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The 4 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World This Week (November 9-November 15, 2014)

Epcot Holiday

This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of November 9, 2014.

Here are the four biggest updates from around the resort for the past seven days…

1. Holidays at Epcot begin on November 28 with a few new treats

Epcot always starts the holiday season with a bang. Illuminations Reflections of Earth gets extended with a very special Peace on Earth finale. The Peace on Earth finale is the most moving and dare I say magical four minutes of pyrotechnics at Walt Disney World. From the choir, to the Walter Cronkite narration, to the spectacular ending, it’s definitely a must do. 

Epcot Holiday

Although this year the finale might be undergoing a few changes. Specifically, a modified Peace on Earth soundtrack. I’m skeptical of any changes to my beloved fireworks display, but I’ll save final judgement until after the 28th.

Also getting a few changes are the Holidays Around the World festivities. There will be a special holiday tasting, where you can try seasonal treats from around the world. Mexico will be getting the “Fiesta de Navidad”, which will feature dancers and mariachis celebrating the holiday customs of Mexico. In Morocco, a storyteller will speak of the festivals, holiday traditions, and celebrations across Morocco. In China, guests can enjoy the Chinese Lion Dance.

2. The Christmas Day Parade is changing names this year and filming dates are set

The annual ABC Christmas Day Parade will be the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration this year. I know, it seems like Frozen is being added to something else every week, but to the millions watching on Christmas Day this is probably a welcome change.

Christmas Day Parade

More importantly, the parade will be filming at the Magic Kingdom on December 8 and December 9, 2014, the Disneyland segments are already filmed. If you are visiting the Magic Kingdom on those days, you may be able to take part in the celebration.

Main Street and the Central Plaza will be a nightmare and Cast Members will be directing traffic through backstage areas and blocking many entrances. I highly recommend that you avoid visiting the Magic Kingdom on those two days.

3. Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will be welcoming Disney Princesses


While Cinderella’s Royal Table is undergoing refurbishment from January to March of next year, Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa will be its replacement. Starting January 8, 2015, the Disney Princesses will be greeting guests for breakfast and brunch. Reservations for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members are available starting December 3. Reservations are available to everyone else starting December 4. The character meal will be available from 8am – 2:20pm and cost $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child (ages 3 – 9).

Here’s the menu:

Adult Menu


Bakery Basket

Choice of One:

Garden Salad–Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and
Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette

Assorted Fresh Fruits


Choice of One:

Traditional Breakfast–Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes

Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Granola,
Whole-Grain Bread, and Fresh Fruit

Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs with Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

Grilled Ham and Biscuit, Slow Poached Eggs topped with Sausage Gravy

Market-inspired Fish with Angel Hair Pasta, and Aromatic Tomato Sauce

Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits


Beverages included:

Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea (regular/decaf),
Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato)
One Specialty Beverage

Children’s Menu

Choice of One

Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad
Fat-free Ranch Dressing

Choice of One

Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie topped with a Cheese Biscuit

Roasted Chicken Leg
Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Rice Pilaf and Broccolini

Children’s Scrambled Eggs

Mickey-shaped Waffles

served with Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn


Beverages included:

Milk and Skim Milk
Fountain Beverages
Juices: Orange/Apple/Tomato
One Specialty Beverage

Specialty Beverage Selections

Adult Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One

Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
Glass of Wine

Children’s Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One served in a Specialty Cup

Tink Drink
Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sprite

Strawberry Smoothie

(Menu subject to change without notice)

4. Minor pool refurbishments for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be undergoing some minor pool refurbishments during the next two weeks.

The Big Blue Pool will be closed from November 17 – 19, 2014

The Flippin’ Fins Pool will be closed from November 20 – 21, 2014

The Cozy Cone Pool will be closed from November 24 – 26, 2014