Monday, April 11, 2011

News and Rumors 4/4/11 - 4/10/11

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


Magic Kingdom

  • Rumor that turned true:  Angelica, from the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, will start to do meet and greets with guests starting April 15th in Adventureland. 
  • Because Angelica is coming to Adventureland, Goofy will have his meet and greet moved to Frontierland at the exit of Splash Mountain.
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room's reopening date has been pushed back to Aug. 16th.
  • The Liberty Belle's refurb dates have changed.  It will now take place May 2nd - May 25th.
  • The new Hitchhiking Ghosts effect is currently spooking guests.
  • The Beast's Castle is appearing on the horizon in the New Fantasyland.


  • The China Pavilion shop that was down for refurb has reopened as the House of Good Fortune.  The store also has a brand new layout.
  • During the final weekend of the Flower and Garden Festival, May 13th - 15th, Disney will be celebrating Pixar Weekend!  Guests will be greeted by the Green Army men, plus exclusive meet and greets throughout the park.  Planned meet and greets include Carl, Russell and Dug from Up (at the Fountains of Nations Stage); Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Boo, Smitty, Needleman and George Sanderson from Monsters Inc (at the Universe of Energy pavilion); Mr. Incredible, Frozone, and Elastigirl from The Incredibles (at Innoventions West); Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the Rust-eze girls from Cars 2 (at Test Track); living coral representing Finding Nemo (at The Seas with Nemo and Friends); Flik, Atta, Gypsy, and Slim from A Bug's Life (at The African Outpost); Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Lotso, and Mr. Potatohead from Toy Story (at the American Adventure Pavilion); Remy and Emile from Ratatouille (at the France Pavilion); and Wall-E from WALL-E (at Mission:Space). 
  • Mother’s Day brunch will not be held during the International Flower & Garden Festival this year.
  • Next year's Flower and Garden Festival will take place March 7th - May 20th.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Another rumor that turned out true:  Lightening McQueen will be replacing Herbie the Love Bug at Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in June.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl's refurb has been pushed back to June 2nd.

General WDW News

  • Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has a brand new wine experience which takes place on Wednesdays from 3-4 pm.  Guests will be able to sample 3 different vintages that will be paired with cheese and fruit.  The cost will be $25 plus tax and tip. 
  • If you'll be in WDW for Easter, a few places will be offering Easter meals:  breakfast at Cape May at the Beach Club, brunch at Chef Mickey’s and The Wave at the Contemporary and at Captain's Grill at the Yacht Club, and dinner at the Garden Grove located at the Swan and at Portobello at Downtown Disney.

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