Disney fans have had a lot to talk about this week. We have details on new attractions opening, complete re-theming of some classic attractions, and even a re-theme of an entire land. All this and more below in this week’s news roundup.
1 – Soarin’ Over California to Return to EPCOT
Fan-favorite Soarin’ Over California will return to EPCOT for a limited run this fall. We’re so excited to enjoy the original version of Soarin’ again. Learn more at the link below.
2 – Mirabel Now Greeting in Magic Kingdom
As we reported earlier, guests can now step into a colorful courtyard outside the Casa Madrigal to meet Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto.” The new character encounter is available daily in the Fairytale Garden (former home to Merida) within Magic Kingdom. Be sure to check the MyDisney Experience app for meeting times!
3 – New EPCOT Attraction Opening Date and Meet & Greets Announced
World Nature at EPCOT will soon get a new attraction! Disney announced that Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana will open in October. Two meet and greets, one coming in October and one now open, were also announced. Learn more at the link below.
4 – New Passholder Magnet Coming to EPCOT
There is a new annual passholder magnet coming to EPCOT! Here are all the details from the Passholder Buzz:
It’s your lucky day, Passholders. In honor of Disney100, you can pick up an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit magnet. Just hop over to Creations Shop at EPCOT from September 20 to October 23 while supplies last.
To enter EPCOT, you will need valid admission and a Theme Park reservation for EPCOT on the same date (or you may visit EPCOT after 2 p.m. without a Theme Park reservation, subject to block-out dates). Theme Park reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass block-out dates. Each Passholder must be present and show their valid Annual Pass card, linked MagicBand, MagicBandt or Disney MagicMobile pass, and a government-issued photo ID to receive a magnet.
Limit one magnet per Passholder. Available while supplies last. Not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged magnets. Locations, dates and operation hours are subject to change without notice.
5 – Disney Announces Complete Re-theming of DinoLand USA and Attractions at Animal Kingdom
In 2022, Disney hinted that changes would be coming to DinoLand USA at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This week they confirmed that a retheme is on the way. Learn more at the link below.
6 – Disney Announces Test Track to be Reimagined at EPCOT
We’re huge fans of the original Test Track and have never really enjoyed the current version, which opened in 2012. Thankfully, Disney has announced that Test Track will be reimagined. Learn more at the link below.
7 – New EPCOT Fireworks Spectacular & World Celebration Openings Announced!
A new fireworks spectacular is coming to EPCOT and an opening date has been announced. Disney also announced when we can expect the few remaining projects to be completed in World Celebration. Learn more at the link below.
8 – Disney Reveals Two Magic Kingdom Attraction Makeovers & New Pirate Lounge
Disney also announced changes coming to Magic Kingdom. Haunted Mansion is getting a new ghost, the Country Bears are getting some new tunes, and a new pirated-themed lounge is coming! Learn more at the link below.
What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort
Now Through November 1, Select Nights – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Now Through November 18 – EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
Now Open – Tron Lightcycle Run – Magic Kingdom
Now Open – Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Coming Soon to Walt Disney World
September 22 – December 31, 2023 – Disney100 Celebration at EPCOT
2023 Holiday Season
Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
New & Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line
Coming to Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Wish
Pixar Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy – Spring 2024
Articles with Cruising Tips and Tricks
Instagram Story with Photos and Video of Our Cruise
Day 5 – Instagram Story Highlight – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Itineraries in 2023 and 2024
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