“Let the Memories Begin” Press Event Live Coverage

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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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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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