Sunday, December 20, 2015

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


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 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 CafĂ© 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.


  • 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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