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TouringPlans Travel Beat 8-19-2023

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At Travel Beat we have all the “other” news from the last week or so—the stuff that wasn’t big enough to stop the presses for. What did the newsroom bring us this week? (Sneak-peek: restaurant openings and a chance to win a stay in Cinderella’s Castle). Bullets are just ahead if you’re in a hurry, and more details follow below. Don’t forget to check out the Headline News Recap, in case there was something you missed!

  • Stop the Presses! – Disneyland Resort to Close Early on August 20, 2023
  • Avengers Vault To Open mid-September at Disneyland
  • Disney Treasure Details To Be Revealed Aug. 30
  • Mirabel Meet & Greet Details
  • Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya Opening August 28
  • Rogers the Musical Ending on August 31
  • Tiana’s Palace Opening September 7
  • Headline News Recap

If anything you read below tickles your feet, feel free to reach out to our friends at TouringPlans Travel for a free quote.

Stop the Presses! – Disneyland Resort to Close Early on August 20, 2023

Disney has been closely following the forecasts for Hurricane Hilary. Probably none of us had “Disneyland closes for a hurricane” on our bingo cards this year, but it’s going to do exactly that. On Sunday, August 20, Disney California Adventure Park closing at 9 p.m. and Disneyland Park closing at 10 p.m. The Downtown Disney District will close at 11 p.m. Only the theme parks are closing: the resort hotels will remain open to serve guests staying with on property. Check back at Disneyland.com for more updates as the situation progresses.

Avengers Vault To Open mid-September at Disneyland

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Disney is relocating its main merchandise mercantile for the Avengers. On September 14, 2023, the Super Store featuring Avengers Campus (which is actually in Hollywoodland) will close at Disney California Adventure. And in mid-September, the new Avengers Vault merchandise location will open. (Check me guys, how far from the 14th is mid-September?) As you might guess from the name and location (this one is in Avengers Campus), Avengers Vault will feature Avengers merchandise, including the Infinity Saga Relics pictured above.

Disney Treasure Details To Be Revealed Aug. 30

Are you ready for some Treasure? Are you able to sneak away from your desk and tune in at 11 a.m. Eastern on August 30? Then you’ll be able to watch the “grand virtual reveal” of the Disney Treasure on livestream. If you can’t make it, never fear; Disney posts these on Youtube once the livestream is done. For example, here’s the reveal from the Wish if you’d like to have an idea what to expect. If you’d like to watch live, check back on the Disney Parks blog post as they post the link in the coming days.

Mirabel Meet & Greet Details

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Way back on June 26, Mirabel joined the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade in Magic Kingdom. Well, move over Mirabel, because it’s Bruno’s turn now. On September 15th, Bruno will be joining the Cavalcade … and Mirabel will be moving into her Casita in Fairytale Gardens for a full-fledged Meet & Greet. The Casita is located in the Fairytale Gardens space formerly occupied by Merida, who can now be found meeting in Liberty Square.

Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya Opening August 28

Disney has previously announced that Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya would be opening on August 30, but this week Advanced Dining Reservations became available as early as August 28. And it seems it has actually already soft-opened for walkups from noon to 9 p.m. daily. If you’re planning a trip, check out the newly released menus and see if there’s something that tempts your tastebuds.

Rogers the Musical Ending on August 31

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Rogers the musical opened just a little while ago (June 30) in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure, and as the summer closes its run is coming to an end. The show’s last day is August 31. To be fair, that was the announced end date all along, but the show was generally well-received, which sometimes leads to a change in plans.

Tiana’s Palace Opening September 7

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure won’t be opening until 2024, but the new Quick Service restaurant Tiana’s Palace will be opening in just a couple of weeks on September 7. Tiana’s Palace will be opening in the spot in New Orleans Square formerly occupied by the French Market Restaurant. Menus are not yet available.

Headline News Recap

It’s true, Travel Beat is a day late this week (your humble author was traveling and got a bit behind). But that gives us a chance to include this headline news article from yesterday: a fantastic opportunity to win an overnight stay inside Magic Kingdom ParkWin a Stay in Cinderella Castle Suite with Give Kids the World

That’s it for this week’s Travel Beat. What news are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

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