What’s New At Walt Disney World this week!

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There are new things popping up daily at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Join us each week as wee take a look at “What’s New” at Disney World.  This week showcases a new Star Wars Weekend special offering, new mobile phone charging lockers and new sweet treats at Disney!


What’s New This Week at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

Image: Property of Walt Disney World Resort
Image: Property of Walt Disney World Resort

New!  Feel The Force Premium Package at Star Wars Weekends:  Just announced, a new VIP package experience will be available to guests at Star Wars Weekends this year (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-June 15, 2014).  This new experience provides Guests with reserved VIP viewing for two of the most popular Star Wars Weekends event spectaculars: the daytime Legends of the Force Celebrity Motorcade and the nighttime Symphony in the Stars fireworks show.  In addition to the premium viewing soft drinks, water and snacks will also be served for the motorcade and a dessert party will accompany the fireworks show.  Guests will also receive a souvenir digital photo card that captures images of the Star WArs characters and events from that day, as well as a series of complimentary Star Wars photos.  Prices are $54 for adults and $32 for children (per day, tax and gratuity included).  Discounts do not apply.  More details are available here.

New!  Guest Mobile Phone Charging Lockers Open April 25: Starting Friday, April 25, a test will take place at Magic Kingdom Park allowing Guests to charge the batteries on their mobile phones at a limited number of secure lockers located in Tomorrowland.  Charging lockers are located inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light & Power Company. This is a free service.  This offering is a test and will continue through mid summer.  Guests will use their credit card like a key.  They will not be charged.

New!  Walk-around Dinosaur Entertainment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A new atmosphere entertainment offering is currently being nested at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Per Cast Member notes, several times a day, Guests visiting DinoLand U.S.A. may encounter Professor Parker Woodson from the Dino Institute, along with a velociraptor, affectionally named “V,” as they embark on a “Jurassic jaunt” through the land.  Guests interacting with Professor Woodson will learn that he has hand raised “V” from birth and is looking forward to Guests getting to meet his dinosaur.  When we saw this entertainment offering on April 20, the human was referred to as Dr. Woodson (and it was a woman, not a man as the description indicates) and the dino was referred to as “Val”.  “Val” walked through DinoLand USA and made loud velociraptor sounds when prompted by Dr. Woodson.

dr woodson and val

New!  Seven Dwarfs Mine Train News: On April 22, 2014, vehicles were spotted on the tracks in test runs of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  We have seen the vehicles testing several times previously and shared videos before, but this time something was different!  There were guests riding in them now!  Well, not exactly guests, but actors.  A commercial was being filmed for the new attraction.  We hope this means it will be open to the public soon, but there is still no opening date scheduled.  The official dedication of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled for May 2.  We hope to see soft openings very soon!

almost open doesn't count

New!  2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Registration Open: On April 22, registration opened to the public for the 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend events.  The weekend will include a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon.  In addition, there is the “Goofy’s Race and Half Challenge,” which is comprised of running the Half and Full Marathons and the “Dopey Challenge,” which consists of running all 4 races.  At the time of this writing all are sold out except for the Full Marathon and the “Goofy.”  Did you register?

New!  Celebrate Earth Day with a Special Cupcake: In honor of Earth Day, April 21, a new cupcake will be offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Indulge in awfully delicious gummy worms and chocolate dirt for just $5.19 at select quick service locations including FairFax Fare, Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Backlot Express, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, Studio Catering Co., Rosie’s All American Cafe.  This treat is part of the Disney Dining Plan and will be available April 21 – May 15.


New!  La Boulange Pastries Coming Soon to Walt Disney World Resort Starbucks: Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park and Fountain View at Epcot will soon add several delicious La Boulange pastries to their menus.  Starbucks recently partnered with La Boulange, a San Francisco bakery and cafe, to roll out their baked goods in Starbucks nationwide.  La Boulange items are served warm, making them an extra special treat for Guests to enjoy.

