Here’s a quick snap shot of the news and changes coming out of WDW for the month of June.
Disney Junior Live on Stage is being replaced. The new show is called Disney Junior Dance Party and will feature Disney Junior characters (not puppets) like Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, characters from Mickey and the Roadster Racers and… drum roll please… Vampirina!! Disney Junior Live on Stage’s last show will be September 1st. The new show will roll out before the end of the year.
Minnie Vans are now available for all locations. Previously the vans only transported to and from the resorts. Now they’re offering transportation to and from anywhere withing the World. Book one thru the Lyft app for $25 per trip. With advanced reservations they will even transport between WDW and Orlando International Airport. Book with concierge at least 24 hours in advance.
Super Saturdays returns. On the second Saturday of every month, Annual Passholders get to shop the Disney stores at Disney Springs for a full hour before other guests from 9 – 10 AM. Participating stores are World of Disney, DisneyStyle, The Disney Corner and Ever After Jewelry. There will be free samples from other stores and special PhotoPass opportunities available within World of Disney during this time.
Animal Kingdom’s Uzima Springs Pool and Pool Bar closing for refurbishment. The pool and pool bar will be closed from September 4, 2018 thru December 4, 2018. Their other pool areas will be open and operating as normal. This is something to keep in mind if you plan to book there towards the end of this year.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival special event and demo tickets are now on sale. Visit here to see all the offerings. There are two new events this year including Sunday Brunch with a chef featuring famous TV chefs (that have yet to be named), and a Food and Beverage Pairing demonstration. New acts being added to the line-up for the Eat to the Beat Concert series. Some of the current acts booked include Baha Men, Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Everclear, 98 Degrees, Kenny G, Billy Ocean, Hanson, and Boyz II Men.
Annual Passholders will get exclusive access to Toy Story Land in September. Previously annual passholders were let into new lands before everyone else but this time they’re doing a special access event after the land has opened. You will have to register for the event and you must be a Platinum, Gold or Premier Passholder. E-mails will be going out to Passholders with instructions on how to register. Space will be limited but we’re hearing there will be more than one date available. There’s no additional charge to get in.
The Play Disney Parks app will come out this summer. The app features games, trivia and interactive queues at select attractions. It’s meant to be played by multiple people while waiting in queue. Playing the games earns you digital souvenirs that you can share with your friends you connect with in the app. It will be available for free for iOS and Android.
More merch previews for Toy Story Land!
You can now view the bus schedule within the My Disney Experience app. This is a great addition to the app as it means you won’t have to hunt for a TV screen or leave the line to see it, just open your app! Here’s a how-to video: How To View Bus Times in My Disney Experience
New surprises coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. I’m so excited about these additions! The Pirates of the Caribbean ride will feature live actors within the ride interacting with guests. The Mad Tea Party will have some added special effects. Space mountain will get a new soundtrack and special effects. The Storybook Circus will turn into a Disney Junior Jam featuring a dance party with Disney Junior characters. All of these things will only happen during the party, not during normal park hours, be sure to check it out!
Play Disney Parks App Now Available for Download!
Available for iOS or Android, this new interactive game/app was designed to help you pass time while waiting in line. You can play in teams or alone. Certain parts of the app interact with things within the parks as well. Playing games will win you virtual souvenirs.
Brews & BBQ Begins at Disney Springs.
Almost every restaurant in Disney Springs is participating. Each has a BBQ style dish to try with a beer pairing. For a full list of offerings, visit the Disney Parks Blog. Runs thru September 3rd.
New Restaurant Terralina Crafted Opens in Disney Springs
Located in what used to be Portobello on The Landing, Terralina is also an Italian restaurant. One of my favorite vlogging couples did a review that you can check out here.
New Cars Show Coming to Hollywood Studios!
Scheduled to open early 2019, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy show, will feature everyone’s favorite Cars characters. Lightning McQueen and friends will walk (or drive) the audience thru what it takes to train to be a race car. The show will take place in Sunset Showcase located on Sunset Blvd. near Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster.
Beverly Sunset at Hollywood Studios Reopens
The shop has been redone and encompasses what used to be Sweet Spells. Merchandise sold in the show is centered around Toy Story and other Pixar favorites.
Last but not least… TOY STORY LAND OPENS!!!
Finally, Toy Story Land has opened and so far it’s got rave reviews. Check out some of my favorite vloggers walking thru the land and doing ride POVs!