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Disney News This Week: July 29, 2018

New feature alert: Every week I will gather news from Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Come the end of the week, I will share the latest announcements with all of you. So, let’s begin!

Here is news for the week of July 23-29, 2018:

1. V.I.PASSHOLDER Nights

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders (Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, and Premiere Passholders) will soon be able to spend TWO extra hours after closing at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot! During this time, certain attractions, shops, and dining establishments will remain open. Even though the events are FREE, Passholders must register for the events in advance. FYI: registration opened on July 24, so hopefully you snagged a spot! The dates are as follows:

  • Aug. 5, 2018: Magic Kingdom 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Sept. 6, 2018: Epcot 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Oct. 25, 2018: Epcot 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Epcot, Spaceship Earth, V.I.Passholders Nights

2. New Happy Hour At Disney Springs

If you love Disney Springs’ newest restaurant, Terralina Crafted Italian, and the not-so-new Paddlefish, this news should please you. Chip and Company reported they both now offer Happy Hour on Sunday through Thursday starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m.

3. More WDW Resorts Have The “Digital Key” 

According to WDW News Today,  guests staying at Yacht Club, Beach Club, Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk, and Boardwalk Villas now have the option to use the Digital Key (a feature on the My Disney Experience app using Bluetooth technology) to unlock their rooms. As of right now, other resorts using the fancy key include Wilderness Lodge, Wilderness Lodge Vacation Club, and Fort Wilderness Cabins.

4. Another New Disney Springs Restaurant

If you love chicken, this one is for you. Chicken Guy! (from Guy Fieri and restauranteur Robert Earl) is a new fast-casual restaurant offering a variety of chicken tenders, all kinds of salads and sandwiches, a range of sauces, a bunch of sides, and, of course, yummy frozen sweet treats. Chicken Guy! opens this August right next to Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs.

5. No More Plastic Straws

In a similar move like Starbucks, the Walt Disney Company is eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers across all of its locations globally by mid-2019. Disney is also going to start reducing plastic bags in it stores and will offer reusable shopping bags that customers can purchase for a small fee. Disney has already began getting rid of in-room amenities by replacing them with refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles, which guests may have already noticed during their trips. The purpose of this is to help eliminate nearly 80 percent of plastic from guest rooms.

Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain, Ziploc

6. Splash Mountain’s New Sponsor

Splash Mountain has found a new sponsor — Ziploc! Per Blog Mickey, starting in August, those riding the beloved mountain will receive one free resealable bag to put their valuables in so they don’t get wet. Bags offered to riders will be available daily on a first come, first serve basis.

7. Be Our Guest’s Prix Fixe Dinner Is Here

On July 27, the new signature prix fixe dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom at Disney World officially debuted. Previously, Be Our Guest’s Table Service Dinner had an a la carte menu. Now, the Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant has a three-course dinner experience that costs $55 for adults and $35 for children ages 3 to 9.  Diners choose one appetizer and one entrée from a set list of options. There is also a Dessert Trio featuring the popular Grey Stuff served in a white chocolate “Chip” cup. You can check out the menu here.

And some older news…

That’s it for Disney news from this past week. I’ll continue to collect park updates from here on out, so be sure to keep your eyes open for my weekly news post!