Sunday, August 23, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/17/15 - 8/23/15



News

Magic Kingdom
  • At Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a new special package called the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package will offer guests a premium viewing location at the flag pole in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. for Mickey’s Boo To You Parade. After the parade, guests will then make their way over to the Tomorrowland Terrace where they will be able to experience a special dessert party and be able to catch the Happy HalloWishes fireworks.
  • The schedule for Night of Joy has been released:  
  • Friday, September 11th
    CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE
    • 7:40 p.m. – Jeremy Camp
    • 9:45 p.m. – MercyMe
    • 11:55 p.m. – TobyMac
    GALAXY STAGE
    • 7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
    • 8:50 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
    • 10:25 p.m. – Colton Dixon
    • 12:05 a.m. – Big Daddy Weave
    ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE
    • 8:10 p.m. – Josh Wilson
    • 9:40 p.m. – I Am They
    • 11:15 p.m. – Rend Collective
    Saturday, September 12th

    CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE
    • 7:40 p.m. – for King & Country
    • 9:40 p.m. – LeCrae
    • 11:50 p.m. – Skillet
    GALAXY STAGE
    • 7:30 p.m. – Jamie Grace
    • 8:50 p.m. – Jamie Grace
    • 10:25 p.m. – Matt Maher
    • 12 a.m. – Mandisa
    ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE
    • 8:10 p.m. – Veridia
    • 9:40 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down
    • 11:15 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down

Epcot
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  • Details and concept art have been released for the Royal Sommerhaus, the upcoming meet and greet for the Norway Pavilion.  The meet and greet will take place in a charming log cabin, where guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa. The cabin will be based on an actual historic cabin found in Norway.


General Walt Disney World News


  • The Walt Disney World Resort announced the introduction of a brand-new Twitter account, known as @WDWToday which offers Guests suggestions, tips, and answers to their questions. 
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/10/15 - 8/16/15


News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.  
 


News

Magic Kingdom


  • A new restaurant will be introduced in Adventureland called The Jungle Skipper Canteen. It expected to be a table service restaurant with skippers serving up extra helpings of humor, along with lunch and dinner inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia and South America. Rooms will be highly themed including a crew mess hall or a once hidden, secret meeting room of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Epcot
  •  Soarin’ Around the World will debut beginning in 2016. The attraction will take Guests on a journey to far-flung lands, where they will fly above some of the most unique natural landscapes and soar over man-made wonders.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


  •  A new Star Wars-themed land will be headed to the park which will transport Guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port. There will be two signature attractions–a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and thrilling battle experience. The land will include a cantina and the stores will be operated by local inhabitants.
  • In the intirim, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also, the Jedi Training Academy will be re-imagined and include new characters from “Star Wars Rebels.” 

  • Also later this year, Guests will be able to experience the Star Wars Launch Bay which will be found in the Animation Courtyard. This new attraction will take Guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. 
  • Beginning early 2016, the park will offer the Season of the Force, a new seasonal event that will give Guests the opportunity to experience advanced character experiences; limited time food, drink, and merchandise opportunities; and more. In addition, there will be a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies. 

  • Toy Story Land as also announced as a second addition to the park. This area will take guests into Andy's backyard and will include a family-friendly roller coaster where guests ride on the back of Slinky Dog and an alien saucers attraction that will see The Claw looming over you. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom


  •  Avatarland will officially be called Pandora – The World of AVATAR. The big E-ticket attraction allowing guests to soar on the winged Banshee will be called AVATAR Flight of Passage. 
  • Rivers of Light is slated to to be a ceremonial event that happens nightly on the water and it takes the idea of the very special nature of animals and turns it into a celebration of light itself. The show will utilize a combination of light, fire, water, and live performers to create a rich experience. 
  • The nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris will include African wild dogs and hyenas.

General Walt Disney World News
  •  Guests can now download the Shop Disney Parks app, which is free and will allow guests to find, buy, and ship merchandise sold at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Rumors

  • Duffy the Disney Bear could be leaving on October 4.  Daisy will take his place.  
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 D23 Expo Predictions for Walt Disney World



The D23 Expo is this weekend and rumors are flying about what could potentially be announced during the Parks and Resorts. The rumors that are floating range anywhere from nothing gets announced at all to Star Wars Land and Marvel Land. Of course, not every rumor that’s being floating currently is going to be released and honestly, it’s been a while since Disney actually did release anything of excitement at the D23 Expo. While the first year we got the fantastic announcement of New Fantasyland and Star Wars 2.0, if you remember the last few conventions have been extremely light on the jaw-dropping news has been extremely light. 

So I figured, I’d go step by step and discuss what I think are locks that will absolutely be discussed at the D23 Expo in regards to Walt Disney World, and which things I would love to see come true, but don’t necessarily have high hopes for.

