What’s New This Week?

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, March 23, 2016 - mk after dark

 

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

 

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Magic Kingdom After Dark: Guests will soon have the opportunity to enjoy Disney After Hours, a special, ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park taking place on select nights throughout April and May at a cost of $150 per person. This event will be available to only a select number of Guests, which will enable attendees to enjoy more in less time at Magic Kingdom. Guests can expect a shorter than typical wait time for popular attractions and character greetings. Ice cream novelties and bottled beverages are also included during the three hour event. This event will take place three more hours after the park closes on the following dates: April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5, 8, 12 and 19. Tickets are $149 + tax.

New! Magic Kingdom Park Hours Extended Mar 24-27: Magic Kingdom Park extended operating hours Thursday, March 24, through Saturday, March 26. On those dates, the park will now open at 8 a.m., instead of 9 a.m. as originally listed. For 8 a.m. openings, the Main Street Trolley Show is at 8:20 a.m. and The Dapper Dans perform at 8 a.m.

New! Spring Break and Easter Entertainment: Additional entertainment offerings will be available during Spring Break and Easter time at Magic Kingdom. Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny in Town Square March 14 – 27 9am – 6pm. Attend a DJ Dance Party in Tomorrowland March 20 – April 2, 12pm – 11 pm. Snap photos with performers dressed as flowers in the Plaza Garden March 20 – April 2, 9am – 6pm. The Azalea Trail Maids will be featured in the Easter pre-parade on March 26-27. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be presented twice daily at 12pm and 3pm March 28 – 31.

Reminder! Extra Performance of Main Street Electrical Parade: Magic Kingdom will be offering a second performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade at midnight Monday, March 28, through Thursday, March 31, 2016.

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 April 4, 6, 10, 19 and 24. 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.

 

Epcot

Reminder! Last few days for Egg-stravaganza 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.

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Reminder! 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Under Way: 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 for March 25 – 27, 2016 in The Village People. April 3-5 concert is The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Preview Scenes from Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’: Beginning March 18, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from Disney’s all-new live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, each with a special introduction by Director Jon Favreau that pays homage to Walt Disney, the original animated classic and Disney’s legacy of innovative storytelling. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at clips from the film, as part of the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Reminder! Rivers of Light Begins April 22: The magic of nature after dark takes center stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park when the all-new ‘Rivers of Light’ waterside show premieres April 22, Earth Day – marking the Walt Disney World theme park’s thrilling transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience.

 

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Easter Sunday Religious Services: For Guests celebrating Easter, the Walt Disney World Resort will host religious services Sunday, March 27, 2016 in the Fantasia Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The service schedule will be as follows: Catholic Mass: 8:00am and 10:30am; Protestant Service: 9:15am.  Guests at Magic Kingdom area resorts are asked to use monorail or watercraft transportation. Guests coming from all other Walt Disney World resorts must use existing Walt Disney World Resort transportation to Magic Kingdom Park and then transfer to a shuttle bus to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, located at the bus loading area near the park’s main entrance. The shuttle will begin running at 7:00am.

New! Old Faithful Club Temporarily Relocated at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: The Old Faithful Club (the concierge lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) has relocated to the Vice Presidential Suite on the seventh floor. The lounge will remain in this location while the Old Faithful Club is refurbished.

New! A Grand Brunch at 1900 Park Fare for Easter Sunday: Returning on Sunday, March 27, A Grand Brunch at 1900 Park Fare invites families to indulge in a tasty all-you-care-to-enjoy brunch buffet from 12:45-2:10 p.m. This pre fix meal will cost $23.99 for adults and $12.99 for children (ages 3-9). Enjoy custom-made omelets, carved meat stations, classic brunch dishes, and Mickey-shaped waffle to complete the practically perfect brunch. For more information or to make a reservation, Guests should call 407-WDW-DINE.

New! Easter Brunch at Boatwright’s Dining Hall: Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside is hosting Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday, March 27 from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a variety of specialty menu items including l Voodoo Chicken & Waffles Eggs Benedict, Eggs-any-Style. Omelet Station, Biscuits & Gravy, Shrimp & Grits, Red Velvet Waffles with Bourbon-Vanilla Cream, Strawberry Pain Perdu, Smoky Ham & Sweet Potato Hash, Pork Chop with Cornbread Pudding, Boatwright’s Jambalaya, Specialty Drinks and much more. Easter Sunday Brunch is $27 for adults and $15 for children. For reservations, please visit My Disney Experience online or call 407-WDW-DINE.

Reminder! 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.

