Dis­ney Around The World

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There isn’t any new news for Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom right now. Al­though, they are pretty set for a while with the open­ing of Pan­dora- World of Avatar in May. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, make sure to sched­ule time dur­ing your next visit. It’s a beau­ti­ful area and has some not-to-be missed fea­tures. Be sure to check out Flight of Pas­sage, Satu’li Can­teen, and the amaz­ing Swotu Wayä Na’vi Drum Cer­e­mony!


Dis­ney Springs just cel­e­brated Christ­mas in July! For guests vis­it­ing the last two weeks of July, they could ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of hol­i­day hap­pen­ings at Dis­ney Springs. For ex­am­ple, The Art of Dis­ney had hol­i­day art and meet and greets, Sum­mer Santa was avail­able for pic­tures, and Aris­tocre­pes had a spe­cial ginger­bread crepe. Some­times it pays to visit Walt Dis­ney World dur­ing the sum­mer months to ex­pe­ri­ence spe­cial events like this!

Dis­ney Springs seems to have all the great mer­chan­dise re­leases. A spe­cial re­lease party took place last month at Mar­ket­place Co-op in Dis­ney Springs. Two new Dooney & Bourke col­lec­tions fea­tur­ing Tiana and Madame Leota are now avail­able to the pub­lic. For those of you not able to at­tend, check the Shop Dis­ney Parks app for se­lect avail­abil­ity.


Dis­ney Pho­topass Day re­turns to the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort on Au­gust 19th. For one day only you will be able to find spe­cial Magic Shots and Char­ac­ter ex­pe­ri­ences through­out Magic King­dom, Ep­cot, Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, and Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom.

Walt Dis­ney World is ex­pand­ing guest trans­porta­tion op­tions! First, the Dis­ney Sky­liner is a gon­dola sys­tem rem­i­nis­cent of the old Sky­way found at Magic King­dom. The Dis­ney Sky­liner will con­nect Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios and Ep­cot In­ter­na­tional Gateway with Dis­ney’s Art of An­i­ma­tion, Dis­ney’s Pop Cen­tury, and Dis­ney’s Caribbean Beach. Ru­mors were al­ready cir­cu­lat­ing af­ter per­mits were filed in these lo­ca­tions. No open­ing date has been an­nounced. An­other trans­porta­tion op­tion is Dis­ney’s ver­sion of Uber. The “Min­nie Vans” will take you any­where you want to go on Dis­ney prop­erty. Looks like those early morn­ing break­fast reser­va­tions just got a lit­tle eas­ier!

If you sim­ply can­not get enough of Star Wars, lis­ten up! Soon, you will be able to be­come a part of Star Wars through a com­pletely im­mer­sive ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence! Dis­ney Imag­i­neers are busy cre­at­ing a lux­ury re­sort for Walt Dis­ney World that will make you an ac­tive cit­i­zen of the galaxy. In fact, ev­ery win­dow within the re­sort will fea­ture a view of space! No spe­cific de­tails, in­clud­ing open­ing date and cost, have been re­leased. How­ever, hav­ing it ready for the open­ing of the new land at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios would prob­a­bly be a wise move.

Have you ever thought about vis­it­ing Walt Dis­ney World over July 4th? I just ex­pe­ri­enced it for the first time and will def­i­nitely go back! There are some spec­tac­u­lar cel­e­bra­tions that hap­pened this year that you won’t want to miss if they re­turn. First, Magic King­dom had a spe­cial fireworks show called “Dis­ney’s Cel­e­brate Amer­ica!” This was pre­sented at 9p.m. on both July 3rd and July 4th and takes the place of “Hap­pily Ever Af­ter” for those nights. I went on July 3rd. It was a packed house but the fireworks were in­cred­i­ble! There were also fun dance par­ties in To­mor­row­land and Fron­tier­land. If you are in Ep­cot on July 4th, don’t miss the spe­cial Voices of Lib­erty con­certs at the Amer­ica Gar­dens The­ater. You can also meet pa­tri­otic Mickey (and friends) at The Amer­i­can Ad­ven­ture. (The line was re­ally long!) Plus, don’t miss the ex­tra pa­tri­otic grand fi­nale of Il­lu­mi­na­tions: Re­flec­tions of Earth. We cel­e­brated Amer­ica in Ep­cot on the 4th. The ex­tra fireworks at the end of

Il­lu­mi­na­tions was out of this world! I’ve never seen so many fireworks in my life! If you are hang­ing out at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios on July 4th, you were able to catch “Dis­ney Movie Magic” at 9:00pm and “Star Wars: A Ga­lac­tic Spec­tac­u­lar” at 9:30pm.

On July 17th, the 14th Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club Re­sort opened Cop­per Creek Vil­las & Cab­ins at Dis­ney’s Wilder­ness Lodge. The vil­las at this re­sort are stun­ning! It’s a great ad­di­tion to the al­ready in­cred­i­ble rus­tic re­sort. If you’re re­ally look­ing for a va­ca­tion get­away that’s also close to the ac­tion of Walt Dis­ney World, you might want to check them out. If the wilder­ness isn’t your style, Dis­ney re­cently an­nounced the 15th DVC that’s com­ing next. It’s Dis­ney’s Riviera Re­sort. It will in­clude a rooftop restau­rant where you will be able to see the fireworks from both Ep­cot and Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios.

Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club mem­bers cur­rently have a lim­ited-time deal from Dis­ney. Now through Septem­ber 30th, mem­bers get 30% off (in­stead of the usual 10%) at se­lect ta­ble-ser­vice restau­rants. Din­ing must take place be­fore 6:30pm or af­ter 8:30pm. Some of the restau­rants in­clude, Jiko- The Cook­ing Place, Citri­cos, The Wave, and Boatwright’s Din­ing Hall. It looks like a great way to sam­ple some new cui­sine and save a lot too!

Dis­ney has cre­ated a way for you to see what kind of Magic Shots are be­ing of­fered through Pho­topass. All you need to do is go to the Dis­ney Pho­topass Ser­vice Face­book page, go to pho­tos and then al­bums, and you can see what Magic Shots are cur­rently found in each park, and where they are lo­cated.

Don’t for­get, clo­sures are sub­ject to change without no­tice. If you have your heart set on an at­trac­tion, be sure to check be­fore you go. Also, check the parks for changes the day of your ar­rival.

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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