Information Likely To Be Released

Solid Avatar Stuff: We know a few floating details (literally) about this upcoming land…we’ve seen some concept art and a model, but really details have been very sketchy.  Besides the attractions of a flying banshee ride and a boat ride, what else is coming to this land? I would suspect we will get more details about what we can expect when Avatarland opens up in 2017.

Rivers of Light: Much like Avatar, Disney released the news that Rivers of Light was coming and they released some concept art, but that was pretty much it.  We don’t know much beyond that. I suspect we will get the story behind Rivers of Light and what the new nighttime extravaganza will entail for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

Frozen in Norway:  While the details of the new attraction were recently released, I have a feeling there’s more we will be learning about in regards to Frozen and Epcot. I suspect we’ll maybe see some concept art of the new meet and greet and maybe a little more about the attraction or other additions that may currently be under wraps. 

Possible Information That Will Be Released:
Soarin’: While I suspect that during the presentation, Disney will be promoting Shanghai at least a little bit, I would suspect that they will, at least in passing, mention that Soarin’ Over the Horizon will be coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I don’t know what kinds of details we’ll get beyond that, but I would suspect we’ll get confirmation that an update is coming.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Updates:  Ok…let’s be honest Disney had absolutely better announce updates to this fledging park.  Now, what they announce is up in the air, since the upgrades are clearly going to be done in phases. I also go back and forth with what I think will officially be announced.  I think that they will absolutely announce something is coming for Toy Story/Pixar Playland.  If rumors are to be believed, flat rides are going to be going in first, so I suspect that the plans are in place and that construction on this will begin ASAP.  Disney has closed so much in the section of the park this is rumored to go into, that I think all they are waiting on is this announcement and then shovels will go in the ground.  I think some of the bigger things like Carsland are part of another phase of the project and may get a mention, but that will be it, no real details. As far as Star Wars, I think that they will announce the name of the land, maybe some brief details about what we can expect, but I don’t know if even Disney has all the details ironed out yet on what they want.  If the latest rumors are to be believed, the Disney Board of Directors told the company to go back to the drawing board on what this land will entail.  I don’t know if they’ve come up with something just yet to announce because of that.  I do think that we’ll find out the new name of the park and that a preview center will go in where The Magic of Disney Animation was.   Overall though, this is the time to announce all the new additions that they are planning for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  If Disney doesn’t mention at least this much during this event, I think the auditorium may riot.

Not Counting On It Being Announced

Jungle Cruise Restaurant:  While I think it’s possible that the Jungle Cruise Restaurant that’s being constructed in Adventureland will officially be confirmed, I suspect that will likely be a blog post article in the future and not something that will be announced at D23. 

DVC Expansion at Wilderness Lodge:  While I could see them mentioning this in their conversation about DVC, I again, see this as another blog post article, not a full blown announcement at D23.

Illuminations Replacement:  While the show is on the older side and I do think we’ll be seeing an announcement over the next couple of years on a replacement, I don’t think we’ll see an announcement about a replacement just yet, given that Rivers of Light will likely be the main focus.

Disney Springs: While I think there will be mentions about Disney Springs and what has already opened, I don’t know if they will be releasing any additional information about what we can expect to see.  Most of these announcements have been made on the blog and I would expect them to continue to be made there. 

Big Thunder Mountain/Frontierland Announcement: A week ago, Disney accidentally let slip that Big Thunder Mountain would be going down for a lengthy refurbishment beginning in April 2016.  I am hoping this is to include the updates that Disneyland just got with their end scene of the attraction. (It’s super cool and involves “dynamite”!) While I think we will see the upgrades to Big Thunder, I think that will, once again, be announced in a blog post.  I’ve also heard the rumor that with the massive $3 Billion expansion cost number that’s headed for Walt Disney World, that Frontierland is expected to see an update as well.  I don’t think Disney is anywhere near ready to announce anything for Frontierland and I don’t suspect we’ll see anything announced here.

Never Gonna Happen

Indiana Jones Attraction:  While I would love to see a clone of Indiana Jones Adventure, because it’s an awesome attraction, I highly doubt it’s on its way.

Maybe this is me tempering my excitement, but the one thing we all have to keep in mind is that this is the Disney Parks and Resorts panel…which means they will be focusing on all areas of the Disney Parks and Resorts family, not just Walt Disney World, so I would suspect that Disneyland will get play (in the form of the overview mention of Star Wars Land, like we’ll likely get for the WDW news), Shanghai Disneyland will probably get a good portion of time, discussing some of the cool stuff headed to that park, even though it won’t impact us stateside,  Disney Cruise Line and Adventures By Disney could even get a mention, though neither one of those has any big announcements on the horizon that are rumored. The presentation is only an hour and a half, so for them to pack in all of these potential rumors, alongside speaking about the other facets of the Disney Parks and Resorts umbrella, that makes me pause and wonder really just how much will be announced. 

