Here is the latest News From the World of Disney parks and entertainment including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line for March 10 – 22, 2018.
Highlights from the World of Disney:
- The Walt Disney Company is doing a wholesale reorganization.
- Easter church services have been announced at Walt Disney World.
- The much awaited change to Pirates of the Caribbean made its debut.
- Disney California Adventure is getting a SUPER land.
- The Magic Kingdom Park holiday party tickets are now on sale.
- We got a new Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
- It’s going to be an Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World.
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THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
March 14 – The Walt Disney Company recently announced a new strategic reorganization. The changes now splits the company into four divisions: Direct-To-Consumer & International; Parks, Experiences & Consumer Products; Media Networks; and Studio Entertainment. (Link)
March 21 – The annual March Magic brackets are back. Who is your winner? (Link)
WALT DISNEY WORLD
March 12 – The dates for the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have been released. The festival will run 75 days from August 30 – November 12. (Link)
March 13 – Guests staying at the Four Seasons Orlando will now be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. However, they will still be limited to booking their FastPass+ selection at the 30-day mark. (Link)
March 14 – Beginning March 21, Walt Disney World began charging overnight parking fees for their resort guests. The fees are as follows: Value: $13/night; Moderate: $19/night; Deluxe: $24/night. DVC member staying at a DVC deluxe villa are exempt from the parking fees. (Link)
March 16 – The Easter Bunny will now be greeting guests in the Town Square Courtyard in Magic Kingdom Park. Other Easter happenings include an Easter Parade on March 31 and April 1, a spring-themed trolley show and Easter sweets for purchase at the Main Street Confectionery. Easter services will also be held again this year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Catholic Masses will be held at 8:00am and 10:30am and a Protestant service at 9:15am. (Link)
March 19 – Tickets are now on sales for the Magic Kingdom Park holiday parties. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will begin in mid-August through Halloween Day. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will begin November 8 and conclude December 21. (MNSSHP; MVMCP)
March 19 – Pirates of the Caribbean reopened at Magic Kingdom Park. Readers should remember the backlash Disney received for announcing that the refurbishment would be partly to remove the “Bride Auction” scene. The scene still includes the red head but now she is a bawdy pirate. (Link)
March 21 – The runDisney virtual shorts are returning again this summer. (Link)
March 22 – The new Toy Story Land will feature daily meet and greets with Woody, Buzz and Jessie. (Link)
March 12 – The “Up” house will be floating across the sky in Disneyland’s new Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. Together Forever premieres April 13th. (Link)
March 16 – May the Fourth should be a national holiday, yes? At Disneyland they are upping the celebration by bringing the “March of the First Order” to the West Coast. They are also adding a Rey meet-n-greet at the Star Wars Launch Bay and the popular Hyperspace Mountain overlay of Space Mountain will return for a limited time beginning on May 4th. (Link)
March 20 – Did you have a Spidy-sense this was going to happen? Disneyland will be adding a new Marvel-theme land to Disney California Adventure. The land will include the already-open Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT. The Marvel-themed land is also coming to Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. (Link)
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
March 13 – Disney Cruise Line announced an itinerary change through June. Instead of Tortola, they will stop at St. Maartens. This change is due to continuing efforts to recover from Hurricane Irma and Matthew. (Link)
DISNEY MOVIE/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
March 10 – It’s official! Black Panther has now made over $1 Billion in international box office sales. (Link)
March 16 – A new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here for your viewing pleasure.
March 19 – Disney has finally announced a director for the live-action version of Lady & the Tramp. The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean has been tapped to direct the movie which will feature both live-action and CGI. This will likely be one of the movies which will be a part of Disney’s new streaming service. (Link)
March 22 – A trailer for the new Frozen stage production was released. (Link)
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Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She is a recovering team mom trying to find out how to fill her time now that her Team Mom days are over. When not planning her next Walt Disney World vacation she is the Business Sales & Incentive Coordinator for a community bank in Northern Indiana. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.