Sunday, February 16, 2014

What's New at the Walt Disney World Resort - 2.12.14

What’s New for Week of Feb 12, 2014 – Walt Disney World News

There are new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort,
Join us every week to read about "What's New" in Disney news This week features updates on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, PUSH (the talking Trash Can), Frozen characters at Disney Parks and much more!

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New! Construction Walls Down at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

On Feb 11, 2014, some of the construction walls were taken down at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The walls that were removed were on the Beast's Castle side of the newest Disney "mountain." Now revealed are an exciting track, a waterfall and extensive mountain theming and landscape. It is exciting to see the progress on the new coaster! We hope construction is on schedule for the planned opening Spring 2014. As of this writing, no official opening date has been announced. We can't wait to ride it! Here are some photos of the Mine Train area.


New! PUSH No Longer Appearing in Tomorrowland

source: Disney Parks Blog

For 19 years, PUSH, that talking trash can has entertained and surprised guests visiting Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. As of Feb 8th, PUSH is no longer making appearances. Disney is participating in contract negotiations with the owner of PUSH's technology, but has not yet indicated if the entertainment offering will return.

New! “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” will be coming to Premiere Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17, “Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story” will be screened at the Premiere Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This 39 minute, stopmotion, animated short tells the story of an unpainted Vinylmation figure on a quest that alters the destiny of his entire world. Rated TVG. Shows will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm,4:00pm and 5:30pm for day Guests. Separate theme park admission is required to attend, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. There will be a 10:00am show on Friday and Sunday as an exclusive screening for Annual Passholders. There will be a 10:00am show on Saturday and Monday as an exclusive screening for Disney Vacation Club Members.

New! Frozen Meet & Greet Extended and Hours Changed


The meet and greet with Anna and Elsa at Princess Plass (located in the Puffin's Roost at Norway Pavilion within Epcot) was originally planned as a temporary guest offering, but with things in Arendelle well in hand, Anna and Elsa plan to continue visiting guests at the parks for the foreseeable future. Additionally, Guests can meet with Anna and Elsa any time between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm. These new times are a test, running February 9 to February 15.


New! More Frozen at Walt Disney World 


Over at Magic Kingdom Park, Anna and Elsa will be joining the new daytime spectacular, “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” next month as part of the Princess Garden, along with fellow Disney Royals Belle, Cinderella, and Tiana. And in the evening, you can take in a performance of “Celebrate the Magic,” the nighttime projection show that transforms Cinderella Castle with eye-popping visuals from Disney animated classics, including “Frozen.” We also recently learned to draw Elsa in The Magic of Disney Animation drawing class at Disney's Hollywood Studios!


New! 'Disney Festival of Fantasy' Parade Floats and Costumes Revealed


Fashion insiders from around the globe have been flocking to the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, but the big fashion news in Central Florida is the Disney Parks unveiling of a new collection of costume creations for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which debuts at Magic Kingdom this March! Some members of the media also attended an event showcasing the new parade floats.

New! Additional FastPass+ Kiosks Planned in Magic Kingdom


FastPass+ kiosks are anticipated to open Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Jungle Cruise and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Guests can view, make or modify FastPass+ selections for Magic Kingdom Park there. Here are where the kiosks can currently be found around the park: Adventureland Breezeway (near the Diamond Horseshoe), Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Pete's Silly Sideshow, and Stitch's Great Escape!

New! Rapid Fill Mug Design Change Coming Soon


Within the next week, new Rapid Fill mugs will be available for Walt Disney World Resorts. The new mugs will feature a brand new design, new colors (blue,
red, yellow and purple), and a sticker on top of the mug that advises Guest to activate mug at cashier.


New! New Seasonal Dessert Offerings at Boatwright's Dining Hall


Boatwright's Dining Hall is offering new seasonal dessert options featuring strawberries. The seasonal spinach salad is now served with plump Florida-grown strawberries, arugula, goat cheese and toasted almonds. It's tossed in a champagne vinaigrette and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. A seasonal bread pudding will also be offered covered with a housemade
strawberry compote and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. This dessert is a fun, creative way to celebrate the winter harvest of Florida-grown strawberries, while appealing to those with a sweet tooth.

New! Las Ventana's to begin serving breakfast and lunch Feb. 16


Beginning Sunday, Feb. 16, Las Ventana's will be serving a full a la carte menu for breakfast and lunch, featuring American dishes along with a few regional Mexican favorites. The fourteen table restaurant, located adjacent to Rix Lounge, will provide an intimate dining setting for convention and leisure Guests interested in a full table service experience for breakfast from 7-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. At this time, seating for Las Ventana's will be on a
first come, first serve basis and will count as a full service dining redemption for Guests on the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Guests wishing to dine at Las Ventana's should see a Cast Member at the hostess podium located just outside the main entrance of the restaurant.


New! 2014 Pro Soccer Classic from Feb. 19 to March 1


The MLS and Orlando City Soccer Club return to the Walt Disney World Resort for the 2014 Pro Soccer Classic from Feb. 19 to March 1. This action packed
event gives fans an up close and personal look at their favorite hometown club as they square off against their future MLS rivals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, home to Orlando City Soccer in 2014. Single and multiple session passes are on sale and parking is free!

Update Available for My Disney Experience App

A new, significant update of My Disney Experience is now available for Apple devices. (The corresponding update for Android devices will be released this spring.) With this update, the app’s performance will be improved significantly, and the ease of navigation will be enhanced. Additional enhancements in this update to the Apple app described last week. 

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