Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/28/14

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I’m back with all the great little Disney planning details that I think you need to know!  There’s quite a few little nuggets that have passed through my desk, so enough with this chit chat, yick yack, and flim flam; let’s get on with it!

  • As always, we’ll start with refurbishments. This time I only have one to let you all know about. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a brief refurb this Fall from November 10 – 21, reopening on November 22.
  • The WonderGround Gallery, which can be found at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney, now has a presence at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.
  • The Epcot After Hours Wind Down event has been extended. The extra experience, which takes place after Illuminations:Reflections of Earth on select nights, will now last until November 9. The event was originally supposed to run until September 15. The After Hours Wind Down includes a menu featuring a selection of appetizers and one beverage flight. The price is $35 per person, per location. A cash bar option is also available.

  • An Annual Passholder discount is currently being given at Spice Road Table, found in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. Passholders will be able to receive a 30% discount off regular priced menu items until September 17. If you’ve wanted to try this new restaurant out and you’re a Passholder, now is the time to do it.
  • The Wild By Design tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be discontinued after September 26.
  • Disney has released some new concept art and information on the roadway construction project related to Disney Springs. Here’s a look at what we can expect to see: a widening of Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to ten lanes; the constructing of two multi-level garages, the first of which is set to open by late 2014 and will offer 4,000 parking spaces (and if you’ve been to Downtown Disney recently, that first parking structure can’t open soon enough!); two pedestrian bridges-one of which will help lead guests into Disney Springs near the current Marketplace side, while the other will offer access in through the West Side; finally there will be a new I-4 interchange that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs.  Here is a look at some of the new concept art, if you missed it.

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Rikki Niblett

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2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/28/14

  • July 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    We will be visiting Disney World July 2015. Will there be anything new to see in Disney Springs by then?

    • July 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Disney hasn’t officially announced anything yet, however, the first stage of Disney Springs is expect to open in the Spring of 2015, and there are quite a few restaurants that we know are likely coming (but again, haven’t been officially announced yet.) I’ll be sure to let you know more as soon as I found out!


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