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Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Diamond Horseshoe Open for Table Service Lunch and Dinner: The Diamond Horseshoe will serve lunch and dinner daily beginning March 13 and continuing through May 30. This table-service meal is an all-you-care-to-enjoy saloon feast. It begins with a Frontier Salad, a tasty mix of greens, tomatoes, roasted corn, cornbread croutons and a house-made chipotle-ranch dressing. There’s also cornbread for the table to share. For your main course, choose from BBQ pulled turkey served over cornbread, spit-roasted ham served with country beans or stewed beef served with mashed potatoes. Each entrée is served with a side of seasonal veggies. for dessert, choose from an apple tart or the Campfire Brownie—rich chocolate brownie on a graham cracker crust, topped with toasted marshmallow. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk are included. Pricing is $33 plus tax for adults; $19 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. For reservations, Guests may call 407- WDW-DINE.
New! ‘Zootopia’ Characters Coming to Magic Kingdom: Beginning this spring, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps will stop by Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. These party animals will be joining the other guests in the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party at Magic Kingdom Park.
Update! Same-Day Dining Reservations Continue at Jungle Skipper Canteen: Same-day reservations are still being accepted at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom Park. In mid-February, Disney began testing the same-day reservations concept. It was originally scheduled to end on Feb. 27, but the test is still ongoing at this time. Guests will be able to make reservations for either lunch or dinner that same day by visiting jungleskippercanteen.com or calling 407-993-1933.
Reminder! Temporary Changes to Parades and Shows: Due to construction work, some Magic Kingdom entertainment offerings will be impacted certain dates throughout February and March. The Main Street Trolley Show and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be adjusted March 9, 11 and 15. On these dates, the Trolley Show will use the Main Street fire truck and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be presented at 12:30 and 15:40.
New! ‘Finding Dory’ Characters to Join Crush in ‘Turtle Talk’ This Summer: Crush the sea turtle will be joined by Dory and some of her new friends from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” at ‘Turtle Talk with Crush!” His new friends will include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus!). Crush’s son Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time, and you might even catch a glimpse of Nemo and his dad Marlin.
Reminder! Egg-stravaganza Returns This Week: From March 2–27, 2016 (or while supplies last), search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters and record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.95, plus tax at the following Epcot locations – Pin Central, Port of Entry (Showcase Plaza), Heritage Manor (The American Adventure) and World Traveler (International Gateway). Remember, no discounts apply.
Reminder! 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins: From March 2-May 30, take time to stop and smell the flowers at Epcot – and while you’re here, try delicious fresh foods, rock out with classic bands and dig in to all that the Flower & Garden Festival has to offer! With new topiaries, Outdoor Kitchens, experiences for kids and more, there’s always something to discover. This weekend’s Garden Rocks concert March 4-6 features The Orchestra starring former members of ELO.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Reminder! New Star Wars Entertainment Coming in Spring and Summer: Disney’s Hollywood Studios is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment, starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history. April 4 will bring the arrival of the new Star Warslive entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (a stage show) and a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession lead by Captain Phasma. To kick off summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will light up the sky with Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined withStar Wars-themed music and iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga. The show will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating massive lightsabers in the sky. This new show will be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Rivers of Light Opening Date Announced: Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s first-ever night-time show, “Rivers of Light,” will officially debut at the park on April 22. The show, set on Discovery River in the Asia section of the park, will depict an ancient lantern festival guided by two storytellers who call forth four animal Spirit Guides: an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl. These Spirit Guides return at different points during the show to lead the audience through their journey through the Rivers of Light.
New! Turkey Legs No Longer Available: Effective March 1, Turkey Legs are no longer sold at Flame Tree Barbecue. Turkey Legs are still offered at other parks and Disney Springs.
New! Menu Changes at Multiple Locations: On March 1, the following menu changes will take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
- Flame Tree Barbecue will be adding a Full Rack of St. Louis Ribs entree, Roasted Chicken Salad with Mixed Greens entree, and Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork Sampler Platter entree. Also added is a new side item – French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese.
- Pizzafari is adding a Shrimp Flatbread pizza entree and a Hearts of Romaine entree salad topped with shrimp. Additionally, Pizzafari is introducing new side dishes and beverages including garlic butter knots, tomato soup, garlic dipping sauce, as well as Mandarin Orange Lemonade and Mandarin Orange Vodka Lemonade.
- Restaurantosaurus is adding a Roasted Chicken with Mixed Greens entree salad and a Chili-Cheese Hot Dog entree. For new side dishes, they will have New England Clam Chowder and Chili-Cheese Fries. New additions to the topping bar will have a gourmet twist with the addition of sauteed onions, guacamole, olive tapanade and more!
- Outdoor Vending: Ice Cream Carts have added a Mango Fruit Bar and, for a limited time, Nestle Dibs Bite-sized snacks. The carts will continue to sell the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich, Frozen Chocolate-covered Banana, the Strawberry Fruit Bar and the Sugar-free Strawberry Fruit Bar.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Narcoossee’s Wishes Dessert Party at Disney’s Grand Floridian: Narcoossee’s is introducing a limited-time special event, the Narcoossee’s Wishes Dessert Party at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Every Friday in March, Guests can enjoy signature desserts and beverages beginning 30 minutes before Wishes nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. This event will end approximately 15 minutes after fireworks. The party includes desserts such as cannolis, cheesecake, fruit tarts, brownies bites and more! Guests can book this experience by calling 407-824-1400 and leaving a message. It is $59 plus tax (gratuity included) per Guest.
