This week at Walt Disney World, we take a look at a new opening in Tomorrowland, a closing at Disney Springs, plus we get some more information about a new attraction coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Outside Walt Disney World, a shop at Diagon Alley moves into a more visible location, SeaWorld announces a permanent lounge for annual passholders and LEGOLAND confirms an opening date next year for its newest attraction.
1. The Sunset Showcase theater and Club Disney announced
While we’ve known about the new theater construction down on Sunset Boulevard for some time, Disney finally made this location official this week, revealing that this venue (now known as the Sunset Showcase theater) would host temporary events throughout the year, starting with the newly-revealed Club Disney dance party, which will welcome its first guests in only a few weeks. You can learn more about this new temporary attraction (and its corresponding venue) here.
2. New D-Tech on Demand shop opens in Tomorrowland
Though the Tomorrowland Tomorrowland Power and Light Co hasn’t been the same since the Tomorrowland Arcade vacated the space earlier this year, Walt Disney World has at least made some use of this space, opening a new D-Tech on Demand location earlier this week. As with other D-Tech on Demand stores, this latest Tomorrowland location will allow guests to create their own custom cell phone cases featuring popular characters, locations and designs from around Walt Disney World.
3. Trophy Room closes to make room for new men’s apparel shop at Marketplace Co-Op
The Trophy Room was the last vestige of Team Mickey, the sports-focused store that used to stand in the location the Marketplace Co-op currently occupies. However, it looks like sports fans are about to get marginalized even more, as it has been revealed that The Trophy Room will be closing very soon to make way for Twenty Eight and Main, a new Men’s apparel and accessories store opening November 6th.
4. Ground broken on new solar energy facility near Epcot
Several months ago it was announced that local power company Duke Energy received approval to build, own and operate a 5-megawatt solar facility at Walt Disney World Resort. This week, construction began on this facility, which will have 48,000 solar panels arranged in a "Disney-inspired design" when it is finished later this year. Because of its proximity to Epcot, it will be easy to see the work progressing on this new project.
5. Final candlelight processional narrators announced
Disney has confirmed the final lineup for this year’s candlelight processional at Epcot, adding Meredith Vieira, Chandra Wilson, Daniel Dae Kim and America Ferrera to the lineup. The full schedule is below:
Gary Sinise - November 27 to 29
Neil Patrick Harris - November 30 to December 3
Whoopi Goldberg - December 4 and 5
Joe Morton - December 6 to 8
Ana Gasteyer - December 9 to 11
Meredith Vieira - December 12 to 14
America Ferrera - December 15 to 17
Chandra Wilson - December 18 to 20
Daniel Dae Kim - December 21 to 23
Edward James Olmos - December 24 to 26
Blair Underwood - December 27 to 28
Amy Grant - December 29 to 30
6. Halloween week Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties sell out
With less than two weeks to go before Halloween finally arrives, guests at Walt Disney World have precious few opportunities left to check out this year’s edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Unfortunately, it looks like parties during the week of Halloween are now selling out, with October 29, October 31 and November 1 now completely unavailable. If you are still waiting to purchase tickets for one of the few remaining nights, don’t wait too long, as the rest of Halloween week is expected to sell out as well.