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New ‘Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party’ Fireworks & 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 June 3-June 9, 2019:

Note: As I previously shared on my Instagram Story, I may have to take a week or two off from my Disney News of the Week post. I’m going to be traveling (to Disneyland for the first time, so follow along on Instagram!) and have a busy schedule, so I might not have time. If that’s the case, I will be sure to keep you updated on any important Disney announcements via social media.

1. New Fireworks Show For ‘MVMCP’

A brand new fireworks show will debut at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  The Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show will be hosted by Minnie Mouse and “will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs.”

2. Select Narrators Announced For Candlelight Processional

A handful of Candlelight Processional narrators were announced for this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. They include:

  • Whoopi Goldberg: Dec. 6-Dec. 7
  • Pat Sajak: Dec. 16-Dec. 18
  • Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec. 22-Dec. 24
  • Edward James Olmos: Dec. 25-Dec.26

Additional narrators will be announced in the future. Also, Candlelight Processional Dining Packages can be purchased beginning July 3.

3. Exclusive Disney Villains Afters Hours Merch Revealed

Guests attending the Disney Villains After Hours event held at Magic Kingdom Park this summer can purchase event-exclusive merchandise.  Click here to scroll through the items available during the event. The merchandise features Hades from Hercules and other popular Disney villains.

4. WDW Summer Ticket Deal For Florida Residents

There is a new Walt Disney World summer ticket deal available for Florida residents called the Get Your Ears On Ticket. The deal is available now through Aug. 25, 2019. Here are the details:

3-Day Tickets:

  • $199 (plus tax) – Less than $67 per day (plus tax)

4-Day Tickets:

  • $219 (plus tax) – Less than $55 per day (plus tax)

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

5. Big Change For Hollywood Studios FastPass+

For guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29 or after, there will be new FastPass+ rules. As reported by WDW Prep School, most Hollywood Studios attractions will soon be a Tier 1 FastPass. Yes, this includes Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers. This means when making FastPass+ reservations, YOU CAN ONLY PICK ONE of the previously mentioned rides initially when selecting your first three FastPasses. It’s unclear if this is a permanent change, but with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29, Disney is understandably going to make changes and try their best to figure out how to handle lines, crowds, etc. The majority of shows and Star Tours will be in Tier 2.

Remember: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance (opens later this year) will not initially offer FastPasses.

Photo of WDW Prep School's post about FastPass change at Hollywood Studios
Image: WDW Prep School/Instagram

6. Special V.I.Passholder Event For New Ears 

The new Magic Mirror Metallic and Imagination Pink ears make their official Walt Disney World and Disneyland debut on June 14. At WDW, Annual Passholders can purchase the ears before anyone else — and get their 20 percent discount.  The special V.I.Passholder event will be held on June 14 at World of Disney in Disney Springs from 9-10 a.m. Everyone else can purchase the ears that same day at 10 a.m.

7. Rest Of 2020 Cruise Line Offers Revealed

The remainder of the 2020 Disney Cruise Line offers were revealed this week. There are quite a lot of offerings, so click here to check them out.

8. Meet Bo Peep & New Pop-Up Shop In Toy Story Land

Bo Peep is now taking photos in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. She replaced Jessie and is available for meet and greets with Woody daily by the Toy Story Mania entrance. As for Jessie, don’t worry, she didn’t disappear and is signing autographs over by Alien Swirling Saucers. At the exit of Toy Story Mania, there’s a pop-up shop with new merchandise. Throughout Hollywood Studios, there are also themed-Toy Story treats.

9. An Exclusive Taste For DVC Members & WDW APs 

Disney Vacation Club members and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can participate in an exclusive tasting event this summer at Toledo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood, the new restaurant atop the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event will be held in the evenings on the following dates (all Thursdays): July 25, Aug. 1, and Aug. 8. The experience costs $84/person (plus tax and gratuity) and full payment is due at the time of booking. Both Members and APs can bring up to five guests, for a total party size of six. Advance reservations are required. APs can call (407) WDW-DINE and Members can call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to register.

10. New Ray-Ban Mickey Sunglasses

New Ray-Ban Mickey Mouse sunglasses are available for purchase at Sunglass Hut locations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. They cost $243 for adult and $103 for the non-polarized junior pair. Before launching to other Sunglass Hut retail locations and online, the Mickey sunglasses will exclusively be available at select Disney Parks locations. Here’s where Disney parks visitors can find them:

Disneyland Resort:

  • Disney California Adventure – Sunglass Icon Kiosk
  • Downtown Disney District – Sunglass Icon and Kiosk

Walt Disney World:

  • Blizzard Beach – Beach Haus
  • Disney Springs – Sunglass Icon on the West Side
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Island Supply in Adventureland
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Singapore Sal’s

11. Disney Springs Introduces “Flavors Of Florida”

Starting now through Sept. 2, 2019, enjoy the Flavors of Florida at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. The experience features a “delicious selection of perfectly paired Floridian-inspired plates, cocktails, and brews across 20 dining locations.” There are also guides for the event at participating locations and the Disney Springs Welcome Center. Click here to see all of the participating restaurants and pairings.

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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