This week at Walt Disney World, the biggest news was definitely the sudden cancellation of the Magic Kingdom's Celebrate the Magic show and the subsequent confirmation of its replacement, which is set to debut in just a few days. Aside from this big announcement, this week it was also revealed that a Disney Springs eatery will be moving to seasonal operation in the near future, Epcot will be getting a tasty new addition for the holidays, plus the newest restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios is set to welcome its first diners in less than a month!
Outside Walt Disney World, things have been a bit less busy, with Universal Orlando Resort extending its annual Halloween Horror Nights event, and SeaWorld Orlando detailing a new event.
1. New Once Upon a Time show to debut next week at the Magic Kingdom
This week Disney shocked fans by announcing that the park's current nighttime castle projection show, Celebrate the Magic would be ending its four year fun on November 3, 2016. Replacing it the very next day will be Once Upon a Time, a brand new castle projection show featuring characters from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. You can learn more about this new 14-minute show here.
2. Aristocrepes switches to seasonal schedule in November
Guests visiting the Aristocrepes dining kiosk at Disney Springs will find a few new options in the coming days, including popcorn, Mickey pretzels, chips, and beverages. However, just a few days after expanding its menu, this dining location will switch to seasonal operation, beginning on Friday, November 11. However, crepe fans needn't fear too much, as nearby Amorette’s Patisserie in the Town Center area of Disney Springs is now serving a mixture of savory and sweet crepes as well to fill this niche, despite also switching to its own reduced schedule recently.
3. Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps character meet and greet to debut at 2016's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps technically made their Magic Kingdom debut earlier this year at the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party at Magic Kingdom Park, but unfortunately, despite appearing in this daily dance party, these popular characters have not been available for official meet and greets. However, it was confirmed this week that these Zootopia favorites will finally begin meeting guests for the first time at Walt Disney World during the upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event. It is unknown if these characters will then have a regular meet and greet after the conclusion of this event.
4. Disney Springs announces Festival of Holiday Trees event
Disney Springs announced the all-new Festival of Holiday Trees event this week, which is a new walk-through attraction that allows guests to wander through an enchanted wonderland and marvel at a stunning collection of custom-decorated and brightly-lit trees, each with its own fun Disney theme. Guests will begin their walk-through experience near the play fountain outside Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace and from there be able to stroll along a pathway that will allow them to check out exquisitely detailed trees inspired by classic Disney films including Mulan, Dumbo, and even upcoming feature Moana.