Rumors are running rampant, as they always do prior to the D23 Expo…my hope is that we won’t end up disappointed, like we have been after the past couple of Expos. Disney needs to make a mic-dropping announcement and they need to make it here.  And my hope is that the blow me out of the water.  As you can probably tell, I’m cautiously optimistic; I have to be. I’ve learned these types of announcements and events rarely go the way the rumors indicate. But the fanatic side of me really is hopeful.  Please Disney…for once make the major announcements we are all longing to hear.

What do you think is likely to get discussed during the D23 Disney Parks and Resorts presentation? Let me know in the comments section.
 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/3/15 - 8/9/15


News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.  
 

News

Magic Kingdom
  • Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is now permanent. The meal includes a prix fix breakfast from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. daily. The cost effective Oct. 4 of $21.99 plus tax for adults; $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years.
  • Two holiday events are returning  A Frozen Holiday Wish and the Jingle Cruise. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  •  From November 7 through January 3, Hollywood & Vine will be holding the Minnie’s Holiday Dine. Characters will include Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and, Santa Goofy. The cost is $46.99 for adults ages 10 and up and $27.99 for children ages 3-9.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Primeval Whirl will see a refurbishment beginning August 17 through November 12.
  • Disney has confirmed that a new table service restaurant is being constructed on Discovery Island near Pizzafari. As a reminder, Pizzafari is closing for a refurbishment on its kitchen to make way for the new restaurant beginning on August 23 through October 19.

Disney Resorts

  • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will see a refurbishment beginning February 1 through  September 30. When Flying Fish  reopens in the fall, it will have a renovated dining room and kitchen area. 
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/27/15 - 8/3/15


News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such. 

News


Epcot
  • Starting Nov. 8, Guests can enjoy Character dining at Garden Grill at the Land Pavilion all day long. Served family style and all-you-care-to-enjoy, the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are inspired by the garden-grown theme of The Land.

Downtown Disney

  • Guests visiting Downtown Disney Marketplace can now find items dedicated to some of their favorite characters from Disney Junior and Duffy the Disney Bear at Marketplace Fun Finds.

Rumors

  • Could a similar Rebel Hangar version of Disney Villains be headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios?
  • Disney Springs could become the name of Downtown Disney officially on October 1. 
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/20/15 - 7/26/15


News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such. 

News

Magic Kingdom
  • Dream Along with Mickey is dark until August 19.

Epcot
  • Glidden will soon present a new exhibit in Innoventions called “Colortopia” which will open fall 2015. Guests to the exhibit will be greeted and guided by a narrator, who will encourage unique interactions through fun hands-on activities.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Updates have been made to the bubble scene in Fantasmic! adding scenes from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen.
  • The dates for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights have been confirmed. They are November 6 through January 3, 2016.


Downtown Disney
  • The United World Soccer Store has reopened at the West Side.
 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Walt Disney World Resort Guests are now able to choose to opt out of customizing and receiving a new MagicBand if they already have a MagicBand from a previous visit linked to their account on My Disney Experience. In addition, Guests with more than one reservation during the same visit will only receive one MagicBand for the whole visit if they do not customize a MagicBand for the second reservation.  
  • The Escape to Walt’s Wilderness Tour takes place at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and gives Guests a glance at the natural surroundings that became the perfect setting to accommodate Walt Disney’s grand dreams.  The adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Marina where guests will board pontoon boats for an eco-history tour of Bay Lake. After arriving at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Guests will head to the shore of Marshmallow Marsh for breakfast on the beach. After fueling up, the group will travel by horse-drawn wagon to the Settlement and Pioneer Hall before hiking over the railroad tracks into a clearing in the trees for an archery opportunity. Finally, Guests will head to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch horse barn to meet the celebrity horses who live and work at Walt Disney World Resort.  This tour will be a 5-hour interactive experience that is available twice a week and costs $109 per person, plus tax and participants must be at least 7 years of age. 

Rumors
  • Could a new or updated show be headed toward the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater? That's where Fantasmic! is shown. (This is one I have my doubts on, but hey...you never know.)
  • Mickey Mouse could be moving his meet and greet for Disney's Hollywood Studios near Disney Junior - Live on Stage. 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/13/15 - 7/19/15