New! Arcade Hours Change at All-Star Resorts: All arcades at Disney’s All-Star Resort now have 24-hour access.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! 2016 Disney Parks Ticket Price Increase: Effective Sunday, February 28, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort adopted seasonal pricing for 1-Day tickets and implemented price increases to multi-day tickets. The demand for Disney theme parks continues to grow, particularly during peak periods. In response, Walt Disney World is not only expanding its parks, but they are also adopting seasonal pricing on 1-Day tickets to help better spread visitation throughout the year. Multi-day tickets, annual passes and visiting during non-peak periods also provide our Guests with options and savings. How does it work? Each month is divided into value, regular and peak days with an 8-11 month calendar available for viewing online. Here’s an example, if guests plan their visit for September, they’ll have a variety of options, including many days in the value period, which will give them the opportunity to pay less for a 1-Day ticket. If they plan to visit during a peak period, like the winter holidays, they will pay more. Purchasing a 1-Day ticket in a non-peak period, or choosing multi-day tickets and annual passes, will provide additional flexibility and value.
New! Kristoff & Olaf To Host Frozen Games At Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: The Disney Parks Blog announced the following today (Mar 2): Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will play host to the inaugural Frozen Games this summer. The Winter Games Committee has taken advantage of the freak snowstorm over Central Florida and will host an impromptu sporting event known as The Frozen Games. They’ve even invited Kristoff and Olaf to lead teams of guests in a day full of fun “Frozen” activities, before the warm sun melts the snow away. Guests visiting the waterpark can to join “Team Kristoff” or “Team Olaf” and participate in a variety of activities, including Ice Pail Relays, a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. Olaf and Kristoff will join the Winter Games Committee members in the games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and will give updates throughout the games to report on their team’s achievements.
New! Disney Springs Water Tower Installed: Disney Springs’ new signature water tower was installed over the weekend. The water tower will serve as the new marquee for Disney Springs and welcome guests as part of the property’s entrance gateway.
New! Disney Springs Announces New Shops and Restaurants: Many new dining, shopping and entertainment experiences have already started opening up in Disney Springs, but the Walt Disney World Resort recently announced 30 more high-profile tenants will be setting up shop at Disney Springs just in time for this summer. These include:
- kate spade new york
- Under Armour
- M·A·C Cosmetics
- Vince Camuto
- Vera Bradley
- Lucky Brand
- Coca-Cola Store
- TROPHY ROOM
- ALEX AND ANI®
- Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924
- American Threads
- Melissa Shoes
- Johnston & Murphy
- Everything But Water
- Free People
- JOHNNY WAS
- Luxury of Time by Diamonds
- D-Luxe Burger
- Amorette’s Patisserie
- Tablas Frontera
- Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar
New! Hours Change on Disney Springs Water Taxis: Beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, operating hours for the Disney Springs water taxis and the Sassagoula River Cruise will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sassagoula River Cruise boats transport our Guests to Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa at The Landing Dock. At Marketplace Dock, the boats transport Guests to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Guest transportation to resorts is available about every 20 minutes at the docks.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
March 12: Add the newest hand-painted, limited-edition Ink & Paint cel Goofy Sport to your collection today! Ink & Paint artists will be available for a special signing from 10a.m.-1p.m. at Stage 1 Company Store. Learn more. Not able to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through March 10 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Order now!
March 4 – April 18: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Easter inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace.
March 2 – 6 and March 17 – 20: Check out the latest releases from artist Larry Dotson appearing at Art of Disney each day.
March 2 – 6 and March 23 – 27: Stop in to find some of the newest fragrances and cosmetics from Guerlain at La Signature in the France Pavilion at World Showcase.
March 3 – 6 and March 25 – 27: Stop in and check out the latest Yardley fragrance and beauty products and meet representative Isis Sio throughout the day, each day at The Queen’s Table in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase.
March 4 – April 10: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of their new Easter inspired collection, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion. Doll Designer Linda Rick will make a special appearance March 4 – 6, March 18 – 20 and April 1 – 3.
ESPN Wide World of Sports
March 8: Meet author Dan Schlossberg at Champion Stadium, from 11 a.m. – Noon, as we celebrate the release of his book “When the Braves Ruled the Diamond.”
Tip: Separate admission to the 1:05 p.m. baseball game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is required to take part in this special book signing with Dan Schlossberg.
New! ALEX AND ANI to Retire Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto Character Bangles: In order to make room for new items, the following character silhouette ALEX AND ANI bangles will retire beginning March 7, 2016: Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. It’s not too late to add them to your collection or someone else’s. Look for select ALEX AND ANI pieces (and more!) online, via the Shop Disney Parks APP and in stores, while supplies last.
New! New Merchandise from Disney’s ‘Zootopia’: Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort is now carrying products for Disney’s new film, ‘Zootopia.’ Guests will find a Deluxe Play Set with 10 wild characters from the film, and two plush animals featuring Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. There’s a Carrot Recorder pen which is modeled after the pen Officer Judy Hopps uses in the film. It’s both a functioning pen and a voice recorder. There is also a limited release Vinylmation mystery series which was designed by artist Ricardo De Los Angeles. The series contains seven known figures and one mystery chaser figure. You can either purchase individual mystery boxes or an entire tray. A Disney pin, two new Disney Infinity 3.0 figures and a limited release retail MagicBand are also available.
Closures and Refurbishments
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