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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (October 9-15, 2017)

This week at Walt Disney World, a controversial new amenity is added to select Walt Disney World hotels, a new upcharge is now available for purchase at Disney Springs, plus filming dates are announced for 2017's holiday programming! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens announces a free ticket offer, Universal Studios Florida confirms a new show and Aquatica announces a new ride! 

1. Select Walt Disney World hotels to allow dogs in rooms effective today 

Image: Disney

Beginning this week, Walt Disney World Resort will begin allowing dogs to stay at four of the resort’s on-property hotels: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. And while Disney will not be designating specific rooms for dogs, they will be setting aside specific blocks of each resort for guests with pets.

When guests with dogs check-in, they will need to pick up a special Pluto’s Welcome Kit, which includes a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Guests will also need to display a special Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room. Guests will of course be responsible for ensuring their pet’s waste is cleaned up both in their room and outside in the designated pet walking areas as well.

You can read more about the specifics of this new policy here

2. Tickets now available for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Image: Disney

Announced earlier this year, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will be a hyper-realistic attraction that will plunge guests directly into the world of Star Wars where they will be able move freely throughout an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience in a way that allows them to interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters.

This ground-breaking experience has now been confirmed to be opening on December 16th inside the VOID Experience Center, which will open inside Once Upon a Toy. 

Interestingly, Disney is requiring all participants to be at least 48″ tall and have a suggested age for this attraction of least 10 years old or older. In addition, all guests under 18 years old will have to have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver.

The experience will last 30 minutes, and tickets cost $29.95 and can be purchased through The Void website, here. You can also check out a promotional video with more information above. 

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