New Theater Inspired By Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theater To Debut at Walt Disney World

A new venue for world-class entertainment is coming to Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. And a first look at the new theater was just unveiled minutes ago at D23 Expo 2017.

If the image of the theater looks familiar, that’s because the new entertainment venue will be based on the iconic Willis Wood theater in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. And as you can see from the design, it’ll fit well right off Main Street, U.S.A.

“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said. “It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”

Walt Disney World Dedicates Main Street USA Window to Meg Crofton

Meg Crofton WDW Window

Opening to packed crowds on Wednesday, Walt Disney World dedicated a special window in Main Street, U.S.A. to Meg Crofton, who served as the president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts since August 7, 2006 until retiring this year.

Walt Disney World held a special dedication ceremony shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened. Guests entering the park had to use the sidewalks as the whole center of Main Street was closed off.

The window is located over the Emporium on the corner of Main Street and Center Street.

Article originally posted at Inside the Magic

Special thanks to WDW Guided Tours for the photos and information.

New Main Street Enchanted Windows Debut for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

DL Frozen Enchanted Window

If you’ve wandered down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park recently, you may have noticed some of the windows along the front of the Emporium are covered. What is going on behind those blue curtains, you ask?

The beloved Main Street animated windows will come to life once again for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration as Main Street Enchanted Windows. Since the early 1960s, scenes from Disney animated classics have been featured in the windows of the Emporium at Disneyland park. This year, for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, these classic windows will be updated with new, exciting technology and effects.

There will be a total of six Main Street Enchanted Windows. The first two, featuring the stories of “Peter Pan” and “Cinderella,” will be unveiled in May, followed by “Frozen” and “The Princess and the Frog” in July, and “Toy Story” and “Aladdin” in August.

The Main Street Enchanted Windows are just another way the Disneyland Resort continues to delight guests in ways both big and small … from our new nighttime spectaculars and the addition of new magic to classic attractions, to special details that catch your eye as you stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. See it all for yourself when the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22!

Popularity of Frozen Characters and Merchandise Results in Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Procedure Change

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Due to the unbelievable popularity of the Frozen character meet & greet and merchandise the rope drop procedure for the Magic Kingdom will be changing.

In order to prevent those guests that are desperate to be the first in line for the Elsa and Anna meet and greet from running through the park, guests will now be slowly walked along Main Street USA behind a rope held by cast members all the way through until the reach Fantasyland.  Prior to this change guests were allowed to walk along Main Street USA and would stop at the ropes at the entrance to each land prior to park opening.

What ended up happening due to Frozen’s popularity guests had been sprinting through Main Street USA, often cutting through the stores and doing whatever it took to be the first in line at Princess Fairytale Hall and the merchandise locations that were selling Frozen items.

Even though Disney had instituted a 5 identical item limit, the stores were often selling out of merchandise.  The Elsa and Anna meet and greet often had standby times in the 200 minute region even though FastPass+ is now available.

Tinker Bell Meet & Greet Moving to WDW’s Town Square Theater

Town Square Theater

On May 20 2014, the Tinker Bell meet and greet will be relocated to Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A.

While in the new Garden Theater, you will shrink down to the size of a fairy where you will find a magical portal to be transported to Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook.  Only Tinker Bell will be available for meet and greets

FastPass+ will be available for the new meet and greet.

Mickey Mouse will also continue to be available for his meet and greet at Town Square Theater.