With Hurricane Irma behind us the news from the world Disney trudges forward. Here is the latest news for all things Disney park and entertainment.
WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS
September 12 – Disney After Hours is returning to Magic Kingdom Park. The hard ticket event will cost $119+tax and will take place January 19, 26 and 30, February 8 & 15 and March 1 & 8. (Link)
September 18 – Everyone knows the costume guidelines for regular theme park attendance. However, that policy loosens at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. (Link)
September 19 – The Atlanta Braves will be leaving the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex after the 2018 spring season to move to a new location in Sarasota, Florida. (Link)
September 19 – Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This will be a specially ticketed, after-hours event costing $129 per person. (Link)
September 20 – The Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade at 9:30pm on Friday, September 22. (Link)
September 20 – The Bucket List family finished up their “30 stays in 30 days” with a stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite. (Link)
September 20 – How would you like to win a night in Cinderella Castle’s Royal Suite? You can in a new sweepstakes/fundraiser from Give Kids the World. The winner will also receive 2-day Disney park passes for each guest, breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table and flights to/from Orlando for you and up to 5 guests. To enter you make a donation to Give Kids the World where the amount of your donation determines how many entries you get. For example, a $50 donation will get you 500 entries. (Link)
September 20 – runDisney has released their line-up of medals for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon. The seven medals cover the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half, Dopey Challenge and Disney Castaway Cay Challenge. (Link)
September 20 – The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort has reopened nearly a week after sustaining significant damage during Hurricane Irma. (Link)
September 22 – Walt Disney World will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Epcot with a special ceremony at 10:01am featuring Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre. There will also be a special edition of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. (Link)
WALT DISNEY CORPORATE NEWS
September 11 – Legendary Disney animator and Imagineer, Xavier “X” Atencio, passed away at the age of 98. He worked on “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and helped bring the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions to life at Disneyland. (Link)
August 25 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is getting a Halloween overlay. However, this is not the only attraction getting a holiday spruce up. Haunted Mansion will be getting a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay which will run until just after Christmas. (Link)
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
September 13 – As Port Canaveral slowly opens Disney Cruise Line guests should be aware their parking garage (Terminal 8) toll plaza and pay stations were destroyed in the storm. As a result, credit card machines will be used to accept payment for parking. Credit cards will be the only acceptable form of payment. No cash payments will be accepted. (Link)
September 14 – Due to Hurricane Irma, Disney Cruise Line is altering the itineraries for the Disney Fantasy in the Eastern Caribbean, exchanging ports for the Western Caribbean for sailings on September 23 and October 7. This is meant to give these islands time to recover.
Here is the modified itinerary:
- Saturday – Port Canaveral
- Sunday – Day at Sea
- Monday – Cozumel, Mexico
- Tuesday – George Town, Grand Cayman – tender port
- Wednesday – Falmouth, Jamaica
- Thursday – Day at Sea
- Friday – Castaway Cay, Bahamas
- Saturday – Port Canaveral (Link)
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
September 8 – Club Mickey Mouse has a cast. The new club includes Leanne (age 17), Big Will (age 17), Regan (age 18), Brianna (age 17), Jenna (age 15), Gabe (age 16), Ky (age 16), and Sean (age 15). (Link)
September 12 – Last issue we reported that Disney has parted ways with Colin Trevorrow. This week they announced the replacement. It’s J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Link)
September 13 – The official trailer for Coco was released this week.
September 18 – Walt Disney Studios released their official slate of movies through 2019. There seems to have been a few shake-ups including the live-action version of Aladdin now taking the May 24, 2019 slot and Star Wars XI is moving to December 20, 2019. (Link)
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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.