Sunday, November 20, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 11/14/16 - 11/20/16







News


Magic Kingdom

  • Cabanas will be introduced at the Magic Kingdom beginning November 27 in Tomorrowland. Cabanas will be able to accommodate up to 8 Guests and will be available for a daily rental price of $649. Amenities include private and shaded seating, cold beverages, snacks and reserved viewing for parades and fireworks.
  • Comfortable, shaded space within the park
  • Lockable storage trunk
  • Electronic device charging stations
  • Personalized Mickey ears
  • Access to sunscreen, hand sanitizer and insect repellent
  • Small refrigerator
  • One fruit basket
  • A one-time delivery of ice cream novelties and desserts
  • Dining menu (additional charges apply for purchases) with food delivery service
Guests may book cabanas by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will open in summer 2017. When Guests travel to the new land they will be able to experience Satu’li Canteen – a quick service restaurant in Pandora will feature Na’vi art and cultural items; Windtraders – a merchandise location where travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more; Pongu Pongu – a special drink location with a design that is as eclectic as its Expat owner; AVATAR Flight of Passage – an attraction that provides excursions that offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora; Na’vi River Journey – a family friendly experience that will send Guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest.


Disney Springs

  • A new shop is coming soon to Town Center. Opening November 23, D-Living will be the ultimate home d├ęcor store with an assortment of Disney-themed products that changes with each season.
  • Beginning November 20, Guests will get a chance to see a brand new drone show called “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration.” This first-of-its-kind light show will feature 300 Intel Shooting Star show drones that features the synchronized choreography and is set to a specially orchestrated arrangement of classic holiday music. Starbright Holidays can be seen nightly at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. through January 8.


General Walt Disney World News


  • Guests will soon be able to take advantage of the new MagicBand 2 that is more versatile and customizable. MagicBand 2 works exactly the same as the current MagicBand does, but includes more comfort and flexibility. Guests may continue using the previous MagicBands, if they have them.  MagicBand 2s should be available in the next few months.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 10/24/16 - 10/30/16







News


Magic Kingdom 

  • Beginning November 4, the new Castle Projection show called “Once Upon a Time,” will debut at the Magic Kingdom.  This nighttime show features beloved characters and musical moments from tales such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and more. Celebrate the Magic will have its final performance on November 3.
  • Guests who attend this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have the chance to meet Nick and Judy in Tomorrowland.


Epcot

  • This holiday season, Guests will have the opportunity to experience the new Holidays Around the World Marketplaces. There will be five different marketplaces that Guests can choose from.


Disney's Hollywood Studios


  • PizzeRizzo in Muppets Courtyard will debut on November 18. This classic family pizzeria, owned and operated by Rizzo the Rat from the Muppets will serve personal pan pizzas, salads, and beverages. 
  • For a limited time starting November 5, Guests will be able to catch a sneak peek of Disney’s newest animated film, Moana at One Man's Dream.


Disney Springs

  • New for the holidays at Disney Springs this year will be the “Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail.” The Trail will feature custom trees themed after:
    • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
    • Disney Villains
    • Moana
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Cinderella
    • The Princess and the Frog
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Frozen
    • The Jungle Book
    • Mulan
    • 101 Dalmatians
    • Tangled
    • Mary Poppins
    • The Muppets


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

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









News

Magic Kingdom

  • Princess Elena of Avalor will greet Guests in Princess Fairytale Hall beginning  November 24. Guests will be able to choose between meeting Elena and Cinderella or Rapunzel and Tiana.


Epcot

  • The Disney Visa Cardmembers meet and greet has moved to a new location next to Journey Into Imagination with Figment. The location will operate from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, an all-new nighttime spectacular will take place beginning on November 14. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will take Guests on a yuletide journey to the North Pole with the elves and reindeer from the animated special, “Prep & Landing.” During Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, memorable holiday moments from favorite Disney films including “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, are brought to life on the facade of the Chinese Theater. The fireworks will run through December 30.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will offer a nightly Dessert Party for $69 for adults, and $39 for children, including all taxes and gratuities. 
  • Guests will be able to meet Santa Claus at the Once Upon A Time shop on Sunset Boulevard from November 14 through December 24. Santa Goofy will step in for Santa when he returns to the North Pole December 25-31.


Disney's Animal Kingdom


  • Dinosaur’s refurbishment is now expected to be completed November 20.
Disney Springs

  • Master Sommelier George Miliotes has announced he is bringing a new bar to The Landing called Wine Bar George in the fall of 2017.  Wine Bar George will offer wines from around the world, including an unparalleled wine list consisting of more than 100 selections, and a menu featuring small plates, cheeses and charcuterie.
  


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 10/3/16 - 10/9/16







News



Magic Kingdom

  • The Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for its annual refurbishment from January 3-12.


Epcot


  • The Muppet Mobile Lab is back and brings Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker into the parks to conduct experiments and perform scientific demonstrations. It is a as part of a test in Future World. Due to the fact that this is a test, there are no set showtimes.


