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This week at Walt Disney World was quite busy, with dates announced for two of this year's biggest events, a favorite character returning to the Magic Kingdom, plus an additional sneak peek at Happily Ever After and an expensive new option for brunch at Disney Springs. 

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. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party now begins in August

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Disney released dates this week for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and perhaps unsurprisingly 2017 is going to be a record-breaking year for this annual event, with more dates than ever before, expanding into August for the first time ever. Here's the full lineup of dates: 

August 25 and 29, 2017

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017

November 1, 2017

2. Dates announced for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Frozen Christmas

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Disney also announced dates this week for the 2017 edition of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party as well, which look remarkably similar ro years past:

November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28

December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22 

3. Another preview of Happily Ever After released

We're only about a month away from the end of Wishes and the debut of new Fireworks show Happily Ever After, and Disney is trying to get fans excited with a number of previews. This week's clip (which you can watch above) shows off some of the traditional hand-drawn animation that was created for this new show. 

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales preview coming to One Man's Dream

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Now that the Beauty and the Beast preview has concluded, Disney's Hollywood Studios will be debuting a new preview at the One Man's Dream attraction. Beginning Friday, April 21st, guests can catch a 10 minute sneak peek of the much-anticipated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie.

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