Sunday, May 1, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 4/25/16 - 5/1/16





News

Epcot
  • Alberta Bound will begin playing at the Mill Stage early in May 2016.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  •  The Earffel Tower has been removed from the Backlot area.

Disney Springs
  • The Rick Bayless restaurant and will now be known as Frontera Cocina.
  • Fulton's Crab House  will reopen in the fall with the new name of Paddlefish.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 4/18/16 - 4/24/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Elena of Avalor, will appear this August afollowing her television debut in a new animated series this summer on Disney Channel. 
  • The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party has been expanded. All Guests attending the event will enjoy desserts at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Then, Guests with same-day reservations will move to the Plaza Garden area to watch the show, while Guests who booked in advance will view the fireworks from the restaurant.  
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Castle Stage Show will debut in June and will invite Mickey and his Merry makers to prepare to host a festival and are inviting friends from other lands to join the celebration. 


Epcot

  • Soarin’ Around the World officially opens at Epcot on June 17. 
  • Frozen Ever After will open in the Norway Pavilion in June 2016.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • We have more details on the two new attractions that will be opening in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The family coaster will be called Slinky Dog Dash. The second attraction is called Alien Swirling Saucers and will find the aliens which are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.” The third track for Toy Story Midway Mania will be opening Memorial Day Weekend.
  • For a limited time starting May 6, a sneak peek of Disney’s all-new movie adventure Alice Through the Looking Glass will be presented as part of One Man’s Dream.


Disney's Animal Kingdom 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom nighttime festivities will begin on Memorial Day weekend. Here’s what you can expect to experience.
    The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic For the summer, Discovery River becomes the stage for music and pageantry in a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book. Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is a live show filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs.
    The Tree of Life Awakens
    Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark 
    Discovery Island Carnivale 
    Tiffins Signature Restaurant


Disney Springs

  • Three new food & beverage kiosks will be opening next month at Disney Springs. The kiosks will be known as Aristocrepes, The Daily Poutine, and B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. Aristocrepes will serve savory and sweet crepes. The Daily Poutine brings the Canadian classic to Disney Springs with four varieties of toppings on hot, thick-cut French fries. B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. will feature artisan sausages. The Daily Poutine and B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. will open on May 15, while Aristocrepes is expected to open on May 22.


Rumors

  • Olaf should begin meeting Guests by May 8 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

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






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Guests will soon be able to participate in a special ticketed event called Disney Early Morning Magic. During this event,Guests will be able to enjoy Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland, as well as a breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village House. Disney Early Morning Magic will take place on select mornings prior to the park opening:
    • April 26, 30
    • May 3, 7, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
    • June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Pricing is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3-9).


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Rivers of Light has been delayed and will no longer debut on April 22. More details will be released mid-May. 
  • To celebrate Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Party for the Planet invites Guests to  discover fun and engaging activities about nature within every land of the park. There will be special food and merchandise offerings, engaging activities, and Jiminy Cricket will make special appearances at Rafiki’s Planet Watch throughout the week. 


General Walt Disney World News

  • Changes have been made in how Guests may now make FastPass+ selections going forward.
    • Guests will now be able to choose individual FastPass+ experiences and times, and won't need to make all selections for the same day at the same time.
    • Guests will continue to be able to select up to three experiences in advance, however, they now will be able to book fewer than three selections, if they so desire.
    • Third, when Guests have used their first three FastPass+ selections, they will now be able to make an additional FastPass+ selection (their fourth rolling FastPass)  via the My Disney Experience mobile app. It will no longer be necessary to utilize only the in-park kiosks, though you will still have that option going forward, as well. Once you’ve used the fourth, they will be able to select another, and so on.
  • Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company will open a location at Disney’s BoardWalk featuring their signature products, including a one-of-a-kind flavor exclusive to the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests will stroll the promenade enjoying unique flavors such as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Malty Salty Pretzel Punch and Coffee Toffee Coffee. The restaurant is expected to open this spring.


Rumors


  • Anna and Elsa may be moving out of the Magic Kingdom's Princess Fairytale Hall when the meet and greet location at Epcot opens.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 3/21/16 - 3/27/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Tickets will be available for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Party dates are September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 and 30; Oct. 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31. In addition, the costuming guidelines include that Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held on select nights in November and December and for 2016, is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates: November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22
  • Guests will soon have the opportunity to enjoy Disney After Hours, a special, ticketed event on select nights throughout April and May. The event will enable participants shorter than typical wait time for popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream treats and bottled beverages are included during the three hour event. Disney After Hours will take place on April 14, 21 and 28; May 5, 8, 12 and 19. A separate event ticket is required for Disney After Hours. Pricing is $149 plus tax. To purchase tickets, Guests may call 407-827-7185.