News 


Epcot 
  • New details have been released about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This year, there will be Marketplace Kiosks in Future World for the first time ever. One of them will be called the Artistry of Wine & Cheese area will feature the Cheese Studio and Wine Studio, found along the walkway to Future World West. There will also be new premium event including:
    • the Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses 31, an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food. Guests will be encouraged to masquerade in chic yellow and black.
    • “The Chew” cast will host a new premium event: the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, with specialty burgers and sliders inspired by top names in the music industry such as Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana’s Casa Noble Tequila. Two additional Burger Block Parties are set for Sept. 25 and Nov. 6.
    The Marketplace Kiosk booths have also been announced, along with their menus.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open the Ice Palace Boutique across from the ABC Commissary on July 26 and it will last through the end of the Frozen Summer Fun event. Here, guests ages 3-12 can undergo a Frozen inspired transformation and there will be four different packages that guests can select from. They are:
    • Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package – This package includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, a braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory and an exclusive photo opportunity. Cost is $75 and includes tax.
    • Ice Palace Boutique Package – This package includes the items offered in the Frozen Summer Fun Boutique Package. It also includes access to the Ice Palace CafĂ© and reserved seating at one of the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” shows. Cost is $175 and includes tax.
    • Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – This package includes an Anna or Elsa costume plus the items offered in the Ice Palace Boutique Package. Cost is $240 and includes tax.
    • Olaf-Inspired Package –  The Olaf-inspired package includes a glitter hairstyle and Olaf tee-shirt and is designed for the boys in the family. Reservations are not required for this package and will only be available on-site at the location. Cost is $19.95, plus tax.
    The Ice Palace Boutique Package and the Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package can accommodate up to 6 guests, including the child getting the magical transformation.


Downtown Disney

  • The BOATHOUSE now offers discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC members. 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be undergoing multiple refurbishment projects through 2017. Work will begin in October, with the Hidden Springs leisure pool area, resort beach, playground and Recreation fire pit closing for renovation as early as October 26.

Rumors

  • Hollywood and Vine could be come Minnie's Holiday and Dine character meal during the holiday season featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in holiday attire and Santa Goofy.  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/6/15 - 7/12/15






News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.  

News

Magic Kingdom

  • The Princess and the Frog meet and greet location has moved to Heritage House in Liberty Square.


Epcot

  • Candlelight Processional dining packages are now on sale.  In addition, we know who some of the celebrity narrators are going to be.  The preliminary list includes:
    • TBD - November 27 to 29
    • Neil Patrick Harris - November 30 to December 3
    • Whoopi Goldberg - December 4 and 5
    • Joe Morton - December 6 to 8
    • TBD  - December 9 to 11
    • Meredith Vieira - December 12 to 14
    • TBD - December 15 to 23
    • Edward James Olmos - December 24 to 26
    • TBD - December 27 to 28
    • Amy Grant - December 29 to 30


Downtown Disney

  • Blaze Pizza is expected to open in Disney Springs in May 2016.  
  • The Tea Traders Cafe is now open in The Landing section.


Rumors


  • Chef Arts Florida Fish Camp could be heading to Disney Springs in the Spring of 2016.  
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 6/29/15 - 7/5/15



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such. 
News

Epcot 
  • “The Chew” will tape live at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 and the episodes will air Oct. 12 -16. Also, for the first time ever, there will be two Marketplace booths found in Future World in the new Next Eats area.  The first new booth is the Sustainable Chew Marketplace where festival-goers can enjoy dishes inspired by “The Chew” co-hosts, including savory pork spareribs with red wine and fennel with cheesy mascarpone grits; ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce; and vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle. The second new Future World Marketplace found at the Next Eats section will feature the Chew Lab, where Disney chefs will work with “The Chew,” hosts to create a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and culinary tech trends.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Magic of Disney Animation will officially close on July 12. This will include the meet and greets, the movie with Mushu and the Animation Academy.


Downtown Disney 

  • DisneyQuest will officially be closing in 2016 to make way for the NBA Experience.  

General Walt Disney World News
  • At Disney's Contemporary Resort, a brand new experience called the Disney Family Culinary Adventure is being introduced. During this interactive evening that lasts approximately four hours, guests will be able to prepare and cook a five-course dinner and is aimed for the whole family. The program is planned two evenings a week (days vary), starting at 5:00 p.m.  This experience costs $175 per adults and $125 for those ages 9-12.

Rumors

  • One Man's Dream could be leaving Disney's Hollywood Studios too. 
  • A Frozen-themed Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique could be added to Disney's Hollywood Studios as a part of the Frozen Summer Fun. 
  • The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights should be returning for 2015.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 6/22/15 - 6/29/15




News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such. 
News


Epcot
  • A new lounge called D-Zone has popped up behind the Character Spot. Guests can sit and relax in the air conditioning with a cool beverage.
  • Captain EO will be returning on July 19.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Flame Tree Barbeque will open on June 30.
  • Disney has already stopped selling the animal poop treats because people were offended by them.
General Walt Disney World News
  • Selfie sticks are banned across Walt Disney World property.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for its annual refurbishment from October 25 through to January 2 2016. Blizzard Beach will be closed from January 3 through to March 12, 2016.

Rumors
  • With rumors of Disney's Art of Animation closing soon, it's also being rumored that Mickey and Minnie will be meeting in a new area, as will Hiro and Baymax.  
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