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Disney Announces Weekly Park Surprises For 2013

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In this handout provided by Disney Parks, Disney Parks unveiled a 25-foot-tall, 45,000-pound castle made of ice as the sun rose over Times Square October 17, 2012 in New York City.  The icy structure was unveiled during the Disney Parks announcement of "Limited Time Magic" that will take place throughout 2013 at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.   (Photo by David Roark/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

In this handout provided by Disney Parks, Disney Parks unveiled a 25-foot-tall, 45,000-pound castle made of ice as the sun rose over Times Square October 17, 2012 in New York City. The icy structure was unveiled during the Disney Parks announcement of “Limited Time Magic” that will take place throughout 2013 at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (Photo by David Roark/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — The happiest place on Earth is about get even happier with the addition of new features at Disney theme parks which rely heavily on social media.

The new program, announced by Disney Wednesday, will feature weekly surprise themes and events in the company’s parks in California and Florida.

The “Limited Time Magic” program will include impromptu concerts, dance parties, colored lighting, character meet-and-greets, new menu and merchandise items and other events at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, near Orlando.

Disney will use Twitter, blogs, websites and other online activity to let park visitors know what’s happening. Guests might also be asked to vote on which characters they’d like to see or be sent on scavenger hunts with hints to figure out what’s new or different.

“It’s a fun, lighthearted, new way to get people engaged,” Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president of global marketing and sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said at a news conference in Manhattan.

Disney erected a 25-foot-tall castle made of ice in Times Square to symbolize the fleeting nature of the weekly surprises, and water ran down the turrets as the ice melted Wednesday morning. Blase New Yorkers hurried past without giving it a second glance but some fans and tourists donned mouse ears and took pictures.

Each “Limited Time Magic” theme will last a week. Plans include celebrations of July Fourth, “Pirate Week,” 3-D chalk art, “Long Lost Friends Week” featuring lesser-known Disney characters. A Valentine’s Day celebration will feature pink and red lighting on Disney castles and romantic candlelit dinners in park restaurants.

Other Disney park news this year includes the June opening of Cars Land at California Adventure at Disneyland, and the continuing expansion of Fantasyland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Fantasyland project, which is the largest expansion in the park’s 41-year history, began in March with the first of two Dumbo rides taking flight and is expected to be completed in 2014.

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