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Disney Skyliner Opening Date Announced & Other Disney News This Week

Every week I gather the latest news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and other Disney parks to help you keep up with all of the changes. Here is the most recent Disney news for the week of Nov.12-Nov. 18, 2018:

1. Here’s When The Disney Skyliner Will Open

The highly anticipated Disney Skyliner at Disney World finally has a general opening date: beginning fall 2019! The gondola system will transport guests to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort, the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property. Select gondolas will also feature certain Disney characters on the exterior. You can see a sneak peek of the gondola’s design here.

2. First Look At ‘Guardian’s of the Galaxy’ Coaster

In some exciting news, more details about Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy attraction being built in Future World were recently revealed, including the concept art for the actual coaster.  Plus, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed about the ride, “On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride. But on this attraction, each individual cab will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. That means instead of whizzing by the action, you’ll be fully immersed in the story from the minute you launch.” The attraction will also be “one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters.” It’s set to open in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.

3. More Details About Coronado Springs Resort’s Renderings

If you haven’t heard, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is currently undergoing an expansion. The renovation includes a 15-story tower called “the Gran Destino Tower.” Set to be completed in July 2019, the tower will serve as the resort’s main entrance and will add a total of 545 new guests rooms, including 50 suites. The tower also features a two-story lobby!

As for the resort’s existing rooms, they have also been fully updated. There are also two new restaurants being planned. The first is described as a themed table-service restaurant at the top of Grand Destino Tower. The second is a restaurant on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado, which will also have new walkways stretching across the water.  You will soon be able to make reservations for stays beginning in July 2019 for Gran Destino Tower.

4. Check Out The 2018 Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series

Here is some exciting news for those who are all about Disney Trading Pins. The 2018 Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series was revealed.  This year’s pin designs feature Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, with the addition of some special guests on the gift cards. You can check out the festive and adorable creations below. All you have to do is activate your favorite themed-gift card with $100 and then you’ll receive the coordinating pin at no additional cost. The series is now available at select locations at both Disney World and Disneyland.

5. Tickets Available For ‘Ralph Breaks VR’ Hyper-Reality Experience

Are you ready to try the new Ralph Breaks VR hyper-reality experience located at both Disney World’s Disney Springs and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District? If so, you can now get tickets for the experience, which opens on Nov. 21, 2018, the same day Ralph Breaks the Internet is released.

6. Limited-Time Holiday Goodies At Disney Springs Revealed

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and here are the 2018 limited-time holiday goodies available at Disney Springs. Be sure to visit Disney Parks Blog to check out photos of the yummies and to see a complete list of what’s available for the season. And, if you’re looking for some ornaments you can eat, head on over to Amorette’s Patisserie, which is offering Gingerbread Hat Cookie Ornaments. Here’s a list of the creations and when they’re available:

  • Goofy Hat Cookie: Nov. 25-Dec. 1
  • Donald Hat Cookie: Dec. 2-9
  • Pluto Hat Cookie: Dec. 10-17
  • Minnie Hat Cookie: Dec. 18-24
  • Mickey Hat Cookie: Dec. 25-30

7. Here’s When Captain Marvel Arrives At DCA

In early 2019, Captain Marvel will arrive at Disney’s California Adventure Park for a limited time. I’ll be sure to update you when more information is announced, including a specific date regarding her arrival.

8. Celebrate New Year’s At Disney World & Disneyland

The Disney Parks Blog announced how you can ring in the New Year at both Disney World and Disneyland resorts. Click here to read about the dinners and dessert parties that will make your New Year’s Eve even more special!

*Stay tuned for my post about all of the exciting announcements from this weekend’s D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event, including information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Disney World resorts, Epcot’s upcoming attractions and new nighttime spectaculars, Hollywood Studios’ new show, and so much more! 

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!

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