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

3. The Jingle Cruise sets sail again 

Jingle Cruise

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Though its reappearance at Walt Disney World was in doubt after its Disneyland cancellation, guests are 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 today with new props, gags, and jokes that will be sure to delight fans of this seasonal attraction all throughout the months of November and December at the Magic Kingdom. 

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. 

 4.New restaurants coming this winter to Disney Springs


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Three new Italian restaurant concepts are coming to Disney Springs this winter: Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. The first concept, is a trattoria inspired by Sicily, with a menu has a delightful range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant parmesan), and handmade pastas including Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab) and ‘Ncasiata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) all served tableside.

The second concept is Enzo’s Hideaway, a speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars that will feature Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman Dishes such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).

Finally, Pizza Ponte will be a fast-casual restaurant serving pizza, pastries, Italian sandwiches and espresso. 

5. OtterBox becomes official phone case of Walt Disney World

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Hot on the heels of the new Babybel "official cheese" announcement, OtterBox and Disney announced this week that OtterBox is now the "Official Protective Case" of Walt Disney World. As part of this deal OtterBox cases will be brought to D-Tech locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and additional OtterBox products will be made available around the resort. 

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