The News

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY KIM­BERLY MASIMORE

Can you be­lieve that Pan­dora: World of AVATAR fi­nally opens this month? Let’s hope it lives up to all the hype that has been gen­er­ated. Dis­ney is in­tro­duc­ing a Na’vi Trans­la­tor De­vice for a sub­mer­sion type ex­pe­ri­ence with the new land. In other news, Dis­ney has re­leased the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Hal­loween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party. This is great news for those who want to plan a fall visit. Be sure to look at our Clo­sures and Ren­o­va­tions sec­tion, es­pe­cially if you were think­ing about see­ing Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba.

Magic King­dom

Se­cu­rity has changed at Dis­ney. They moved some of the metal de­tec­tors out­side of the Magic King­dom to the Trans­porta­tion and Ticket Cen­ter. The­o­ret­i­cally, this will cut down on the traf­fic jam that al­ways clogs the en­trance. The re­sorts on the mono­rail line also have se­cu­rity set up be­fore guests’ board. This will elim­i­nate the need of hav­ing to go through bag check at the en­trance. How­ever, any­one ar­riv­ing by re­sort buses will still need to go through se­cu­rity mea­sures at the front of the theme park. If you’ve trav­elled there re­cently, did you no­tice a dif­fer­ence? Let us know!

Dis­ney has an­nounced the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Hal­loween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party! Dates for MNSSHP are Au­gust (25, 29), Septem­ber (1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29), Oc­to­ber (1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31) and Novem­ber 1st. You will still get to see the San­der­son Sis­ters in the Ho­cus Po­cus Vil­lain Spell­tac­u­lar, the “Boo-to-you” Hal­loween Pa­rade, and the “Happy Hal­low­ishes” fire­works shows.

The dates for MVMCP are Novem­ber (9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28) and De­cem­ber (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22) In­cluded in this spe­cial tick­eted event are the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christ­mas­time Pa­rade, “Hol­i­day Wishes”, “A Frozen Hol­i­day Wish” and “Mickey’s Most Mer­ri­est Cel­e­bra­tion.” Tick­ets have not gone on sale yet and no prices have been an­nounced. We will keep you posted on new in­for­ma­tion as it is re­leased.

On Thurs­day April 6th, the U.S. Navy Blue An­gels flew over the Magic King­dom in a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play. If you missed it, you can re­live the magic here.


Dis­ney’s Pho­topass has de­vel­oped a new photo op­por­tu­nity in the China Pav­il­ion at Ep­cot. A spe­cial light up flower is avail­able to use as a prop for a won­der­ful evening pic­ture. If you are look­ing for cre­ative ways to cap­ture your va­ca­tion, this seems like a good one.

Pho­topass pho­tog­ra­phers are also wait­ing to make your trip mag­i­cal at the Ep­cot In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Fes­ti­val. There are sev­eral lo­ca­tions around Ep­cot to be seen with Fig­ment, cute but­ter­flies, and of course your fam­ily. This op­por­tu­nity will dis­ap­pear, along with the fes­ti­val, on May 29th.

Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios

Star Tours will add a new ad­ven­ture later this year in honor of the next film in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. The Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios at­trac­tion will add a new des­ti­na­tion that fea­tures lo­ca­tions and ac­tions from the film mak­ing each time you ex­pe­ri­ence the at­trac­tion po­ten­tially dif­fer­ent from the last.

Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom

If you re­ally want to im­merse your­self in the world of Pan­dora, set your eyes on the Na’vi Trans­la­tor. Com­ing to Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom this month, the trans­la­tor helps you learn how to pro­nounce 90 Na’vi words. The Trans­la­tor De­vice will sell for $19.99 which in­cludes 15 cards. Ad­di­tional cards will be sold sep­a­rately for $6.99 each. This sounds like a neat way to get guests in­ter­act­ing with each other at the park.

Rivers of Light plus Tif­f­ens equals one in­cred­i­ble evening at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. The Rivers of Light Din­ing Pack­age at Tif­f­ens al­lows you to en­joy a great meal and get a re­served seat­ing for the new wa­ter show at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom. The cur­rent cost of the din­ing pack­age is $67 for adults and $26 for kids ages 3-9. Tif­f­ens is a two-credit restau­rant on the Dis­ney Din­ing Plan.

