Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 9/25/14

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Who’s ready for more news? I’m back with more for you today! Here we go:

  • There has been a change to the Disney Gift Card Program. New Disney gift cards can now only be activated with a minimum amount of $15. (The previous minimum amount you could load on a new card was $5.) Guests who are re-loading a gift card may still do so with a minimum of $5.
  • The FastPass+ kiosks outside of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom are officially closed. Guests looking to book a FastPass+ reservation will now be directed to the FastPass+ kiosk location near Stitch’s Great Escape.
  • The rules for visiting Walt Disney World have been updated. The biggest change seems to focus on those who are e-cigarette smokers, who are now asked to smoke in designated smoking areas.
  • For those of you who read my previous article about Tower of Terror getting on-ride videos, you’ll have noticed that I mentioned that it was likely just the beginning. It turns out that I was completely right, as it another attraction has already received the on-ride video treatment. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the next attraction that will capture your ride experience while you are on the attraction. Much like the Tower of Terror ride video, when you ride the attraction with a MagicBand and a linked Memory Maker, you will have your photo and video automatically associated to your My Disney Experience account. Here is the sample video giving you a peek at what to expect.

  • Two attractions will see refurbishments this winter. At Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain will be closed for its annual refurbishment from January 4 – 30, reopening on January 31 and Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closed for its refurbishment from January 20 through February 4, reopening February 5.
  • If you are a fan of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Florida’s Downtown Disney, you may want to consider taking part in this experience this fall. Guests can have the opportunity to participate in the “Dinner and a Show” specialty package. With this special offer, Guests receive a ticket to the 6:00 p.m. La Nouba show, plus dinner, which includes an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Guests can choose to dine at one of three Downtown Disney restaurants – Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Planet Hollywood, or Splitsville Luxury Lanes – and may choose to dine either prior to the show or after. The cost for a Category 2 ticket is $99 plus tax for adults and $89 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. A Category 1 ticket is $119 plus tax for adults and $109 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. Guests can choose Tuesday through Saturday nights on the following dates:
    • September 30 through November 1
    • November 6 through November 22

    To book the special event, call (407) 939-7328.

That’s it for this edition of Newsworthy Notes! Thoughts?

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Rikki Niblett

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3 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 9/25/14

  • September 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I thought the ride video for 7 Dwarves was pretty cool and totally unexpected.
    We rode last Friday at 4:00PM and had a video in our My Disney Photopass catalog by the time we finished dinner and got back to the hotel. It was a very nice surprise.

  • September 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Glad that e-cigs are now also required to be used only in designated smoking areas. How did you even find this rule change?

  • September 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Another Disney news item that was a real last-minute announcement is that the Backlot Tour at DHS is closing forever this Saturday, 9/27/14. (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-disney-hollywood-studios-backlot-tour-20140925-story.html) With The American Idol Experience, that’s two attractions at DHS being shuttered within a single month.

    Something’s brewing, but for now, DHS has lost another of its original attractions.


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