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News From the World of Disney – March/April 2017

Here is your latest News From the World of Disney for the period of March 24 – April 6, 2017. This issue includes news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and much more.

WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS

March 26 – My favorite dish is back on the menu at Liberty Tree Tavern. The New England Pot Roast, as well as the Fish & Chips, are back. (Link)

March 28 – Changes are coming to the security check in process for Magic Kingdom Park. Instead of passing through security in front of the train station, guest will now be checked by security at the Ticket & Transportation Center as well as the ‘monorail’ resort. Those guests arriving at Magic Kingdom Park via bus and other means of transportation will still face security screenings in front of the park. (Link)

March 29 – ‘Bachelor’ couple Ben & Lauren will co-host a 90-minute special, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, on May 7 at 8:00pm on ABC. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyApril 5 – A new photo opportunity is now available at the China Pavilion in Epcot. This is an evening shoot which will begin each day at 7:30pm (weather permitting). (Link)

April 5 – The winner of Disney’s March Magic competition was the Movers (Tomorrowland Transit Authority). (Link)

April 6 – The dates for the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party were released. (MNSSHP: Link, MVMCP: Link)

News From The World of DisneyApril 6 – The U.S. Blue Angels made a return appearance to the skies over Magic Kingdom Park on April 6. The team made two passes over the area. (Click this link for a cool video: Link)

April 7 – Disney has applied for a patent for ‘soft-body’ robots which will roam the Disney theme parks. (Link)

DISNEYLAND NEWS

April 1 – Main Street Electrical Parade has been extended at Disneyland. The new sunset date is August 20, 2017. (Link)

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

April 5 – A new musical is making its way to Disney Cruise Line. Beauty and the Beast will debut on the Disney Dream in November. (Link)

DISNEY VACATION CLUB

April 5 – Copper Creek Villas & Cabins are now on sale. The points charts for Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge were released. (Link, 2017, 2018)

D23 CONVENTION

News From the World of DisneyApril 6 – The lists of Disney legends to be honored at the bi-annual D23 convention has been released. They include: Carrie Fisher (actress), Clyde “Gerry” Geromini (animator), Manuel Gonzales (animator), Mark Hamill (actor), Wayne Jackson (imagineer), Stan Lee (comic publisher), Gary Marshall (producer/director), Julie Taymor (stage director) and Oprah Winfrey (producer/actress). (Link)

DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

March 24 – Bob Iger is giving the final word on how the Star Wars series will deal with the passing of Carrie Fisher. He emphatically stated, “We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital characters. We are not doing that with Carrie.” (Link)

March 28 – The new Wreck-It Ralph movie now has a title. It will be called Ralph Breaks the Internet. (Link)

March 31 – Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida has finalized their list of appearances. The showstoppers include Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams. Other guests include actors and alumni from the original trilogy, the prequel, Rebels and Rogue One. (Link)

April 3 – As with most Disney films, Beauty and the Beast is getting a theatre release of a sing-along version. The new version premieres on April 7. (Link)

April 5 – “That’s So Raven” is coming back to the Disney Channel. (Link)

WALT DISNEY CORPORATE NEWS

April 4 – Disney Cruise Line President, Karl Holz, has announced his retirement effective February 15, 2018. (Link)

DISNEY FUNNY OF THE WEEK

This week’s funny comes from The Late Late Show with James Cordon. Yes, this was several weeks ago but it’s still absolutely hilarious.

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Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.

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