This week at Walt Disney World, a strangely-named new tour is introduced at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the Skipper Canteen confirms that it will continue with its controversial single day reservation policy, plus the long-awaited Disney Springs icon finally makes its debut!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort considers a new hard-ticketed event for the holidays, prices go up for a popular add-on for Universal resort guests, plus a new addition makes its debut (sort of) at Discover Cove!
1. Single-day reservation policy to continue this month at Skipper Canteen
Last month it was announced that the Skipper Canteen would be testing a same-day reservations policy for lunch and dinner that encouraged guests to make short-term reservations (but still charged a no-show penalty for those who changed their plans). Though this policy has been somewhat divisive among Disney fans, it looks like Disney wants to continue with it for now, at least through the end of March. As has been the case for the past few weeks, guests can also walk up to this dining reservation to check on non-reservation availability throughout the day as well.
2. The Jungle Book preview comes to One Man’s Dream
With the Zootopia preview concluding next week, it has been confirmed that One Man’s Dream will now host a new preview beginning March 18th for Disney’s all-new live-action version of The Jungle Book. In addition to playing scenes from the film, this special preview will also include a special introduction by director Jon Favreau.
3. New Wishes dessert party announced for Narcoossee's
The Narcoossee's Wishes Dessert Party is a limited time event that will take place during Fridays in March at the Grand Floridian Hotel. This event begins 30 minutes before Wishes, and guests in attendance can enjoy a variety of desserts including cannoli, cheesecake, fruit tarts, brownies, as well as a selection of wine and cocktails, beer, coffee, and tea. Guests will then be able to go outside on the back dock area of the hotel for a prime viewing area for Wishes. Cost for this event is $59 per guest, and those who want to book will need to call 407-824-1400 (online reservations are currently not available).
4. Disney Springs water tower icon debuts
Earlier this week Disney surprised guests heading down Buena Vista Drive with the appearance of the brand new Disney Springs water tower that will serve as the visual icon for the shopping district. Though the area around the water tower is still heavily under construction, guests should be able to walk by this landmark later this year when work on the Town Center district of Disney Springs is scheduled to be completed.
5. Floridian Express tour announced for Disney’s Grand Floridian
Orlando Parks News reports Disney has debuted a new walking tour of Disney’s Grand Floridian, somewhat confusingly named the Floridian Express. While this guided walking tour through Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa does not include a train ride, guests who do want to get a closer look at this hotel will be able to learn how Floridian culture shaped the heritage of this unique resort. The tour also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning Victoria & Albert restaurant.
Similar to other resort tours, the Floridian Express will be available to any guest (even those not staying on property at Walt Disney World) and will be offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 AM. This tour is designed for guests 10 years and older and can be booked through the Grand Floridian's concierge desk. Cost is $15 per guest.