With increased crowds flooding up at Walt Disney World during the most recent fiscal quarter, and even more projected to visit the resort for the summer, Disney is making some changes right now at the Magic Kingdom that you may not have immediately noticed. From a (potentially temporary) change at the Festival of Fantasy parade due to a recent malfunction to some interesting dining changes, here's everything happening right now at Walt Disney World's flagship park.
1. Princess Aurora makes her debut in the Festival of Fantasy parade as Maleficent departs... for now
Last week Maleficent suffered a technical malfunction that left much of this parade float badly burned. In the days since this accident the Maleficent float has been removed from the parade lineup, and to make up for the loss, Disney has added a gazebo float featuring Aurora (a newcomer to the parade) dancing with Prince Phillip in place of the original dragon float.
It is unknown if this is a temporary or permanent change, but we're definitely hoping that Disney figures out what happened with the Maleficent float and is able to fix it back up and get that fire-breathing dragon back in performance shape. But unfortunately as of right now there is no way to know the status of this fan-favorite element of the parade, so there's no telling when (or if) Maleficent will return.
2. Alcohol now available in every single Magic Kingdom table dining service location
Though the Magic Kingdom was a dry park for nearly 40 years, ever since alcohol was introduced back in 2012 at Be Our Guest, many have wondered if Disney would be expanding the presence of beverages for the over-21 crowd at this park. And after quietly adding alcoholic drinks to Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tony’s Town Square, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen back in 2016, Disney expanded alcohol availability last week to include The Crystal Palace and The Plaza Restaurant, leaving one last dry restaurant in the park: The Diamond Horseshoe.
And then earlier this week it was announced that this last remaining dining location would indeed be serving alcohol beginning this week, which means there are officially no more dry restaurants at the Magic Kingdom. As of right now there are no plans to offer alcoholic beverages at quick service restaurants or at freestanding refreshment carts, but as we have seen in the past, things can change quickly, so we wouldn't be surprised if such developments come to pass in the coming years.