Like we did with the slate of Disney movies for 2014, the first day of the new year naturally has us looking forward to the all of the magical things that will be happening at the Walt Disney World parks in 2014. Every year is special at Disney World, but 2014 looks to be even more spectacular than normal. For starters, we have the new Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train ride to look forward to in the new Fantasyland area at the Magic Kingdom. Continuing with Fantasyland in mind, there is a new Festival of Fantasy Parade that is scheduled to begin in spring. MyMagic+ should be available to everyone in the new year and there will be some new additions to the Disney Princesses you can see at the parks. Of course, you have the annual events like Star Wars Weekends and holiday events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Last, but certainly not least, the Downtown Disney expansion is underway as it transforms into Disney Springs.
Below, you can find additional details about each of the new things to look forward to at the Walt Disney World in 2014.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Construction has been underway on the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history that has almost doubled the size of Fantasyland. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest roller coaster at Disney World and is set to open in Spring of 2014. It is the final piece of the Fantasyland expansion.
Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” guests will cross a stone bridge and walk through a beautiful forest as they see the Dwarfs’ cottage in the distance. This path will lead them to the entrance to the attraction and they will soon find themselves passing through an interactive pre-show area. The family-style coaster will feature unique ride vehicles that are mounted in a cradle-like pivot that will allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the film classic and there’s a cast of animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.
Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is another thing to look forward to in the new Fantasyland. It’s a daytime parade that will march into Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. The parade will bring the magical stories of Fantasyland to Main Street with characters like Ariel and friends who will grace a larger-than-life music box showcasing a colorful musical party “Under the Sea” while Scottish dancers and a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida. Other floats celebrate Disney Princesses; Peter Pan and Wendy soar above a pirate galleon; Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear on a longship in search of another “Best Day Ever.” The new parade will have new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song and is going to replace the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade, which ended its daily run on Dec. 20. The “Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It” and “Main Street Electrical Parade” will continue throughout the transition.
After several delays in its development, Disney’s MyMagic+ will be completely launched in 2014. The enormous and challenging technological project will replace the standard credit card style room keys and theme park passes. The MyMagic+ wristbands will allow you to do a number of things such as booking rides times, paying for merchandise and food in the theme parks and resorts and even unlock your resort rooms.
New Disney Princesses
Two new princesses from the hit animated film “Frozen” are now greeting guests at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot but we added it to the list for 2014 as they have not yet been officially inaugurated, and at this time, a date has not been set. Anna, who was voiced by Kristen Bell in the film, will join the Disney Princess franchise as the 12th princess. Elsa, the Snow Queen, will become the 13th princess.
Downtown Disney expansion
Downtown Disney will continue its multi-year transformation into Disney Springs with three new neighborhoods ( The Landing, Marketplace and West Side) and a Town Center. A new parking deck is already under construction to take care of the parking for the huge expansion. Disney’s relationship with Starbucks will expand in 2014 with the addition of two locations: a storefront at Downtown Disney West Side and a kiosk near World of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace. In Downtown Disney West Side, Fit2Run has opened. It serves both recreational runners and athletes. In 2014, a new store called Marketplace Co Op will replace Team Disney and will be a retail location that contains everything from women’s accessories to electronics, sportswear to girl’s fashions, home design accents to salon products. Once it is complete, Disney Springs will contain more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
Walt Disney World 2014 Annual Events
As is the case each and every year, Walt Disney World will have a number of annual events. The lineup for 2014 includes the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the International Food and Wine Festival, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Weekends. There are also a number of holiday events like the Candlelight Processional, Holidays around the World in Epcot, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.