Here are the latest and greatest of Disney World news and updates, and maybe a few scoops! We will be sending a separate update on Disneyland news since there is so much going on in California.
Disneyland and Disney World now ban all selfie sticks in the parks. They have stated this is for the safety of guests and cast members. Do not bring them into the parks – this is as of June 30th.
Splash Mountain has been added to evening Extra Magic Hours as of June 13.
The Orange Bird is now returning to Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle in Adventureland. The menus at Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle switched earlier this year, so our beloved Dole Whip is now available at Sunshine Tree Terrace. We love this change as there is far more space at Sunshine. Aloha Isle now serves our other favorite cold treat, Citrus Swirl. You can find the Orange Bird added to the marquee. There was limited edition merchandise that may find its way back to the stores.
Be Our Guest Restaurant began serving breakfast starting in the spring. Reservations are recommended and it has been quite a hit with guests. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs and eggs florentine.
Taste Track – new quick-serve food at Future World near Test Track. They serve new delicious recipes for the favorite grilled cheese sandwich including Gruyere and Applewood smoked bacon, Fontina with tomato basil grilled cheese, and Canadian cheddar and apples grilled cheese on cinnamon raisin bread. Each sandwich comes with your choice of soup or salad. Other menu items include chicken salad and kid’s grilled cheese.
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series lineup continues:
Don’t Look Back–A Tribute to Boston –June 27-July4
Fire & Ice–A Tribute to Pat Benatar–July 5-11
Stayin’ Aline–A Tribute to the Bee Gees–July 12-18
Hotel California–A Salute to the Eagles–July 19-25
All tribute bands can be seen at the America Gardens Theatre Stage at various concert times.
New World Showcase Entertainment: The American Music Machine will be performing at the American Adventure pavilion. B’net Al Houwariyate, a Berber music and dance troupe from Marrakesh, with perform at the Morocco pavilion.
New Norway attractions for Frozen are set to open in 2016. Work is already underway for “Frozen Ever After” and “Royal Sommerhus”. The Maelstrom ride will be transformed into a ride into the world of Arendelle. There will also be a meet and greet for Anna & Elsa.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its 20th year this fall. A new 12-inch Figment plush will be introduced to commemorate this event. There will also be a new concert series called “Eat to the Beat” that includes a wide array of bands performing.
Frozen Summer Fun began on June 17th at Hollywood Studios! This includes:
- Frozen Royal Welcome– Processional twice a day and this year it will include Olaf as well as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff with a new ice palace.
- Olaf’s Summer Cool Down–New show with Olaf and friends
- “Frozen Fever” will be playing in the ABC Sound Studio including a peek behind the scenes at the making of the film
- A “Frozen” Sing Along Celebration will be moving into the Hyperion Theater at the center of Hollywood Studios
- “Frozen” Fireworks will follow the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party that includes Olaf with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
New Frozen Summer Fun cupcakes will be available starting June 17th at ABC Commissary, FairFax Fare, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All American Café, and The Trolley Car Café. The cupcakes are included in Disney Dining Plan, and all “Frozen” specialty cupcakes will be available through September 7th.
Once Upon a Time fans will love the new themed window fronts on the Streets of America! This very popular show will have new displays along the street.
Zuri’s Sweet Treats opens in Harambe Market and will be serving traditional candy treats with an African twist. They will also have Flame Tree Barbecue’s signature sauce to purchase!
Creature Comforts reopened June 18 with re-imagined food and beverages. Menu includes Starbucks coffee as well as breakfast options like sandwiches and pastries.
Pizzafari will no longer serve breakfast at Animal Kingdom – lunch and dinner only. Breakfast is available at Tusker House, Rainforest Cafe and kiosks and stands throughout the park including Creature Comforts.
Pocahontas has a new meet and greet location at the Discovery Island Character Landing. This is the only location in Walt Disney World to meet Pocahontas. Animal Kingdom is home to other exclusive character meet and greets: Tarzan, Rafiki, Dug & Russell from “Up”, and Baloo & King Louie. As always, check the Times Guide for character times.
As part of the Coolest Summer Ever celebration at Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon water park will host the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party (#teenbeach2)! This celebration will include summery games, dancing to retro-beach tunes and hula hoop contests daily. Teen Beach 2 runs through July 5th.
With the renovation of Downtown Disney still underway and transforming into Disney Springs, rumors are flying about the closing of Disney Quest, the interactive game center in Downtown Disney. It is possible that next year, it will be gone from the newly redesigned area.
Disney World Resorts
Polynesian Bungalows are now open at the Polynesian Resort. These new Bungalows as well as studio villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club family. The bungalows sit over the Seven Seas Lagoon and can sleep up to 8 guests. We will be sharing a detailed post on the new additions to the Polynesian resort shortly.
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