What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! ‘Dine-on-the-Go’ Dining Package Now Available: From January 12 until February 22nd, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort can save up to 20% per adult on quick-service dining by purchasing a Disney Dine-on-the-Go Meal Pack. Each Disney Dine-on-the-Go Meal Pack includes one Quick-Service meal certificate to be redeemed at participating locations from Park open to 4
p.m., and one Quick-Service meal certificate to be redeemed at participating locations from 4 p.m. to Park close. Each Quick-Service meal includes one entrée and one nonalcoholic beverage (Dessert is not included). Participating restaurant locations include Casey’s Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus. Valid park admission is required to utilize the certificates. Price is $29.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 3 to 9.
New! ‘Let the Magic Begin’ Now Opens Magic Kingdom Park Daily: As of last week, guests arriving at Magic Kingdom Park in time for the park’s opening now see a new morning welcome show called “Let the Magic Begin” right at the Castle Forecourt Stage. The show features a Majesty Maker and appearances by many characters.
New! Wies N Buam Now Performing in Germany: Wies N Buam, an exciting, original troupe of musicians well-known at Munich’s Oktoberbest, is now rocking the Germany gazebo stage. The group, whose name means “Oktoberfest Boys,” aims to prove that tradition is not boring with its original renditions of Bavarian folk music.
New! Epcot International Festival of the Arts Now Underway: The newest Epcot Festival — Epcot International Festival of the Arts – has debuted. This event combines visual, culinary and performing arts for six colorful weekends from January 13 through February 20. New art will be unveiled each week and you’ll be able to feast on creations that look almost too good to eat. The festival will also feature different pairings of Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s awardwinning shows, including ?The Lion King?, Newsies, Aladdin and others. Annual Passholders and DVC Members have been invited to receive free reserved seatings for one Disney on Broadway Concert Series performance.
New! Epcot International Festival of the Arts Merchandise: New commemorative merchandise has been created specifically for this new celebration. Guests attending this year’s inaugural event will find a variety of shirts and items featuring Figment from Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination attraction. Other items will include a large poster of Epcot concept artwork by Herb Ryman along with a tote bag, a coffee mug, and a TERVIS tumbler. Artwork from several artists who will be appearing throughout the festival including Jason Grandt, David Buckley, Jerrod Maruyama, Kristin Tercek, to name a few will be available in the Odyssey Festival Showplace located in the Odyssey building near the entrance to World Showcase.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! Star Wars: Galactic Nights Special Event: Star Wars: Galactic Nights, a new Hollywood-inspired special event will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14. Come dressed as your favorite character and celebrate forty years of Star Wars milestones. Park access and activities will be limited to Star Wars: Galactic Nights event ticket holders only. Event Details:
- Rebel Base Activities – The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
- Watch “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” – Catch a celebrity chat show in Epic Theater to learn more about the making of Star Wars films.
- Can’t miss Star Wars photo ops – Don your Star Wars finest (see costume guidelines) and enjoy iconic Star Wars backdrops, including Han Solo cast in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
- Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade – This procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.
- Imperial March & March of the First Order – Get your cameras ready for the arrival of the dark side. Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a dramatic march down Hollywood Blvd to the Event Stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
- Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Event Guests are challenged to collect Star Wars themed pieces at the photo backdrops throughout the park, revealing a surprise when all items have been collected.
- “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away“ – Watch high-energy clips of the best moments from the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
- “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” – The skies will come alive with the power of the Force, as the park’s popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.
Other popular attractions will be open, including Star Wars Launch Bay. Additional offerings will include the chance to experience Star Tours-The Adventures Continue attraction, AWR Trooper sightings, roaming droids, Star Wars-themed F&B, special merchandise and much more. The event will be held at the park from 7 p.m.-midnight. The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket costs $129 plus tax for adults and $124 plus tax for children ages 9 and under. Tickets are extremely limited.
