This week at Walt Disney World, a favorite restaurant reopens with a new menu and style, a lengthy refurbishment is confirmed, plus new additions are confirmed for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal prepares to re-open The Incredible Hulk just as it closes another in-park entertainment offering, plus Busch Gardens Tampa extends a popular in-park event. 

1. Disney files new patent for...foot recognition?!?

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This week news broke that Disney has filed a patent application for a machine that can take images of theme park guests’ shoes to gather data and help customize visits. The patent application describes this new device as a “system and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience.” Disney representatives have said there are no current plans to use this technology in a theme park, but as we've seen in the past, that can change very quickly. Though we can't imagine what Disney would use this kind of a machine for...

2. Flying Fish to reopen next week 

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Flying Fish will reopen after its lengthy refurbishment later this week on August 3rd. Guests who return to this reimgined eatery will find a completely redesigned interior with an on-stage kitchen and more modern decor. An all-new menu has been crafted by Chef Tim Majoras as well, which you can find below:

3. Celebrate the Magic to have lengthy August refurbishment for projector upgrades

The Magic Kingdom's nightly Celebrate the Magic castle show will be closing for refurbishment in just a few days on August 5th for nearly a month, reopening to guests on August 31st. Though no reason was immediately given for this closure, insiders suggest that new projectors are being installed, which should bring the projection quality of this show up to that of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, which is now playing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 


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