Friday, May 2, 2014

Disney Updates!

There is a lot of development going on right now in Walt Disney World.
      Magic band stuff is still being perfected.
      Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction is nearing its end.
      The hub in Magic Kingdom is being remodeled, as well as the Polynesian.

But as the media events going on in WDW are coming to a close, a series of announcements were made today.  Here's the update:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be open on May 28.  Fastpass+ has becoming available online for that day forward, but it's sure to book up quickly!

  • Free Dining for this fall season has been announced. 
    • Dates: Runs August 30 - December 23, excluding:
      • October 4-October 25
      • November 2-November 8
      • November 21-December 11
    • Resort: Most resorts are included, but the following are not:
      • Fort Wilderness
      • 3-bedroom at Vacation Club villas
      • Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation
      • All Villas at the Grand Floridian
      • All-Star Movies rooms
      • Port Orleans Riverside
      • Port Orleans French Quarter
    • Those staying in value resorts will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan and all others will receive the standard Disney Dining Plan.  Both can be upgraded by paying the difference per night.

  • Animal Kingdom is developing a new nighttime show called River of Lights.  No date has been announced yet.  However, they did offer this concept art picture:

  • Trader Sam's (an "enchanted tiki bar") from the Disneyland Hotel will be coming to the Polynesian.  At then end of the construction, the Polynesian will revert to its old name, the Polynesian Village Resort.
  • "The Landing" portion of Downtown Disney will officially open in early 2015, when the area will be renamed Disney Springs.
  • And a few reiterations of known news:
    • The Festival of the Lion King will reopen in Animal Kingdom in June.
    • The Avatar themed section of Animal Kingdom is still scheduled to open in 2017.
    • There will be a nighttime event (that costs about $120 extra per adult) called Harambe Nights in Animal Kingdom starting this summer, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Lion King.  More information HERE!

What update are you most excited about?  Let us know in the comments!

Until next time <3

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