May 1, 2017
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
Reminder! Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Ending Soon: Wishes will have it’s final showing on May 11, 2017. On May 12, Happily Ever After debuts. This 18-minute show features more lasers, lights and projections than any other fireworks spectacular in the history of Magic Kingdom park!
Happily Ever After starts with a dream… and takes you on an unforgettable journey that captures the heart, humor and heroism of many favorite Disney animated films, including:
- Big Hero Six
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- The Incredibles
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
- The Princess and the Frog
- Toy Story
- Wreck-It Ralph
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 drink 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
Reminder! “The Music of Pixar Live!” Set to debut May 26: This brand-new, limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters. The show will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Single Rider Queue at Expedition Everest Temporarily Closed: Beginning April 26, the single rider queue at Expedition Everest will be closed. It will be unavailable until May 16. All Guests will be directed to the main standby queue during this time.
New! A Look at Desserts at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar: Walt Disney World Resort chefs are using storytelling magic to create two special sweet endings for Satu’li Canteen, the new land’s fast casual restaurant. The Na’vi colors were the inspiration for the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse, a cream cheese and blueberry creation with passion fruit to connect to the film’s tropical environment.
The Chocolate Cake with a Crunchy Cookie, Banana Cream and Goji Berries again takes its inspiration from the healthy Na’vi. The cake is topped with banana cream, made with a few simple (but delicious) ingredients: cream, white chocolate and bananas, with a little drizzle of lemon.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Island Markets Opening at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: To ensure our Guests have convenient access to an array of Food & Beverage offerings throughout Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort property, three “island markets” are opening in Martinique, Jamaica and Aruba. These locations will operate from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, offering a selection of grab & go foods. Breakfast items include yogurt parfaits, cereal, pastries and more. For lunch and dinner, a delicious variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads will be available. Guests may also purchase refillable resort mugs at these locations, which can be filled at Centertown or Coca-Cola Freestyle machines throughout the resort.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
World Renowned LaLiga Soccer Association Coming to ESPN Wide World of Sports: Walt Disney World Resort is teaming with IdeaSport, LLC and one of the biggest names in soccer to host a soccer program for youth athletes at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex! Through this multi-year agreement, the program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort will provide a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field. It will also offer training for coaches and officials. Open enrollment begins June 1-4, and training and development will begin later that month.
Walt Disney World Resort – Merchandise
New! Pandora – The World of Avatar Merchandise: Guests visiting Windtraders, the primary merchandise location on Pandora, will discover several distinct art styles found on merchandise. The bioluminescent world of Pandora at night is captured with two new pieces. One image was inspired by the Na’vi River Journey while the other pictures the beautiful Valley of Mo’ara. In addition to being available as prints, elements from his nighttime artwork were added to apparel, home décor, accessories and other products.
The cave painting art was based on sketches by Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde for the Avatar Flight of Passage attraction.
Another Disney artist created digital renderings of Na’vi weavings and Banshee totems for Walt Disney Imagineering. These images have a hand-drawn feel and will appear on select apparel and accessories.
The art team also created patch designs representing different experiences guests will have while visiting Pandora. In addition to other products, guests will find select patch designs in the Intergalactic Passport Kit from Alpha Centauri Expeditions. The kit includes a passport, three sticker pages, a button, and a photo ID badge.
Closures and Refurbishments
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