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All the Walt Disney World News You've Missed for 2023


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โ˜… Park pass reservations required in addition to admission, and park hopping begins at 2pm. If a single day ticket is purchased theme park reservations are automatically made for the selected single day ticket.

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โ˜… The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is now running. It started January 13 and will continue through February 20.

โ˜…The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival will run from March 1 through July 5, 2023

โ˜… Disney After Hours events have returned this January. These events begin after the park closes and typically has less guests in the park. Making it much easier to to ride attractions with less wait times. Tickets also include snacks and beverages at select locations throughout the park. Tickets range from $139 p/p - $159 p/p. Tickets can be purchased by contacting us today. Parks included for these events are Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

โ˜… At the Magic Kingdom, Disneyโ€™s Enchantment is presented almost every night. Enchantment will soon be coming to end on April 2, 2023. The show will be replaced by an updated nighttime spectacular on April 3, 2023, featuring the popular and modified nighttime spectacular โ€œHappily Ever Afterโ€.

โ˜… At EPCOT, Harmonious is presented almost every night. Harmonious will be replaced on April 3, 2023 by a temporary showing of EPCOT Forever, as they prepare for an all-new fireworks, show for the 100 Years of Wonder celebration.

โ€ฃโ˜… At Hollywood Studios, Fantasmic has returned after a major renovation. Disney Movie Magic and Wonderful World of Animation (projection shows with some pyrotechnics) continue to be presented in Hollywood Studios most nights.

โ˜… At Animal Kingdom park, Tree of Life Awakenings is a projection show that operates seasonally (most consistently in the winter, when the park itself is open significantly beyond sundown), celebrating the eternal balance and harmony that exists in all living things.

๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด

โ˜… Live stage shows currently operating include: The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Festival of The Lion King (the Tumble Monkeys and the aerialist dancer have returned!), Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage, and a reimagined Finding Nemo musical called โ€œThe Big Blue and Beyondโ€. Other live stage entertainment currently operating: Feathered Friends In Flight!, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Turtle Talk with Crush.

โ˜… โ€œLet the Magic Beginโ€ on the castle stage in the Magic Kingdom continues as the opening stage show, five minutes before the official opening time of the park. โ˜…"Beacons of Light" you can catch through March 31, 2023 - As Walt Disney World will continue to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. These shows can be caught at sundown each night at all 4 theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom & Disney's Hollywood Studios. โ˜… โ€œMickeyโ€™s Magical Friendship Faireโ€ is now being presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, multiple times a day. Check your My Disney Experience app for showtimes.

โ˜… Other continuing and returning live entertainment includes: Dapper Dans on Main Street USA; the piano in front of Caseyโ€™s Corner in the Magic Kingdom; the JAMMinators and Alberta Bound on the Mill Stage in Canada; Voices of Liberty in the rotunda; Mariachi Cobre in Mexico; Sergio, the juggler in Italy; drummers in Japan in Epcot; DiVine, Tam Tam drummers, and other live music in Africa and Asia in Animal Kingdom park. Also: Yeehaw Bob (and Mickey Beignets) at Port Orleans; Jellyrolls; evening performers on the BoardWalk.

โ˜… Tours Are Back! Keys to the Kingdom, Caring for Giants, Wild Animal Trek, Up Close with Rhinos, Savor the Savanna, Starlight Safari, Behind the Seeds, and Dolphins in Depth, Amorette's Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience have returned.

โ˜… VIP Tours - Travel with a large group or maybe you want to do something special for your group. Private VIP Tours is a door-to-door service from your resort to the parks with a personalized schedule of attractions and shows with no wait times. Just tell your tour guide what you want to do that day and he/she will be your escort to any attraction or show you wish to see or do. It's a great way to make sure you get to see it all together with no wait times and be treated like a celebrity.

โ˜… Capture the Moments is another way to highlight those special memories or celebrations while visiting Walt Disney World. Ask me more about how to schedule your 40-minute private photo session in a select picturesque location while at Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks.


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โ˜… Last week to experience Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park. Splash Mountain will close permanently and will re-open in 2024 at Tianaโ€™s Bayou Adventure.

โ˜… Disney Genie+ is ever-changing. Announced in the Summer of 2019, Disney Genie service, and its component front-of-line-access premium services Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes, began. Since then we've seen modifications to the list of attractions, and now an addition of PhotoPass service is added when you purchase Disney Genie+ daily.

