Here is the latest news for all things Disney park and entertainment for October 6 – 19. Even though it was a slow week in Disney parks news, it was a banner week for entertainment news.
WALT DISNEY WORLD PARKS NEWS
October 6 – Later this year, a new giraffe will be roaming the savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. (Link)
October 6 – Add Sunshine Seasons to the list of quick service restaurants offering mobile ordering. (Link)
October 10 – Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16. Tickets are $129 for adults and $124 for children. (Link)
October 10 – Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise is return to the Seven Season Lagoon on December 1, 2017 and goes through January 28, 2018 on Fridays and Sundays. (Link)
October 11 – The Disney Christmas specials will tape November 3-7. The exact locations are as follows: November 3: Disney’s Hollywood Studios; November 4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom; November 5-7: Magic Kingdom Park. Dates for Disneyland taping have not been announced yet. (Link)
October 13 – Beginning on October 15, Walt Disney World began allowing dogs in select resort. The current resorts allowing dogs are Disney’s Yacht Club, Disney Port Orleans – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation and the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resorts. (Link)
October 13 – The list of narrators for the 2017 Candlelight Processional is complete. The final additions are actor Kurt Russell, Olympian Laurie Hernandez, actress/comedienne Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”. (Link)
October 17 – The 3rd Quarter Florida theme park injury report was released and Disney had eight injuries with severity ranging from dizziness to a fractured back. (Link)
October 17 – Four new retailers are coming to Disney Springs. They are Bowes Signature Soy Candles, Swings N’ Things, Savannah Bee and Rinse Bath & Body Co. (Link)
WALT DISNEY CORPORATE NEWS
October 11 – The Disney Dreamers Academy is accepting applications through October 31. The Dreamers Academy is an immersive experience for high schoolers where they are introduced to a world of possibilities. (Link)
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
October – 9 – The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi aired during Monday Night Football to rave reviews.
October 10 – The long-rumored Jack and the Beanstalk animated remake, Gigantic, has been shelved. (Link)
October 16 – Another new trailer was released this week with the premiere of the Black Panther trailer. Black Panther will prowl into theatres February 16, 2018.
October 17 – Freeform will be the home for a new series called Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. The seven-episode docuseries will begin airing in May. (Link)
October 17 – The new Han Solo spin-off movie has a title. Director Ron Howard announced the title will be “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. (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.