Sunday, December 27, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/21/15 - 12/27/15



News

Epcot
  • Guests can now experience the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival at the Magic Eye Theater at the Imagination Pavilion. Three short films will play in 4D: “Get a Horse”, “For The Birds”, and “La Luna”.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Guests will be able to enjoy entertainment on December 31, from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Africa, including Burudika Band, DJ Khalifa and character greetings with Rafiki and friends.

Rumors
  • Could a new stage show be coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2016?
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/14/15 - 12/20/15







News

Magic Kingdom
  • Christmas Entertainment offerings will be available in daily operation until December 31.
    • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: presented twice daily at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    • Celebrate the Season:  presented daily
    • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas:  presented daily
    • Holiday Wishes: presented daily, prior to Disney’s Electrical Parade

Epcot
  • Epcot Character Spot has expanded to Innoventions West. Guests can now meet with Baymax Big Hero 6. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will continue to greet Guests on the opposite side of the breezeway.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Some of the Food & Beverage kiosks have changed names. They are the following:
    • Terra Treats on Discovery Island – previously known locally as the Allergy Kiosk
    • Mahindi in Africa – previously known locally as the Harambe Popcorn Cart
    • Caravan Road in Asia – previously known locally as Bradley Falls
    • Warung Outpost in Asia – previously known locally as Upcountry
    • Chakranadi in Asia – previously known locally as Maharajah Pretzel
    • Eight Spoon Café on Discovery Island – previously known as Beastly Kiosk
    • Smiling Crocodile on Discovery Island – previously known as Gardens Kiosk
    • Feeding Ground on Discovery Island – previously known locally as DI Popcorn

Disney Springs
  • Disney Springs is proud to announce The Ganachery is now open in The Landing.
  • D-Street in the West Side is now the Star Wars Galactic Outpost.

General Walt Disney World News

  • Due to heightened security threats, Walt Disney World theme parks have installed metal detectors ahead of each of the park’s front gates. In addition, Disney will no longer sell toy guns in their parks or resorts. Also, Guests over the age of 14 will no longer be allowed to wear costumes in the parks. This appears to include Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.
  • Memory Maker has updated their pricing. The advance-purchase Memory Maker is now $149 and the standard Memory Maker is $169. In addition, a new standalone $59 Memory Maker One Day entitlement product is available for purchase in the My Disney Experience mobile app.


Rumors

  • Frozen Ever After may be behind schedule. 
  • Disney may now be aiming to open Pandora - The World of Avatar by the end of next year. 
  • FastPass+ may be removed for some stage shows. 
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 12/7/15 - 12/13/15







News

Magic Kingdom


  • The Jungle Skipper Canteen will open in Adventureland on December 16. Dishes include grilled steak, head-on shrimp and a rice noodle bowl, as well as vanilla chiffon cake or African-inspired chocolate cake for dessert. Themed, non-alcoholic specialty drinks such as the Punch Line Punch and Schweitzer Slush. 
  • At the Magic Kingdom, during the busy holiday season, guests can enjoy additional holiday food and beverages options from December 19 through January 2. These include:
    • Diamond Horseshoe: Quick Service lunch (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Table Service dinner (starting at 4:30 p.m.) daily
    • Market Street Sandwich Cart:  Italian-themed sandwiches and salads
    • Storybook Circus Sandwich Cart: Sandwiches and salads
    • Tomorrowland Terrace: burgers
    • Prince Eric’s Village Market: prepackaged sandwiches, caprese cups and salads
    • Aunt Polly’s: prepackaged sandwiches and salads
    • Westward Ho: corn dogs
    • Turkey Legs: Cool Ship, Frontierland Turkey Leg Wagon, Tomorrowland Turkey Leg Cart, Liberty Square Turkey Leg Cart, Heritage House Turkey Leg Cart
    • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe: southwest burger


Disney's Hollywood Studios


  •  The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special will return to the Premiere Theater from December 19 through January 2. There will be six shows daily: 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 11/30/15 - 12/6/15






News

Magic Kingdom

  • The Diamond Horseshoe will operate seasonally through December 18. The menu will include a ham and cheese sandwich, BBQ turkey and a chef salad.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars has now arrived. Guests can experience Jedi Training: Trails of the Temple, Star Wars Launch Bay, meet and greet opportunities, special food, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi movie, and more.
  • “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular!” will begin on December 18.
  • Starting Jan. 5, 2016, and continuing nightly through March 19, guests can take part in a Star Wars-themed dessert party called Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. It will include Star Wars-themed desserts, a souvenir Chewbacca stein, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all with an up-close view of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular!” 


