The News

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KIM­BERLY MASIMORE

The news this month is de­li­cious! Well, at least a lot of it in­volves food! First, there are changes to the 2018 din­ing plan. There have also been changes to din­ing dur­ing Mickey’s Not-so-scary Hal­loween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party. Sec­ond, Coral Reef re­ceived a new menu. There’s also a new Il­lu­mi­na­tions Dessert Party com­ing mid-july! Plus, Mo­bile Or­der now gives you three An­i­mal King­dom Restau­rants to pre-or­der from! And to top it off, Dis­ney an­nounced three new restau­rants for Dis­ney Springs! Whew! That’s just the half of it!

MAGIC KING­DOM

At­ten­tion all those vis­it­ing Walt Dis­ney World dur­ing Mickey’s Not-so-scary Hal­loween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party. You may have no­ticed some trou­ble get­ting a reser­va­tion at places like Be Our Guest, Cin­derella’s Royal Ta­ble, and Crystal Palace. Well, it’s be­cause only those who are at­tend­ing the party on those nights will be ad­mit­ted into the restau­rants dur­ing the time of the tick­eted events. Pre­vi­ously, guests were ad­mit­ted up un­til the start of the party and then es­corted out once their meals were fin­ished. Start­ing this year, you must have a ticket to be al­lowed into one of the above restau­rants if your din­ing takes place dur­ing the event time.

Ahoy mateys! If it’s a Pi­rates life ye be seek­ing, ye has come to the right place. Now, scalawags will have their spirit caught as part of their buc­ca­neer­ing jour­ney. For those that don’t speak pi­rate, the Pi­rates of the Caribbean at­trac­tion now of­fers an on-ride photo as part of Dis­ney’s Pho­topass and Mem­ory Maker. Be sure to say “aye” as you leave the haunted grotto and plunge into ad­ven­ture!

EP­COT

Ep­cot has some nice restau­rants and Coral Reef is one of them. They’ve just up­dated the menu to add new foods to try. Have your choice of char­broiled oc­to­pus, seafood salad with Gulf Shrimp, and a sea­sonal house salad that is per­fect for the sum­mer months. Look­ing ahead, Coral Reef will be closed Au­gust 27th -29th.

Frozen Ever Af­ter Dessert Party is set to re­place Il­lu­mi­na­tions Sparkling Dessert Party start­ing July 17th. Desserts and bev­er­ages will be Frozen themed with such de­li­cious treats as Olaf’s Warm Dou­ble Choco­late S’mores Pud­ding Cake, Anna’s Blue Vel­vet Cup­cakes, and Sven’s Fresh Fruits & Berries. Af­ter Il­lu­mi­na­tions, guests will be able to ride Frozen Ever Af­ter in Nor­way, with­out hav­ing to use a Fast­pass! The cost is $79 for ages 10 and older and $47 for ages 3 to 9 (tax and gra­tu­ity are in­cluded.)

DIS­NEY’S HOL­LY­WOOD STU­DIOS

Cruz Ramirez, rookie trainer ex­traor­di­naire from Cars 3, will be mak­ing a pit stop at Walt Dis­ney World this sum­mer! Be sure to swing by Pixar Place at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios to say hello (al­though no ex­act ar­rival date has been re­leased.)

DIS­NEY’S AN­I­MAL KING­DOM

If vis­it­ing Pan­dora isn’t enough, now you can take home a lit­tle bit of an­other planet by be­com­ing an Avatar Ac­tion fig­ure. With a lit­tle dig­i­tal magic, the sci­en­tists at Al­pha Cen­tauri Ex­pe­di­tion, lo­cated in­side of Wind­traders, use fu­tur­is­tic tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate your hu­man/na’vi fig­urine. Af­ter cus­tomiz­ing your Na’vi, it takes about 30 min­utes to re­ceive a com­pleted fig­ure. The cost is $74.99 and reser­va­tions must be made (on a first-come, first-served ba­sis) at Wind­traders. If that’s not enough, ac­ces­sory sets can also be pur­chased for $14.99.

Mo­bile Or­der, the abil­ity to or­der Quick-ser­vice food from the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence App on your phone, pay for it in ad­vance, then pick it up, has added an­other restau­rant. Mo­bile Or­der kicked off with the new Satu’li Can­teen in Pan­dora at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. Now you can also or­der from Piz­za­fari and Flame Tree Bar­be­cue at An­i­mal King­dom. Ru­mors have the Mo­bile Or­der com­ing to sev­eral Quick-ser­vice lo­ca­tions at Magic King­dom very soon. We’ll keep you up­dated at lo­ca­tions are added.

