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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (March 12-18, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, the citrus swirl returns after a short but controversial hiatus, parking fees are implemented beginning next week, plus limited-time spring entertainment comes to the Magic Kingdom. 

Outside Walt Disney World, a special event is announced for annual passholders at Universal Orlando Resort, plus a special weekend event returns this fall to LEGOLAND Florida. 

1.Citrus Swirl returns one week after being replaced with "Orange" Swirl

Image: Disney

Last week controversy erupted when  the Citrus Swirl was 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). However, it looks like Disney has backed off this change and reinstated the Citrus Swirl at the Sunshine Tree Terrace as of this week, possibly due to the volume of fan outrage generated by this change. 

2. Walt Disney World resorts now charging a nightly parking fee 

Image: Disney

And speaking of fan outrage, the resort made waves this week by announcing a new policy that will bring parking fees to resort guests, beginning March 21st. Guests with bookings made from this day forward will have to pay a daily fee to park their car at the resort, with a sliding fee scale depending on what resort the guest is staying at. Here’s the fee breakdown:

  • Deluxe Resorts: $24 per night
  • Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Value Resorts: $13 per night

These fees are only for overnight guests staying at the resorts, and guests visiting other resorts for dining, shopping, etc. will not be charged for parking temporarily at the resort.

3. The #PurpleWall to be "enhanced" very soon

Image: Disney

The infinitely Instagram-able “Purple Wall” located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom will be receiving a fresh coat of paint in the coming weeks, but interestingly, Disney has announced that a section of this iconic landmark will be "enhanced" this spring. We have no idea what this means, but hopefully we'll know more soon! 

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