Disney's Animal Kingdom


  • Painted dogs are joining the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safari. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge the Uzima Pool and Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Jambo House will be down for refurbishment December 14-16.
  • At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, three Pixar Animation Studios artists recently signed the chandelier in the lobby. Guests can now look for signatures from:
    • Pete Docter – Director and Vice President, Creative, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” “WALL*E,” “Up” and “Inside Out.”
    • Jerome Ranft – Sculptor, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include, “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatoullie,” “WALL*E,” “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and James and the Giant Peach.”
    • Jay Ward – Cars Creative Director and Legacy Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios. His credits include “Monsters Inc.,” “Cars,” “Cars 2,” “Ratatouille,” “Brave,” and “Inside Out.”
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/23/15 - 11/29/15






News

Magic Kingdom

  • Through December 24, Santa Claus will greet Guests in the Town Square Courtyard. During this time, Princess Aurora’s will be meeting Guests as the Castle Wall in Fantasyland.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle will no longer be offered during evening Extra Magic Hours.


Epcot

  • In the UK Pavilion a new four member acoustic group called Quickstep has begun performing. 
  • The Canadian Lumberjacks will no longer be performing on The Mill Stage at the Canada Pavilion.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Holidays Happen Here Dance Party will begin on December 1 and last through the holiday season where from 5:00 p.m. until park close, Guests are invited to join the party at Center Stage. A DJ will be spinning a holiday mix and some surprise Disney friends stop by to dance along.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks will open in Asia on December 12. The location will offer grab-and-go snacks along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Disney Springs
  • The Ganachery chocolate shop will open on December 15.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 11/16/15 - 11/22/15






News

Epcot
  • Starting November 23, Epcot Guests can purchase Made With Magic products, such as the Mickey Ear Hat, Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove and the Sorcerer Mickey Wand. Each Made with Magic product is programmed to light up at key moments around World Showcase.  Guests will be able to purchase Made with Magic products at the following locations: Gateway Gifts, kiosk outside of Disney Traders, Pin Central, Mouse Gear, Village Traders, American Adventure Cart, International Gateway and Canada Cart.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Beginning January 5, additional Star Wars elements will be added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios including First Order Stormtroopers who will patrol various areas, “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks, and a dessert party during the fireworks show featuring themed desserts, specialty drinks and a souvenir Chewbacca stein.


Disney's Animal Kingdom


  • Each evening, Guests will gather along the edge of the Discovery River for the new immersive nighttime experience, “Rivers of Light.” Nearby on Discovery Island, the Tree of Life will undergo an awakening as the animal spirits of the Tree are brought to light by magical fireflies. Check out this video of Imagineer Joe Rhode discussing the project.
  • A new signature table service restaurant called Tiffins will open on Discovery Island and will celebrate the art of traveling featuring a diverse menu drawing from places that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The restaurant slated to open in 2016 will serve both lunch and dinner and will also include waterfront views from comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas. 
  • On December 8, a new merchandise location called Riverside Depot will open and will be themed to the animals discovered in and around rivers. 
  • Beginning November 25, Guests can select Flights of Wonder as one of their three FastPass+ experiences.  
Disney Springs
  • The World of Disney has been expanded to 6,000-foot expansion includes wider aisles, centralized check-out locations, three additional rooms, updated merchandise displays and ceiling murals with classic Disney and Pixar characters.
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 10/26/15 - 11/1/15







News

Magic Kingdom

  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed for refurbishment November 3 – 8.

Epcot

  • Celebrate Guy Fawkes Day on November 5 at Epcot in the United Kingdom pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can participate in activities and receive an award certificate at the Kidcot Fun Stop.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Beginning November 6 and running until January 3, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will take place on the Streets of America nightly from dusk to park close. Those who will be in the park from November 1-5 will be able to catch a special soft opening.
  • Beginning January 16, 2016, Club Villain, a specially ticketed dining and entertainment offering will be available on select nights in the all new Sunset Showcase. Club Villain will be hosted by Dr. Facilier. The night will include musical numbers and a DJ, as well as some of your favorite villains - Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen. Menu offerings with a New Orleans flair, enjoy cocktails from the Potions Bar, and more. Club Villain will be available on select nights. The event will cost $99, per person. 


General Walt Disney World News

  • The Grand Canyon Concourse at Disney's Contemporary Resort will feature a Frozen gingerbread display beginning November 12.
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 10/12/15 - 10/18/15







News

Magic Kingdom

  • Tortuga Tavern has a brand-new menu featuring barbecue offerings include barbecue sandwiches with pulled pork, sliced beef brisket or grilled chicken breast, all served on Texas toast with beans and cole slaw.  Tortuga Tavern will continue to operate seasonally.
  • The taping of the ABC Christmas Day Parade will be held on November 10 – 13 and will be called the “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration”.


