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Walt Disney Theme Parks 2006 Ride Guide

What's new for the 2006 season at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

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All four parks at Walt Disney World feature new, imported attractions for the 50th anniversary.

Arthur Levine, 2005. Licensed to About.com.
Updated June 20, 2006

Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Happiest Celebration on Earth, Expedition Everest, Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney World 's Animal Kingdom features incredible opportunities to view wildlife, but it comes up somewhat short in the attraction department. That will change for the better in 2006 when the park introduces the highly themed roller coaster, Expedition Everest.

While Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth kicked off in May of 2005, the hoopla to mark Disneyland's 50th anniversary continues through the end of 2006. Read about the attractions, special shows, parades, and other features that debuted in 2005 for the event.

Also, the Pirates of the Caribbean will sink to new Depps when the beloved attraction gets a makeover. Captain Jack Sparrow and other characters from the park-inspired films will join the rollicking cast of mateys. The revamped ride will debut in the early summer to coincide with the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," a sequel to the wildly popular "Pirates" movie starring Johnny Depp

In the fall, the lame Sea Base Alpha ride-through attraction at Epcot's The Living Seas will get Pixar-lated into The Seas with Nemo and Friends. The totally revamped ride will meld the toon characters from the popular Finding Nemo movie with the real marine creatures swimming in the pavilion's enormous aquarium.

And In late 2006, Finding Nemo--The Musical will debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom. "But wait," you say. "Finding Nemo didn't have any music." Right you are. Disney Creative Entertainment brought in Broadway composers to develop original songs for the 30-minute production. In the style of the theatrical version of The Lion King (and designed by the same puppeteer), live actors will operate the Nemo puppets in full view of the audience.

Walt Disney World's 2006 Ticket Prices. Get the lowdown on the Magic Your Way ticket program and discover how to get the most value for your vaction dollars.

Once the Happiest Celebration on Earth wraps up in September, Disney will waste no time launching its next multi-park event. The "Year of a Million Dreams," which kicks off October 1 at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, will award, through some kind of random giveaway, unique "dream" experiences to guests; and visitors will be able to pursue their dreams of flying, becoming a pirate, or turning into a princess by participating in new attractions and features to be unveiled at the parks and on Disney's Web sites. Read more about Disney's Year of a Million Dreams.

Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, CA
Happiest Celebration on Earth, Monsters, Inc., Rockit Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean
While Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth kicked off in May of 2005, the hoopla to mark Disneyland's 50th anniversary continues through the end of 2006. Read about the attractions, special shows, parades, and other features that debuted in 2005 for the event. New for 2006 is Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! at Disney's California Adventure. The ride-through attraction features the star power of the popular Pixar computer-animated film and is a dark ride in the tradition of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Peter Pan. At Disneyland Park, Space Mountain will be getting a nighttime-only makeover as Rockit Mountain with new music and effects.

Also, the Pirates of the Caribbean will sink to new Depps when the beloved attraction gets a makeover. Captain Jack Sparrow and other characters from the park-inspired films will join the rollicking cast of mateys. The revamped ride will debut in the early summer to coincide with the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead ManÍs Chest," a sequel to the wildly popular "Pirates" movie starring Johnny Depp.

Once the Happiest Celebration on Earth wraps up in September, Disney will waste no time launching its next multi-park event. The "Year of a Million Dreams," which kicks off October 1 at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, will award, through some kind of random giveaway, unique "dream" experiences to guests; and visitors will be able to pursue their dreams of flying, becoming a pirate, or turning into a princess by participating in new attractions and features to be unveiled at the parks and on Disney's Web sites. Read more about Disney's Year of a Million Dreams.

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