News from the World – February 17

February has proven to be a big month for Orlando based news, with lots of exciting changes on the way it looks like 2017 is going to be a great big beautiful tomorrow.

 

Magic Kingdom

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

The much loved night-time spectacular Wishes will end it’s 14 year run shortly with it’s last showing on May 11, whilst we will be sad to see this show go we are excited for the replacement announced this week by Disney.  Happily Ever After to debut May 12 will feature the latest fireworks, pyrotechnics technology and animation scenes from a variety of films projected onto Cinderella Castle.

ROPEDROP CHANGES

Let the Magic Begin, a all new welcome show takes place inside the Magic Kingdom on the Castle Stage with Mickey and his Pals.  Unlike the predecessor, this show will allow for earlier entry into the Main Street USA area. Make sure to check out show times for your vacation to make sure you do not miss out as times may vary.

PLANNED REFURBISHMENTS

Please be aware of the following rides will be closed for refurbishments.

  • Walt Disney World Railroad – from January 9 until March 2, 2017
  • Hall of Presidents – January 17 through June 29, 2017

 

Animal Kingdom

RIVERS OF LIGHT

Disney have finally announced the official start date for this night time based show, guests will be able to view this experience from February 17. Using lights, floats, performers, music and fountains to celebrate the beauty of nature this show has been eagerly anticipated and will be worth viewing.  There will be both Fastpass+ and Dining packages available for preferred seating.

PANDORA – WORLD OF AVITAR

Opening May 27, Pandora – World of Avatar is the long awaiting expansion to Animal Kingdom, here guest will find floating mountains and bioluminescent plants as seen in the movie.  With two new attractions this should defiantly be on the list to visit. The Na’vi River Journey will travel through the bioluminescent rainforest, whilst the Avatar Flight of Passage will allow you to explore via Banshee.  For more information view www.visitpandora.com

 

Epcot

2017 INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL

Starting March 1 till May 29 this festival is a great time to visit Epcot with its world renowned topiaries & gardens, outdoor kitchens for sampling food & drink, exhibits, seminars and outdoor concerts there is plenty to see and do.

2017 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

This years food and wine festival will be 75 day long, starting August 31 and continuing through to November 13.  With over 30 global marketplaces giving a truly around the world food experience.  For more information visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com

 

Hollywood Studios

STAR WARS

Last week the Walt Disney Company Chairman & CEO announced information regarding the Star Wars themed land under construction, stating that it will be open during 2019.  We will share more news about the development as and when it becomes available.

 

Other News

VOLCANO BAY

Grand opening May 25, this will be Universal Orlando’s third park and Orlando’s newest waterpark.  With a great back story of Water is Life, Life is Joy this Pacific isle looks great for relaxations as well as thrills so will be perfect for all families.  Upon arrival guests will be given a TapuTapu wearable a key to virtual ques and interactive areas whilst onsite. Visit here for more information

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