What’s New This Week?
Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, Oct 10, 2016
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Pete’s Silly Sideshow Hours Change: Favorite Disney friends will now greet Guests at Pete’s Silly Sideshow from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily (with closing at 6 p.m. on event nights).
New! Muppet Mobile Lab Entertainment: When visiting Future World, be on the lookout for Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, as they conduct field experiments and scientific demonstrations in their one-of-a-kind Muppet Mobile Lab. This new entertainment offering is still just being tested, so there’s no word yet on if it will become a permanent offering.
Reminder! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Now Under Way: The 21st Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has begun! Let Epcot be your global tasting table – enjoy the longest festival yet with 62 days to taste, sip and shop culinary creations from around the world. Don’t forget to stop by the nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series performances at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Here are some of the upcoming acts:
- Oct 10-11 — 38 Special “Hold on Loosely”
- Oct 12-13 — Jeffrey Osborne — “On the Wings of Love”
- Oct 14-16 — Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
- Oct 17-19 — Dennis DeYoung “Come Sail Away”
- Oct 20 -21 — Christopher Cross “Sailing” Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! Halloween Carrot Cake Cupcake Now Available: The Halloween carrot cake specialty cupcake is now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This cupcake will be available at the following locations: Catalina Eddie’s, Rosie’s All-American Café, Starring Rolls Café, and Trolley Car Café. The specialty cupcake will be available through Oct. 31 and included in the Disney Dining Plan.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! “A Princess Royal Reception” at Disney Springs: Guests can experience a limited-time royal engagement as they meet classic Disney princesses at World of Disney. With surprise appearances throughout the month of October, Guests will have a chance to meet Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Tiana or another visiting princess as part of “A Princess Royal Reception,” offered daily at World of Disney from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Upon check-in, Guests will be able to pick up a pager to secure their place in a virtual queue, allowing them to continue exploring Disney Springs while they wait. Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to capture each interaction. “A Princess Royal Reception” will be offered for a limited time Oct. 1-Nov. 1.
New! Bus Service Changes for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Resort Guests wishing to go to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park should take a bus to Disney Springs and then take the shuttle from Disney Springs to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. This shuttle operates all day, beginning about 45 minutes before Typhoon Lagoon opens until one hour after it closes. As a reminder, Resort Guests wishing to go to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park should take a bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and then take a shuttle from there to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.
New! 45th Anniversary Brings Discounts for Passholders and DVC Members: All Walt Disney World owned and operated table-service locations, except Victoria & Albert’s, will offer a 10 percent discount in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort 45th Anniversary. All Walt Disney World owned and operated merchandise locations will offer a 20 percent merchandise discount on eligible purchases. This enhanced discount is available for in-store purchases as well as purchases made on Shop Disney Parks. In addition, Annual Passholders may also enjoy a 20 percent discount through Sept. 2017 at 45 Walt Disney World owned and operated restaurants (including quick and table service options) in honor of the 45th anniversary celebration. Guests should ask when visiting a store or restaurant if an Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member discount is available before purchasing to ensure the discount is applicable.
- Oct 11 – New Adventureland–Themed Disney Tsum Tsum at Disney Parks: The newest series of Disney Tsum Tsum from Disney Parks will be released on October 11, 2016. This series contains seven, 3-inch stackable plush with characters inspired by Adventureland.
Closures and Refurbishments
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