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Main Street Electrical Parade Is Returning To Disneyland & 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 24-June 30, 2019:

1. Main Street Electrical Parade Returning To Disneyland

For a limited time, the Main Street Electrical Parade is returning this summer to Disneyland Park. It will run from Aug. 2 through Sept. 30.

2. New Restaurant Coming To Epcot

A new restaurant is coming to Epcot‘s American Adventure pavilion later this year. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a fast-casual dining location replacing the Liberty Inn, which is set to close on July 8. Regal Eagle will have a newly designed patio and is described as a “modern barbecue smokehouse” that will feature a smoker preparing food daily on the pavilion’s promenade.

3. WDW’s Fourth Of July Celebration

There are multiple ways to celebrate the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World. Check it out:

*Magic Kingdom:
-Enjoy Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks spectacular on July 3 and July 4 at 9:15 p.m.

The Muppets Present … Great Moments in History: The muppets will reenact famous moments in American history in a “whimsical way.” The live show is performed multiple times throughout the day near the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square.

-Dance Parties: A Hoedown Throwdown with a DJ in Frontierland. There’s also a Galactic Gathering in Tomorrowland.

*Epcot:
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: This is the last time guests will be able to experience the Fourth of July grand finale, The Heartbeat of Freedom, since the nighttime spectacular ends on Sept. 30, 2019. The special finale begins right after the 9 p.m. show.

-The Voices of Liberty: The group will perform great American songs for a Fourth of July concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. on July 4. They will also perform in the rotunda inside the American Adventure pavilion at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

-American Adventure Pavilion: Disney characters will be wearing their “Spirit of 76” patriotic attire at The American Adventure throughout July 4.

-Special Treats: There will be themed-treats, beverages, and dining packages throughout the park.

*Disney Springs:
-Visitors can enjoy special Fourth of July decor.

*Animal Kingdom:
-Try specialty food and beverage items, which will also be available at select Walt Disney World Resorts.

*Live Stream:
-On July 4 at 9:13 p.m. EST, you can live stream Magic Kingdom’s patriotic fireworks extravaganza, Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth Of July Concert in the Sky at the Disney Parks Blog.

*Special PhotoPass Opportunities:
-There are also special Fourth of July Disney PhotoPass Service opportunities available beginning July 3, but only for a limited time (and even for a bit after the holiday), at Magic Kingdom.

They include:
*East Plaza Garden (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting): You can hold a patriotic Mickey-shaped prop for two photos and one super-zoom video from an angle above the theme park.

*Partners Statue: You can hold another patriotic prop featuring none other than Pluto near the famous statue.

*Liberty Square: During daylight hours, have your photo taken near the Liberty Bell and turn it into a Muppets Magic Shot! Beginning at sunset, behind the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, a display of red, white, and blue light painting will be available for photos.
*Fantasyland: Cinderella’s Coach will be near the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel for photos.
*Center Street (near Uptown Jewelers): At nighttime, a Mickey Mouse-bokeh (blurred) shot will be available.

4. Disneyland’s Pixar Pals Parking Structure Opening Date…

The new Pixar Pals parking structure at Disneyland will open for guests on June 30.

5. Grand Floridian’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opening Date

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will open on Aug. 6. Reservations are open, so you can begin making appointments immediately. Also beginning on Aug. 6, all boutique locations across Walt Disney World will offer the new Carriage package, which includes a themed T-shirt. The locations will even offer four new hairstyles that come with customizable options and new merchandise like youth and adult spirit jerseys, Minnie ears, a MagicBand, among others. All of these items can be purchased separately from any of the packages.

6. Disneyland APs: Bring A Friend This Summer

Disneyland Annual Passholders can bring a friend to the parks with the purchase of a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket for $99. The AP has to be with their guest when first entering into the park on the day of purchase. And if the AP is blocked that particular day, they can still take advantage of the offer by buying a ticket at the special price for themselves and their guest. Tickets can be purchased at the main gate and are only valid on the day of purchase.

7. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind Opens

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure is open! The attraction looks so bright and colorful and seems like the perfect addition to Pixar Pier.

