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WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KIMBERLY MASIMORE

March was the month of Pan­dora: World of AVATAR. Each week some­thing new was re­leased about this soon to open land at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. Be sure to check out the sneak peeks that Dis­ney has of­fered to gar­nish ex­cite­ment for this new world. Plus, there’s a lit­tle some­thing new at the other parks too, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion on the Ep­cot In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Fes­ti­val, a new night­time show at Magic King­dom, and a lit­tle Pixar mu­sic com­ing to Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios. Spring has ar­rived ladies and gen­tle­man and ev­ery­thing is com­ing up roses!

Magic King­dom

Feel like Ra­pun­zel from Dis­ney’s Tan­gled as you take part in a spe­cial photo op­por­tu­nity through Dis­ney’s Pho­topass. You will get to hold a lantern and make it your best day ever in front of Ra­pun­zel Tower in Fan­ta­sy­land. You need to ar­rive around dusk for this mag­i­cal op­por­tu­nity. Orig­i­nally sched­uled to end on March 15th, this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has been ex­tended for an un­de­ter­mined amount of time. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The new night­time fire­works spec­tac­u­lar “Hap­pily Ever Af­ter” will de­but at the Magic King­dom on May 12. Hear part of the sound­track here!


En­joy the won­der­ful Out­door Kitchens at the Ep­cot In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Fes­ti­val with the con­ve­nience of a Dis­ney gift card wrist­let. The lim­ited-edi­tion, or­ange-scented gift card can be reloaded and used be­yond the fes­ti­val, how­ever, you must load it with at least $15 to start.

Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios

Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios is adding a bonus show this sum­mer! The Mu­sic of PIXAR Live! will be pre­sented three times nightly at the Theater of the Stars start­ing May 26th. Guests will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the mu­sic from films such as Toy Story and Cars 3. There will also be spe­cial ap­pear­ances by some of your fa­vorite Pixar char­ac­ters!

Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom

The Doc is in! Doc Mc­stuffins is greet­ing guests at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. She has the per­fect lo­ca­tion too at Rafiki’s Planet Watch near the vet clinic. Sounds like a great ad­di­tion for the lit­tle ones.

Pan­dora- World of AVATAR opens on May 27th at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. Sev­eral sneak peeks into this imag­i­na­tive, alien world have been re­leased where you get the chance to see what makes Pan­dora come to life. They have even in­cluded a con­nec­tion of this new land to the orig­i­nal in­tent of Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. Look and see which in­spires you to visit!

Fast­pass+ reser­va­tions have opened for Avatar Flight of Pas­sage and Na’vi River Jour­ney at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. You will have to choose be­tween the two at­trac­tions when mak­ing your Fast­pass+ reser­va­tions. As a bonus, if you are stay­ing at a Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort ho­tel be­tween May 27th and July 4th, you will be able to en­joy ex­tra magic hours from 11pm un­til 1am to ex­pe­ri­ence Pan­dora.

A new res­tau­rant at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom will have a brand-new din­ing fea­ture! The menu for the soon-to-open Satu’li Can­teen was re­cently re­vealed. The res­tau­rant will have cus­tom­iz­a­ble en­trees that be­gin with a quinoa or veg­etable salad base topped with ei­ther chicken, beef, fish, or tofu. The most cap­ti­vat­ing part of this new eatery is the Mo­bile Or­der op­tion. Guests will be able to pay for their meals through the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app, elim­i­nat­ing the need to stand in a queue when ar­riv­ing at the res­tau­rant. Are you ad­ven­tur­ous enough to try cui­sine from “an­other world?”

Dis­ney Springs

One of the best parts of a Walt Dis­ney World va­ca­tion is the mem­o­ries you take home from your trip. Dis­ney Pho­topass is mak­ing mem­o­ries even more mag­i­cal with their new per­son­al­ized sto­ry­book that can be cre­ated at Dis­ney Springs. Through a spe­cial photo ses­sion, your child can be in­serted into parts of their fa­vorite fairy­tale! This is a pretty cool up­grade, but as you prob­a­bly ex­pected, it’s go­ing to cost you $149.95, plus ship­ping.

Af­ter run­ning over 8000 per­for­mances for the past 19 years, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will take its fi­nal bow in De­cem­ber this year. There’s no word yet on what will re­place this amaz­ing show in Dis­ney Springs. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you add in time dur­ing your next trip. The ac­ro­bat­ics and artistry is truly a sight to be­hold.

Gen­eral In­for­ma­tion

Miss Ad­ven­ture Falls opened on March 12th at Dis­ney’s Ty­phoon La­goon. This new fam­ily-style raft at­trac­tion is one of the long­est rides at a Dis­ney wa­ter park!

The new­est mem­ber of the Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club will be ac­cept­ing sales soon! Cop­per Creek Vil­las & Cab­ins at Dis­ney’s Wilder­ness Lodge in­cludes deluxe wa­ter­front cab­ins with two bed­rooms and an amaz­ing view. Also avail­able are Deluxe Stu­dios, 1 & 2 bed­room Vil­las, and three bed­room Grand Vil­las. Cur­rent DVC mem­bers can al­ready pur­chase and the gen­eral public can be­gin pur­chas­ing on April 5th. Cop­per Creek is sched­uled to open on July 17th.

If you like pins and pin trad­ing, you’ll want to look at the many pins com­ing in 2017. There are lim­ited edi­tion sets, a Jun­gle Cruise 45th an­niver­sary col­lec­tion, and even Dis­ney Emoji pins. There are al­most too many new pins to col­lect them all!

The best view of the Magic King­dom fire­works can be seen from the Dis­ney’s

Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort. Now with some pixie dust, you can ex­pe­ri­ence the best view in the World from the top. One hour be­fore fire­works, you will check in to the Cal­i­for­nia Grill to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of delectable dishes such as canapes, sushi, and flat­breads. Then, guests will en­joy the won­der­ful fire­works from the ob­ser­va­tion deck. Af­ter­wards, desserts will be served. Cel­e­bra­tion at the Top is on se­lect Sun­days for a lim­ited time and is $99 per per­son (plus tax and gra­tu­ity). This would be a per­fect lo­ca­tion to cel­e­brate a spe­cial evening.

Jam­berry, the cre­ators of nail de­cals for women, is now avail­able at se­lect lo­ca­tions through­out Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort. This is a great way to show your Dis­ney Side!

Dis­ney has brought back the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate your own cus­tom Dis­ney fam­ily de­cal! Click to get started.

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.

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