Well, November was a very busy month in Disney World!
Not only did the Walt Disney Company have some big news about a change in leadership in November, but we also saw the return of a beloved nighttime show and the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. So let’s go over all the big things that happened in Disney World last month.
The Holiday Season Arrives in Disney World
It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Disney World.
EPCOT Festival of the Holidays
The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is officially underway. You can now visit all the food booths (here are some of our favorite eats), see the storytellers and learn about holiday traditions around the world, and enjoy the Candlelight Processional.
Also, if you’re good at spotting Olafs all around World Showcase, you could win a prize.
Some new scenes have been added to the show with Tiana, Hercules, Mirabel, and Mulan. There are even some new action scenes, too.
Disney World Begins Installing Amazon Alexa Devices in Hotel Rooms
The service will bring the same features as Alexa, but they’ll have a Disney upgrade, so you’ll hear characters like Olaf, Mickey, C-3PO, and more.
Price Changes and Policy Updates
Disney World announced that it would roll out park-specific pricing for 1-day 1-park tickets beginning on December 8th. This means that ticket prices will have surge pricing, similar to that of Genie+
There’s also been a change to the Disney World dining policy. Previously, Disney required advance dining reservations to be canceled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid paying a cancellation fee. Now, guests can cancel dining reservations within two hours of the reservation to avoid fees.
Tropical Storm Nicole
However, the parks opened later in the day on November 10th, and things returned to business as usual.
Bob Iger Replaces Bob Chapek as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Perhaps the biggest news of the month was when Disney announced that Bob Chapek would be stepping down as CEO and that former CEO Bob Iger would be replacing him.
Although we haven’t seen how this might affect what’s going on in Disney World just yet, Iger did have a town hall meeting with Disney Cast employees to answer some of their questions.
Blizzard Beach Reopens
Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon has closed for refurbishment, while Blizzard Beach has reopened — with a few Frozen updates. The Frozen updates are at Tike’s Peak, which is the kid-oriented part of Blizzard Beach.
Some new snacks also got added to the menus at Blizzard Beach, including the Watta-Melon Passion Lemonade and the Orange Slope Dole Whip Swirl.
One of Disney World’s fanciest restaurants, Takumi-Tei — located in the Japan Pavilion — has also reopened. It also has a new menu that features two omakase multi-course meals, priced at $250 for omnivorous dishes and $150 for a plant-based meal.
In the Norway Pavilion, the princess dining experience at Akershus Royal Banquet has reopened. The restaurant is also now available for the Candlelight Processional dining package.
So those are the biggest things that happened at Disney World in November. The holiday season will continue until the end of the year, and we’ll continue to cover any new happenings at the resort, so stay tuned to AllEars for more.
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