The News

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KIM­BERLY MASIMORE

The re­cent an­nounce­ments from the D23 Expo in July did NOT dis­ap­point! If you have been fol­low­ing along with our news­let­ters and blog, you know Walt Dis­ney World is about to get some in­cred­i­ble ad­di­tions. If you’ve missed the reve­la­tions, I have it all for you be­low. A brief over­view of what’s to come in­cludes a Tron roller coaster, the ad­di­tion of a Guardian’s of the Galaxy at­trac­tion, and two more DVC re­sorts!

MAGIC KING­DOM

If you miss Push, the trash­can from To­mor­row­land, now through Au­gust, stop by To­mor­row­land at Magic King­dom to meet its lat­est res­i­dent, ican the Show­bot!

A new the­ater is in the works for Main Street U.S.A. at Magic King­dom. The new venue will be mod­eled af­ter Wil­lis Wood the­ater, which was found in Kansas City in the 1920’s. The en­ter­tain­ment that will be housed in the new the­ater has not yet been an­nounced. Ex­pect the new lo­ca­tion to open in time for the 50th An­niver­sary of Magic King­dom in 2021.

A Tron at­trac­tion is com­ing to Magic King­dom! This is ex­cit­ing news! If you aren’t fa­mil­iar with the at­trac­tion at Shang­hai Dis­ney­land, take a mo­ment and check out this Youtube video: https://youtu.be/taeu­cixxrdm This at­trac­tion is re­ally go­ing to be an ‘E-ticket.’ The roller coaster at­trac­tion will oc­cupy an un­de­vel­oped area next to Space Moun­tain. This amaz­ing at­trac­tion is ex­pected to open in time for the 50th An­niver­sary of Magic King­dom.

Dis­ney’s Hall of Pres­i­dents, which was sched­uled to re­open on June 29th, has been de­layed. Since 1993, all act­ing pres­i­dent Au­dio-an­i­ma­tron­ics have had a speak­ing role, and the cur­rent pres­i­dent will be no ex­cep­tion. Dis­ney has fi­nally been able to sched­ule a record­ing ses­sion for Pres­i­dent Trump’s speech. In ad­di­tion to adding a new pres­i­dent, the Hall of Pres­i­dents at­trac­tion is get­ting a makeover as well. Ex­pect not only to see a new show, but ex­pe­ri­ence it in a re­fur­bished the­ater with new sound and pro­jec­tion sys­tems. While no date has been set, the Hall of Pres­i­dents should re­open in late 2017.

Mer­chan­dise in­spired by the new night­time spec­tac­u­lar at the Magic King­dom, “Hap­pily Ever Af­ter” can now be found at the Em­po­rium on Main Street U.S.A. You can com­ple­ment your wardrobe with a t-shirt, hat, and even a Tervis tum­bler. There are also tank tops, pins, and light-up mouse ears. If you can’t make it to Walt Dis­ney World any time soon, some items are also avail­able on the Shop Dis­ney Parks app.`

EP­COT

Ep­cot is sched­uled for an over­haul over the next few years, and that in­cludes a new restau­rant! Lo­cated near Mis­sion: SPACE, the restau­rant will fea­ture in­cred­i­ble views of,

you guessed it, space! The cui­sine and open­ing date have not been shared but it’s sure to be out of this world! Mis­sion:space is was sched­uled to re­open this month but has been de­layed. The space sim­u­la­tion ride is get­ting a new Green mis­sion that will or­bit Earth and be suit­able for younger kids! The re­open date has not been de­ter­mined at this time, nor the new height re­quire­ment.

In ad­di­tion to a new restau­rant, Ep­cot is go­ing to re­ceive sev­eral new at­trac­tions. First, a Guardians of the Galaxy themed at­trac­tion is com­ing to Fu­ture World. This will be re­plac­ing Ellen’s En­ergy Ad­ven­ture, which will close on Au­gust 13th. World Show­case will also be get­ting a new Rata­touille based at­trac­tion in the France Pav­il­ion. In this ad­ven­ture, guests will “shrink” to the size of a rat as they are chased through­out a restau­rant. The time frame has this at­trac­tion open­ing by the 50th an­niver­sary of the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort.

The Ep­cot In­ter­na­tional Food & Wine Fes­ti­val is not too far away- it opens on Au­gust 31st! On­line reser­va­tions are now open for some great work­shops, demon­stra­tions, and sem­i­nars. One hands-on les­son called Mix It, Make It, Cel­e­brate It! places you as the culi­nary mas­ter as you learn ways to cre­ate, blend, and ex­plore while guided by ex­pert chefs. You even get to eat and drink your mas­ter­pieces!

DIS­NEY’S HOL­LY­WOOD STU­DIOS

The new Star Wars Land that is cur­rently be­ing built fi­nally has a name: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! The largest land ex­pan­sion in Walt Dis­ney World his­tory is set to open in 2019.

At the D23 Expo in Anaheim this past week­end, Bob Chapek an­nounced that Toy Story Land will be open­ing at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios next sum­mer! You will be able to en­joy a fam­ily roller coaster called Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. A firm date has not been an­nounced, but I am pre­dict­ing May 1, 2018- the 29th an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the park.

If you are a big fan of The Great Movie Ride at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, I hope you have your trip planned be­fore Au­gust 13th. At that time, the at­trac­tion will be clos­ing for good to make way for a new ad­ven­ture: Mickey and Min­nie’s Run­away Rail­way. Guests will be placed into the world of a Mickey Mouse Car­toon Short will amaz­ing spe­cial ef­fects and a fun theme song.

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