This week at Walt Disney World saw new openings at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, another restaurant is announced for Disney Springs plus two big limited-time events sell out completely.
Elsewhere around Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort announces a new fall concert series, the NBC Sports Grill & Brew officially opens plus Busch Gardens Tampa welcomes an adorable new resident!
1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party officially sold out for 2015
Though there are still seven parties left for the 2015 edition of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, all event nights, including Halloween and the night after are now completely sold out. If you already have tickets to the event, make sure you get to the park early as sold out nights are very busy and guests can expect some very long lines. If you haven’t already bought tickets…well, it’s never too early to start planning for next year, is it?
2. Custom MagicBand D-Tech location opens at the Magic Kingdom
A new D-Tech On Demand location has opened at the Tomorrowland Power and Light Co. that allows guests to print custom MagicBands with one of over 40 designs. Guests can also add their name to their creations as well.
This new D-Tech On Demand location is the first of what will likely be many MagicBand customization locations throughout Walt Disney World. Retail price for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95 while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95. All bands will be sold in a “link it later” state, meaning guests can associate the band with a My Disney Experience account at any time after purchase.
3. Rihab Fusion debuts at Epcot
Earlier this week we learned that Moroccan dancing and singing group B'net Al Houwariyat has indeed left Epcot for good. While we hypothesized that it might take some time to find a replacement, Disney has wasted no time finding a new musical performer for the park as music group Ribab Fusion has started performing at the Morrocan stage this week.
This popular band from northern Africa celebrates Morocco’s culture with fusion music that combines smooth grooves with high-energy funk. Interestingly, this new group will only be appearing for a limited time at the park, Wednesdays through Sundays from now until January 2, 2016. After that, it looks like yet another Moroccan entertainment offering will need to be found.
4. Frontera Fresco announced for Disney Springs
Chef Rick Bayless, best known for appearing in reality series Top Chef: Masters, has announced that he is opening a new restaurant serving Mexican cuisine at Disney Springs.vNamed Frontera Fresco, this new restaurant will serve hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all crafted with Chef Bayless’ time-honored recipes. The new restaurant is scheduled to open next summer.
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens event sells out
Just a few days ago a new event was announced that would tie in to the opening day of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Costing between $95-$99 (depending on format) this event includes a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Disney Springs, plus a 3 hour “after party” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests can walk around the new Star Wars Launch Bay attraction, ride Star Tours and check out a preview of the new Season of the Force fireworks show. Though this event is exorbitantly priced, it looks like the power of Star Wars cannot be underestimated, as it sold out in just 24 hours.
6. New animal exhibit debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Three female water buffalo have joined the animal lineup at the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week. The trio of new residents can be seen in the habitat with blackbuck, Eld’s deer, Sarus cranes, ruddy shelducks and bar-headed geese in the grassy area of this trail, just past the tigers.