Sunday, January 3, 2016

Walt Disney World News and Rumors - 12/28/15 - 1/3/16



  • Soarin’ will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 4 and will reopen in the summer of 2016.
  • A new DVC Lounge is slated to open in the old Imageworks section of The Imagination Pavilion. This new lounge will include resting areas, kids sections, and more. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has been extended through January 6.
  • For a limited time beginning January 21, a sneak peek of Zootopia will be presented as part of the finale of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. The current finale of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will go on a brief hiatus during this time.
  • Guests will no longer be able to meet Phineas & Ferb and Lightning McQueen & Mater after January 4.
  • From January 4 – March 20 at Hollywood & Vine, Guests can experience Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine.

Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood will undergo construction beginning January 6. When the restaurant reopens in the summer of 2016, it will be renamed the Planet Hollywood Observatory and will have a fresh new look and feel and be expand by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace and more outdoor seating.

General Walt Disney World News

  • The Yard and the ESPN Club merchandise shop will close January 6.


  • There may be a new Star Wars character dining experience this year.
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