Walt Disney World News — Week of December 15, 2018

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A Kingdom Hearts pop-up has debuted at Disney Springs, and something delicious has been added to the Rivers of Light seating package. Read on for the scoop!

Special Events

  • A new tasting sampler has been added to the Rivers of Light seating package at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it sounds delightful! Guests can purchase a $35 digital value card (for $30…$5 savings!) to use at more than 40 food and beverage kiosks throughout the park. Selections include Korean beef sliders, Chicken Curry Bowls, and Dole Whip Floats. This offer is on sale now for performances December 22 – January 2, 2019.
  • A Kingdom Hearts pop-up event is being held at Disney Springs now through January 31. Check out artwork, life-size replicas, and play a demo of Kingdom Hearts III before it’s released! You’ll find this in the Town Center near the Lime parking garage.
  • The Friendship boat service is now available to Epcot area resorts until 9:30 p.m. each night. This service was previously expected to be closed until late December due to work on the Disney Skyliner gondola system, so this early opening is very much welcome!


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Crowd Levels

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Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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

Blizzard Beach (Whole Park!)

Think you’ll take advantage of the Rivers of Light Sampler? Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

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Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

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