Sunday, February 2, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 1/27/14 - 2/2/14

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


Magic Kingdom
  •  Periwinkle is out and Rosetta is back in at Tinker Bell's Magical Nook starting on Feb. 4th.


  •  The Outdoor Kitchens (formerly known as Marketplace Kiosks) have been announced for this year's Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.  These kitchens are similar to what's found at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but focus on fresh food and drinks.  The Kitchens for this year are: 
    • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico Pavilion)

      • Enjoy dishes like savory tacos and fruity cocktails.

  • Lotus House (China Pavilion)

      • Dine on a variety of Chinese cuisine, like popular street foods and pearl tapioca bubble tea.

  • Florida Fresh (Germany Pavilion)

      • Savor fresh local Florida ingredients.

  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy Pavilion) 

      • Sample some of Italy's best flavors like caprese, manicotti, torte di ricotta and Italian wines.

  • The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure Pavilion)

      • Celebrate the American tradition of barbeque, paired with craft brews.

  • Hanami (Japan Pavilion)

      • Enjoy delicate bites and refreshing beverages.

  • Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco Pavilion)

      • Discover the tastes on North African spices that are paired with fresh ingredients, as well as Moroccan beer and wine.

  • Fleur de Lys (France Pavilion)

      • Indulge your senses in France’s most magnificent culinary masterpieces.

  • Buttercup Cottage (United Kingdom Pavilion) 

      • Delight in afternoon tea offerings and fresh garden flavors.

  • Pineapple Promenade (Canada Pavilion)

      • Relish in all kinds of treats featuring delicious and juicy pineapples.

    • Urban Farm Eats

      • Taste treats from this booth’s all natural menu.

Downtown Disney
  • The Food Trucks are now available Wed - Sun from  5 pm - 11 pm.

General WDW News

  •  Disney has launched a brand new program for Disney Vacation Club called Membership Magic.  This new perk program will include things like special discounts (including a current discount on three different Annual Passes), new select experiences (like bowling nights at Splitsville or spa nights), and more. 
  • International guests may now participate in the Resort Airline Check In process.  This service allows Disney Resort Hotel guests to utilize Orlando International Airport to check in for their flights, collect their boarding passes, and check their bags at their hotel’s Airline Check-In desk. When you arrive at the airport, you can bypass the check-in desk and head straight to the security lines.  This is being rolled out to the different resorts in phases through March, and depends on the airline, so check at the front desk to see if your resort participates.
  • Annual Passholders are being selected at random to participate in MyMagic+ testing.  Passholders selected will be able to make advance FastPass+ reservations, using My Disney Experience, and customizing MagicBands.  Passholders are permitted to book up to seven days of Fastpass+ reservations for every 60 days on a rolling basis.  (3 FastPass+ options can be booked per day, all the in the same park.)  In addition, participating Passholders will receive a discount card that will either be black or gold. This card must be used (along with a photo ID) to receive a Passholder discounts. The gold card indicates complimentary parking is included and the black card means that the guest does not have complimentary parking. 
  • New guidemaps are now in both Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom.  The new maps have the listing of all the current MyMagic+ Service Centers and FastPass+ kiosks.  

  •  The first restaurant for Disney Springs could be on it's way to Disney Springs.  The restaurant is said to be called The Boathouse Orlando.
  • Anna and Elsa could be joining the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade as a last minute swap out, due to the popularity of Frozen.
  • When the time comes, guests staying offsite will be able to purchase MagicBands, which should cost less than $15

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Andy said...

Awesome post Rikki! Also one other bit of MM+/FP+ news this week is that offsite guests are starting to be able to make FP+ selections using the MDE site. More info:

Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads up Andy! :)