This week at Walt Disney World, Disney begins phasing out straws and lids as part of its new environmental responsibility program, a new upcharge is announced for Toy Story Land, plus Pluto changes his character greeting location for a few days.
Outside Walt Disney World, the final Halloween Horror Nights house is revealed, Universal announces another Harry Potter event plus LEGOLAND extends a free offer.
1. Plastic lids and straws being phased out at Walt Disney World
Several weeks ago Disney announced a new initiative to reduce waste at the parks, and effective this week, one big part of this new initiative will go into effect: the elimination of plastic straws and lids at quick service restaurants. Beginning now at select restaurants and rolling out through this week, this change will see all cold beverages served without a straw or lid. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Disney will have a "straw kit" for sale for those who prefer to have a reusable option for thier beverages.
2. Early Morning Magic comes to Disney's Hollywood Studios
Though it has been available for several years at the Magic Kingdom, the Early Morning Magic upcharge will be offered at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning September 17th. However, unlike the Magic Kingdom version (which allows guests to access several rides before the park opens) Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios will only offer access to Toy Story Land attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, and character greetings with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear.
This upcharge experience will take place on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM (giving guests just over an hour in this area) and breakfast (which includes yogurt, fruit, pastries, avocado toast, fried chicken and cronuts) will be available until 10:00 AM
Disney's Early Morning Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios can be booked now and will cost $79 plus tax for adult (age 10+) and $69 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Theme park admission is required for this event and not included in the ticket price. Guests can make reservations now at the official Disney site. Dates are currently available through mid-December.