Reminder! Easter Baskets Available for Purchase: Several Walt Disney World Resort hotel will offer Easter Baskets available for purchase on site. Arrangements can be made to have the baskets delivered on the morning of Easter Sunday (Mar 27).  Guests should contact their resort’s front desk to inquire.

 

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Disney’s Night of Joy Details Announced: Disney’s Night of Joy 2016 is expanding its offerings with an impressive lineup of top Contemporary Christian musical artists performing for the first time ever at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex September 9-10, 2016. Guests will have more options than ever with two nights of Contemporary Christian music, ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues, amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium, and opportunities for fellowship and fun. This year’s event includes 15 top performers and groups in Christian Music, including MercyMe, Casting Crowns, newsboys, For King & Country, Chris Tomlin, 2015 Grammy Award Winner Francesca Battistelli, Crowder, Matthew West, Stars Go Dim, Zealand Worship, Young and Free, Switchfoot, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch and Tim Timmons. For more information, visit www.nightofjoy.com.

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New! Easter Meal Offerings at Disney Springs: Easter menus are available at the following locations at Disney Springs: Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Dining Room, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, Fulton’s Crab House, House of Blues and Bongos Cuban Cafe.

New! Disney Parks celebrates #ShareYourEars by donating $2 million to Make-A-Wish: On March 14, Make-A-Wish volunteers, wish families and wish granters gathered in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park to celebrate the massive success of the global #ShareYourEars campaign. During the celebration, Disney Parks announced that we will double our original donation from $1 million to $2 million in recognition of the overwhelming support from fans around the globe! To honor the 100,000th Disney wish granted globally, and in celebration of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, fans were invited to share images of  themselves wearing Mickey Mouse ears or their creative interpretations of ears. Photos uploaded with the hashtag #ShareYourEars unlocked a $5 donation from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, up to $1 million. Our team proudly participated with #ShareYourEars!

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New! D-Luxe Burger Opening This May at Disney Springs:  The new D-Luxe Burger will open this May at Town Center at Disney Springs. Offering delicious gourmet burgers and twisted milkshakes, it’s the perfect place to grab a delicious bite in the eclectically comfortable western-inspired interior, or in the covered outdoor seating area that overlooks the springs. There will be something for every burger aficionado, complete with unique toppings, freshly baked buns and a signature blend of beef. Freshly cut fries and your choice of dipping sauces are the perfect complement to your burger. Artisanal gelato shakes with rotating flavors that may include Vanilla, Chocolate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Salted Caramel, S’mores and Cake – sure to tempt your palate. Root beer, Cherry Coke and orange soda floats are also featured, as well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider. For adults, shakes with spirits include Smoked Bourbon and Beer and Godiva Raspberry. And for dessert, check out the adorably delicious Red Velvet Burger Macaron is the perfect way for burger lovers to end a meal. Each macaron is lovingly handcrafted to look just like a burger, down to the raspberry ‘ketchup.’

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Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, March 23, 2016 - DLuxe Burger shake
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Merchandise Events

Disney Springs

March 25: Meet best-selling author, Ridley Pearson and celebrate the release of his newest book, “Kingdom Keepers: The Return, Book 2: Legacy of Secrets.” Ridley will be available to sign copies of his book at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from 4 – 6 p.m.

Tip: Wristbands will be distributed to guests at store open on the day of the signing with each purchase of a book by Ridley Pearson. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Ridley Pearson and allows the guest to get two books signed. A limited number of wristbands will be available the day of the signing. Once the wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Ridley Pearson will close.

 

Epcot

March 23 – 27: Greg McCullough will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his latest works at Art of Disney from 1 – 8 p.m., each day.

March 26: Don’t miss your chance to meet best-selling author, Ridley Pearson, as we celebrate the release of his newest book, “Kingdom Keepers: The Return, Book 2: Legacy of Secrets.” Ridley will be available to sign copies of his book at Mouse Gear from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tip: Wristbands will be distributed to Guests at store open on the day of the signing with each purchase of a book by Ridley Pearson. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Ridley Pearson and allows the guest to get two books signed. A limited number of wristbands will be available the day of the signing. Once the wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet Ridley Pearson will close.

 

Merchandise

Disney TAG Opens at Disney’s Springs: Disney TAG (Travel-Accessories-Gear) is the newest boutique to join the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. This travel themed boutique offers guests products to stylize their travels with everyday accessories and travel accessories with Disney touches. You’ll find items like a colorful selection of Disney-themed luggage, luggage tags and much more. Other travel accessories include such items as neck pillows, eye masks, totes bags and even toothbrushes. Select items from the Disney TAG line may be available to order via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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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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