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The 10 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World This Week (November 12-18)

This week at Walt Disney World, three new nighttime spectaculars are announced for Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, new details are released for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, plus more information is revealed for the new hotel coming to Bay Lake. 

Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!

1. Two new nighttime spectaculars announced for Epcot

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Though we already knew IllumiNations was ending next year, Disney announced this weekend that they would be bringing two new nighttime spectaculars to the park in the next two years. 

First up, in 2019, Disney will debut a limited-time experience, called “Epcot Forever,” which will feature classic Epcot themes. This new show is meant to showcase the best of Epcot while celebrating its unique history.

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Then in 2020, a new permanent nighttime spectacular will debut. Called “A Celebration of Disney Music,” this new nighttime entertainment offering will show how Disney music inspires people around the globe, and will feature large floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, kites with special effects, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. Confirmed Disney IPs that will be featured in this new production include Coco, Hercules, and Moana.

2. New projection show coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

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An all-new projection-based nighttime spectacular, “Wonderful World of Animation,” is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019, as part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration. This show take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself, and featuring beloved Disney and Pixar characters form films like Wreck-It Ralph, Coco, The Incredibles, Frozen, Cars, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and more. This projection show will replace the current Disney Movie Magic show when it debuts next year. 

3. Beauty and the Beast Singalong coming to Epcot

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A new Beauty and the Beast sing-along attraction is coming to Epcot's France pavilion, and will play in the theater that is currently home to “Impressions de France.” This new show will play in addition to the French film, and is being created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film. No timeline has been provided about when this new show might debut. 

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