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 9/26/16 - 10/2/16


Walt Disney World News

Disney Springs
  • Guests will be able to experience a limited-time royal engagement called "A Princess Royal Reception" where  they will get to meet Disney princesses at World of Disney from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m."A Princess Royal Reception" will be offered for a limited time Oct. 1-Nov. 1.
  • A third parking garage and pedestrian bridge will be built to support the future growth of Disney Springs. The garage will add approximately 2,000 parking spaces. Similar to the existing garages, the new one will feature the same smart technology that makes finding an open space easy and hassle free. Work is slated to begin in 2017 and will be complete by 2019.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders will receive special perks to celebrate the resort's 45th anniversary. These new perks include:
    • New dining and merchandise benefits – Passholders will receive 10 percent off food and nonalcoholic beverages at select table-service restaurants at theme parks and Disney resort hotels and 20 percent off purchases at Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations. These new benefits will continue even after the anniversary comes to an end on Sept. 30, 2017.
    • Even more savings  – In addition to the ongoing benefits, passholders can save up to 20 percent off the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages at select restaurants in the theme parks, resort hotels and Disney Springs, as well as dinner shows. Passholders can choose from 45 restaurants participating in this special offer during the 45th anniversary year that runs now through Sept. 30, 2017. And, for the first time, savings are available at select quick-service locations.
    • Get 13 months for the price of 12 – Guests who purchase a 12-month pass will enjoy 13 months of  passholder magic. New passes must be purchased between Oct. 2, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 9/19/16 - 9/25/16






News


Magic Kingdom



  • The Muppets brand new show called “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” will debut on October 2. It will showcase The Muppets sharing their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence or their version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape become a seasonal attraction beginning October 2.
  • The Magic Kingdom will celebrate its 45 anniversary on October 1. There will be a special presentation that will take place on Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at 9:30 a.m. Guest speakers, musical performances and appearances by favorite Disney characters will occur. There will also be a limited release “I Was There” t-shirt and trading pin available for purchase at the Emporium. Finally, there will be 45th Anniversary themed treats available at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Disney Early Morning Magic will continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning October 8. During this event, Guests who book this special event 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 before the park opens. Park admission is required in addition to a reservation for Disney Early Morning Magic. Pricing is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3-9).

 Disney Resorts

  • Disney is now offering a great new breakfast option at Kidani Village for Guests to enjoy. Sanaa will feature a kuamsha (which is Swahili for “to awaken with”) breakfast with both casual dining options, as well as quick grab n’ go items.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 8/15/16 - 8/21/16








Epcot

  •  On-ride photos are now available on Frozen Ever After.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids will continue to operate during morning Extra Magic Hours until DINOSAUR reopens from its refurbishment on October 17. 
Disney Springs
  • Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs will reopen this fall as Planet Hollywood Observatory, and the restaurant has announced that celebrity chef, Guy Fieri has developed several flavor-packed burgers and sandwiches for the new menu. New dishes including the Prime Time American Kobe-Inspired Burger and the Turkey Pic-a-nic Sandwich. Planet Hollywood Observatory will reopen this fall.

General Walt Disney World News

  • Disney’s Water Parks are now offering wheelchair rentals at both Singapore Sal’s at Typhoon Lagoon and the Beach Haus at Blizzard Beach. Rentals will be $12 with a $100 refundable deposit, and they are transferable across the parks with a receipt, upon availability. 
Rumors

  • A new Fitbit style MagicBand could be on the way that has a puck that's interchangeable with the band.  

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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




News


Magic Kingdom
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade will be ending its run on October 9.

Epcot
  • On September 14, The Sum of All Thrills and StormStruck will no longer be available at Innoventions. The only attraction remaining open in Innoventions are Colortopia by Glidden.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” show will be ending its limited engagement on September 5.


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/31/16 - 8/7/16






News


Magic Kingdom

  • Through August 31, Disney PhotoPass Service will offer a character experience for Guests who have purchased Memory Maker, Memory Maker One Day or have an Annual Pass with Memory Maker included where Guests will be able to meet Belle in her formal gown at Heritage House in Liberty Square.
  • Beginning August 12, for a limited time, “Princess Elena Royal Welcome” will be presented several times daily on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. During the ceremony, Cinderella and Prince Charming will introduce their special guest from Avalor.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Muppet*Vision 3D will be closed for refurbishment from August 15-22.


Disney Springs


  • Blaze Pizza is now open in the Town Center section of Disney Springs. This pizza restaurant is known for artisanal pizzas that are fast fire’d in 180 seconds.
  • Origins, a high-performance skincare store is now open in Town Center. Origins offers bath, body, hair, makeup, and other beauty products.

General Walt Disney World News

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be adding a new family-friendly water attraction called Miss Fortune Falls which is expected to open in spring 2017. Miss Fortune Falls brings to life the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer, a treasure-hunting heroine who got stranded at the water park years ago by a rogue storm. Once aboard their rafts, Guests will embark on a journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past before plunging into a white-water adventure where Guests can see unique artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer collected on her many treasure hunts around the world.  
  • Four new restaurants have been added to Tables in Wonderland. Members will receive the 20 percent discount at the following: Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom, Tiffins and the Nomad Lounge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs.  
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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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