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Disney News Round Up

Walt Disney World

Guests can celebrate the circle of life with a new limited-time prix fixe dining experience inspired by “The Lion King!” Starting June 30, 2019, guests can toast to the popular film at Jiko – The Cooking Place.

Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew is now accepting new recruits at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This all-new immersive group experience invites young adventurers into the world of pirate feasting, treasure seeking and high-energy sailin’!

If you have ever wondered how Magic Kingdom chefs create the incredible food and beverage offerings throughout the park, then this new VIP tour is for you! You can step behind the counter for this one-of-a-kind backstage tour that includes VIP tastings of the most popular menu items.

Each day, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and other select hotels* have the opportunity to enjoy select attractions in at least one of the four theme parks, before or after regular operating hours, as part of the Extra Magic Hours benefit. Today we have even more great news: Guests staying at these hotels this fall will have more opportunities to take advantage of this Extra Magic Hours benefit with Extra, Extra Magic Hours at the theme parks!

There is a certain magic and anticipation that comes with planning your visit to Walt Disney World Resort, especially when it is time to choose a MagicBand customized with your name and favorite color. And soon, there will be even more ways to further customize these beloved wearables!  

Soon, Disney Resort hotel guests and new and renewing Annual Passholders will have the option to upgrade, at a discounted price, from a complimentary solid-color MagicBand to one of more than 30 new MagicBand options featuring favorite Disney characters and designs. These new MagicBand options will be available for pre-arrival purchase at a special price of $14.99 off retail cost through the My Disney Experience website.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is currently taking place at Walt Disney World Resort through June 3, 2019, with a wide selection of delectable bites at outdoor kitchens and dozens of Disney-themed topiaries blooming around the park.

The Play Disney Parks app allows guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort to interact with the theme parks in a whole new way through themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements, official Disney Parks music playlists through Apple Music and more. And if guests haven’t already downloaded the app, it’s available through the App Store and Google Play and has a new feature that’s worth checking out.

With this new feature, your Clients can bring to life an interactive show effect when enjoying the app in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Stinky Pete, from Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” is outta his box and joining some favorite pals in the Toy Story Mania! queue.

Disneyland Resort

Over-the-top CrazyShake shakes and award-winning, mouth-watering burgers are now wow’ing guests at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!

This summer, Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the beloved characters and music of Disney’s “The Lion King” with an imaginative new adaptation of this timeless story, presented as a highly-theatrical outdoor musical production entitled, “Tale of the Lion King.” The show features a cast of 18 performers – including actors, singers, dancers and drummers – who form an ensemble called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands. This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance.

Disney Cruise Line 

Disney Cruise Line has recently opened several new 3- and 4-night sail dates on the Disney Dream between Aug. 24 and Sept. 14, 2020.

3-Night Bahamian Cruises 

Disney Dream from Port Canaveral, FL 

New 2020 Sail Dates: Aug. 24, 27; Sept. 3, 2020

4-Night Bahamian Cruises 

Disney Dream from Port Canaveral, FL 

New 2020 Sail Dates: Aug. 30; Sept. 6, 10, 2020


Eric Crowe is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel. His favorite Magic Kingdom snack is popcorn and a Coca-Cola.

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