This week at Walt Disney World, two refurbishments get extended, Epcot releases the schedule for this year's Eat to the Beat concert schedule, plus a surprising Disney Dining Plan perk for 2018 is announced
Outside Walt Disney World, a new dining experience is announced for one of Universal Orlando Resort's hotels, plus SeaWorld Orlando quietly re-opens a reimagined animal exhibit.
1. Refurbishments for Hall of Presidents and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away extended
This week was supposed to see the reopening of two attractions currently down for refurbishment: the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, but it looks like these openings have been delayed. And while the Star Wars show at Disney's Hollywood Studios should return in just a few weeks, with some stage improvements, it looks like there is no date yet for when the Hall of Presidents might reopen, as there are reportedly some issues behind the scenes with the latest update to this attraction.
2. Disney releases pricing information for new, expanded dining plan for 2018
One of the big incentives Walt Disney World offers its resort guests every year is the Disney Dining Plan, which is only available for those staying on property and may or may not be a good deal for hungry guests looking to save some money, depending on who you ask. Earlier this week Disney released details about updates to this plan for next year, and in addition to the usual price hike, Disney also surprised us by introducing a new perk as well: beginning next year guests using the Disney Dining Plan will be able to use their beverage entitlement (at either quick service or table service locations) to order "specialty" beverages with their meals, including alcohol for guests 21 and over. You can read more about this development here.
3. DisneyQuest auction set to take place July 4
It's hard to believe, but there's just over a week left for guests to experience DisneyQuest, which will close forever after its final day of operation on July 2. And now we know what will happen to some of the video games inside this location: beginning on July 4th at 7:00 AM and lasting through July 6th at 9:00 AM, Disney Cast Members will have the opportunity to take home a piece of this attraction by purchasing arcade games from the iconic indoor interactive theme park through an online auction. A portion of all proceeds will support local charities, and this special auction is only available for currently-employed Cast Members.
4. Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs to feature Adventurer's Club cocktails items for a limited time
From June 29th through September 28th, the Dockside Margaritas location at Disney Springs will be celebrating Throwback Thursday every week with four different drinks from Downtown Disney past, including the "Kungaloosh" from the Adventures Club.