What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Menu Changes at Magic Kingdom Restaurants: Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café in Magic Kingdom Park has added Beef Nachos and a Southwest Burger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, served with a side of tortilla chips to its menu. Also in Magic Kingdom Park, Casey’s Corner has recently started serving your favorite dogs like Barbecue Slaw and Chili-Cheese which are now available in foot-long size in addition to the standard size.
Reminder! Dream Along With Mickey to Close: This summer, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will make its debut on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom Park, featuring Mickey Mouse and favorite characters and songs from “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen.” In this all-new, live stage show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers play host to a joyous festival, the Royal Friendship Faire, and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. To make room for this new castle stage show, Dream Along With Mickey, will have its last performance at Magic Kingdom Park on April 2.
Reminder! Extra Performance of Main Street Electrical Parade: Magic Kingdom will be offering a second performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade at midnight Monday, March 28, through Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Reminder! Temporary Changes to Parades and Shows: Due to construction work, some Magic Kingdom entertainment offerings will be impacted certain dates throughout February and March. The Main Street Trolley Show and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be adjusted April 4, 6, 10, 19 and 24. On these dates, the Trolley Show will use the Main Street fire truck and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be presented at 12:30 and 3:40.
New! Use Your Smartphone to Play Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure: Instead of using a F.O.N.E., (Field Operative Notification Equipment), guests now have the option to play the game using their own personal smartphone. Guests get started by visiting a recruitment center at Odyssey Bridge or near the International Gateway to activate their personal device or pick up a F.O.N.E. to guide you on your mission. Missions will direct you to one of the following international pavilions:
- Mexico Pavilion
- China Pavilion
- Germany Pavilion
- Japan Pavilion
- France Pavilion
- United Kingdom Pavilion
New! IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Now Serving Nachos: IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot has a new addition to its lineup of sweet treats and sparkling wines. In addition to traditional baklava from Morocco, pistachio cannoli from Italy and more, there is now a nacho bar.
Reminder! 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Under Way: From March 2-May 30, take time to stop and smell the flowers at Epcot – and while you’re here, try delicious fresh foods, rock out with classic bands and dig in to all that the Flower & Garden Festival has to offer! With new topiaries, Outdoor Kitchens, experiences for kids and more, there’s always something to discover. Upcoming Garden Rocks concerts include:
- April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
- April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Reminder! Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show to Close: Disney’s Hollywood Studios is embarking on a 25-acre expansion, the largest in the theme park’s history, that will transport Guests both lands inspired by the blockbuster Star Wars and Toy Story films. The two new lands will each feature two signature attractions. To prepare for this expansion, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show! and the nearby locations around Streets of America, including Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, Monsters Inc. character greeting, Studio Catering Co., and some merchandise shops will close April 2.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! More Details About Tiffins Released: Tiffins, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park’s Discovery Island area, opens this summer with dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators. “Tiffin” is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers (also a mid-day meal), and the 252-seat restaurant in the park’s Discovery Island area will open daily for lunch and dinner with menus that takes diners to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Disney Imagineer Emily O’Brien describes O’Brien describes the interior design as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America which influenced the design of the park.” She adds, “The galleries, or dining rooms, focus on Asia [Trek Gallery with 74 seats] and Africa [Safari Gallery with 64 seats], and the third [Grand Gallery with 114 seats] pays homage to animal species that the Disney Conservation Fund works to protect.”
“Tiffins is not about a make-believe place, it’s about real people and places,” said O’Brien. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about the intrinsic value of nature, transformation through adventure and a personal call to action, and the adjacent Nomad Lounge brings into focus these core values. With beautiful waterfront views, the lounge focuses on storytelling, and also on guests’ travels, with large banners as “artistic representations” of answers to travel questions written on the perimeter wall. For instance, “what do you always do when traveling” or “what was your most adventurous moment?”
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Oasis Bar and Grill Now Open at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Oasis Bar & Grill has opened, serving Polynesian-inspired menus to guests of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Tasty snacks like Malasadas (a Portuguese confection coated in sugar) and delicious entrees like a Teryaki-glazed Angus Chuck Burger, Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Grilled Chicken and Grilled Sustainable Fish Tacos are served poolside. There’s also a full bar offering a wide range of tropical cocktails, Hawaiian beer, wine, sodas and teas.
New! More Dates Added to Afternoon Tea at Disney’s Beach Club Resort: Additional dates have been added for Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Added dates include: March 24-29, April 14-17, May 5-8, June 16-19, July 1-4, August 11-14 and September 1-5. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! Dates Announced for D23 Expo 2017: Though D23 Expo takes place in California, many of the panels and announcements pertain to Walt Disney World. D23—Disney’s official fan club—has announced the dates for the next D23 Expo: July 14-16, 2017! Mark your calendars for the Ultimate Disney Fan Event’s return to the Anaheim Convention Center. All of Disney’s wonderful worlds—including Pixar and Star Wars—will come together once again with star-studded presentations, dazzling exhibits, unique collectibles and, of course, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
New! New D-Tech on Demand Options for Spring 2016: D-Tech on Demand is the place where guests can create personalized phone cases for select phones. Additional designs are coming to the D-Tech on Demand stations found at Disney Parks. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see: Some of the most popular Star Wars Launch Bay D-Tech on Demand styles have recently been added to additional D-Tech on Demand locations at Disney Parks. You can also add your name to your phone design written in Aurebesh, one of the alphabets used in the Star Wars galaxy.
Other designs will include characters from Disney’s animated hit, “Zootopia,” such as Officer Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde or Flash the sloth.
D-Tech team is adding artwork from the Twenty Eight & Main collection too.
Several of the popular designs from Disney Park’s new salt and pepper shakers that resemble Disney trash cans will be available available as phone cases.
Finally, they will introduce four designs inspired by ABC Television shows which include the daytime drama “General Hospital,” “black-ish,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Castle.”
April 1 -3: Visit Epcot for Art in the Garden with Disney inspired artists for special appearances and signings throughout the weekend including Disney Design Group artists, Disney Fine Art Collectors Editions, David E. Doss, Larry Dotson, Fairy House Ladies, Reinhard, Herzog, Greg McCullough, and William Silvers. For a complete list of artists, signing times and locations, visit http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/events/artist-showcase-the-art-of-david-e-doss-at-walt-disney-world-resort/?instance_id=&CMP=SOC-DPFY16Q2April2016WaltDisneyWorldMerchandiseEventSnapshot0020
April 6 – 10 and April 26 – May 1: Artist David E. Doss returns to the Art of Disney. Meet David and see his collection of artwork from 1 – 9 p.m., each day.
New! LEGO Minifigures Featuring Iconic Disney Characters Debut in May: LEGO will debut their first-ever Disney character collection of Minifigures in May. Eighteen new Minifigures will soon be available for purchase at a variety of retailers including World of Disney and The LEGO Store here at Disney Springs with a suggested retail price of $3.99 each.
Closures and Refurbishments
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