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The 7 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (October 30 - November 5, 2017)

This week at Walt Disney World, Disney changes a long-time closing policy, a favorite holiday addition returns to the Magic Kingdom, plus a limited-time test kicks off today at a seasonal eatery. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal takes a BIG step towards its long-rumored expansion, plus we get some additional details about the new Fast and Furious ride coming to Universal Studios Florida next year. 

1. Tomorrowland Terrance tests out mobile-only service

Seasonal quick-service eatery Tomorrowland Terrace will be open for lunch and dinner November 5-11, for a limited-time test where guests will only be able to order via Mobile Order. This is defintiely an interesting test, and could set the stage for Mobile Order only eateries in the future. 

2. New closing procedure in place for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Frozen Christmas

The Magic Kingdom will be testing a new opening and closing procedure on nights this holiday season when Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled. During these event nights, the park will close earlier than usual at 6:00 PM. However, day guests who are not attending the party will still be able to stay on Main Street U.S.A. until 7:00 PM for last-minute shopping, dining and the opportunity to see A Frozen Holiday Wish holiday fireworks spectacular, which will be performed nightly at 6:15 PM. 

However, though Main Street USA will be open for an extra hour, beginning at 6:00 PM on party nights only guests with event wristbands will be able to enter attraction lines, with others being directed to head towards Main Street USA.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Image: Disney

Though this earlier closing time on event nights is a bit of a bummer, to make up for the lost hour in the evening, the Magic Kingdom will be opening at 8:00 AM on event days. And as in previous years, guests with tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party who don't have standard admission will be able to enter the park early at 4:00 PM. 

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