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Disney News Round Up: February 22

There’s lots of exciting news from around the Disney Parks this week!

In Memoriam

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith passed away on February 15. Dave was 78. Dave dedicated his four-decade career with the Walt Disney Company to preserving history and magic from all corners of the company. Dave was awarded with the prestigious Disney Legend Award in 2007 and continued working as the Chief Archivist Emeritus after his retirement in 2010. Our condolences and sympathies go out to Dave’s family and friends.

Walt Disney World

Disney announced an all new play pavilion which will be housed in the former Wonders of Life pavilion near the park entrance, as well as a new entry to the park that will lead directly to this area. This newly imagined experience will open just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021 and is part of a number of new attractions, shows, and experiences previously announced. An experience center will open later this year at the former Odyssey pavilion and will give guests an opportunity to visualize all of the changes coming soon to Epcot.

Mariachi Cobre will present 'The Story of Coco' beginning on March 6, 2019 at the Mexico pavilion in EPCOT's World Showcase.

A D-lish pop-up at Disney Springs will run from February 21-24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests can partake in some scrumptious Disney snack inspired merchandise; mini makeovers, and entertainment during this special even held near DisneyStyle.

Walt Disney World unveiled a new 270-acre solar facility that is now online providing renewable clean energy to the resort. The facility is part of an initiative by Walt Disney World to reduce emissions by 50% compared to 2012 by 2020.


The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa earned the distinction of becoming a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award. The hotel is the first craftsman style hotel to earn the award, and the hotel to be recognized in the Anaheim.

The fireplace in Disney's Grand Californian Resort & Spa

Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration will open at Downtown Disney this spring. The exhibit will feature Mickey inspired rooms, perfect for photo ops and selfies to show off your love for Mickey Mouse.


Stephanie McNulty is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters and Castles Travel who has a passion for Disney and spreading magic. She can be contacted at smcnulty@coastersandcastlestravel.com

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