Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 2/13/15

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It’s been a while since I’ve been here with Newsworthy Notes! Glad to see you again for another update of minor, yet important Disney news! Things have been piling up on my desk, so it’s time to share with you all once again.

  • Starting at Downtown Disney, many of the newly announced shops have opened to the public. Guests can now browse through Chapel Hats, APEX by Sunglass Hut, The Art of Shaving, and Sanuk. Erin McKenna’s Bakery’s signage is up and one would expect it to open officially within the next week or so. Also expected to open next week on Monday is Havaianas.
  • Let’s head into the parks, shall we? In the Magic Kingdom, the Tomorrowland Arcade, located at the exit of Space Mountain, has closed abruptly. Many think it’s in relation to the recent (and supposedly vaguely written) law that bans internet cafes. (This law could have the opportunity to potentially be applied to video game arcades that dispense prizes or provide winning tickets, which many of Disney’s arcades in both the parks and resorts did.)

  • Speaking of Tomorrowland attractions, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin will be closed for a couple of days in March, specifically March 4 and 5. The attraction will reopen on March 6. Also seeing a closure in the Magic Kingdom is Peter Pan’s Flight, which will be closed from March 5 and 6, reopening on March 7.
  • With this busy Holiday week upon us (remember…Monday is President’s Day), the Festival of Fantasy Parade will take place two times a day.  Guests can catch the parade at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. from now until February 21.
  • For guests who are looking to meet Daisy Duck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll now find her across from the former Creature Comforts (which has closed to make way for Starbucks) on the path to Africa. Guests can meet her from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. until 4:40 p.m. daily
  • Over at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, beginning February 15, the restaurant Las Ventanas will begin offering dinner from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The restaurant currently offers breakfast (from 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.) and lunch (from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.) Guests may begin booking Advanced Dining Reservations for both lunch and dinner beginning March 1.
  • The hours have changed at Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. The attraction, which allows guests to swim with sharks and tropical fish, now opens two hours after official park opening and closes either one hour before park close or at 5:00 p.m., whichever is earliest. So if you want to swim with the fishes, make sure you take note of the change in hours.

That’s it for this update! Thoughts?

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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

4 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 2/13/15

  • February 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    The OrlandoSentinel article can’t be read without creating an account. I don’t guess I’m all that interested. 🙁

    • February 13, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Oh…I hate when newspapers do that…found a different article that does work. Sorry about that.

      • February 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

        The site can be accessed, but some articles are considered “premium” content. That article may be one of those. It didn’t used to be like that.

  • February 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I see you mentioned Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon. I remember hearing somewhere that it was closing. I certainly hope it isn’t and I was happy to hear you refer to it in your article. Thanks!


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