This week at Walt Disney World, a limited-time test comes to Tomorrowland, a popular event sells out, plus Disney confirms several closures happening this fall and Disney Springs unveils some new sweet treats debuting just in time for fall.
Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!
1. New Guest Relations test happening now in Tomorrowland
Though the staff at Walt Disney's Guest Relations locations are always very friendly and helpful, long lines at can be a pain to deal with especially at the Main Street USA location at the Magic Kingdom. However, Disney is trying a limited-time test that will add a pop-up Guest Relations center at the Tomorrowland Power and Light company building. Inside, guests can get help from 10:00AM to 7:00PM with everything from dining reservations, to ticket purchases and upgrades, and can even inquire about last-minute special event tickets. Guests can also get help if they are encountering issues with a specific part of their Walt Disney World visit at this location.
2. Disney's Hollywood Studios gets Strange preview
Continuing to test the limits of the Marvel licensing agreement with Universal Orlando Resort, Disney has announced that a 10 minute sneak-peek of Marvel's new Doctor Strange film will begin on October 7 2016 at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the One Man's Dream attraction, ahead of the movie's November 4 2016 opening in theaters.
3. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party now sold out for Halloween
Though it won't take place for another six weeks, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is already sold out for Halloween night on October 31 2016. All other party dates remain available as of right now.
4. The Shark Reef attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon closing this fall
Though its demise has been rumored since 2014, Disney confirmed just a few days ago that the Shark Reef snorkeling attraction at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, which gives guests the opportunity to snorkel through a sunken ship in a temperature-controlled saltwater pool complete with sharks and tropical fish, will be permanently closed as of October 2, 2016. There are no immediate plans right now to replace this attraction, but we do know that the sharks and other fish will be relocated in the near future.