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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (August 13 -19, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the Magic Kingdom, a new Little Mermaid themed restaurant is announced, plus a free event is announced for Epcot next week. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal opens its newest hotel, the AMC at Universal CityWalk gets a new owner, plus Aquatica announces a new event! 

1. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off at the Magic Kingdom

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Though it might seem a little bit early, the Magic Kingdom hosted its first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this week, which was a complete sell out. This year's event includes plussed attractions, a new dance party, and a few character swaps at the Boo to You Parade. The Happy HalloWishes and Villains Spelltacular shows both remain identical to years past. 

2. Disney sets out to improve theme park arrival experience with new project

 

3. New restaurant announced for Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort  

Image: Disney

Full service eatery Shutters closed last year at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, and now we know what this dining location will be when the Centertown area of this resort reopens: Sebastian's Bistro! This lightly Little Mermaid-themed restaurant will offer a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors, and will feature an interior design that reflects a tropical beachfront home with coral patterns and kelp filigre as well as lure-inspired art and nautical designs. 

Though all of these details sound really exciting, unfortunately Disney has yet to release information about when this new dining location (as well as the redesigned Centertown Market) will be open at this resort. Many are guessing Disney is targeting an early 2019 opening, but nothing has been officially announced yet. 

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