Epcot

  • Guests will now have the option to use their own smartphone during Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. Guests may still opt to receive a F.O.N.E. or Field Operative Notification Equipment as well.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • In celebration The Jungle Book, artisans will carve a sand sculpture inspired by the film at the Oasis. The sand sculpture will be on display for Guests to view through April 24.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, beginning April 22, each night, there will be two evening parties that will occur. The Discovery Island Carnivale on Discovery Island invites Guests into a dance party experience that features Latin drumming and worldly rhythms. The Carnivale will celebrate the magic of nature and will include Spirited Islanders, who are dancers and stilt walkers; The Viva Gaia band; and Danza del Arpa, a Paraguayan harpist. Over in the Africa section, in Harambe, Guests can enjoy a lively street party courtesy of the Harambe Wildlife Parti. During the Parti, Guests will come in contact with a number of entertainment acts including the Karibu Sisters who will sing and dance through Harambe; Muziki, a music man who joins the Harambe drum circle; and The Harambe Meetkats, who are a soccer team by day, but turn into the Harambe Village Acrobats at night.


Disney Springs


  • One of the new restaurants slated for the upcoming Town Center is called D-Luxe Burger. This new dining establishment that will be opening in May is going to offer to Guests gourmet burgers and unique shakes.



Rumors


  • The Inside Out characters should be meeting Guests beginning April 3.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 3/14/16 - 3/20/16






News

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Reservations for Club Villain have been extended into April and May. Shows will be hosted every Saturday with two shows performed nightly at 5:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Reservations are now available and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Details are rolling in about the new nighttime safaris at Kilimanjaro Safaris. It not a new attraction, just an extension of the operating hours. There won’t be a set time for the transition from day to night, instead it will depend on when the sun sets and the night experience could last between 4 and 5 hours each evening. The ride path will be adjusted and the trucks will make longer stops, but Guests will be asked to refrain from using flash photography. Other animal experiences, like the Wilderness Explorers, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, will continue to close at sunset.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Disney’s Night of Joy 2016 will take place for first time ever at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on September 9–10. This year’s event includes the following top performers and groups:
    • Friday, Sept. 9 – MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli, Crowder, Matthew West, Stars Go Dim, Zealand Worship
    • Saturday, Sept. 10 – newsboys, for King & Country, Young & Free, Switchfoot, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Tim Timmons

Rumors 

  • An interactive BB8 meet and greet could be coming. 
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 3/7/16 - 3/13/16






News




Magic Kingdom

  • For those heading to the Magic Kingdom for Easter, here is what you can expect:

o    Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny meet Guests beginning March 14 and meeting every day through March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Town Square Courtyard.
o    The DJ Dance Party in Tomorrowland will be extended from noon-11 p.m. from March 20- April 2. (The DJ only will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., characters will join from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
o    On March 26 and 27, there will be an Easter pre-parade featuring the Azalea Trail Maids prior to the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. The Azalea Trail Maids will also be meeting in the Town Square throughout the day on March 27.
o    From March 28-31, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be presented twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Epcot

  • Beginning in early April, at the Epcot Character Spot, meet Joy and Sadness from Inside Out.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Beginning March 21, join Minnie and friends dressed in their garden party best in a springtime celebration at Hollywood & Vine called Minnie’s Springtime Dine.

General Walt Disney World News

  • As part of a test, beginning March 15, Guests parking at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot will have the option of paying for a premium parking space closer to the park entrance. The charge for the premium parking is $15 above the regular $20 charge.
  • The 2016 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will be expanded to three days this year with the new Disney Wine & Dine 10K that will debut on November 5. In addition, there will be a challenge race called Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge requiring runners to complete both the 10K and the half-marathon. The Wine and Dine Half Marathon will become a morning race and will take place on November 6. The Finish Line Party  will occur from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. that evening. The 5K will now take place on November 4.

Disney Resorts

  • Guests of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be able to visit the Oasis Pool and Oasis Bar & Grill beginning Thursday, March 17.
  • ‘Ohana Dinner will now be open to Guests from 3:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 2/22/16 - 2/28/16







News

Magic Kingdom
  • Starting March 13 and lasting until May 30, Guests at Magic Kingdom will be able to enjoy The Diamond Horseshoe for lunch or dinner daily. Guests will start their meal with a Frontier Salad topped with roasted corn, corn bread croutons and housemade chipotle-ranch dressing. Guests will then have a choice of one of the following:
    • Barbeque pulled turkey, served over corn bread with seasonal vegetables
    • Spit-roasted ham, served with country beans and seasonal vegetables
    • Stewed beef, served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
For dessert, Guests may choose to indulge in a campfire brownie or apple tart. Pricing is $33 plus tax for adults and $19 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years.

