This week at Walt Disney World, a brand new upcharge experience is announced for Epcot, an interactive feature is announced for Pandora - The World of Avatar, plus a new My Disney Experience feature is announced.
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal accidentally reveals plans for an expansion, SeaWorld announces plans to demolish its family-friendly kiddie area, plus LEGOLAND announces an exciting new addition for next year!
1. Stitch's Great Escape to operate through the summer
Though we were certain when Stitch's Great Escape! moved to seasonal operation on October 2 2016, it was the beginning of the end for this much-maligned attraction, it looks like Stitch's Great Escape! is more of a survivor than we thought, as this attraction will reopen once again next week, and resume daily operation all summer until August 19th.
In addition, Stitch fans will also be able to meet this character daily near the Carousel of Progress throughout the summer as well.
2. New Epcot upcharge experience announced
Disney has announced a new upcharge experience that will bring Epcot guests on a luxurious trip around the World Showcase. Called the Day Cruise Around the World, this upcharge experience takes place daily at midday, and takes guests from the Bayside Marina at Disney's Yacht Club Resort on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. The experience is 60 minutes long and includes bagged snacks and soft drinks. Day Cruise Around the World costs $149 plus tax and gratuity per boat, which includes up to 10 guests. Private dining can also be added for an additional fee to turn this into a lunch cruise. Reservations can be made now on 407-WDW-PLAY.
3. Nightly Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom expand
Disney's Animal Kingdom announced earlier this year that they would be offering nightly Extra Magic Hours this summer so resort guests can experience Pandora – The World of Avatar from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., from May 27 through July 4. However, it was recently announced that in addition to this new area, Disney will be keeping other select attractions open during this time as well, including the following:
Tree of Life awakenings (additional shows on select nights, see times guide)
Rivers of Light (additional show on select nights, see times guide)