January 2018

The Doctor Is In … Disney World

Walt Disney World has announced a trial of a new medical service. A 90 day trial of a “resort nurse station” is set to begin January 22nd at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. The station is set to operate daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm offering services similar to the in-park first aid stations.

Belle of the Refurb

The Magic Kingdom has begun a lengthy refurbishment on a Liberty Square attraction. The Liberty Square Riverboat temporarily ceased operation on January 8th for a 6 month dry-dock. The attraction is scheduled to return to operation on July 20, 2018.

A Tasty Trend

Rose Gold invaded Disney shelves in the form of Minnie Ears and now it is invading its bakeries as well. Sunshine Season in Epcot’s Land pavilion has recently introduced a Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake.

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The treat is a vanilla and chocolate marble cupcake topped with vanilla buttercream icing, rose-colored icing accents, rose gold pearls, and rose gold Minnie Ears shaped fondant.

A Disney Directory

As the re-imagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues, an important milestone was recently reached—the completion of Grand Avenue. With the new land now fully free of construction walls, Guests can hunt for a new “Hidden Gem”. Guests wishing to visit some friends in the Grand Lofts building should check out the directory by the door. Guests may find some famous tenants such as Imagineer Kathy Mangum and Park VP Phil Holmes.

A Little Less Mania

Toy Story Mania has begun work to re-route the attraction to be entered and exited from inside the soon-to-open Toy Story Land. For the coming weeks, Guests may notice longer than recent wait times as phased closures occur on the third track followed by the two original tracks. After the phased closures, a full attraction closure is expected to complete the project closer to the Summer 2018 opening of the new land.

Merchandising, Merchandising

Although more than a year away from opening, Guests can now purchase Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise. On Grand Avenue near what will be the tunnel entrance into the new land, a small kiosk is now selling a variety of eponymous T-Shirts, hats, lanyards, and tumblers. Several of the shirts feature Captain Rex from Star Tours who was announced to be the cantina DJ in new land.

Land of the Rising Restaurant

Epcot Cast have reported that a third table service restaurant is in the planning stages at the Japan Pavilion. The site for the third dining spot is to be reclaimed from a backstage and storage area of the Mitsukoshi Department Store. A timetable for this project has yet to be reported.

A Not-So Rapid Return

Guests to Blizzard Beach may notice the quiet return of one of the park's slide attractions. Runoff Rapids recently re-opened from an unannounced, 1 year closure that began in Late January 2017.

Some Trails Are Happy Ones

The Magic Kingdom has introduced its own spin on Trail Mix. The Westward Ho kiosk in Frontier land is now offering Happy Trail Mix priced at $4.99 and is comprised of House-Made Marshmallows, Pretzels, Chocolate Gems, Raisins, and Mixed Nuts.

In the Loop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has recently re-tuned the background music loops throughout the park. Keen eared Guests may now hear the following sounds in each land: Big Band Arrangements of favorite Disney tunes in the Main Entrance; custom arrangements of Big Band instrumental songs on Hollywood Boulevard; hit vocal songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s Big Band era on Sunset Boulevard; hit Big Band songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s in Echo Lake; retro-contemporary west coast funk on Grand Avenue; and classic rock songs in the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster courtyard. In addition to these new loops; Guests may also notice other new audio elements of storytelling. Guests strolling along the Grand Avenue storefronts should keep an ear out for traffic sounds, chirping birds, chatting store-goers, and children at play. Guests resting a spell near the Garcia Sisters store front may hear songs playing on the radio inside the store