Epcot

  • Soarin’ will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment from January 4 and reopening in the summer of 2016.
  • The full list of narrators for Candlelight Processional at Epcot has been announced. The narrators include:
    • Gary Sinise – November 27 to 29
    • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 to December 3
    • Whoopi Goldberg – December 4 and 5
    • Joe Morton – December 6 to 8
    • Ana Gasteyer  – December 9 to 11
    • Meredith Vieira – December 12 to 14
    • America Ferrera – December 15 to 17
    • Chandra Wilson – December 18 to 20
    • Daniel Dae Kim – December 21 to 23
    • Edward James Olmos – December 24 to 26
    • Blair Underwood – December 27 to 28
    • Amy Grant – December 29 to 30


Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Beginning December 4, Sunset Showcase will initially open at the end of Sunset Blvd with Club Disney where Guests can join Mickey Mouse and friends on the dance floor in this electric club environment dancing to Radio Disney Top 40 songs. Club Disney will also feature a cool seating area and snack station, where Guests can refuel.
  • To celebrate the opening of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film, there will be an opening night event on December 17. Guests will be able to see one of the first public showings of the film at the AMC in Disney Springs and then enjoy a private, after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will last until 2:00 a.m.  The party will include access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and a DJ dance party. The night will be capped off with the preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic “Star Wars” score. Ticket prices reflect a variety of format options for the movie, including 2D ($94.99), 3D ($98.99) and 3D ETX ($99.99). All ticket options will include access to the party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Disney Springs
  • The Marketplace Co-Op will soon open a new retail shop known as Twenty Eight & Main featuring stylish men’s clothing and accessories. The Trophy Room will close to make way for Twenty Eight & Main and its last day of operation is November 1. Twenty Eight & Main will open on November 6.


General Walt Disney World News

  • Flying Fish Café on Disney’s BoardWalk, will close for several months for a reimagination beginning February 1. In addition to a whole new look, the restaurant will also have a new menu when it reopens (some Guests’ favorites will remain). The completely reimagined dining room will still feature an onstage kitchen while incorporating an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 10/5/15 - 10/11/15



News

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Catalina Eddie’s & Rosie’s All American Café will be closed for refurbishment until November 19.
  • Guests can enjoy a special look at the production of the new album “We Love Disney,” featuring unique interpretations of classic Disney songs by some of the most popular artists from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and country at the ABC Sound Studio. The preview will run until the end of November.
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! will be closed from October 20 – 22.

Disney Springs
  • A new restaurant called Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine in the summer 2016. The restaurant will showcase farm-to-fork cuisine including Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, and fried chicken.
  • A new chocolate shop is coming soon to The Landing. The Ganachery will specialize in custom-blended chocolates and feature flavors from around the world and is scheduled to open later this year.


Rumors
  •  Soarin may be closing in January for a 6 month long refurbishment. Changes that could occur include:
    • A Change to the configuration of the restrooms
    • Modifyingthe attraction's entrance
    • Enhancing the theme of the queue
    • Connecting the third theater to the other building
    • Installing new projectors used in the ride
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 9/28/15 - 10/4/15




News

Magic Kingdom
  •  Rafiki is now greeting Guests near the Swiss Family Treehouse. Additionally, Stitch will no longer be available for character greetings in Tomorrowland.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • For a limited time starting Oct. 16, Guests will be able to catch a sneak peek of The Good Dinosaur. The preview will take place in theater at the end of One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until December 4.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Guests can head to Discovery Island to meet their ant friend, Flik, A Bug’s Life.

General Walt Disney World News
  • Night of Joy will be moving to ESPN Wide World of Sports for 2016. 
  • Walt Disney World Annual Passes have seen an increase in price. Now, most passes include PhotoPass automatically with your Annual Pass.
  • Prices for Tables in Wonderland membership dining program will be adjusted to $150 for Annual Passholders, Cast Members and DVC members, and to $175 for Florida Residents.
  • The price of parking at the theme parks has been increased to $20. Valet parking prices will be adjusted to $25.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 9/21/15 - 9/27/15



News

Magic Kingdom
  • Pecos Bill's will be closed for refurbishment Sept. 28-30. The location will reopen on Oct. 1 with a new menu serving fajitas, burritos and rice bowls.

