Sunday, July 17, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 7/11/16 - 7/17/16



News

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • This fall, PizzeRizzo, a new quick service location in Muppets Courtyard will debut serving delicious pizza and salads.
  • Goofy, Chip & Dale are meeting on Commissary Lane across from Writer’s Stop, while Daisy & Donald are now by the main entrance in front of Sid Cahuenga’s porch.
  • Guests will be able to take part in Disney Early Morning Magic, a special event for Guests seeking an in-park breakfast and first access to select attractions and characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios prior to the park opening beginning August 1. During this event,  Guests will be able to enjoy Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Toy Story Mania!, as well as being able to meet Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf. Pricing is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3-9).
  • Club Villain reservations have been opened for every Friday and Saturday during September and October, with two shows performed nightly at 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Additionally, two shows will be offered on Halloween night, October 31. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Dinosaur will be closed for refurbishment from July 25 - October 16.

Disney Springs
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming is now open in Town Center at Disney Springs. Homecoming is open Sunday through Thursday until midnight and Friday and Saturday until 1:00 a.m.
  • The Polite Pig will open in Town Center at Disney Springs in spring 2017. Serving lunch and dinner, The Polite Pig will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items. The new venue will also introduce an innovative beverage program offering all drinks on tap – including beer, wine and cocktails.
  • UNIQLO is now open in Town Center at Disney Springs.  The two-story store features core products in a variety of colors and styles. Guests will also find special concept corners unique to UNIQLO at Disney Springs that bring the brand’s Japanese heritage to life alongside an assortment of Disney-inspired products.

General Walt Disney World News
  • Starting this week, Guests may navigate Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of a new way finding feature, “Get Directions,” on the My Disney Experience mobile app, which will help Guests find directions whether walking or taking Walt Disney World Resort Transportation.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 7/4/16 - 7/10/16






News

Epcot

  • The newest entertainment group to perform on the Morocco stage is called Musique Arameco. The show incorporates the darbuka drum, violins, and a belly dancer to create a fusion of traditional and popular dance music and melodies.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party will be hosted in the Star Wars Launch Bay. After Guests enjoy their sweet and savory treats from the comfort of Star Wars Launch Bay, Guests are escorted to a VIP viewing area for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular!


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • A new lunch menu called Taste of Tiffins, featuring a smaller portions of Tiffins' most popular dishes is now available. From 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day, Guests will have the option of pairing two options from the menu along with a Jade rice blend for just $28 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Guests can select from the following ten dishes: flash-fried blue mussels, black-eyed pea fritters, crispy Yellowtail Snapper, sustainable fish crudo, 72-hour beef short rib, salad of roasted baby beets, market vegetable curry, marinated grilled octopus, Chermoula-rubbed chicken, or the masa and pulled pork tamale.
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/27/16 - 7/3/16






News


Magic Kingdom

  • Guest will be able to enjoy The Diamond Horseshoe as a table-service option for lunch and dinner daily through September 10.


Epcot

  • Taste Track near Test Track has a brand new menu. Taste Track will serve sweet treats, soft drinks and hard sodas and is open daily from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Guests can now book dining packages to enjoy guaranteed seating for the holiday’s Candlelight Processional, which will be offered at America Gardens Theatre from November 27-December 30. This year’s current list of celebrity narrators includes:
    • 11/25-27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
    • 11/28-12/1 – Neil Patrick Harris
    • 12/2-12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
    • 12/4-12/12 – TBA
    • 12/13-12/15 –  Meredith Vieira
    • 12/16-12/18 – TBA
    • 12/19-12/21 – Joe Morton
    • 12/22-12/27 – TBA
    • 12/28-12/30 – Cal Ripken, Jr. – NEW!


Disney Springs

  • Frontera Cocina, a new contemporary Mexican dining experience developed by renowned chef Rick Bayless, is now open in Town Center at Disney Springs. 
  • Coca-Cola Store Orlando is now open in Town Center, featuring a wide variety of Coca-Cola merchandise and a rooftop beverage bar. 
  • The Levi’s Store will be opening in Town Center this summer. The new store will also feature a Tailor Shop, allowing Guests to have their favorite shorts, tees, truckers and accessories personalized and tailored by a team of specialized craftsmen.
  • The following locations are now open in Town Center:
    • Sugarboo & Co. is a dealer in whimsy and fine fanciful goods, from uplifting art prints to charming home goods and whimsical paper products.
    • Columbia Sportswear offers innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor and fishing enthusiasts.
    • Shore is a fashionable American lifestyle brand featuring swimwear, fitness wear and everyday comfort clothing, with a selection of exclusive apparel only available at Disney Springs.
    • Superdry features clothing with designs that fuse vintage Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics with a British style, offering products from outerwear and knitwear to leather goods and leisurewear.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Guests wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World can party with Disney Countdown to Midnight – A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort which begins at 8 p.m. at the resort hotel’s Convention Center. Tickets will be $225 (including tax and gratuity).


