This week at Walt Disney World, Bob Iger confirms plans to expand the resort again, a new Christmas attraction debuts at Disney Springs, plus work begins on the newest president coming to the Hall of Presidents next year!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort confirms plans to build yet another on-property hotel, plus Busch Gardens Tampa announces a fall Fun Card deal and SeaWorld introduces a new initiative that should help keep its upcoming attractions on the cutting edge!
1. Disney Springs Trail of Trees opens
Disney Springs Kicked off its massive Christmastime celebration this week, and as part of their robust 2016 offerings, the shopping district has opened a winding trail of Christmas trees that features lavishly decorated trees themed to classic Disney films like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, 101 Dalmatians and Frozen. Each tree has its own backdrop, and PhotoPass photographers are on hand to help capture guests' special memories from this trail. Guests who wander through this trail will also be able to see "snow" falling from the sky periodically as well!
2. New drone-based show to open at Disney Springs soon
And speaking of Christmas at Disney Springs, just a few days after the FAA approved drone use at Walt Disney World, Disney posted a cryptic video that features quick shots of drones moving into place to form a giant, floating Christmas tree, teasing a new entertainment offering that should debut soon. Disney did not confirm a name or start date for this new drone-based show, but you can check it out the teaser video for yourself above.
3. DisneyQuest to remain open in 2017
Last year Disney announced that its so-called indoor theme park, DisneyQuest, would officially be closing its doors forever sometime in 2016 to make way for a brand new NBA-themed dining and entertainment experience, coming in 2017. However, as we are now in the closing weeks of 2016, you might have noticed that DisneyQuest is in fact still open, and now Disney has confirmed to both Cast Members as well as the Orlando Sentinel that DisneyQuest is now going to remain open into 2017. Though we don't know how long this virtual playground will stay open next year, it looks like, at least for now, DisneyQuest is safe.
4. Soarin' Around the World pre-opening tour now available for Disney Vacation Club members
As part of DVC's Member Magic, a new free tour will be offered most Wednesday mornings that gives members an up-close look at Soarin' Around The World. This hourlong experience will be offered before Epcot opens and conclude with the tour group taking a ride on Soarin' Around the World with no wait. DVC members who want to take advantage of this new offering can contact DVC Member Services beginning November 18, 2016 in order to register for tours beginning this month.