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The 9 Big Updates From Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (January 18-24)

6. Universal shares first details about The Incredible Hulk refurbishment

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Though Universal’s massive refurbishment of The Incredible Hulk started last year, Universal has been quiet about exactly what changes are going to be coming to this attraction when it re-launches this summer. However, now that the first pieces of track have started going in, Universal has shared a small update about this project, saying that changes being made to this roller coaster will "ensure an even smoother ride" for guests when it re-launches this summer. Though this isn't exactly the most detailed update, it lines up with unconfirmed reports that this attraction will have new trains when it opens. Universal has promised more updates as construction continues over the next six months on this improved attraction. 

7. New sweets shop opens in Diagon Alley

This week Sugarplum's Sweets Shop opened at Diagon Alley in the spot formerly occupied by the Shutterbuttons picture studio. Guests who check out this new shop will see some familiar sweets, including pumpkin pasties and chocolate cauldrons. Guests will also be able to sample Butterbeer-flavored fudge in this new location as well, bringing the number of permutations of Butterbeer in Diagon Alley up to 6 (flat, frozen, hot, ice cream, potted cream and fudge).   

8. The Serengeti Night Safari returns to Busch Gardens Tampa 

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Busch Gardens has confirmed that the popular Serengeti Night Safari after hours event will return later this month. Every Saturday, from January 30 - June 11 (with the exception of Valentine's Day weekend) guests will be able to stay in the park after closing for a special two and a half hour evening experience. The night begins with savory appetizers and ice-cold beverages under the stars, continues with an educational walking tour through the Edge of Africa and an after-hours safari out into the Serengeti, and then finally tops off with a late-night bonfire complete with drinks and dessert. This experience costs $69 per person, and reservations can be made on the official Busch Gardens website. 

9. Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival concert schedule announced

Busch Gardens Food & Wine

Image: Busch Gardens

The Food & Wine Festival is returning this Spring to Busch Gardens Tampa and with it will come a fresh new line up of musical acts. Performances will take place during weekend event days at 6PM and are included in park admission. Here's the schedule so far: 

Saturday, March 5: Kenny Rogers

Sunday, March 6: Huey Lewis & The News

Saturday, March 12: TBA

Sunday, March 13: O.A.R.

Saturday,March 19: George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Sunday, March 20: MercyMe

Saturday, March 26: TBA

Sunday, March 27: Third Eye Blind

Saturday, April 2: The Commodores

Sunday, April 3: Andy Grammer

Saturday, April 9: TBA

Sunday, April 10: The All-American Rejects

Saturday, April 16: Meat Loaf

Sunday, April 17: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday, April 23: Gente de Zona

Sunday, April 24: Jordin Sparks 

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That's my sister and her fiancé in the pic for #8! They both work at Busch Gardens.


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