This week at Walt Disney World, construction gets underway on a new ride at Epcot, the Magic Kingdom gets rid of a "secret" experience, plus Fort Wilderness reopens following Hurricane Irma
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort wins a prestigeous award, LEGOLAND Florida announces a "new" ride, plus SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its annual Halloween event!
1. Construction begins on Ratatouille attraction in France Pavilion
Though you won’t be able to see it from the World Showcase walkways, Orlando Parks News reports that Walt Disney World has confirmed internally that construction has gotten underway in backstage areas of the France pavilion at Epcot in preparation for the new Ratatouille attraction that was announced earlier this year at the D23 Expo.
As mentioned previously, this new attraction will essentially be a copy of Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disneyland Paris' Walt Disney Studios Park, and will allow guests to “shrink” down to the size of a rat and go on an adventure that will take them across Gusteau’s restaurant. You can check out a full video of the Disneyland Paris attraction here.
2. Secret menu item discontinued at the Magic Kingdom
Guests have been enjoying the special "secret" Nachos Rio Grande off-menu experience at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Disney has announced that this will no longer be offered effective October 1st However, though this is a little bit disappointing for those who weren't able to experience this super-sized dining offering. However, the silver lining here is that Disney has said that a new secret menu item will debut at the park (potentially not at Pecos Bill's) later this fall.
3. Fort Wilderness reopens after Hurricane Irma damage is cleared
Though Walt Disney World's theme parks reopened shortly after the storm passed, there was extensive damage to Fort Wilderness, which caused this resort to be closed until this past Wednesday, on September 20th. Dining reservations at the resort, including Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, are also now once again being accepted.