New! Olaf Specialty Cupcake Now Available: The Olaf specialty cupcake, with a chocolate cake and marshmallow icing, is now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This cupcake will be available at the following locations: ABC Commissary, Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare, Rosie’s All-American Café, Starring Rolls Café, and Trolley Car Café. This item is included in the Disney Dining Plan and available through Jan. 31.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! ‘The View’ is Coming to Walt Disney World: The View co-hosts (Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sara Haines, Jedediah Bila, Sunny Hostin and Paula Faris) recently announced they are going to Walt Disney World Resort in March to broadcast the show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Tree of Life will be the magical setting for the show’s first time broadcasting from Walt Disney World Resort. The show is also offering a sweepstakes to bring guests along. The View’s Magic is Endless Sweepstakes presented by American Tourister is offering the chance for three lucky viewers to win grand-prize packages including a Walt Disney World vacation for themselves and up to three guests and attend the taping of “The View” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Winners will also receive a $500 Disney gift card. The entry period ends January 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Viewers can learn more and enter for a chance to win at www.TheViewMagicIsEndlessSweepstakes.com.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! New Artisanal Menu at Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Gasparilla Island Grill has reopened with a new menu. Elevated flavors, artisanal ingredients and great attention to detail can be found through each station – hot sandwiches and pizzas, the sandwich and salad bar and the coffee and dessert station. At the Sandwich Bar, each sandwich is assembled as you order, keeping the bread—which is baked fresh in house daily—perfectly crusty.
You’ll find the popular “Create-Your-Own-Salad” option in the same area, which can be topped with flank steak or marinated chicken. In the morning, this area becomes a yogurt bar, allowing guests to build parfaits with toppings such as fresh fruits, granola and bananas in a decadent caramel sauce. The next station serves hot sandwiches and thin crust pizza. Each pizza—which cooks in 90 seconds at 840 degrees—is served on pizza dough made in-house daily at the Grand Floridian Bakery.
For hot sandwiches, you’ll find the artisanal burger features 7 ounces of a signature beef blend, bacon and Cheddar cheese on a freshly-baked Brioche bun; a Mahi Mahi “Ruben,” featuring house-made cabbage slaw on marble Rye bread and Chef Noah’s recommendation, the Chicken & Brie is a delicious twist on Chicken Cordon Bleu—with ham, spinach, raspberry mustard on a Brioche bun.
The final station features specialty coffees and beautiful baked goods, pastries and sweets made by the Grand Floridian Bakery. Look for Coconut Pot de Crème, Almond Fruit Tart, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Mickey Brownie, Minnie Mouse Cupcake, and assorted cookies and other sweet treats.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! #RocktheDots on Jan 22 at Disney Springs: January 22, 2017 is National Polka Dot Day, the perfect excuse to celebrate Minnie’s impact on fashion and popular culture. Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort and Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort will honor the signature style of global icon, Minnie Mouse, and you’re invited to join the polka-dotted, mouse-eared fun. Visit Disney Springs or Downtown Disney District on January 22 dressed in your polka-dotted finest to join the celebrations – including special photo opportunities, entertainment, a commemorative button, discounts, and giveaways.
New! Menu Details Released for Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs: The new Planet Hollywood Observatory set to open in early 2017 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. The new menu offers options from light to indulgent. On the indulgent side, you’ll find dishes like L.A. Lasagna, a fried take on the classic comfort food with Bolognese sauce, roasted garlic cream and tomato basil sauce. Or one of Fieri’s new Big Bite Burgers or Knuckle Sandwiches – the Bacon Mac-N-Cheese with his signature Donkey Sauce on a garlic-buttered brioche bun.
Other options include Lobster Feast Fra Diavolo, a 10-ounce bone-in New York Strip Steak for two and the High Roller Platter, a generous serving of guest favorites: Chicken Crunch, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Cheesy Spinach Dip and Peri-Peri Shrimp. Healthful options include salads like Citrus Kale with julienned broccoli, slivered brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, grapefruit, oranges, cranberries and sunflower seeds with citrus-agave dressing. The Spinach & Berries salad features candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette. The beverage menu focuses on Florida craft beers and handcrafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients. The delectable milkshakes return (try the new Chocolate Comet or Strawberry Borealis), and the dessert menu alone is worth the trip – you can do a blind tasting of 12 flavors of house-made ice creams and sorbets, or finish with the Planet Melt Down, a chocolate hardshell dome that’s melted tableside with hot chocolate sauce to reveal double chocolate fudge cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Closures and Refurbishments
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