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Disney News This Week: August 12, 2018

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 Aug. 6-12, 2018:

1. Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Celebration

On ABC on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EST, there will be a Mickey’s 90th Celebration for Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. It is a two hour tribute honoring the famous mouse with “musical performances, moving tributes, and rare short films never before seen by the public,” according to D23. Be sure to mark you calendar, so you don’t miss the special program!

2. The “Digital Key” Expands Even More

The Digital Key (on the My Disney Experience app and uses Bluetooth technology to unlock resort rooms) at Disney World is now available at Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Caribbean Beach, and Coronado Springs resorts, per WDW News Today.

Walt Disney World Railroad, Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom

3. The Walt Disney World Railroad Is Closing — Temporarily

In some major news, construction on the TRON coaster-style attraction at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will affect two other major attractions: the Walt Disney World Railroad and The Tomorrowland Speedway. As reported by Disney Food Blog, the train will not be giving tours around the park starting December 2018. However, the Magic Kingdom will provide the option for guests to “take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities” and to get a closer look at the railroad at Main Street Station. As for The Tomorrowland Speedway, it will be closed for part of 2019 and will reopen next summer. TRON is expected to open in 2021, just in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

4. A New Disney Springs Food Truck

According to WDW News Today, there is a new food truck coming to Disney Springs. In late August, the 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck (from local Orlando smokehouse chain 4 Rivers) will debut. It will offer Mexican-style food with meats from 4 Rivers, in addition to providing vegetarian options.

5. ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party’ Entertainment Schedule

The full entertainment schedule for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was released. You can view the entire schedule over at Blog Mickey.

6. Disney PhotoPass Day

Did you do know there is a special Disney PhotoPass Day at both Disney World and Disneyland on Aug. 19? At Disney World’s parks, there will be special photo opportunities for people to enjoy, including a Peter Pan Shadow Magic Shot at Disney Springs, a Russell’s grape soda bottlecap pin prop at Animal Kingdom, a Green Army Man Magic Shot at Hollywood Studios, meeting Cruella de Vil and Jafar at Epcot, and meeting Pinocchio and Geppetto at Magic Kingdom.

As for Disneyland, there is a Huey, Dewey and Louie Magic Shot at California Adventure and even a Mickey Ice Cream Bar Magic Shot in Disneyland. Head on over to Disney World and Disneyland for more information and to see all of the magic shots available.

7. A Major Update To The My Disney Experience App

Finally, with the latest My Disney Experience app update, you can now browse and purchase merchandise directly within the app by clicking on the “Buy Merchandise” section.

My Disney Experience App, Shop Disney Parks
Credit: My Disney Experience App

The update saves you a step, because you no longer have to open up the Shop Disney Parks app separately, but you can look at items right in the My Disney Experience app.

My Disney Experience App, Shop Disney Parks
Credit: My Disney Experience App

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