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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (March 19-25, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, Disney starts getting ready for Halloween, The Pirates of the Caribbean returns from refurbishment, plus a new entertainment option is announced for the World Showcase at Epcot! 

Outside Walt Disney World, a new shop opens at Universal plus LEGOLAND Florida debuts its newest ride! 

1. Halloween events now available for booking

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Though it is only March, Disney has made two of its Halloween events available for booking. First up is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which features more dates than ever and now begins in the middle of August, the earliest this event has ever been offered. This year's party will be more expensive than ever as well, with ticket prices rising between $3 and $10 for most nights. Here's the breakdown for full price tickets: 

  • August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 25 - Adult $89, Child $84.
  • August 28; September 3, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 -  Adult $85, Child $80.
  • September 28, 30; October 2, 4 -  Adult $99, Child $94.
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26, 28, 30 - Adult $119, Child $114.
  • October 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 - Adult $109, Child $104. 
  • October 31 - Adult $125, Child $120.
You can read more about this year's Halloween Party here

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Also now available for booking is the Return to Sleepy Hollow event at the Fort Wilderness Resort that revolves around the 1937 animated film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The event starts off with a screening of this movie at the Tri-Circle D Ranch and is then followed by a meet and greet with the Headless Horseman himself! Guests who attend this event will also be able to take home an exclusive limited edition pin. This event will be offered in 2018 on September 28-30, October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31 at 8 and 10 p.m.

2. New entertainment option comes to World Showcase

German rock group Durch & Durch is coming soon to the Germany pavilion at Epcot bringing a fresh pop-rock sound to the stage, beginning March 30. This group will perform Friday-Tuesdays at 12:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.

3. Spyglass Grill now open 

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Spyglass Grill  at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is now open, offering guests a walk-up counter serving the south side of the resort. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Spyglass Grill is located near the pool in Trinidad South, and is open from 7am to 10pm daily.

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