8. Galaxy’s Edge Opens Without Reservations At Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park is now open to everyone. That’s right, you no longer need a reservation to enter the land. That said, there is a virtual queue with “Boarding Groups” that has been put in place for when the land hits capacity. To learn more about how this process works, check out Disneyland Daily, Carlye Wisel, and Magical Kinda Mama.

9. New Details For Food & Wine

More details were released regarding the new Global Marketplaces at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

-Appleseed Orchard Marketplace: Located next to Le Cellier Steakhouse, a variety of apple-inspired craft brews, ciders, wines, and lite bites will be offered. Speaking of the Canada pavilion, while the “O Canada!” film is being updated, the theater is going to be turned into an “all-new festival destination offering a cool respite.”

-The Alps Marketplace: The “snow-capped setting” offers dishes like Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes and paired with a refreshing Frozen Rosé.

-Emile’s Fromage Montage: A variety of delicious cheeses will be served in “inventive ways,” a cheese crawl! PLUS, be sure to collect a stamp when you purchase any five cheese dishes from the Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport. After collecting all five stamps, take your passport to Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar inside the Festival Center in Future World East to receive a complimentary specialty Food & Wine cheesecake.

And in other Food & Wine news…

-Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football: The experience will be available select Sundays starting Sept. 8 through Nov 17. The 45-minute program pairs “gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night.” Guest will even learn how to prepare the dishes. You can make reservations now.

-Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Three more bands were added to this year’s lineup, including returning boy band 98 Degrees (Oct. 7-9) and newcomers BBMak (Nov. 15-16) and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Nov. 17-18).

***Here’s a link to the Global Marketplace menus.

10. “My First Disney Getaway Package”

Starting now, a family of three can book Walt Disney World’s “My First Disney Getaway Package” for $999 and through Sept. 24, 2019.  The price is valid for most arrivals Sunday through Wednesday nights Aug. 11 to Sept. 25, 2019. To book, call 417-939-2733. The package includes:

  • A two-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort
  • A two-Park Magic Ticket, with one-day-only admission to Magic Kingdom and one-day-only admission to Animal Kingdom
  • One stroller rental per day
  • One merchandise bag (includes a plush, autograph book, pen, “My 1st Visit” Mickey ears and a reusable bag).

11. Circle Of Flavors Will Feature A Virtual Reality Experience

Animal Kingdom’s Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night will feature a Kilimanjaro Safaris Virtual Reality experience. At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests will be able to try a virtual reality 360-degree safari experience. The exclusive Circle of Flavors experience allows guests to “get up close and personal with the sights and sounds of Pride Rock.” For a list of food and beverage items available during the nighttime dining experience, click here.

12. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Will End This Summer

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland will end its run on July 17, so you better see it before it’s too late!

13. Disney Shuts Down TWO Rumors

In very rare form, Disney replied to a rumor reported by WDWNT that a Moana show would replace Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room for Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary. Well, Disney denied the report by releasing a statement on the Disney Parks Blog. The statement partially read:

“We’re sorry that our fans are being fed incorrect information by unscrupulous sources. While ‘toucan’ play at that game, we deal in facts here at the Disney Parks Blog. Although we won’t address every rumor, we want to set the record straight: there are no plans for our feathered friends to fly the coop any time soon. We’re constantly evolving our stories, but these birds will continue entertaining our guests at the Magic Kingdom Park just as they have done since 1971.”

There was also another report shared by WDWNT claiming a Toy Story marionette show was going to replace the Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom. However, as the Disney Parks Blog  denied in a statement:

“Thanks for ‘bearing’ with us this week.  With all of the news we’ve shared, we ‘fur-got’ to mention our friends over at the Country Bears. Our Imagineers are always looking at ways to bring more magic to our guests through experiences and stories they know, but contrary to rumors, Country Bear Jamboree is not going into hibernation any time soon.  In fact, we’re looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, with Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and the rest of the gang. Until then, ‘we hope that you’ll be comin’ back again; that you’ll drop in and see us now and then.'”

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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