Our venerable CEO Tom Corless is attending tonight’s “Let the Memories Begin” press event at the Magic Kingdom, and we will be updating this post with the announcements live as they happen:
7:17 PM – Attendees are seated in the Fantasyland Theater; Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has taken the stage to kick off the presentation.
7:20 PM – Weiss confirms Disney is “moving forward” with Shanghai Disneyland.
7:22 PM – WDW President Meg Crofton has taken the stage. “Let the Memories Begin” campaign officially begins.
7:27 PM – Recap of recent openings: The new Pooh queue, Tangled Meet and Greet, Via Napoli, La Hacienda de San Angel, and the Pixar Pals debut.
7:30 PM – Darth Vader and Stormtroopers on stage as Star Tours opening date announced as May 20 during Star Wars Weekends.
7:32 PM – Imagineer Eric Jacobson takes the stage to talk about the Fantasyland expansion.
7:34 PM – Fantasyland info as already reported this morning. Storybook Circus will take the space originally allocated to Pixie Hollow. Snow White Mine Train Coaster. Beast’s Castle will seat 550 guests, with counter service at lunch and table service at dinner. Goofy’s Barnstormer will transform into The Great Goofini.
7:38 PM – Princess Fairytale Hall (meet and greet) will replace Snow White’s Scary Adventures (an original 1971 opening day dark ride attraction).
7:43 PM – Show Director Alan Bruun talks about The Magic, the Memories, and You castle projections, saying that it is more than just a slide show on Cinderella Castle. Uses 16 projectors located around the hub, projecting 500 photos taken that day at the parks.
7:49 PM – An artist’s rendering of the castle projections, with hundreds of screaming fans filling the hub. A new song, “Let the Memories Begin,” will accompany the show.
7:51 PM – Al Weiss now takes the stage again to conclude the presentation.
Check back with WDW News Today as more information becomes available on all of today’s announcements.
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