This week at Walt Disney World, a Magic Kingdom favorite is discontinued, new safety protocols are put in place at Disney's Animal Kingdom, plus a long-closed Epcot location returns to part-time operations.
Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!
1.Citrus Swirl quietly retired and replaced with "Orange" Swirl
Next to the Dole Whip and Mickey's Premium Bar, the Citrus Swirl is one of the most iconic frozen treats at Walt Disney World, and has long been associated with the fan favorite Orange Bird at the Sunshine Tree Terrace snack stop. However, in an odd move, it looks like the Citrus Swirl has been quietly discontinued and replaced with an “Orange Swirl”, a blend of orange and vanilla soft serve ice cream, instead of the vanilla soft serve and frozen orange juice, which comprised the former Citrus Swirl (and was a much more tart treat).
Unfortunately, it looks like this change is permanent, which may be distressing to those who enjoyed this unique Magic Kingdom treat.
2. Odyssey restaurant returns to part-time operations as Flex Space
Though The Odyssey originally served as one of Epcot's first table service dining establishments back when the park first opened, this striking establishement has been closed for many years. However, this dining spot has made a bit of a comeback during the Epcot Festival of the Arts and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, housing seminars and acting as an indoor booth for food offerings. And it looks like with the former Festival Center now off limits, Disney will be returning this establishment to semi-regular operations during Epcot's ever-expanding lineup of festivals during the year.
3. New Pixar experience just for kids to be hosted at the Contemporary Resort this spring
Beginning April 13, an immersive children’s experience revolving around the world of Pixar will be hosted at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for $65 per child. This character experience will feature character interactions and fun activities including Space Ranger Training, Woody’s Roundup and the Piston Cup Challenge. Reservations will be available beginning this week, and the cost of dinner is included.