Walt Disney World News — Week of April 13, 2019

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Before we begin the news roundup, I wanted to draw your attention to the cover image for this week. This was taken on the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs this winter, near the Robin Hood-themed tree. When I snapped it, I figured it would be a great image to use for the week when many Americans are putting the finishing touches on their income tax returns. But then it occurred to me — although John was King of England in history, the animated Robin Hood that we all know and love always refers to him just as Prince John (albeit the “phony king of England”). What are your thoughts on the sign? Would you have liked it better if it said Prince John instead of King John? Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

And now, on with the news.

News

  • The Epcot International Garden Festival is open and runs through June 3, 2019. There’s food, merchandise, concerts, and of course flowers and greenery. Read details on the official page here.
  • Easter has made its appearance at Walt Disney World. Stop by Magic Kingdom to meet the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny, swing by the Grand Floridian to see the impressively decorated giant Easter Eggs, or head to Epcot for the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg hunt around World Showcase (now through April 21).
  • Speaking of Epcot, if you’re an annual passholder, make sure to pick up your free Daisy AP magnet, now available at Mouse Gear. You can see the magnet, plus other AP merchandise now for sale, here.

Weather

For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

Park Hours

 

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Wildlife Express Train: Africa Station
  • Wildlife Express Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Station

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Have you done the Easter egg hunt at Epcot, or do you prefer looking at the decorated eggs at the Grand Floridian? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

7 thoughts on “Walt Disney World News — Week of April 13, 2019

  • April 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Did you guys purposely change your RSS feed to not include the full post content? It’s a pretty reader-unfriendly move, in my opinion. It actually makes me less likely to click through to the site.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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      I agree with jeffk, I notice I read less of the articles than when they appeared in full in my inbox. I also valued having the author’s name somewhere either with the title or at the bottom (I know this has been gone for awhile, just thought I’d mention it).

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    • April 12, 2019 at 8:43 am
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      I posted this comment on 4/3 with no response, so I thought I’d copy it again here, since it echoes the comment above: Curious why (and if you know that) your feed reader blog feeds are now truncated (since Monday)? I read in a feed reader (feedly) because I don’t have time to click over to 10+ blog posts per day. With this change, I’m unlikely to read much of your content going forward – which makes me unhappy, since I enjoy your blog posts! I hope it can change back to full feeds!

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    • April 12, 2019 at 10:11 am
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      Thanks for the feedback–I know that our tech folk are always making all sorts of tweaks to keep in line with industry standards, practices, performance, and so on, and I’ve passed along the feedback to them.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    Prince John would have referred to himself as King John. Therefore the poster is accurate.

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    I agree with these comments above. I don’t like receiving links only in the email. Wish you could go back to older format with all info in the email.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    John Plantagenet was a legitimate King – Richard Plantagenet (Coeur de Lion) had no legitimate children so Jon legitimately assumed the throne after Richard’s death. However, at the time ‘Robin Hood’ was in the forest, John was acting as regent (stand in for King) for Richard who was galivanting around Europe and Palestine getting himself captured and costing the English Exchequer a fortune in ransom!

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