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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (August 6-12, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, two major Magic Kingdom closures are announced, the Festival of Fantasy gets shuffled for the fall, plus Disney begins rolling out a long-overdue technical upgrade! 

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld gets some good news and a special event, plus Busch Gardens announced a fun new tour! 

1. Disney rolling out faster Wi-Fi service at resorts

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Though Walt Disney World has offered free Wi-Fi at its resorts since 2011, this service has been in need of an upgrade in recent years due to increasing guest demand. Fortunately, an enhanced Wi-Fi service is being rolled-out across the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, with Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter being the first to get this new, faster Wi-Fi. Other hotels will be upgrading in the coming weeks. 

2. Festival of Fantasy changes parade time

Because the Magic Kingdom will play host to special events almost every night during the fall and winter, beginning this month, they will be moving the Festival of Fantasy parade a little bit earlier. Starting August 17th, this parade will step off one hour earlier at 2:00 PM. This change is expected to last through the end of the year. 

3. Walt Disney World Railroad to close for an indefinite period of time this December due to Tron construction

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As a result of all the construction in Tomorrowland due to the Tron Roller Coaster, the Walt Disney World Railroad will be closing this December for an indefinite amount of time to acomodate work in Tomorrowland, and potentially alter the track of this attraction as well. Though nothing has been specifically confirmed, concept art released last year seems to indicate that some substantial changes could be coming to this attraction that will alter the track to make way for the new Tron roller coaster

Though we don't know when this Magic Kingdom staple will be coming back (sadly we're probably looking at two years or more until a reopening), the train will temporarily be staying at the Main Street Station, and guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities that will be available while this attraction is unable to run.

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