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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (May 7-13, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, an accident takes a float out of commission at the Magic Kingdom, a popular eatery tones down some of its more fun elements, plus Disney confirms some interesting details about an upcoming project at Epcot! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Aquatica opens its new attraction after a short soft opening, plus LEGOLAND Florida announces a brand new land opening next year. 

1. Maleficent suffers a breakdown at Festival of Fantasy

Earlier this week the steampunk-inspired Maleficent float suffered a malfunction in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom that caused some of the structure to catch on fire. Fortunately no one was hurt and the flames were quickly doused, but it looks like some of the parade float structure was damaged in the blaze. As a result, the Maleficent float is not appearing in the parade, and has been replaced by the gazebo float from the Easter parade, which now features Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing. 

2. Whispering Canyon Cafe tones it down

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Much like the '50s Prime-Time Cafe and the Skipper Canteen, the Whispering Canyon Cafe is a restaurant at Walt Disney World where guests have more than a meal, they have an experience. However, it looks like Disney is trying to pull back on some of the practical jokes and fun surprises at this location, as it has been confirmed that Disney is converting this restaurant into a more traditional experience without some of the fun guests who previously visited this location enjoyed. Though we don't have specifics about what has been cut, let's just say that the next time you ask for ketchup, you'll only get one bottle, and single refills will be given when requested.  

3. Toy Story Mania sets closure and reopening timeline

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