This week at Walt Disney World, Disney breaks ground on its most ambitious project yet, two headlining attractions are closed until further notice, plus tickets go on sale for one of Walt Disney World's most anticipated fall events!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort announces the first haunted maze for 2016's edition of Halloween Horror Nights, SeaWorld Orlando hosts a "town hall" meeting that will allow annual passholders to talk to CEO Joel Manby, plus one of the oldest rides at Busch Gardens Tampa closes for good.
1. Disney breaks ground on Star Wars Land
Disney has announced that ground has officially been broken on what will eventually be Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To celebrate, the park has released a special 360-degree photo you can explore above. No release date has been set for Star Wars Land yet.
2. Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet to remain closed until further notice at Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach continues to face technical issues with Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet, and has confirmed that both of these headlining attractions will remain closed until further notice while Blizzard Beach continues to operate. Though the issues with these rides has caused the park to close down several times in the past few months, it looks like Disney would rather open this park without its signature attractions than continue to face unexpected closures this spring as the temperatures rise around central Florida.
3. Party for the Planet returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom today
Disney's Animal Kingdom is bringing back its annual Party for the Planet celebration for Earth Day, and is kicking off the festivities today. During this celebration (which runs through April 23), guests will be able to meet Jimmy Cricket at Rafiki's Planet Watch, experience special interactive activities throughout the park, and snack on special celebration cupcakes that can be purchased at Kusafiri Bakery.
Guests who visit on April 22, will also be able to meet Imagineer Joe Rohde, who will be on hand for a book signing event at the Discovery Trading Company, from 1pm to 2pm. Wristbands for this special experience will be given with a book purchase at Discovery Trading Company.
4. Night of Joy tickets now on sale
Tickets are now available for the 2016 Night of Joy Christian music concert, which is being held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex this year instead of the Magic Kingdom. Because of the new venue, Disney has announced some new ticket options, which give guests the option of opting out of theme park admission completely. Here's the breakdown:
Admission for Friday’s concerts only: $39 plus tax (in advance); $45 the day of the show (if available).
Admission for Saturday's concerts plus a day at one Walt Disney World theme park: $99 plus tax (in advance); $114 plus tax the day of the show (if available).
Admission for both concert days plus a single day at one Walt Disney World theme park: $119 plus tax (in advance).
Guests who purchase the 2-Day ticket before August 9, 2016 will also receive a single admission to their choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon from September 6 – September 12, 2016.
5. Amorette’s bakery announced
Disney has announced a brand new bakery for Disney Springs' Town Center that is aiming to do for baked goods what the Ganachery did for candy. Named Amorette's, this new bakery will open on May 15th and feature a unique kitchen concept storefront that will gives guests the chance to watch professional pastry chefs make some culinary magic at this Disney owned and operated patisserie.
This sweet new location will have plenty of unique items for guests to sample, including eclairs, New York-style cheesecake, opera cake and sacher torte. Amorette’s will also have a Signature Cake which will feature 10 decadent layers of flavors and textures. Several sweet drinks will also be available for guests, including coffee, tea, and signature beverage Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache, which is a cupful of drinking chocolate, served with Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top. In addition to the grab and go items available for guests to pick up, Amorette's will also take custom cake orders from guests with 72 hours notice.