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The 9 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (October 23-29, 2017)

This week at Walt Disney World, the Jingle cruise is confirmed to be returning to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot's newest festival opens bookings for 2018, plus a new show is coming to Epcot next month! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal shares details about its new hotel construction, SeaWorld finds itself in more trouble, plus activities and demonstrations for this year's A Celebration of Harry Potter event are announced. 

1. Jingle Cruise confirmed to be returning next week at the Magic Kingdom

Though its reappearance at Walt Disney World was in doubt after its Disneyland cancellation, it looks like guests will once again be able to celebrate a happy "gnu" year as the Jingle Cruise, the Christmas overlay of the Jungle Cruise attraction which first debuted in 2013, is back again at the Magic Kingdom as of November 2nd with new props, gags, and jokes that will be sure to delight fans of this seasonal attraction.

In addition to the changes on the ride itself, the queue and boathouse area of this attraction are all now decked out with some “rustic” looking decorations, and the usual radio loop has been replaced with a more holiday-themed audio broadcast as well. 

2.Innoventions East gets a new show

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Though Innoventions East has been mostly empty since the sudden closure of The Sum of All Thrills, it looks like Disney is not ready to totally give up on this space yet, and have announced that a new show will be debuting inside this facility soon. SpectacuLAB, presented by Murata, will feature demonstrations that bring to life the wonders of science and innovation, presented by a group of real scientists, along with an eager tech-savvy intern, for a series of engaging experiments demonstrating basic principles of science.

The show will rely heavily on audience participation, with guests able to participate in experiments that put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test

Though this new show does not have an official opening date, Disney has said that they expect SpectacuLAB to be open before the end of next month, 

3. Another Splash Mountain refurbishment scheduled for 2018

Though Splash Mountain is currently closed for an extensive fall refurbishment, it looks like this project may be behind schedule as WDWNT reports a second refurbishment will now take place from January 8th through February 1st, 2018. Guests who want to experience this attraction in the near future will need to do so between November 17th and January 7th, when this attraction will be open for the holiday period. 

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