DIS­NEY SPRINGS

By the end of this year, Dis­ney Springs will wel­come three new din­ing lo­ca­tions. First, in the fall a new Ital­ian restau­rant will re­place Por­to­bello Coun­try Ital­ian Trat­to­ria in The Land­ing near Pad­dle­fish. The restau­rant is cur­rently closed while the re­fur­bish­ment takes place. Later this year, Wine Bar Ge­orge will open with over 100 wine selections and share­able plates. Fi­nally, The Edi­son will open by the end of 2017 and fea­ture Amer­i­can cui­sine, craft drinks, and live en­ter­tain­ment. Even with three ad­di­tions, Dis­ney Springs isn’t fin­ished its restau­rant ex­pan­sion. In 2018, Ja­leo will open on the West Side and de­liver a menu with a Span­ish flair. Wolf­gang Puck Bar & Grill will also open some­time in 2018 in Town Cen­ter.

One great rea­son to visit Walt Dis­ney World dur­ing a hol­i­day, is the unique events they plan. Dis­ney Springs re­cently cel­e­brated Fa­ther’s Day with many dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences,

gifts, and menus. High­lights in­cluded $25 off a Vin­tage Am­phicar Tour of Lake Buena Vista from The BOATHOUSE. STK Or­lando and Pad­dle­fish had an ex­tra­or­di­nary menu on Fa­ther’s Day. Mar­ketplace Co-op even had deals on mas­sages or fa­cials from Senses-- A Dis­ney Spa. I hope some dads re­ceived spe­cial treat­ment!

Dooney & Bourke has upped their ac­ces­sory game by show­ing off some of their re­leases for later this sum­mer. Not only has the Dis­ney Sketch col­lec­tion has been up­dated, but com­ing on July 22nd at the Mar­ketplace Co-op, you will be able to own a Princess Tiana hand­bag as well as a few items from the Madame Leota themed col­lec­tion.

GEN­ERAL IN­FOR­MA­TION

If you are a PAN­DORA fan (the jew­elry, not the new land), you will love the new Fan­ta­sy­land three-piece gift set. The set, which sells for $200, in­cludes the Clas­sic Carousel, Fly­ing Dumbo dan­gle, and Alice’s Tea Cup. The set is avail­able at Up­town Jew­el­ers in Magic King­dom, Mouse Gear at Ep­cot, and World of Dis­ney in Dis­ney Springs. It is also avail­able at the Dis­ney Store on­line.

Dis­ney Tails has ex­panded their col­lec­tion to in­clude more prod­ucts for your four-legged furry friends. Ac­ces­sories in­clude head­bands, har­nesses, bowls, and col­lars. The prod­ucts cur­rently carry Mickey or Min­nie in­spired pat­terns and they’ve even cre­ated a cat col­lar. You can find new swag for your fur-baby at select Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort lo­ca­tions and on the Shop Dis­ney Parks app.

If you’re headed to the Dis­ney Parks soon, lis­ten up. There’s a new gift card de­sign fea­tur­ing the de­li­cious Mickey Ice Cream Bar that you can get. You need a min­i­mum of $15 to start but can load up to $1000. It’s a great way to give your lit­tle sweet­ies a “cool” shop­ping card of their own, or get one as a gift for some­one back home. The best part is they are reload­able and never ex­pire. What a fun way to use a gift card!

The Night of Joy con­cert tick­ets went on sale June 6th. There’s a new ticket pric­ing tier this year that places sin­gle-night con­cert tick­ets at $45 (plus tax) and two-night con­cert tick­ets for $69 (plus tax.) You can add one day at a Walt Dis­ney World theme park for $62 (plus tax.) Some of the en­ter­tain­ment this year in­cludes Toby­mac, Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and Steven Cur­tis Chap­man.

Mem­ory Maker prices went up overnight, lit­er­ally! Now you will pay $169 in ad­vance for the abil­ity to down­load ev­ery Pho­topass photo you get on your trip. The price was for­merly $149 in ad­vance. We found you can get hun­dreds of pic­tures for the price, plus all the on-ride pho­tos that you couldn’t pos­si­bly take your­self. Plus, you can’t put a price tag on mem­o­ries.

Tempt your palate this sum­mer with de­li­cious new treats through­out the Walt Dis­ney World theme parks. First, take a bite out of Cheshire Cat Tails of­fered at Cheshire Café in Magic King­dom. These are long choco­late chip filled pas­tries com­plete with pink and pur­ple ic­ing. Beat the sum­mer heat with thirst quench­ing shaved ice at Harambe Fruit Mar­ket in Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. Fla­vors in­clude wa­ter­melon, piña co­lada, and mango-pas­sion fruit. Also in line with shaved ice, Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Dis­ney’s Wilder­ness Lodge has a frozen Berry Whip drink that is sure to cool you down!

With the re­lease of 2018 travel pack­ages this week, Dis­ney Din­ing has changed some fea­tures of the din­ing plan. For 2018, there are new bev­er­age op­tions which in­cludes beer, wine, and cock­tails for guests over 21. Prices have also gone up by about $8 for adults un­der the reg­u­lar Dis­ney Din­ing Plan and about $1 for chil­dren 3-9.

In be­tween is­sues, be sure to visit our Face­book page for the lat­est up­dates and events. Changes are hap­pen­ing all the time at Walt Dis­ney World and we want you to be the first to know what’s go­ing on. Our page is full of all kinds of amaz­ing stuff! Don’t for­get to in­vite your friends to join us on­line. The more the mer­rier!

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