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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