This week at Walt Disney World, a video preview for Walt Disney World's newest nighttime spectacular is released, a brand new show is announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus two limited-time upcharge events are announced!
Outside Walt Disney World, a Chinese company invests big in SeaWorld Orlando, plus Universal Orlando Resort files permits for its next big project!
1. New preview released for Happily Ever After
Disney has released a new video preview for the brand new Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular, which will debut at the Magic Kingdom in just a few weeks on May 12, 2017. This new inside look at this upcoming show focuses on the music element of the show and features country music artist Angie Keilhauer and singer Jordan Fisher performing part of the show's theme song.
2. Final preperations underway for the opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar
This past week was a big one for Pandora - The World of Avatar, as Disney made the first FastPass+ reservations for both Avatar - Flight of Passage and the Na'Vi River Journey available for resort guests. In addition, annual passholders were able to register for a time to attend a special two-hour preview of this new land as well. While we've still got a few weeks to go until Pandora - the World of Avatar opens, we'd also expect some general soft openings and technical rehearsals to happen soon as well.
3. Mission: Space closing for surprise refurbishment
It was confirmed this week that Epcot thrill ride Mission: Space will be closing for a nearly two-month refurbishment this summer, kicking off June 5, and lasting through to the end of July. Recent rumors have implied that the reason for this lengthy closure is so that new missions can be introduced for this ride, but there has been no confirmation as of yet of such a development.
4. The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters to debut this summer
Beginning on May 26th, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters, a limited-time concert event that will showcase memorable music from classic Pixar Animation Studios films, including Up, Cars, Toy Story, and Finding Nemo.However, this won’t just be your run of the mill show, as Disney is actually going to have a live orchestra performing the music, instead of a backing track (like what is used for every other show at Disney parks). In addition to the live music, attendees will also be able to see classic Pixar characters during the performance, including Woody, Jessie, Mike, Sully, the Incredibles and more.
Interestingly, this new show will not be sticking around for long, as Disney has confirmed that the plan is to only offer this show temporarily through the summer season, which means it will likely close sometime in September.
This new show will be performed three times nightly at the Theater of the Stars while Beauty and the Beast runs on a modified schedule to accomodate this new show.