Rumors


  • Could a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction be headed to Epcot's Universe of Energy?
  • A Muppets attraction could be headed to Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom 
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/20/16 - 6/26/16






News


 Magic Kingdom

  •  Guests who complete at least three of the five missions included in A Pirates Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas at the Magic Kingdom will receive a FastPass+ bonus for Pirates of the Caribbean.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  •  For a limited time starting July 1, a sneak peek of Pete’s Dragon will be presented as part of One Man’s Dream.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Between June 26 and September 1, Guests can buy a souvenir popcorn bucket that may be refilled throughout the day across the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests may purchase the bucket for $10 with refills available for $1.50 each.
  • Walt Disney World Resort beaches are now available to Guests one hour after sunrise until one hour prior to sunset. Walt Disney World Resort hotels with marinas are now offering all boat rentals for Guests, including Sammy Duvall’s Watersports.
  • The Walt Disney World resort will be holding spectacular fireworks demonstrations to celebrate Independence Day. Guests will have two chances to catch the spectacular fireworks extravaganza at the Magic Kingdom that is “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at 9:00 p.m. At Epcot, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth  lights the night at 10 p.m. with a heart-pounding grand finale in a salute to America. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating the 4th of July with the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks spectacular at a special time on July 3 and 4 at 9:30 p.m.









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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/13/16 - 6/19/16










News

Magic Kingdom


  • Guests visiting Princess Fairytale Hall will be able to meet Cinderella with Princess Aurora and Rapunzel with Tiana. Anna and Elsa no longer have a greeting location at Magic Kingdom and will only meet at Epcot’s Royal Somerhaus.
  • Snow White will be meeting Guests at the Town Square Courtyard next to City Hall.


Epcot

  • Soarin includes the new Soarin’ Challenge, a travel-related trivia game where players can test their global knowledge by answering questions shown on the displays in the queue or use their personal mobile devices to compete against hundreds of other players. 
  • At the China pavilion, Guests can experience a new gallery called “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort,” which provides a look at Disney’s newest theme park. The gallery showcases exclusive artwork and props, as well as a look at the classic and cutting-edge attractions within Shanghai Disneyland.


Disney Resorts

  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter’s Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court will be closed for refurbishment beginning July 11 and lasting until the fall. Alternative food and beverage options can be found at the resort and its sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside. 


General Walt Disney World News


  •  Please note the following adjustments about Disney's waterways:
    • Walt Disney World Watercraft service is now operating as normal.
    • Resort beaches are unavailable to Guests. Movie Under the Stars are being shown in their indoor location.
    • Guests may rent pontoon boats and Boston Whaler boats at available marinas. However, Sea Raycer rentals are not available. Sammy Duval water sports are also unavailable.
    • Guests are not permitted to fish on any resort waterway with their personal equipment at this time.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/6/16 - 6/12/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Guests are able to experience a prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square and receive a voucher for reserved viewing of the Main Street Electrical Parade. This package is $45 for adults and $17 for children.
  • The Plaza will soon have more availability for walk-in Guests starting July 17.  Guests may still make Advance Dining Reservations, but they will only be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Epcot


  • The new act, Les Parfaits Inconnus combine music, circus art and comedy on The Mill Stage in Canada.


Disney Springs


  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has moved to a new location in the Marketplace near Once Upon A Toy. The new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is themed as a country parlor and includes an expanded salon. It also features a photo room and new interactive elements that are found throughout the Boutique.
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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 5/30/16 - 6/5/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Advance Dining Reservations are now available for lunch and dinner at Jungle Skipper Canteen.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Minnie’s Summertime Dine will occur at Hollywood & Vine beginning June 6. This character dining experience features Minnie Mouse and friends dressed for fun in the sun.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Debuting June 26, Guests will be able to enjoy the new Savor the Savanna Evening Safari Experience. During this new adventure Guests will travel in a private safari vehicle through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve and then relax at an exclusive viewing area overlooking the savanna while they will enjoy a selection of tapas and specialty drinks including beer and wine. The cost is $169 per Guest.

Disney Springs

  • STK Orlando at The Landing is now serving lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Vince Camuto will make its debut in Town Center on June 6. Specializing in footwear, the trendy lifestyle brand also offers handbags, fragrances, sportswear, clothing, accessories and more for women and men.


Rumors

  • Frontera Cocina is expect to open June 20. 
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 5/16/16 - 5/22/16







News

Magic Kingdom

  • The new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show is coming to the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at the Magic Kingdom on June 17.
  • The Liberty Square Riverboat is closing for refurbishment from August 1-7. 
  • The Swiss Family Treehouse is scheduled to close for refurbishment from July 6 through to September 24.


Epcot

  • Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhaus will be opening in the Norway Pavilion on June 21.The Norway Pavilion will open daily at 9:00 a.m., along with the Future World area of Epcot.
  • Epcot Guests will be given a chance to enjoy farewell flights on classic Soarin starting May 27 trough June 16. Soarin’ Around the World will debut on June 17.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will begin nightly performances on June 17.
  • One Man’s Dream will be closed for refurbishment July 16-19. 
  • MuppetVision 3D is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment August 15-22.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic live show will officially debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 28. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic will be a 20-minute long show that will feature memorable moments from the film and will be filled with music and special effects. Showtimes are at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail will be renamed to Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.
  • Dinosaur is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from July 25 through September 29.


