Breaking News: Magic Kingdom Retiring Park Opening Show

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Walt Express has some breaking news straight from Disney World! The beloved park opening show is coming to an end! Find out all about this right here: Breaking News: Magic Kingdom Retiring Park Opening Show.

Breaking News: Magic Kingdom Retiring Park Opening Show

No More Opening Show

Just announced from Disney World: as of January 9, 2017, the “opening show” for Magic Kingdom Park will no longer be available. This has been a ritual for quite some time, letting guests enjoy a little show with Mickey and his friends before the park officially opens. Beginning in early 2017, a new enhancement will allow for guests to actually go into the park earlier than the appointed opening time for a walk down Main Street to enjoy a brand new “castle show” complete with a “Royal Herald” reading his proclamation.

I have been told by colleague that she was able to experience a similar show in the late 90s, so this is not a new practice at the Magic Kingdom.

Early Morning Dining Reservations

This does mean that those booking dining reservations before park opening to get photos of a somewhat empty Main Street will probably unfortunately find Main Street to be full of people. So those days may be over, but rest assured I am sure we will see some new things unravel with this change and be more clear as time goes on.

From Disney Parks Blog:

Are you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in 2017? New enhancements are coming to the way guests will experience the opening of Magic Kingdom Park – starting on January 9!

If you’ve experienced the park’s “opening moment” during previous vacations, you may recall waiting at the front of the park to kick off the day.Breaking News: Magic Kingdom Retiring Park Opening Show

Beginning January 9, guests will be allowed to enter the Main Street, U.S.A. area of the park even earlier than the park’s scheduled opening time. This will allow guests time to savor the charm of Main Street, U.S.A., enjoy breakfast or a warm drink at the Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks. Then promptly at opening, a new welcome show will officially open the park for the day on the Castle Forecourt Stage. A Royal Herald will appear to deliver a proclamation and welcome a few familiar characters to the stage, officially opening the park so “the magic can begin!

Find out more right here from our friends at Disney Parks Blog: A NEW WAY TO START YOUR DAY IN MAGIC KINGDOM!

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photo credit: Jeff Krause Photography Magic Kingdom – Welcome America via photopin (license)

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Vanda Bean

Vanda is a Mom of 2 boys who is always thinking about or planning a trip to Disney World! Thanks to them and her work as a travel agent, she has become an expert on planning the perfect Disney trip and making wishes and dreams a beautiful reality. When she's not planning trips for others or visiting Disney herself, she graciously shares her knowledge and experiences here on Walt Express with our readers to help you plan your very own magical Disney vacation!

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