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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 Dec. 10-Dec. 16, 2018:
1. New Buzz Lightyear Ears
Have you seen these new Buzz Lightyear ears? They will certainly take you to infinity and beyond! They were first spotted at Disney California Adventure and are available for purchase at Pixar Pier’s Knick’s Knacks. According to Disney Style, the space ranger-inspired ears will soon be available in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
2. Enroll In Disney Performing Arts Workshops
Here is some exciting news: Individual enrollment for the Disney Performing Arts workshops is now open! On Feb. 9 and 10 at the Disneyland Resort, any elementary, middle, or high school individual can partake in the workshops (more details here; prices vary) ranging from dancing to culinary arts to design to music and vocal sessions. Sign up before it’s too late!
3. Joffrey’s Donut & Coffee Pin Set
The beloved Joffrey’s, aka the official coffee of Disney parks and resorts, now has its very own donut and coffee pin set. The set includes a donut pin, a coffee pin, and a Joffrey’s logo pin and costs $17.99. You can purchase the set online or at Joffrey’s Disney Springs location in Disney World.
4. The Global Avengers Initiative
Disney has announced its Global Avengers Initiative to create new Marvel experiences and attractions. Be sure to keep your eye out for new superhero encounters, including Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Wasp, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and, of course, Captain America. No concrete details have been revealed, but it definitely sounds like Marvel will soon be almost everywhere at Disney parks and resorts.
5. Book A Festival Of The Arts Workshop
You can now book Festival of the Arts workshops! The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs from Jan. 18 through Feb. 25, 2019, and the 39-day event offers guests the chance to partake in unique experiences. There will be interactive visual, culinary, and performing arts workshops (75 minutes Fridays through Mondays for an additional fee) and seminars (30 minutes Sundays through Saturdays and included with park admission; you can reserve the day-of at the Odyssey Festival Showplace). You can also make reservations by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.
6. First Look At Disneyland’s Tropical Hideaway
Disney released some first look images of Disneyland park’s The Tropical Hideaway — and it looks amazing! The restaurant is housed in Adventureland and set along the Jungle River and will be opening sometime soon. It looks like a great spot to relax and grab an exotic bite and beverage. Be sure to click on the previous link for more photos!
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 11, 2018
7. Date For Anaheim Ducks Day Revealed
Anaheim Ducks Day will be on Feb. 11, 2019 at Disney California Adventure park. So, if you’re both a Ducks and Disney fan, then you won’t want to miss out on the celebration, which is also in honor of the NFL team’s 25th anniversary and part of Anaheim Ducks Silver Celebration Week (Feb. 10-Feb. 17, 2019). Don’t forget to mark your calendars, ASAP!
8. Two New Experiences Added To Play Disney Parks App
Well this is a fun addition at the Disneyland Resort! There are two new experiences on the Play Disney Parks app. First, you can collect new fortunes and a series of stories from Esmeralda the Fortune Teller on Main Street, U.S.A. and Fortune Red in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. Without inserting a quarter, each time you visit the park, you can collect one fortune and a piece of the fortune teller’s story at both fortune teller spots. Then, you can come back on a different day for another fortune and the next part of your story.
Your fortune and the next chapter of your story and will be printed on a collectible card. In addition, the stories will be digitally collected via the app. If you want the next part of your story and an additional fortune ASAP, all you have to do is pay 25 cents. There are three 10-part stories at each machine to collect. Digital achievements are also earned for interacting with the fortune tellers through the app.
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 13, 2018
9. New Disney Animal Series On DisneyNOW App
You can now watch the Disney animal series, Growing Up With Disney Animals, on the DisneyNOW app. The series features videos about baby animal behavior, care, and conservation, in addition to educational facts and tips.
10. Captain Marvel Joins Marvel Day At Sea
Captain Marvel will soon be aboard the Disney Cruise Line! As part of the Disney Magic ship, Captain Marvel will join in on the fun of Marvel Day at Sea in January 2019, meaning guests on the ship will be the first to meet the character! The event is a day-long celebration that will take place on select five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami in early 2019.
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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