The past week brought several huge announcements for which Disney guests have been waiting a long time! We also got a bunch of food news, including a brand new table service restaurant coming to one of the parks. We got our first look at the Eat to the Beat concert lineup for the 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and some news from Disney Cruise Line—all this and more in this week’s Disney news roundup.
1 – Disney Announces 5 Huge Announcements That Will Make Guests Happy
This week Disney announced five announcements that seek to improve the guest experience at Walt Disney World. Since the parks reopening in July 2020, visiting the parks has had its challenges, and guests have given feedback on how those policies affect their experiences and vacations. The good news is Disney is listening and adjusting. First up, park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets beginning in early 2024. Second, while annual passholders will still need park reservations on most days, Disney has announced “Good-to-go-days” for passholders and Cast Members. On these days, they will not need park reservations. Third, the popular Disney Dining Plans will return in early 2024. Forth, Early Theme Park entry, a perk for Walt Disney World resort guests, will be extended for visits through 2024 as well as, Extended Evening Hours for guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas. Fifth, Disney has announced plans to simplify the Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lighting Lane selections by enabling guests to choose their selections before the day of their visit. All of these offerings will improve guest experiences. Finally, 2024 resort packages will go on sale on May 31! Learn more at the link below.
2 – Disney Announces Line-up for 2023 Eat to the Beat Concert Series
The popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series as part of the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is often a must-do for many who visit the festival. Now, guests can plan ahead with the release of the artist line-up this week. Learn more at the link below.
3 – New Table Service Restaurant Coming to Japan Pavilion at EPCOT
The Japan pavilion is getting a new table-service restaurant this summer! Learn more at the link below.
4 – Six Disney100 Offerings to Get Excited About at Disney World
The Disney100 celebration is officially coming to Walt Disney World in early fall 2023. However, some décor, merchandise, and more have already popped up throughout the resort. Learn more at the link below.
5 – New Menu Items for Space 220
Space 220 Restaurant, the out-of-this-world dining experience at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, has just added some stellar new dishes to its menu, awaiting guests a simulated 220 miles above the Earth. The new offerings now available are:
Star Course (Entrées)
Supernova Sweets (Dessert)
6 – Chicken Guy! Seasonal Milkshake Now Available
Chicken Guy!, the fast-casual restaurant by TV personality and celebrity chef Guy Fieri has debuted a sweet treat available for a limited time at locations nationwide. Just in time for spring, the restaurant is offering the new Huckleberry Shake, made with creamy, hand-spun vanilla soft serve and mixed berry puree, topped off with fresh whipped cream and Cinnamon Toast Crumble. It will be available through June 25.
7 – Ariel from All-New ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Film Coming to Disney Parks
The all-new “The Little Mermaid” live-action film is almost in theaters! To celebrate the release of the film, guests will be able to greet Ariel, inspired by the film, in the parks beginning May 26. Learn more at the link below.
8 – Disney Cruise Line’s 25th Anniversary Season Kicks Off – What You Need to Know
Disney Cruise Line is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this summer. Special “Silver Anniversary at Sea” sailings are now underway. Learn more at the link below.
9 – Disney Cruise Line Debuts New Experiences Bringing the Imaginative Worlds of “Encanto” and “Soul” to the Disney Magic
From the magical mountains of Colombia to the bustling streets of New York City, the colorful worlds of two fan-favorite Disney films – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” and Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” – have come to life for the first time on the high seas with the debut of new family-friendly experiences aboard the Disney Magic. Learn more about these new offerings at the link below.
March 1 – July 5, 2023 – EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
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