Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 4/17/15

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Happy Friday! Do you have big plans that involve Disney this weekend? If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this weekend (or any time soon), here are some of the news notes you should know!

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is now offering the pre-order option for breakfast. Guests with a breakfast reservation will receive information via their dining confirmation email and will be able to pre-order meals through My Disney Experience anywhere from 30 days to 5 minutes prior to their reservation. Guests can also still choose to order breakfast at the time of arrival at the restaurant. Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is currently only being tested through June 18.
  • Epcot will be holding some special events Earth Day, which is April 22. Beginning today until April 22, there will be nature activities for kids and families and a sand-sculpture creation to showcase Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom at the World Showcase Outpost. Then, over at The Seas with Nemo & Friends on April 22, guests can learn about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans.

  • Speaking of Epcot, a new entertainment group will be joining the lineup of World Showcase artists. The Mexican Marimba Trio performs unique musical pieces centered around the marimba that celebrate the musical heritage of Mexico and the diverse influences on their music and culture. Mexican Marimba Trio will play on Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Mariachi Cobre will continue to perform the remaining days of the week.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, beginning on April 20 and continuing through June, work will be conducted during the day on the Tree of Life. Although the workers will be visible, this work will not impact park activities such as the flamingo badge for Wilderness Explorers, PhotoPass availability, or Winged Encounters.
  • Recently, the Wi-Fi network was upgraded across Walt Disney World’s theme parks. The goal is to provide faster connections, better performance, and less interference. And of course, make it easier to utilize My Disney Experience.
  • For those with allergies, you’ll have a new tool to help you on your next visit to Walt Disney World. Disney will begin to introduce new allergy-friendly menus at approximately 120 quick-service and table-service locations. The menus will provide readily available options for guests with special dietary requests. Menu selection focuses on the most common allergens: gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish. Guests shouldn’t worry that the chef will not speak with them; guests will still be able to consult directly with a restaurant chef or special diets trained cast member, if they choose.
  • At Downtown Disney, those looking to pick up soccer gear and merchandise can do so at the United World Soccer new mobile merchandise kiosk located near Cirque du Soleil. United World Soccer moved to this location because a new store, called Super Hero Headquarters, is slated to open in May in the former location of the soccer store.

Thoughts on all of these little news pieces?

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

3 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 4/17/15

  • April 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    As a mom of 2 food-allergic kids and a lover of all things Disney, including their approach to food allergies, I am curious to learn more about the allergy-friendly menu. Do you know where I can get more information? My concern would be that they come up with one or two items which meet all of their criteria (GF, nut-free, dairy-free) and no longer keep up with the allergy status of all other menu items. My kids must be nut-free, but can do gluten and dairy, and if you don’t have to be GF you definitely don’t want to be.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:01 am
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      I found an article regarding the new menus on the Disney Food Blog. They had a few sample menus, and it appeared that they simple list the regular food items, then annotate which allergies the food is safe for. We have several allergies too, and went to ABC Commissary this past November and I found many more choices then we usually enjoy on the test allergy menu. I am thrilled they decided to extend them to so many other restaurants.

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  • April 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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    We tried pre-order breakfast at BOG. We were surprised though that there were no terminals just to pay ie we had to wait behind everyone who were still choosing (who generally had also not read the menus they had been given in the queue) so hard to say it saved time for us, saved time for the person behind us. That said food arrived in five minutes and was very good. Wifi we found worse than a year ago so not sure whether upgrades are keeping pace with usage.

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