This week at Walt Disney World, a popular Disney Springs location makes a switch, a new ride is revealed to be in development at Typhoon Lagoon, plus a new entertainment offering makes its big debut at Epcot's World Showcase.
Outside Walt Disney World, Skull Island: Reign of Kong begins technical rehearsal, SeaWorld's Mako roller coaster officially opens, plus intriguing new details are revealed for this year's Halloween events at both Busch Gardens Tampa and Universal Studios Florida.
1. New Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location opens at Once Upon a Toy at Disney Springs
The Disney Springs Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has now opened in its new location alongside Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs' Marketplace district. Themed as a country parlor, this new location offers an expanded salon with interactive features, as well as a new photo room where guests can marvel at their transformations.
2. Disney Vacation Club lounge now open
Disney has finally opened up the brand new Disney Vacation Club member lounge inside the glass pyramids on the second floor or the Imagination pavilion. Open to Disney Vacation Club Members and up to 5 guests (who do not need to be members themselves), this new lounge can be accessed via an elevator in the ImageWorks gift shop and is now open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
Once inside, guests who visit this lounge will find complimentary beverages including coffee, tea, and soft drinks from a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, as well as device-charging stations, dedicated member Wi-Fi, Disney Infinity game stations, movies for kids, computer stations, iPad Air stations, access to printers and of course plenty of comfy couches to relax on in between FastPass+ reservations. Guests can also consult with a Disney Vacation Club concierge who be on hand to answer questions and assist DVC members with anything they might need.
3. New Main Street Electrical Parade dining package announced
Tony's Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is now offering a new Main Street Electrical Parade dining package that includes reserved viewing for the parade as well as a three course lunch that includes a choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage. The price of this new dining package is $45 for adults, and $17 for ages 3-9. This dining experience is also available for guests using the Disney Dining Plan for a single table service credit. The reserved viewing area for the parade is near the restaurant on Main Street USA near the flagpole.
4. Permits reveal new slide for Typhoon Lagoon
According to publicly available permits filed recently, a new family raft ride is in the planning phases for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. Based on what we can see above, it looks like this new ride will take the form of a family raft ride, and will also include an elevated flume element that should provide riders with an excellent view of the park below before taking them on a winding journey to the bottom of the slide.
This new, currently unannounced attraction is set to be built on two acres in the northern part of the water park, west of the current Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster raft ride (which was the park’s last new addition and opened in 2005). Currently, the spot shown in the permits is mostly vacant, but it does contain a backstage area used by Cast Members which will probably be relocated.
5. Les Parfaits inconnus debuts at Epcot
This week Epcot's Canada pavilion introduced a new entertainment act this week that combines acrobatics with music and comedy. Named Les Parfaits inconnus, this traveling circus troupe's daily performances will include original musical numbers, acrobatic tricks, and even a few comedy routines mixed in as well. Daily showtimes are 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:50pm, 5:00pm and 6:15pm.