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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (October 2-8, 2017)

This week at Walt Disney World, an upcharge experience outside the Magic Kingdom returns after a hiatus, a new attraction opens in Tomorrowland, and new discounts for 2018 are announced.

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld eyes a potential (partial) buyer, plus Universal makes some changes to its Bill and Ted show. 

1. Magic Kingdom Ferrytale Fireworks upcharge returns to the Magic Kingdom

Wishes Fireworks
Image: Disney

Back in 2015 Disney introduced a upcharge event that allowed guests to cruise on one of the Seven Seas Lagoon's Ferryboats and enjoy desserts and drinks with the night's fireworks spectacular. And now it looks like this event has returned for 2017.

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparking Dessert Cruise will once again be available for guests beginning December 1 2017, and will set sail every Friday and Sunday through January 28 2018.The event begins 75 minutes prior to the start of Happily Ever After fireworks, and lasts for 90 minutes.

Reservations are now available and can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Admission costs $99 for adults and $69 for kids aged 3-9, per person, including tax and gratuity. A 10% discount is available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Members.

2. Refurbishment for Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away scheduled 

Earlier this year Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away closed for refurbishment to allow for the installation of mobile stages. However, for whatever reason this installation was unsuccessful, and the current, stationary stage was re-added to the front of the park. However, it looks like Disney is re-attempting this refurbishment, with the attraction now scheduled to be closed from October 10 through October 23 2017. Interestingly, during this refurbishment characters that normally appear as part of the show will be meeting guests around the park.

3. Stitch's "Alien Encounter" Character Greeting now open

Image: Disney

Eagle-eyed guests who visited the Magic Kingdom last week may have noticed that the signage for Stitch’s Great Escape has been removed from Tomorrowland, and has been replaced by a sign that says Stitch's Alien Encounter Character Greeting. And now this new(ish) experience is open for guests to experience daily inside Tomorrowland.

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