Angie Muma joins me to chat about Walt Disney World news from September 2016.
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Quick comments about my trip that are more time critical:
Food and Wine wearable gifts cards are awesome. We got for our family the $200 one which comes with a lanyard and collector gift card. The lanyard has the nice gold medallion on it. It is a gift card that can be used anywhere Disney gift cards are accepted, so if you know you are going to spend over $200 while on vacation, why not get the free souvenir.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – my tip is to not do a park day before the party. We did Epcot in the morning and then went back to the hotel for a good 3-hour rest for my kids. Still was too much for Evan. He was tired and didn’t enjoy the party at all. Next time the party will be all we do that day.
NIght of Joy is returning to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2017 for its 35th appearance on September 8th and 9th.
Doctor Strange 10 minute movie preview is coming to Hollywood Studios October 7th in the One Man’s Dream attraction. It is running through mid-November with the opening of the movie in theaters being on November 4, 2016.
At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Shark Reef, a snorkeling experience will be closing on October 3rd. This closing is to make way for the new attraction announced last month called Miss Fortune Falls. At the Shark Reef guest could either view or swim with small sharks, fish, and rays. The animals are being relocated to around the Disney property.
1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will offer brunch on select days during the busy holiday season. This will be an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring characters from Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland.
The brunch is offered from 12:45pm to 2:10pm the week of Thanksgiving (Nov 20th-26th) and the week before Christmas through New Years (Dec 18th – to Jan 1st)
Cost is $37 for adults and $22 children ages 3 to 9. Dining plan is accepted.
Festival of Fantasy Parade will now have a parade dining package at Tony’s Town Square restaurant starting on October 10th. For $45 for an adult and $17 for children you will enjoy a 3-course lunch at Tony’s Town Square with non-alcoholic beverage. After your lunch you receive a voucher for viewing of the Festival of Fantasy parade at the flagpole on Main Street. This is on the dining plan.
“The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History” is scheduled to begin October 2nd at the Magic Kingdom in Liberty Square. There will be multiple showings throughout the day. This show will be outside the Hall of Presidents.
Third parking garage to be added to Disney Springs. This new lot will also require a pedestrian bridge to be built as it is across from Disney Springs near casting lot.
From 10am – 4pm in DIsney Springs, you are now able to meet Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana, or another visiting princess. They are creating a virtual queue so that you can continue to shop in DIsney Springs while you wait for reception and greeting with the princess. This is currently scheduled for Oct 1st to Nov 1st 2016.
Stitch’s Great Escape is moving to seasonal operation starting October 2, 2016. The attraction will only be opening during the busiest of times. The week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 19-26, and Christmas and New Years, Dec. 17-Jan. 2.
Hollywood Studios is restarting the Disney Early Morning Magic on October 8th and continuing it through December 17th. To refresh your memory on this offering, guests who pay $69 for adults and $59 for children will get to enter the pak at 7:45 and ride select attraction and also eat a breakfast at the ABC Commissary until 10am. Attractions include Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours, and meet and greets with Buzz, Woody, Mickey, Minnie,and Olaf. Breakfast is standard, eggs, frittata, bacon, sausage, french toast, and juices. You must have park admission for the days as well.
Magic Kingdom celebrating the 45th anniversary of the park on October 1st.
Starting October 2nd annual passholders are getting some new perks in celebration of the 45th anniversary.
- If you purchase an AP between Oct 2 – Jan 3, 2017 you will get 13 months instead of 12 months.
- 20% or 10 % discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at 45 participating restaurants through Sept 30, 2017. Here is the complete list – https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passholder-program/passholder-benefits-and-discounts/dining-discounts/?CMP=SOC-DPFY16Q1MKPassholderpost0003
- 20% of merchandise at Disney owned and operated locations.
Rivers of Light – when will this open?
DVC being added to the Caribbean Beach Resort?