film, “Frozen,” which will offer colorful #selfie and family photo ops. Outdoor Kitchens will serve a fresh take on sweet and savory noshes. And guests can get “hands-on” with festival fun during Disney-led gardening seminars.

More details are below the jump: Continue reading

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Meet the Characters from Pixar’s Inside Out with New Posters and Teaser Trailers

Update: Now meet Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness below! Joy will be delivered later today.

Pixar has also given us a chance to meet all give characters / emotions that lives inside Riley’s head. The first was Sadness, who you meet via this teaser trailer

I’m adding the posters and teaser trailers for all five characters, as Pixar releases them, below the jump: Continue reading

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Instapic: Magic Kingdom’s floral Mickey looking festive this time of year.

from Instagram:

The first thing that greats guests to the Magic Kingdom this holiday season is the floral Mickey in the shape of a giant Christmas ornament.

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Disney’s Cinderella Photo Gallery & Plot Synposis

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If you’re any sort of Disney fan, then you’re familiar with the story of Cinderella — the poor child whose mother dies and is left in the care of a wicked stepmother who favors her own two daughters over Ella. The original animated Disney classic is very nearly perfection, so why then would Disney want to remake it for modern audiences? I think the answer lays in the question.

The technical abilities of movies has progressed so far in just the last few years, that Disney really can pull off a live action version of the movie. They can even give away so much in the trailer, because they know that audiences already love the story, the movie will allow new audiences to experience the story in a deeper more nuanced way.

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When you look at these photos that were provided by Disney Studios to promote the film, you can see how richly detailed the world created for this movie is. From amazing costumes to set decorations that are over the top. There’s lots of scenery to be chewed as well. And yes, there are friendly mice and a fairy godmother as well.

More photos and the official plot synopsis below:
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