Epcot

  • Beginning Oct. 4, Epcot Guests will be able to meet Daisy Duck at the gazebo near Showcase Plaza. As a result, Duffy the Disney Bear’s last day at Epcot will be Saturday, Oct. 3.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  •  Minnie Mouse will begin to meet guests in an all-new character greeting location themed after "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" in the Animation Courtyard beginning on October 8. 
  • Jedi Training Academy is being re-imagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain from “Star Wars Rebels.” To prepare for this, the current version of Jedi Training Academy will accept its last Padawans on Oct. 4. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will open later this year


General Walt Disney World News
  •  Disney Vacation Club will be opening up a second round of DVC units at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. These units are expected to include waterfront cabins. To help accommodate, new additions will be made including a guest boardwalk, as well as a new “bar grill” and a new pool.
  • Disney has unveiled their newest marketing campaign called “Unforgettable Happens Here." Through this campaign, Guests are invited to create their own unforgettable moments on their vacations.

Rumors 
  • Will Soarin be down for 4-6 months to prepare for the new theater? 
  • Toy Story Mania's third track could open by the end of the year. 
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 9/14/15 - 9/20/15




News

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  •  The Merry & Bright Dessert Party to celebrate the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 6 through December 24 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and from December 25-30 from 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The party will include holiday-themed desserts, specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sodas, water, tea and coffee. The price is $69 per adult and $39 per child (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity are included. 
  • There will also be the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception on January 1 from 8:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. and on January 2-3 from 7:00 through 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a holiday buffet including shrimp, beef, turkey and more, as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine. Each Guest in the party will receive a custom keepsake shadow box featuring their own Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights bulb. The price is $99 per adult and $54 per child (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity are included. 
  • The Star Wars Launch Bay is expected to open in December.

Downtown Disney
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will open to Guests on September 22.

General Walt Disney World News
  • Beginning November 22, Guests will be able to enjoy Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch on Sundays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Brunch begins with a specialty beverage – Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults, or a smoothie for kids. A shared pastry basket, filled with house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, pecan sticky buns, is served with Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam. There will be a selection of appetizers, including onion soup graitnee, shrimp and grits, seafood charcuterie, artisanal cheese selection or romaine salad. Entrees will include brioche French toast, lobster eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, freshly caught seasonal fish, steak and eggs and more. A trio of desserts is available for a sweet ending.  The cost is $69 for adults, $41 for children (ages 3-9).
  • Pop Secret is now the official popcorn for the Walt Disney World Resort. The popcorn brand will also sponsor Fantasmic!

Rumors

  • Star Wars Weekends may end up being retired. 
  • The third track of Toy Story Mania may open by the end of this year.  
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 9/7/15 - 9/13/15



News

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be ending at the end of this holiday season. To celebrate, two dining options will be available for guess to enjoy. One is the Merry & Bright Dessert Party (from November 6 – December 30) and the second is the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (January 1- 3).
  • The band Mulch, Sweat, & Shears will be ending their run on October 11. 
  • Star Wars Land will break ground in 2016. 

General Walt Disney World News
  • A new fireworks dessert cruise called Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise, will begin on October 5. Guests can enjoy specialty desserts and beverages and conclude the evening with a viewing of Wishes nighttime spectacular. This package is available for $99 per person for ages 10+ and $69 for ages 3-9 plus tax and gratuit

Rumors

  • Could a change be coming to Tomorrowland called Andy's Room? Permits seem to indicate it may be. 
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 8/31/15 - 9/7/15




News

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • For a limited time beginning November 1, Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant will offer breakfast.  Breakfast will cost $12.99 per child and $23.99 per adult.  Breakfast features an all-inclusive array of breakfast pastries and choice of appetizer, entrée and non-alcoholic beverage such as:
    • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado.
    • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish potatoes.
    • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes.
    • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries.


Downtown Disney

  • Morimoto Asia will open for guests at Downtown Disney on September 30.  Menu items will include traditional Asian dishes such as Peking duck, moo shu pork, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and kung pao chicken. Dim sum will be served during weekend brunch service, and will include a variety of dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. Kids will have a variety of Asian-infused dishes including chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken. Morimoto Asia will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. daily serving lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 8/24/15 - 8/30/15



News

Epcot
  • New for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s Eat to the Beat concert series, Guests can secure a spot for concert performances with a FastPass+ selection. The Eat to the Beat FastPass+ entitlement will be part of the Tier 1 group (which includes the Livin’ With the Land, Soarin’, Test Track, and IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.) Guests can redeem their FastPass+ entitlement at the America Gardens Theatre 20 minutes prior to the show.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
  •  The first performance of Winged Encounters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Extra Magic Hours mornings will adjust to 8:44 a.m.

General Walt Disney World News
  •  runDisney has announced a race weekend inspired by the Star Wars universe. The race, themed around The Dark Side of the Force and will feature a Half Marathon, kids races, a 5K and a 10K. The race weekend will be April 14 – 17 2016, with race registration opening on  September 22.

Rumors
  • A new villain-themed show featuring Dr. Facillier could be in the works for Disney's Hollywood Studios. 
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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 Café 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






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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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