General Walt Disney World News


  • Disney has added seasonal pricing to its theme park tickets. Here’s the easy breakdown of how it will work. Each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. If you’re visiting in September, you’ll pay value pricing for your park ticket. If however, you want to visit around Christmas week, you will pay peak pricing. For full information about the new pricing structure, visit Walt Disney World








Rumors
  • MAC Cosmetics, Anthropologie, Superdry and Free People are the latest to join the growing list of tenants expected to open this Spring in the Town Center section of the shopping district.
  • Is Ample Hills Creamery coming to Disney's BoardWalk?
  • Rivers of Light is rumored to debut in April 


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 2/15/16 - 2/21/16






News

Magic Kingdom

  •  Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will make its debut on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage this summer and will feature Mickey Mouse and favorite characters and songs from “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen.” Dream Along With Mickey will have its last performance on April 2.


Epcot

  • The 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins this year on September 14 and runs through November 14.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Two new character greeting experiences will debut this spring. In Echo Lake Guests can meet with Olaf in a summer themed background in the new Celebrity Spotlight.  Additionally, another meet and greet will be added called Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams, found just off Commissary Lane near Sci-Fi Dine-In where Guests will walk the red carpet and step into a scene with Tinsel Town starlet, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse portraying his iconic role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from “Fantasia.”
  • Two new Star Wars experiences are headed to the park beginning April 4. Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will be a new live, stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. There will also be a Stormtroopers march where at various times each day, where Captain Phasma will lead a squad of First Order stormtroopers in formation from Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage. 
  • This summer, there will be a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will feature Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with Star Wars-themed music and iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.


Rumors

  • Could there be another experience with The Sanderson Sisters coming to another park this year?
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 2/8/16 - 2/14/16






News

Magic Kingdom
  • Through February 27, Guests can make same-day reservations for lunch and dinner at the Jungle Skipper Canteen.

Epcot

  • Princess Aurora at France, Winnie the Pooh & Friends at the United Kingdom Pavilion, and Chip & Dale outside Character Spot are no longer meeting guests.
  • The Egg-stravaganza returns to Epcot from March 2-27. 


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • A few restaurants have changed menus. Eight Spoon Cafe, formerly known as Beastly Kiosk, has removed the jalapeño pretzel and lobster macaroni and cheese dish, Harambe Fruit Market has removed the jalapeño pretzel, Chakranadi, formerly known as Maharajah Pretzel, has removed the jalapeño pretzel from the menu, and churros are no longer available.
  •  Kali River Rapids has extended its refurbishment into March.
  • The Boneyard in DinoLand U.S.A. will be temporarily closed for refurbishment from February 22 - March 18.
Disney Springs
  • The Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs will transition Zoey & Pickles into a new shop known as Disney Travel-Accessories-Gear, or Disney TAG. Disney TAG is expected to open in the Marketplace Co-Op on March 11. Zoey & Pickles’ last day of operation is February 21.
  • Mickey’s Pantry at Disney Springs will undergo refurbishment beginning February 29 and will reopen March 15.


Rumors

  • Getting more confirmation that Dream Along with Mickey is going to be leaving the Magic Kingdom soon.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016






News

Epcot

  • The full list of artists have been announced for the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The list is as follows:
    • March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
    • March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
    • March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
    • March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
    • April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
    • April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
    • April 15-17 – NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
    • April 22-24 – NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
    • April 29-May 1 – NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
    • May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
    • May 13-15 – NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
    • May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
    • May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Club Disney is now a seasonal attraction. 
  • Guests visiting the Star Wars Launch Bay are now able to interact with Kylo Ren, the villain from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Guests who visit will be able to become an honorary member of the Lion Guard with The Lion Guard Adventure, a self-guided experience that encourages Guests to protect the environment and care for animals. Guests can do this by finding small statues of some of the characters from the TV show. Once you have found all the statues, you will need to return your map to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will take a special pledge to become an honorary member of The Lion Guard and receive a special button. Guests will have the opportunity to do this activity through early April.

Rumors

  • Aurora, Chip & Dale, and Pooh & Tigger meet and greets are potentially leaving Epcot on February 14.