D23.com: Now, more than ever.

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D23 launches a brand new website full of great content! Disney A to Z - A complete and newly-updated electronic version of the definitive Disney encyclopedia with more than 7,000 entries written by Dave Smith, founder and Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives and much more.
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Jim’s Attic: Missing Merlin

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The beloved live action show where Merlin selects a young guest from the audience to attempt to pull the sword from an anvil to become the new temporary ruler of Fantasyland (until the next show in a half hour) premiered at Disneyland in the Summer of 1983 after the opening of the New Fantasyland so this year marks Merlin's 30th anniversary as a park character. At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the show opened in 1993 (though other sources claim 1994) and delighted guests until its final performance on August 15, 2006.
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Fantasia Gardens at Walt Disney World offers miniature golf for beginners, pros

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Fantasia Gardens is located across from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel near Epcot. It is home to two very different courses: A traditional miniature golf course by the same name and Fantasia Fairways, an 18-hole golf course with water hazards, sand traps, roughs designed to be played only by putting. Make no mistake -- Fantasia Fairways is a challenging course for serious golfers.
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Downtown Disney Revs Up for Car Masters Weekend June 15-16

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Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013. Featuring all things "Cars," the event also showcases meet and greets with Disney-Pixar "Cars" and "Cars 2" characters, a sock hop at Splitsville, select discounts on food and shopping, and more exciting entertainment for the whole family.
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Wilderness Explorers opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Inspired by ‘Up’ movie

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Animal Kingdom's newest attraction, Wilderness Explorers, is built around a theme from the Disney-Pixar film "Up." One of the main characters in the 2009 animated movie, Russell, is a Wilderness Explorer, which is a fictional version of Boy Scouts. As Russell is working to earn his final merit badge, he gets caught up in an elderly man's drama and ends up traveling on an unexpected journey. Now Walt Disney World's newest theme park has developed a Wilderness Explorers program that encourages kids to learn about specific areas of their world by earning merit badges, similarly to how the group functions in the movie. The Wilderness Explorers attraction at Animal Kingdom, which debuted June 1, is open to all guests, though the materials are geared toward kids ages 7 to 10.
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New at Magic Kingdom: A Pirate’s Adventure treasure hunt

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The creative forces at Disney World are banking on that with a new scavenger hunt at the Magic Kingdom called, not surprisingly, A Pirate's Adventure. Located in a small building on the outskirts of Adventureland, just past the arches connected to Pirates of the Caribbean and across from the Pecos Bill and Tortuga Tavern dining area, is the spot where would-be pirates plot their raids. After a series of simple steps on a touch-screen computer, players will head out on one of five possible quests to help Captain Jack Sparrow locate the Treasures of the Seven Seas. They are armed with a paper map and a "magic talisman" (otherwise known as a RFID-chipped card).
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Honor Dad This Father’s Day at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

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Families looking to celebrate Dad this Father's Day can give him the gift of a golf getaway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. While staying at the Epcot Resort Area hotel, Dad can hit nearby links, thanks to the property's special golf packages. Guests can book the Championship Golf package and play any Walt Disney World championship golf course of their choice. The package includes an overnight stay, a round of golf for two people and transportation to and from the course. Rates begin at $321 per room. Guests of the hotel also receive preferred tee times at these on-property courses, which were host to the PGA Tour's Walt Disney World Golf Classic from 1971-2012.
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My family’s experience at Walt Disney World’s Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

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How long could two kids and their parents last at the Magic Kingdom when the theme park was open 24 hours? We set out to find out Friday at the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. My husband and I are night owls, routinely staying up until 3 a.m. or later, so that was in our favor. However, both our 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter had a full day of school before we headed to the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon, so they were tired. But they were really excited about the event, so that adrenaline helped fuel their determination to stay awake. When we arrived about 4:30 p.m., the Transportation and Ticket Center parking lot was already about two-thirds full. I wondered if the park would close because of capacity crowds at some point, but we continued to see folks arriving all night.
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