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    Refurb Kingdom

    12/23/18
    The lengthy Rivers of America refurbishment has come to an end at the Magic Kingdom. The Rivers of America, Tom Sawyer Island, and the Liberty Square Riverboat all returned from a multi-month refurbishment on December 22nd as planned. In addition to upgrades on the river boat, Guests will most likely notice the new effects that have been added to enhance the burning cabin show scene on Tom Sawyer Island. Although a seasonal opening, Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn has re-opened as part of the area re-opening. Cast have confirmed that the opening is only for the Peak Christmas Period and will go dormant again after January 5th. In the meantime, the seasonal dining spot is serving hearty snacks including ‘Becky’s Buttery Biscuit Barbecued Pork Sliders’ from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm.

    10/16/18 The Magic Kingdom is extending refurbishments and announcing new ones from now into the New Year. The Liberty Square Riverboat refurbishment has been extended till December 22, 2018. Near by, Tom Sawyer Island closed for refurbishment on October 14th and is scheduled to re-open also on December 22, 2018. The popular Peter Pan’s flight is scheduled to close for refurbishment in the New Year. The Fantasyland attraction is scheduled to be closed January 7, 2019 through February 1, 2019. The longest closure comes in the form of a pit stop for the Tommorowland Speedway. To accommodate construction of the adjacent Tron Coaster, the attraction is scheduled to be closed January 2 through May 17th, 2019.

    A Quite Lagoon

    12/23/18
    Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be testing an Adult Only area at the end of December. From December 26th through December 31st , the water park will trial a section only for adult Guests where the Shark Reef attraction once stood and Hammerhead Fred’s bar was added several months back. Area Cast have not reported many details other than the adult Guests will have access to Hammerhead Fred’s bar as part of the “area” and there may be live music intermittently throughout the day.

    A Café Walks Into a bar and ….

    12/23/18
    A recent (although more recently seasonal) addition along Sunset Blvd has been transformed once again. The seasonally operating Sunshine Day Café was transformed into the Sunshine Day Bar on December 15th. Now through January 7th, the new speakeasy to the stars is serving the Rum Based Christmas on the Beach, the Vodka based Holiday Mule, and the Liqueur based gumdrop. It is not yet clear if the location will go dormant again after January 7th or it will continue to operate with a new menu.

    A Christmas Treat

    11/24/18
    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is continuing its tradition of a Party Exclusive Sorceress of the Magic Kingdom card in 2018. The 2018 Card features José, Michael, Pierre, & Fritz :

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    Character Change-Up

    11/24/18
    Pirates are out and Vampires are in… at least in Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Disney Junior Meet & Greet area replaced the Jake meet & greet with a new Vampirina meet and greet at the end of October. The new meet and greet is operating intermittently from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm daily.

    A D-Luxe Breakfast

    11/24/18
    D-Lux Burger in the Town Center section of Disney Springs has recently introduced a new breakfast menu. The menu features a Classic Breakfast Burger, Chicken Biscuit, Fries and more. The breakfast menu is initially being introduced as seasonal and is set to be available through January 1, 2019.

    Like a Phoenix, err Dragon

    11/24/18
    Magic Kingdom Cast have reported that the Maleficent Dragon float is likely to return soon to the Festival of Fantasy parade. The float has reportedly been used during rehearsals earlier this month. It has not been reported if the fire breathing effect will return or if it has been removed due to the accident in May 2018 which led to its current hiatus.

    More Memories

    11/24/18
    Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories store in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs has recently expanded. The shop has expanded into the adjacent area formerly occupied by the Hane’s Design-A-Tee store. Initial reports of the expanded store are that the merchandise is primarily unchanged.

    An island by any other name …

    11/24/18
    Guests to Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort may notice more changes than just the re-imagined Old Port Royale. Guests looking for their room in the Trinidad North or Trinidad South sections will have a hard time finding them as both of these ‘villages’ have been re-named. Trinidad South has been renamed Barbados while Trinidad North is now just Trinidad. The original Barbados section was demolished as part of the construction of Disney's Riviera resort.
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