Around The Mouse – News from Walt Disney World Resort
Feb 28, 2017
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk Coming to Tomorrowland: A new kiosk called Joffrey’s Revive Coffee kiosk will open near Space Mountain in Tomorrowland in March. The new kiosk will offer a beverage exclusive to Magic Kingdom Park:
the More S’mores Latte. Delight the kid inside with a cup of Joffrey’s artisan roasted espresso, mixed with rich chocolate sauce, sweet marshmallow syrup and topped with whipped cream, graham cracker sprinkles and fluffy marshmallows. This beverage is available hot or iced.
Reminder! Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Starts March 1: 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 will feature 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 series will expand to 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! BB-8 to Greet Guests at This Spring: Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay. BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Rivers of Light Merchandise Now Available: Rivers of Light is the new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are several new products available representing the new show including several logo products for this new show including apparel for adults and kids.
Other souvenir items include a magnet, a coffee mug, a light-up ear hat ornament, and an open edition logo pin.
A new animal-themed totem pole wand has been added to the Made with Magic collection. The wand allows guests to become a part of the show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme at select nighttime spectaculars at Disney Parks.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Celebration at the Top at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:
Celebration at the Top guests will be able to delight in the sparkle of the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular from an intimate and private observation deck at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests will check in at California Grill an hour before fireworks. Then, they will be brought up to the California Grill restaurant, which sits on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Once inside, guests will be taken to the intimate and secluded banquet rooms to enjoy canapés, a selection of sushi rolled by the expert California Grill sushi chefs, a selection of flatbreads and other small plates. A complimentary bar offering craft beers, California wines, cordials and coffee will also be available. Just before the night spectacular begins, guests will be lead to their private observation deck, which offers stunning views of Magic Kingdom park and the fireworks. Afterward, guests can return to the private room for petit four desserts including decadent chocolate confections and fruit tarts. Reservations for Celebration at the Top are now open for select Sunday evenings from February 26 to April 16. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet parking is included.
New! Changes Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will undergo an expansion over the next two years. The expansion at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will include a new 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The resort will also refurbish its current resort rooms and transform its landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges. The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow guests to experience something truly unique, rooftop dining with panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks.
New! Changes Coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining. These changes will also take place over the course of the next two years (approx).
New! Mardi Gras Celebration at Port Orleans: Guests are welcome to join Disney’s Port Orleans Resort for a Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5-8 p.m. in the French Quarter courtyard. Themed entertainment, special activities and more are in store for Guests of all ages to enjoy including:
- Painting on de’ Bayou Noon-2 p.m. ($) | Scat Cat’s Lounge. Advanced reservations accepted.
- Mardi Gras Mixer 3-5 p.m. | Scat Cat’s LoungeI – n the spirit of Mardi Gras join us for a Mardi Gras Mixer with specialty food and cocktails in Scat Cats Lounge. Enjoy new flavors of New Orleans with magical entertainment!
Mardi Gras Guest Celebration | French Quarter courtyard Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 5-8 p.m. o Special entertainment o King cake eating contest
- Dance parties o Beignet walk o Mickey tie dye ($)
- Prizes and Mardi Gras giveaways o Selfie booth
- Create your own tumblers and wine glasses ($)
Walt Disney World Resort – Merchandise
New! 2017 Disney Trading Pins: New Disney trading pin collections for 2017 have been announced! Here is a look at several monthly pin collections you may find in 2017.
The “Essence of Evil” (3,000 edition size each) and “Doorways to Disney” (4,000 edition size each) collections will be a shared collection between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
Each “Piece of Disney History” collection pin will have an edition size of 1,500 and will only be released at Walt Disney World Resort. The Jungle Cruise 45th Anniversary collection will be released in Florida on May 11, 2017.
The “Pin Trading Tales” (2,000 edition size each) and the Charming Characters (3,000 edition size each) will only be found at Disneyland Resort.
Open edition Disney Emoji pin sets that are coming to Disney Parks in late summer. You can see these fun characters in the “As Told By Disney Emoji” video series which retells favorite Disney stories using emojis. The character designs are also found in the Disney Emoji Blitz game.
Closures and Refurbishments
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