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Epcot’s Space-Themed Restaurant Opens In 2019 & Other Disney News This Week

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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 May 6-May 12, 2019:

1. Epcot’s New Restaurant Will Soon Blast Off

Epcot’s space-themed restaurant will open later this year. It will be located between Test Track and Mission: SPACE.  The table-service menu is said to feature “internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, and a wide selection of craft beer.”

2. Galaxy’s Edge Parking, Food Guide, & Virtual Queue

First, check out the foodie guide for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Secondly, if you’re wondering about parking for when the land opens on May 31 at Disneyland, parking will open that day at midnight. After opening day, parking lots will open at 5:30 a.m. beginning June 1.

Finally, let’s talk about the virtual queueing system that starts on June 24 after reservations are no longer required to enter the land. As reported by Theme Park Insider, there will be a virtual queue that guests can join via the Disneyland app or Fastpass machines. Each group will then be entered into a boarding group. The publication reports, “Virtual queues do not have set return times, but instead call you to enter when everyone ahead of you in the virtual queue has gotten in and now there’s space for you. It’s virtual because you do not have to stand in a physical line while you wait for your number to be called.”

For all of the details, read Theme Park Insider’s full article.

3. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind Will Open Soon

The new ride inspired by Inside Out will open this summer at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure.

4. Eat To The Beat Concert Series Lineup Is Here

The 2019 Eat to the Beat Concert Series lineup has been revealed for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. As previously announced, there will be 249 concerts total with returning and new acts, including American Idol winner Kris Allen.

5. There Are New Upgrades For MagicBands

Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and new and renewing Annual Passholders will soon be able to “upgrade, at a discounted price, from a complimentary solid-color MagicBand to one of more than 30 new choices featuring Disney characters and designs.” The upgrade comes with a $14.99 discount off the regular retail cost when purchased through the My Disney Experience website.

6.  DCA’s ‘Lion King’ Celebration Gets A Date

On June 7, Tale of the Lion King will debut at Disney California Adventure on the Palisades Stage for a limited time this summer. The show has 18 performers called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands that will celebrate the spirit of Africa.  According to the Disney Parks Blog, “This traveling troupe specializes in retelling revered stories in their own contemporary style, weaving their tale through language, song and dance.”

7. Taste This Limited-Time Orange Bird Cupcake

There’s a new Orange Bird cupcake at Disney’s Saratoga Resort & Spa that’s available for purchase until only June 12 at The Artist’s Palette, The Paddock Grill, and Backstretch Pool Bar. It’s a vanilla cupcake “infused with orange simple syrup, orange white chocolate mousse, and finished with orange whipped cream, white crisp pearls, a chocolate beak and green buttercream leaves.”

8. Rinse Bath & Body Co. Is Officially Open

The newest shop that’s now open for business at the Downtown Disney District in Disneyland is Rinse Bath & Body Co. It’s a boutique that sells fresh and natural products and is located on the west end of the district.

9. The Gondolas Have Been Uncovered

Walt Disney World unveiled 55 gondolas that are part of the Disney Skyliner system that will officially begin running later this fall. Check out the video below to see all of the cute designs.

10.  New Disneyland Annual Passport Option

A new Disneyland Resort Annual Passport, the Disney Flex Passport, will be available for purchase on May 21. Flex Passholders can visit one or both parks (Disneyland and DCA) on “select good-to-go days, with limited blockout days, plus make reservations on other days for more access.” An interactive calendar is available through the Disneyland website and app that allows guests to make reservations and see which dates are available for both bookings and visits. Be sure to watch the video below for more information.

11. Purchase Tickets For The NBA Experience

You can now buy tickets for the NBA Experience that opens at Disney Springs on Aug. 12. Tickets cost $34 for adults, plus tax, and $29 for children between 3 and 9, plus tax. You can make a purchase anywhere Walt Disney World tickets are sold, i.e. Disneyworld.com/NBAExperience or any Walt Disney World ticket window.

12. Book An Online Reservation For Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

You can now make online reservations for several Disney experiences, including Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Magic Kingdom Park’s The Pirates Leauge and Harmony Barber Shop.

13.  New ‘Aladdin’ Collection From MAC Cosmetics

There is a new Aladdin-inspired collection from MAC Cosmetics that will allow you to channel your inner Jasmine. The collection will exclusively debut at Disney Springs on May 15 (from noon-10 p.m.) at Waterview Park. There will even be  “incredible and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities and surprise and delight moments inspired by the film.” Guests can also still book standby appointments to receive a personalized look from a MAC artist.

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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