Dis­ney Springs

The Po­lite Pig opened in April in Dis­ney Springs! The cui­sine fea­tures bar­be­cue with a twist. You can pair your en­trée with de­li­cious south­ern sides and a choice of over 50 types of bour­bon for a plea­sur­able din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This is a quick ser­vice restau­rant and is not part of the Dis­ney Din­ing Plan.

Gen­eral In­for­ma­tion

Dis­ney re­cently an­nounced a new pro­mo­tion. Save up to 25% on rooms through Au­gust 31st. As al­ways there are a few re­stric­tions that ap­ply, but a dis­count is al­ways nice. Dis­ney an­nounces new pro­mo­tions of­ten. Check the of­fi­cial Walt Dis­ney World web­site for cur­rent dis­counts, or con­tact our rec­om­mended travel agency, Des­ti­na­tions to Travel, and they will stay on top of new dis­counts for you.

In April, Dis­ney World went through the test­ing phase of a mod­i­fied Fast­pass sys­tem for the rides at Bliz­zard Beach and Ty­phoon La­goon. The tests were not linked to the Magic Band or My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app. No word yet on when or if this will be of­fi­cially added to the Dis­ney wa­ter parks.

My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence re­cently re­launched their app to make it more ac­ces­si­ble and eas­ier to use. There’s a new “My Re­sort Dash­board” for guests who are stay­ing on prop­erty that in­cludes reser­va­tion in­for­ma­tion, di­rec­tions, and a direct link to the Re­sort Front Desk. If you don’t like change, this new ver­sion is go­ing to drive you nuts. Ev­ery­thing has been re­mod­i­fied and it takes a lit­tle get­ting used to.

The Orange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter hosted a Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion in April. Many stars were on hand to sign au­to­graphs and par­tic­i­pate on pan­els. Some of the guests in­cluded Jeremy Bul­loch, Hay­den Chris­tensen, Peter May­hew, and Mark Hamill. Also, mak­ing a sur­prise ap­pear­ance were Har­ri­son Ford and Ge­orge Lu­cas. In honor of this cel­e­bra­tion, more Star Wars mer­chan­dise has been re­leased. Among the new mer­chan­dise are Droid Fac­tory droids. You will be able to ex­change parts with the pre-pack­aged fig­ures and the droids you cre­ate at the Droid Fac­tory, which can be found at Ta­tooine Traders in Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios.

If you have a few thou­sand dol­lars to spare (okay, maybe about $25,000+) you may be able to buy in to an ex­clu­sive club that looks to be com­ing to Walt Dis­ney World. The fa­mous Club 33, which has been a part of Disneyland for 50 years, will be com­ing this fall to all four Walt Dis­ney World theme parks. Club 33 is an ex­clu­sive mem­ber­ship club. The lo­ca­tion in Disneyland costs ap­prox­i­mately $25,000 to join and an­other $10,000+ a year mem­ber­ship fee. There’s no word yet on how much the club will cost in Walt Dis­ney World.

Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club mem­bers can now make reser­va­tions for a spe­cial Mother’s Day Brunch be­ing held on May 14th at the Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort. The theme is “You’ll Be in My Heart” and will fea­ture mu­sic and “friends” from Tarzan. Food will be tra­di­tional brunch buf­fet fare and there will be mi­mosas for Moms. Prices are $53.95 for ages 10+ and $29.95 for ages 3-9. Tax and gra­tu­ity are not in­cluded.

Hel­l­loooooo! Big Sum­mer Blow-out! Ac­tu­ally, it’s just the re­turn of Frozen Sum­mer Games to Bliz­zard Beach start­ing May 26th. You will be able to en­joy games, mu­sic, and crafts along with the reg­u­lar wa­ter fun at the coolest wa­ter park at Dis­ney World. De­cide whether you are “Team Kristoff” or “Team Olaf” and kick off sum­mer with some ex­tra fun from the end of May un­til Au­gust 13th.

Al­though Dis­ney has yet to pub­licly con­firm (or deny) the re­ports, the in­ter­net is on fire with the “con­firmed” ru­mors that a gondola sys­tem is com­ing to the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort. The gon­do­las would the­o­ret­i­cally carry up to 10 pas­sen­gers at a time from Dis­ney’s Caribbean Beach Re­sort, Dis­ney’s Pop Cen­tury and the Art of An­i­ma­tion to Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios and Ep­cot. What do you think about this pos­si­ble new de­vel­op­ment? We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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