This week's Walt Disney World update includes news of two major closings set to hit the resort in the near future, some shuffling around of character meet and greets, plus yet another expansion of Frozen Summer Fun!
Outside Walt Disney World, rumors have popped up that suggest not one but TWO attractions will be closing in the near future to make way for a new Fast and Furious attraction at Universal Studios Florida.
1. New Frozen makeover experience coming to Frozen Summer Fun
Though Walt Disney World has not confirmed this yet, multiple sources are reporting that a new Frozen makeover experience similar to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this summer as part of the ongoing Frozen Summer Fun event.
During this new experience guests can expect Princess Anna and Queen Elsa makeovers for thier little ones, complete with costumes, hair and makeup. Though we don’t know where this new experience will be located (or most importantly, how much it will cost!), the former American Idol audition rooms would be a likely placement choice, both because of their size as well as proximity to the Frozen Sing-a-Long show.
2. Disney’s Contemporary Resort introduces new cooking activity
Disney has announced the new Family Culinary Adventure experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort which will allow families to have a fun, interactive evening that includes hands-on cooking time with Disney chefs. Starting next week, this 3.5 hour experience (aimed at guests 9 and older) will take place two days per week in the Contemporary Resort's catering kitchen.
During the event a group of up to 30 guests will be split into five groups to each man a station in the kitchen where they can learn skills like making cheese, rolling sushi, cutting meat and even crafting baked deserts. They can then eat the items they’ve just prepared during a special five-course dinner. At the end of the evening guests receive a chef's hat to take home, along with a Disney cookbook signed by the chefs. Cost is $175 plus tax, $125 plus tax for ages 9 to 12.
3. Food and Wine Festival to expand to Future World
Though the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has taken place around the World Showcase for 20 years now, for the first time in its history this annual event will be invading Future World with a brand new pavilion devoted to the future of eating.
Sponsored by ABC’s The Chew, the all new ‘Next Eats’ festival area will have a Sustainable Chew Marketplace serving small plates including Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits, Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle. The Next Eats pavilion will also be home to the Chew Lab, which will be a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends.
4. DisneyQuest to close forever in 2016
As we reported earlier this week, DisneyQuest is set to close forever sometime next year to make room for a new NBA Experience restaurant. Details are scarce about when this closing might occur (and whether the building itself is endangered as well), but we do know that Walt Disney World has officially stopped including DisneyQuest as part of the Premium Annual Pass, which suggests that this indoor theme park won’t be around by this time next year.
5. The Magic of Disney Animation to close forever on July 12th
Another closure we reported on earlier this week was that of The Magic of Disney Animation. This entire pavilion, which houses several character meet and greets (including recent favorites Hiro and Baymax) as well as learn-to-draw exhibits and a Mulan-inspired film presentation will be shut down completely on July 12th. Though Mickey and Minnie will be moving to a new location inside the park, none of the other meet and greets are expected to survive the closure.
As has been the norm for closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently, no replacement has been announced yet. But with the total reboot of Disney's Hollywood Studios expected to be announced in just a few weeks, we're not expecting to stay in the dark for too much longer!