April 24, 2017

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! ‘Happily Ever After’ To Feature The Most Advanced Projection Mapping: “Happily Ever After,” the new nighttime fireworks spectacular, is set to debut at Magic Kingdom Park on May 12. The show will take guests on an emotional journey as favorite Disney characters set out to pursue their dreams, encounter obstacles (and villains!) to ultimately prevail and find their “happily ever afters.” The show also encourages guests to pursue their own dreams and never give up. This show will feature the latest in projection mapping technology. This new show will also include new hand-drawn animation, an original score and the latest in fireworks, lasers, and pyrotechnics.

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Reminder! Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Continues: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual spring event taking place from March 1 to May 29, 2017, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The festival features an irresistible array of new gardens and character topiaries, popular entertainers and tasty food and drinks offerings. Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at the new Northern Bloom and The Berry Basket Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna, and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary.

This year’s Epcot front-entrance topiary garden, “Welcome Spring Fun, Food, and Flowers,” inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto. The popular Garden Rocks concert takes place four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over five decades. Redesigned interactive play gardens will include the new “Cars”-themed Road to Florida 500 garden introducing the new “Cruz” character topiary from the June 2017 release of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3.” Music Garden Melodies play area will return with a new garden design, musical note topiary elements, and climbing nets. The Festival Center will showcase an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Disney Parks Imagineers and Lucasfilm Share Details of Their Collaboration on Star Wars-themed Lands: At a panel discussion at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando entitled Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making, creative minds from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering discussed their unique partnership and shared additional details about the new galactic lands being created at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The team shared exciting new details about the story behind this mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim — lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions. The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. Unusual characters from across the galaxy have landed here, preferring the “no questions asked” environment as well as easy access to exotic supplies and an abundant supply of ready rogues looking to join a crew for their next adventure.

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

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New! New Star Tours Adventure Revealed: Also at last week’s Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars fans got their first look at the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans attending a special panel discussion entitled Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making also learned that a new destination will be coming to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this year featuring some of the iconic actions and locations showcased in the trailer!

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Reminder! Sneak preview of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:” A sneak preview of the all-new film is now showing at One Man’s Dream. Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the new film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” This epic tale finds Captain Jack in search of the legendary Trident of Poseidon in order to avoid deadly ghost sailors who are led by the terrifying Captain Salazar and determined to kill every pirate at sea. In his small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune but to save his life from the most malicious foe he has ever faced.     

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Specialty Beverages Sneak Peek: Specialty beverages exclusive to Pandora—The World of Avatar were previewed recently via the Disney Parks Blog. To match the “pods” (bao buns) and bowls at Satu’li Canteen, the Pandoran Sunrise is a non-alcoholic mix of tropical Juices blended with Powerade Melon – you can get it in the souvenir Satu’li Canteen Flute Flask. A Banshee Chardonnay and Banshee Pinot Noir are on the menu by the glass. And there’s a refreshing Dreamwalker Sangria with a splash Blue Curaçao.

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Hawkes’ Grog Ale with a fruity hop character (a taste of apricot and peach, a hint of wheat on the finish), and Mo’ara High Country Ale, a malty amber ale with the aroma of herbal spice hops and tastes of caramel, toffee, and nuts.

Next door at the Pongu Pongu walk-up window, the Night Blossom frozen drink is a non-alcoholic mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear flavors topped with passion fruit boba balls (you can get it in a souvenir Pongu Pongu mug with a glow cube).

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The Mo’ara Frozen Margarita is another frozen drink with Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila with strawberry and blood orange flavor topped with strawberry boba balls (also available in a souvenir mug). Both the Hawkes’ Grog Ale and the Mo’ara High Country Ale are on tap here too, with the option of the souvenir mug.

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New! Tree of Life Awakenings Expansion: Soon, the stories shown on the Tree of Life during the awakenings will be viewable from the back side of the tree as well. The Disney-inspired story will be shown starting in late May. Other stories will also be added over time.

Reminder! Enjoy Rivers of Light with a Tiffins Dining Package: As a reminder, Tiffins offers Rivers of Light Dining Packages, which guarantee you a reserved seat for Rivers of Light. When it comes to nighttime entertainment, there’s nothing quite like the spectacular Rivers of Light nighttime show, with talented live performers, mesmerizing music, and stunning water effects. The best way to make sure you’ve got a reserved seat for the big show is with a Rivers of Light Dining Package at Tiffins. With the Rivers of Light Dining Package, you can enjoy a fabulous three-course meal including your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. The cost for the dining package is $67 for adults, and $26 for ages 3 to 9, or two table-service meal entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan.

Disney Springs

New! Splitsville Second Floor Bar and Patio Temporarily Closed: Beginning April 24, the second-floor bar and outdoor deck will be temporarily closed for refurbishment. During this refurbishment, the restaurant will remain open including the first-floor bar, dining, bowling lanes and pool tables. The area is expected to reopen in June.


Disney Water Parks

New! The ‘Frozen’ Summer Games return to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Fans of Disney’s animated hit film

“Frozen” will have another chance to chill this summer with the return of the “Frozen” Summer Games at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Olaf will be living his “In Summer” dream as he and Kristoff host the impromptu sporting event full of friendly, fun competitions.

From May 26 to August 13, Guests of all ages visiting Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park can choose to join “Team

Kristoff” or “Team Olaf” as they participate in a variety of Frozen-themed activities including Ice Pail Relays, a Snowball Toss, Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. As part of the games, Kristoff and Olaf will be available for a special character greeting and photo opportunity, making Blizzard Beach the only place Guests can meet Kristoff at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

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