โ˜… Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster is accessible only by way of Individual Lightning Lane service (for the Lightning Lane) and virtual queue (for the standby line). There is no walk-up access to this attraction at this time.

โ˜… Canada Far and Wide have reopened.

โ˜… The new TRON roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom will open in April 4, 2023.

โ˜… The Magic Kingdom Railroad is currently operating again.

โ˜… The new World Celebration neighborhood in EPCOT, including Dreamers Point, Communicore Hall (for festival events) and Communicore Plaza (EPCOTโ€™s Central Park) will open in late 2023.

โ˜…The new Moana attraction Journey of Water attraction in World Nature with Te Fiti towering over guests visiting the attraction will open in late 2023.

โ˜… Disneyโ€™s Blizzard Beach Water Park & Typhoon Lagoon have reopened.

โ˜… The Hatbox Ghost, a popular feature of Disneylandโ€™s Haunted Mansion, will be added to the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom in 2023.

โ˜… Arielโ€™s Grotto and Enchanted Tales with Belle returning to Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom! Meet Ariel at Her Grotto on Jan. 22 & Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle on Feb. 19. Both will be added as selections to the Disney Genie+ service beginning on their reopening dates.

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โ˜… All dining venues that were operating in early 2020 have reopened, with only three exceptions (1900 Park Fare, Marrakesh, and the afternoon tea at Garden View Lounge).

โ˜… Narcoossee is closed for a refurbishment extending into next year, when an โ€œenhancedโ€ table service experience will be offered.

โ˜… Character dining experiences may be found at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Cape May Cafรฉ, The Crystal Palace, Garden Grill, Hollywood & Vine, Ohana, Story Book Dining at Artist Point, Topolinoโ€™s Terrace, and Tusker House. At Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom), Cinderella greets guests as they arrive or depart, and at Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom), the Beast does an occasional greeting to the whole dining room.

โ˜… Monsieur Paul has reopened as a fixed price restaurant.

โ˜… Disneyโ€™s restaurant reservation policy has changed: Guests can cancel as little as a couple of hours before their reservation time and still avoid the no-show fee.

โ˜… Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a new full service restaurant in Toy Story Land, is supposed to open in 2022, but there hasnโ€™t been any news about it recently.

โ˜… The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, a new table service restaurant and bakery, is expected to open on the BoardWalk in 2023.

โ˜… The dining plan is offered again but is modified. To learn more about this information and savings please contact me directly.

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โ˜… Vacation packages and room-only hotel stays for 2023 for US guests are now available. Room-only hotel stays will no longer be available 499 days prior, but will now be in sync with vacation package availability. As such, vacation packages and room-only hotel stays for 2024 for US guests should be available in June of 2023. Please contact me if you are interested in being on a waiting list for 2024.

โ˜… All parks now open 30 minutes early for Disney resort guests. Not all Good Neighbor hotels are eligible. Select parks on select nights will remain open for Deluxe Disney resort guests. Of the Good Neighbor hotels, only Swan and Dolphin, and Shades of Green, are eligible.

โ˜… Nightly Resort Parking Fess are GONE! No more charges to park your car at a Walt Disney World Resort.

โ˜… The Grand Floridian spa reopened.

โ˜… Souvenir Pick-Up (at the front of the park) and Resort Hotel Delivery for purchases of park merchandise are both currently unavailable. Home Delivery shipping service is available for a fee.

โ˜… Feature pools at All-Star Movies, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans French Quarter will be closed for extended refurbishment in early 2024.

โ˜… โ€˜Hey, Disney!โ€™ Alexa Device in Your Disney World Hotel Room. Disney's Polynesian Resort received the first sighting this week of these devices. It can answer questions, help you request extra amenities for your hotel room, get dining recommendations, assist with Disneyโ€™s transportation or park hours, and so much more.

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โ˜… All monorails, the Skyliner, MK ferryboats, MK resort-to-park boats, EPCOT and EPCOT resorts Friendship boats, and Disney Springs resort boats are operating. Buses are operating between Disney resort hotels and Disney theme parks, as applicable.

โ˜… Minnie Vans have officially returned.

โ˜… According to Disneyโ€™s official website, buses ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ ๐™จ to Disney Springs are not operating at all at this time. (Buses between Disney resort hotels to Disney Springs are operating.)

๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

โ˜… Harmony Barber Shop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Magic Kingdom have reopened. The other two BBB locations will reopen later.


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