New!  Frozen-themed Pastries Available in Norway in Epcot: Frozen-themed cookies and rice crispy treats can now be found in Norway.  They have previously been available in MouseGear in Epcot and the Main Street Confectionary at Magic Kingdom.

New!  Wine on Tap at Disney’s Contemporary: The Wave…of American Flavors is now featuring a variety of wines served on tap.  The Wine on tap concept is an environmental initiative that the restaurant opted as a unique way to serve well know quality wines.  Wines served on tap are fresher than any other method of service wines because the wines kept in kegs don’t come in contact with air.  The restaurant is currently serving Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast California, Acrobat Pinot Noir by King Estate from Oregon, J Vineyards Pinot Gris from Russian River Valley and NxNW Riesling from Oregon.  These will be changing on a regular basis.

New!  Pete’s Silly Side Show Character Greet Hours Change: Starting April 20, Pete’s Silly Slideshow will be adjusting to operating hours to close with Wishes nighttime spectacular.  The only exceptions are evenings without Wishes, Pete’s Silly Slideshow will stay open through regular park close.  This includes during hard ticket event nights, and on evenings when Wishes occurs two or more hours prior to park close, Pete’s Silly Slideshow will remain open two hours before park close.

Reminder!  Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ Now Meeting Guests at Magic Kingdom Park: Anna and Elsa, from Disney’s Academy Award-winning film ‘Frozen,’ have moved from Epcot to Magic Kingdom Park as of April 20.  They join some of their fellow Disney Royals at Princess Fairytale Hall, where Disney FastPass+ service will be available for this character greeting experience.  As part of this new arrangement, Snow White will appear in Town Square Courtyard at the beginning of the day, returning to Princess Fairytale Hall in the evenings.

Reminder!  “Maleficent” Sneak Peek Showing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: As of April 18, a special extended sneak peek of “Maleficent” is playing continuously every 30 minutes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio through mid-June.  A two minute legacy featurette precedes a 9-min extended trailer.  Both are in 3-D.  Guests are given 3-D glasses to use during the show and a set of a paper/cardstock Maleficent horns to keep.  Many horned villains can be seen walking around Disney’s Hollywood Studios now!

maleficent horns

Reminder!  Grand Floridian Rooms Under Refurbishment: Guest rooms and buildings throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa have been under refurbishment since early January and the project is scheduled to complete in August.  Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.  Next building to start refurb is Sago Cay – April 27.

Reminder!  Epcot After Hours Wind Down Events: You are invited to relax, unwind and enjoy exclusive access to one of four favorite lounges around World Showcase during the new Epcot After Hours Wind Down, beginning April 17 through Sept 15.  This celebration takes place Thursday through Sunday evenings beginning after IllumiNations: Refelctions of Earth and continuing until 11 p.m.  Following IllumiNations, take your pick from four select locations and enjoy cuisine created from award-winning Epcot Chefs and Sommeliers.  Tickets can be reserved for the Epcot After Hours Wind Down in advance for one of the following locations around World Showcase: La Cava del Tequila – Mexico, Rose & Crown Pub – United Kingdom, Spice Road Table – Morocco, and Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy.

Reminder: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Continues: This fantastic and colorful festival continues.  Some highlights this week include: Flower Power Concert Series performed by Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – April 25-27 at 5:30, 6:45 and 8pm; Designer’s Stage – weekdays, noon and 3pm will host Steve Aitken, How to Buy Mail Order Plants (12 pm), 10 Ways to Mess Up Your Garden (3 pm) – April 22-24; and Designers’ Stage – Presented by HGTV – Friday through Sunday, noon and 3pm will host David Bromstad, Color Splash – April 25-27.  Numerous additional presentations take place daily through the day during the entire festival which runs through May 18.

New! Merchandise Events:

  • Now – May 18: Representatives from Rinse Bath and Body Co. will be on hand throughout the day to help you select the product that is right for your skin.  Check them out, they’re amazing!
  • April 21-May 4: Meet representatives from Kumquat Growers and Tropical Blossom Honey Co. who will be on hand from 11am-9pm each day on the promenade around World Showcase in Epcot.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

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