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Theme Park News
Magic of Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios Closing July 13
June 30, 2015
The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios is closing, local media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel, have confirmed this week. The attraction features a short movie about Disney animation; two character greeting areas; and Animation Academy, where guests can learn to draw popular characters. The Magic of Disney Animation closes on July 13, so the last day for guests is July 12.
Zuri's Sweets Shop Now Open in Animal Kingdom
June 20, 2015
Wide variety of foods inspired by the sights, sounds, and flavors of Africa. More than 80 new items, many only offered at this location. Everything from elephant candied apples, marshmallow treats, flavored popcorns, coffee, spices and sauces.
Creature Comforts Starbucks Open in Animal Kingdom
June 20, 2015
The final park to get its very own Starbucks location. This one has specialty Animal Kingdom items too!
Harambe Market - Review
June 11, 2015
Located in the Africa section of the park, Harambe Market mimics the atmosphere of an open-air marketplace and serves dishes that would be considered African street foods. My family and I recently tried some of the offerings and were pleased with what we sampled. And, when we found the perfect shaded table, we enjoyed the atmosphere of the market, too.
"Frozen Ever After" in Epcot's Norway
June 09, 2015
Walt Disney World has announced some details on the new "Frozen" attraction that is being constructed in Epcot's Norway pavilion, slated to open in 2016.
Seasonal Passholders: Ideas for the Last Week Before "Blackout"
June 02, 2015
Sunday, June 7, is a not-so-magical day for many local Walt Disney World passholders. For Florida resident seasonal passholders, it's the last day they can enter the theme parks until the blackout lifts on Aug. 14. So, for their last week of playing tourist, here are some new and limited-time attractions these visitors might not want to miss.
Animal Kingdom Menus Updated!
May 30, 2015
Menus from Animal Kingdom are now updated as of May 2015!
20 Years of Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival - What's New!
May 28, 2015
Disney chefs and festival programmers are whipping up a feast of surprises to celebrate the 20th annual event in style. New wine tastings, rockin' parties and culinary experiences built around the 20-year milestone will bring together loyal festival fans and first-timers. As part of the celebration, Chef Remy of the Disney animated film "Ratatouille" will invite guests to join a culinary scavenger hunt.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Coming to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
May 27, 2015
The Disney Parks Blog has announced an all new castle show for this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party called "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!"
The famouse Sanderson Sisters from the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, will host their own show and use their magic to create a Spelltacular evil Halloween Party.
The Harambe Market in Africa is Open
May 26, 2015
This addition to the Africa section of Animal Kingdom offers open-air marketplace with African inspired street foods.
Star Tours Origins
May 24, 2015
Disney and Lucasfilm have been working with many different writers preparing an official (and canon) series of stories that bridges the 30-year gap between the events of the movies "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens."
A plethora of stories and new characters that appeared in novels, comic books, video games, Disney theme park attractions and animated series that were considered part of an "Expanded Universe" will now be tossed aside in order to create a more coherent history for the franchise.
Before the release of the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December, fans will see the release of almost two dozen books -- from novels to comics to storybooks -- to help bring audiences up to speed and foreshadow the new films.
What to expect at Walt Disney World's Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour party
May 12, 2015
In less than two weeks, Walt Disney World will host its third annual 24-hour party to kick off the summer travel season. Each 'all-nighter' has taken place at the Magic Kingdom on Memorial Day weekend and has included special entertainment, unique food options and even themed merchandise. Plus, guests are invited to dress in costumes to show their Disney Side.
Expedition Everest Challenge - Review
May 08, 2015
My husband and 12-year-old son ran their first 5K over the weekend - and they chose a runDisney race to make their debut. As longtime local annual passholders, we certainly are familiar with the 'Disney difference' - the level of service that sets Walt Disney World events above many others - but we wondered how that would translate into a sporting event. Although plenty has been written about runDisney events, perhaps impressions and observations from a fresh perspective will help you decide if it's time to register yourself for a runDisney event.
Refurbishments and Closings
April 27, 2015
What attractions will be closed during your visit to Walt Disney World?
Check our refurbishment/closings listing below.
Welcome to our revamped Refurbishments/Closings page! This list shows which attractions and other Walt Disney World resort areas are closed for refurbishment (or for some other reason). The list is organized by theme park and resorts, in order of the start date of the refurbishment projects. You can also customize the page to see those closings that most interest you.
Earth Day April 22nd at Walt Disney World
April 20, 2015
Wednesday is Earth Day, and Walt Disney World is celebrating! Animal Kingdom is marking April 22, which is also the theme park's birthday, with its annual Party for the Planet.
Sneak Peek: Tomorrowland Movie in Epcot
April 13, 2015
Guests at Epcot in Walt Disney World can get a sneak peek of "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird. This is the story of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.
"Tomorrowland" will be presented with special in-theater effects at the Imagination Pavilion theater at Epcot through May 22.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets on Sale
April 08, 2015
Prices on the rise for the 2015 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets on Sale
April 08, 2015
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are now on sale.
Night of Joy Tickets on Sale
April 08, 2015
Tickets for this two-night celebration of Christian music in the Magic Kingdom are now on sale.
Easter Entertainment and Dining at WDW
April 03, 2015
Easter related activities and dining options at Walt Disney World Easter Weekend.