This week at Walt Disney World, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party gets started at the Magic Kingdom, two refurbishments are announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus a new safety measure is put in place at all theme parks.
Outside Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND and SeaWorld Orlando announce free admission offers for September while Universal Orlando Resort implements dramatic price hikes!
1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off at the Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom welcomed Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party back to the park on Friday, September 2, 2016, and though this year’s event kicked off a little earlier than normal, fans turned out in droves to check out the 2016 edition of this annual event.
Although some might have been be a little disappointed that year’s edition of Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party is essentially the same as last year’s event, there are some small changes that have been made to 2016's event:
The Boo-to-You parade:
- Zootopia’s Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps will be joining the pre-parade Creepa Crew this year, which entertains guests waiting for the parade on Main Street, U.S.A.
- Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph will be bringing in the candy this year (instead of Goofy), and is leading a team of Wreck-It Ralph-inspired dancers.
- Belle will now be meeting in her blue villager attire outside of Gaston's Tavern (right next to Gaston himself!)
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee are now meeting guests near the Mad Tea Party attraction on the side with the Queen of Hearts.
- The Old Hag version of the Evil Queen from Snow White is not meeting guests at this year's event.
2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster fall refurbishment confirmed
It was confirmed earlier this week that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith would be going down for a brief two week refurbishment beginning on October 27th and lasting until November 10th. Though Disney has not commented on the nature of this refurbishment, could this short downtime bring a new theme to this classic attraction?
3. Mosquito control measures come to Walt Disney World
Though the Zika virus has yet to come to central Florida, in an effort to ease guests’ minds about this mosquito-borne illness, Disney has put up temporary mosquito repellant spray stations at all of its theme parks as well as Disney Springs. In addition, all Walt Disney World resort hotels are giving guests a complementary bottle of repellant upon check-in for guests to use.