The rumor queue has dominated this week’s news from Walt Disney World, with new attractions based on The Muppets and Guardians of the Galaxy rumored to be in the works. However, outside of whispers and speculation, this week has brought the announcement of a new special event for D23 members, a limited time test at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus the first details for this year's Candlelight Processional are revealed!
Outside Walt Disney World, permits are filed for yet another project at Universal Orlando Resort, an exciting test is happening at Islands of Adventure, plus SeaWorld Orlando announces a new premium option!
1. Tickets to October 5th D23 Tower of Terror Midnight Soiree go on sale next week
Official Disney fan club D23 has announced that it is holding an exclusive members-only Midnight Soiree event at the Walt Disney World’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on October 5th, 2016.
This after-hours, behind-the-scenes experience will take place inside the attraction, and attendees will be able to experience themed food, beverages, entertainment, and of course many special surprises (including a guest directly from The Twilight Zone), while inside the attraction, all recalling the legendary night in 1939, when five guests of the Hollywood Tower Hotel stepped through the door of an elevator and into a nightmare.
Tickets for this event will go on sale on July 11th, and will cost $245 per person. Gold members may purchase tickets for themselves and one guest.
2. The Magic Kingdom introduces PinQuest scavenger hunt
The Magic Kingdom surprised guests earlier this week by launching a new paid scavenger hunt at the park called PinQuest. Unlike other in-park games like Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, you will need to purchase an Adventure Kit starter set at $14.99 up front just to participate. This kit includes a lanyard, pouch, clue decoder and map.
Once guests have made this initial investment in the scavenger hunt, they'll be ready to start their adventure, which involves visiting a variety of merchandise locations around the Magic Kingdom where they can buy special “Clue Cards” for $9.99. These cards will task the player with searching the store to solve a riddle. Once guests solve the problem on the card correctly (answers will be verified by a NavigatEAR Cast Member), they will receive a special limited release pin in exchange for their efforts.
There are six Clue Card-based missions in total, and after guests complete the full set, they will then be able to visit either the Trading Post in Frontierland or Curtain Call Collectibles on Main Street for the chance to solve a final riddle and unlock the option to purchase the final QuestEAR pin for $4.99.
For those keeping track, the $14.99 starter kit, plus six $9.99 clue cards, and of course the $4.99 final pin, means that this game will cost guests who want to play it all the way through $80.00 in total, before tax. Though this is fairly expensive, guests who play will be able to walk home with seven pins (plus the starter kit) which doesn't seem like a bad deal for those who enjoy pin collecting and trading (and of course enjoy scavenger hunts).
3. Kali River Rapids tests single rider option
Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom has begun testing a single rider option this month that allows single riders to enter the FastPass+ line, where they will be separated from the FastPass+ riders before boarding. This test is expected to continue for the next few weeks, and could become a permanent option later this summer.