What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Walt Disney World Railroad Closed for Refurb: The Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment through late November.
Update! Some Nights of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Sold Out: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is officially sold out on October 23, 27, 29 and 31 and November 1. Currently, tickets are still available for: October 22, and 25.
Reminder! Changes to Main Street U.S.A Showtimes: The showtimes for the Main Street Trolley Show and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be adjusted Oct 26 and 28. On these dates, The Main Street Trolley show will use the Main Street fire truck and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will occur at 12:30pm and 5:40pm.
New! Bijutsu-kan Gallery Celebrates ‘Cute Culture’ at Japan Pavilion in Epcot: A new exhibit opened in the Japan Pavilion that celebrates the country’s culture of cute. “Kawaii: Japan’s Cute Culture” explores how it’s become a way of life in modern Japan. Kawaii is rooted in Japan’s Shinto past, and is a means of self-expression, from schoolhouses to construction sites. The Bijutsu-kan Gallery features a replica of a modern Tokyo apartment and historical artifacts that illustrate kawaii’s origins.
New! Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced: The final list of narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional have been announced on the Disney Parks Blog. This year’s event runs nightly at The America Gardens Theatre at Epcot from November 27 to December 30. It is presented three times per night — 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Here’s the list: (Entertainment and times subject to change)
- 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
- 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
- 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
- 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
- 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
- 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
- 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
- 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
- 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
- 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
- 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant
Reminder! 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Now Open: Each fall, Epcot transforms for the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival —where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park. There are over Global Marketplaces where you can taste and sip small food plates and exotic drinks from all over the world. Eat to the Beat concerts bring you top names in music for free concerts (free with your Epcot admission). The Festival Center is the place to find cook book and bottle signings, culinary demonstrations and much more. This year the Festival runs Sep 25 – Nov 16!
This week’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series includes:
- Oct 19-21: Air Supply
- Oct 22: Fuel
- Oct 29 – Oct 30 Jo Dee Messina
- Oct 31 – Nov 1 Everclear Performance
New! Guerlain Event at France Pavilion: Visit the La Signature Shoppe at Epcot to see Marie Line Patry, National Director or Fragrance and Beauty of Guerlain, and learn about the secret of Orchidee Imperiale. Guests will also get a sneak peek on holiday fragrances. Guests who purchase Guerlain fragrance or spend $150 on any Guerlain purchase will receive complimentary bottle engraving or painting.
New! Soarin’ Closed for Lengthy Refurbishment: Soarin’ will be closed from January 4th through summer 2016 for refurbishment.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! Minnie’s Season Dine at Hollywood & Vine to be Available All Year: Recently, Minnie’s Holiday Dine was added at dinner time at Hollywood & Vine. Now, Disney has announced Minnie and pals will continue to host dinner at Hollywood & Vine year-round! Reservations open October 27 for the next seasonal dine. From January 4 to March 20, Minnie will be hosting a dinner party celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood. Child $27.99 + tax and Adults $46.99 + tax. Breakfast and lunch will continue to feature Disney Junior Play and Dine.
New! ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Opening Night Event: This week Disney announced “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Opening Night Event, a special ticketed event that’s planned for Thursday, December 17 at the Walt Disney World Resort for those who want to be among the first to see the new film and celebrate with fellow fans. Starting at AMC Disney Springs 24 between 7 and 8 p.m., guests of the Opening Night Event will have a confirmed seat at the first few public showings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and then enjoy a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 a.m. The party will include access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit, the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, and a DJ dance party. The night will be highlighted with the preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic “Star Wars” score. Event attendees will also get a commemorative souvenir event ticket. Guests of the Event are encouraged to come dressed in costume showing allegiance to the light side or dark side of the Force. This event is already sold out!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Water Buffalo Added to Maharajah Jungle Trek: Three water buffalo have been introduced to the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Named by a Cast Member, Rose, Dorothy and Blanche are enjoying the comfort of the grassy fields and brush. The three girls have developed into a close-knit group and like to follow each other everywhere they go. Guests might see them laying in a triangle with their backs to each other as they get used to their new home. This sitting position allows all three of them to be watching each side of the group while they continue to get acclimated to the space.
New! Kali River Rapids Test Through Oct 24: From now through Oct. 24, Guests will not be permitted to store personal items on the ride vehicles at Kali River Rapids. Free lockers are available at the entrance to secure your belongings while you ride. This is a test. It’s not known if this will be a permanent change.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Pool Refurbishment at All-Star Sports: From Oct 26 through mid-December, the Grand Slam pool at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort will be closed. Guests may still use the Surfboard Bay pool at Disney’s All-Star Sports, the Calypso pool and Piano pool at All-Star Music and the Fantasia and Duck Pond pools at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resorts.
New! Cast Member Pumpkin Carving Contests: Many of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels will hold contests where Cast Members will decorate or carve pumpkins and leave them on display for Guests and other Cast Members to vote for their favorites. If you are staying on property Oct 30-31st, look for the pumpkins on display in the lobby or food court areas and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
Reminder! Old Port Royale Bridge Closed at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Now until Nov. 26, the bridge that connects Aruba and Jamaica islands to Old Port Royale is unavailable to pedestrians. Shuttle service and boat transportation are available during this closure. Shuttles will run from 6:30am to 12:30am, picking up guests every 15-20 minutes from the parking lots closest to the Aruba and Jamaica island buildings. The boat service will be available 9:00am to dusk between Aruba and Barefoot Bay Bike Works.
Reminder! Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Now Featuring Specialty Hot Dogs: Gasparilla Island Grill now features different specialty hot dogs each day. Each hot dog is made from premium beef and the rolls are baked fresh daily. The specialty dogs include, Cleveland, Seattle, Kansas City, Memphis, Idaho, New York and Chicago. A different dog is served each day of the week.
Cleveland – Available on Sundays, the Cleveland dog is topped with French fries, coleslaw and hot sauce.
Seattle – Lovers of spicy food will want to visit on Monday, when they can get the Seattle, topped with cream cheese, raw jalapeños, chopped cabbage and finished with Sriracha.
Kansas City – Simple and oh-so-good—the Kansas City dog is served on a sesame seed bun, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. Look for it on Tuesdays.
Idaho – On Thursdays, you’ll find the exception I mentioned earlier—the Idaho dog is (fittingly) served on a baked potato instead of a bun and piled high with bacon bits, chives, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
New York – This hot dog will have you saying TGIF in a New York minute. Mustard, sauerkraut and onion sauce top the New York dog, served on Fridays.
Chicago – If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll recognize this staple, served at Gasparilla Island Grill on Saturdays: A traditional Chicago-style hot dog: a pickle spear, celery salt, tomatoes, whole sport peppers, chopped onions, green relish and mustard on a poppy seed bun.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! Twenty Eight & Main Coming to Marketplace Co-Op: The Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs will continue to be used as a testing ground for new retail concepts. Soon a new shop known as Twenty Eight & Main will open in the space formerly used by the Trophy Room. This shop will feature stylish men’s clothing and accessories. The Trophy Room will have its last day on Nov 1. Twenty Eight and Main will open Nov. 6.
New! Snacks With Character at Disney Parks: Guests now have a new snack options at Disney Parks called Snacks with Character. This Disney-branded line of better-for-you snacks is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. Disney Theme Park Merchandise teamed up with well-known specialty suppliers such as Ocean Spray, Enjoy Life Foods, Way Better Snacks and WOW Baking Company. Several of the dietary needs addressed in the new assortment products include gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergy-friendly products.
Closures and Refurbishments
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