General Walt Disney World News

  • The Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk will feature an all-new kitchen and dining room (with expanded space for private dining events) and sparkling architectural accents when it reopens from its refurbishment. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens in the former location of Seashore Sweets and it combines the Golden Age of Magic with Disney storytelling. 
  • Disney Grad Nite H2O will debut at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park on select Friday nights in April. The event will be themed as a beach party and will feature Disney characters, music, DJ entertainment, and dance parties, along with the water park’s attractions. The special ticketed event will be offered for $55 plus tax and schools can register online by visiting Disneygradnite.com to reserve space.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Walt Disney World News 5/9/16 - 5/15/16



News

Epcot
  • New details have been released for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This year, the “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops will take place at the Festival Center and will offer guests a chance to learn a variety of culinary skills from chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Global marketplaces will extend into Future World again. Guests can choose a favorite hard soda to mix with vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat at Desserts & Champagne marketplace. A savory vegan dish will debut at the Greece marketplace, and the Farm Fresh marketplace will showcase new savory dishes. Culinary icons like Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen will entertain foodies and inspire their palates at new and returning premium events will include reimagined Party for the Senses tastings with new concepts and themes.Wang Chung (Everybody Have Fun Tonight!) will open the Eat to the Beat concert series on September 14-15. More new acts in the concert series lineup, include Delta Rae and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Other popular acts that are returning including Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Three additional food and beverage offerings called Echo Lake Eats will debut. Beginning May 20, Guests will have the option to choose from Hollywood Waffles of Fame, serving delightful sandwiches, with one on a waffle; Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas, serving mouth watering nachos and empanadas; and Sliders to the Stars, serving delicious BBQ and brisket sliders.

Disney Springs

  • Disney Springs has debuted the Town Center. The following venues are now open:
    • ALEX AND ANI
    • American Threads
    • Edward Beiner
    • Everything But Water
    • francesca’s
    • Johnston & Murphy
    • kate spade new york
    • Kipling
    • L’Occitane en Provence
    • Lucky Brand
    • MAC Cosmetics
    • Melissa Shoes
    • Na Hoku
    • PANDORA
    • Sephora
    • Sperry
    • Tommy Bahama
    • UGG
    • Under Armour Brand House
    • UNOde50
    • Vera Bradley
    • Volcom
    • ZARA
In addition seven new specialty-dining locations are now open at Disney Springs:
    • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
    • D-Luxe Burger
    • Morimoto Asia Street Food
    • Sprinkles
    • The Daily Poutine
    • YeSake
  • Disney Springs Guest Relations is now located at the Welcome Center in Town Center.
  • The Lime Garage is now open.
  • STK Orlando will open on May 25 in The Landing.
  • New shops have been announced for Disney Springs. They are:
    • Origins: A high-performance skincare retailer featuring products formulated with certified organic ingredients and 100 percent natural essential oils. The socially-conscious brand employs earth-friendly practices, including a Plant-A-Tree program.
    • Sugarboo & Co.: With products featuring creative and whimsical designs, this family-run business offers artful prints, home goods, paper products, accessories and more.
    • Superdry: Focusing on clothing with designs that fuse vintage Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics with a British style, Superdry offers a variety of products ranging from outerwear and knitwear to leather goods and leisurewear.
    • TUMI: A leading global brand of premium travel, business and lifestyle accessories.


    General Walt Disney World News

    • The sale of Disney Dollars has ended. Guests can now purchase Disney Gift Cards as an alternate option. 

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 5/2/16 - 5/8/16






News

Magic Kingdom 

  • Tickets are now on sale for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • A new Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage show will be introduced for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party called “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” It will feature Mickey and his pals who invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. 


Epcot

  • Characters from Finding Dory have begun appearing in Turtle Talk with Crush including Dory, Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale, Hank the “septopus” (a seven-legged octopus), Squirt and Nemo and his dad Marlin during this fun-filled show.
  • Alberta Bound is now playing at The Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion. The five piece live band plays traditional music from across Canada, Wednesday through Sunday. 
  • Pluto will now meet at the gazebo when you first walk into World Showcase and Daisy meets at the front of the park.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  •  At Celebrity Spotlight located near Echo Lake, Guests are now able meet Olaf from Frozen. 
  • In addition, Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams is now located just off Commissary Lane where Guests will be able to walk the red carpet and step into a scene with Minnie Mouse, where she appears as a Tinsel Town starlet and then visit Mickey Mouse dressed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice next door.
  • Pluto now meets in the Animation Courtyard where Minnie once met. 


General Walt Disney World News

  • Ample Hills Creamery, the new ice cream parlor for Disney’s BoardWalk will open May 15.


Rumors 

  • Chip n' Dale will relocate from Frontierland to Tomorrowland. Woody and Jessie will leave their Splash Mountain location to take over Chip n' Dale's old spot.