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The 6 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World This Week (August 24-August 30, 2014)

This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of August 24, 2014.

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

1. A new Starbucks location will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2015

The new Starbucks will be the third in-park Starbucks at Walt Disney World following the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom and Fountain View at Epcot.


The Starbucks will be named The Trolley Car Café and is replacing the former L.A. Cinema Shop. The Trolley Car Café will be themed as a, you guessed it, trolley car station along Hollywood Boulevard. It is located on the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.

2. The Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Street Party will be getting an upgrade this October

Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it!

We’re pumping up the party now, but not for long. The Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Street Party will soon be upgraded and be rebranded as the Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! Street Party. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Anyway, the party will feature new music as the floats parade down Main Street. The “Play it!” aspect begins when the guests decides between one of three current hits to be part of the show.

The floats are also getting refurbished between now and then (you may see a float or two missing at a time). The new show is expected to debut in early October and there will be no down time between the current Street Party and the new one.

3. The monorail schedule will be changing starting September 1

Walt Disney World Monorail

The Walt Disney World Monorail will have a new operating schedule between September 1 and September 26.

  • The Magic Kingdom Resort beam will operate from 8:30am to 11:00pm or 12:00am (midnight) on Halloween Party nights.
  • The Magic Kingdom Express beam will operate from 9:30am to one hour after Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
  • The Epcot beam will operate from 9:00am to 11:00pm

4. The pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is closing for refurbishment

Wilderness Lodge Pool

As a reminder the Silver Creek Springs pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be closed for refurbishment starting September 3. The pool will reopen on November 28, 2014.

Resort guests may use the quiet pool or the pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort as an alternative. Boat transportation is provided to and from the Contemporary.

5. The American Idol Experience is now closed

American idol Experience

The American Idol Experience has completed its final day of operation. Rumors are that the “For the First Time in Forever, a Frozen Sing Along” will move to this location come October. The sing along is currently located in the Premier Theater and will remain there until at least September 28.

6. Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be closing for a short refurbishment

Mickey's PhiharMagic

Mickey’s PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom will close on September 8 and reopen to guests on September 28, 2014.