This week's Walt Disney World update includes the kickoff of a limited-time event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, information on refurbishments at Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom plus the debut of a new snack at Walt Disney World that is pretty controversial and will probably bring you closer to the animal kingdom in a way you never wanted to be!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida has confirmed plans to close Wet ‘n Wild next year plus Busch Gardens details this year’s Howl-O-Scream event and SeaWorld Orlando brings back its free beer tradition (but with a serious catch!)
1. Frozen Summer Fun kicks off at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios kicked off its annual Frozen Summer Fun event earlier this week with a number of notable new additions. This daily event now opens with an expanded “Royal Welcome” parade which now includes a brand new float showcasing Elsa’s ice palace. Also new this year is “Olaf’s Summer Cool Down” a brand new show taking place on the outdoor stage that features a talking Olaf and plenty of fun, sing-a-long moments.
This year’s event will be happening every day at Disney's Hollywood Studios from now until September, so if you want to check out the festivities, you’ll have plenty of time to do so.
2. New MagicBand watch sliders announced
Disney’s MagicBands have plenty of uses. You can open your hotel room with them, enter the park with them, and of course use them to claim your FastPass+ reservations. But have you ever looked down at your wrist and hoped that your MagicBand could do something else? Something perhaps, chronologically-themed?
Disney revealed earlier this week that a special MagicSlider accessory will be released in the very near future that will bring watch functionality to your MagicBand. Available in both an analog and digital face, these new accessories will be available later this summer (but we're still waiting to see how much these little add-ons will cost).
3. Zuri’s sweets debuts crappy new treat
Zuri’s Sweets opened earlier this week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and though this new shop includes your usual lineup of candy-covered apples, rice cereal treats, cupcakes and more, there is one new snack item that has inspired a bit of controversy: animal poop-shaped candies.
These “treats” are available in four crappy varieties (giraffe, elephant, tamarin and hippo) and while we haven’t sampled them ourselves, the Disney Food Blog has a great run down of what these…interesting… new candies look and taste like. Warning: these treats are made to resemble the real thing, so only click through if you're cool with food items that are made to look like...something else.
4. Flame Tree Barbecue refurbishment extended
Though it feels like the Flame Tree Barbecue has been under refurbishment forever, it looks like we’ll have to keep waiting for this popular quick service to open back up as the refurbishment has been extended yet again, this time until the beginning of July. Though it seems that work is just about done on this location, the wait has been tough for barbecue fans who have been waiting patiently for the past few months to get their fix.
5. Living With the Land refurbishment announced
Speaking of refurbishments, it was revealed this week that Epcot’s Living with the Land would be closing for a short refurbishment later this year from September 8-17th. Though the reason behind the refurbishment wasn’t announced, considering the rather short length we’d wager that there will be some changes to the greenhouse lineup when the ride re-opens on September 18th.