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The 11 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (September 28-October 4, 2015)

This week’s Walt Disney World update kicks off with some bad news, as a new price increase kicks in early. However, if you aren't immediately reeling from sticker shock, read on for more updates from Disney Springs, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal announces a new look for its annual passes, SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its annual Halloween event and Busch Gardens announces a free admission deal exclusively for annual passholders.

1. Parking fee at Walt Disney World jumps to $20 

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It’s no secret that parking fees at Walt Disney World are pretty outrageous, but it looks like those who are looking to park at one of the theme parks without staying on property (or having an annual pass) are about to get squeezed even more, as the base price of parking has officially gone up to $20 per vehicle. This new price has already taken effect, and updated signage reflecting the change has already been installed.  

2. Downtown Disney officially becomes Disney Springs

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September 29th, 2015 was a huge milestone for Walt Disney World as it marked the official first day of operation for Disney Springs. Though there was a small ceremony held at the dining and shopping complex, Disney Springs won’t actually be complete until later next year, and is still heavily under construction. The biggest change guests will notice immediately is the change in signage around the resort and the new logos on the Disney Springs guidemaps.

3. Morimoto Asia opens

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The first day of Disney Springs’ operation also saw the opening of the much anticipated “pan-Asian” restaurant Morimoto Asia. This new two-story restaurant features a variety of Asian dishes, including orange chicken, Peking duck and lo mein. The restaurant also has a dedicated raw bar that serves a variety of fresh-made sushi. You can check out the full menu here.  

4. One Man’s Dream film to be replaced by The Good Dinosaur preview

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Late last week it was announced that Disney will be showing a preview for Pixar’s latest film, The Good Dinosaur, in place of the documentary film at the end of the One Man’s Dream exhibit. Though this change is certainly alarming, Disney has gone on record saying that the film will return in December. However, we have our doubts about the future of this attraction in its current form… 

5. Night of Joy moves to ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in 2016 

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Changes are coming to the Night of Joy Christian music event in 2016. Though Night of Joy has traditionally been held at the Magic Kingdom, the concert portion of the event will now take pla in both the indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Guests who attend the event next year will also be able to ride direct shuttles from this complex to the Magic Kingdom and enjoy the attractions there on event days. Though we can’t imagine why someone who pays to attend a concert would opt to visit the Magic Kingdom instead, Disney has confirmed that Magic Kingdom admission will be included with the purchase of concert tickets for at least some of the day during the event.

6. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe reopens with new menu

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We told you last week that popular quick service restaurant Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Café was going down for a short refurbishment, and now this restaurant has opened back up with an all new menu that includes fajitas, burritos, rice bowls and other Mexican-style favorites. The topping bar inside is now populated by different varieties of salsas, peppers, onions, cheeses, avocados and more (pictured above). You can check out a few photos of some of the new menu items below:

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$20.00 for parking?!!! I have, and probably never will, understand how anyone can continue to charge higher and higher prices for the same damn Parking spaces!! Don't tell me its because wages have gone up, not at Disney! You can't park anywhere else and get into Disney Parks, So it just plain Greed on Disney's part. I am an Seasonal Pass holder and we do not get free parking, but to start the day off $20.00 dollars in the hole just made going to the parks a bit more discretionary.

$20 for a piece of asphalt is insane! Nothing but GREED!

You don't mention the outrageous changes in annual passes. A slap in the face to longtime Annual Pass holders like us. So now either accept blackout dates or pay $100+ more

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