Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

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I’m back again! Looks like we have quite a few small nuggets for you all today that can help you with you next trip. These nuggets range from all four parks, as well as a few of the resorts too.

  • Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has officially closed.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment, from April 4 through sometime in July 2016.
  • The Writer’s Stop is officially on the chopping block for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed for two months, until March 17. The attraction will be gaining the addition of a permanent roof over the seating area.

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will be celebrating African culture with Guests on February 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Jambo House. There will be music, dancing, face painting and many activities that are a part of African culture.
  • Beginning February 11, Disney’s Beach Club Resort will begin offering Afternoon Tea from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Crescent Solarium on the following dates:
    • Feb. 11-14
    • March 24-29
    • May 5-8
    • Sept. 1-5

    The solarium overlooking Crescent Gardens provides an elegant setting for Guests to enjoy classic afternoon tea, savories and sweets, such as house-made scones, petite sandwiches and pastries. A variety of alcoholic beverages will also be available.

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter will presents their annual Mardi Gras event on February 9 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the French Quarter courtyard, Mardi Gras themed entertainment, characters, games, activities and more will be available for Guests of all ages to enjoy. To kick-off the event will be a special parade at 4:45 p.m. around the Doubloon Lagoon pool area.
  • Guests dining at Fulton’s Crab House may enjoy a new Sunday brunch menu from 11:30 a.m.3:00 p.m. The brunch menu features delicious dishes including Crab and Asparagus Benedict with Lake Meadow Farm eggs, jumbo lump crab, asparagus, grilled Neuski bacon slab served on a toasted challah and topped with lobster infused hollandaise and New Orleans BBQ Shrimp with a crispy 5-minute egg, buttermilk biscuits and a spicy black pepper butter sauce, Corned Beef Hash, the Monte Cristo Sandwich and the Kobe Breakfast Burger with a fried egg, hash browns, cheddar cheese and sweet onion jam. This new menu is only available on Sundays and is in addition to the main lunch menu.

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Rikki Niblett

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7 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

  • January 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Noooo not the writers stop! Say it ain’t so! Where will I get my carrot cake cookie? Loved that place.

    • January 27, 2016 at 3:50 am

      My thoughts exactly! Was the perfect location for an afternoon coffee stop, and we always get the carrot cake cookie.

  • January 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks Rikki! Any chance you inow when the Epcot Garden Rocks Concert Schedule will be released?

  • January 27, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Writers’ Stop closing is sometime in April, according to the CM who spoke to us last week. (Seems tat ordering a carrot cake cookie is enough to let them know we are return visitors, since that particular cookie isn’t labelled in the display case! So tat ws enough for the CM to let us know of the closing.)

    As an aside, according to the Lines app, the carrot cake cookie is now available at one of the booths over on Sunset blvd, so all is not lost.

  • January 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I love going there – its never busy. By the time I get to WDW again it will be gone. Wondering if it will be worth visiting Hollywood Studios at all in September!!!


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